Students and visitors enjoyed a week full of activities as Lawrence Technological University celebrated its Homecoming Week that wrapped up on Oct. 12.
The Homecoming Service Project involved volunteering with the Greening of Detroit to help create a healthier, safer, and greener environment. Planting trees helps ease storm-water runoff, resulting in cleaner water in both the Detroit River and the Great Lakes.
On Monday, while students and staff decorated campus in blue and white, Just Baked brought the Homecoming spirit to the retail side by selling specialty “Blue Devil” cupcakes at their Evergreen location. Another City Centre business, Yoga Shelter, provided a free demo at Arbor Lofts.
Local pizzerias are always looking for ways to get their name out to college students. The annual Best Pizza in Town Competition provides a perfect opportunity. Nearly 500 students came to grab pizzas and vote on their favorite. Jet’s Pizza was voted the overall winner, and Cottage Inn was the best gourmet pizza. Other donating establishments that students were raving about included Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinders, Benito’s Pizza, Little Casaer’s, and Shield’s Pizzeria.
Guest speakers were brought in throughout the week, including Rick Bloom on personal finance and John Fikany on the future of technology. Gina Van Tine, BSAr’89, BAr’94, a principal of inFORM Studio, spoke about her practice after receiving the Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award.
LTU President Virinder Moudgil hosted the annual President’s Symposium. The panel discussion on “The Role of Technology in Healthcare” was moderated by Matt Roush, the communications director of the Southfield-based Engineering Society of Detroit.
The women’s soccer team played against Cornerstone University, and the Taste of Southfield provided delicious sampling of the area’s finest dining. Hundreds of students went bowling, and the men’s tennis team swept Rochester College. The donation of a bi-fuel truck (and four others) by Westport was unveiled by the University administration along with Lawrence Tech’s Student Government.
The Powder Puff and the Staff vs. Students Flag Football games were played under the lights on campus for the first time in history. The staff played well but failed to convert on a drive to force overtime. The students’ team tacked on some insurance points to win, 27-18. White won, 20-0, over Blue to become Powder Puff Champions for the third year in a row.
The Southfield International Festival drew students from around the world on Friday. The day ended with a pep rally that honored sports teams from the previous year. The WingStop Chicken Wing Eating Contest was won by Joe Kuzdal & Zhongwen He. Werner Killen—a basketball powerhouse from the 1950s—was enshrined in the Athletic Hall of Fame in front of family, friends, and fellow Hall of Famers. The evening was capped with a stellar concert by Skylar Grey.
On Saturday morning, Chi Omega Rho sorority sponsored the Homecoming 5k race/1 mile walk. Over $1,000 was raised for Breast Cancer Research by hundreds of participants and volunteers. A tailgate party helped alumni prepare for the Homecoming game, but LTU lost to Siena Heights, 1-0, in a hard-fought match. The Blue Devil Motorsports Grand Prix kept the campus alive into the night with sounds of rubber hitting the road.
The fourth annual LTU Open disc golf tournament was held on Sunday morning. Business student Bart Kowalewski teamed up with alumni Mike O’Connell and Chadd Scruggs to organize the event, which drew nearly 50 people to campus. Kowalewski won the Amateur division for a score of 12-under-par (-5/-7) for two rounds.
LTU would like to thank the numerous sponsors of Homecoming, including all those named above as well as Aramark, Southfield City Centre, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Traffic Jam and Snug.