Asbury Alumni Arrive for Reunion 2016 – Asbury University
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June 23, 2016

Guests signing in at long tables
Guests arrive on campus for Reunion 2016

WILMORE, Ky. — The first of nearly 1,200 registered guests have arrived on Asbury University’s campus, and anticipation is building for an amazing weekend of fellowship and celebration during Reunion 2016.

Across campus, teams of staff and students are preparing for events and alumni are reuniting with classmates, swapping stories and looking forward to the public launch of the Ignited Campaign on Saturday night.

“It’s just great to be back and see what has changed and what has stayed the same,” said Alan Nagel ’66. “I’m looking forward to reconnecting with classmates. The friends I made here are choice people, and they’ve remained friends for life.”

A member of the Vanguards Class, celebrating its 50th Reunion, Nagel says Asbury left a permanent mark on his life and career.

“When I came to school, I was planning on finishing my four years, joining the family business and making money, but that wasn’t God’s plan,” Nagel said. “Through Asbury, I crossed paths with the director of Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduation, I went through training, and 49 years later I’m still on staff with Cru.”

All weekend, Reunion is packed with opportunities for fun and fellowship. Beginning today, the Asbury Art Gallery features work by alumnus Keith Barker ’91, and this evening, dinner in Johnson Cafeteria and coffee in the Student Center will provide a casual time of fellowship for Reunion guests.

Other Reunion events throughout the weekend will include class luncheons, campus tours, an ice cream social, a hymn-sing and award ceremony, Chapel services with Rurel Ausley ’76, Jeannie Banter ’06 and Irv Brendlinger ’66 and much more. For a full schedule of Reunion events, visit:

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., alumni and friends will gather in Hughes Auditorium to celebrate the public launch of Ignited: the Campaign for Asbury University. Ignited is the most comprehensive capital campaign in Asbury’s history, and all alumni and friends are encouraged to attend and celebrate Asbury’s bold vision for the future. Following the event, alums will enjoy fireworks and a dessert reception on Jewell Walk. 

If you still haven’t registered for Reunion, it’s not too late! Online registration is closed, but on-site registration in Kinlaw Library is open on Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alumni and friends who are unable to attend Reunion can still be part of the weekend fun. Multiple Reunion events, including Saturday’s evening celebration, will be streamed live and available for online viewing at

The following Reunion events will be available for viewing online:

  • 6/24 — Chapel with Rurel Ausley ’76, lead pastor at Crosspoint, a multi-site United Methodist Congregation in the Florida Panhandle (10 a.m.)
  • 6/24 —  Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing and Awards Ceremony, recognizing A-Award, Young Alum and Volunteer of the Year Award recipients (7:30 p.m.)
  • 6/25  — Chapel with Jeannie Banter ’06, assistant Campus Chaplain at Asbury University (10 a.m.)
  • 6/25 — Public Launch of Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University (7:30 p.m.)


For a full Reunion schedule, visit: