Traditionally an event designed to bring alumni back to campus, BC’s Homecoming 2016 will feature events exclusive to former students, including a Golden Graduates Dinner, Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m. in Shott Hall, where alumni from 1966 and earlier will reunite for a dinner program that will feature induction into the Golden Graduates Society and the presentation of Golden Grad medallions.
Alumni are also invited to the traditional Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Quad, where five BC distinguished graduates will be honored with annual awards, including Rev. Jack Marcom (’62) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who will be inducted into the Distinguished Hall of Graduates; Sheriff Brian Hieatt (’99) of Tazewell, Virginia, who will be named Alumnus of the Year; Justin Hamm (’01) of Bluefield, West Virginia, who will receive a Distinguished Young Alumnus award; Rev. Rod Hale (’60) of Richmond, Virginia, who will receive the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award; and Fred Phillips (’88) of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, who will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Other Homecoming events exclusive to alumni will be the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association, Saturday, October 22 at 8 a.m. in Shott Hall, where alumni will be elected and recognized for their service to the Alumni Council, and campus tours, Saturday, October 22 at 11 a.m.
Current Bluefield College students will join former BC students for a variety of other Homecoming events, including a Ram-2-Ram Alumni Career Seminar, Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m. in Shott Hall. The Ram-2-Ram Seminar will give current students the opportunity to listen, ask questions, network and connect with former students in an effort to help them learn more about their major, Christianity in the work place, internships, and careers.
Current and former students will also come together for the Homecoming Pep Rally, Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dome Gymnasium and for the traditional Homecoming Dance, Saturday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Shott Hall. The Pep Rally will feature games, music, and the school’s first ever Scholarship Challenge, a competition for students to compete for scholarships. The Homecoming Dance will feature music, dancing and the presentation of the 2016 Homecoming Queen, King and Court.
And while a host of Homecoming 2016 events are planned primarily for alumni and students, the majority of the weekend’s activities are open and designed for the community at-large. Among the community events: the traditional Scholarship Auction, Saturday, October 24, at 9 a.m. in Harman Chapel. The live auction will feature vacations, entertainment and amusement packages, tickets to sporting events and fine arts shows, outdoor excursions, sports memorabilia, furniture, arts and crafts, restaurant giveaways, retail gifts, and other quality merchandise, all up for bid to raise funds for student scholarships.
Three BC sporting events are also on the Homecoming schedule and open to the community. The women’s soccer team will take on Columbia College on Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at East River Soccer Complex. Former BC baseball players will join current BC baseball players for an Alumni Baseball Game, Saturday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Bowen Field.
And, the Rams football team will battle Cincinnati Christian University on Saturday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Mitchell Stadium. In fact, this year’s Homecoming football game will be free to the community, thanks to the Town of Bluefield, Virginia. Free tickets must be secured prior to the game and are available at Bluefield Town Hall and the Bluefield Treasurer’s Office. At halftime of the football game, students will crown the 2016 Homecoming Queen, King and Court.
Prior to the football game, local residents are invited to join alumni and students in an afternoon of pre-game tailgating at Mitchell Stadium. Enjoy music, cornhole, food, and other family fun. And, if you’re serious about your tailgating, be sure to compete for the coveted Tailgate Champion banner in the Fourth Annual Tailgate Challenge. Participants are encouraged to register for the Tailgate Challenge prior to Homecoming weekend by visiting the BC web site at bluefield.edu/homecoming. The day of the game, contestants must check in at the Alumni Tailgate Tent to receive a tailgate competition flag.
Other community Homecoming events include BC Theatre’s presentation of You Can’t Take It With You, Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m., all in Harman Chapel; a fireworks show, Friday, October 21 at 10 p.m. in the Campus Quad; and a worship session with Highlands Fellowship, Sunday, October 23 at 10 a.m. in Harman Chapel. A special Sunday lunch will follow worship in the BC dining hall.
To register or for more information about Homecoming 2016, visit the Bluefield College web site at bluefield.edu/homecoming or contact the BC Alumni Office by phone at 276-326-4208 or by e-mail at [email protected]