It was a time to revel in the Falcon spirit as Daytona State alumni, friends and students flocked to the Daytona Beach Campus Nov. 2 through 5 for the college’s first homecoming festival in decades.
The event-packed celebration featured something for everyone, including a down-home barbecue, sporting events, Mr. & Ms. Daytona State Pageant, art exhibit, car show, 5K family fun walk/run and so much more.
Highlights of the weekend activities featured our men’s soccer team’s thrilling Friday shootout victory over rival Eastern Florida State College as they captured the NJCAA Southeast District Championship on penalty kicks after going 2-2 through double overtime. The win earned the team a spot in the Division 1 National Tournament Nov. 14-19 in Tyler, Texas.
Former student athletes also returned to their alma mater to reconnect and challenge current athletes in women’s softball and golf, and men’s baseball.
Homecoming participants, from staff and faculty to students and alumni, stopped at the Faculty Senate photo booth. Can you identify the smiling faces?
Homecoming 2016 kicked off with the Mr. & Ms. Daytona State Pageant. Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services major Jeremiah Marroquin and Associate of Arts major Alyssa Gage were crowned the royal couple and will serve as leaders, college ambassadors and change agents for the academic year.
Kids and young-at-heart adults enjoyed face painting, hayrides and games during Fall Festival. And visitors took turns ‘posing’ at the Faculty Senate photobooth.
David Roark and Juliana Romnes were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards in Photography from the college’s Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. Homecoming also featured an alumni photo exhibition and guest lectures. Here, Roark and Romnes pose with DSC School of Photography Chair Dan Biferie.
Homecoming also celebrated the arts with the first Alumni Arts Exhibit held at DSC’s News-Journal Center on Beach Street. The opening reception drew a nice crowd and a diverse range of alums sharing memories. (Photos by Joe Vance, DSC Photography Dept.)
There was something for everyone, ranging from local honey to hand-crafted jewelry at the Holiday Bazaar hosted by DSC’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges.
Harriers of all shapes and sizes took part in the 5K Family Walk/Run, which earned many finishers a well-earned rubdown from DSC Massage Therapy students, who volunteered their time.
Classic auto enthusiasts like DSC President Tom LoBasso were revved up by the dozens of vehicles on display during Saturday’s Car Show.
Dad’s learned all about styling their daughters hair and nails during the fun-filled Daddy Daughter Hair Factory session hosted by DSC alum Philippe Morgese and the faculty and students of the college’s Cosmetology program.