Centre College’s Homecoming Weekend 2017, Oct. 19-22, gives alumni the opportunity to reconnect with friends, professors and the campus. The weekend is full of reunions, performances, sporting events and dedications.
“Homecoming Weekend at Centre is like Christmas in October,” Director of Alumni Engagment Megan Milby said. “There’s an energy on campus that weekend that you don’t get any other time of the year.”
As Centre prepares for its Bicentennial in 2019, there will be new events in the Grace Doherty Library this year. Stan Campbell and Beth Morgan ’01 have put together an Archival Open House that will display historical photos and items from Centre’s history on Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. In addition, on Oct. 20 and 21, alumni interviews will be filmed for the Bicentennial in the Grissom Reading Room from 2 to 5 p.m. Alumni can sign up for interview time slots online.
Dedications this year include the Amend Field, a newly constructed men’s and women’s soccer facility located in the South Fields area of campus.
Homecoming also gives Centre the opportunity to salute its loyal alumni, including the Centre Associates Reception, the Donor Recognition Dinner and the Diversity Student Union Dinner & Dance.
The Alumni Recognition Ceremony will honor Distinguished Alumni William Smock ’81, William Meriwether ’43 and Jane Blair Skidmore ’64, along with Young Alumnus Benjamin Beaton ’03. Alumni being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame are the late William Botts Jr. ’84, Jeff O. Floyd ’98, Sarah Green-Robinson ’02 and Steve Lubbe ’94.
According to Milby, this year’s ceremony will be quite special.
“In addition to honoring Centre’s Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, the Alumni Association has elected to make Milton Reigelman and Richard Trollinger Honorary Alumni of the College,” she said.
This event, open to alumni, students, faculty and staff, will be Oct. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts.
The fun-filled weekend features a number of sights and sounds, including a reception and gallery talk with Stephen Rolfe Powell ’64 and Kensuke Yamada in the lobby of the Norton Center for the Arts. Additionally, Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition will be displayed in the AEGON Gallery in the Jones Visual Arts Center. As part of the Homecoming Gala, the Norton Center for the Arts will welcome Kool & The Gang in Newlin Hall on Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Alumni can cheer on the Colonels at several sporting events. Field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer will play home games. This year, swimming and diving alumni can suit up for a meet with current members. Alumni baseball players can enjoy a tailgate event at the Gary Wright Field. The traditional Homecoming football game will be against Rhodes. During the game, the Homecoming king, queen and court will be announced.
Other don’t-miss events include the Kappa Alpha Theta Homecoming 5K, the Resident Assistant Reunion and Jurassic Park Reunion with emeritus professors. This year, Centre graduating classes ending in ‘2 and ‘7 will hold reunions.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 16, 2017