It's Homecoming Week!

Wednesday October 2
Blessing of the Animals
5:30 pm, Alumni Garden - As we share in this ancient and liturgical service, we commemorate the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all of God’s creatures great and small. The officiates will be the Reverend Dr. Anne Hames, University Chaplain, and the Reverend Dr. Jon Carlock, Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Bethel family, community, alumni and their pets are invited to participate. Light refreshments (pet treat buffet will be sponsored by PetSmart) and fellowship will follow. Photographers will be on hand to capture the moments. Portrait sessions are available from 4:30 to 5:15 at the Log Cabin and immediately following the service. *Please remember leashes, carriers, etc. for the safety of your pet and others.
friday, october 4
Registration and Information
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Campbell Hall - Pick up your tickets and name tags; make any last minute reservations you might have forgotten to make, and more! 
13th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament
10:00 AM, Carroll Lake Golf Club - Reservations Required, $220 per team/$55 per person - Fee include greens fee, cart, lunch & prizes. Registration begins at 9:00AM. Tee off at 10 with lunch service starting at noon. For more information and to make reservations contact Myra Carlock @ 731-352-4090 or  
Division of Music Recital Hour
Noon, L.J Turner Recital Hall, Marr’s Stockton Music 
Center - Enjoy choral and instrumental performances by Bethel 
University music students.
Purple and White
Men’s Basketball Scrimmage
3:00 PM, Wildcat Gym, Crisp Arena - Watch the Wildcat Men’s Basketball Team in scrimmage action!
5:00 PM, Wildcat Alley (behind the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment) - Reservations are Required - Join your classmates for a time of fun and fellowship! This event is being hosted by Jim and Maribeth McGuire & Charles and Wanda McCaskey.
Alumni Dinner, Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions and Alumni Award Presentations 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Board Room at the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment, Crisp Wing -  Reservations are Required - $15/person - Catch up on all that is going on at Bethel University. Learn about our future plans and visit with old friends.The 2013 Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions will be celebrated during the dinner plus special recognition of the Class of 1963.
Unveiling and rededication of the Athletic Hall of Fame
8:15 PM, Crisp Arena (located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment) - Join us to see the unveiling of the new Athletic Hall of Fame.  
8:30 PM, Dickey Fine Arts Building, Bouldin Auditorium - Don’t miss this incredible Renaissance performance showcasing Vocal Authority, Bethel Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and more in an all new show that you’re sure to love!
8:30 PM, Parking Area behind Wildcat Stadium - Let’s get fired up for Saturday’s game! Join the Wildcat Marching Band, the Wildcat Cheerleaders, the Wildcat Football Team, alumni, faculty and staff in a revival of this special tradition. If you remember them fondly, you won’t want to miss this. If you’ve never been to a bonfire, you CAN’T miss it!
10:00 PM, Daily Grind at the Marr’s Stockton Music Building (formerly the University Center) - Coffee House is BACK and on Friday night!  We’re inviting alumni to showcase their talent along with current students, faculty and staff. Do you have a song or poem you want to share with your BU Family? Then Coffee House is the place to be. Contact the Student Activities Director, Rachel Stephens at or Caleb Butler at or 731-614-1085 to sign up for your chance in the spotlight.
8:00 AM, Baker Fieldhouse - 5K sponsored by the Bethel Cross Country Team and hosted by Coach Brandon Kilburn, phone 731-412-8824 or email The race will begin at 8:00AM  Registration is required as well as a $10 entry fee, and the first 15 registrants will receive a Wildcat Run Kit.
Alumni and Friends 20th annual Parade Breakfast                                 
10:00 AM, Home of Jon and Myra Carlock, 248 Cherry Ave. - Join your friends and come watch the parade with us. 
*Current students may only attend if they are accompanied by their parents*
10:00 AM - For more information about the parade contact Rachel 
Stephens at or Caleb Butler at or 731-614-1085.
11:00 AM, Crisp Arena - Watch the Lady Cats in Scrimmage Action!
11:00 - 2:00, Located in the greenspace next to Baker Field House - Sponsored by the College of Professional Studies. Bring the Baby Cats and the Jr. Cats and let them have some big fun while you take a break. Enjoy Inflatables, Jumpers, Face Painting and Snacks.
11:00 AM until 2:00 PM - Located at Wildcat Field - SOFTBALL STYLE ALUMNI GAME. Immediately following the game THE 3rd ANNUAL TIMMY KILBURN SHRIMP BOIL! Food will be ready at noon, and all are welcome to swing by and grab a bite of Cajun style shrimp, corn and potatoes. For more information contact Rusty Thompson at or 731-415-8914.
Noon until 2:00 PM - Located in Wildcat Alley - Music, specialty food vendors and the first ever WILDCAT STRUT!!!  You won’t want to miss this!
Noon until 2:00 PM - Located in Wildcat Alley - It’s the Ultimate Tailgate Competition- Reservations are required as well as a $50 entry fee ($25 for Student Organizations)!  Join some of the best tailgaters in the county and show off your Wildcat Style.  Judging will begin at 1:00 PM.  There will be 3 divisions for tailgating: 1) Students, 2) Alumni, 3) Others (non-student, non-alumni). Prizes will be awarded to the top tailgating spots in each division. Prizes to include prize packs from the Alumni Office consisting of fun Bethel University gear, bragging rights and the coveted Tailgate Trophy!  Tailgates will be judged on the following categories: 1) Decorations/Theme, 2) Food – with categories Appetizers: hot or cold, Main Dish: soup, chili, stew, gumbo, From the Grill: beef, chicken, pork, seafood,  Dessert: cake, cookie, pie, specialty sweets   3) Entertainment (what is going on at the tailgate),  4) Overall spirit.   Enter one category or enter them all!  It’s time to let your TAILGATING LIGHT SHINE!!!!!   To register and to receive a copy of the rules  please contact Myra Carlock at or 731-352-4090, Rachel Stephens at or 731-352-4068, or Caleb Butler at or 731-614-1085  Copies of the rules will also be available on line via the BU website and on Facebook BU Homecoming 2013 .
2:00 PM, Wildcat Stadium - Bethel vs  Bluefield Rams  GO CATS GO!!!! Homecoming Royalty, Alumni Award Winners and Athletic Hall of Fame Winners, Spirit Week Winners, Golden Grads will be recognized during halftime along with a spectacular performance by the Wildcat Marching Band.
SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Reunion Mixer
5:00 to 6:00 PM, Carroll Lake Country Club - Join Kelly Sanders-Kelley and alumni SIFE members for a relaxed gathering to cap off your Homecoming Weekend.  
6:00 to 8:00 PM, Carroll Lake Country Club -  Alumnae Sisters are invited to share in this very special anniversary celebration. Reservations required/$30 per person. Ticket price includes 75th Anniversary t-shirts, dinner and the dance following. For further information please contact  Audra Henderson at 731-415-9220 or To make reservations for this event, make checks payable to: Audra Henderson, 10 Kambridge Dr., Medina, TN 38355. *At 8:00 PM this event opens to anyone who is 21 years or older with tickets available at the door for $5.00
7:00 PM, Dickey Fine Arts Building, Bouldin Auditorium - Cap off your Homecoming experience with this encore performance showcasing Vocal Authority, Bethel Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and more!
This is just a taste of what Homecoming 2013 has in store for you!  We sure hope to see you on campus the first weekend in October!  It’s been a while for some of you and we miss you when we don’t see you! 
For any additions to the Homecoming line up or to schedule a special interest reunion during the weekend, please contact Myra Carlock at or 731-352-4090