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A Homecoming Like No Other

The year 2020 was certainly one for the history books. A global pandemic. Remote learning and working. Shutdowns. Face masks. Social distancing. And CSU’s first-ever virtual Homecoming. 

Over the course of four days in October, the Alumni Association hosted Homecoming @ Home, kicking off with the launch of the Women’s Leadership Lunch Series, featuring Catherine Bosley with a message about the long-lasting effects of our choices in cyberspace. 

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Lee Fisher joined law alumni for Coffee Talk, and over two dozen faculty and staff members were awarded with Golden Apple Awards at a “ceremony” of sorts for their inspiring work with students. 

A virtual scavenger hunt sent alumni (and their families) scouring their homes for the likes of old textbooks, CSU swag, baby clothes and more, while members of the class of 1970 gathered via Zoom for a virtual 50th reunion, reminiscing about an era that too was marked by its own upheaval. 

And Dennis Gates, men’s basketball head coach, closed out the festivities with an exciting chat about his plans for the future of the program. 

While we could only connect via computer and phone screens, the feeling—that strong, vibrant, resilient, unmistakable Viking spirit— was still the same. Until next year… go Vikings! 

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