Each year, Husson University’s Homecoming Weekend is an excitement-filled celebration with fun for current students, their families and alumni. Events that will be regarded as milestones in the University’s history have been added to this year’s festivities. The celebration runs from October 19 through October 20.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, October 19 at 4 pm in front of the Robert O’Donnell Commons building on Husson University’s Bangor campus with a groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s new Wellness Learning Center. Once completed, this new 6,750 square feet facility will be devoted to delivering health and counseling services to Husson students. In addition, students enrolled in the graduate counseling program will have experiential learning spaces where they can learn how to work with clients in a therapeutic setting.
The envisioned building would also include a new 2,085 square-foot simulation center for interprofessional education that will be utilized by students enrolled in Husson’s nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and pharmacy programs.
Interprofessional education stresses the importance of communication between professionals in various healthcare disciplines as a way to maximizing patient outcomes and eliminating medical errors. It’s an approach that has generated impressive results.
The process has led to 50 percent reductions in both adverse patient outcomes and the average length of intensive care, a dramatic decrease in the clinical error rate, and lowering the per capita cost of health care, all while increasing in the professional satisfaction of those employed in health care fields.
The new Wellness Learning Center should be completed in the fall of 2019. These and the additional learning spaces created by the new building will help successfully position Husson for additional future growth.
At 5 p.m. that same day, the University will be holding its annual Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Each year, Husson recognizes several special individuals who have brought distinction to themselves and their alma mater through their devotion to education and professionalism. They are honored for their personal and career achievements, as well as their support of the university and its mission.
Four Husson graduates and one retired Husson employee will be recognized this year. Jaclyn Fish '05 will be honored as this year’s young alumna. Randy Wadleigh ’87 and Susith Wijetunga ‘93 will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and Roberta Burke ’66 will receive the Presidential Outstanding Service Award. Retired Husson basketball coach D. Bruce MacGregor will be recognized as this year’s Honorary Alumnus.
Homecoming weekend resumes the following day on October 20 with a President’s Breakfast for first-year students and their families from 8 – 9 a.m. in the Dickerman Dining Center. A variety of breakfast favorites prepared by Husson University’s award-winning dining services staff will be served. Husson University President Robert A. Clark, PhD, will informally meet and speak with all first-year students and their families.
At 9:30 a.m., the entire campus is invited to be a part of the NESCom Audio Recording Studio Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. During this ceremony, Husson will unveil its newly rebuilt 1,400 square foot recording facility. After being refurbished, this new studio space is more aesthetically pleasing and sounds phenomenally better. The recording studio now includes custom wooden clouds suspended from 12-foot ceilings, custom-built diffusers mounted to the walls, fire-resistant fabric acoustic panels, new lighting both above and below the clouds, a lighting grid for collaborations between the audio engineering and video production programs, and a gorgeous new floor.
NESCom Academic Director Edward Goguen said, “NESCom has a talented faculty and we’ve been well-known for years for our world-class technology & equipment. Now we have an impressive recording space to add to that history…and it’s all for the students’ benefit.”
At the conclusion of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the campus will start its annual tailgate celebration in parking lot #5, prior to the big Homecoming football game. Starting at 10 a.m., the tailgate will offer everyone a large selection of great food.
Speaking of lip-smacking cuisine, at 11 a.m., parking lot #5 will feature teams of Husson employees competing in a chili cook-off. If you like chili, this “Top Chef Cook-Off” is the place to be.
All of this leads up to the big football game where the 0-4 Anna Maria College Amcats face the 1-2 Husson University Eagles at 1 p.m. in the Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
At approximately 2 p.m., when the game reaches halftime, students, alumni and friends are invited to join our Eagle’s mascot “Baldwin” at the Welcome Tent for “Baldwin’s Halftime Hoopla.” This is a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with fellow classmates. Food and beverages at the welcome tent are sure to help refresh and reenergize everyone for an exciting second-half.
Sports fans who prefer soccer are welcome to cheer on the Husson women’s soccer team at 1 p.m. when they take on the Northern Vermont University - Lyndon Hornets at Boucher Field. After this game concludes at 3:30 p.m., the men’s soccer teams from Husson and Northern Vermont University - Lyndon will take the field and begin their match.
At 6:00 p.m. Boucher Field will change over from soccer to women’s field hockey when the Husson University Eagles take on the Thomas College Terriers. This should be a competitive match up.
Husson University used to have its own watering hole on campus known at the Arrowhead Lounge. For one night only, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Husson will recreate this historic gathering place at the Furman Student Center in Peabody Hall. Significant time and effort has been invested in recreating the look and feel of the original Arrowhead Lounge. Alumni guest bartenders will be serving beverages to those in attendance.
Capping off Homecoming weekend will be a performance by The Association at 7:30 p.m. Alumni, friends of the university, and the public are all welcome to enjoy this performance.
One of the most successful and legendary bands to come out of the 60’s, The Association has sold millions of records and earned six gold and three platinum records for hits including Cherish, Windy, and Never My Love.
Single tickets for The Association are $28-$43. To purchase tickets for this show, contact the Gracie Theatre’s box office at 207-941-7888 or online at GracieTheatre.com.
The Association is just one of the many exciting shows that the Gracie Theatre is bringing to Bangor over the next nine months.
This season, the Gracie is offering a "You Pick 4" plan which allows patrons to sculpt their own season package. When a patron selects any four shows, the prices of each ticket are automatically reduced by 15-20 percent. Patrons who select this plan will be offered individual discounts for some of the other shows in the season, and have their choice of seats in our premium section for the plan shows. Single show tickets are also available.
This "You Pick 4" offer is only available at the Gracie Theatre box office by calling 941-7888, or by stopping by the box office located in the Beardsley Meeting House on the Husson University campus. Completed in October of 2009, the Gracie is Husson University's center for the fine and performing arts. This beautiful 500-seat theatre is quickly earning a reputation as one of Maine’s premier performance venues. In addition, the Gracie also serves as a learning platform for students from the New England School of Communications in digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics. For more information, visit GracieTheatre.com.
For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
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 “Agents of C.A.R.E.: Health care disciplines team up through interprofessional education (IPE) to tackle the challenges of the future”, Ohio Northern University, http://www.onu.edu/features/57325
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