Bethel University will celebrate Homecoming 2016 the week of Oct. 17-23.
First, on Monday, Oct. 17, Bethel Student Activities will host Laser Tag in Dishman Gymnasium in Baker Fieldhouse. The event, which is from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., is open to the public. Bethel students with a Bethel ID get in free. All other community members without an ID pay $5 at the door.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Bethel's Student Government Association will sponsor The Homecoming Dance in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The event begins at 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Blessing of the Animals takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Bethel University Alumni Garden. This special worship service has become a Homecoming tradition. Blessing of the Animals is a service that celebrates and commemorates the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all creatures great and small. Community members can bring their pets (either leashed or contained in a pet carrier) and take part in the ceremony.
At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be a Coffee House on the lawn of the Marrs-Stockton Music Building. Come hear individuals sing or present poetry or take part yourself. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to reserve a performance spot.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, Bethel University Academic Theatre will present a Homecoming production of the musical Cabaret. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium, located in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. Encore performances will be Friday and Saturday nights, also at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door before each performance. This Kander and Ebb musical is intended for mature audiences.
The Homecoming Golf Tournament will be Friday, Oct. 21. The event this year will kick off at 10 a.m., with a brief ceremony to officially name the tournament the Jerry Wilcoxson Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of longtime Bethel golf coach Jerry Wilcoxson. The golf tournament is a 4-person scramble, and fees are $55 per person or $220 for a team. This includes green fees, cart, lunch and prizes. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with tee off immediately following the Wilcoxson dedication at 10. This event is open to community members. Golfers do not have to be alumni of Bethel to take part. To make a reservation or to get more information, call Jennifer Glass at 731-352-4259 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Friday, Oct. 21, there will be several other events.
The Student Government Association will have "Forevermore, Then and Now," guided historical walking tours of campus. Accommodations can be made for alumni who wish not to walk. Tours will begin at the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Division of Music will host a Recital Hour at noon in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Music Building (the old student center). This event is free admission.
A Men’s Purple and White Basketball Scrimmage will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena beginning at 4 p.m. This event is also free admission.
There will be an "End-in-Six" Mixer from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Kathy Sacks Arts Gallery in the Lobby of the Dickey Fine Arts Building for alumni whose graduation years end in the number six. Golden grads class of 1966 along with the classes of 1946, 1956, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 and 2016 can join classmates and other #endsin6 alumni to reconnect, rejuvenate and re-establish old ties.
The Alumni Dinner, and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. Reservations are required and tickets are $15/person.
Another free event will be Renaissance Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Show where they will celebrate all of their past productions including Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Carol, Godspell, Mary Poppins, and Les Miserables. A second performance at 7 p.m., on Saturday evening will include Renaissance Theatre Alumni being invited to sing on stage with current Renaissance cast members.
A final community event for Friday, Oct. 21, will be the Bonfire and Spirit Rally at 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot between the Dickey Fine Arts Building and Heritage Hall. There will be performances by Renaissance Regiment, The Wildcat Cheerleaders, and the Wildcat Dance Team.
Events on Saturday, Oct. 22 take place all day. Beginning at 8 a.m., community members can take part in the Wildcat 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk. The event is sponsored by the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $20 entry fee for the Super Hero Sprint and a $10 entry fee for the 1 mile fun run/walk. Participants should come to the Baker Field House parking lot. To pre-register, call 731-407-7660 or email email@example.com.
Lambda Sigma alumni are invited to a breakfast at the home of Ken and Nancy Bean on Stonewall Street at 9 a.m. Those interested should contact Kaitlynn Ladd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community can also come watch a Lady Wildcat basketball scrimmage beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II arena.
If Bluegrass is your thing, community members can stop by the Bethel Alumni Garden at 9 a.m., for Bluegrass entertainment and a biscuit bar breakfast.
At 10:30 a.m., Wildcat Alley will open behind the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. There will be food, fun and games. There will also be a variety of vendors set up, and “Cooper the Band” will be playing on the main stage. Wildcat Alley will be open until 1:30 p.m.
Remaining sports events for the day include events in baseball, softball, football and soccer.
The 6th Annual Baseball and Softball Alumni Games will begin at 11 a.m. at Wildcat Park. The annual Cajun Feast will immediately follow the games.
Wildcat Men’s and Women’s Soccer will host Faulkner University in action at noon and at 2 p.m., at Wildcat Soccer Field.
The Wildcat Homecoming Football game will be at 1:30 p.m., and will include the announcement of the Homecoming Royalty. Ticket prices for the game are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and kids 10 and under get in free with a paying adult.
The final Homecoming event – Homecoming with Renaissance – will be held Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II arena. This event includes free admission.