Parkside alumni “tailgate” Saturday at SAC
UW-Parkside alumni brought along friends and family en masse on Saturday to join in the fun of two Ranger basketball games and a big party in the second-floor Petretti Fieldhouse Overlook area of the Sports and Activity Center (SAC).
It was a day of good things to celebrate, including a thrilling, down-to-the-wire victory by the Ranger women's squad, which bested Northern Kentucky University with a score of 56-54 and the free-throw shooting prowess of Parkside senior Jadee Rooney, who tossed in two clutch free throws to capture the win for the Rangers. The Ranger men played a game with huge heart as well, but were in the end outdone by NKU by a score of 77-65.
And thanks in good measure to the Alumni Day contingent, the Rangers saw their biggest crowd of the year on Saturday.
Along with enjoying the hoops action in the De Simone Gym all afternoon, alumni took time out to celebrate the Ranger accomplishments in the Fieldhouse Overlook venue, where the UW-Parkside Alumni Association kept things lively with its annual "Indoor Tailgate with the Chancellor." The festivities included a welcome from Chancellor Debbie Ford and UWPAA President Jim Kramer, as well as "chalk talks" from Ranger head basketball coaches Luke Reigel and Jenny Knight-Kenesie. There was also hearty tailgate fare served throughout the afternoon, as well as kids' art and crafts supervised by the Student Activities Office and the Art Club, and a special video featuring Ranger athletes.
Three Parkside alums also had a chance to reminisce about their days on campus and what the university has come to mean in their lives in a special live radio interview session conducted by WRJN radio's Curt Vollman. The interviewees were Stan Anderson, Michael Farrell and Mike Haubrich.In her remarks, Chancellor Ford thanked the assemblage for supporting the Alumni Association and the Ranger basketball program.