GS Alumni and Families Come Together for Homecoming Weekend
On Saturday, October 22, Columbia alumni and their families gathered together to celebrate Homecoming Weekend.
October 27, 2022
On October 22, 2022, GS hosted a day of programming to welcome friends, family, and loved ones back to campus.
The day began with a breakfast on the terrace of Faculty House, where 40 family members and loved ones of GS students connected and enjoyed meeting with GS staff. Jill Galas Hickey, Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, explained, “Bringing GS families together is an important part of our work, and we’re thrilled to host so many members of the community here this morning.” Breakfast was followed by a lively and interactive neuroscience lecture from Columiba psychology professor, Alfredo Spagna P.h.D.
After the morning events, over 80 GS alumni and their guests enjoyed the annual Homecoming luncheon at Columbia University’s Baker Athletics Complex. Guests were offered a fully catered lunch while they mingled with family and friends under the sun.
“It’s really so heartwarming to have the whole community out here today,” said Aviva Zablocki, Director of Alumni Relations. “It was a long two years that we couldn’t be together, and all of us are thrilled to have our GS alumni, students, and loved ones enjoying the day.”
The warm weather made it an ideal occasion for guests to enjoy the outdoor lawn activities available, including giant Jenga and cornhole. Roar-ee the Lion made a customary appearance and Columbia’s cheerleading squad performed for all the attendees.
Volunteers and staff from the GS Alumni Association (GSAA) were present to pass out branded water bottles, t-shirts, mini inflatable owls, and other items.
The gathering was an opportunity for alumni to reunite with old faces and casually spend the Saturday with their friends and family members. Kick-off for the football game against Dartmouth started at 1:30 p.m. and alongside alumni, a large number of current Columbia undergraduate students joined the bleachers to cheer the home team on.