Kicking off one of the busiest weeks on Wittenberg’s campus in recent memory is a concert featuring singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center (HPER Center). The concert is sponsored by Union Board, a Student Senate-funded organization that brings activities to campus each year.
“I want people to take the opportunity to see a pretty big act,” said Katie Baltas, co-president of Union Board. “It’s going to be a great show and I am really looking forward to it.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 with a Wittenberg I.D.
The Wittenberg Series is a part of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend as well with two performances by The Second City Touring Company, the famed Chicago-based comedy troupe, on Friday, Oct. 28, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre. Also on Friday, a welcome reception for the class of 1955 and a men’s lacrosse alumni game at Edwards-Maurer Field are on the agenda.
Saturday’s festivities begin with a brunch for alumni award winners on Saturday morning in the Central Dining Room (CDR) in the Benham-Pence Student Center. Charlie Brougher ‘55, Keg Gahagen-Derishia ‘91, J. Davis Illingworth ‘39, Wally Moll ‘50, Theodore Thompson ‘65, Bob Cindrich ’65, Bob Rafferty ‘02 and Karen Yannacio ‘94 are this year’s honorees.
The annual homecoming parade and a Tiger Tailgate Picnic with members of the 1975 national championship football team follows the brunch on the front lawn of the HPER Center. Soon afterwards, the football game between Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan kicks off at 1 p.m. in Edwards-Maurer Field.
The football game is one of several athletic events scheduled throughout the weekend. The nationally ranked Tiger volleyball team is hosting the Wittenberg Fall Classic, which features seven outstanding teams playing four matches each on Friday and Saturday, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams are slated to take on the College of Wooster at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. respectively under the lights at Edwards-Maurer Field. Both teams are facing must-win situations on the final day of the 2005 regular season in their quest to make their respective North Coast Athletic Conference Tournaments.
In addition, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are scheduled to kick off their 2005-06 dual meet season with a key clash at 1 p.m. against Wooster in the HPER Center Natatorium, the women’s rugby club team has a game against Kenyon at Bill Edwards Field and the soccer and swimming teams have alumni events scheduled.
The sports highlight of the weekend is a dinner and induction ceremony that will take place at Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield to recognize the Athletics Hall of Honor Class of 2005, which includes Tom Atchison ‘82, Matt Croci ‘94, Margaret Grammas Postak ‘90, Gayle Goettman Kirkpatrick ‘84, Randy Sturtz ‘72, Paul Sutter ‘87, Bill Varble ’54 and Melinda Wigton Cathey ‘82.
The festivities continue Saturday evening with jam-packed reunion schedules for the classes of ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘74, ‘75 and ‘76, a cookout with the championship football teams of ‘ 62, ‘ 63 and ’ 64, and a barbeque hosted by Concerned Black Students at the William McClain Black Culture House. That will be followed by a dance in the student center. According to Pat Benne, director of alumni relations, more than 600 alumni have registered for class reunions.”
“Homecoming is a time for our alumni to take a trip down memory lane, reunite with old friends, make new friends and experience all of the wonderful things that are happening on campus today - new buildings, technology, outstanding teaching, athletic contests,” Benne said. “It makes the office of alumni relations happy if our alumni have a good time and leave campus feeling they are still an important part of Wittenberg.
“Personally, it is a time for me, too, to enjoy alumni friends and share the Wittenberg I love with them.”
The celebration ends on Sunday with a farewell brunch in the student center and the first annual Reformation 5K Walk/Run at 2 p.m., starting in front of Weaver Chapel. The community-wide event will raise money for library books for Springfield City Schools as well as for the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.
To register for events or to have questions about the weekend’s festivities, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (937) 327-7414.
- Sarah Gearhart
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