NVU Alumni and Students Invited to Celebrate “Homecoming@Home”
Northern Vermont University will present a virtual Homecoming celebration — Homecoming@Home — on Saturday, September 26. The annual Homecoming events have been shifted to a virtual Zoom format to protect the health and well-being of the entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homecoming @ Home is a joint event between the two NVU campuses, bringing the NVU-Johnson and NVU-Lyndon alumni communities together for the first time for this annual celebration.
“The physical distancing required by COVID has created a unique opportunity to bring our campus communities together through a virtual format,” said Leah Hollenberger, University Development and External Relations Officer. “We are excited by the opportunity to draw alumni from around the country home to NVU.”
Details and registration information are available at NorthernVermont.edu/Homecoming.
11 a.m. — The celebration will get underway with an update on the university from NVU President Elaine C. Collins, a celebration of this year’s alumni award recipients, and a reunion class roll call (class years ending in a “0” or “5”).
The 2020 Alumni Award Recipients are: Brian Godfrey ’03, Outstanding Alumni Award, Johnson; Brady Rainville ’17, Rising Star Alumni Award, Johnson; Shayna Bennett ’17, Rising Star Alumni Award, Johnson; Douglas Allen ’81, Distinguished Alumni Award, Lyndon; Patricia Shine, Faculty and Staff Recognition Award, Lyndon; Daniel Daley ’81, Loyalty Award, Lyndon; Jennifer Kempton Harris ’79, Award of Special Merit, Lyndon; and Michelle Frizalone Willard ’11, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Lyndon.
1:30 p.m. — The program continues with an antiracism workshop led by professors Hannah Miller and Patricia Shine. The discussion will be based on the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. (It is not necessary to have read the book to join the discussion.)
3:30 p.m. — Virtual BINGO (All the fun of regular BINGO, virtually! Cash prizes will be awarded each round.)
5:30 p.m. — Lyndon Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony: This year’s slate of alumni athletes will be inducted into the NVU-Lyndon Athletics Hall of Fame. They are Jason Gray ’13, John LeMieux ’83, Natalia Shams McNeill ’11, and Tyler Scheibenpflug ’15.
For more ways to celebrate Northern Vermont University and the Lyndon and Johnson campus experience, visit NorthernVermont.edu/Homecoming.