||Homecoming celebration featured Lyle Lovett, book signing, art exhibit, and pre-game parachute jumps
RELEASED: October 29, 2009
By Leigh Ivey
DANVILLE, KY—Last weekend was anything but ordinary at Centre College.
For Homecoming weekend, hordes of alumni returned to their alma mater to take part in two days of reunions, campus tours, concerts, art exhibits, receptions and, of course, football.
Also on Friday, alumni visited the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center (JVAC) to view an art exhibit by Paul Oberst '77. The exhibit, Ceremonial Objects, Tents, Temples, and Blankets, included a range of pieces that depict various temples, which Oberst calls "a locus in my mind for transformation and passage of the human spirit."
On Friday afternoon, Oberst gave a gallery talk, which was followed by a reception for the artist.
Several sports events took place Friday night, including men's and women's soccer games, a swimming and diving meet, and a field hockey game.
Later that night, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band hit the stage in Newlin Hall of the College's Norton Center for the Arts. Lovett is a captivating performer and one of America's most highly regarded songwriters.
The newly published book, which includes more than 700 photographs and is the most complete history of the College ever written, is available for purchase at the Chenault Alumni House, The Centre Bookstore and online.
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the weekend was the parachuting event that took place just before kickoff in the football game between Centre and Rhodes College. A little after 2 p.m., two Army ROTC members from the University of Kentucky jumped from a helicopter and delivered the game ball to the head official.
After they landed, the Centre football team—which boasts a 7-1 overall record and is 4-1 in conference play—defeated Rhodes College 37-10.
Also taking place on Saturday afternoon were field hockey and volleyball games, a diversity student union reception, and reunion parties.
Sponsored by Student Activities Council and the Alumni Office, a "Music in the Park" concert was held in the first floor of the Warehouse.
"The Alumni Office has been partnering with SAC for many years now to put on first-class concerts for students and alumni," says Jacky Thomas '02, director of alumni giving. Musician Dave Barnes was this year's performer.
Also during annual Homecoming celebrations this weekend, the five newest members of the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted and honored.
"Centre Homecoming is such a special time on campus for alumni and friends," Thomas says. "Alumni didn’t just attend Centre—they enjoyed an extraordinary experience. Being back on campus for this fun-filled weekend is an opportunity to relive a bit of that experience. I honestly believe that Centre will always feel like 'home' to so many alumni."
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Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Consumers Digest ranks Centre No. 1 in educational value among all U.S. liberal arts colleges. 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, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/
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