An expanded schedule with new activities will greet Freed-Hardeman University alumni and friends when they return to campus Nov. 9-11 for Homecoming, according to Chris Ramey, newly appointed director of alumni engagement.
Topping the list of new activities is a celebration of the amazing success of last year’s intercollegiate athletic teams. Three teams: the national champion women’s basketball team, the runner-up to the national champion baseball team and the softball team which advanced to the NAIA World Series for the first time, along with cross country runner Tyler Alverson, who advanced to the nationals, will be honored Saturday morning with a Breakfast of Champions. Former coaches and players of these teams have been invited to attend.
FHU Theatre will present “Annie” in Loyd Auditorium Nov. 8-11. Friday evening’s presentation, billed as “Dinner and a Show,” will include a steak dinner in Brown-Kopel lobby and admission to the show.
A legacy pinning of this year’s freshmen whose parents or grandparents attended FHU is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00pm in Draughon Performance Hall. Parents or grandparents will present their child or grandchild with a specially designed pin designating them as a legacy student. Steve Estes, alumnus, member of the Board of Trustees and the father of a current freshman, will speak. The Office of Alumni Engagement plans to make the legacy pinning an annual event.
Additional new events include a chili supper in front of Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center following Saturday’s basketball games and a Sunday 9:00am worship service in Loyd Auditorium with FHU President David Shannon speaking. “In the past,” Ramey said, “guests usually just scattered when the ball games ended. We wanted to give them a reason to stay a little longer and visit a while in an informal atmosphere. The Sunday worship is designed for those who have spent the night in Henderson and need to make an early start home. Of course, we welcome anyone else in the area to attend.” The dining hall will serve brunch beginning at 10:30am to accommodate worship guests.
Many of the Lion and Lady Lion teams are also taking the opportunity to host individual reunions and the annual Hall of Fame induction will be Saturday at 7:30pm.
Old favorites include the Lady Lion and Lion basketball games at 2:00pm and 4:00pm, a 5K run, Chorale performance in the recently renovated Draughon building, Lion Walk, tailgating, and the Associates’ Silent Auction which has moved to Gano Dining Hall.
This year’s Homecoming theme, “These Are the Good Old Days,” comes from the Carly Simon song “Anticipation,” according to Ramey. “The lyrics of this classic song speak to the need to appreciate the time of life in which we find ourselves. Homecoming is an ideal time to remind current students that these are their good old days. It is also the time for alumni to reconnect with friends and their alma mater and to remember their own good old days,” Ramey said.
A full schedule of Homecoming events is available at fhu.edu/homecoming. Tickets to the Breakfast of Champions, “Annie” including Dinner and a Show, chili supper and basketball games may be purchased at fhutickets.com.
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