Hundreds of alumni, reminders of Bryan’s heritage and a look at its future, and great food and fellowship made Homecoming ’11 an event to remember. (See the weekend in photos.)
“It’s always great to get alumni back on campus, and the opportunity to show off our students and campus improvements to alums who haven’t been here for a while make homecoming even more exciting,” Alumni Director David Tromanhauser said. “Also, it didn’t hurt to win the soccer game.”
A packed schedule of activities, beginning with an golf tournament Friday afternoon kept alumni on the move, at least until they ran into a classmate and had to stop to catch up. The Class of 1986, honored at their 25th anniversary dinner, spent hours that night catching up before heading to the alumni athletic contests or other locations for more talk.
Saturday’s schedule started with breakfast at Fort Bluff Camp, where nearly 150 alumni learned about Bryan’s newest affiliate athletics and camping ministry on Dayton Mountain.
During Saturday’s awards dinner, President Livesay reminded alumni that the college is strongly committed to maintaining the reality of “Christ Above All” in all aspects of campus life. Even as methods change and the college expands online, dual enrollment, and non-traditional the foundational principles of a Christ-centered education are unchanging, he said.
Awards were presented to Dr. Brian Eisenback, ’02, Young Alumnus of the Year; Diane (Dempsey) Sirmans, ’86, Alumnus of the Year; and Walt Sirmans, Diane’s husband, Honorary Alumnus. Moises Drumond, ’01, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a soccer player.
The Rev. Bob Hay, ’86, reminded alumni during Sunday’s chapel service that they “are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) and are witnesses surrounding today’s students. He encouraged the alumni and students present to run their races remembering Christ Above All.