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Homecoming 2018

October 18-20, 2018

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.

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Schedule | Thursday, October 18

Thursday, October 18

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display

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

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

12-4 p.m. Harding History House, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

5 p.m. “Live at Five” broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

5:30 p.m. Heritage Circle Banquet, Founders Room, second floor of the Burks American Heritage Building. Golden, Emerald, Platinum, Platinum Plus, Diamond and Diamond Plus Circles inductions and reunions will honor classes of ’68, ’63, ’58, ’53, ’48 and ’43. Two free tickets for inductees; $18 for others.

Schedule | Friday, October 20

Friday, October 19

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 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome Center, Heritage lobby in front of the alumni office

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring selections from faculty, students and alumni, Stevens Art Gallery 1

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair, Brackett Library. Proceeds benefit a reading clinic in Tuba City, Arizona, for a 2018 spring break mission trip.

8:30 a.m. Professional counseling alumni and advisory committee presentation and breakfast, Heritage 208

9 and 10 a.m. Chapel, Benson Auditorium

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Faith and Business Symposium, 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.

9:45 a.m. Heritage Circle coffee, Regions Room, second floor of Burks American Heritage Building

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

10-11:30 a.m. Center for Health Sciences presents Dr. Swaid Swaid, “Neurosurgical Case Studies,” Administration Auditorium

Visit the First Ladies Garden, outdoor classroom, secret garden and serendipity garden, located behind Pattie Cobb Hall near Shores and Pryor halls.

12 p.m.  Fourteenth 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, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

3-4 p.m. Harding Place Retirement Center open house and tour, 801 S. Benton

3-6 p.m. Smiles Day, Administration Auditorium steps. Talent show, music, food and fun. Proceeds benefit Smiles for Christ organization.

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

4:30 p.m. Former TV 12, TV 19, and TV 16 alumni come to the Reynolds Center TV studio to fill-in as an anchor with current students.

5 p.m. “Live at Five” broadcast, Reynolds Center TV studio. Alumni are invited to come and sit in during the broadcast.

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.

7 p.m. Bison soccer vs. Lindenwood, Stevens Soccer Complex

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Big Fish” Benson Auditorium, $15 and $18.

Immediately following the musical, join the cast for a meet and greet in the student center. 

Schedule | Saturday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

7:30-9 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.

8-9:45 a.m. President’s Council fall 2018 business meeting, Founders Room 

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Linda Byrd Smith Museum of Biblical Archaeology, first floor McInteer Center for Bible and World Missions. More than 100 Bible artifacts on display

8:30-9:45 a.m. Alumni continental breakfast, Hammon Student Center

10 a.m. Campus tour for prospective students and parents beginning from Heritage lobby. Hosted by Admissions.

10-10:35 a.m. Alumni chapel, Administration Auditorium. Dr. Bruce McLarty will speak 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.-2 p.m. Art fair, Stevens Art and Design Center. Artwork for sale from current art students. 

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

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Harding authors book signing, Hammon Student Center in front of the bookstore

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Communication sciences and disorders reception for current students and alumni, Swaid Center

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Fraters and TOFEBT reunion, Liberty Room, Burks American Heritage Building 

10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Inflatable games and petting zoo, Ganus Activities Complex. 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.-2 p.m. Women for Harding store and pictures in a Harding swing or on a bison, GAC tailgating area. Women for Harding scholars will facilitate this photo opportunity. Capture the memories with your friends and family with photos and share on social media. #ComeHomeHU18

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Art and Design open house, Stevens Art Gallery

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Homecoming art show featuring selections from faculty, students and alumni, Stevens Art Gallery 1

10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Harding History House, 205 N. Lott Tucker Drive

11 a.m. Belles and Beaux, Administration Auditorium

11 a.m. Harding Nursing Student Association skills day, Swaid 108

11-11:45 a.m. Pied Pipers children’s theatre troupe, Heritage Auditorium

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Harding family picnic and giant tailgate celebration, Ganus Activites Complex. $10 adults, $5 for children 6-11. Families may use current student’s meal plan. Children under 6 eat for free with parent. Food is inside GAC. Heritage Circle members will be seated inside the GAC.

Classes of ’43, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ‘08 and ‘13 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, GAC tailgating area

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

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. African-American Alumni for HU tailgate party, GAC tailgating area 

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. President’s Council Homecoming tailgate, GAC tailgating area. 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. (President’s Council members need their tailgate pass.)

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. $10 adults, $5 for children 6-11.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Generation HU tailgate party, GAC tailgating area. For graduates of the last decade.

11:45 a.m. Walk of Brothers. Line up in front of the Ganus Activites Complex 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, First Security Stadium

1 p.m. ROTC Army helicopters will be behind the stadium until after halftime, weather permitting

2 p.m. Bison football vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, First Security Stadium, reserved seats $10 and general admission $8 for adults and $5 for non-Harding students

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.

6 p.m. Harding baseball alumni game, Jerry Moore Field

8 p.m. Homecoming musical “Big Fish,” 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 may be purchased at www.hardingtickets.com 

Tickets

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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 2017

During Homecoming weekend, Harding University will present the distinguished and outstanding alumni awards. These men and women will be honored at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 during the Black and Gold Banquet. Make plans to join us, connect with your friends, and congratulate the following:

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Bill (’61) and Barbara Godsey (’63) Thrasher

Outstanding Young Alumna

Terri Lee (’04)

Outstanding Alumni

College of Allied Health: Jeryn Kuehn (’89) Laengrich

College of Arts and Humanities: Mark Moore (’90)

College of Bible and Ministry: Elaine Huffard (’75) Denman

College of Business Administration: David Waldron (’76)

College of Education: Angie Whitlock (’89) Raney

College of Nursing: Lynn Bradley (’77) McCarty

College of Sciences: Dr. Tim Duke (’73)

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More reunions and events are pending. If you want to plan a reunion or event, contact alumni@harding.edu

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

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Contact Us

Homecoming is hosted by Alumni Relations

501-279-4276

Toll Free 800-477-4312, ext. 1

alumni@harding.edu