Fun and Eventful Homecoming Weekend Wraps up for Bison Athletics
Oct. 27, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -The induction of the 34th class of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame headlined a busy weekend of Homecoming activity for Bison Athletics. Nearly 300 people came to the Terrace Room inside the Elaine Langone center for the Friday-evening induction ceremony, which was one of the marquis events in a landmark Homecoming 2012 celebration in which a $500 million fundraising campaign was publicly launched.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Class includes former men's soccer, track and field and tennis coach Craig Reynolds; two-sport stars Dick Roush '51 (baseball, soccer) and Kevin Eiben '01 (baseball, football); women's track and field record-setters Yetunde Daniels Rubinstein '00 and Stephanie Bango Wharton '02; and baseball slugger Tyler Prout '00. [Read more on the new Hall of Fame class.]
All six inductees gave moving speeches that reflected a common theme: the people they met during their Bucknell days, from friends to professors to coaches, have all impacted their lives to this day.
"Throughout my days at Bucknell, the other players went from being teammates to friends to family," said Prout, who graduated as the school's all-time leader in a dozen offensive categories, including hits, home runs and RBIs.
Five of the six new Hall-of-Famers were honored again at halftime of Saturday's Bucknell-Colgate football game. The only inductee who could not make it back this weekend was Eiben, who is currently playing for the Hamilton TigerCats of the Canadian Football League. The TigerCats defeated Winnipeg 28-18 on Saturday.
Prior to the football game, a wonderful University Celebration and Pregame Showcase was held under a large tent on the practice field just outside Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Hundreds of alumni and tailgaters gathered for outstanding food, giveaways, fun games and activities, and presentations by Bucknell students and faculty.
On the field, Bison captains Joseph Francis, Tyler Smith and Beau Traber were joined for the coin toss by four honorary captains, all of whom were 2012 Homecoming award recipients. Bill Graham '62, a former wrestler and one of the all-time leading supporters of Bison Athletics, was the recipient of the Bucknell Award for Distinguished Citizenship. Dr. David Boger '61 was presented with the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. And Martie Samek `60 and Ed Samek '58 received the Association for the Arts Academy of Artistic Achievement Award. With such a distinguished group of honorary captains, it was no wonder that Bucknell won the toss.
Also at halftime, the eight Homecoming hosts and hostesses were recognized in front of the large crowd. This well-rounded group, which was elected by their peers in the student body, included a varsity student-athlete in Ted Mottola, who is an outstanding thrower on the Bison track and field team.
At the final halftime ceremony of the day, Bucknell University President John Bravman and director of athletics John Hardt paid tribute to Fred '54 and Carol Shehadi in recognition of their longtime support of Bison Athletics, and for establishing the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium Memorials Fund, which provided for the installation of two brand new monuments at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The new monuments honor Bucknell football legends Clarke Hinkle '32, who is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and George Young '52, an All-American at Bucknell who would later go on to win two Super Bowls as general manager of the New York Giants.
Fred Shehadi was also honored at Friday night's Hall of Fame ceremony. He was presented with the Bison Club Award, given for outstanding contributions to Bucknell Athletics.
The alumni recognition also carried over to Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium, where the Bison men's soccer team capped off the weekend of sports competition with an important 1-0 victory over Patriot League rival Colgate. Nearly two dozen former men's soccer players were back on campus for Homecoming and were honored on the field at halftime. In addition to the two new Hall-of-Famers from the soccer program, Reynolds and Roush, fellow Hall-of-Famers Bruce Strasburg '75, Scott Strasburg '77 and Gary Toubman '76 were also back.
While the Bison athletics events are wrapped up for the weekend, Homecoming 2012 activities continue through Sunday. Bucknell Athletics thanks all of our alumni supporters, and it was great to see so many of you back on campus this weekend.