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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.

2015 Schedule

Homecoming events are subject to change — please check the schedule regularly for updated information.

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. There is always something new.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. East Central University- Stevens Soccer Complex

7-10 p.m. Harding Choral Alumni rehearsal - Reynolds Center


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 teamand/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. There is always something new.205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

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

5:30 p.m. 91st Anniversary 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.

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 Admissions, Alumni and Parent Relations, CAB and the Student Association.


Saturday, October 24

Reunions and Activities

7:30-9:30 a.m. Sub T-16 Reunion, Regions Room- Cone Chapel, $12. RSVP lake@harding.edu

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.

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 updates on the latest projects.  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.

10-10:35 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.

10 a.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State University- Stevens Soccer Complex

10 a.m. Bison Baseball Alumni game- Jerry Moore Field

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. There is always something new. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ju Go Ju 90th Anniversary Reunion - Cone Chapel,  RSVP to khowell4@harding.edu

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. – 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 and Petting Zoo, Ganus Athletic Center. Fun for the Harding family. A petting zoo featuring farm animals, pony rides and 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 - In front of the GAC and near the ponies and petting zoo

10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Generation HU Tailgate Party, Ganus Athletic Center. For graduates of the last decade.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Pictures in a Harding swing or on a Bison in front of the Ganus Athletic Center $10.(Other packages available.) Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos. 

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.

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Dedication of First Ladies Garden and Legacy Park III –Colonnade First Ladies Garden

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, Tent in front of GAC . Bring your families and enjoy burgers and brats grilled on-site, a variety of side dishes and ice cream sundaes! Reconnect with other President's Council members and celebrate 50 years of service to Harding! (Ticketed event for President’s Council members)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU Tailgate Party - In front of the Ganus Athletic Center . Contact lhowell@harding.edu if you would like to attend.

11:30 a.m. Football Alumni meet in Keller lobby with current football players to participate in the Walk of Brothers.

11:45 a.m. Walk of Brothers – Line up in front of the Ganus Athletic Center and cheer the Harding Bison Football team as they prepare to meet East Central University at 2 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Harding Family Picnic and Giant Tailgate Celebration, Ganus Athletic Center front lawn. $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. Heritage Circle classes will be seated inside the gym. Other classes will be seated outside weather permitting.

Tailgating, First Security Stadium. Bring your grills, black and gold décor and Bison spirit to create the ultimate outdoor dining experience before the game. Invite friends and current students to join you. Don’t want to cook? ARAMARK will be grilling burgers and hot dogs.

Student Publications Alumni Tailgating Mixer- Ganus Athletic Center

2 p.m. Bison Football vs. East Central University, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $10 and general admission $8.

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.


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


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)


Heritage Circle

Welcome to the Heritage Circle! Congratulations on achieving this milestone since graduating or attending Harding College. As you return to campus during Homecoming weekend, we will remember our past college memories. You will see the present students, and we can only imagine the future of the next generations of the Harding family. The campus has changed over the past 80 years in Searcy, yet the Harding experience remains the same. Many activities will occur during the weekend, and a complete schedule will be posted soon at the Homecoming page.


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or call 501-279-4255

Tickets will go on sale September 21.


Reunion info will be posted later.

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