Family Weekend & Homecoming Builds Asbury Community
October 10, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Milkshakes and concerts ranked high on Chloe Stewart’s list of favorite things over the weekend, but seeing her big sister, Hannah Stewart ‘17, was the real highlight of Family Weekend & Homecoming at Asbury University.
“Getting to see Hannah is my favorite part,” Stewart said, surrounded by her parents and all four of siblings, together again after the family made a two-hour trip south to visit Asbury’s campus for Family Weekend & Homecoming, Oct. 6-8.
Celebrating students, siblings, parents and alumni, Family Weekend & Homecoming is a testament to breadth of the Asbury community and the important role family plays in the Asbury experience.
“The culture of Asbury is just so neat, and we really love coming down here,” said Christy Stewart, Hannah and Chloe’s mom. “Hannah loves it when we come down here and experience her culture and meet her friends. I think that helps her grow while she’s here — that her family knows what’s going on.”
Throughout the weekend, guests enjoyed concerts featuring Asbury vocal and instrumental ensembles, campus tours, an Alumni Open House, a special Homecoming Chapel with Rev. Rob Lewis ’92 and a full schedule of athletic events including men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, men’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer.
Siblings of current students also got a taste of college life through Sibling Invasion, enjoying a bonfire and s’mores with students, spending a night in the residence halls and sitting in on classes with Asbury faculty.
On Thursday and Friday, guests had the opportunity to attend live recordings of Asbury’s Emmy Award-winning sitcom, “Friends Like You.” This year’s original episode included some new twists, including a performance from Professor Jeff Day, and offered viewers an up-close look at the professional grade experiences offered by Asbury’s Media Communication program.
After the Homecoming Concert on Friday night (featuring Orchestra and Women’s Choir) this year’s homecoming court was presented, and the Homecoming King and Queen were announced. Representing the Anchored Class, the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen were Aaron Winneroski ’16 and Stacey Ballinger ’16.
“It’s really awesome to be able to represent our class in such a unique way at such a great event,” Winneroski said. “Family Weekend & Homecoming lets siblings, alums and parents to all come together for one weekend, and all participate in Asbury together. It’s a really unifying experience.”
Alumni Joe ’93 and Marianne Church ’92 Cox enjoyed visiting with their daughter, Madeline Cox ‘20, as well as reconnecting with places that were important to them when they first began their relationship.
“Asbury is like an old friend,” Joe Cox said. “The memories, the life lesson and the experiences are fresh in our lives when we come back, and are even better than they were before.”
As Marianne Cox revisits campus, she hopes that current students will continue to experience the transformation that she — and alumni in nearly 80 countries around the world — found at Asbury.
“There are a lot of things that have changed since we were here, but one thing hasn’t — this is a time of preparation,” Marianne Cox said. “Just like it was for us, I hope students continue to experience this as a time of preparation for telling the world about the Lord.”