Manchester University celebrates Homecoming Oct. 7-8
The theme of Manchester University Homecoming this year is “Game On!”
Set for Oct. 7 and 8, each day is packed with traditions, including the popular Encore Lecture Series with emeriti and current faculty members, the Chime Concert, bonfire and Homecoming Concert.
This year’s football game against Defiance College, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8, will be followed by the new 5th Quarter Celebration on the grassy area inside the track, with lawn games, carnival rides and refreshments with catering by Chartwells and the Main View.
From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., the after-game party will feature original, live music by Friends of the Weather, a trio of Seth Hendricks ’03 and Chris Good ’02 and faculty member David Hupp. The three began their creative partnership as members of Mutual Kumquat. Performances also include Infinity Now, a pop rock group out of Columbus, Ind., featuring MU students Sarah Farnam and Colin Singer. The band has opened for The Charlie Daniels Band and has performed multiple times at Six Flags Great America north of Chicago.
Members of the public are also invited to cheer on the women’s soccer team at 1 p.m. and the men’s soccer team at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, as they take on Rose-Hulman.
Homecoming this year celebrates the classes of 1971, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06 and ’11, as well as Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). The Education Department, College of Business, Athletic Training Program, choirs and bands, Medical Practicum, Environmental Studies and Alumni of Color groups are also having reunion events.
The schedule on Friday, Oct. 7, kicks off with a golf outing at the Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash and ends with the Alumni Honor Awards Banquet, Homecoming Concert and the bonfire.
Free activities for children and the Pharmacy Program health fair are offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, near the Jo Young Switzer Center. Ultimate Frisbee on the Mall, a perennial favorite, begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 8.
The public is also invited to the Peace Studies Institute plaque dedication and reception at the Gladdys Muir Peace Garden at 3 p.m. Oct. 8. The late Japanese social reformer and pacifist Toyohiko Kagawa, who spoke at Manchester in 1936 about the application of Christian principle to promote a just and peaceful society, will be honored.
For a complete listing, including events that require prior registration and those that are exclusively for members of the MU community, go to link.manchester.edu/homecoming.
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about what’s available at the private, northern Indiana school at http://admissions.manchester.edu/areas-of-study/.