UNE hosted its first Homecoming Weekend, welcoming over 1,600 alumni, families, and friends to campus October 1-3. In addition to a variety of varsity and alumni athletic games, guests experienced the Saco River by boat, learned from students about research they conducted through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and met a new and improved Stormin’ Norman.
Celebrations delayed by the pandemic were also a big part of Homecoming Weekend. As part of the celebration of their 50th and 51st Reunions, the St. Francis College classes of 1970 and 1971 invited the children of Bill and Georgette Sutton to announce the funding of the William Sutton Endowed Scholarship. The Class of 2020 also reconnected with classmates, faculty, and professional staff with a sunset cruise, followed by a brunch on their return to campus. Karol L’Heureux, longtime member of the Athletic Department who retired in 2020, was celebrated for her administrative and coaching efforts over the years, and members of the Class of 1966 and fellow donors cut the ribbon on the refurbished pavilion at Jordan’s Point, which they helped fund as part of their 50th Reunion.
UNE also recognized the significant contributions of several members of the UNE community. The Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductees included Kelly Coleman ’15, D.P.T. ’17, Ashley Gott Haase ’12, Aidan McParland ’17, M.S. ’18, and Dennis Leighton, D.P.T. The UNE-SFC Alumni Council honored Raymond Gagnon ’70 with the M. Ben Hogan Alumni Achievement Award, Timothy Lenehan ’71 with the Alumni Service Award, Lauren Hayden ’16 with the Young Alumni Award, and Ronald Ouellette as an Honorary Alumnus. In the presence of the Beaudry family, alumni, and friends, the performance court in the Alfond Forum was dedicated as Coach Beaudry’s Court by Athletic Director Heather Davis and President James Herbert.