Matt Donlon '82 sat in his lawn chair just a few steps away from the campus fountain Saturday, taking in a familiar view on the picturesque fall afternoon and reminiscing about old friends, good moments and times when he used to hit golf balls toward the McConnell Library windows.
"I tried, but I never hit one," he said with a wry smile.
Donlon was one of thousands on campus last weekend—most of them less willing to share stories of mischief—for Radford University's 2012 Family Weekend and Alumni Homecoming, which featured a barbecue for alumni, a Greek social, and seminars, arts and athletics events.
Weekend festivities began Friday with the College of Business and Economics' BB&T Global Capitalism Lecture Series, which featured two speakers from Standard's & Poor's. Visitors also had an opportunity to see a faculty art show, a World War II-era fashion show and the Family Weekend Dog Show.
The Class of 1962 and guests were treated to a Golden Reunion dinner with RU President Penelope W. Kyle.
Parents had two opportunities during the weekend to meet personally with President Kyle. The RU Parents Coffee with the President on Saturday in the atrium of the new College of Business and Economics building gave visitors a chance to explore the facility as well as share a light breakfast and get acquainted with other parents and Kyle. At Sunday's Highlander Family Weekend Brunch in Dalton dining hall, Kyle chatted with parents and students as they enjoyed a hearty meal together before families headed home.
On Saturday, just about a 9-iron shot away from alumnus Donlon's lawn chair, the weekend's activities continued with the 27th Appalachian Folk Arts Festival, where campus visitors browsed tables filled with handmade arts and crafts and while listening to folk music.
Wiley and Betsy Traylor took in the festival with their daughter, Emily, a freshman graphic design major. The couple drove from their home in Mooresville, Ind., to visit with Emily, whom they had not seen in six weeks. "It's good to see them again, catch up and have them see my campus and see what I'm doing," Emily said.
For Wiley, it also was an excellent opportunity to revisit the campus where he worked for four years before leaving in 2003.
"So much has changed, but it's still a beautiful campus," said Wiley, who worked in heating and air conditioning with Facilities Management at RU.
"Oh, you need to fix my air conditioning," Emily reminded her father.