Anderson University welcomes alumni, family, and friends back for fun and fellowship during Homecoming 2012, Oct. 5-6. Along with the annual homecoming football game and introduction of the homecoming king, queen, and court, there will also be opportunities to enjoy the RavenFest (rain or shine) that will again host Reunion Park, the Raven's Nest Sundae, and the return of a photo booth.
"Even with all the alumni programming, outreach and events that we do all over the country all year long, this is the time for friends and classmates to come back home," said Ben Davis, director of alumni relations. "Homecoming is such a special time for celebrating our legacy and history, and building new traditions too. We're hoping that even more than ever before, we can connect alumni with current AU students during their time here, too."
The reunion reception, which will include light refreshments, is in the Kane Dining Room at 4:30 p.m. for the following "cluster reunions":
- 10-year Reunion: Classes of 2001-2003
- 25-year Reunion: Classes of 1986-1988
- 40-year Reunion: Classes of 1971-1973
- 50-year Reunion: Classes of 1961-1963
"We're looking forward to hosting alumni from near and far and we are hoping that between all the activities and events planned for Homecoming weekend there will be something for everyone," said Elyse Cromer, associate director of alumni and parent programming. "Connect with your friends and fellow alumni at the Reception in the Valley on Friday night, the Street Fair and many exciting sporting events and reunions on Saturday, and the Homecoming Banquet on Saturday night! We hope you always Stay Connected for Good!"
New this year to Homecoming will be a Raven Homecoming Golf Outing on Friday, Oct.5, a 5k Run and 2-Mile Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, and the return of the Homecoming Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Byrum Hall will feature the musical production She Loves Me on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The School of Adult Learning is celebrating their 25th anniversary with an open house on Friday, Oct. 5 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the School of Adult Learning. President Edwards will be giving a special greeting at 3:30 p.m.
AU Men's Soccer vs. Hanover College starts at 12 p.m., an AU Rugby match vs. Indiana Wesleyan starts at 1 p.m., and at 1:30 p.m. the AU football team plays Hanover College at Macholtz Stadium.
To celebrate their 70th anniversary, Camarada will host an alumni cookout and social time on Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Breezeway. On Saturday, Camarada will host their annual alumni breakfast at 9 a.m. along with club members and alumni from the men's service club, Dativus. At 9 a.m. in the Olt Student Center, Alacritas and Boosters will host separate alumni breakfasts. The L’Amifidel Alumni Cookout will be held in Decker Commons Courtyard on Friday at 7 p.m.
Various open houses and tours will be available on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., alumni and friends are welcome to tour the new York Performance Hall and Galleries. At the Kardatzke Wellness Center, the Locker Room Legacy Project and the Natatorium Locker Room Renovation will be open from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for tours. The Falls School of Business will host an open house on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. for the Star Trading Room with a presentation from the AU Raven Fund's Investment Performance.
Also returning this year will be the Live Homecoming Webcast from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. during the Street Fair.
Check out the Homecoming Herald [PDF] for details of 2012 award winners, a schedule, reunions, and special events.
The alumni office is encouraging as many people as possible to register for events online. Alumni can also pre-register for a special Homecoming t-shirt for just $5.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.