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Homecoming 2014

Bison LogoOctober 30 - November 1, 2014

Come and celebrate Harding’s 90th Anniversary “near the foothills of the Ozarks.” The beauty of the turning leaves, the crisp weather, and the renewal of friendships set the stage for returning to campus for Homecoming.

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life during Homecoming, Shrek: The Musical.

Harding History House features a chronological story of Harding’s five presidents and the Coach John Prock exhibit and more.

Dedication and Open House of new addition of Pryor-England Science and Engineering Center Room 181. Tours will be offered the area and the new labs: organic chemistry, bio chemistry, genetics, advanced genetics, botany and computer.

Start planning your reunion now. Please contact alumni@harding.edu. Call your friends, roommates and suitemates and plan to join us for Homecoming 2014!
Alumni Awards 2014

Making an impact

On October 31 at 5:30 p.m., during Homecoming 2014's 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.

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. John (’74) and Beverly Shankle (’74) Simmons

Outstanding Young Alums

Willie and Korie Howard (’95) Robertson

Outstanding Alumni

College of Business Administration - Mark Stevens (’85)

College of Education- Cecil Boothe (’70)

College of Sciences- Jon Wood (’87)

College of Nursing–Jerry Myhan (’72)

College of Bible and Ministry – Dr. Jerry Jones (’60)

College of Arts and Humanities – Dennis Organ (’66)

College of Allied Health Dr. Cheryl Rainey Billante (’86)

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.

Tickets

Order your tickets at:

www.hardingtickets.com

or call 501-279-4255

Reunions 2014

October 30 - November 1, 2014

Thursday, October 30

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 ’64, ’59, ’54, ’49, ’44, and ’39 . Two free tickets for inductees. $16 

Friday, October 31

8 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.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Professional Counseling Alumni Breakfast and Continuing Education, Heritage 208

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

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

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

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

12 p.m.  Tenth 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!

5 p.m.  Harding University's TV16 News is planning an ALUMNI NEWSCAST the All former news anchors are invited to guest-anchor our LIVE 5 p.m. newscast on Friday, Oct. 31. If interested, please contact Dutch Hoggatt dhoggatt@harding.edu.

5:30 p.m.  90th Anniversary Black and Gold Banquet, Charles White Cafeteria, $18. A wonderful evening to remind you of your favorite Harding memories celebrated with some of your favorite Harding heroes. Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr. will emcee honoring Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

King's Men and OEGE club members, especially from 1973 to 1980, there will be a reunion at Homecoming weekend this fall with at least 4 different and distinct gatherings and activities, from that Friday evening to lunch that Sunday.  See our King's Men/OEGE Alumni page on Facebook for more info, details and updates at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/54506442602/ and/or e-mail Chuck Bronson at cbmssw@yahoo.com or Becky Foster at beckyfoster7@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 1

7:30-9:30 a.m. Sub T-16 Reunion, Regions Room- Heritage 206, $10

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

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Library Worker Reunion – Brackett Library

In celebration of Harding’s 90th year, Brackett Library would like to invite all past and present library student workers, staff and librarians to a reception during Homecoming weekend.

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.

10:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Pi Theta Phi Reunion, Founders Room.  Contact Melanie Gary mgary@harding.edu   

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Pi Kappa Epsilon 25th Anniversary Reunion, Heritage 208

10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. KaRaTa Brunch Reunion  - 512 Crain Drive in Searcy. Beaux and families are welcome. Contact Carla Sumner at Carlasuesumner@gmail.com.

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Camp Tahkodah Reunion,  Harding Academy cafeteria. A come-and-go reception for current and past campers, parents, counselors and staff.

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.- Bison Track and Field & Cross Country Reunion  Liberty Room

10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Interior Design Alumni Reunion - Olen Hendrix Third Floor

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. - 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. - 12:30 p.m.  Galaxy Reunion - New location! Heritage 209. Members, queens and guests invited. Contact David Underwood at dunderwood@harding.edu

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

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 ’39, ’44, ’49, ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ‘04 and ‘09 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

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU Lunch Tailgating for alumni and current students - Ganus Athletic Center. Contact lhowell@harding.edu if you would like to attend.

More reunions and activities after the football game …

Bison Men’s Basketball Alumni Game - Rhodes Field House

Cross Country, Track & Field Alumni - Come-and-go at the Lloyd's home, 43 Harding Drive

Harding Choral Groups Alumni Reunion - Reynolds Center Choral Hall. Get together after the game to meet, greet, snack, and sing a few songs with people who loved singing while at Harding. Former members of all chorus groups are invited.

Football and Cheerleaders Reunion - Ganus Athletic Center. The 2014 season is the 50th anniversary of John Prock’s inaugural year as Bison head coach. We will share stories about Coach Prock and honor Charlene and their family. A special part of the reunion is a book signing party with Ken Bissell, author of Many Sons to Glory, the biography of Coach Prock, and Charlene Prock, whose life story and recipes are featured in All the Good Stuff. Proceeds from the sales of the books go to support Women for Harding scholarships. R.S.V.P to lwalton@harding.edu.

Schedule 2014

Thursday, October 30

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, $25

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a chronological story of Harding’s five presidents and the Coach John Prock exhibit and more. There is always something new. 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

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 ’64, ’59, ’54, ’49, ’44, and ’39 .

Friday, October 31

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 hold sponsorship.   Contact Scott Finley for more information: sfinley@farmersagent.com or call 501/268.1312

8 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. http://www.harding.edu/business/faithandbusinesssymposium

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.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Professional Counseling Alumni Breakfast and Continuing Education, Heritage 208

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

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, $25

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

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

12 p.m. Tenth 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!

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Harding History House featuring a chronological story of Harding’s five presidents and the Coach John Prock exhibit 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

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

5 p.m. Harding University's TV16 News is planning an ALUMNI NEWSCAST the All former news anchors are invited to guest-anchor our LIVE 5 p.m. newscast on Friday, Oct. 31. If interested, please contact Dutch Hoggatt dhoggatt@harding.edu.

5:30 p.m. 90th Anniversary Black and Gold Banquet, Charles White Cafeteria, $18. A wonderful evening to remind you of your favorite Harding memories celebrated with some of your favorite Harding heroes. Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr. will emcee honoring Harding’s outstanding and distinguished alumni.

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical - “Shrek: The Musical” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18. Join the cast, crew and orchestra following the play for complimentary coffee in the Student Center.

10:30 p.m. Bison Block Party at Legacy Park - Wear your Halloween costumes, 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, November 1

Reunions and Activities

7:30-9:30 a.m. Sub T-16 Reunion, Regions Room - Heritage 206, $10

8 a.m. Bison Stampede 5K Run, registration in front of First Security Stadium, $25. Race starts at 9 a.m. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

8-10 a.m. President’s Council 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.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Library Worker Reunion – Brackett Library

In celebration of Harding’s 90th year, Brackett Library would like to invite all past and present library student workers, staff and librarians to a reception during Homecoming weekend.

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.

10:30 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 chronological story of Harding’s five presidents and the Coach John Prock exhibit and more. There is always something new. 205 Lott Tucker Drive

10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. Pi Theta Phi Reunion - Founders Room. Contact Melanie Gary mgary@harding.edu

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. Bison Track and Field & Cross Country Reunion – Liberty Room

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Interior Design Alumni  Reunion- Olen Hendrix Third Floor

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pi Kappa Epsilon 25th Anniversary Reunion - Heritage 208

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Camp Tahkodah Reunion - Harding Academy cafeteria. A come-and-go reception for current and past campers, parents, counselors and staff.

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Carr College of Nursing Reception, Freeman (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.-12 p.m.Dedication and Open House of the new addition of Pryor-England Science and Engineering Center - Room 181. Tours will be offered in the area and in the new labs: organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, advanced genetics, botany and computer. Another room was remodeled into an ecology lab.

10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Galaxy Reunion - New location!  Heritage 209. Members, queens and guests invited. Contact David Underwood at dunderwood@harding.edu

10:45 a.m.–1 p.m. KaRaTa Brunch Reunion - 512 Crain Drive in Searcy. Beaux and families are welcome. Contact Carla Sumner at Carlasuesumner@gmail.com.

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. 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, near the Bell Tower, $10. (Other packages available) Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos from the front lawn. In case of inclement weather, pictures will be taken in the Heritage Lobby.

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Student Publications Open House, Reynolds Center

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

10:45 a.m.  – 2 p.m. Football tickets on sale, First Security Stadium. Purchase your tickets early to avoid long lines closer to game time.

11 a.m. – Noon Art & Design Reception and Open House, Stevens Art Gallery featuring paintings by Dr. Tim Hacker, Harding alumnus and artist, and sculptures by Ron Moore, the sculptor who created the tribute sculpture to "Uncle Bud.” Both galleries will remain open until 2 p.m.

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Lady Bisons Volleyball vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State – Rhodes Field House. It is also Senior Day for the players.

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

11:15 a.m. Campus Tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage Lobby. Hosted by Admissions

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU Tailgating at Ganus Athletic Center for alumni and current students. Contact lhowell@harding.edu if you would like to attend.

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 Southeastern Oklahoma State 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 ’39, ’44, ’49, ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ‘04 and ‘09 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.

12:30 p.m. – Dedication of the Cross Country and Track & Field Locker Room – Ganus Athletic Center (old football locker rooms near the Jim Citty Complex)

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

More reunions and activities after the football game…

Bison Basketball Alumni Game - Rhodes Field House

Cross Country, Track & Field Alumni - Come-and- go at the Lloyd's home, 43 Harding Drive

Harding Choral Groups Alumni Reunion - Reynolds Center Choral Hall. Get together after the game to meet, greet, snack, and sing a few songs with people who loved singing while at Harding. Former members of all chorus groups are invited.

Football and Cheerleaders Reunion – Ganus Athletic Center. The 2014 season is the 50th anniversary of John Prock’s inaugural year as Bison head coach. We will share stories about Coach Prock and honor Charlene and their family. A special part of the reunion is a book signing party with Ken Bissell, author of Many Sons to Glory, the biography of Coach Prock, and Charlene Prock, whose life story and recipes are featured in All the Good Stuff. Proceeds from the sales of the books go to support Women for Harding scholarships.

Harding Choral Groups Alumni Reunion, in the Reynolds Center Choral Hall. Get together after the game to meet, greet, snack, and sing a few songs with people who loved singing while at Harding. Former members of all chorus groups are invited.

8 p.m. Homecoming Musical “Shrek: The Musical” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18. Join the cast, crew and orchestra following the play for complimentary coffee in the Student Center.

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

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on November 2. Please set your clocks back one hour.

Contact Us

Homecoming is hosted bu Alumni Relations
501-279-4276
800-477-4312, ext. 1
alumni@harding.edu

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