From the Manchester College Archives

News Release


Manchester College welcomes alumni

 and families for Homecoming 2011

Homecoming and Family weekend Oct. 7-8 is brimming with activities for students, alumni and their children, from an “Iron Chef” cook-off, book signings by alumni authors, a concert and a play to soccer games, a cornhole tournament and even trapeze artists. And a Friday night bonfire and Saturday afternoon football game, of course.

Eight classes return for their reunions, special lunches and class photos. “But this day traditionally draws all ages of the Manchester College family,” says Gary Montel, alumni director and a 1965 Manchester graduate. Events tailored for young alumni and alumni of color continue to gain popularity, as well as activities for current students and their families.

Significant celebrations and memorials are on the Homecoming schedule Saturday:

10 a.m. – M Association Hall of Fame inducts five alumni Spartans and honors its Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year
2 p.m. – Dedication of a Muir Peace Garden plaque honoring peace studies pioneer and Professor Emeritus Ken Brown, who died Nov. 3, 2010.
4:30 p.m. – Celebration of 40 years of Environmental Studies, upper College Union.
4:30 p.m. – 50-year celebration and rededication of Petersime Chapel

On Friday evening, Oct. 7, alumni will join the College choirs and bands on the stage of Cordier Auditorium for a free concert. The music begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Eight classes reunite for Homecoming: 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. Class photos begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Wine Recital Hall. As always, the Young Alumni Tent will bustle for graduates of the past 10 years. Registration for all alumni  opens at 9 a.m. Saturday in the upper College Union.

The Spartans host the Bluffton Beavers for the HCAC football game at 1:30 p.m.  and both men’s and women’s soccer challenge Transylvania on Saturday afternoon.

Alumni visiting the Campus Store for Manchester College duds and memorabilia will find a gathering of alumni authors, pens poised to sign their books. The sign fest begins at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

In some ways, Homecoming has turned into a “thank you” to families for sharing their students with the College, says Beth Sweitzer-Riley, vice president for student development. Families are welcome to join their MC students for their Friday classes. The traditional Homecoming bonfire, and a scavenger hunt, are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on the practice softball field.

Children’s activities, led by the campus Student Education Association, will fill Saturday morning to free parents for alumni registration and conversations. A free carnival starts at 11:15 a.m. adjacent to the College Union. Parents and children (whatever age) will want to pose in their College colors for family photos in The Café of the College Union between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Aerial Angels make Cordier Auditorium their circus tent for aerial acrobatics, fire-eating, whip-cracking and comedy. The performance is free and open to the public.

For a complete Homecoming 2011 schedule, visit the Manchester College website at and click on the Alumni tab. Contact the Alumni Office at 888-257-2586 or

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