Samford University will observe Homecoming 2000 Nov. 3 - 5 with reunions, time capsules, lectures, music and football. "There's No Place Like Home" is the theme for the weekend.
Friday (Nov. 3) events include a golden reunion dinner for the Class of 1950, class reunion parties, sock hop, pep rally and bonfire, and a concert by rock/folk quintet Sister Hazel at 8 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.
Saturday (Nov. 4) events beginning at 10 a.m. include reunions, lectures, the opening of a time capsule that was buried in 1976, and the burial of a capsule with items from the year 2000. Authors Rick Bragg and J. Wayne Flynt will discuss their recent works in a presentation in the Samford Library conference room.
Bragg is the author of All Over But the Shoutin', about his Alabama youth, and Somebody Told Me, a collection of feature articles. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, he is New York Times bureau chief in Miami, Fla.
Flynt is the author of Dixie's Forgotten People and Poor But Proud, which document the dignity of the poor and focus on social and economic injustice. The 1961 Samford graduate is Auburn University Distinguished Professor. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Poor But Proud.
Dr. Joan Kirchman Mitchell, former director of Samford's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, will discuss the human genome project: birth to death ramifications.
Other morning activity includes hot air balloon rides, baseball and basketball scrimmages, and a carnival for children. Alumni may participate in a Habitat for Humanity project. A barbecue lunch will precede an on-campus parade featuring a reunion band and student-made floats.
The Samford Bulldogs will meet Charleston Southern at 1:30 p.m. in Seibert Stadium. The alumni of the year and the Homecoming queen and court will be presented during halftime activity. The Student Government Association will host a dance for students and alumni at the McWane Center in Birmingham at 8 p.m.
Homecoming weekend activities will conclude on Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. worship service in Beeson Divinity Chapel. Dr. James Robert White, III, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, will deliver the sermon. He is a 1968 Samford graduate.
For information or tickets, contact the Samford alumni office at (205) 726-2807, toll free at 877-782-5867 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.