While traditional on-campus festivities were not possible this year, Blackburn College held “Homecoming @ Home” hosting hundreds of alumni for its first virtual Homecoming celebration September 25-26. The weekend schedule included many of the traditional Blackburn events, but this time easily accessible from the comfort and safety of home.
Kicking off the weekend, attendees could participate in the annual Beaver Golf Tourney, posting their best score while enjoying a home course advantage. Saturday featured a virtual Beaverthon 5K, an alumni association luncheon, coffee with new Blackburn College president Dr. Mark Biermann, and a fascinating photo narrative from Dr. Ed Zalisko of his recent scientific studies in New Zealand.
“Blackburn’s Homecoming weekend is a treasured time for our community,” Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Alisha Kapp said. “While we were unable to gather in-person this year, we wanted to provide our tremendous alumni an opportunity to come together, reconnect with friends, reminisce, and even make new memories in a variety of virtual ways.”
Homecoming 2020 would have honored the Class of 1970, celebrating their milestone 50th class reunion this year. A special website was launched to virtual convene with classmates for the next year leading up to an on-campus event at Homecoming 2021. In addition to the virtual events, Blackburn offered a “Homecoming @ Home Box” collection, which included the annual Homecoming t-shirt, Blackburn socks, and a Barney the Beaver face mask. The Blackburn Homecoming website also provided a Digital Care Package to enhance the weekend featuring downloadable signs, coloring pages, and Blackburn-themed Zoom backgrounds.