Hundreds turn out for the 102nd Asbury Reunion
WILMORE, KY—Asbury University’s 102nd Reunion brought back hundreds of alumni, family and friends for a weekend filled with great food, music, events and reconnecting with old friends.
The weekend kicked off with a cookout at the Equine Center. Alumni were able to tour the equine facility, meet the horses and Asbury’s equine management students. Asbury’s equine students are spending the summer preparing for their participation in the upcoming World Equestrian Games, and assisting with summer horse camps offered to the community. Later that evening, alumni and friends enjoyed a musical concert of hymn sings and men’s quartet in Hughes followed by an ice cream social.
The weekend continued on Friday with a talk given by Dr. Sandra Gray in which she described this year’s reunion as her seventh week reunion. She was awarded the first Asbury University honorary degree at May commencement exercises. The day continued with special sessions for Engaging Culture and University Life at Asbury, catching alumni up on recent news. The Singing Ambassadors also got together for a special reunion tea. Retired History Professor Ed McKinley concluded the day with a special presentation in Hughes.
On Saturday, several hundred alumni turned out for coffee and muffins with faculty, both retired and current. Class lunches, the Young Alum Picnic and Alumni banquet were also well attended. Last year, alumni gathered for the groundbreaking of the Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts. This year, alumni were able to tour the nearly complete center. The building will be open for occupancy by faculty and students in January 2011.
Saturday evening several distinguished alumni were honored in Hughes. Grant Nealis ’55 (ministry and education), Sharon Wilhelm ’60 Ranalli Folkart (long-term ministry in Ecuador) Dan ’75 and Martha Faber ’76 Hutchens (foreign policy and education) were honored with the “A” Award. David Spring ’95 received the Distinguished Young Alum Award for his work engaging culture in ministry and entertainment.
Alumni also enjoyed one final opportunity to snag some “Asbury College” memorabilia at the silent auction. Bids for t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, camp chairs and other items, netted $1,200 for the Alumni Scholarship fund. Alumni also took up an offering on Sunday morning for the Asbury-sponsored Haiti relief project. Last semester, Asbury University partnered with Quisqueya Christian School to provide aid after the earthquake in January. The alumni collected nearly $3,000 to go toward the project. Alumni were also generous in their giving toward the Reunion Gift project for the continuation of Hughes Plaza. Alumni gave more than $66,000 for the multi-year project to build a plaza from Hughes to the new Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts.