October 15, 2015 – At Bryan College’s Homecoming 2015 on October 2-4, over 300 Bryan alumni and families flooded onto campus and laughed off the showers with reunions and precious fellowship. “All the rain from Hurricane Joaquin couldn’t keep our alumni away from this year’s homecoming events!” Alumni Director Paulakay Hall remarked about this year’s celebration. “Everyone had a blast, from the first event to the last.”
Alumni Jimmy Davis ’90 and Damon Kelly ’90 led Friday’s homecoming chapel service to start the weekend on a good note. That afternoon and evening boasted several meet-and-greets before the commencement of the annual opening dinners. Following last year’s example, Tuscany in the Triangle was again held in the Mercer Hall atrium with ambience and delicious Italian fare, and alumni chatted and caught up until the address, at which Col. John and Mrs. Markie Haynes were named Honorary Alumni of the Year for 2015. The Class of 1990 celebrated their 25th reunion that evening as well, and all alumni were invited to a coffee and dessert social prior to the red-carpet premiere of “Hamlet’s Ghost,” a film produced, directed, and acted in by alumnus Walker Haynes ’96.
Due to the rain, the annual tailgate lunch was held in the dining hall to keep everyone warm and dry, and attendees flocked to the photo booth and face painting stations beside the lunch area. The alumni athletic games and the Paw Pounder races – both the Extreme and this year’s featured Obstacle Run – encouraged the Bryan community to go all in and participate in the downpour. Later that same afternoon Dr. John C. Anderson ‘73H, former professor of Greek, was honored at a reception in the new Prideland Grill.
Hall said, “The Red and Gold Gala was especially exciting as we had the chance to honor some very special members of the Bryan community, including Doc Anderson with his incredible 60 years of service to the college.” Several notable alumni were honored, including Alumnus of the Year Paul Ardelean ’55 and Young Alumni of the Year Chad ’00 and Sonya (Warren) ’99 Owens. This year Abigail (Snead) Angove ‘05 was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
“The Lord is so faithful, and everyone who came was able to truly reflect on His goodness. How wonderful that He has brought us all together through this amazing college,” Hall concluded. “Homecoming 2015 was fantastic, and our alumni are already looking forward to returning next year!”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; email@example.com.