Saint Martin’s to bring back alumni in long-awaited Homecoming Weekend

January, 7

Saint Martin’s alumni have a reason to celebrate: After a long hiatus, Homecoming Weekend is returning with gusto. The 2013 celebration is set for Feb. 8-10 on the University’s Lacey campus. The Homecoming Weekend festivities will include a variety of events for students, alumni and members of the community.

Alumni homecomingWhy the resurrection? “Earlier this year, we asked alumni how they’d like to connect back to their alma mater,” explains Brenna Batchelor, alumni relations manager at Saint Martin’s. “We received a resounding response that Homecoming is sorely missed. Our alumni spoke and we listened.”

To register for Homecoming events, please visit or call Batchelor at 360-438-4586.

Event schedule is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 8

3 p.m. Lecture: “The Business of Music”
As part of its 2012-13 Abbey Church Events series, St. Martin’s Abbey presents “The Business of Music,” a lecture by classical saxophonist Gary Louie, held in Kreielsheimer Hall.

7 p.m. All-class reunion | $20 per person
All alumni and their guests are invited to join the celebration at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, where we’ll kick off Homecoming Weekend with an all-class reunion featuring the classes of 2008, 2003, and 1988. Complimentary appetizers and beer are part of the festivities!

Saturday, Feb. 9

9 a.m. Start your day off right!
Wake up your body, mind and spirit. Alumni and their guests can choose from an energizing morning yoga session or an inspiring jogging tour of campus.

10 a.m. Alumni pick-up basketball game
Take to the courts of Charneski Recreation Center for a friendly game of hoops with fellow Saints alumni.

10 a.m. Brunch | $8.50 per person
Alumni and their guests can enjoy brunch in St. Gertrude’s Dining Hall in Old Main. Great meal, great company! Brunch served until 1 p.m.

11 a.m. Saints baseball home opener
In their first home game of the season, the Saints meet the University of Puget Sound.

1 p.m. Guided tour of the new Cebula Hall
Come see what the buzz is about! Take a tour of the University’s new engineering facility, built “green” with many innovative and sustainable features.

1 p.m. Guided campus tour
What’s new on your old stomping grounds? Find out just how much has changed on Saint Martin’s campus.

1 p.m. Classes without quizzes
No tests required, so sit back and enjoy as Associate Professor Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D., chair of Saint Martin’s English Department, presents a class on “Literature as History, Historic Signs as Literature and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.”

1 p.m. Department drop-ins
Swing by our academic offices and learn what’s happening inside and out of our classrooms. For a complete list of participating departments check Offices open until 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m. Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor celebration | $15 per person
Join us at the Norman Worthington Conference Center as we honor and celebrate our 2012 inductees!
Hall of Honor: David Spangler, Ph.D. • Adolfo Capestany
Hall of Fame: Andy Prentice ’05 • Emily (Thomas) Shipman ’02
High School Hall of Fame: Hugh Antonson ’62 • Jack Sareault HS ’53 ’57 (posthumous)

5:15 p.m. Saints vs. Central Washington
The Saints double-header kicks off in Marcus Pavilion, with the women’s basketball team taking on Central Washington in GNAC action.

6 p.m. Alumni pep rally and reception | $10 per person
Rally around our Saints! Meet new friends, reconnect with old friends and show your support for our men’s and women’s basketball teams. Per-person cost includes double-header game tickets.

7:30 p.m. Saints vs. University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Cheer on the men’s basketball team against GNAC opponent University of Alaska in the second half of the Saints double-header.

8 p.m. Gary Louie and Kirsten Taylor in concert
Classical saxophonist Gary Louie and pianist Kirsten Taylor perform live in concert in the Abbey Church, presented by Abbey Church Events. A free-will donation is suggested.

Sunday, Feb. 10

11 a.m. Mass
Homecoming Weekend closes with Mass at the Abbey Church. Come celebrate with us!

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Brenna Batchelor
Alumni relations manager
Saint Martin's University

Sarah Holdener
Director of event services
Saint Martin’s University