Once again, West Virginia Wesleyan is preparing to welcome alumni, students, faculty, staff, family and friends back to their home among the hills for the annual Homecoming celebration.
From Oct.18-21, Wesleyan will host Homecoming 2012 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 includes the "Evening of Music" performance, showcasing faculty from the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance. The recital takes place in Wesley Chapel at 8 p.m., Oct. 18, and is free and open to the public.
The annual Founders Day Convocation will take place at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 in Wesley Chapel. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Parsons will deliver 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 begun at the institution more than 120 years ago, with alumni awards and honorary degrees presented during the convocation. The Founders Day Luncheon will follow convocation in the Social Hall of the Benedum Campus Center at noon.
Meanwhile, the Johnny Myers Golf Classic tees off at noon at Stonewall Resort on the same day, and recognizes a longtime golf coach and Wesleyan legend. That afternoon, a Food Village will begin to be constructed with nonperishable food items being donated for local food pantries at Rockefeller Plaza. Dr. Rob Rupp will offer insights on the 2012 Election in Erickson Alumni Center at 3 p.m.
The 2012 Homecoming Banquet allows alumni an opportunity to break bread together and celebrate their alma mater at 6 p.m. in the French A. See Dining Center. At 7:30 p.m. the Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned in Wesley Chapel. And, a performance by storyteller Bil Lepp, a member of the WVWC Class of 1992, concludes the evening in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 9 p.m.
The celebration gets off to an early start Oct. 20, with the Wesleyan Society and Reger Society Breakfast, hosted by President Pamela Balch '71 and her husband Patrick at 8:30 am in the Performing Arts Center. The new residence hall will officially be named Dunn Hall in recognition of the Thomas B. Dunn '64 and Carol J. Dunn '63 family at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Meade Street and Camden Avenue. Alumni and friends are welcome to enjoy the naming ceremony.
At 10 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 a.m. 11 a.m., also in the library. The Department of Nursing will host a manikin simulation demonstration at 10:45 a.m. in the same location.
At 11:30 a.m., the Wesleyan community will showcase its Bobcat pride at a tailgate picnic at Ross Football Field. The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet returns to Homecoming weekend with a banquet and induction ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Social Hall. The Homecoming Bash and Reunion Social will get underway at the Stonewall Resort Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the WVWC Alumni Council and earmarked to support The Wesleyan Fund for current scholarships, special Wesleyan items will be up for bid at the Orange & Black Silent Auction from 7 8:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Stonewall Resort Ballroom.
The weekend's activities come to a close on Oct. 21. The Rev. Judith Simpson Fisher, class of '72, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Barboursville, will be the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Chapel Service. Visitors will then say their goodbyes at the Bon Voyage Brunch, held at 11:30 a.m. in the French A. See Dining Center.
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 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Class reunion events are open to all alumni and take place on Oct. 20. The Classes of 1997, 2002, and 2007 will gather for lunch in Buckhannon restaurants, while the Classes of 1932, 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1962 will reunite during the Emeritus Club Luncheon in French See Dining Center. The Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992 will reunite at the Homecoming Bash and Reunion Social in the evening at Stonewall Resort.
A number of athletic contests will also take place during Homecoming Weekend, including volleyball vs. Glenville State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Rockefeller; an alumni swim meet at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the swimming pool in the Campus Center; football vs. Glenville State at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Ross Field; and men's soccer vs. Slippery Rock at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Wood Street Park.
The Wellness Center will also co-host a Run/Walk event at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Fountain/Chapel Green.
On Oct. 20, sororities will host open house tea receptions before lunchtime, while the fraternities will host open house receptions after the football game. The Office of Campus Life and Bobcat Entertainment will sponsor an inflatable bumper car activity on Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. in Rockefeller, photo flip books from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 on the Campus Center Plaza, and human hamster ball races at 8 p.m. in the Green Room of Rockefeller on Oct. 20.
There's truly something for everyone at Homecoming 2012. All alumni and friends are invited to attend. For more information, go to www.wvwc.edu/alumni/homecoming.