Homecoming and Inauguration Weekend Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 20

6:30 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston Parade, Main Street

Thursday, Sept. 21

All Day – International Day of Peace
Student activities coordinated by international student program staff.
1:30 p.m. – Fifth annual Homecoming Golf Benefit, Hesston Golf Park, 520 Yost Drive
Sponsored by Excel Industries, enjoy 18 holes of golf at Hesston’s premier golf course. Help us honor former and current Hesston College coaches and athletic department administrators Joel Kauffman, Art Mullet and Gerry Sieber. Dinner and program including benefit auction of Excel MDV utility vehicle to follow. Online registration

Friday, Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Homecoming Weekend hosting center open, Larks Nest, Erb Hall
When you arrive on campus for the first time, stop for your Homecoming and Inauguration packet, name tags and additional details on the weekend.
11 a.m. – Forum, Hesston Mennonite Church
The campus and Hesston community officially welcome alumni to campus and kick off homecoming with Joel Kempf ’97, Pipersville, Pa., sharing his Start Here, Go Everywhere experiences. Kempf worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Mozambique as a sustainable agriculture consultant. His presentation will tie in with the 2017 Hesston community read, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.
11:45 a.m. – Golden Gables Lunch, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
Alumni from all college & academy classes 50 years or greater join hosts President Joseph A. Manickam ’87 and faculty member and historian John Sharp ’73 to hear stories of and interviews with former Hesston presidents Laban Peachey, Kirk Alliman, Loren Swartzendruber and Howard Keim ’72. Reunion classes with anniversaries will be recognized. $11.

Alumni can enjoy lunch at the Larks Nest, dining hall or local restaurants.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Be Greater campaign presentation & tour, Lambright Hall, Lemons Center
Advancement staff and Bonnie (Kauffman) Ac65, ’67 Sowers will share about Hesston’s newest capital campaign featuring nursing and athletic facility upgrades and additions to help move Hesston to a new and exciting future. After a brief presentation, take a campus tour with vice presidents to see where the facilities will be located and what they will look like.1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Be Greater campaign presentation & tour, Lambright Hall, Lemons Center
1:30 to 3 p.m. – Archives open, Lower level of Smith Center
3 to 4 p.m. – “Interfaith Relationships: The Challenges and Opportunities – A Conversation”, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Establishing relationships and building community across religious differences is an important task and calling in our world today. The increasing religious diversity in the United States along with globalization have exposed the potential of misunderstanding and conflict. Experiences of religious diversity on the Hesston College campus are an opportunity to be peacemakers who build understanding and community, enriching the lives and faith of all. Join a conversation with people from a variety of perspectives who have engaged and been challenged and enriched by interfaith relationships in the dorms, classrooms and off-campus experiences. Moderated by John C. Murray ’81. Panel includes Madi Kauffman ’19, Ken G Kabira ’81/Hesston College Board of Directors/presidential search committee chair, and Hunter Huff.
4 to 5:30 p.m. – Art Showcase & reception, Keim Center
The exhibit features work from the guest gallery collection, the Hesston College collection and the Paul and Wilma Friesen collection.
5 p.m. – Men’s soccer vs. Kansas Wesleyan JV, Soccer Field
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Barbecue tailgate picnic, Campus Activities Center
For all alumni, reunion classes and the campus community. Enjoy relaxed conversation in the CAC or move outside to cheer on the Lark men’s soccer team. Meal includes smoked brisket you will not want to miss! $12.
Home Sweet Hesston
Evening, Home Sweet Hesston Homecoming activities, Hobbs Stadium, Hesston High School, 150 N. Ridge Rd.

  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. – Community meal in the high school parking lot, $6.
  • 7 p.m. Hesston Swathers Homecoming football game and royalty coronation with post-game fireworks.
7 p.m. – Global Voices Showcase, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Enjoy music, drama and stories from students, music ensembles and alumni voices in a variety of languages from around the world. Recognition of Dave Osborne Ac64, ’66, for outstanding work directing the international student program since 1986. Congratulate Dave and his wife, Sena (Miller) ’68, on a phenomenal career.
9 p.m. – Campus Activities Board student Bunco night, Campus Activities Center
Young alumni are invited to join in for the festivities of the top-rated student game night!

Saturday, Sept. 23

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Homecoming Weekend hosting center open, Larks Nest, Erb Hall
When you arrive on campus for the first time, stop for your Homecoming and Inauguration packet, name tags and additional details on the weekend.
8 to 8:45 a.m. – Pancake and sausage breakfast, Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
Start your homecoming day memories right with all-you-can-eat pancakes prepared by Campus Facilities staff members. $5.
9 to 10 a.m. The 26th annual two-mile run/walk: The Manickam Mosey, Lawn in front of Bontrager Student Center (BSC)
This classic Hesston race tradition moves to Homecoming Weekend in 2017. Early entry discount until Sept. 15. Last minute participants can register at the Friday evening picnic or 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at BSC on race day. Online registrationprint and mail registration form
Morning – Class reunions – schedules and details, Campus
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Be Greater campaign presentation & tour, Lambright Hall, Lemons Center
Advancement staff and Bonnie (Kauffman) Ac65, ’67 Sowers will share about Hesston’s newest capital campaign featuring nursing and athletic facility upgrades and additions to help move Hesston to a new and exciting future. After a brief presentation, go on a campus tour with vice presidents to see where the facilities will be located and what they will look like.
10:30 and 11:15 a.m. – Women’s and men’s cross country meet, Cottonwood Point Campground at the Marion (Kan.) Reservoir
Varsity sports – Soccer Field and Yost Center
Free admission for alumni and friends with Homecoming name tag.
  • 10 a.m. Volleyball vs. Pratt (Kan.) CC
  • 1 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Central Christian College
  • 2 p.m. Volleyball vs. Kansas Wesleyan
Noon to 2 p.m. – Inauguration and Partner Luncheon, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
Alumni, special inauguration guests and Partners are invited to celebrate with Hesston’s ninth president, Dr. Joseph A. Manickam ’87. This is also the annual Partner appreciation event, and Partners will receive a separate invitation and reservation form. Reservations are required. $20 per person. Limited seating available. Early reservations strongly suggested. Child care provided.
Lunch
Alumni can enjoy lunch at the Larks Nest, dining hall or local restaurants.
3 p.m. – Inauguration ceremony and reception for President Dr. Joseph A. Manickam ’87, Sanctuary and Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
Hesston College’s ninth president will be installed in this inauguration service that brings together the entire campus community, alumni, family, friends and colleagues. A presidential address by Dr. Manickam will follow various tributes of welcome and blessing to him, his wife Wanda (Wyse) ’88 Manickam and their children, Faith, a Hesston College freshman, and Matthew, a Hesston High School sophomore. Live stream video

Home Sweet Hesston

  • 5 to 7 p.m. – College and community children’s festival, Lawn south of Tennis Courts
    Games, bouncy houses and face painting are a portion of this fun activity for alumni and Hesston community children
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Global Tastings college and community meal, Campus Activities Center
    All weekend guests of the college and the Home Sweet Hesston community are invited for wonderful foods from around the world, including an East Indian tea biscuit dessert and homemade ice cream. Alumni reservations required. $5.
  • 7:30 p.m. – International music concert, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
    La República, direct from Ibagué, Colombia, is a fresh and dynamic three-piece Latin alternative rock band, including Daniel Moya ’08. Their vision is to share music that inspires peace, love and unity. Opening acts include Brazilian jazz group A Terra Plaina from Wichita, the African Waswahili Band from Wichita and the local Regier Family Bluegrass Band. Purchase tickets locally in advance for this event only through the Hesston College Bookstore or at the door. $10. All youth and students are free. Child care provided.
  • 10 p.m. – Late-night international movie and refreshments, Keim Center Theatre
    Hana’s Miso Soup is a Japanese film with English subtitles. Based on a true story, the movie depicts a family dealing with life’s challenges. A wonderful look at Japanese culture – the experience and background of many of Hesston College’s international students. Refreshments include reverse Druber’s run doughnuts and Lincoln Perk coffee.

Sunday, Sept. 24

7:30 to 9:30 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 complimentary continental breakfast before the worship service.
10:30 a.m. – Homecoming worship service, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Gather for worship at the culmination of our weekend together and renew our common faith in Christ. Manickam family friends and James Street Mennonite Church leaders Kathy (Keener) ’85 Keener Shantz and Stan Shantz will bring the message. The Bel Canto Singers will perform. Celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the shared Hesston Mennonite and Hesston College facility.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch buffet, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
Alumni are invited to gather informally by class or with friends following worship. Pay at the door. $10.50.