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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 on campus. 

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 venue.

“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 email

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