The 2010 Centre College Homecoming weekend will, as always, be filled with celebrations, reunions, football and fun. This year’s Homecoming weekend is Oct. 22-23, and with activities including a Smokey Robinson concert, Tides & The Seasons art exhibit, book signings and more, the weekend is sure to be another memorable event.
“Centre alumni come back to campus to celebrate Homecoming because of the energy on campus, the interaction with our students and the rekindling of old friendships and new,” says Megan Haake, director of alumni affairs. “The weekend offers something for everyone!”
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, alumni are invited to stop by Chenault Alumni House for an ongoing alumni reception, where they can mingle with fellow alums and catch up on the latest happenings at their alma mater. On both Friday and Saturday, the alumni reception will take place until 5:30 p.m.
From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days, Anne Seelbach ’66’s Tides and The Seasons art exhibit will be open to the public at Centre’s AEGON Gallery. At 4 p.m. on Oct. 22, Seelbach will hold a gallery talk about her paintings, and a reception will follow.
The Centre swimming and diving team will face Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at 6 p.m. on Friday; the field hockey team will also be competing that evening, facing Bellarmine University at 7 p.m.
This year’s Homecoming Gala will feature Smokey Robinson; the concert will take place in the College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday morning, the Alumni Recognition Ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Weisiger Theatre. “We’ll be honoring four distinguished alumni and inducting six athletes into Centre’s Athletic Hall of Fame,” Haake says.
From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, C. Thomas Hardin will be signing copies of Our Standard Sure: Centre College Since 1819, the prize-winning illustrated history of the College, and Van Winkle Professor of Sociology Beau Weston will sign copies of his new book of Centre history, Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, and Christians.
The Centre football team will face Millsaps College at 2:30 p.m. for the Homecoming game, while the women’s and men’s soccer teams will take on DePauw University at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday night, “Music on the Patio” will feature Eric Hutchinson, whose hits include “Rock & Roll,” “Ok,” “It’s Alright with Me” and “Oh!” The concert, sponsored by Student Activities Council and the Alumni House, will take place on the patio of the Campus Center.
After Hutchinson’s performance, alumni are invited to the annual “After-Party,” which will be held at Goggans Hall on Perryville Street. The party will feature Dump Truck on the Run, a band comprised of Centre faculty and staff members.
“No two shows of ours are the same,” says Dump Truck member John Rusnak. “We always add new songs to the set lists, switch vocals and/or instruments to keep things fresh and have a surprise at each gig, whether it be Mardi Gras beads, a bubble machine, or cool outfits. Our strength is in the variety of upbeat tunes that we play—from Guns N’ Roses and The B-52s to Prince and The Beatles. Even if you’re a wallflower, you’ll end up dancing before the show is over.”
Whether they graduated from Centre last May or 30 years ago, alumni always enjoy the Homecoming experience, and with so many exciting activities ahead, this year will surely be no different.