All are a part of Bluefield College’s Homecoming 2015, October 23-25, and all are designed to bring together not only former students and current students, but also the community for a three-day campus/community celebration.
Designed to engage the community with the college, BC’s Homecoming weekend will feature a host of events open to the public, including a Pep Rally and Fireworks Show, Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Town of Bluefield, Virginia. Local residents are invited to alumni and students at the BC Dome for games, cornhole, s’mores, music by the Ram Band, and to meet the Rams football team. The campus/community event will conclude with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Other Homecoming community events will include a BC Theatre production of The Three Musketeers, a live Scholarship Auction, campus tours, Rams football, and a Homecoming Worship Service. BC Theatre will offer three weekend performances of The Three Musketeers, Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, at 3 p.m., all in Harman Chapel.
The Scholarship Auction, Saturday, October 24, will begin at 9 a.m. and 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 up for bid through the generosity of local and regional donors. After the auction, the college will offer campus tours at 11 a.m., featuring BC’s new Bluestone Commons apartment complex and other facilities.
The Rams football team will battle The Apprentice School at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 24, at Mitchell Stadium, and this year’s Homecoming game will be free to the community, thanks to the Town of Bluefield. Free tickets must be secured prior to the game and are available at the Bluefield, Virginia, Town Hall, the Bluefield, Virginia, Treasurer’s Office, Wal-Mart in Bluefield, Virginia, and Tudor’s Biscuit World in Bluefield, West Virginia. At halftime of the game, students will crown the 2015 Homecoming Queen and King.
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 Third Annual Tailgate Challenge. Participants are encouraged to register for the Tailgate Challenge prior to Homecoming weekend by visiting the BC web site at www.bluefield.edu/homecoming. The day of the game, contestants must check in at the Alumni Tailgate Tent to receive a tailgate competition flag.
Homecoming will conclude with a final event open to the public, a Campus/Community Worship Service, Sunday, October 25 at 10 a.m. in Harman Chapel, featuring music and worship provided by the newly planted campus church, Highlands Fellowship, and a sermon offered by BC alumnus B.J. Erps, an elder and leader of Missio Dei Church in Huntington, West Virginia. A special Sunday lunch will follow worship in the BC dining hall.
And, while a host of events have been scheduled to involve the community, some are exclusive to BC alumni and students, including a Ram-2-Ram Alumni Career Seminar, a Golden Graduates Dinner, an Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner-Dance, and the Homecoming Student Dance.
The Ram-2-Ram Alumni Career Seminar, Friday, October 23 at 10 a.m. in Shott Hall, will give current BC students the opportunity to listen, ask questions, network and connect with former BC students. Alumni will share their experiences as a student, what they did after graduation, and what they are doing now in an effort to help current students learn more about their major, Christianity in the work place, internships, and careers.
Golden Grads from 1965 and earlier will reunite Friday, October 23 at 5 p.m. in Shott Hall for a dinner program that will feature induction into the Golden Graduates Society and the presentation of Golden Grad medallions. The event will also include the wit and charm of Mark Twain as presented by alumnus Dr. David Bailey.
Three of BC’s most distinguished graduates, four of its most celebrated former members of Athletics, and one of its most faithful supporters will be honored during the Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, Saturday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dome Gymnasium. Dr. Tim Sharp (’74) will be inducted into the BC Hall of Distinguished Graduates, Dr. Jennifer Jones Powell (’93) will be named Alumna of the Year, Dr. Wayne Massey (’59) will receive the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award, BC friend Steve Bickford will be named an Honorary Alumnus, and onetime men’s basketball and baseball coach Mark Blevins and three of his former men’s basketball players, Dan Brown (’85), Howard Mayo (’88), and Lamont Woods (’92) will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. The traditional Alumni Awards Dinner will also include a dance following the awards ceremony.
The Homecoming Student Dance will take place Saturday, October 24 at 9 p.m. in Shott Hall. Not just for current students, but also graduates from the past four years, the Student Dance will feature the presentation of the 2015 Homecoming Queen, King and Court.
“I encourage all alumni to make the journey to Bluefield for a weekend of festivities,” said alumna Jennifer Mitchell (’08), president of the BC Alumni Association. “Whether this is your first visit back in 50 years or you were on campus last week, you will find there are interesting and exciting programs, new buildings, and most importantly many opportunities to catch up with your Ram classmates and friends.”
The registration process for Homecoming 2015 features the availability of an “all-inclusive” Homecoming pass, which with one simple purchase provides access to all Homecoming events at a reduced cost, and a convenient online registration process, which provides a prompt and easy way for alumni and friends to sign up for the Homecoming fun.
“Our hope is to keep Homecoming affordable and convenient and to make it the best possible event for alumni, the campus community, and the public at-large,” said Mark Hipes, director of alumni relations. “The all-inclusive Homecoming Pass helps do that.”