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Homecoming 2017

October 19 -21, 2017

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 19

Thursday, October 19

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. “A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community” exhibit, Stevens Art Gallery 2

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.-9 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. Proceeds benefit a reading clinic in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2018 spring break mission trip.

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for Bison Stampede 5K Run, Hammon Student Center, $20

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

12-4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit with Regina and TNT social clubs’ memorabilia, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

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 ’67, ’62, ’57, ’52, ’47 and ’42. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others.

7 p.m. Lady Bison soccer vs. Northwestern University, Stevens Soccer Complex

Schedule | Friday, October 20

Friday, October 20

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. “A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community” exhibit, Stevens Art Gallery 2 

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 reading clinic in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2018 spring break mission trip.

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.-2 p.m. Laminin by Missy Robertson partners with Women for Harding booth, Hammon Student Center. Each piece of jewelry is inspired by Southern femininity and a love for the outdoors. They are individually crafted by women in need of a new purpose including those rescued from sex trafficking, homelessness and addiction.

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 Stampede 5K Run, Hammon Student Center, $20

10-11:30 a.m. Center for Health Sciences presents Dr. Swaid Swaid, “Neurosurgical Case Studies,” Administration Auditorium

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

11:30 a.m. Class of ‘67 reunion lunch, Cone Chapel, second floor of Burks American Heritage Building, $12

11:30 a.m. Class of ’57 reunion lunch, International Room, second floor of Burks American Heritage Building, $12.

12 p.m. Thirteenth 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.

12-4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit with Regina and TNT social clubs’ memorabilia, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

3-4 p.m. Harding Place Retirement Center open house and tour, 801 S. Benton

3-6 p.m. Smiles Day, Administration Auditorium steps. Talent show, music, food and fun. Proceeds benefit Smiles for Christ organization.

4 p.m. Good News Singers, C. L. Kay Plaza in front of Benson Auditorium

4 p.m. Dedication of the Betty Ann Watson Education Resource Center, Thornton Education Center 334

4:30 p.m. Former TV 12, TV 19, and TV 16 alumni come to the Reynolds Center TV studio to fill-in as an anchor with current students.

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.

7 p.m. Bison soccer vs. Lindenwood, Stevens Soccer Complex

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

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

Schedule | Saturday, October 21

Saturday, October 21

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

8 a.m. Bison Stampede 5K Run, registration in front of First Security Stadium, $20. Race starts at 9 a.m. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council fall 2017 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

8:45-10 a.m. College of Business Administration MBA booth, Hammon Student Center. Learn more about the all new online MBA program and our 20-percent alumni cohort discount.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. “A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community” exhibit, Stevens Art Gallery 2

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 a.m.-2 p.m. Art fair, Stevens Art and Design Center. Artwork for sale from current art students. 

10:30 a.m. Lady Bison softball vs. University of Central Arkansas, softball field

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Carr College of Nursing reception, undergraduate and graduate pass rate celebration and the 40th year reunion of the first graduating class, 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. Groovy 60s reunion, Regions Room 206. For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. That 70s reunion led by class of ’77, Heritage 208. For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Totally Awesome 80s reunion, International Room. For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Shantih’s 80s Ladies Reunion, Heritage 209

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. All That 90s reunion, Arkansas Room, Heritage 200C. For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

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

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Fraters and TOFEBT reunion, Liberty Room, Burks American Heritage Building 

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 and pictures in a Harding swing or on a bison, GAC tailgating area. Women for Harding scholars will facilitate this photo opportunity. Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos and share on social media. #ComeHomeHU17

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Laminin by Missy Robertson partners with Women for Harding booth, GAC tailgate area. Each piece of jewelry is inspired by Southern femininity and a love for the outdoors. They are individually crafted by women in need of a new purpose including those rescued from sex trafficking, homelessness and addiction.

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

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Fall 2003 HUE reunion and tailgate party, GAC tailgating area

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. College of Business Administration MBA tent, GAC tailgating area. Learn more about the all new online MBA program and our 20-percent alumni cohort discount.

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Titans 40th anniversary tailgate party, GAC tailgating area

10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit with Regina and TNT social clubs’ memorabilia, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Dedication of the Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor Tower, First Ladies Garden. Regina social club celebrates its 70th anniversary with a reception immediately following the dedication in Cone Chapel. 

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

11 a.m. Lady Bison soccer vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Stevens Soccer Complex

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

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kappa Tau Omega reunion, home of Brian Maddox, 112 Black Oak Place, $20 per person. Barbecue lunch to benefit the KTO Legacy Scholarship fund.

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.

Classes of ’42, ’47, ’52, ’57, ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’96, ’01, ‘07 and ‘12 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 a.m.-7 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. Proceeds benefit a reading clinic in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2018 spring break mission trip.

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

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Regina social club 70th anniversary, Cone Chapel

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. FIRST robotics alumni tailgate hosted by Breakaway 3937 and Harding Academy, 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.)

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. Ticket booth opens, First Security Stadium

1 p.m. Dedication of the Nicholas Smith Recreational Area at Gin Creek, behind the GAC on the southeast side

1 p.m. ROTC Army helicopters will be behind the stadium until after halftime, weather permitting

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

Reunions 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.

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

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

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

10:30 p.m. Theatron, McInteer Rotunda

All events are free admission unless denoted by a ticket price.

Tickets

Order your tickets at www.hardingtickets.com.

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 2017

During Homecoming weekend, Harding University will present the distinguished and outstanding alumni awards. These men and women will be honored at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 during the Black and Gold Banquet. Make plans to join us, connect with your friends, and congratulate the following:

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Bill (’61) and Barbara Godsey (’63) Thrasher

Outstanding Young Alumna

Terri Lee (’04)

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health: Jeryn Kuehn (’89) Laengrich

College of Arts and Humanities: Mark Moore (’90)

College of Bible and Ministry: Elaine Huffard (’75) Denman

College of Business Administration: David Waldron (’76)

College of Education: Angie Whitlock (’89) Raney

College of Nursing: Lynn Bradley (’77) McCarty

College of Sciences: Dr. Tim Duke (’73)

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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

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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