An Alumni's Look at Homecoming

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM PST

Curly McNamee (Class of 1967)

When I attended Seattle University, the Homecoming dance (along with the ROTC Military Ball) were the two formal events of the school year. A sense of excitement would fill the campus leading up to Homecoming.


In 1965, I was dating Judy Bride (now my wife of 41 years) and I wanted to impress her, so I asked her to the Homecoming dance.  The dance was held on February 4th in the best downtown Seattle hotel – the Olympic.  The theme of the night was “Port Seattle.” I rented a tuxedo and Judy purchased a formal gown. We began the evening with a fantastic dinner at Rosellini’s 610 Restaurant and then moved along to the main event, dancing at the Olympic Hotel.  We ended the evening by capturing it in a photograph.


The following year, Judy and I returned to the Olympic Hotel for an evening of “Stargazing,” that was the theme of the 1966 Homecoming dance. We again captured the magic of the evening with a photo.

It’s memories like these,that make my wife and me happy that the tradition of Homecoming is returning to Seattle University.

This year, Homecoming is still in its infancy and consists of the Hall of Fame Luncheon and a Pre-game Rally on February 2nd, 2013.


Homecoming gives me the opportunity to return to my alma mater, and re-live my days at Seattle U, while giving a new generation of students the chance to create their own Homecoming memories.