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October 22-24, 2015

Enjoy meeting up with old friends and classmates for reunions, tailgating, the homecoming musical and more. Find numerous opportunities to reconnect to your alma mater for a weekend of spirit and camaraderie.

Schedule | Thursday, October 22

Homecoming events are subject to change — please check the schedule regularly for updated information. A printed schedule will be available when you arrive on campus.

Thursday, October 22

8 a.m. -5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office. Stop by and pick up the latest schedule of events and other Harding information.

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for Bison Stampede 5K Run, Hammon Student Center, $20

12- 4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Neale Pryor’s legacy, HUF, HUG and other international programs and more. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

5 p.m. Harding Choral Alumni reunion and supper - Place to be announced, check in at Reynolds Center

5:30 p.m. Heritage Circle Banquet, Founders Room, second floor of the Heritage Center. Golden, Emerald, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Diamond and Diamond Plus Circles Induction and Reunion will honor the Classes of ’65, ’60, ’55, ’50, ’45, and ’40. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others

7 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University- Stevens Soccer Complex

7 - 9 p.m. Harding Choral Alumni rehearsal - Reynolds Center

All events are free admission unless denoted by a ticket price.

 

Schedule | Friday, October 23

Homecoming events are subject to change — please check the schedule regularly for updated information. A printed schedule will be available when you arrive on campus.

Friday, October 23

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office. Stop by and pick up the latest schedule of events and Harding information.

8 a.m. Check-in and 9 a.m. Shotgun Start, Bison Booster Club Golf Tournament, Course at River Oaks. $125 per person, $500 per team and/or$125 hole sponsorship.

8:30 a.m. Professional Counseling Alumni and Advisory Committee presentation and breakfast, Heritage 208. For more information, contact aenglish@harding.edu

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Faith and Business Symposium Speakers, Mabee Business Building. Several alumni and guests will be giving presentations on topics such as business ethics, current issues in business and advice for COBA students. Everyone is welcome.

Any high school juniors or seniors who may be coming with family members for Homecoming and would like to participate in Bison Days, they may want to log on to www.harding.edu/admissions and click on the Bison Days link for all the details.

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9-11 a.m. Harding Choral Alumni rehearsal - Reynolds Center

9:45 a.m. Heritage Circle Coffee, Regions Room, second floor of Heritage Center

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for Bison Stampede 5K Run, Hammon Student Center, $20

12-12:50 p.m. Open Chorus Rehearsal, Reynolds M106

12-12:50 p.m. Open Concert Choir Rehearsal, Reynolds M201

12 p.m. Eleventh Annual Homecoming Alumni Panel and Lunch, Pryor-England 113. Homemade taco soup with trimmings. All pre-professional health science students and health science alumni welcome!

12 - 4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Neale Pryor’s legacy, HUF, HUG and other international programs and more. 205 N. Lott Tucker Dr.

1 - 3 p.m. Come and Home Reception honoring Treva Pryor and remembering Dr. Neale Pryor, Harding History House, 205 Lott Tucker Dr.

3 - 4 p.m. Harding Place Retirement Center Open House and Tour, 801 S. Benton

3 – 3:30 p.m. Harding Choral Alumni concert - Reynolds Center

4 p.m. Good News Singers, C. L. Kay Plaza in front of the Benson Auditorium

5 -7 p.m. Smiles for Christ Annual Smiles Day, Live music, entertainment with short video clips about the organization. Snacks provided.

5:30 p.m.  Black and Gold Banquet, Charles White Cafeteria, $20. A wonderful evening to remind you of your favorite Harding memories celebrated with some of your favorite Harding heroes. Dr. David Burks (’65) will emcee honoring Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical -Singin’ in the Rain”Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a Meet and Greet in the Student Center. 

10:30 p.m. Bison Block Party at Legacy Park - Hang out with your friends, enjoy s’mores and listen to the music following the musical. Sponsored by CAB and is part of I Heart HU Week.

All events are free admission unless denoted by a ticket price.

Schedule | Saturday, October 24

Homecoming events are subject to change — please check the schedule regularly for updated information. A printed schedule will be available when you arrive on campus. 

Saturday, October 24

Reunions and Activities

CHECK FOR CHANGES IN THE SCHEDULE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

7:30-9:30 a.m. Sub T-16 Reunion, Cone Chapel, $12. 

8 a.m. Bison Stampede 5K Run, registration in front of First Security Stadium, $20. Race starts at 9 a.m. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

9-9:30 a.m. Art and Design Alumni Panel Discussion in the Stevens Art Galleries.

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council Fall 2015 Business Meeting, Founders Room. Come hear updates from President McLarty of happenings on campus and listen as Dr. Ganus speaks about the beginning of the Council. Light continental breakfast will be served from 8-8:15 a.m.

8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Alumni Continental Breakfast, Student Center. Meet your friends and pick up the latest schedule of events.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art Fair — Artwork for sale from current art students around the Stevens Art and Design Center

Art and Design Creative Bison Herd between the Stevens Center and Olen Hendrix. Photo opportunities all weekend. Vote on your favorite art and design bison by dropping your spare change in the appropriate jar in the Stevens Art and Design Center lobby. All proceeds go to fund scholarships in partnership with Women For Harding. Want to own one? Buy an A&D bison for $750 and that money goes to scholarships, too!

10-10:35 a.m. Alumni Chapel, Administration Auditorium. Dr. Bruce McLarty will be keynote speaker with singing led by the family of Andy T. Ritchie Jr. Remember the songs and share the memories of chapel with other alumni.

Due to inclement weather NEW TIME IS 11 A.M.  Women’s Soccer vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University- Stevens Soccer Complex

10 a.m. Bison Baseball Alumni game- MOVED TO  BASEBALL'S INDOOR FACILITY

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A free shuttle is available for transportation to and from the Ganus Athletic Center (west side), Legacy Park, Harding History House and the Heritage Center at the Market Street entrance.

10:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Neale Pryor’s legacy, HUF, HUG and other international programs and more. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ju Go Ju 90th Anniversary Reunion - Cone Chapel

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Carr College of Nursing Reception, Freeman Center (Swaid 201) on Park Ave.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Harding Authors Book Signing, Student Center in front of the bookstore

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fraters and TOFEBT Reunion, Liberty Room, Heritage Center

10:45 a.m.- 12 p.m. Pi Theta Phi Reunion - Founders Room, Heritage Center

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Groovy 60’s Reunion – Armstrong Room (Heritage second floor) For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. - That 70s Reunion, Regions Room - Heritage 206 For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. - Totally Awesome 80s Reunion, International Room -Heritage 200 B. For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – All That 90s Reunion- Arkansas Room – Heritage 200C For everyone who attended Harding during that decade.

10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Inflatable Games INSIDE Ganus Athletic Center. Fun for the Harding family. A  inflatable games will entertain children of all ages as well as the young at heart.

10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Face Painting by Pre-Occupational Therapy Club and the Student Council for Exceptional Children - INSIDE the GAC

Pictures in a Harding swing in front of the GAC  or on a Bison INSIDE the Ganus Athletic Center.  Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos and share on social media. #ComeHomeHU

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Art & Design Open House, Stevens Art Gallery featuring alumni artists Josh Granberg and a memorial exhibit of Dena Groover Leasure's work.

10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Women for Harding Store, Student Center near Bookstore

11:15 a.m. Campus Tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage Lobby. Hosted by Admissions.In case of inclement weather, a virtual tour will be offered.

11 a.m. Dedication of First Ladies Garden and Legacy Park III –NEW LOCATION - ADMINISTRATION AUDITORIUM

We apologize for the inconvenience. Belles and Beaux will perform at NOON!

12 p.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11-11:45 a.m. Pied Pipers Children’s Theatre, Heritage Auditorium

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 50th Anniversary President's Council Homecoming Tailgate, INSIDE the GAC . Bring your families and enjoy burgers and brats grilled on-site, a variety of side dishes and ice cream sundaes! Plus sit and enjoy live music! Reconnect with other President's Council members and celebrate 50 years of service to Harding! (Tailgate pass event for President’s Council members)

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Generation HU Tailgate Party, INSIDE Ganus Athletic Center for graduates of the last decade.

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Harding Family Picnic and Giant Tailgate Celebration, food is INSIDE Ganus Athletic Center. $10 adults, $5 for children 6-11. Families may use current student’s meal plan. Children under 6 eat for free with parent. Heritage Circle members will be seated inside the GAC.

Classes of ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ‘05 and ‘10 will meet at the Family Picnic. Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic.Seating is available inside the GAC. 

Tailgating, First Security Stadium. Bring your grills, black and gold décor and Bison spirit to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience before the game. First come, first serve. Invite friends and current students to join you. Don’t want to cook? ARAMARK will be serving ribs, brats, grilled chicken and all the trimmings. Sorry, not outside food may be brought inside the GAC.

Student Publications Alumni Tailgating Mixer- Ganus Athletic Center

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU Tailgate Party - INSIDE the Ganus Athletic Center . 

11:45 a.m. Walk of Brothers – CANCELED

12 p.m. Ticket booth opens at First Security Stadium

2 p.m. Bison Football vs. East Central University, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $10 and general admission $8 for adults and $5 for students who don't attend Harding.

Reunions after the football game...

Harding Choral Groups Alumni Reunion, home of Paul and Joli Love, 605 E. Race Ave., across the street from Cash Saver’s Food Outlet. Get together after the game to meet, greet, eat, and sing with people who loved singing while at Harding. All chorus groups are invited.

Class of '65 50th Anniversary Reunion, home of David and Leah Burks, 816 Golf View Drive. 

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical “Singin’ in the Rain” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a Meet and Greet in the Student Center. 

10:30 p.m. Theatron, McInteer Rotunda

All events are free admission unless denoted by a ticket price.

 

View the entire weekend schedule: Homecoming Schedule (pdf)

Tickets

Order your tickets at:

www.hardingtickets.com

or call 501-279-4255

Alumni Awards

Making an impact

During Homecoming Black & Gold Banquet, Harding University will honor a select group of individuals who are making an impact in their communities and around the world. The alumni selected were chosen for their degree of excellence and recognition in their fields; lives consistent with University ideals; active support of the University; and service to their community, church and God.

Alumni Awards 2015

Distinguished Alumni

Doyle Kee (‘62) & Barbara Ethridge (’58) Kee

 

Outstanding Young Alumni

Brian (’00) and Becca (Lewis) Bush (’00)

 

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health - Jennifer Giesemann (‘05)

College of Arts and Humanities -Gwen Crownover (’82) Moritz

College of Bible and Ministry –Don Meredith (‘63)

College of Business Administration -Charlie Elkins (‘82)

College of Education- Bobby Coker (‘56)

College of Nursing - Connie Farrar (’88) Horton

College of Sciences- Dan Davidson (‘76)

 

Lodging

 

Searcy and the surrounding areas offer a variety of lodging options to choose from.

You can also stay on campus at the Heritage Inn.

Hotels in the Area

Heritage Inn Reservations

 

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Homecoming is hosted by Alumni Relations

501-279-4276

Toll Free 800-477-4312, ext. 1

alumni@harding.edu