Pirate Pride at Seton Hall Weekend 2012
Last weekend was an exciting time on campus for alumni, faulty, staff, students, parents and friends who took part in a variety of festivities at Seton Hall Weekend. Students and staff, many wearing blue and white t-shirts, proudly welcomed attendees with Pirate Pride.
"The Seton Hall community was at its best over the weekend when we welcomed alumni and parents in large numbers to campus, along with neighbors from South Orange and Maplewood," said Dr. Gabriel Esteban, University President. "I was grateful to see so many people at all the activities, including Mass in the Chapel, athletic events and on the Green. The weather was perfect, and the spirit was evident everywhere."
Events included the 28th Annual Farinella 5K Run, which opened with a dedication ceremony to honor the special life of late Frank Farinella – a longtime donor. The weekend also included a parent's welcome reception and Groove Boston event on Friday night, along with an art exhibit featuring arts and crafts created by nuns from our area. The newly-added beer garden was a big hit, along with returning favorites such as the scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, kite making and caricature drawings for kids, and live performances on the campus green. A group of students from the Filipino student dance group, FLASH, orchestrated a flash mob that took over the green on Saturday afternoon.
Mary Bimonte, whose son Zach is a freshmen, expressed her excitement about visiting campus. "This is our first Seton Hall Weekend," she explains, "It has been a terrific day with lots of activities. We're having a great time."
Zach shared his mom's enthusiasm. He said, "I'm glad to have my parents here and be able to show them around campus on such a nice day."
After an early morning hike through South Mountain Reservation led by Brother Andrew James from Campus Ministry, the weekend concluded at Sunday's Jazz Brunch where parents had the opportunity to enjoy one last meal with their students before their trip home.
The end of the weekend is always a hard time for junior Michael Quinn's younger brothers. "They cannot wait every year for Seton Hall Weekend, Quinn's mother explained. "It's our third year here, and they love coming."
While some wait in anticipation, junior Matt Fantau credits social media for getting him out of bed early Saturday morning. "My phone kept buzzing with new picture and tweet notifications," he explains, "I had to see the fun for myself."
Social networks created a major buzz around Seton Hall Weekend. Pictures posted on Instragram alone received 166 likes, and more than 100 tweets with "shuweekend" hashtags were sent. Additional pictures and videos posted on personal accounts provided non-attenders opportunities to experience the weekend too.
Whether experienced on campus, or off, Seton Hall Weekend was a huge success.
"What a joyful family experience here on campus," explains Carolyn Howard, the mother of a freshman. "I'm happy to be given the opportunity to see more of what Seton Hall is all about."