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Boxer alumni return to Pacific University Forest Grove campus for festivities, celebrations, activities

COURTESY PHOTO: TANNER BOYLE PHOTOGRAPHY - Pacific University Athletics Director Ken Schumann (left) and President Lesley Hallick (right) escort Kim and Barb Ledbetter to midfield for a pregame ceremony to honor the Ledbetters for their support toward the resurfacing of the playing field at Hanson StadiumHundreds of alumni returned to Pacific University the weekend of Oct. 6-8 for Homecoming 2017, which was highlighted by naming ceremonies for the university's primary athletics field and library.

Festivities also featured the latest induction of the Golden Guard, alumni who returned to the Forest Grove campus in honor of their 50-year anniversary (Class of 1967) and the induction of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Among the opening activities Oct. 6 was the annual Golden Guard luncheon, followed by the Class of 1967 procession from the University Center to Old College Hall, where alumni carved their names into a freshly-poured concrete sidewalk near the school's most storied building.

The university's Forest Grove library was named in honor of alumni Tim and Cathy Tran, both of whom are connected to the Class of 1974. (See story, this page).

The 23rd Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Oct. 6 as well. Inductees included the undefeated 1952 football team, baseball slugger Matt Lengwenus ('03) and exemplary softball player Kristen (Croxford) Cornachione ('09). A key member of the 1952 football team was alumnus Frank Buckiewicz, who recently passed away.

And, the annual Noise Parade — a spirit-filled, student-run Homecoming tradition involving alumni and friends — took place Friday evening, with attendees viewing the parade of floats from student clubs and Greek groups.

Alumni enjoyed a breakfast forum with university President Lesley Hallick Saturday morning, Oct. 7.

The Boxer football team took on Pacific Lutheran Saturday afternoon after the university honored trustee Kim Ledbetter and his wife Barb for the recent naming of the playing surface at Hanson Stadium to Ledbetter Field. (See story, this page).

On Sunday, Homecoming attendees traveled back in time (metaphorically speaking) to the Forest Grove of yesteryear on an historic walking tour, an exploration of the history of the town with which Pacific University's history is entwined.

Last but not least, Pacific University alumni dined and danced the night away Saturday to wrap up a weekend of renewed friendships and connections to their alma mater.

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