Saint Martin’s To Welcome Alumni For Homecoming 2014

LACEY, Wash. — The dedication of a new flag pavilion built at Saint Martin’s University to honor active-duty and veteran members of the military will kick off the Saint Martin’s Homecoming 2014, set for Feb. 7-9 on the Lacey campus.

“We have planned a wide variety of activities to give our alumni plenty of opportunities to interact with their former classmates, as well as meet new people who share their passion for Saint Martin’s,” says Katie Wojke, interim vice president of the Saint Martin’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations. “They will be able to enjoy these fun events while they learn more about what’s happening now at the University.”

The flag pavilion was constructed to recognize military veteran and active-duty students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community for their service to the nation. The pavilion is located at the base of the Grand Staircase, adjacent to the Jan Halliday Memorial Plaza, a setting that offers tremendous views of the campus and beyond. Saint Martin’s alumni Mary Louise ’60 and Terence Monaghan ’62, who is also a member of the Saint Martin’s University Board of Trustees, sponsored the pavilion project.

The dedication, which is expected to be “standing room only,” begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and will be held outdoors at the base of the Grand Staircase. A tent and limited seating will be provided. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring umbrellas!

To register for the dedication and the other Homecoming events listed below, please visit or call Bianca Galam, fundraising event coordinator, at 360-486-8885.

Friday, Feb. 7, following the flag pavilion dedication:

5 p.m.  Evening Mass - Saint Martin’s Abbey Church

7 p.m.  Homecoming Welcome Reception

All alumni and their guests are invited to join the celebration at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, 4411 Martin Way, Lacey, WA 98516, with an all-class reunion. This will be a relaxing get-together with complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

Saturday, Feb. 8

8 a.m.  Mass - Saint Martin’s Abbey Church

10 a.m. – noon  Department drop-ins, at the following locations:

•         School of Business – 3rd floor, Old Main

•         College of Education and Professional Psychology – 4th floor, Old Main

•         College of Arts and Sciences – 3rd floor, Old Main near room 318

•         Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering – Cebula Hall

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Alumni pick-up basketball game - Charneski Recreation Center

Hosted by Mary Conley Law, registrar emeritus, take to the courts for a friendly game of hoops with fellow Saints alumni.

Noon  Saints baseball home opener - Saint Martin’s University baseball field

In their first home game of the season, the Saints meet the University of Puget Sound. Come cheer on the team!

1 p.m.  Coffee with the Monks – Harned Hall lounge

Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with the monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch up with your favorite monk and to meet with new members of the monastic community. Complimentary coffee and snacks. Espresso and smoothie drinks will be available for purchase at the Monk’s Bean café in Harned Hall from 1 - 3 p.m.

2 p.m.  Benedictine Institute Lecture Series – Cebula Hall, third floor, space is limited

Ken Butigan, Ph.D., HS ’72, director of the Pace E Bene Nonviolence Service, will be the second speaker of the Benedictine Institute Lecture Series. Contact Father Marion Nguyen, O.S.B., for more information at 360-412-6155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3:30 p.m. Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor celebration | $15 per person - Norman Worthington Conference Center

Join us as we honor and celebrate our 2014 inductees!

Hall of Honor: Joe Alongi HS ’62 ‘66

Hall of Fame: Beth Layton ’06,  Brad Hooper, Chris McGee

High School Hall of Fame: Dale Behles

5:15 p.m. Saints vs. University of Alaska – Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion

The Saints double-header kicks off with the women’s basketball team taking on the University of Alaska Nanooks in GNAC action.

6 p.m. Alumni pep rally and reception – Norman Worthington Conference Center

Rally around our Saints! Meet new friends, reconnect with old friends and show your support for our men’s and women’s basketball teams. Don’t forget to wear your Saints gear to show off your Saints spirit!

7:30 p.m. Saints vs. Central Washington University – Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion

Cheer on the men’s basketball team against GNAC opponent, the Central Washington University Wildcats, in the second half of the Saints double-header.

Sunday, Feb. 9

11 a.m. Mass - Saint Martin’s Abbey Church

Homecoming Weekend closes with Mass at the Abbey Church. Come celebrate with us!

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at


January 29, 2014