On October 10-12, the weekend of Bryan College’s Homecoming 2014 celebration, a record number of Bryan alumni and their families filled the campus with joyous reunion and sweet memories. The Lord’s faithfulness held off the storms, and this year’s homecoming proved to be one of the most memorable in Bryan’s recent history.
Friday’s chapel service (by Dean Ropp ’81), meet-and-greets, and dinners made for a great opening to a fantastic weekend. Even though the celebrated Tuscany in the Triangle dinner was moved due to late afternoon rain, the Mercer Hall atrium gave a welcoming feel to the meal as the lights were dimmed, music queued, and candles lit.
The beloved annual tailgate lunch was held not in the soccer fields, as in previous years, but in the Triangle, which many agreed was an excellent change and provided an even better atmosphere for fun and fellowship. To the delight of the “Lion Cubs” the bounce houses and face painting booths were set up beside Mercer, and chalk and outdoor toys provided in front of the Latimer Student Center.
Several alumni athletic games and the Paw Pounder races – both the Extreme and this year’s special Glow Run – provided ample opportunities to pursue on-the-move fellowship, whether reuniting with former teammates or making new memories bolting down Bryan Drive with glow sticks in hand.
During the Alumni Awards Dinner Saturday night several notable alumni were honored, including Alumnus of the Year Eugene Bengston ’65, Honorary Alumna of the Year Darlene Bruehl ’14, and Young Alumni of the Year Pete and Jenn Parks Schottleutner ’05. This year Danny Campbell ’89 (soccer) and the Bass twins – Sarah Bass Henke ’05 and Liz Bass Edwards ’05 (basketball) – were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Another major highlight of this year’s event was Saturday’s concert, which (in addition to treasured favorites) featured long-anticipated performance of the Dan Forrest choral work commissioned for Dr. David Luther by alumni and friends of the Bryan College Music Department. “Hail the Day that sees Him Rise” was performed by a combined student and alumni choir and made a lasting impression on all who attended the concert. “It was a great honor to hear this piece performed not only by current music students but also by our cherished music department alumni,” remarked Dr. Luther. “They have meant so much to me and Sigrid over the years, and the concert was truly moving. I was overwhelmed by the power and majesty of ‘Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise.’”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; email@example.com.