It’s not your typical alumni event, not even an occasion just for students. Bluefield College’s Homecoming 2011, Thursday through Sunday, October 13-16, is a community affair with something for everyone, including former students, current students, and the community at-large.
In addition, the 2011 version of Homecoming at Bluefield College will feature for the first time in 70 years a football game, starring the recently revived Rams at the center of the four-day campus-community Homecoming schedule.
Based on the theme, “Now and Then,” and designed to bring the greater community together with the campus community, Bluefield College’s Homecoming 2011 schedule features a host of events open to the public, including a hip-hop concert, golf tournament, theatrical production, live auction, men’s and women’s soccer games, women’s choir concert, community worship service, and a Blue-White intra-squad football scrimmage.
The last time Bluefield College played a Homecoming football game was November 20, 1941. It was Thanksgiving Day and the team’s season finale against Rio Grande College. The Rams won, 30-7, that day, which sparked a great deal of optimism for the upcoming season, since the team had won its last four out of six games in the 1941 campaign.
But, it wasn’t meant to be. On December 7, 1941, less than three weeks after the Rams had celebrated the Homecoming win, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and the United States found itself at war. Thousands of young American men were called to active duty, including many — in fact, most — of the men who attended and played football at Bluefield College.
Since most of the men were off fighting a war, there were not enough players to field a football squad in the fall of 1942. Consequently, the school scrapped the program, and by the time the war ended in 1945, football at Bluefield College was a mere memory.
That is until now, thanks to an announcement from the college in the summer of 2010 that it would revive its football program. In fact, the Rams returned to the gridiron this fall for an exhibition season before beginning full intercollegiate action in the fall of 2012.
The exhibition season this year has already included games against Emory & Henry College and West Virginia Tech, along with a few intra-squad scrimmages. The next scrimmage will be for the community and alumni during Homecoming, Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m. at Mitchell Stadium.
Admission for the BC Homecoming game is free to all. Tailgating, which will feature a corn-hole tournament with prizes and awards, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tailgate lunches may be purchased on site for $8. Ram players and coaches will be available after the special Homecoming day meet-and-greet.
Other Bluefield College Homecoming 2011 events open to the public include:
- Hip-hop, pop rock and R&B concert featuring contemporary Christian artists Group 1 Crew, Shonlock, Rapture Ruckus, and Rachael Lampa, Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in Harman Chapel
- Golf Tournament to support the BC Fund for Scholarships ($100), Friday, October 14 at noon (register at 11:30) at Fincastle Country Club
- “Quilters,” a BC Theatre production about life on the American frontier from the perspective of the mothers, wives and daughters who made it home, Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Harman Chapel
- Live Scholarship Auction, featuring trips, art, tickets to sporting events, recreation packages, and more, Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 a.m., Shott Hall
- Women’s soccer match vs. Tennessee Temple University, Saturday, October 15 at noon at East River Soccer Complex
- Men’s soccer match vs. Tennessee Temple University, Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m. at East River Soccer Complex
- Virginia Baptist Women’s Chorale concert, Saturday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Bluefield, West Virginia
- Campus and Community Worship Service, featuring music from BC student voice ensembles, Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Harman Chapel.
To register for events online or for more information, visit www.bluefield.edu/homecoming2011.