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New buildings fuse
with old memories at Manchester College’s Homecoming on Oct. 8-9
On the shores of the Kenapocomoco, Manchester
College alumni will gather for their 80th annual Homecoming
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8-9. An estimated 500 alumni and other
visitors will find a new recital hall, an enormous new science building
rising on the mall, a thought-provoking fall play, football and soccer
They’ll also have lots of time for the traditional
class photos, breakfast with President Parker G. Marden, campus tours
and golfing. Some will add their voices to the dedication of Wine
Recital Hall … or enjoy the comfy stadium seating in the new fine arts
“This year will be a special Homecoming as we
dedicate and name the addition and renovation of the Recital Hall in
Winger and see the progress of construction on the $17 million Science
Center,” says Gary E. Montel, executive director of the Alumni
Association, which has about 14,000 members. “Also, a new tradition is
emerging and growing with the A Cappella Choir alumni joining with the
current choir to rehearse and perform on Friday evening. It will be a
great two days, with a lot of alumni participation.”
The Manchester College Alumni Association has a
full schedule of activities for the reunion classes of 1964, 1969, 1974,
1979, 1984, 1989 and 1994, including class photographs at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 9 in the big top. The showcase for Homecoming 2004 is
the new Science Center, under construction since last November. The
alumni gathering tents will be on the mall this year, to give visitors a
close-up of the work in process.
A main event for Homecoming is dedication at 10:15
a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 of the renovated, larger Recital Hall in honor of
the late Rev. Norman B. Wine, a 1923 graduate, and his wife Grace
Hodgden Wine, who also attended MC. Wine was a longtime educator in
Dayton, Ohio and a former Manchester College trustee. Choir alumni will
get to try out the new recital hall in a special performance with the A
Cappella Choir at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.
The Alumni 5K Run & Walk starts at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, Oct. 9, at the northwest corner of the MC track. The alumni
baseball game begins at the same time. To free alumni for reminiscing
with their friends and participating in the activities, Manchester
College education students will provide activities for children ages
4-12 in the “big top” tent.
Alumni registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, in
the big top. Alumni from classes of 1995 through 2004 will reunite in a
tent next to the football field.
Saturday night brings the fall play The Fourth
Wall, directed by Scott K. Strode, at 8 p.m. in Wampler Auditorium.
Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and students. For
reservations, call (260) 982-5551.
The Manchester football Spartans play Hanover
College at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. After the football game, all are invited
to an ice cream social and sloppy joes in the College Union.
For more information about Homecoming 2004,
especially to register for special class reunion events, contact the
Manchester College Office of Alumni Affairs, 260-982-5223 or toll-free
888-257-ALUM (2586) or e-mail