Homecoming 2012 is barely a month away. This year’s theme is “Hear the Roar.”
It will be a weekend full of school spirit, activities and sporting events.
“This year is going to be a busy year for Homecoming at Campbellsville University,” Paula Smith, director of Alumni Relations, said. “We have our first ever Chorale Reunion Concert; the 25th anniversary of CU football, as well as the 20th year anniversaries for the car show and the Tiger Marching Band.”
Alongside the anniversaries, various reunions will take place including the Class of 1962 which will be returning for their 50th year reunion. In attendance will Mr. and Miss Campbellsville as will the Class of ‘62. The Graduating Class of ‘82 will also be having a reuinion. There will be a special convocation service honoring them and the rest of the members of the class on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Badgett Academic Support Center.
Following the service, a Golden Heritage luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. in the Chowning Executive Dining Room.
Afterwards the first ever Chorale Reunion Concert will take place in Randsell Chapel. Tickets will cost $15.
Immediately following the concert, the homecoming reception will be held at the Badgett Academic Support Center.
The festivities will continue at 8 p.m. at the Russ Mobley Theater where the University Theater will put on a production of the Tony award winning musical Hairspray.
“We have spent hours in our new dance studio, provided by the university, to practice our moves,” Dakota Roger said. Rogers will be playing Corny Collins in the play.
“I cannot wait to help bring to life the production for the audience on Homecoming weekend” Rogers said.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the day will begin with the Homecoming Breakfast Buffet at 8:30 a.m. in the Winters Dining Hall. Many activities will follow before noon including the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling Reunion and the MSW Accreditation Celebration from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. which will be held in the Winters Dining Hall.
Campbellsville Singers will be performing special music from 9:00-9:30 a.m. in Randsell Chapel. Immediately afterward Director of Campus Ministries, Ed Pavy, will leave from Montgomery Library lawn for a motorcycle ride at 9:30 a.m.
“If anyone wishes to participate in the ride, they can give me a call at (270)-780-5227,” Pavy said.
The Annual Homecoming Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. on Montgomery Library lawn and wrap up around 2 p.m..
Stan McKinney, lead professor of the Mass Communication department at CU and organizer of the car show, expressed his excitement for the 20th year anniversary of the show.
“We started off with just a few cars and over the years it has grown. We had over 140 cars participate in our last show,” McKinney said. “Over the years I have noticed international students have taken special interest in the vehicles because many have never seen them in person.”
Many awards are given, such as Best in Show, Best Alumni vehicle and Participants Choice, which will receive a special trophy.
The top 75 cars will receive a special Campbellsville University edition die cast 1949 Mercury Coupe. McKinney said the diecasts have become very popular.
The car show is free and open to the public.
CU’s art department will be active as well and will welcome back Seth Hart, a 2009 graduate of CU to exhibit his work in the art gallery starting at 10 a.m.
"When viewers look at my work, I hope they can just stop and think of ways they can set aside time to enjoy life. I enjoy doing what I do, but I have to give credit and thanks to my middle school art teacher and professors who have inspired me over the years through their teachings of various techniques and forms to help me reach my level of learning,” Hart said.
At 11 a.m. in Downtown Campbellsville, the homecoming parade will take place, which features floats from many of CU’s clubs and student organizations. Smith said that this year the merchants of Downtown Campbellsville will take part in storefront decoration competition. “ The winner will be the business that shows their true maroon colors” says Smith.
Back on campus at noon a Grab and Go Lunch, sponsored by Steve’s Best BBQ and Lee’s Famous Recipe, will be held on Stapp Lawn. During this time various reunions for the football team veterans, swim team, and residence hall directors will be ongoing till 1:30 p.m. Locations are to be announced.
Also beginning at noon will be the homecoming festival on Stapp Lawn, which features many of the university’s clubs, face painting and much more. Across University Drive there will be a live music performance on the Montgomery Library patio.
At 1:45 p.m., the chorale will kick off the afternoon’s sporting events with their performance of the national anthem. The Campbellsville Fighting Tiger Football team will take on its Middle South Conference rival Lindsey Wilson at 2 p.m. at Finley Stadium.
“We have trained hard and practiced even harder to prepare for this game, and we are going to play our hearts out” Adam Robertson, a starting wide receiver for the game, said.
In typical homecoming tradition the homecoming court will be announced along with the King and Queen, which is picked by the student body.
Also during halftime the Tiger Marching Band will perform its 20th anniversary show Solio Deo Gloria.
Jennifer Tinnell, director of the Tiger Marching Band, said, “We are excited for the past 20 years of service the band has provided and we changed our mission statement to reflect this. The new statement ‘To him be the glory forever! Amen,’ resonates how glorifying God has been a major theme and will continue for years to come.”
At 6 p.m., Finley Stadium will transform from a gridiron to a soccer pitch, where the Women and Men’s Soccer teams will take on Shawnee State University in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.
“With all the festivities going, Maroon Pride, sports action, reunions, this will be a memorable weekend for not only the students but the alumni who will wear the true colors of their hearts on their maroon sleeves in typical Tiger fashion,” Smith said.
Wed, September 19, 2012
by Gerry James