Homecoming 2014 Schedule
Thursday, September 25
- Afternoon – International Student Scholarship Golf Benefit, Hesston Golf Park (520 Yost Drive)
- Sponsored by Excel Industries, enjoy 18 holes of golf at Hesston’s premier golf course with your alumni friends, while supporting current international students in the 2014 Dave Ac64, ’66 and Sena (Miller) ’68 Osborne Scholarship fundraiser. Dinner and program to follow. Register
- 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Theatre master class with former faculty member Egla Birmingham, Studio Theatre, Northlawn
- Alumni are invited to attend regular Acting Class with faculty member Laura Kraybill. Former drama instructor Egla Birmingham will instruct students, drawing from her drama experience most recently at the University of Southern Illinois (Carbondale).
Friday, September 26
- All day – Hesston College Board of Directors meetings, Campus
- Plenary sessions are open to the public.
- 11 a.m. – Chapel, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
- The campus community officially welcomes alumni and kicks off homecoming with faculty member Tony Brown ’69 and Mountain States Mennonite Conference Minister Herm Weaver ’79. The duo will share songs and stories that draw from life experiences that started at Hesston regarding changing perceptions of inclusion and diversity.
- 11:45 a.m. – Golden Gables Luncheon, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
- Alumni from college and academy classes from 50 years ago or more join President Howard Keim ’72 and faculty member John Sharp ’72, with Sharp presenting “Mennonite history and culture 2014: Who we have already become and are becoming.”
Alumni are invited to the Larks Nest for lunch specials and fellowship before the afternoon Go Everywhere seminars.
- 1 to 4:30 p.m. – Each other’s light: A multicultural celebration “Go Everwhere” seminars, Sanctuary and Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
- Presentations – Where have your “Go Everywhere” Experiences Taken You?
- 5 p.m. – Chamber Orchestra performance, Studio Theatre, Northlawn
- The Hesston College Chamber Orchestra will perform under the direction of Rebecca Schloneger with special guest Fjaere Harder Nussbaum.
- 5:30 p.m. – Alumni vs. Varsity Baseball, Oswald Field
- 6 p.m. – Multicultural Family Festival and Tapas Meal, Campus Activities Center (CAC) and lawn south of tennis courts
- Picnic meal for all alumni, reunion classes and campus community. Limited seating available in CAC or bring blankets/lawn chairs to the entertainment stage. Full meal from Knackies of Inman, Kan., including ethnic tapas style entrees from area restaurants – El Cerrito, Panda Kitchen, D’Angelos, Knackies, Subway and The Water’s Edge. Reservations required. $12.50 per adult, free for children 12 and younger.
Bring the family for great tapas style meal from local restaurants, homemade ice cream from The Water’s Edge, fun for the kids, varsity sports and great entertainment. Activities include: an alumni multicultural entertainment stage, volleyball match, softball and baseball vs. alumni games, bouncy houses and barrel train.
- 7 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Tabor College JV, Yost Center
- Cheer on the Larks as part of the family festival (free admission for alumni).
- 8:30 p.m. – “I Go on Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs” Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
- The evening culminates when internationally acclaimed baritone, faculty member and artist-in-residence Tony Brown ’69 brings this nationally performed show to Hesston. Brown brings music and history alive in this documentary and concert experience. Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger shares on video his friendship in turbulent times with Robeson. The show has been created for courage in human life to be honored and spirits to be lifted up by song. Visit IGoOnSinging.com for more information. Tickets are $15 for adults with students and children free. Purchase locally through the Hesston College Bookstore, the brochure form or at the event door.
- 9:30 p.m. – Student and Young Alumni Coffeehouse and Entertainment, stage, south of tennis courts
- Young alumni gather for late-night entertainment and refreshments with campus-sponsored student coffeehouse by multicultural student and alumni performers.
Saturday, September 27
- 9 to 9:45 a.m. – Alumni German sausage and pancake breakfast, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
- Start your homecoming day off right when college staff flip all-you-can-eat pancakes! The rest of a fun-filled day of memories awaits! Cost is $5 for adults, children 12 and younger free.
- 10 to 11:15 a.m. – Each other’s light: A multicultural celebration “Go Everywhere” keynote presentation, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
- “Reflections – cultural and communication bridges in Iraq between U.S. and Iraqi leaders,” Sadi Othman ’93. Hired by the U.S. government as a linguistic/cultural adviser for General David Petraeus, Othman then became a senior adviser, facilitating communication between Iraqi leadership and U.S. political/military leadership in Iraq. A Palestinian American, Sadi is now vice president of North America Western Asia Holdings, an investment firm in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
- 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Partner Appreciation Luncheon, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
- This annual event thanks Partners for their ongoing financial support of student scholarships. Alumni interested in becoming Partners are invited to attend the complimentary meal and program with third-year nursing student Makayla Ladwig and the Hesston College Gospel Choir. Indicate your interest on the registration form. Registration required. Current Partners receive a separate invitation and reservation form. Child care provided.
- Lunch hour
- Alumni and friends are invited to have lunch together at the Larks Nest for meal specials or at Hesston restaurants for fellowship before reunions.
- Noon – Volleyball vs. Independence (Kan.) CC, Yost Center
- Free admission for alumni.
- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Class Reunions, campus locations
- Reunion classes include Hesston Academy classes of 1954, 1959 and 1964 and Hesston College classes of 1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009
- 4 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Clarendon (Texas) CC, Yost Center
- Free admission for alumni.
- 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Each other’s light: A multicultural celebration reception, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
- All alumni and the campus community are invited to mingle, visit and learn about diverse cultures from various student groups and each other. Enjoy light refreshments reflecting a variety of ethnic cultures. Meet alumni and students from around the U.S. and the world who “Go Everywhere!”
- 6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Banquet, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
- All guests are invited to this special event. Enjoy a wonderful ethnic dinner, international alumni sharing their “everywhere experiences” and honoring Dave and Sena Osborne for ongoing work with international students. Child care provided. Reservations required. $23 per person, includes admission to Heavenly Voices play.
- 8 p.m. – Heavenly Voices play, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
- Heavenly Voices, written by Goshen (Ind.) College communications faculty member Pat Lehman, is performed by a multicultural cast including Hesston alumni. The production weaves the extraordinary stories of ordinary Mennonite women of color from across the Mennonite church, shedding light on God’s faithfulness and work in their lives. Performed in Goshen, Ind., and at the 2013 Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix, this play will be a weekend highlight. Tickets are $10 for adults with students and children free. Purchase locally through the Bookstore, the registration form or at the event door.
Sunday, September 28
- 7 to 10 a.m. – Alumni Advisory Council annual meeting, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
- 9 to 9:45 a.m. – Coffee and cinnamon rolls, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
- The tradition continues! Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before the worship service.
- 10:30 a.m. – Alumni Worship Service, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
- The campus community, alumni and Hesston Mennonite Church will gather for worship to culminate the weekend. The Hesston College Gospel Choir will perform. An offering will support the Northlawn Performing Arts building renovation and new campus entrance campaign.
- 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
- Alumni are invited to gather informally by class or with friends following worship.
- Complimentary lunch, stories and tour, The Water’s Edge restaurant, Schowalter Villa Campus, 701 South Main
- Enjoy catered lunch while hearing Hesston College alumni “homecoming” stories of persons enjoying life at Schowalter Villa. Lake Vista homes will be available for tour. Call 620-327-3790 for reservations or indicate interest on the registration form.