Homecoming offers everyone 'time to roar'

Homecoming offers everyone 'time to roar'   (Register Online)

Oct. 8, 2013

Friends, family and alumni of LaGrange College will have their time to roar during Homecoming 2013, set for Oct. 11–13.

"We are so excited about everything we've planned this year," said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. "Panther Palooza returns to the square for its third year, and we're looking forward to celebrating with our friends from campus and the community. There truly is something for everyone throughout the weekend."

The fun kicks off Friday at 11:15 a.m. with the Shackelford Alumni Achievement Award Forum in the Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library. Join this year's honorees Dr. Moody McCall '81 and Dr. Sharlene Donaldson Toney '99 as they discuss their experiences at LaGrange College and how they shaped their lives.

Award-winner Alonzo Harris '04 will not be able to attend, but he will be recognized at the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Callaway Auditorium. The concert will feature an arrangement of spirituals by Harris and his classmate, John Dreher '04. Harris will be guest pianist for this world premiere.

The 30th annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Panther Club, tees off at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Highland Country Club. Registration is closed because all slots have been filled, making this a record participation in the tournament. An award ceremony reception will follow the event. For more information, contact Willie Maddox.

Comedian Bobbie Evans Oliver '90 of Los Angeles returns to campus at 2 p.m. to present The Tao of Comedy workshop, a Zen-like approach to standup comedy that is process-oriented, not goal-oriented. The workshop will be in the Boopie at Turner Hall.

Oliver recently was named one of the "best comics in America" by the New York Post for the second year in a row. She has appeared at NASA and on ABC, TNN, Style, NPR, Comedy TV and Sirius XM Comedy Radio. The comedian has performed and taught comedy at University of California and other institutions.

Later, she will present a free evening of comedy at 8 p.m. in Callaway Auditorium. Oliver is an award-winning comedian, comedy teacher, public speaker, freelance writer and author. She is the founder of StandUp Academy and owner of Tao Comedy Studio in Los Angeles. Chris Oliver '91 will provide the opening act. The show is open to the public.

Dr. Joe Cafaro, Professor of History, will explore "The World in 1963" during a presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Room 222 of Smith Hall. He will discuss the news of 50 years ago, including Beatlemania, civil rights activists and President John F. Kennedy.

The Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th reunion at a presidential dinner at 5 p.m. in Smith Hall.

Panther Palooza III, sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Downtown Development Authority, will offer fun for the entire family from 6 to 8 p.m. on the square downtown. Pouncer will be available for photos with fans from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and an inflatable slide will be set up for the children.

Alumni registration will begin at 6 p.m. Those who sign in will receive a coupon for themselves and a guest for one slice of Mighty Joe's pizza, one scoop of ice cream or a cupcake from Cakes by Debbie and a Panther Palooza airbrush tattoo. D.J. Alan Slaughenhaupt M'98 will provide entertainment.

The staff of the college's Career Center and SOURCE Center will host "Step Up to the MIC," offering a chance to learn how residents can help LaGrange College students through mentoring, internships and career opportunities. Mentors who sign up will have a chance to win a $50 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.

Saturday's festivities begin early with the 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Callaway Education Building, and the run and walk will start at 8 a.m. Sponsored by Nursing and Exercise Science students, proceeds will benefit Harmony House. Cost is $10. Register online at www.lagrange.edu/5k .  For more information, contact Chad Harris at (706) 880-8115 or charris@lagrange.edu .

The Alumni Recognition Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room at Turner Hall. Honorary alumni awards will be presented to Dr. James F. Bruce Jr., Martha Estes, Clifford Glover and Dr. Don Jolly. Also honored will be the 2013 Sports Hall of Fame inductees Kelly Britsky '93,M'00 and Dr. Josh DuBose '01.

The 2003 LaGrange College baseball and golf teams, United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Champions, will be feted. The Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th reunion, along with other reunion classes. Space is limited, cost is $15 and is payable at the door.

The Pi Kappa Phi alumni chapter will meet at 9 a.m. at the Best Western Lafayette Garden Inn.

Alumni registration will begin at 9 a.m. under the white tent in the Callaway Auditorium parking area. Those registering will be eligible to win a $100 Campus Exclusives on the Hill gift certificate. Reunion Row will include tents for those classes who are having celebrations; Hilltopper and Presidential Student Ambassadors; donor recognition; current, retired and former administration, faculty and staff; and the Student Government Association.

Instead of a homecoming parade, the SGA has decided to host a float/display competition. Floats will be assembled in the grassy area at Callaway Stadium fronting Dallis Street. Public viewing will begin at 11 a.m.

A highlight of the day will be an opportunity to share memories and identify old photographs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the auditorium. A recording booth will be set up to document alumni stories about their time on the Hill. Contact alumni@lagrange.edu to schedule a time.

The football game against Maryville kicks off at 1 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame inductees will perform the ceremonial coin toss, the national anthem will be sung by Ali Grieb '09 and the homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime."

Other athletic events Saturday afternoon include soccer matches with Averett. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m. at the soccer field.

Guests will be able to view recent renovations at Lamar Dodd Art Center and Price Theatre as both facilities host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. 

The theater's $2.18 million restoration includes a renewed auditorium and new Lab Theater, new classrooms and upgraded lighting technology. Retired music professor Martha Estes, wife of the late Dr. Max C. Estes (former theatre professor), will be at Price Theater during the open house.

Those who made a gift to name a seat will be able to locate it, and there will be an opportunity for others to purchase a seat.

Price's refreshed look mirrors that of Lamar Dodd Art Center, which had a $1.1 million facelift two years ago. Parking and landscaping now link the two neighboring buildings into one cohesive visual and performing arts campus.

An opening reception for three new exhibits at Lamar Dodd will spotlight "Intersecting the Parallels" by Pimprae Hiranprueck, "look away" by Donna Mintz and Paintings by Eugene Carriere from the Nick Vlachos Collection.

The Classes of 1968–1974 will hold a barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of  Best Western Lafayette Garden Inn, and Kappa Sigma and Phi Mu will hold a dinner for Classes 1970–1975, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, adjacent to the Garden Inn.

Closing out the day, "The Reasons Why" Band will perform from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Garden Inn. There is a $10 cover charge per person.

Homecoming activities will come to a close on Sunday with the annual Alumni and LaGrange College Community Memorial Service at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. It will be followed by a Sunday brunch buffet at Margaret A. Pitts Dining Hall. The $8 fee is payable at the door.

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