Sweetheart 16 Couple to Join Homecoming Week Events

Posted: January 25, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

By Aisha Jamil and Colleen Kearney Rich

After three rounds and two weeks during which more than 13,000 votes were cast, the winners of Mason’s first “Sweetheart 16” contest have been announced.

Daniel and May Quigley of Alexandria, Va., earned the “sweetest couple” designation in the contest. The Quigleys will spend Homecoming weekend in style at the Mason Inn Hotel and Conference Center and will be VIPs at Homecoming events. Also, be on the lookout for the couple in the Homecoming parade on Saturday morning, Feb. 5.

Here’s more about the sweet pair.

Goin’ to the Chapel

The Quigley family. Photo courtesy of the Quigley family

Daniel Quigley, BS Decision Sciences and MIS ’99, likes to joke about how he and May Castro, BA Psychology ’01, stumbled into each other while members of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM), but the truth is that Daniel had a hand, or should we say foot, in the process.

At the time May was leading the songs during Mass as a cantor at St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel. Daniel says she would get very nervous before Mass and would frequently leave the pew right before things were scheduled to begin. Daniel always sat on the end of the row and waited for May to step on him or accidently kick him as she passed. He even admits to tripping her on occasion to get her attention.

“Not the most romantic setting, but hey, it worked for us,” he says. Daniel did catch her attention, and the two were married at the chapel five years later.

During their time at Mason, the Quigleys were incredibly active in campus life. In addition to their work with CCM, Daniel founded the roller hockey club and May was president of the Religious Organization Umbrella while keeping involved with her various singing and musical (she plays the oboe) groups.

They rarely missed a basketball game and even traveled to Richmond, Va., for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament each year. For them, a perfect date was dinner at Brion’s Grille before heading over to a game or a Center for the Arts performance.

Now dinners out for the Quigleys frequently include chicken nuggets and apple dippers, as they have four children under the age of 6. Still they make it to as many games as they can.

“We don our Mason attire with pride and love giving our children Mason gear for Christmas,” says Daniel. “Our love for each other began at Mason, so Mason will always have a place in our hearts.”

There’s No Place Like Mason

yellow brick road leads to MasonPlan to attend all of this year’s Homecoming events, which kick off on Jan. 31. Following are some highlights.

  • The Magic of Mason, Monday, Jan. 31 at noon, Johnson Center Atrium

Mason’s Homecoming Pep Rally features student performances, special appearances, games and prizes.

  • We Are Off to See the Majesty, Monday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall

In this pageant, one student will be crowned Mason’s Majesty.

  • If I Only Had Some Talent, Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., SUB II Ballroom

Mason students will be lighting up the stage with performances in order to win a cash prize.

  • We’re Not in Can-sas Anymor, Wednesday, Feb. 2 at noon, North Plaza

Student teams participate in the annual Can-Struction competition by turning donated nonperishable food into elaborate structures. Donations will be given to a local food bank.

  • Oz Fest, Friday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m., SUB II Ballroom

Students party it up at the annual semiformal Homecoming Dance.

  • Annual Homecoming Parade, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., Patriot Circle

Mason’s community brings the Homecoming celebration to the streets to prepare for the men’s basketball game against Old Dominion.

  • Annual Block Party, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., Parking Lot A

Reserve your tailgating spot now at Mason’s 13th annual Homecoming Pregame Block Party.

  • Men’s basketball game vs. Old Dominion, Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m., Patriot Center

See more about Homecoming 2011 events at the website.

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