Bryan celebrates Lion Pride homecoming
October 08, 2007
Hundreds of alumni exhibited tons of Lion Pride as Bryan College celebrated Homecoming 2007 Oct. 5-7.
In addition to recognizing an alumna of the year and naming an honorary alumnus, the college paid tribute to the 1975, 1976 and 1977 NCCAA national champion soccer teams at a luncheon on Saturday and between the men’s and women’s soccer matches that afternoon. Luke Germann, captain of the 1977 squad, was inducted into the Bryan Athletics Hall of Fame at the awards dinner that night.
“Having the national champion soccer teams back was a special addition to our Lion Pride homecoming,” Alumni Coordinator Warren Cole said. “Homecoming is a special time for the Bryan family, but being able to honor alumni for such a significant accomplishment made the weekend all the more memorable.”
Another athletic event was the annual alumni golf tournament, with 10 teams playing. Winning teams received gift certificates from Outback Steakhouse.
Food was an important part of homecoming, with the Good Ole Days, 25th
Anniversary Reunion and reunion dinners for the five-year classes on Friday night; departmental reunion lunches and the awards dinner on Saturday; and the second annual bonfire and s’mores after the awards dinner. The departmental lunches were a new feature this year, and Mr. Cole said the event was "a big hit."
Jackie Perseghetti, a member of the Class of 1982, was honored as Alumna of the Year, saluting her achievements as a wife, mother, author, speaker and supporter of the college. Dr. Raymond Legg, chairman of the English Department was named an honorary alumnus of the college.
During the soccer game with Tennessee Temple—the Lions won 10-1—Jessie Hundley, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn., was crowned Homecoming Queen and Paul Gutacker, a senior from New Egypt, N.J., was crowned King.
Homecoming concluded with an alumni worship service, led by the Rev. Howard Burgoyne, ’82, and student Jessie Hundley.