Returning to the Ridge

NU graduates of classes ending in 5’s and 0’s returned to Monteagle Ridge Oct. 9-11, 2015, for Alumni Weekend.

On Friday, alumni enjoyed activities such as the annual golf outing, the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Alumni Advantage program, Purple and White Night, and the Class of 1965 Golden Eagle Mass and reception.

The second annual 50+ Eagles Mass and brunch kicked off a day full of events Saturday, including ReunionFest, athletics matches, the blessing of the Nursing Simulation Center, the Class of 1965 memorial ceremony and luncheon, the Class of 1990 Silver Eagle reception, and the alumni awards and dinner celebration. In addition, a special Class of 1985 Mass was held to announce the establishment of the James E. Comerford ‘85 Memorial Scholarship.

A Mass and marriage vow renewal ceremony and a farewell brunch wrapped up the weekend.

The reunion provided a perfect opportunity to recognize a number of alums, as well. The Nursing Alumni Council honored Col. (Ret.) Roy A. Harris, ’75, with its Leadership Award, and Helen McMenamin, ’65, with its Clinical Excellence Award. Col. (Ret.) David “Duke” Schneider, ’65, and Capt. James Hay, ’65, were inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. Brian Zwergel, ’65, was named Alumnus of the Year, and Paul McManus, ’65, ’02 (Hon.), received the Dunleavy Award. And a new honor in memory of 1965 alumnus John C. DeDeyn Jr. was established.

Also, the Spirit of Niagara Cup was presented to the Class of 1965 for the most dollars contributed to the Niagara Fund from Jan. 1, 2015, to Oct. 8, 2015, and the Class of 1856 Cup was presented to the Class of 1965 for having the greatest percentage of donors during that same time period.

For additional photos, please visit www.niagara.edu/alumni-photos/album/131.