• The Scroll: First Homecoming as an Alumna

    Krissy Schoenfelder

    Alumni old and young returned to campus Oct. 13 for Homecoming. Braving the light rain, thousands of Tommies cheered the football team to a 37-0 victory over the Bethel Royals to remain undefeated in the MIAC. I caught up with Sarah Pherson after her first Homecoming since graduating in 2009.

    This is your first time back in three years. Why haven’t you come back before?

    It was hard to find time with school. I figured this was the time to come back. I wanted to check out how much campus has changed since graduation! Plus I was excited for the UST-Bethel matchup. I always loved going to Tommie football when I was a student, and considering their records I thought it would be a great game.

    You’ve gone back to school … congratulations! Where are you?

    I’m a full-time law student at Hamline. I am a 2L and expect to graduate in May 2014.

    What did you study as an undergrad?

    I have a B.A. in public relations and political science, so law school was a natural next step. Unfortunately, it keeps me so busy I haven’t had much time to come back to UST.

    Now that you’ve made it back, what was your favorite part?

    It was fun to see how different the campus is and to reminisce about Homecoming festivities while I was a UST student.

    Sarah Pherson, left, gives Tommie a Homecoming hug with Christina Haubrich.

    Getting decked out, head to toe, in purple and heading to the game.

    What Homecoming events did you attend? Was there anything you were especially surprised by?

    I attended the festivities on the Quad and the game. I know it’s not the Taste of Saints anymore, but the festivities on the quad were really fun. Initially it didn’t even seem that different. As an undergrad, I always liked Taste of Saints, because it was a simple and fun way to get student organizations involved, but if there had been a few more booths and vendors it would have been hard to tell the difference. Plus, they were handing out lots of free Tommie swag this year, and that is always fun!

    Did you stay for the whole game – right through the rain?

    We stayed until about the beginning of the fourth quarter. Considering the UST blowout, we thought it was time to pack it in.

    Now that you’ve made it back to campus, will you be returning for Homecoming 2013?

    Absolutely! It was great reconnecting not only with friends but also with campus and the Tommie community. I also want to start getting involved with other alumni events. The Young Alumni service project this summer sounded great. I’m definitely going to try to join in on the next one.

    (Readers: Did you make it to any Homecoming events? Tell us your favorite part of the day in the comments section.)

    1 Comment

    • Therese McKenzie ’82

      My favorite part/memoy of Homecoming was trying to see my old dorm room. I lived in Murary Hall and have many fond memories of all that is Murray. I want to just take a little peek of what my old room looked like after 30 years,

      I thought I could just go up and check, but I forgot the security that they have now. There wasn’t anyone around to let me in, so I took a seat by the elevator. Thought I would sit, relax, and warm up a little after watching the great football game. Way to go Tommies!!!

      After about 10 minutes the elevator door opened and three young lades exited. They all smiled at me and I said hello to them. They said hi too, so I thought I would let them know why I was there. Told them about wanting to see my old dorm room. One of them asked what room was it, and I told her 318. All three at the same time said, that’s our room! We all laughed about the coincidence, and I asked if they minded if I saw the room. They all said sure.

      Next thing I know, I am in my old door room reminiscing about all the fun times I had there. They are all Freshman so I told them about my Freshman year, as one of the second group of Women to go through St. Thomas. Told them how much I loved the tunnels during the Winter, and how great it was to never have to go outside if I didn’t want to. Remembered old stories of different roommats and the fun we had together. Next thing I know, almost a hour has gone by. It was great!!

      It was a wonderful ending to a great ’82 Reunion weekend. Thank you so much to the wonderful young ladies from 318 Murray Hall. Now I have even more happy memories of Saint Thomas and my years in Murray.

      24 Oct 2012 07:10 pm
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