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Homecoming 2016

October 27-29, 2016

Enjoy reuniting 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. If you would like to plan a reunion or event, please contact Candice Moore at ckmoore@harding.edu.

Schedule | Thursday, October 27

Thursday, October 27

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. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

5 p.m. Harding Choral Alumni reunion and supper -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 ’66, ’61, ’56, ’51, ’46, and ’41. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others

6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Ouachita Baptist – Rhodes-Reaves Field House

7 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. East Central University- Stevens Soccer Complex

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



Schedule | Friday, October 28

Friday, October 28

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. Twelfth 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. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit. 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.  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 and Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical “Crazy for You” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

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


Schedule | Saturday, October 29

Saturday, October 29

8-9:30 a.m. Sub T-16 Reunion, 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 2016 Business Meeting, Founders Room.

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. Campus Tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage Lobby. Hosted by Admissions.

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

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

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

10:30 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. Men and Women's Tennis vs.Tennis Alumni Bash

10:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor exhibit. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

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. – 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.-12 p.m. Pictures in a Harding swing or on a Bison in front of the Ganus Athletic Center.  Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos and share on social media. #ComeHomeHU16

10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art & Design Open House, Stevens Art Gallery.

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

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Dedication of Rhodes-Reaves Field House

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

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 ’41, ’46, ’51, ’56, ’61, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ‘06 and ‘11 will meet at the Family Picnic. Signs denoting class years will be posted at the picnic. Seating is available inside the GAC.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Student Publications Tailgate Party - in front of the GAC

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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! Plus sit and enjoy live music! Reconnect with other President's Council members! (Tailgate pass event for President’s Council members)

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.

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

11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Generation HU Tailgate Party, Ganus Athletic Center for graduates of the last decade.

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 Southwestern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m. in an important Great American Conference game.

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

1 p.m. – Ganus Activities Complex and Suzanne and Rodney Waller Recreation Center Dedication - GAC

1 - 3 p.m. Come and Go Reception honoring Beverly Jo Pryor and Susan Pryor Hodges and remembering Dr. Joe and Bessie Mae Pryor, Harding History House, 205 Lott Tucker Dr.

2 p.m. Bison Football vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State 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.

Fraters and TOFEBT Reunion - Dan & Tammy Dawson’s house, 2164 Holmes Rd., Searcy. Outdoor hot dog roast & bonfire, come & go. Contact d.dawson@cablelynx.com for more details.

1976 Football Team Reunion for former players and cheerleaders – Team Room, Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Center

6 p.m. Bison Baseball Black and Gold intrasquad game- Jerry Moore Field

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical “Crazy for You” 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.


Tickets will go on sale six weeks before Homecoming.

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 2016

Distinguished Alumnus

Milton Sewell ('64)

Outstanding Young Alumni 

Matt (’02) and Rachael Harless (’02) Milligan

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health - David Savage (’73)

College of Arts and Humanities - Dian Pritchett (’81) Eddleman

College of Bible and Ministry – Stan Granberg (’78)

College of Business Administration - Nancee Wilson (’93) Roberson-Caldwell

College of Education - Ed Higginbotham (’60)

College of Nursing - Sheila Cox (’82) Sullivan

College of Sciences - Nathan Ingram (’84)




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