Homecoming 2018 Roaring into View

Sept. 13, 2018 – With the fall semester well underway, the Bryan College campus is now gearing up for a much-anticipated Homecoming 2018, and there is still time to register!

Homecoming 2018Festivities begin Friday, Oct. 5, with a special homecoming chapel service given by Pastor Matthew Warren ’93. Friday afternoon is host to many offerings for fun and fellowship, including a business majors and career services meet-and-greet, the casual family Burger Bash, a 25th reunion dinner for the Class of 1993, and the brand-new Big Band Ice Cream Party featuring Michael Smith ’92 crooning with Uptown Big Band as attendees enjoy a bottomless sundae bar!

Saturday continues the Bryan Lion school spirit with a prayer walk, the celebrated annual tailgate lunch, reunion opportunities for the classes of 1998 and 2008, and the Red & Gold Gala. Here alumni can enjoy a delicious, chef-prepared dinner, and celebrate the rich history of Bryan College as the college honors the Alumni of the Year, Young Alumni of the Year, Honorary Alumni of the Year, and Sports Hall of Fame inductions. This evening’s dinner will also celebrate the 100th birthday of “Doc” Anderson, longtime Greek professor at Bryan! Doc Anderson will be presented with a book of memories at the dinner. (If you would like to send a card, letter, story, or picture, please mail them to: Bryan College, c/o Paulakay Hall, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton, TN 37321, or email to: alumni@bryan.edu by October 1.)

As things wind down Sunday, there will be a special alumni chapel service that the whole Bryan community is encouraged to attend, also led by Pastor Warren.

“This year’s homecoming will be one for the books!” said Director of Alumni Engagement Paulakay Hall ’84. “Relationship is so important to our Lions; and from the Burger Bash to the class reunion celebrations, there will be plenty of precious opportunities to catch up with old friends (and maybe make some new friends along the way). All of us here at Bryan can’t wait to welcome you all back to campus…. It wouldn’t be the same without you!”

Registration is still open online and will also take place on campus at 10 A.M – 6 P.M on Friday, Oct. 5, and 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6. You can view the full schedule here.

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


Alumni Come Home to the Hill for Homecoming 2017

October 11, 2017 – This past weekend well over 300 alumni and friends flooded onto campus for a time of celebration and reminiscence during Bryan College’s Homecoming 2017. The rains held off and made way for a beautiful weekend packed with fellowship, mealtime reunions, meet-and-greets, and athletic events.

Homecoming opened on Friday with a special chapel service featuring acclaimed speaker and teacher Dr. Christopher Yuan. During registration that afternoon the business and career services departments hosted a meet-and-greet for students and alumni professionals to network together. Friday evening boasted four separate dinner opportunities: the Burger Bash (open to any registrants) and celebratory reunion dinners for the Class of 1992, the Class of 1977, and the NCCAA champion teams being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame the next day. The first day’s festivities drew to a close with an ice cream social, to which all were invited.

Saturday held even more chances for alumni to fellowship together, starting at 10 A.M. with a retirement reception for English professor Dr. Beth Impson. Then came one of the most celebrated annual homecoming events: the tailgate lunch. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students gathered in the Triangle to eat and chat. A bounce house, face painting booths, and outdoor games were provided for the children. Later the Sports Hall of Fame inductees were presented on the soccer fields during the homecoming game halftime, followed by the presentation of the homecoming court.

During the Red and Gold Gala later Saturday evening several notable alumni were honored, including Alumni of the Year Jake ’59 and Sandy (Schmickl) ’72 Matthes; Young Alumni of the Year R.J. and Lesley (Artois) Smith ’07;  and Honorary Alumni of the Year Pat Kinney ’17, Judy Shetter ’17, and Coach John Reeser ‘17. In addition, this year the 1975 NCCAA Cross Country Champions and the 1977 NCCAA Soccer Champions were officially inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. The weekend ended Sunday morning with worship and a message brought by Tom ’80 and Connie (Reehoff) ‘82 Branson as they shared what they learned from Connie’s near-death experience.

Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84 reflected, “There was a lot of prayer and hard work that went into Homecoming 2017. We prayed for a grateful spirit on campus, we prayed for our alumni to come home and celebrate their legacy and heritage here, and we prayed for God’s sovereign grace and peace to rest over our campus. All of those prayers were answered in abundance. We were blessed with alumni from as far away as Alaska and as close to home as Dayton – and each one of you was an encouragement to us and an honor to have on campus. Thank you, Lions, for ‘coming home.’ We love you!”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.


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