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Homecoming 2019

95th Anniversary

October 17-19, 2019

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 17

Thursday, October 17

7:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair to benefit the Betty Ann Watson Education Resource Center children's library, Thornton Education Center, Room 334

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, Stevens Art Galleries

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 p.m.  Lady Bison Soccer vs. East Central, Stevens Soccer Complex

7 p.m. Bison Soccer vs. Southern Nazarene, Stevens Soccer Complex

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 ’69, ’64, ’59, ’54, ’49 and ’44. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others.

Schedule | Friday, October 18

Friday, October 18

7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair to benefit the Betty Ann Watson Education Resource Center children's library, Thornton Education Center, Room 334

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, 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.-7:30 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring 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.

9:45 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, featuring an exhibit honoring Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive.

2-3 p.m. Black Student Association Choir, Benson steps

3-5 p.m. Family & Consumer Sciences Alumni Reception & Open House, Olen Hendrix 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.  95th Anniversary 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.

6 p.m. Volleyball vs. Northwestern Oklahoma, Rhodes-Reaves Field House

8 p.m.  African American alumni reception, contact Alex Jamerison at 501-279-5126 for more details.

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

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 Bison Park in front of the Ganus Activities Center, $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 19

Saturday, October 19

7:30 a.m. Sub-T Breakfast, $15 at the door, Regions Room 

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council fall 2019 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

8:30 a.m. Ju Go Ju Reunion Breakfast, Downtown Church of Christ, 900 N. Main, $5 at the door. 

9 -10 a.m. Chi Omega Pi 30 Year Reunion, Cone Chapel

9-11 a.m. Delta Gamma Rho 30 Year Reunion, First Ladies Garden 

9-10 a.m. Tri Delta Epsilon 30 Year Reunion, Heritage 208

9-10:30 a.m. Zeta Rho Alumni Brunch, Harding Academy Cafeteria 

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

10 a.m. Bison Soccer vs. Oklahoma Baptist, Steven Soccer Complex

10 a.m. Belles and Beaux live outdoor concert, under the pecan trees at Bison Park in front of the GAC

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, Stevens Art Galleries

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. English Department Alumni Reception, American Studies 314

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.-1:30 p.m. Galaxy Social Club Reunion, Liberty Room in David B. Burks American Heritage Building

10:45 a.m.-2:45 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. #ComeHomeHU19

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.  100th Anniversary of Pattie Cobb, drop by and take a look.

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, Stevens Art Gallery 1

11 a.m. Dedication of the Huckeba Field House and recognition of the ’59 and ’89 Bison Football teams

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

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

11 a.m. Volleyball vs. Southwestern Oklahoma, Rhodes-Reaves Field House

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Ko Jo Kai 80th Anniversary Reunion Tailgate, Bison Park in front of Ganus Activities Complex

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Registrar's Office ReceptionAdministration Room 106. For anyone who has ever worked in the Registrar's Office, including any who served as student workers during their time at Harding.  Families welcome.  Light refreshments served. 

11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Harding family picnic and giant tailgate celebration, Ganus Activities 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 ’44, ’49, ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, ‘09 and ‘14 will meet at the family picnic. Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic. Seating is available inside the GAC.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU tailgate party, Bison Park in front of GAC

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. President’s Council Homecoming tailgate, Bison Park in front of GAC. 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, Bison Park in front of GAC. For graduates of the last decade.

11:45 a.m.  60th Anniversary of ’59 Bison Football and Cheerleaders Lunch, $10, Rhodes-Reaves Field House Hospitality Room

12-4 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair to benefit the Betty Ann Watson Education Resource Center children's library, Thornton Education Center, Room 334

12:15 p.m. Football alumni meet in Keller lobby to participate in the Walk of Brothers with current football players

12:30 p.m. Bison Football Brotherhood Walk. Line up in front of the Ganus Activities Complex and cheer the Harding Bison football team as they prepare to meet Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 3 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

12 p.m. African American alumni tailgate, Bison Park in front of GAC

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

1-4 p.m. Harding History House, featuring an exhibit honoring Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

3 p.m. Bison football vs. Southwestern Oklahoma, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $15 and general admission $10 for adults and $5 for non-Harding students

Reunions and other events after the football game ...

1989 AIC Champions football reunion, NEW LOCATION, Football Team Room in the Ganus Activities Complex immediately following 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 “Matilda,” Benson Auditorium, $18 and $20 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 Tuesday, September 3 at 10 a.m. CST. 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 2019

Distinguished Alumni

Jim ('61) and Maralyn Bailey ('62) Citty 

Outstanding Young Alumni

Steve (’02) and Lindsay Snow (’02) Cloer 

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health, Dr. Dan Tullos (’73)

College of Arts & Humanities, Tim Cox (’94)

College of Bible & Ministry, Dr. Leonard Allen (’73)

College of Business Administration, Byron Carlock (’84)

College of Education, Dr. Jan Chesshir (’69) Morgan 

College of Nursing, Dr. Kim Hardy (’98) Leverett 

College of Sciences, Dr. Eddie Shields ('85)

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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.

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