Released: Oct. 14, 1999
Centre celebrates Homecoming Oct. 15-16
DANVILLE, KY- Centre College will celebrate homecoming Oct. 15-16 with class reunions, academic seminars and sporting events featuring five of the college's varsity sports. Homecoming weekend is expected to bring several thousand alumni and friends to the campus.
The college will announce recipients of 1999 alumni awards and inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame during Centre's annual awards luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 16. At half-time at the 2:30 p.m. football game against Maryville, the college will give special recognition to Teel Bruner, a 1986 Centre graduate who was inducted this year into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
Homecoming opens on Friday morning (Oct. 15) with a series of 11 alumni seminars, featuring brief one-hour sessions led by current faculty members. This year's seminars range from a quick immersion in German language with Professor Jennifer Marshall, to a look at the history of the Beatles singing group, led by librarian and pop culture expert Stan Campbell. The seminars require advance registration and a small fee.
The Jones Visual Arts Center will have a sculpture exhibit featuring the work of stone carver Tom Chapin. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, with no admission charge. Chapin has been commissioned by the college to create a massive outdoor installation for the campus, and a small-scale model is included in the current exhibit.
Friday evening, Centre's Norton Center for the Arts will host the annual Homecoming gala, with two concerts by the Beach Boys. The masters of surfing rock 'n' roll will perform at 7 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall. For ticket information, contact the Norton Center box office at 606-236-4692.
On Saturday morning, homecoming activities continue with a 5K run beginning at 8 a.m. near the Boles Natatorium. Registration and a fee are required.
The annual Centre alumni recognition luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Cowan Dining Commons. The college will present the Young Alumnus Award to Tom Cowens '85 of Memphis and Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Rucker '55 of Maysville; John Horhn '77 of Jackson, Miss.; and Lanny Gregory van Allen '58 of Austin, Tex. Van Allen is a former Lancaster resident.
Also at the luncheon, Centre will induct six persons into its Athletic Hall of Fame, including the late Elmer Hendren '35, who lived in Danville. Other Hall of Fame inductees are James O. Buck '42 of Jacksonville, Fla.; Shannon Collins '89 of Marion; Ray Hundley '85 of Louisville; the late Minos Gordy '25; and the late Water Mustaine, who graduated in 1899 and became a prominent figure in physical education throughout Kentucky.
One highlight of homecoming will be the 2:30 p.m. football game pitting Centre against Maryville College. The halftime ceremonies will feature the traditional crowning of Centre's 1999 homecoming queen.
A detailed schedule of events and information on reservations is available
upon request from the Centre alumni office at 606-238-5500.
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