Freed-Hardeman University is preparing for Homecoming festivities Friday, Nov. 4-10.
A number of activities have been planned for both students and alumni.
Betsy Hesselrode and the Office of Alumni Relations are excited to add a new activity, a 5K race and a jpancake breakfast sponsored by the Associates. The 5K race proceeds benefit Mid-South Youth Camp, and the breakfast proceeds will go to student scholarships.
The Homecoming play, “The Heiress,” will be presented Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for students. Tickets can be purchased at FHUTickets.com.
The Associates’ FHU Marketplace and silent auction will be in Bader Gym Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Items ranging from baked goods to handmade baskets to jewelry and candles will be offered for sale. The silent auction will conclude at noon Saturday. The Associates will offer their traditional holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Lunches are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from the luncheon, auction, and FHU Marketplace benefit Freed-Hardeman.
Staff members and former students from the office of Marketing and University Relations are presenting an art exhibition, “Five from OMUR.” It began Oct. 9 and continues until Nov. 9. The show feature photography from FHU staff members Jud Davis and Kristi Montague and alumni Kim Hunter Feisley, Amanda Jenkins Scott and Jessica Wise. Reception and artists’ talk are set for Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The homecoming king and queen will be crowned at a banquet Friday, Nov. 9. Alumni awards including Service to Community, Service to Youth, Service to the Church, Service to Profession, The Henry and Ruby Dodd Memorial Award and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year will also be presented.
For the students, a primary component of Homecoming is the club competitions. This year’s student theme is “Let the Good Times Roar.” Paint-It-Up will start Nov. 2 and will be judged Nov. 10. Fire-It-Up devotional will be Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 p.m. Puff-It-Up and the Spirit Leader Showdown will be Monday night, and Hoop-It-Up will be on Tuesday night. Pep-It-Up will be Friday night.
Saturday will be filled with FHU class reunions. Reunions will be held for the classes of 1971-1973, 1976-1978, 1981-1983, 1986-1988, 1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2001-2003, and 2006-2008. Saturday chapel held in Old Chapel Hall will be followed by band, University Singers and Chorale performances. Other various reunions and receptions will take place all over campus.
Homecoming culminates with Lion and Lady Lion basketball games Saturday, Nov. 12. The excitement begins with Lion Walk from the Commons to the Brewer Sports Center at 11 a.m. Immediately following is tailgating, which includes a number of child-friendly activities such as face painting and games.
Both the Lady Lions and the Lions will play Concordia Selma at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The homecoming court will be presented in half time of the Lady Lions’ game, and club competition awards will be presented after the Lions’ game.
For a full schedule and more information on Homecoming, visit fhu.edu/homecoming