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Alumni Celebrate Homecoming 2013

Hundreds of Bluefield College alumni from as far as Florida and Michigan and as near asBluefield returned to their alma mater, October 11-13, to celebrate Homecoming 2013, featuring a special reunion for Golden Graduates, the presentation ofalumni awards, the crowning of the Homecoming Court, and Rams football.

Chris Shoemaker

October 22, 2013

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New members of the Bluefield College Alumni Board, elected during Homecoming 2013 (from left): Scott Hammond (’93), Isabel Lovitt (‘71), Lisa Robinson Yost (’07), Brandon Caldwell (’02) and Josh Cline (’09).

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Alumna Janet Barnes Goodman ('63) and her husband, Coleman (right), enjoy a little friendly bidding during the Homecoming Scholarship Auction, which netted more than $6,000 for BC student scholarships.

 

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Victor E. Ram lends a helping hand inside the Tailgate Zone prior to BC's Homecoming football game at Mitchell Stadium.

 

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Alumnus Zachary Smith ('08) enjoys the food and fellowship of the alumni football tailgate during Homecoming 2013.

 

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The new Ram Band, created just for the BC football team, helps fire up the crowd during the Rams Homecoming football game at Mitchell Stadium.

 

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Despite a valiant effort for the Homecoming crowd, BC fell short, 40-21, in the Homecoming 2013 game against Belhaven University.

 

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Members of the class of '73 -- (back, from left) Brad Owen, Marcialyn Ellis Miller, Dan Agee, (front, from left) Lorrie Lucy Owen and Shirley Chapman Meador -- celebrate their 40-year class reunion.

 

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Alumna Jennifer Bohannan ('11) portrays Captain Hook (center) in a BC Youth Theatre presentation of "Peter Pan" for Homecoming 2013.

 

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Rev. Russell Leonard ('63) serves as keynote speaker for the Homecoming Campus Community Worship Service.

 

The traditional reunion weekend began with a Golden Graduates Society induction ceremony for the class of 1963. Fourteen Golden Grads returned to campus to be inducted into the select society, including Gary Chenault of Williamsburg, Virginia; C. Blair Barnes Collins of Clermont, Florida; Barry Crotty of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Ronald Faris of Marion, Virginia; Janet Barnes Goodman of Midlothian, Virginia; Russell Leonard of Elberon, Virginia; Richard Matthews of Warrenton, Virginia; Joe Newton of Bluefield, Virginia; Stephen Renalds of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; Jane Jennings Rivers of Christiansburg, Virginia; Jacob Sprouse of Mansfield, Ohio; Judith Shearer Sprouse of Mansfield, Ohio; Charles Wood ofWoodstock, Virginia; and Doris Hunt Wood of Woodstock, Virginia.

 

Other special reunions included a gathering of teacher education grads, which featured an informational showcase of the school’s new master’s degree in education, the first ever master’s degree program at BC.

 

Current students joined the fun with the traditional Homecoming Dance. During the dance, students crowned the 2013 Homecoming Court, featuring Queen Caitlin Allen of Bluefield, West Virginia; King Caleb Frye of Glade Spring, Virginia; Junior Princess Joy David of Portsmouth, Virginia; Sophomore Princess Sara Padgett of Hampton, Virginia; and Freshman Princess Whitney Browning of Bluefield, West Virginia.

 

Day two of Homecoming began with an Alumni Breakfast and Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association during which time new members were selected to serve on the Alumni Board: Brandon Caldwell (’02), Josh Cline (’09), Scott Hammond (’93), Isabel Lovitt (‘71) and Lisa Robinson Yost (’07). David Armbrister (‘54), Don Kidd (‘69), Shirley Chapman Meador (’73), Marcialyn Ellis Miller (’73) and Sarah Abbott Wheeler (‘93) were recognized as outgoing members of the Board.

 

During the Live Scholarship Auction, alumni purchased vacations, entertainment packages, furniture, arts and crafts, sports memorabilia and other donated items up for bid to the tune of more than $6,000 for BC student scholarships.

 

Football was the highlight of day two as the Rams battled Belhaven University at Mitchell Stadium. Despite the loss on the field, fans were thrilled with having football back for Homecoming. BC revived intercollegiate football just two years ago after a 70-year hiatus. In fact, prior to the 2013 Homecoming game, the college honored one of BC’s football greats, the late Pete Young, a running back who led the nation in scoring and the Rams to an undefeated season in 1933.

 

“Daddy would have loved this,” said Margie Young, one of several Young family members who returned to establish a scholarship in memory of their father. “Bluefield College meant a lot to him. He never talked about his achievement as ‘Mr. Touchdown’ without also crediting Bluefield College.”

 

Other alumni and friends were honored during the traditional Alumni Awards Dinner, including Hall of Distinguished Graduates inductee Dr. David Bailey (’60), Alumnus of the Year Dr. Tom Brewster (’91), Distinguished Young Alumnus Jesse Cole (’02), and retired professor and longtime pastor Rev. Hugh Cole, recipient of the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award.

 

“Not only am I a product of the high standard of education that Bluefield College provided me,” said Jesse Cole, founder and chief executive officer of 1,000 Kings, an organization dedicated to building leadership skills and enhancing personal development in young men, “but I actually credit BC for helping me find my purpose in the Kingdom of God.”

 

Other events during the three-day Homecoming weekend included performances of “Peter Pan” by BC’s Youth Theatre and a Campus Community Worship Service, led by BC music professors and featuring guest speaker Russell Leonard (’63).

 

“I didn’t come to Bluefield College to be a minister,” said Rev. Leonard, who has served as a pastor for four decades, “but the college challenged me to consider, ‘are you here to just get an education or are you here to prepare yourself to go out and serve God?’ The college was very encouraging to me. All the professors were good to me. It’s truly a special place.”

 

 

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College Honors Golden Graduates

 

Students Crown Homecoming Court

 

BC Presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

 

Colleges Creates Lasting Tribute to Football's Pete Young

 

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Homecoming Web Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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