For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
October 11, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) -- Worcester State University will celebrate its 2011 homecoming, Friday and Saturday October 14 &15 with a variety of events including fireworks after the big game Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Lancers take on the Bridgewater State University Bears. WSU is proud to be welcoming the South High marching band at 4:15 p.m. as they lead the way into the stadium.
Prior to game day, the university will celebrate the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. WSU will honor five top athletes and one contributor: Chad Cosby ’03, Dr. W. Mack Hill, Cean Oksanish ’04, Amy (Ruffo) Panechelli ’00, Lisa Stockdale ’00 and Paul Welcome ’61, M.Ed. '64.
Cosby was a standout pitcher who helped lead the Lancers to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2002 and finished as the career leader in strikeouts. Hill, a longtime math professor, was one of the University’s first sports information directors, helped organize the former pep club, and served for several years on the athletic council. Oksanish led the football team to three consecutive ECAC Division III Bowl games as the starting quarterback and ended his four-years as Worcester State’s career leader in touchdowns and passing yards. Panechelli was a four-time All-MASCAC selection who helped lead the Lancers softball team to a co-regular season MASCAC Championship and the ECAC Division III North semifinals in 1997 and to the ECAC Tournament in 1999. Stockdale was an outstanding field hockey forward who led her squad to their first-ever MASCAC regular season title in 1998 as she finished her career fifth on the all-time list in points. Welcome helped lead four squads to the New England Teachers Conference Tournament championship game as his 1956-57 team won the regular season and tournament title.
Other Homecoming events include:
Friday, October 14
3:00 p.m. Homecoming Kick-off/Pep Rally
Wasylean Hall Patio (SC Exhibit Area - Rain Location)
There will be performances from the WSU Dance Company
and the Dance Team.
6:00 p.m. Sibling Sleepover - Check-In & Dinner
Check-in at Wasyalen Hall
7:00 p.m. Family Movie: Wizard of Oz
Student Center, One Lancer Place
Saturday, October 15, 2011
8:15 am 5K Walk/Run Check-in – $5 entry fee due upon registration Gym Building. This event is sponsored by the WSU Track, Field and Cross-Country teams and the Central Massachusetts Striders.
1:00 p.m. Alumni Basketball Game
Please contact David Lindberg (email@example.com)
for more information.
2:30 p.m. Tailgating, Young Alumni Reunion Table, and Family Fun in the Gym parking lot. Featuring live music by Classic Trax, Moon Bounce, Caricaturist, Lancer Club Tent, WSU Bookstore Tent, Farmers Market, special alumni raffles, and more.
Fireworks to immediately follow football game.