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Homecoming 2005 schedule


Homecoming 2005

Music, 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 the week.

       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. Sunday.)

       For a complete Homecoming 2005 schedule or to connect with the MC Alumni Office, visit or call 260-982-5222 or toll-free 888-257-2586.

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