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Homecoming 2018

October 18-20, 2018

Enjoy reuniting with old friends and classmates for reunions, tailgating, the homecoming musical and more. Find numerous opportunities to reconnect to your alma mater for a weekend of spirit and camaraderie.

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Schedule | Thursday, October 18

Thursday, October 18

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display.

8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. . Homecoming art show featuring work based on tall tales in "Big Fish" from faculty and students, Stevens Art Galleries

8 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Scholastic Book Fair - Brackett Library  Proceeds benefit a Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2019 Spring Break Mission trip.

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Bison 3K G.L.O.W. (Go Light Our World) Run (formerly Bison Stampede), register online, https://runsignup.com/bisonglowrun or in the Hammon Student Center, $20 for early registration, $25 night of the race. 

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

5 p.m. “Live at Five” broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

5:30 p.m. Heritage Circle Banquet, Founders Room, second floor of the Burks American Heritage Building. Golden, Emerald, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Diamond and Diamond Plus Circles inductions and reunions will honor classes of ’68, ’63, ’58, ’53, ’48 and ’43. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others.

6 p.m. Lady Bison Volleyball vs. Ouachita Baptist University. Rhodes-Reaves Field House

Schedule | Friday, October 19

Friday, October 19

8 a.m. Check-in and 9 a.m. Shotgun start, Bison Booster Club golf tournament, Course at River Oaks, $125 per person, $500 per team and/or $125 hole sponsorship 

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring selections from faculty, students and alumni, Stevens Art Gallery 1

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Scholastic Book Fair - Brackett Library  Proceeds benefit a Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2019 Spring Break Mission trip.

8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. . Homecoming art show featuring work based on tall tales in "Big Fish" from faculty and students, Stevens Art Galleries

8:30 a.m. Professional counseling alumni and advisory committee presentation and breakfast, Heritage 208

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Faith and Business Symposium, Mabee Business Building. Several alumni and guests will be giving presentations on topics such as business ethics, current issues in business and advice for COBA students. Everyone is welcome.

9:30 a.m. Harding Academy Dedication and Ribbon Cutting, Harding Academy

9:45 a.m. Heritage Circle coffee, Regions Room, second floor of Burks American Heritage Building

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for Bison 3K G.L.O.W. (Go Light Our World) Run (formerly Bison Stampede), register online, https://runsignup.com/bisonglowrun or in the Hammon Student Center, $20 for early registration, $25 night of the race. 

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

12 p.m.  Fifteenth annual Homecoming alumni panel and lunch, Pryor-England 113. Homemade taco soup with trimmings. All pre-professional health science students and health science alumni welcome.

12 p.m. Chorus Rehearsal. Reynolds M106. Open to visitors, alumni and family of current Chorus members.

1-4 p.m. Harding History House, "Harding Through the Lens" is the new exhibit. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

2-5 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee Reunion, throw on the Front Lawn. For more information, contact wrjordan@harding.edu or https://www.facebook.com/events/560232621015827/

2-3 p.m. Harding Place Retirement Center open house and tour, 801 S. Benton

3 - 4 p.m. Signing ceremony and reception for the  Andy T. Ritchie, Jr. Endowment for Discipleship and Church Planting, McInteer Rotunda.  

4 p.m. Unveiling of a professional portrait of Dr. Betty Watson by Harding alumnus Josh Granberg ('08), Watson Center, 334 Thornton Education Building

4 p.m. Good News Singers, McInteer Rotunda

5 p.m. “Live at Five” broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

5:30 p.m.  Black and Gold Banquet, Charles White Cafeteria, $20. A wonderful evening to remind you of your favorite Harding memories celebrated with some of your favorite Harding heroes and Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Big Fish” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18 in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com or $20 at the door.

8-10 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee Reunion pickup games, intramural fields. For more information contact wrjordan@harding.edu or https://www.facebook.com/events/560232621015827/

8 p.m.  Bison 3K G.L.O.W. (Go Light Our World) Run (formerly Bison Stampede), register online, https://runsignup.com/bisonglowrun registration from 8 - 8:40 p.m. with race beginning at 9 p.m. in front of the Ganus Activities Center on the Bison Park Lawn, $20 for early registration or $25 night of the race.  Each participant receives a t-shirt. 

Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. 

Schedule | Saturday, October 20

Saturday, October 20

7:30-9 a.m. Sub T-16 reunion, Cone Chapel, $12

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council fall 2018 business meeting, Founders Room 

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display.

8:30-9:45 a.m. Alumni continental breakfast, Hammon Student Center

9-10 a.m. Alpha Tau Epsilon Social Club  50th Anniversary Reunion, Heritage 208

9-11 a.m. Delta Nu Ten Year Anniversary Reunion, Harding Academy cafeteria 

10 a.m. Campus tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage lobby. Hosted by Admissions

10-10:35 a.m. Alumni chapel, Administration Auditorium. Dr. Bruce McLarty will speak with singing led by the family of Andy T. Ritchie Jr. Remember the songs and share the memories of chapel with other alumni

10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. . Homecoming art show featuring work based on tall tales in "Big Fish" from faculty and students, Stevens Art Galleries

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Carr College of Nursing reception,  Freeman Center (Swaid 201) on Park Avenue

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Harding authors book signing, Hammon Student Center in front of the bookstore

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Communication sciences and disorders reception for current students and alumni, Swaid Center

10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Inflatable games and petting zoo, Ganus Activities Complex. Fun for the Harding family. A petting zoo featuring farm animals, pony rides and inflatable games will entertain children of all ages as well as the young at heart

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Women for Harding store featuring jewelry from Laminin by Missy Robertson of Duck Dynasty and pictures in a Harding swing or on a bison, Bison Park tailgating area. Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos and share on social media. #ComeHomeHU18

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Art and Design open house, Stevens Art Gallery

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring selections from faculty, students and alumni, Stevens Art Gallery 1

11 a.m. Legacy Park Walking Tour led by Chancellor David B. Burks, tour begins on the steps of the Administration Building 

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Harding Nursing Student Association skills day, Swaid 108

11-11:45 a.m. Pied Pipers children’s theatre troupe, Heritage Auditorium

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kappa Tau Omega (KTO) Reunion Tailgate Bison Park in front of Ganus Activities Complex, contact brian.maddox.jrnh@statefarm.com for more details 

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Harding family picnic and giant tailgate celebration, Ganus Activites Complex. $10 adults, $5 for children 6-11. Families may use current student’s meal plan. Children under 6 eat for free with parent. Food is inside GAC. Heritage Circle members will be seated inside the GAC.

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Scholastic Book Fair - Brackett Library  Proceeds benefit a Navajo mission in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2019 Spring Break Mission trip.

Classes of ’43, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ‘08 and ‘13 will meet at the family picnic. Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic. Seating is available inside the GAC.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Student publications tailgate party, GAC tailgating area

11:30 a.m. Football alumni meet in Keller lobby to participate in the Walk of Brothers with current football players

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Knight's 50th Anniversary Reunion, Cone Chapel

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU tailgate party, GAC tailgating area 

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. President’s Council Homecoming tailgate, GAC tailgating area. Bring your families and enjoy burgers and brats grilled on site, a variety of side dishes and ice cream sundaes. Plus sit and enjoy live music. Reconnect with other President’s Council members. (President’s Council members need their tailgate pass.)

12-2 p.m., Ultimate Frisbee Reunion pickup games on the intramural fields. For more information contact wrjordan@harding.edu or https://www.facebook.com/events/560232621015827/

Tailgating, First Security Stadium. Bring your grills, black and gold décor and Bison spirit to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience before the game. First come, first serve. Invite friends and current students to join you. Don’t want to cook? Aramark will be serving ribs, brats, grilled chicken and all the trimmings. $10 adults, $5 for children 6-11.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Generation HU tailgate party, GAC tailgating area. For graduates of the last decade.

11:45 a.m. Walk of Brothers. Line up in front of the Ganus Activites Complex and cheer the Harding Bison football team as they prepare to meet Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

12 p.m. Bison Stop Ticket Trailer for football tickets, First Security Stadium

1 - 2 p.m. 15th Anniversary Reunion  of Souvenirs Poetry Club, Honors House on Center Street

1-4 p.m. Harding History House, "Harding Through the Lens" is the new exhibit. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

2 p.m. Bison football vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $10 and general admission $8 for adults and $5 for non-Harding students

Reunions and other events after the football game ...

Harding choral groups alumni reunion, home of Paul and Joli Love, 605 E. Race Ave., across the street from Cash Saver’s Food Outlet. Get together after the game to meet, greet, eat and sing with people who loved singing while at Harding. All chorus groups are invited.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Ultimate Frisbee Reunion Dinner, Cloverdale Church of Christ, $10 per person.  For more information contact wrjordan@harding.edu or https://facebook.com/events/560232621015827/

6 p.m. Harding baseball alumni game, Jerry Moore Field

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Big Fish,” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18 in the alumni office or online at www.hardingtickets.com or $20 at the door.

Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. 

All events are free admission unless denoted by a ticket price. Tickets may be purchased at www.hardingtickets.com 

Tickets

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 10 @ 9 a.m. Order your tickets at www.hardingtickets.com. Tickets are also available in the alumni office. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Homecoming musical tickets are $20 at the door of the Benson Auditorium.

Alumni Awards

Making an impact

During Homecoming Black & Gold Banquet, Harding University will honor a select group of individuals who are making an impact in their communities and around the world. The alumni selected were chosen for their degree of excellence and recognition in their fields; lives consistent with University ideals; active support of the University; and service to their community, church and God.

Alumni Awards 2018

AnthonyDistinguished Alumnus

Elijah Anthony ('68)

With a particular Passion for helping young people navigate the race relations maze, Anthony possesses a deep skill and understanding of his mission to preach the word and make disciples.

BrogdonOutstanding Young Alumni

Jay ('04) and Erin Kemp ('04) Brogdon

The Brogdon's strive to regard each area of life as an opportunity for ministry - in their esteemed jobs, community presence, church involvement and family life, they emulate the love and service of Christ.

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health - Dr. David Adams ('93)

College of Arts & Humanities - Dr. Randy Gill ('76)

College of Bible & Ministry - Doyle Kee ('58)

College of Business Administration - Lindy Lunceford ('84) Ingram

College of Education - Michael ('99) and Abigail Drayton ('00) Stone

College of Nursing - Rhonda Finnie ('02)

College of Sciences - Dr. Fred Massey ('59)

Make your hotel reservation

More reunions and events are pending. If you want to plan a reunion or event, contact alumni@harding.edu

Lodging

 

Searcy and the surrounding areas offer a variety of lodging options to choose from.

You can also stay on campus at the Heritage Inn.

Hotels in the Area

Heritage Inn Reservations

 

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Contact Us

Homecoming is hosted by Alumni Relations

501-279-4276

Toll Free 800-477-4312, ext. 1

alumni@harding.edu