Pacific making Homecoming 2020 a virtual event
Homecoming has always been a time to celebrate, remember, and reconnect with the University of the Pacific community. This year is no different, and while everyone would prefer to meet in person, the university will be celebrating virtually by hosting "Homecoming @ Home."
“Pacific's Homecoming weekend is a treasured time for our community to come together to reconnect, reminisce and make new memories,” said Kelli Page, associate vice president of alumni relations. “While Homecoming and Family Weekend won’t be the same without having alumni, students and families on campus, we have found some innovative ways to stay connected."
The virtual format will provide alumni who live across the nation or globe—and who sometimes find it difficult to attend Homecoming—the opportunity to participate this year. Homecoming events are planned for October 9-10 and a link is necessary to participate. Pacificans can register for “Homecoming @ Home” and links will be sent via email prior to the event.
“There are advantages to a virtual event,” said Page. “It eliminates travel costs while being able to maximize the number of events or sessions you are able to attend.”
Pacific's current plan is to welcome all Tigers back to campus for a reunion celebration next year at Homecoming 2021. People can mark their calendars for Homecoming next year, October 8-10, 2021, with the intent to celebrate in person.
This year’s "Homecoming @ Home" events and panel discussions include:
Providing a different twist on the annual event hosted by the Chaplain’s Office, this year, “Proof that God Loves Us” invites you to taste and learn more about hard cider from the Far West Cider Co. This cidery is local to the Pacific community! Every cider that they create is a product of their fourth-generation family farm in San Joaquin County, California.
Leading us through the tasting, co-owner, Adam Chinchiolo ’05, will explain what cider is and how it is made. If you’re new to hard cider, or a veteran to the delicious fermented apple beverage, you’ll enjoy Far West Cider Co. and this opportunity to connect with new and old friends.
Start your Homecoming @ Home Saturday morning with a live-streamed (or you can watch the recorded version afterward) sunrise from Burns Tower. What a wonderful way to start your Homecoming @ Home experience – from wherever you choose to watch! Weather permitting. Start time for this event is subject to change, based on sunrise.
To continue the tradition, the 15th Annual Pacific 5K Tiger Dash and 1/2-mile Cub Run will be all virtual in 2020, via Facebook and Instagram. The students of the Department of Physical Therapy Class of 2021 are excited to continue the long tradition of this event for our community. Mark your calendars and get your running shoes (and masks) ready!
Sign-up at facebook.com/pacific.dash
Join new Pacific President Christopher Callahan and his wife, Jean, for a round of "Would you rather?" This is a unique opportunity to get to know more about the Callahans, as the audience plays along.
Join us for wine tasting from wineries in the Lodi Appellation! Representatives from Lange Twins Winery, Klinker Brick Winery, and St. Amant Winery will be leading us through tastings of their wines.
The event is free to attend, and for just $20, you can keep the Homecoming spirit alive and your glass(es) half full with a Taste of Pacific wine tasting kit, which includes two commemorative wine glasses and a corkscrew.
Featured wines are available for purchase from the individual wineries; links will be provided via email after registration.
Join us for the next installment of one of Pacific's newest Homecoming traditions. Pacific PRISM is a breathlessly fast-paced concert demonstrating the range and imagination of our nationally recognized Conservatory of Music. In one 50-minute virtual sweep, students and faculty will delight, surprise and inspire. Expect the unexpected!