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Was it the picture perfect weather, the classic car show, the amazing roster of alumni awardees, the delicious food or just simply the fact that Lakeland alumni love to come home? You helped us set record attendance for Homecoming as 476 alumni and friends came back for some portion of the weekend. See what some members of the class of 1960 had to say about what makes Lakeland so special. We also have a gallery of photos from the weekend.
The weekend began with the Emeritus Club luncheon, and the induction of the members of the class of 1960 into this elite group. The class representatives, Floyd Henschel and Fred and Barb Seefeldt, did an amazing job of encouraging their classmates to come out for this 50th anniversary year. One special moment of the luncheon came near the end, when the melodious sounds of the DJs filled the room. The DJs—DeLyle Henschel, Dan Jonas, John Krueger and Jerry Flueckiger—began their singing career at Lakeland in the late 1950s. Today, their barbershop harmonies are as sweet as ever. We hope to entice the DJs to sing for us again very soon.
Friday night included the Hall of Fame Banquet and the induction of Jason Bartelt '96, Stephanie (Sprenger) Damrow '97, and Brandon Lawson '98. Also honored was the 1996 softball team for its conference title.
Saturday, the Muskies' football team dominated Rockford for a 42-0 win. That evening at the Homecoming Celebration Banquet, the Class of 1960 presented the college with a class gift of $8,875, the largest class gift given to date. More than 160 people enjoyed a delicious dinner and listened to the six award winners share their inspiring stories. This year, the following awards were given: Outstanding Recent Alumni, Lori Neurohr '01; Service to the College, Ed Michael '96; Service to the Community, David Michael '63; Professional Achievement, Irv Kaage '73 and Barbara Steinberg '73; and Honorary Alumni, Vernon Warnecke H'10. In addition, a special presentation was made to honor President Gould, in which he also received the Honorary Alumni award.
A mix of good friends, good memories and the excitement of plans for the future made it one of the nicest Homecoming celebrations ever. The date of the 2011 Homecoming has not been set yet, but we will keep you posted. We will honor the reunion classes of 1961, 1971, 1986, 2001 and 2006. If you are a member of any one of those classes and would like to get involved, please contact Charmaine Jankowski '03, associate director of alumni relations, at email@example.com.