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It’s time to pull out your purple and white and join Asbury College alumni, parents and students for Homecoming and Parents’ weekend Oct. 6-8. This year’s homecoming will be a collection of exciting new events and some old favorites. Visit Alumni News to download the homecoming brochure which lists the days and times for all of your favorite activities.

Festivities begin Thursday, Oct. 6 and conclude Saturday evening with the Caedmon’s Call concert.

Wrapping up their “Share the Well” tour, the band’s recently released album is an infusion of multi-culture music and stories from Ecuador, India,and Brazil. The project focuses on the oppression of the Dalits in India—a group of more than 250 million people that are of the lowest caste in Indian societies. Working with both Compassion International and The Dalit Freedom Network, Caedmon’s Call hopes that revenue from this tour will benefit these organizations as well as raise enough funds to build two schools for Dalit children.

The song “Share the Well” comes from the story in India where Dalits, who are born into their caste according to the Hindu Caste System, were beaten for trying to get water from the same well that upperclass citizens used. It calls for the American churches to share the living water or Christianity. We encourage you to come out and support their efforts and enjoy an evening of culturally-rich music and stories.

On Oct. 4, Senior Emily Pike and Justin Meeker ’04, assistant director of alumni relations will be on WLEX-18 at 12:30 p.m. They will be discussing the plight of the Dalits in India and the mission of Caedmon’s Call. Pike spent two months working in an orphanage in India.

For tickets and other information regarding homecoming, contact the alumni office at 859-858-3511, ext. 2167.

Dr. Laurie Schreiner is the guest speaker for the weekend. She chairs the department of doctoral studies in education and teaches the Higher Education Leadership doctoral program at Azusa Pacific University. She also directs the Center for Strengths-Based Education at Azusa Pacific and is a senior research associate for the Gallup Organization.

The admission office will host a session for prospective students and their parents, followed by a campus tour. To sign up, call the Admissions Office at (800) 888-1818.

The Homecoming Coronation and Festival of Music will be on Friday. The crowning of Asbury’s Homecoming King and Queen is a formal celebration that includes a musical program featuring the Asbury College concert band, orchestra and other student ensembles.

The Homecoming Picnic and Festival will be Saturday starting at noon on the soccer field. Tickets for the picnic should be ordered in advance. The cost is $7.50 for parents, alumni and guests, $4.50 for children under 12, and free for students on the meal plan. Contact the alumni office to purchase your tickets. The Alumni Basketball Game will be Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Adventure Race is Saturday morning at 9 a.m. For more info and to register contact Andy Bathje at 859-858-3511, x2491.

Homecoming would not be the same without varsity athletic events. This year, there will be opportunities to catch most of your favorite Asbury College teams in action, including men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and tennis. Please visit Athletics at Asbury for more information.