By Craig Henderson
Student Life Editor
On Friday, Oct. 24, the Office for Student Engagement concluded its five day long Homecoming week with Victors Fun Night at the Fieldhouse. Victors Night featured activities and games that were meant to bring alumni, students and their families together, according to Peggy Pattison, Director of Alumni Relations.
Children, students and parents had the opportunity to endure a night of sports, games, arts and crafts, cards, and with Legos as well. Children, students and adults also had a chance to play dodgeball, volleyball, and rock climbing. Ping Pong, Tea Bag Toss, air hockey, and foosball were also available.
Nine-year-old Justine Donnelly says, “I liked Victors Fun Night! My favorite game was dodgeball.” Her mother, Joli Donnelly says, “This event is pretty cool. There are a lot of events for families.”
While family activities were inside, outside of the Fieldhouse featured Light Up the Night Fall Fest. The fall fest included performances from the Dearborn Community Big Band. According to their social media page, the Big Band is a swing era big band based in Dearborn and plays many of the great 30s and 40s songs.
“Everyone was busy and seemed to be having a good time,” said Pattison, “We really hope to see more alumni and students take advantage of this opportunity in years to come.”
Student of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Matthew Ramey says, “Even though we are a small school, it’s exciting to see the families and Alumni. It gives the students a chance to connect and network with them too.”
A few Alumni from the Graduates of Last Decades (GOLD) were also present for the event.
As a 2010 Graduate of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters (CASL), and a member of the Alumni Society Board, Tom Willie says, “It looks like it doubled in size! There is great diversity – kids from two to seven years old, kids from middle school, high school, adults and even current students as well. Everyone is very supportive.”
Anwar Beydoun, GOLD member and a 2012 graduate of CASL, says, “Compared to recent years, the Victors Fun Night was a great turnout to see the Alumni give back.”
Victors Fun Night concluded its festivities with an alumni hockey game.
For more information on upcoming student events, visit the Office for Student Engagement.