Homecoming 2011 promises full weekend of activities
October 13, 2011 By Laura Coleman Pritchard
alums busy with plenty of events, including performances by
Sundy Best (top photo), featuring Kris Bentley '09 (left) and
Nick Jamerson, and Uncle Lady (bottom photo), featuring Jeff
Hortillosa '09 (left), Catherine Naiser '08 and Joey McGill '10.
During Centre College’s Homecoming weekend, alumni come back to campus to reflect nostalgically on their times at Centre. But this year — through groundbreaking ceremonies and dedications — they will also get a glimpse of the future of the College.
Homecoming weekend begins on Friday, Oct. 21 with reunion luncheons for the Classes of ’51, ’56 and ’61; an open gallery and art reception with William Andrus ’91; and golf cart guided campus tours by students and staff. The dedication of Young Hall, Centre’s new state-of-the-art science building addition, will begin at 4 p.m. Other events include the Centre Associates Reception; women’s and men’s soccer vs. Rhodes; the alumni swim meet; and the donor recognition dinner, with entertainment provided by Kentucky Ensemble, a student and alumni group led by Prof. Nathan Link.
A block party on West Walnut Street will top off Friday evening’s events, with concerts by Uncle Lady, featuring Jeff Hortillosa ’09, Catherine Naiser ’08 and Joey McGill ’10, and Sundy Best, featuring Kris Bentley ’09 and Nick Jamerson. Local businesses, including Bluegrass Pizza and Pub and V-The Market, will be on-hand, providing refreshments and a cash-only bar. The West Walnut Street Block Party is sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Alumni Office.
The action-packed schedule continues Saturday, with highlights including the President’s Reception for Golden Reunions and the groundbreaking ceremony for the A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons — a project made possible by a generous gift from the A. Eugene Brockman Trust. The College will honor four Distinguished Alumni and three Hall of Fame inductees during the Alumni Recognition Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Book signings of “Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819,” with C. Thomas Hardin ‘63 and “Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, and Christians,” with Dr. Beau Weston will begin at 1:30 p.m. Joe McDaniel Field will be dedicated in a ceremony prior to kick-off in the Homecoming game versus Sewanee at 2:30 p.m. Several reunion parties for student groups and classes ending in six and one will take place throughout the day and evening.
Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman will perform her one-woman show at the Homecoming Gala at the Norton Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday evening’s events will conclude at Goggans Hall where Dump Truck on the Run, a high-energy cover band featuring Centre faculty and staff — including Brian Storz, Jessica Chisley ’04, John Rusnak, Brian Cusato, Nathan Link, Matt Kooster, Mike Barton and Drew Meadows — will leave alumni dancing the night away. The after-party is $10 per person.
Sunday’s Homecoming events include a 50th Reunion Day at the Races at Keeneland Racegrack; field hockey vs. Transylvania; and women’s and men’s soccer vs. Millsaps.
To view the full schedule for Homecoming 2011, or to register for events online, visit www.centrelinkonline.com/hc2011.
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 24th among all the nation's colleges and universities and has named Centre No. 1 among all institutions of higher education in the South for two years in a row. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, click here.