Homecoming 2011 Brings Family, Alumni to Campus

Seniors Stockton Brown and Mark Laufenburger were elected Homecoming Queen and King.
Seniors Stockton Brown and Mark Laufenburger were elected Homecoming Queen and King.

WILMORE, Ky. — Alumni, parents and students spent a chilly fall weekend in Wilmore, enjoying sports and fellowship during the 2011 Homecoming and Family Celebration.

The festivities began with Sibling Invasion, an opportunity for younger siblings of current students to get a taste of college life. After a recital by juniors Lindsey Hanton and Dylan Schatko and a game of Capture the Flag on Thursday, campus guests enjoyed a Chapel message from alumna Sarah Luce ’72 on Friday morning, with soccer and volleyball games, concerts and more throughout the weekend.

“There was tremendous planning and coordination, so every area was covered, from the arts to athletics to Chapel,” said Joy Griffin, parent of Caleb Griffin ’14 and member of the Parents Advisory Council. “I’m thrilled my son is here.”

A highlight of the weekend was Saturday evening’s soccer match against Ohio State-Mansfield. Scoring a school-record 16 goals, the Eagles won the game to move within two wins of tying the record seasons of 1977 and 1980. Three Asbury players scored three goals apiece, a feat known in sport circles as a “hat trick.”

The men of "Third Nerd," the third floor of Trustees Hall, launched pumpkins from a trebuchet for an appreciative crowd.
The men of "Third Nerd," the third floor of Trustees Hall, launched pumpkins from a trebuchet for an appreciative crowd.

At halftime, the 2011 Homecoming Court was introduced, and Asbury University President Sandra Gray crowned seniors Stockton Brown and Mark Laufenburger as Homecoming Queen and King.

“I feel honored to have been nominated and elected Homecoming King with such great people,” Laufenburger said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

Another highlight was the third annual Trebuchet Launch, an event — and contraption — put together by the residents of Trustees Hall’s third floor. Proudly sporting “N3RD” T-shirts, the men showed off their construction skills by launching pumpkins at a model wooden castle built by their neighbor hall named “The Citadel,” with some success.

For some parents, particularly those who also spent time in Wilmore as students, the excitement of revisiting a spiritually significant place in their own lives complemented their enthusiasm to catch up with their children.

“It’s good to have a time for spiritual renewal,” Griffin said. “Many times in the Bible, the Israelites are told to ‘remember.’ Even being on campus brings a lift to my spirit and a reminder of the Lord’s faithfulness.”

Brown, having watched sisters attend Asbury and moving toward her own graduation, feels the same way: "Homecoming reminds me how thankful I am to be a part of the Asbury campus. For a lot of us, it really is like a home with family."

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