Alumni Homecoming Celebration

This annual event welcomes alumni back to campus during Ohio State's Homecoming week for dinner, scholarship and celebration.

2023 Event

The celebration includes a buffet dinner, entertainment, and a presentation of the Ohio State Newark Distinguished Alumni Award and the Homecoming Court. Dinner is limited to the first 100 registrants (RSVP is required). Free to Ohio State alumni and invited guests. Adults only. 

Oct. 5, 2023
7—9 p.m.
John Gilbert Reese Center

Honoring Dean/Director William L. MacDonald

The evening kicks off with dinner featuring guest speaker Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, PhD. Dean MacDonald began his career at Ohio State Newark in 1992 as an assistant professor of sociology and has since served in a variety of roles, including honors director, assistant academic dean, academic dean, and dean/director. 

From 2010-2019, while retaining his role as dean/director of Ohio State Newark, he served as executive dean of the regional campuses. He has led or co-led several successful campaigns for the improvement of the Newark campus, won numerous awards and published articles in a variety of scholarly journals. Dean MacDonald enjoys working to sustain the collaboration of Ohio State Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and the community to expand access to higher education and to continually improve the student experience.  

Dean MacDonald will celebrate and conclude his 20 years as dean/director of the Newark campus on June 30, 2024. We will honor his numerous accomplishments during the Homecoming dinner. 

William MacDonald


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