April 24, 2009

Hudson Relays, Unveiling of Doc Oc Statue, Springfest Happening this Weekend


The 2009 Hudson Relays will be celebrated on campus this weekend. The 26-mile relay footrace commemorates Western Reserve College's 1882 move from Hudson, Ohio, to University Circle. The race begins at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, April 25, but several events are planned throughout the weekend.

Teams representing freshmen through senior year, as well as the alumni team, will participate, and the campus community is invited to come out and cheer on the runners. Hudson Relays is one of Case Western Reserve University's oldest traditions. Learn more.

According to Heidi McCormick, director of University Alumni Relations, this year's Hudson Relays was heavily promoted to alumni through various electronic outlets, and as a result, it will feature "one of the largest alumni teams in recent history. Alumni are traveling in from Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, and of course, around Ohio. We're very excited to have such a wonderful turnout," McCormick said.

Before the relays begin, a dedication of a memorial to Ignacio "Doc Oc" Ocasio, a Case Western Reserve chemistry professor who died in 2005, will take place. Doc Oc was a spirited cheerleader for students inside and outside of the classroom, and he oftern served as the Hudson Relays freshman team coach.

The campus community is invited to attend the dedication of the memorial beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the steps of Adelbert Hall. Artist A. Joseph Kinkel has created a bronze statue of Ocasio. Spearheaded by the classes of 2007 and 2008, students, campus groups, alumni, faculty and staff initiated a fund to commemorate his life.

The bench and statue will face the Hudson Relay Rock. "It will remind faculty and students [and the campus community] why we are here. We get so wrapped up in our university life, but we are here to help students grow," said Adam Rupe (CWR '08), who has returned to campus this weekend for the dedication.

Immediately following the relays at 12:30 p.m. is Springfest, featuring performances, food and activities. The event is open to the entire campus community. Read more.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, April 24, 2009 01:25 PM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Campus Life, Students

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