Homecoming activities set for Oct. 4-6

A Challenge Course was added to campus.

Misericordia University has a wide range of events planned for Homecoming 2013, set for Oct. 4-6 at the Back Mountain campus. Alumni activities include the 25th anniversary celebration for the Class of 1988 and recognition of reunion years 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. There will also be a variety of activities for students and their families and a slate of athletic competitions.

The weekend will get underway with the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Sports and Health Center. The 2013 honorees include Elizabeth Kovalchik Carden '03, field hockey; Erica Noel '03, women's soccer; Esther Burke Kapcsos '61, women's basketball; David Kern '04, men’s soccer; and Alexandra King '98, women's soccer.  
The Athletics Hall of Fame Reception will follow at 8 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room, Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. Cost for the reception is $25 per person. Reservations are required.
Students will share their talents at a variety show on Friday at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater and celebrate the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen.
The Class of 2012 will dedicate their class gift to Misericordia, the victory bell located near Mangelsdorf Field, on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Each sports team competing at Mangelsdorf will ring the bell upon taking the field and once again following a victory, starting a new Misericordia tradition.
The Cougar football team will be the first to ring the bell when they take on King’s College at Mangelsdorf Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The post-game festivities will continue at an “MU Overtime Party” party for alumni and friends at the Metro Bar and Grill in Dallas Twp., Pa., that evening from 5-10 p.m.
The women’s soccer team will compete against Delaware Valley College on Saturday at 5 p.m., and the men’s soccer team will also face Delaware Valley at 7:30 p.m.
Visitors to campus will be able to test their wall climbing and zip line skills on the University’s new Challenge Course, located adjacent to Manglesdorf Field. The course will be open on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m.
Monsignor John Bendik, pastor of St. John the Evangelist and previous Misericordia chaplain, will celebrate a Homecoming Mass in the University Chapel on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The reunion dinner for the Class of 1988 will follow from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Metro Bar and Grill.
For students and their families, Casino Night will take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Banks Student Life Center
Wrapping up the weekend, alumni will be treated to a Brunch with Professors on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. in Insalaco Hall. Students and their families are also invited to a special Family Brunch in the Metz Dining Hall. Reservations are required for both events.
A Homecoming favorite, the President’s Cup Volleyball Tournament, where the students take on faculty and staff, will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. near McHale Hall. The weekend will conclude with a Homecoming Mass on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the University Chapel.
Alumni are invited to go online to the CougarConnect website or the MU Alumni home page at for additional details or to register.
Misericordia University designed and built a four-acre Challenge Course over the summer on the upper campus near Mangelsdorf Field that features 10-low elements and four-high elements. The course, which features a climbing tower, is available for community and corporate clients by calling (570) 674-6411.