It was a fantastic Homecoming Weekend at Acadia Oct. 14-16 as alumni and friends renewed old acquaintances, met new friends and shared the indomitable Acadia Spirit! Here is a pictorial representation of some of the people, places and events that made Homecoming 2011 such a success!
1 Approximately 65 football players from coach Bob Vespaziani’s era at Acadia (1970s) gathered during Homecoming Weekend to share stories and celebrate the contributions of Coach Ves to the football program and their personal development. Organizing committee member George Crookshank (’75,) presented Vespaziani with a framed Inspiration print that depicts an aerial view of the Acadia campus during a reception for the legendary coach at the K.C. Irving Centre. 2 Acadia running back and player of the game Zack Skibin (33) breaks a tackle during the Axemen’s 40-10 Homecoming Game victory over Mt. A. More than 2,700 enthusiastic fans and alumni packed Raymond Field to celebrate the win. 3 Ian Murray (’88), Executive Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement Strategy at Acadia, took a moment to pose with some members of the AAAU Board of Directors: from left, Kiersten Amos (’96), Christine White (‘97) and Gillian Latham (’92).
4 Major Troy Kennedy (’84), Officer Commanding, Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre at Camp Aldershot, and his wife Beverly (Amey) Kennedy (’86), share a moment with Acadia Chancellor Libby Burnham (’60) at the Class of 1986 Reunion reception and dinner at Clark Commons Oct. 15. 5 Acadia University President Ray Ivany and his wife, Laurie Graham, were on hand to share in the fun and excitement at the AAAU backyard barbecue. 6 From left, the organizing committee that helped to bring together the Class of 1986 during Homecoming Weekend 2011: Kathleen (Lang) Curry; Cheryl Ann Beals; Mary Bignell; Angie (Marsters) Sawler; Miles Stephen; and Shelley (Worr) King.
7 Derek Smith (’05, left) stands with his parents Shirley and Steve Smith from Moncton, NB in front of the banner representing the 2011 Southwire and Munden Enterprises Kristin Pipe Memorial Golf Tournament at Ken-Wo Golf Club Oct. 14. Proceeds benefit the Kristin Pipe Memorial Award and Acadia Axemen Varsity Football. Pipe was an outstanding quarterback for Acadia from 1999-2004 who fought a private battle with leukemia and passed away in 2005 at the age of 26. The tournament ensures an annual award is made to an Acadia varsity football player on the basis of leadership, athletic skill and academic excellence. 8 Eight teams and 35 competitors combined fun and fitness Oct. 14 for the 99th Annual Bulmer Relay Race. An eclectic collection of runners toed the start line (pictured here), but the Dennis House Dinos were dominant, winning the coveted trophy handily.
Photos: Fred Sgambati
9 Members representing Football Rally 2011 – from left to right: Craig Holub (89‘); Mike Kingston (‘91), event organizer; Paul O’Leary (‘90); and Greg Bakeeff (’89), also an organizer – participated in the Kristin Pipe tourney, but were involved also in contacting and inviting as many former football Axemen as possible to Homecoming 2011 in an effort to rally fundraising support for the program.
10 Two former Hockey Axemen and their families enjoyed fine weather and good food at the Associated Alumni of Acadia University’s Annual Backyard Barbecue Saturday, Oct. 15. Pictured in front of a decorative hay bale are Meaghan (’01) and Mike Sim (2000) and their children Avery (two-and-a-half) and Rhys (six months); and Barkley (’01) and Julia Sauter with their children, Max (7) and Kingston (2). All decorations onsite at Alumni Hall during Homecoming were provided by alumni-owned Hennigar’s Farm Market in Greenwich. ACADIA BULLETIN Fall 2011
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