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Morgan Albus Mooney ’03 says night game may bring more alumni back

While Homecoming is full of Lafayette tradition, one wrinkle this year is that the football game vs. Penn will be an evening contest. Morgan Albus Mooney ’03, chair of the Alumni Association’s Homecoming Committee, believes the night game will benefit the festivities.

“It will be nice to change it up,” says Mooney, who chairs the committee as member of Alumni Council and also serves as class president. “The night game lends itself to a different feel, and perhaps will even bring back alumni who would not have attended otherwise.”

She notes that the Homecoming Committee always strives to make each year a better experience than the one before for alumni returning to College Hill. When she formed the committee, she made sure to include alumni from a range of class years so that activities would appeal to a variety of attendees.

The committee discussed previous events, reviewed survey results that it collects after each year’s event, and brainstormed ideas for improvement. While the committee has no control over the football schedule, it looked at the evening game as an opportunity rather than a challenge.

“This year is the first night Homecoming game,” Mooney says. “It is a change of pace from the same Homecoming schedule that has been in place for years, and maybe it would be more of a reason for some to return to campus. We are still going to have many of the events in place as we do every year, including the clam bake, fraternity reunions, and academic programs.”

Mooney, who is an account service representative for Discovery Communications, recently ended her term on Lafayette Leadership Council. The English graduate loves to stay connected with the campus community and is excited to serve on Homecoming Committee.

“I had a great experience [at Lafayette] and truly believe in the value of the College,” she says. “Serving on Homecoming Committee is a two-year commitment, so it is rewarding to see the changes we have made implemented year-to-year. Homecoming is one of the College’s largest events and it is nice to be a part of that.”

Homecoming 2008 kicks off Friday, Sept. 26. For a full schedule of events and to register, visit the event web site.

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