Homecoming offers opportunities for recognition, reconnecting and fun
This year’s Homecoming weekend—Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 21—promises the Centre community entertainment, numerous ways to reconnect and opportunities to appreciate the past, present and future of Centre College.
Alumni receptions will be held at Chenault House from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. All are welcome to stop by.
Two new mainstays on Centre’s campus will be dedicated on Homecoming weekend: the Lincoln statue and the A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons. The dedication of Centre’s Lincoln will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 in front of Crounse Hall. The Lincoln statue, a 12-foot sculpture created by Louisville artist Ed Hamilton, was unveiled after Opening Convocation on Sunday, August 26.
A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons will be dedicated at 10:30 on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the ceremony taking place in the courtyard of the residential facility. The Commons opened at the start of the 2012-13 school year and houses 124 students in six apartment-style townhouses. The Commons was made possible by a gift from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, created by the late A. Eugene Brockman, father of Robert “Bob” Brockman ’63, chairman of the Centre Board of Trustees.
Two big-name musical groups will perform at Centre in as many nights during Homecoming weekend. Huey Lewis & The News will perform at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Norton Center for the Arts. The San Francisco-based band rose to fame in the 1980s with such hits as “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “The Power of Love” and “Hip to Be Square,” and continues to release albums and tour regularly.
The West Walnut Block Party, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 near the Campus Center, will feature Kentucky-based rap group Nappy Roots, with opening music by Gangstagrass. Nappy Roots, known for their alternative Southern rap, originated in Bowling Green, Ky., and is most famous for their hit singles “Po’ Folks,” “Roun’ the Globe” and “Awnaw.” Gangastagrass is known for their unique sound, which combines bluegrass and rap. Their song “Long Hard Times to Come” was selected to be the opening theme song of TV show “Justified.” The West Walnut Block Party will also feature local vendors and a cash bar.
The Diversity Student Union (DSU) will also host a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bowman Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall on Saturday. All are welcome to attend.
The annual Alumni Recognition Ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Weisiger Theatre. Four alumni—Paul F. Camenisch ’62, James L. Gibson ’57, Jeffrey H. Hoover ’82 and Matisa Olinger Wilbon ‘97—will be recognized as distinguished alumni. Five alumni—Shan Cammack ’90, Hylton Mayer ’97, Drew Mildren ’02, Kelly Sandidge ’91 and the late Roy Converse ’35—will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
Miss taking classes at Centre? Sociology professor Beau Weston will give a professor lecture called “The World is Getting Better” at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Ewen Room of the Campus Center. Weston’s discussion stems from research he undertook while developing a new course called “The Happy Society”—and his findings told him that, overall, people across the globe are generally happy, and the world is becoming a better place.
Alumni authors will have a chance to share their work with the Centre community during the alumni author book signing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the lobby of the Norton Center for the Arts. For more information on who will be participating in this event, click here.
Artwork created by Matthew Cummings ’05 will be on display in the AEGON Gallery of the Jones Visual Arts Center in a new exhibit, “Light … Dense … Dark …” The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20.
An exhibition, “Centre During the Age of Lincoln,” designed by Anastasia Knight ’03, will be on display in the Grace Doherty Library during library hours throughout the weekend. For more information on the exhibit,click here.
Athletic events will be taking place throughout the weekend as well. The Centre volleyball team will take on Hendrix at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and will also play Rhodes College at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Both games will take place in Alumni Gymnasium in Sutcliffe Hall. The Centre football team will play Trinity University at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday on Joe McDaniel Field. The Centre field hockey team will play Sewanee: the University of the South at noon on Sunday, Oct. 21 on the new Multipurpose Athletic Field on the South end of campus.
To get reacquainted with campus, the Office of Admission is offering guided campus tours leaving on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The tours will leave from Chenault House. Old Centre will also be open for self-guided tours from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
An off-campus opportunity for fun is the Centre Day at the Races from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Keeneland on Sunday, Oct. 21. To make reservations for this event, call (859) 238-5500.