Homecoming Weekend at Centre College offers another reason for graduates who have been called the happiest alumni in the nation to return home to Mother Centre. This rite of fall on Oct. 20-23 will be a memorable one, chock-full of reunions, sporting events, performances and dedications. But best of all, it gives alums the chance to reconnect with friends, professors and the campus.
New to Homecoming this year is a Black Alumni Reception and Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Also, Black Alumni Programming will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, featuring a series of four dialogues and panel discussions including a diversity update with Rodman King, associate vice president for academic affairs and diversity initiatives.
Dedications this year include the Kitty Baird Center, a newly renovated multipurpose athletic facility located at the South Fields area of campus, and the Matthew Shuey ’06 Memorial Pavilion dedication and cookout at the A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons.
Homecoming also gives Centre the opportunity to salute its loyal alumni visiting campus, including the Centre Associates Reception, the Donor Recognition Dinner and the Diversity Student Union Dinner & Dance. The Alumni Recognition Ceremony will honor Distinguished Alumni Beverly White Yeager ’54, Franklin Foster ’73, and Scott Bohannon ’91, along with Distinguished Young Alumnus Wesley Fugate ’02. Alumni being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame include Molly Alvey ’01, Brian Britt ’01, Ed Rall ’71 and Reggie Magnusson ’06.
The fun-filled weekend will be a feast for the eyes and ears. Join Stephen Rolfe Powell ’74 for a demonstration of his world-renowned skills in the hot glass studio in Jones Visual Art Center (JVAC). Additionally, Elijah Leed ’08 will exhibit his work at an artist reception in the JVAC. Wax Factory will perform live in Chowan, and Centre’s Norton Center for the Arts will welcome The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6.
Alumni can cheer on the Colonels at several events. Field hockey, volleyball, and men’s soccer will play home games, and field hockey alumnae can suit up for a game with the current players. The traditional Homecoming football game will pit Centre against Sewanee, during which the Homecoming king, queen and court will be announced.
Other don’t-miss events include The Flame Run annual Fall 5K Run & Walk, the first ever Casino Night sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the Day at the Races gathering at Keeneland Racecourse.
Other opportunities to reconnect include the Resident Assistant Reunion and the Jurassic Park Reunion with emeritus professors. This year, Centre graduating classes ending in ’1 and ’6 will hold reunions. Also, alumni will be able to take self-guided tours of the updated Old Centre.
by Cindy Long
October 17, 2016