Willie Nelson Concert to Headline Centre Homecoming
DANVILLE, KY - A concert by country music star Willie Nelson will headline the Centre College homecoming weekend, set for Oct. 20-21. The concert in Centre's Norton Center for the Arts begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, Oct. 20, at the mid-point of homecoming weekend.
The college's two-day celebration also will feature informal academic seminars showcasing the Centre faculty, presentation of alumni awards, class reunions, and sports match-ups in volleyball, soccer and football. The college expects several thousand alumni and friends to visit campus over the course of two days.
Homecoming opens on Friday morning (Oct. 20) with a series of 10 alumni seminars, featuring brief one-hour sessions led by current faculty members. This year's seminars include "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Mate Selection," a whimsical look by sociologist Beau Weston at statistical evidence about women's approach to choosing their mates. Other seminars will delve into topics including world affairs, pop culture, stream ecology and estate planning. The seminars require advance registration and a small fee.
The Jones Visual Arts Center will host an exhibit focusing on the work of faculty members in the college art program. The exhibit features paintings by Sheldon Tapley, glasswork by Stephen Powell, ceramics by Judith Pointer and photographs by William Levin. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, with no admission charge.
Friday evening, Centre's Norton Center for the Arts will host the annual Homecoming gala with the 8:30 p.m. concert by Nelson. For ticket information, contact the Norton Center box office at 859-236-4692.
On Saturday morning, homecoming activities continue with a 5K run at 8 a.m. beginning at Young Hall on Walnut Street. 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 Kevin Taylor, class of '85, of New York City; and Distinguished Alumni Awards to Don Blackburn, '69, Louisville; David Ray, '59, Simpsonville; and Frances Cundiff Johnson, '46, Campbellsville. This year's inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame are Valerie Ziegler, '76, Greencastle, Ind.; Michael Hall, '85, Danville; Kevin Lavin, '87, Louisville; Orin Teeter, '44, Morehead; the late Louis Seelbach of Louisville; and, as an honorary inductee, long-time faculty member Kitty Baird.
One highlight of homecoming will be the 2:30 p.m. football game pitting Centre against Trinity College. The halftime ceremonies will feature the traditional crowning of Centre's 2000 homecoming queen.
A detailed schedule of events and information on reservations is available upon request from the Centre alumni office at 859-238-5500.
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