Homecoming 2012

Sue (Eicher) ’73 Roth and Priscilla (Wyse) ’72 Clemens greet each other at the tailgate barbecue picnic and family festival Friday.

More than 500 Hesston College alumni and friends came together Sept. 28 to 30 for Homecoming Weekend 2012. Nearly 300 alumni reconnected with classmates at 13 class reunions.

The weekend celebrated the performing arts and included a Performing Arts Showcase with performances, presentations and concerts by alumni professionals, students and faculty. A highlight of the weekend was the original radio show The Fragrant and Velvety Air, written by performing arts faculty members Bradley Kauffman and Laura Kraybill. The show was a parody on the college’s 103-year history complete with humor, live music, reader’s theatre pieces, off-beat commercials and audience participation.

Other events included the annual alumni banquet, Partner luncheon, athletic events, children’s theatre activities, a barbecue picnic and family festival, jam session, student and alumni choir under the direction of father-son duo Ron, class of 1966, and Joel, class of 2004, Garber and Sunday worship service featuring mother-daughter duo Michele (Schrock), class of 1981, and Tara, class of 2006, Hershberger.

Upcoming alumni events – New York tour, China tour, Europe tour

Start Here,” the new Hesston College song, written by JD Martin (Jerry Derstine ’68) and performed by Martin and Jan Garrett

“The Fragrant and Velvety Air” radio show written by faculty members Bradley Kauffman and Laura Kraybill and performed by students, faculty and staff