Homecoming 2005 schedule
football, eats, games, friends, theatre ... and a bonfire
Hundreds of returning alumni are expected as Manchester
College celebrates its 81st annual homecoming Friday, Oct. 14
and Saturday, Oct. 15. Alumni will find a recently finished Science
Center on the skyline, the traditional football game and homecoming
ceremonies, a production from the Theatre of the Absurd, and lots of
opportunities to renew friendships and share news.
Meanwhile, students have an entire week of activities, highlighted by
powder-puff football at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a bonfire and band concert
at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Residence hall tournaments and other contests fill
Megan Hineline Fetters of Fort Wayne, Class of 2004, can’t wait. This is
the first homecoming for this young alumnae, a communications major who
now is working on her master’s and assistant teaching at IPFW.
“This year I got married and had a baby, so I am very excited to
share my news! It will be nice to meet up with friends I haven't seen
for a couple years and also to see the changes that have occurred on
campus since I graduated,” said Fetters, who is bringing her husband Sam
and 3-week-old Monty.
Changes indeed. This fall, Manchester opened a $17 million Science
Center that has transformed the central mall. “Alumni will get a chance
to tour the Science Center for the first time,” said Gary Montel,
director of the 14,000-member Manchester College Alumni Association.
Fetters will join special events from 1 to 3 p.m. near the football
field for young alumni who have graduated within the last decade.
Beginning at 9 a.m., registration and special programs get under way for
the classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995.
In addition to class photos and lunches and M Association events, this
year, both choir and band alumni will perform with current students.
They’ll gather for rehearsal on Friday and then take the Cordier
Auditorium stage at 7:30 that night for a joint concert. The public is
invited to the free event.
Alumni have a variety of activities. Golfers will gather at 11 a.m.
Friday at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash to support MC athletics and
the M Association. And grads can return to the classroom for “lectures”
about the Science Center and science at Manchester from 3 to 5 p.m.
Friday in the Science Center. A Homecoming Reception begins at 5 p.m. in
Wine Recital Hall
Saturday, alumni will breakfast with President Jo Young
Switzer at 8:30 a.m. in the College Union. At 9 a.m. are several events,
including an alumni baseball game, Manchester cross-country
invitational, and tours of campus and the Science Center.
The seven reunion classes gather in Wine Recital Hall
at 11 a.m. Saturday for their class photos, followed by class luncheons.
The M Association will announce its Coach of the Year at a luncheon,
followed by the Alumni Association and M Association pre-game tradition
on the gridiron before the Spartans meet Mount St. Joseph at 1:30 p.m.
Following the football game is ice cream and sloppy
joes in the College Union at 4 p.m. The fall play, Human Condition,
Sense? Or Nonsense? is at 8 p.m. in Wampler Auditorium. (The three
one-acts also are offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night and 3 p.m.
For a complete Homecoming 2005 schedule or to connect with the MC Alumni
www.manchester.edu or call 260-982-5222 or toll-free 888-257-2586.