Homecoming 2014

'Come Together' for Homecoming 2014

This year's Homecoming festivities will offer Panther friends, family and alumni a chance to come together to celebrate everything that is great about LaGrange College, according to Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations.

"The 2014 theme is 'Come Together,' and there will be so many wonderful opportunities for everyone to do just that during the weekend," she said. 

The Suber Archives on the first floor of Lewis Library will host an open house from 9 a.m. until noon Friday. Guests may view memorabilia from the college's history and help identify classmates in old photos.

The annual Shackelford Alumni Achievement Award Forum will be at 11:15 a.m. in the Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library. This year's honorees are Joseph Louis Bell '99, Diane Kilpatrick Brunet-Garcia '80, Bobbie Harris Burkes '71 and Porter Pierpont Morgan '62. They will be joined by Ternisha Miles Jones '03, the inaugural winner of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

"These exceptional alums will talk about their time at the college and share how this institution shaped their lives," Pirkle said. "They also will be available to talk with our students in mentoring sessions and during an open reception at 3 p.m. in the Edmondson Parlor."

31st annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament, The 31st annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Panther Club, will tee off at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Highland Country Club. Only three team slots remain. An award ceremony reception will follow the event. For more information, contact Willie Maddox at wmaddox@lagrange.edu

The fun will kick up a notch as Panther Palooza IV gets underway at 6 p.m. on the square downtown. The event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and Downtown Development Authority.

"We have so many wonderful things planned," Pirkle said. "Pouncer will be visiting between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. and will be available for pictures with fans. Alumni registration will begin at 6 p.m. There also will be an inflatable slide for the children to enjoy."

"The Return," considered one of the country's best Beatles tribute bands, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert on the square.

Saturday's festivities start bright and early with the annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at 8 a.m. in front of the Callaway Education Building. The race is sponsored by the Exercise Science majors.

5K Run and 1-Mile Walk "This year's event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia," said Dr. Tim McInnis, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. "We will have several kids from the local club helping us with the race. Those interested can register online or at 7 a.m. Saturday at the race location."

The annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room. Honorary alumni award winners include Amos Theodore Beason and Ann Hutchinson Beason, Dr. Jerry Caswell, Dr. Sue M. Duttera and Dr. Frederick V. Mills Sr. Sports Hall of Fame inductees are Jessica Bold Brown '04 and Howard Titus Martin '02, M'03.

Returning this year is the men's alumni basketball game and tailgate, sponsored by the Panther Club. Tipoff is at 9:45 a.m. in Mariotti Gym, followed by a tailgate lunch.

Reunion and tailgate activities will fill the area around Callaway Auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m., and Lamar Dodd Art Center will hold an open house from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Pouncer Kickoff for the Homecoming game against Methodist University is 1 p.m. in Callaway Stadium. Sports Hall of Fame honorees will participate in the ceremonial coin toss before the game, and the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen and Spirit Contest winners will be announced at halftime.

The annual Alumni and LaGrange College Community Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Chapel, followed by a Dutch-treat Sunday brunch buffet in Margaret A. Pitts Dining Hall.

Pirkle said there will be something for everyone during the weekend.

"It is so great to see how much our LaGrange College family and friends enjoy getting together every Homecoming," she said. "It's one of my favorite times of the year."

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