WASHINGTON, Pa. (Oct. 22, 2012) – The Presidents’ 40-14 PAC football victory over Saint Vincent Saturday, Oct. 20, at Cameron Stadium highlighted an eventful Homecoming & Reunion Weekend celebration at Washington & Jefferson College. The win clinched the football program’s 29th consecutive winning season, marking the fifth-longest active streak in all of NCAA football.
Prior to the game, W&J honored the 1992 Presidents, who played in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Bradenton, Fla., becoming the first team in College history to appear in a NCAA Division III National Championship game. Also in attendance at Cameron Stadium was 1981 W&J graduate and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
At halftime, seniors DeAndre Simmons of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Eva Pfeffer of Temecula, Calif., were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. Pfeffer, an international business and art double major, is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. A Magellan Project scholar, Pfeffer spent last summer researching and comparing artwork in three South American countries. Simmons, a communication arts major, is a co-captain of the football team and member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. A producer and host for W&J’s student-run radio station, WNJR, he interned at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with the Saturday Light Brigade, a public radio show featuring acoustic music and family programming.
Capping off the Homecoming festivities was W&J’s popular Fifth Quarter event, where alumni and faculty gathered on campus for a lively post-game celebration. The previous evening, W&J had honored three of its own at the College’s annual Homecoming Dinner. Larry Sumney, class of 1962, was honored with the Alumni Award for Achievement for his work as president and CEO of the Semiconductor Research Corporation. National intelligence and security expert McClellan “Guy” DuBois, class of 1970, received the Distinguished Service Award for his 42 years of dedicated service to the College. This year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient, Amanda Boehm, class of 2002, was recognized for her contributions to cancer research as a senior editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
W&J football is idle next Saturday, but returns to action Nov. 3 at Geneva College and closes the regular season Nov. 10 at Waynesburg University. Next year’s Homecoming celebration is set for Sept. 27-28, 2013.