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WILMORE, KY—More than 1,000 alumni and families from the classes of 1928 through the early 2000s flocked back to campus June 21-25 for Reunion 2006 Full Circle.

Reunion kicked off on Wednesday with a picnic at Highbridge Park and a visit to the College’s Equine Center. Thursday, groups enjoyed Summer School Chapel, a golf scramble, a lunch outing at the Glitz at Irish Acres and much more. For dinner that evening, the 50th reunion Class of 1956 gathered at Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg for some tradition southern cuisine.

Friday morning began with several sessions on everything from what “Not to say at the Dinner Table” to updates about Asbury College’s relief work in Mississippi and the continuous February Student Chapel service. That afternoon those who didn’t have special reunions, met on the tennis courts for round robin play. Friday evening, the president’s society met for dinner and later than evening the A Award and Young Alum recipients were recognized. Our guests also received an update on campus happenings including Narnia Night in December and the Asbury College Olympics coverage earlier this year.

On Saturday, each class gathered for the traditional class lunch and photo. To order copies of our reunion photo e-mail Matt Sawyer. That evening groups met again for the Young Alum Picnic and the Alumni Banquet. The night concluded with a showing of the student-produced film “Stolen Moments” starring Jeremy White ’06 and Carl Spivey ’51.

The weekend ended on Sunday with a concert of praise featuring handbell and choral reunions and a worship service with Dr. Rader.

Reunion Gift update

This year’s reunion gift was the final phase of a three-year project to re-curve the semi-circle, to add handicap drop-off spaces in front of Hughes and to transform Jewell Street along the side of Hughes into a walking plaza. Funds were also needed to complete the concert staging area (Class Gift of 2001) behind Reasoner Hall. Additional funds could also be used to help the Class of 2005 complete the refurbishment of the Glide-Crawford Courtyard fountain.

The College is happy to report that the reunion classes this year raised a total of more than $90,000 for the reunion gift project. The Class of 1956 raised an additional $25,000 for the Kenyon Scholarship fund. These two projects bring the reunion giving total to more than $115,000. For those who haven’t sent in their reunion gift yet, there is still time to make it count. Contact Carolyn Ridley for more information.

reunion06.jpgA Awards and Young Alum

Friday evening, the College honored four distinguished alumni. This year’s “A Award” winners were medical missionary Dr. Jim Foulkes ’51 and Salvation Army officers Todd ’61 and Carol Easterday ’62 Bassett. Young Alum Award recipient was Dr. Malinda Stull ’95. Stull earned her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology and will begin work at Asbury College as an assistant professor of biochemistry this fall.

Development Volunteers of the Year

J.P. Rader ’83, Steve Rehner ’79 and Tom Calkins were named volunteers of the year for their work on behalf of the soccer field refurbishment.

The first phase of the project began May 3 and will continue throughout the summer. For more information, visit the web story .

The Raders’ Retirement

Drs. Paul ’56 and Kay Fuller ’57 Rader were also honored during for their service to Asbury College upon their retirement from the College’s presidency. Dr. Rader served his alma mater for six years following his and Kay’s retirement as Salvation Army officers. You can view the video from the banquet by downloading it from iTunes. The video is titled “A tribute to the Raders”.

Choral, handbell and theatre reunions

Choral, handbell and theatre alumni were invited back to campus for fellowship and fun. The choral and handbell alumni reunited on Sunday for a performance in Hughes before the worship service with Dr. Rader.