Homecoming and Family Day
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Homecoming and Family Day at Bridgewater State University unites the past with the present, creating a wonderful opportunity for alumni to rekindle ties with old classmates and families to reconnect with their students while experiencing an array of cultural, athletic and entertainment events. Join alumni, families, and friends for one of our largest annual gatherings to celebrate campus pride and experience BSU life.
Schedule of Events
8 AM – 6 PM
WBIM Alumni DJ Takeover
Tune into WBIM 91.5 FM to hear your favorite Alumni DJs.
(arrive by 9 AM)
Explore Great Hill Walking Trails
Join staff from campus recreation for a 30-minute trek through the Great Hill Trails. Located behind the Tinsley Center, explore parts of this well-groomed, three-mile, on-campus natural resource. Questions can be directed to Dan Rezendes at 508.531.2976 or email@example.com.
Click here for a trail map.
9:30 AM – Noon
Miniature Golf Food Drive
Enjoy a round of miniature golf as you learn more about hunger in the U.S. and beyond from students who reside in the Scott Hall Service Based Residential Learning Community. Donations of non-perishable food items, canned items and cash donations will be accepted.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kappa Delta Phi Breakfast
Rondileau Campus Center, Council Chambers
Nahum Leonard founded the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity at Bridgewater State Normal School in 1900. Today, the fraternity encompasses more than 30 campuses. Join your brothers and their families at this annual breakfast.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rondileau Campus Center, Ballroom
Alumni and friends plan to gather for breakfast before the parade and football game, becoming part of Homecoming tradition. Fraternities, sororities, former Orientation leaders, Resident Assistants, athletes, members of the Afro-American Alumni Association and classes can certainly request to be seated together at this family friendly breakfast.
10 AM - 11:30 AM
President's Breakfast (student and family event)
Tillinghast Hall, Flynn Dining Commons
Pre-registration required-seating is limited!
Your opportunity to dine in a casual, social environment enjoying a breakfast buffet that offers an abundance of choices for the whole family. Those who wish to hear President Mohler-Faria's welcoming remarks should plan to arrive prior to 10:30. The breakfast buffet will be open until 11:30. There is no charge for students with a BSU meal plan. For other breakfast options please see "On-Campus Dining Options" below. Sodexho is offering "family brunch specials" in the East Campus Dining Hall, with guest passes accepted.
Men’s Club Lacrosse Alumni Game
Tinsley Grass Field #3
10 and 11 AM,
and 12:30 PM
Board in front of Harrington Hall on Grove Street
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful BSU campus narrated by staff or alumni. Tour Guides will highlight BSU's past, present and future. Sit back, relax and capture the beautiful fall foliage for an insider's view of BSU on our San Francisco style trolley cars. The three scheduled tours will board on a first come, first served basis.
11 AM – 3 PM
Science and Mathematics Center
Guided Tour: noon
Enjoy a tour of the innovative Science and Mathematics Center. This silver-level, LEED-certified, $98.7 million project is a must see. Tours will begin from the Park Avenue entrance.
11 AM - 3 PM
Science and Mathematics Center
Located on the rooftop of the Science and Mathematics Center, students and staff will be available to show you the telescopes, one built by our very own students, all of which provide a lens to wonders of the night sky. Please note this event is subject to cancellation due to weather.
Women’s Soccer Game
BSU Bears vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Swenson Grass Field
Admission is free. Parking at the Swenson Field will be limited so please consider parking in either the Hooper Street or Moakley lots. Both are a short walk to the athletic field.
11 AM – 2 PM
Boston Street Artists: Kenji Nakayama and Dana Woulfe
Contemporary Boston street artists, Kenji Nakayama and Dan Woulfe, will collaborate on mural sized work within the Anderson gallery and display works that represent their own personal vision.
This exhibition is an exploration of how food has been represented in art, illustration and photography. Mixing a selection of menu’s that span 100+ years of Northeastern fare with the interiors of Boston’s Gilded Age as photographed by T.E. Marr will illustrate how different dining and diet was just a century ago. Contemporary paintings by Pamela Johnson, Lee Price and Eric Wert delve into imagery of fast food, body awareness and the contemporary still-life.
11 AM – 3 PM
Project EarthView is a must see! Come learn more about the earth from a new perspective - from the inside of an inflatable model of the Earth, 22 feet in diameter and two stories tall! Dr. Vernon Domingo in the Department of Geography will lead you through this fascinating teaching tool and a delicate work of art. The outside is a hand-painted, large-scale map of the Earth's surface, showing biological communities, rivers, seas, landforms, continents, islands, oceans, and major cities. The inside reveals the positions of tectonic plate boundaries and ocean spreading centers, along with all of the detail visible from the outside. All those entering the EarthView should remove their shoes (unless precluded by a physical disability) and MUST BE WEARING SOCKS.
A highlight of homecoming, come view student floats and performances as they pass through west campus and around the Boyden Hall Quadrangle. A student organization will be chosen the winner of a $1,000 prize given by the Bridgewater Alumni Association.
Alumni Hospitality Tent
While you are reconnecting with friends, stop by the Alumni Tent for refreshments and activities including airbrush facepainting, pumpkin decorating, and activity table for kids.
Homecoming Football Game
BSU Bears vs. Plymouth State University
Cheer on the Bears as they challenge Plymouth State University in this NEFC matchup. General admission is $5, children under 12 and students with ID are free. NOTE: Parking at the Swenson Field will be limited. You may want to consider parking in either the Hooper Street or the Moakley lots.
1 PM - 3 PM
Sponsored by Residence Hall Association
Ballroom, Rondileau Campus Center
As one of the most popular campus activities amongst our BSU students, families and guests are invited to enjoy a fun, interactive game of BINGO with their BSU student. Be sure to stop by and take a chance at winning great prizes!
(Doors open at 3 PM
with limited seating)
The Evasons, Mind Reading Duo
East Campus Commons Dining Hall
Join world famous mentalist duo Jeff & Tessa Evason for mind-blowing feats of telepathy and ESP that’ll have you buzzing long after the show ends. Everyone who participates will be absolutely floored when Tessa reveals their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of the first person they ever kissed—all while standing blindfolded on stage. Her intuitive gifts will make you gasp with surprise and maybe even unleash a spooked-out shriek! Check them out on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdZBMnrcdQw
St. Basil Chapel Mass
Homecoming Wine & Cheese Reception follows
St. Basil's Chapel, Park Avenue
A Homecoming Mass will be celebrated at St. Basil Chapel at 4:15 PM on Saturday, October 18th, to welcome parents and BSU alums as well as current students. Chaplain Fr. Adrian Milik, parochial vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas parish will celebrate. Students will serve as liturgical ministers. Immediately following, the Catholic Campus Ministry cordially invites parents of current students and BSU alumnae to a Wine and Cheese Reception in the upstairs lounge adjacent to St. Basil's Chapel. RSVP by October 15th to the Campus Minister, Marlene.firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Administrative Assistant, B1henault@bridgew.edu.
Several classes are having their reunions in combination with Homecoming:
The Class of 1959 www.alumni.bridgew.edu/1959reunion
The Class of 1964 www.alumni.bridgew.edu/1964reunion
Arrival on Campus
When you arrive on campus plan to stop by the information tent on the Boyden Quad where you will be greeted by staff who can assist you with navigating the day and provide you with an updated schedule and campus map. Information Tables will be conveniently located throughout campus.
Dress for Saturday festivities is casual. We encourage you to plan for the ever changing weather in New England.
Guests and students who require accommodations will need to indicate their needs on the registration form no later than Friday, Sept. 26. You will be contacted by a member of the university to discuss services. Questions should be directed as follows:
Students and family: New Student and Family Programs at 508.531.1840
Alumna/us: Alumni Relations at 508.531.1290
Parking Information and Shuttle Bus Service
The campus parking restrictions are lifted during weekends beginning on Friday at 4 pm and ending Sunday at 6 pm. Parking will be permitted in all parking areas during this time. For Saturday morning events, visitors are encouraged to park on west campus in the Lot behind Harrington Hall. For parking on east campus that is central to all activities throughout the day, the Moakley Lot on Burrell Avenue and parking garage are recommended. A shuttle bus servicing parking areas on both east and west campus will run after the Homecoming Parade from 12 -4. Shuttle stops will include locations closest to scheduled events including Swenson Field, East Campus Commons, School Street and Park Avenue.Campus Map
On-Campus Dining Options
Sodexho Food Service welcomes BSU families and alumni by offering a variety of dining options throughout the day including brunch specials in East Campus Common Dining Hall from 10-2 and a concession stand at Swenson Field during the football game. Families may also purchase meals at any of the campus food service areas during normal operating hours.
On West Campus, take your pick of: the Bear's Den, open 9-1 and Flynn Dining Commons in Tillinghast Hall, open for dinner from 4-6:30. "Guest Passes" can be used in all locations.
On East Campus: Dunkin Donuts, located in the East Campus Commons (ECC) next to the bookstore, will be open from 8-6. The ECC dining hall will serve brunch from 10-2 pm, and dinner from 4:30-7 and Crimson Hall will be open for service beginning at 2 through midnight.
Bridgewater State University is located in Southeastern Massachusetts within easy reach of major highways. The campus is approximately 40 minutes south of Boston, 30 minutes north of Cape Cod and 50 minutes northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. The link above provides directions from various locations.
The following area hotels are located within approximately 20 miles of the university. Some offer a discounted rated for BSU community so be sure to ask when making your reservation.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Middleboro
4 Chalet Road
Middleboro, MA 02346
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Middleboro
43 Harding Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Raynham
37 Paramount Drive
Raynham, MA 02767
Hampton Inn Raynham
600 New State Highway
Raynham, MA 02767
Holiday Inn Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA 02780
Holiday Inn Express Brockton
405 Westgate Drive
Brockton, MA 02301
There are a number of area restaurants for those who wish to dine locally. Please contact restaurants for individual reservation policies for lunch or dinner.
99 Restaurant & Pub (Campus Plaza)
233 Broad Street
425 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
Cape Cod Café
220 Winter Street
755 Bedford Street (Rte. 18 South)
180A Winter Street
Crispi’s Italian Cuisine
136 Broad Street
Emma’s Pub and Pizza
1420 Pleasant Street
Mee King Garden
33 Main Street
389 West Center Street
West Bridgewater, MA
582 West Center Street
East Bridgewater, MA
30 Bedford Street
90 Paramount Drive