September 7, 2007

Homecoming Weekend Includes Reunions

“ . . . A series of reunion opportunities are available throughout the Oct. 18-21 festivities . . . ”

Samford Alumni search the yearbook for familiar faces.Homecoming weekend is a great time to re-connect with friends, and Samford University’s 2007 Homecoming is no exception.  A series of reunion opportunities are available throughout the Oct. 18-21 festivities, including:

Samford Alumni Association Annual Meeting, Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall.  All alumni are invited to attend the meeting of the Samford Alumni Association to hear reports from the university and to discuss the association’s business.

A special homecoming gala, Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., Pete Hanna Center.  The gala recreates the 141-year-old tradition of the alumni candlelight dinner as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Homewood campus, the dedication of Pete Hanna Center and the Thomas E. and Marla Haas Corts Arena, and honor those who have made significant contributions to Samford during the past year.  The 2007 Alumni of the Year – Walt Barnes ’56, Sigurd Bryan ’46, Carol Guthrie ’93 and George Irons ’52 – will be recognized.   

NOTE:  This event is by invitation only but the Samford Alumni Association has a limited number of seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call (205) 726-2807 about availability.

Class of 1987 reunion dinner, Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m., Flag Colonnade, Ralph W. Beeson University Center.  Tickets are $6 per person and can be ordered through the special homecoming ticket order site.

Samford Band alumni gathering, Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,  Jane Hollock Brock Hall.  Activities include breakfast, rehearsal, watch party for the homecoming parade, a barbecue lunch and sitting and playing together at the homecoming football game.  Cost for the barbecue lunch is $6 per person.   For a complete schedule of activities and to make reservations, contact band@samford.edu

School of Business alumni breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30-10 a.m., Dwight Beeson Hall for alumni and friends of the School of Business. Contact (205) 726-2364 or chdahlke@samford.edu for more information.

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospitals School of Nursing reunion, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m., Rotunda, Center for the Healing Arts.  Visit with graduates from 1922 through 2007 and enjoy coffee and pastries.  For more information, contact (205) 726-2047 or mwcarter@samford.edu.

Golden Bulldogs brunch, Saturday, Oct. 20, 9-10:30 a.m., Flag Colonnade, Beeson University Center.  Alumni from the classes of 1957 and earlier are invited for brunch and informal visiting with friends and former classmates.  The Lockmiller Award will be presented to the oldest alumnus and alumna attending the brunch.  There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are appreciated.

Art Alumni reunion and mini-show, Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Samford Art Gallery, Bonnie Bolding Swearingen Hall.  Alumni artwork will be displayed informally, so bring your work to share.  Computers will be available so digital images can be displayed.  Refreshments and lunch provided by Samford Art Department.  For more information to http://www.samford.edu/alumni/artreunion.pdf.  For lunch reservations, contact Robin Snyder, gallery director, at rdsnyder@samford.edu.

Homecoming Festival, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., University Quadrangle.  Ever wonder what happened to others who were at Samford at the same time as you but were not in your graduating class?  Rather than single class-year reunions, the Samford Alumni Association and Student Government Association are hosting reunion gatherings by affinity groups and student generations. Featured classes are those from 1957, 1982 and 1987 but graduates from all years are invited to participate.  Other groups already planning special reunions are art department alumni, nursing alumni, Baptist Student Union/Student Ministries Choir alumni, Samford bands, Sigma Chi, Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha alumni. 

Reunion picnic lunch available on the Quad, Saturday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Tickets:  $6 per person, adults or children. 

All Alumni Reunion Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., University Center Dining Hall, Ralph W. Beeson University Center.  Enjoy lunch and reminiscing with friends, former classmates, former teachers and administrators and the entire Samford family.  Tickets:  $6 per person, adults or children.

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing barbecue luncheon, Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Center for Healing Arts plaza. Tickets:  $5 per person, payable on-site.  Children 5 and under free.  Advance reservations requested by contacting (205) 726-2047 or mwcarter@samford.edu.

Samford women’s basketball reunion, Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The reunion will follow a team scrimmage in Seibert Gym and includes a tour of the new Pete Hanna Center and a reunion luncheon at Seibert Stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, contact the women’s basketball office, (205) 726-4072.

The Class of 1957 Golden Reunion dinner, Saturday, 6 p.m., Rotunda, Center for the Healing Arts.  Tickets are $15 per person.  Samford President Andrew Westmoreland will visit with the group.

A Baptist Student Union/Student Ministries reunion choir will sing for the Homecoming worship service on Sunday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.  Worship leaders will be Esther Burroughs, former campus minister, Bob Burroughs, former Hear-and-Now Singers director, and Melinda Howard Dressler ’74, organist, Brookwood Baptist Church, Birmingham. 

NOTE:  Were you a part of the BSU or Student Ministries Choir?  Did you perform with the Hear and Now Singers?  If so, let us know so that we can send you information about the special reunion.  Contact dbgoodwi@samford.edu.

David Goodwin, Samford’s director of alumni programs, noted that other groups may be planning events that are not yet listed on the homecoming schedule.  Goodwin encouraged alumni to check with specific departments and organizations on campus about reunion events that may not be listed.

“We want everyone to join us for homecoming, but continue to check the Samford website for updated event information,” Goodwin added.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets can be ordered online at www.samforduniversityrelations.com.

Additional homecoming information is available at www.samford.edu/alumni.