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A Look Back at Homecoming 2008

October 23rd, 2008

By Kaitlyn Czajkowski

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
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Ladies' Sentinels dash through their victory tunnel.

Homecoming 2008 weekend at Patrick Henry College closed happily, marked by home soccer games by the PHC Sentinels, the traditional alumni v. student football match, rousing inter-class competitions, and a concert by indie music artist, Andy Zipf. 

It marked the second year in which students organized Homecoming events. Forming this year’s committee were Matt Lukowiak, Andrea Peterson, Jenna Lorence, Michaela Martens, Ryan Gilles, and Natasha Malik. 

“The purpose of Homecoming is to encourage school spirit through a combination of unifying and competitive activities,” said Matt Lukowiak, a PHC senior.

Jenna Lorence, a PHC junior, noted that since PHC does not yet offer alumni reunions, Homecoming serves as the central alumni event.  “It’s is designed to promote class unity, to give PHC alumni the chance to come home and visit PHC as it grows,” she said. “It also offers parents an opportunity to visit their children at school.”

According to Dean of Student Life, Sandra Corbitt, “college is about academics, but it's also about having some good, fun memories.” PHC homecomings, unlike some at other colleges, are characterized by good, clean fun and the opportunity to draw students, alumni, and families together.

“Our class spirit is just as good if not better than other school's because we are such a close-knit community,” Lorence said. 

This year, each class designed their own banner decoration to hang in front of Founders Hall; students Brian Dutze and Rebecca Beach provided live music to kick off the proceedings; and a relay race and challenge course added to the weekend excitement. But perhaps the most exciting event was the live concert by musician Andy Zipf.

Zipf “makes music that you can believe in,” said senior Nathan Martin, a long time fan who has long wanted to introduce his fellow students to the indie music artist. The Washington D.C. musician has attracted the attention of the Today Show, XM Satellite Radio, VH1, and MTV as an incredible musician that “understands that music must be beautiful before music can be good.”    

The College and its students are already looking forward to Homecoming 2009, to further solidify the extended campus community of students, parents, and visiting alumni.