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Beautiful weather adds to reunion fun

Hundreds of alumni returned to campus for Homecoming events last weekend. The schedule included lectures, receptions, art workshops, concerts and athletic events.

Unseasonably warm and sunny weather gave a boost to the traditional Brain Train parade and other outdoor activities.

Hinman College sold out all the seats available for its 40th anniversary banquet, while other alumni flocked to a special edition of Casino in the Woods.

The weekend festivities included a dinner in honor of this year’s Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. Mark Goldberg ’79 (tennis), Brian Hamilton ’99 (track and field) and Jeff Merrill ’94 (basketball) were on hand to see the plaques that will honor them in the West Gym foyer.

Goldberg, who continues to play tennis, is now a lawyer in Port Chester. Hamilton, the University’s only Division II national champion, was a long jumper. He’s in training to become an oral maxillofacial surgeon at Harlem Hospital. Merrill now works as a firefighter and fisheries technician for the U.S. Forest Service.

The Hall of Fame now has 63 members.

Sebastian Rodriguez, a New City resident and captain of the Policy Debate Team, was named the winner of the Exemplary Student Award on Saturday. Jenna Sykoff took second place. Diana Delach and Alexis Stecker tied for third. Todd Taylor took fifth place.

The students, all seniors from New York State, will receive awards ranging from one semester’s tuition to a $75 book scholarship.

A concert by Gym Class Heroes and a stunning display of fireworks capped off the weekend’s events.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08