Homecoming 2015: celebrating The Centre Experience
Centre College alumni from across the state, nation and globe will convene for the annual Homecoming festivities on Oct. 1-4. The weekend will honor distinguished alumni and outstanding athletes, feature alumni artwork, stir school spirit as Centre student-athletes take the field and welcome prominent musicians, among other activities.
“Homecoming weekend at Centre has doubled in recent years—what used to be a two-day affair has now morphed into a long weekend filled with festivities,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Megan Milby. “This year, we have the added bonus of celebrating a bit earlier than usual and I’m hopeful Mother Nature will arrange for us a gorgeous fall weekend from start to finish.”
Many opportunities to recognize alumni at this year’s Homecoming festivities include the Centre Associates Reception, the Donor Recognition Dinner and the Diversity Student Union Reception/Dinner. The Alumni Recognition Ceremony will honor Distinguished Alumni Craig Johnson ’75, John Rhorer, Jr. ’78, Major General Kirk Vollmecke ’84 and Distinguished Young Alumnus Kevin Chapman ’00. There will also be a memorial service held for Dr. Max P. Cavnes, legendary Centre dean of men and a 27-year member of the Centre history faculty.
The fun-filled weekend will be a feast for the eyes and ears. The Mahan Gallery in the Boyle County Public Library will showcase the Class of 1965 Art Reception featuring works by Centre alumni Emily Dawn Clark, Jane Burch Cochran, Judi Gregory Goolsby, Ed Guttery and Jim Handy, all celebrating their 50th reunion. Additionally, Thuan Vu ’95 will exhibit his work at an artist reception at Centre’s Jones Visual Art Center. Ben Sollee will perform live on the Campus Center lawn, and Centre’s Norton Center for the Arts will welcome The Orchestra, starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra & ELO Part II.
Alumni can cheer on the Colonels at several events; field hockey and volleyball will both play home games, an Alumni Swimming & Diving Meet will be held at Boles Natatorium, and baseball alumni can suit up for a game with the current players. The traditional Homecoming football game will pit Centre against Hendrix College, during which the Homecoming king, queen and court will be announced. Prior to the game, there will be a ceremony in Weisiger Theater inducting alumni into the Athletics Hall of Fame, including Montas Allen ’98, Karin Kimberlin Jackson ’92, Mike Pharris ’74 and Marjorie Pilkinton ’05.
Additionally, two don’t-miss events include Kappa Alpha Theta’s annual Fall 5K Run & Walk benefiting CASA of the Bluegrass and the Day at the Races gathering at Keeneland Racecourse.
Other opportunities to reconnect include the Resident Assistant Reunion and the Jurassic Park Reunion with emeritus professors. This year, Centre graduating classes ending in ’0 and ’5 will hold reunions—find the complete list of reunions by class here. Also, alumni will be able to take a guided tour to see the recent renovations on campus or take a self-guided tour of the updated Old Centre.
See the full Homecoming 2015 schedule.
by Elise L. Murrell
September 24, 2015