Homecoming 2013 Recap
Take a look at Homecoming 2013 through the lens of our social media channels, and mark your calendars for Homecoming 2014 scheduled for Oct. 9-11.
Homecoming 2013 began Thursday with a Chapel service featuring President-Elect Dr. Carol Taylor and traveling worship group Heartsong. Taylor shared a message about “the dash”– the time between birth and death–of every person’s life. Alumni guest lecturers and panels joined many departments for morning classes, offering Q&A sessions and special presentations to current students.
The evening brought two special groups together on campus. First, the Alumni Relations office presented a Young Alumni Mixer in the Heritage Room of Riggs Hall. Graduates from the past ten years gathered to have a great time singing karaoke favorites, having coffee and desserts and networking with other young professionals.
Also occurring was a Jazz Band Concert in Barnett Recital Hall. Led by Director of Jazz Studies Joel Griffin, the ensemble entertained a standing room only crowd with a mix of upbeat favorites.
The Friday of Homecoming Week is generally considered on of the best days of the year around campus, and 2013 was no different. The morning began with Dr. Robert Spence sharing his final Chapel message with students. Following his address, Trees of Honor were unveiled and the name of the Chapel building was officially renamed the Robert H. Spence Chapel.
Athletic events were scattered through the day, including the Alumni Golf Tournament and a special session honoring the 1988 Crusader football team. Alumni also gathered at the baseball field, softball field, Cooper soccer field and the Ashcroft Center for reunion games. A gathering of alumni authors hosted a special book signing session in front of the Founders Bookstore.
Evening events began with cluster reunions for Evangel and Central Bible College alumni at the University Plaza Hotel. Those dinners were followed by EU’s Got Talent, the Silent Auction EU Facetime event and Pep Rally for Saturday’s football game.
Saturday began with some inclement weather that cancelled a planned tailgate party, but eventually nature complied to set the stage for a landmark day. Early events included an alumni breakfast in Crusader Hall and the Pearson Creek 5k Fun Run/Walk.
Missouri State University’s Plaster Field hosted the homecoming football game in 2013 to allow more spectators. The marching band performed at halftime, with Kyle Nelson and Sein Kwon being crowned Homecoming King and Queen. As for the game, the Crusaders prevailed 34-28 in a tough battle with Culver-Stockton.
The night belonged to Dr. Robert H. Spence, who was honored for his 40 years reign as president with a special celebration service. The current concert orchestra was joined by many alumni, including recording artist Sara Groves, to perform musical tributes matching the theme “He’s Been Faithful.” After the ceremony Dr. and Mrs. Spence received guests for a reception in Riggs Hall.
Students flocked from the Dr. Spence tribute to a couple of community-oriented events: one on campus and the other in downtown Springfield. Students congregated on the quad for a bonfire that heated up campus. Others went to the Bellwether Gallery to marvel at an alumni art exhibit.