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October 02, 2014

Homecoming Weekend Details Released

West Virginia Wesleyan College is preparing to welcome alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends back to their “home among the hills” for its annual Homecoming celebration. From October 16-19, Wesleyan will host Homecoming 2014 with a weekend full of entertainment and activities for all ages. Friendships will be rekindled, memories shared, and new connections made throughout a weekend dedicated to celebrating and cherishing all Wesleyan alumni and friends.

The first event of the weekend is an Evening of Music, coordinated by Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, director of choral activities. The performance takes place on Thursday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Also that evening will be Midnight Madness in the Rockefeller Physical Education Center at 10:00 p.m. Come and meet the Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball teams, recognize all of Wesleyan’s sports teams, enjoy snacks, and win prizes.

The annual Founders Day Convocation will take place on Friday, October 17, at 11:00 a.m. in Wesley Chapel. This will also be the kickoff to the year-long 125th anniversary celebration. Director of Scholarships & Awards and Associate Professor of English Emeritus Dr. John K. Saunders will provide the keynote address at this traditional tribute to Wesleyan’s founders. The College will also honor men and women who have carried on the tradition of excellence with Alumni Awards and Honorary Degrees presented during the Convocation.

That afternoon, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the O’Roark Nordstrom Welcome Center, located on the corner of College Avenue and Meade Street, at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Wesleyan’s newest building. The O’Roark Nordstrom Welcome Center is the new home for the Admissions and Financial Aid offices.

There will also be a “Relevance of Liberal Arts” panel discussion in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at 3:00 p.m., followed by the English Department sharing selected work of the late Dr. Irene McKinney ’67, former director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, at 4:00 p.m.

The class of 1964 will enjoy a 50-year reunion reception in the French A. See Dining Center on Friday afternoon.  Meanwhile, the Johnny Myers Golf Classic tees off at noon at the Buckhannon Country Club on the same day and recognizes a longtime golf coach and Wesleyan legend.

The 2014 Homecoming Banquet allows alumni an opportunity to gather and celebrate their alma mater at 6:30 p.m. in the French A. See Dining Center. In celebration of Wesleyan’s 125th anniversary, members of the College community will share key moments in time that have shaped our Wesleyan of today. “Walk Down Memory Lane” will take place in the Virginia Thomas Law Center of the Performing Arts at 9:00 p.m. Trivia and prizes will be awarded to audience members.

On Saturday, October 18, a Zumba Party will begin early in the Wellness Center in Jenkins Hall at 8:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., all alumni are invited to mingle with current and retired faculty and staff at a reception in the Annie Merner Pfieffer Library, while various student organizations will host activities for children from 10:30 –11:30 a.m., also in the library.

The sorority tea and open house will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Sorority Suites inside of Holloway Hall. The fraternity open houses will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at each designated house.

At 11:30 a.m., the Wesleyan community will showcase its Bobcat pride at a tailgate picnic at 11:30 a.m., followed by a football game where the Bobcats take on Concord University at 1 p.m. 

Continue the athletic spirit by joining fellow alums at the Hall of Fame ceremony, taking place at 5:00 p.m. in the Social Hall in the Benedum Campus Center on the top floor.

The Lady Bobcat Soccer team will be playing at home against Urbana University at 5:00 p.m. on the soccer field on Wood Street. The men’s soccer team versus Urbana University follows at 7:00 p.m.

Also at 7:00 p.m., alumni are invited to the Homecoming Bash at the new Event Center at Brushy Fork to celebrate the Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 1994 as they reunite, reconnect, and reminisce about their Wesleyan days.

Throughout the weekend, the Erickson Alumni Center will be open to welcome visitors back to campus, where they can meet with friends and peruse yearbooks.  Registration will be open in Rockefeller Lobby on Friday from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The new history book of WVWC, Our Home Among the Hills, will be available for purchase in Erickson or Rockefeller.

The weekend concludes with a Chapel service on Sunday October 19 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ted Anderson, Genesee Valley District Superintendent, Rochester, NY speaking.

All alumni and friends are invited to attend all Homecoming activities. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.wvwc.edu/alumni/homecoming.

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