The love and appreciation Centre College alumni have for their alma mater is without rival, and Homecoming is always a special time as alumni from every corner of the globe return to the place so near and dear to their hearts. This year’s Homecoming festivities are varied and offer something for everyone, celebrating Centre and all the people who make it extraordinary.
“From Starship and the 5K, to the Alumni Book Signing and a full schedule of athletic events, the campus is going to be full of energy and excitement,” says Director of Alumni Affairs Megan Haake Milby ’03. “We look forward to welcoming close to 1,000 alumni and friends throughout the weekend, and this year we have several special events.”
Homecoming weekend takes place Oct. 23-26 and will kick off Friday with an alumni art exhibit by Ashley Howell ’06 entitled “Frock: Fashion and Figure Paintings.” The exhibit will be held in the AEGON Gallery of the Jones Visual Arts Center (JVAC) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An Artists’ Reception will follow on the first floor of JVAC.
Alumni can also enjoy “An Afternoon with the Murano Maestro,” celebrating world-renowned Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra’s seventh visit to campus. He will present a public glassblowing demonstration Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. in JVAC’s hot glass studio.
The College will also welcome back David Connerley Nahm ’97, who will be reading from his debut novel, the critically acclaimed Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky. The book reading will take place at 4 p.m. in the Grissom Reading Room of the Grace Doherty Library, with a reception following. Nahm’s novel tells the story of two siblings in Crow Station, Ky., who are torn apart and haunted by their memories. According to a review by National Public Radio, “it’s impossible to stop reading until you’ve gone through each beautiful line, a beauty that infuses the whole novel, even in its darkest moments.”
Stan Campbell, director of library services, organized the reading and believes alumni and current students alike will appreciate the visit from Nahm, who practices law and teaches at James Madison University in addition to writing.
“David’s classmates will have the opportunity to hear him read from his highly acclaimed first novel, while current students will have a chance to meet a former Centre student who not only has gone on to significant critical success but who also has created a unique career for himself,” explains Campbell.
Campbell adds that Nahm’s return to campus and the Doherty Library in particular will be highly meaningful.
“David told me when I invited him to read that he actually began the novel as a student here at Centre, while reading and studying in the library.”
Friday evening, members of the Colonels Club, Centre Associates, Heritage Society and Lifetime Giving Society will be honored for their contributions to the College at the donor recognition dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Cowan Dining Commons. A performance by iconic ‘80s rock band Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at the Norton Center for the Arts will top off Friday night’s festivities. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and will feature all of the band’s greatest hits, including “No Way Out,” “We Built This City,” “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
The following morning alumni can return to the Norton Center to participate in the Homecoming Fall 5K Run and Walk at 9:30 a.m. The race is sponsored by the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and will benefit Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), an organization that seeks to recruit citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race will take runners and walkers on a new route through campus—the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fall weather and see all the changes to campus in recent years.
Centre alumni are known for being prolific published writers and eight alumni authors will be in the lobby of the Norton Center at 10 a.m. Saturday morning for a special alumni book signing. Following the event, all alumni are encouraged to attend the alumni recognition ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in Weisiger Theatre. The ceremony will honor five distinguished alumni and two outstanding athletes for their achievements and contributions to the College. Two exceptional teams will also be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for their contributions to the Centre basketball program.
“The alumni recognition ceremony is one of my favorite Homecoming events,” says Milby. “During the ceremony we recognize our Distinguished Alumni and induct members into the Centre Athletic Hall of Fame. The tradition of recognizing our finest is a special one, and I look forward to it every year.”
The Centre community can show their school spirit at the Homecoming football game as the undefeated Colonels take on Rhodes College at 2:30 p.m. at Farris Stadium. During halftime, this year’s Homecoming Court will be recognized and the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced, along with halftime entertainment by the Centre dance team.
Saturday evening will be filled with reunion parties for graduating classes ending in 4 or 9 at various homes and hot spots around Danville. The Student Activities Council and the Alumni Office will also host Live Music on the Lawn from 9 to 11 p.m. This year’s band is KUDMANI, featuring Sammy Kudmani ’97 and Pat Johnson ’94, known as one of Louisville’s most popular cover bands. Free food from Smokey and the Brisket will also be available.
View the complete Homecoming 2014 schedule in the digital brochure.
by Caitlan Cole