Homecoming Events Bring Friends, Alumni Together
WILMORE, Ky. — It was a weekend to celebrate history as well as make new memories during Homecoming and Parents Weekend 2012 at Asbury University.
Events kicked off on Friday morning with a Chapel message from Marshall Shelley, editor of Leadership Journal and parent of an Asbury student. The following two days saw decisive victories for the Asbury volleyball, swimming, cross country, women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams, culminating in the men’s soccer victory over Hiwassee College Saturday evening. Dylan Schatko ’13 and Anna Leon ’13 were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the men’s soccer game — a game which was already humming with positive energy from an on-the-field proposal from one of the senior midfielders before play began.
The athletic competitions were only one component of a weekend that included several other traditions, however. On Friday evening, the Communication Department premiered the latest episode of its own sitcom, and the Asbury University Orchestra, Women’s Choir and Jazz Ensemble performed a varied program for an audience that included students, parents and alumni.
“As much of the student body participates in musical ensembles during their years at Asbury, returning alumni like to connect with the groups in which they participated,” said Dr. Ron Holz, professor of music and director of the orchestra. “Families love to hear and see artistic activity here on campus — it is a great connection for all concerned.”
On Saturday, Asbury inducted two new members into the athletics department’s Hall of Fame. Jack Hazen ’62 has served as a cross country coach at Malone University for 45 years and helped to train the U.S. men’s distance runners at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Tim Glenn ’95 was the first basketball player to score 1,000 points at Asbury University. In Glenn’s case, the full coaching spectrum was represented, as coaches he had played for as a student at Asbury joined current Asbury students whom Glenn had coached in middle-school in congratulating his accomplishment.
Saturday evening, students gathered in the gym at a nearby school for “The Jive,” an opportunity to show off classic dance moves and costumes from the 1950s. Alisha Bynum ‘13 helped pull the event — which included milkshakes, mini-burgers, a photo booth, DJ and more balloons that could be counted — together.
“It was rewarding to see everyone having a good time,” Bynum said. “None of us on the committee do this to be in the spotlight — we really just want to serve the students and give them opportunities to be creative with their attire and to fellowship with their friends. I loved seeing all different groups on campus come together.”
Sunday morning, the campus gathered to conclude the weekend with a service in Hughes Auditorium that featured Jonathan Powers ’03, director of the World Gospel Mission adjacent to the Asbury campus.