MANSFIELD - More than 350 alumni, family and friends returned to Mansfield University for Alumni Weekend in early June.
The class of 1963, celebrating its 50th anniversary, was this year's honored guests for alumni weekend. Thirty three members of the class returned to MU and were recognized, along with all classes with years ending in three and eight, retired faculty, administrators and staff. The class of '63 endowed a scholarship fund as a special gift to the University.
Also honored at the luncheon were this year's Society of Honors award winners.
Dr. John "Jack" McInroy '58 received the Alumni Citation Award. Barbara Alspach Baylor '67 was presented with the Elsie Burke Service Award. D. Keith Palmer '96 was named this year's Outstanding Young Alumni.
The Distinguished Educator Award was presented to Jewel Bittner Griffith '64.
The luncheon also served as a welcome for new Mansfield president Fran Hendricks, a 1979 graduate, who started May 28. Hendricks served 33 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General to return to his alma mater.
"I stand before you tremendously humbled and honored to be your president," Hendricks said. "I will ask of you for your feedback, for your insights, for your continued example for all of us here who are studying and charting our path through life, and, if able, I will ask for your generosity. We've got a great university here and I'm proud to be from here."
The weekend also featured tours of campus, a mixer for alumni of Greek organizations, an alumni golf tournament at Corey Creek Golf Club, which serves as a fundraiser for athletic scholarships, and several social events - offering opportunities to renew acquaintances and make news ones.