Dedications, Music, and Fun Marked Homecoming 2014

Mar 24, 2014

by Cary McMullen | Publications editor
FSC alums came from far and near to the annual Homecoming weekend March 14-16. This year’s event included the Founders Day Convocation at which four alums were given the Distinguished Alumni Award, two special dedications, an outdoor concert, and the usual array of social gatherings and class reunions.

The weekend got underway with a 5K fun run and a breakfast honoring the Class of 1964 and their induction into the Golden Moc Club. The class was given special seating during the Founders Day Convocation and honored that evening with a dinner.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Richard C. Jensen ’59, owner and vice president of Michael Riesz and Company, a construction firm in Fords, N.J.; Anne ’66 and Charles ’65 Reynolds of Lake Placid, the first couple ever honored as Distinguished Alumni; and David E. Rogers ’82, a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLC in Washington, D.C. For a full account of the Convocation, click here.

Last year the west campus was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a brief ceremony unveiled a plaque, located between the Buckner Building and the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, commemorating the designation. In remarks at the ceremony, architect Jeff Baker, who oversaw the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian house and has overseen many of the restoration efforts of the Wright buildings at FSC, spoke of the meaning of National Historic Landmark status.

“If we had to choose what places to save in some future Armageddon, this would be one of them. It contributes to our definition of America … and contributes to our understanding of who we were and in turn who we are,” he said. “These buildings stand as a testament to Wright’s ideas, and as long as they are with us, they will continue to inspire and instruct us.”

In a second dedication ceremony, the College officially unveiled Ruth’s Rose Garden, a classically beautiful garden designed by nationally renowned gardener Stephen Scanniello that contains FSC’s impressive collection of roses, some of them rare. The garden will also serve as a laboratory for horticulture students under the guidance of Prof. Malcolm Manners.

At the annual Reunion Luncheon, classes and Greeks gathered and reminisced over lunch and heard a report from FSC President Anne Kerr about the College’s accomplishments over the past year.

Saturday afternoon alumni and guests enjoyed an outdoor concert on Mr. George’s Green by the legendary Southern rock band The Outlaws, with additional performances by local favorites The John Rhey Band and Highway 37 South.

The weekend included social gatherings for young alumni on Friday evening and a Blast From the Past Bash on Saturday evening at Lone Palm Country Club that allowed alums to cut loose with their friends, new and old.

To see more Homecoming photos, click here.