The family fun will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, with the newly established Family Fun Fest. The three-hour event, scheduled to take place on Chapel Lawn, will give “current students, family and alumni a place to have fun together,” said Jonathan Duraj, Wittenberg class of 2009 from Brecksville, Ohio, and the president of Union Board, the university’s student-run campus programming board.
Inflatable games, including an obstacle course and bounce house, sumo wrestling, music, food and a host of carnival games are some of the activities in which families can participate before the annual Homecoming football game. The Tigers, owners of a two-game win streak and in first place early in the 2006 North Coast Athletic Conference title chase, will take on NCAC rival Earlham at 1 p.m. at historic Edwards-Maurer Field.
While the youngest Tigers in attendance are bouncing around the Family Fun Fest, dozens of campus organizations will take part in the Homecoming Parade, a tradition that has recently received an upgrade. Previously, the parade wrapped around campus as it traveled up North Fountain Avenue, turned left on Bill Edwards Drive and ended at Edwards-Maurer Field. This year the parade has been re-routed through the heart of campus as the procession will travel up Alumni Way en route to the stadium.
Ann McGree has been named Grand Marshall of the 2006 Homecoming Parade. For years, McGree served as the education department staff assistant. Since her retirement, she has become a beloved food services employee in the Center Dining Room, a favorite among alumni and current students.
“She is really excited,” Duraj said. “We got her a crown and everything.”Saturday’s celebration will also include the annual Alumni Awards Presentation and Celebration Brunch, at which time six alumni will be honored for expanding their dedication to excellence far beyond the realm of the Wittenberg community. More information on the award recipients will be forthcoming on Wittenberg’s Web site.
Wittenberg’s Homecoming celebration officially kicked off on Tuesday, when Union Board hosted “Luck of the Draw,” a Las Vegas-themed game night in Wally’s Pub, in the basement of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Participants played pool, euchre and poker tournaments for prizes. The fun continued Wednesday at the comedy club show featuring Comedy Central regular, Tig, in Wally’s Pub.
The week’s activities continue tonight with the annual Homecoming concert. This year’s free concert features three-time Apollo champions Black Violin, and a reggae band known as Anthem. It will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the HPER Center Gymnasium. Following the concert, members of Wittenberg’s Alumni Board and Students Today Alumni Forever (STAF) are hosting a networking event in the new residence hall. Students and alumni are invited to enjoy pizza and conversation.
The weekend offers many more events, including the first Department of Theatre and Dance mainstage production of the 2006-07 school year, The Women Of Lockerbie, a two-day volleyball tournament in the HPER Center and a celebration of Weaver Chapel’s 50th anniversary.
Performances of The Women Of Lockerbie are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 5-7, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 905 Woodlawn Ave.
The Wittenberg Volleyball National Invitational involves four teams playing five matches. The Tigers, ranked No. 14 in the nation in NCAA Division III, play at 11 a.m. Saturday against nationally ranked Emory University and at 5 p.m. Saturday against Ohio Athletic Conference powerhouse and regional rival Capital University.
Finally, to commemorate the dedication of Weaver Chapel and Thomas Library 50 years ago, a range of activities are scheduled during the weekend and throughout the academic year, including a Festival of Hymns and History at 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel.
In addition to hymns led by the Wittenberg Choir, reflections will be read by Wittenberg University President Emeritus William Kinnison, class of 1954, H. Orth Hirt Professor of History James Huffman, John Morris, class of 1983, Shirley Wuchter, class of 1968, and Larry Houff, associate pastor to the university from 1981-97 and a member of the class of 1966. A reception in the Chapel Activity Room will follow the program, and Wuchter will sign copies of the book Uplifting Christ Through Autumn, which is a compilation of sermons by her late husband Michael, former university pastor.
- Written By: Erica Strauss ‘08
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