10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Hosting Center open, Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC) lobby
Let us know that you are here, pick up your Homecoming packet, receive discount coupons, name tag and additional details.
11 to 11:30 a.m. – Formation (formerly Chapel), HMC Sanctuary
Featured speakers: Howard Keim ’72 and Talashia Keim ’02 Yoder. Father and daughter have been a part of campus as students, faculty, and Howard served as president from 2005-16. Come hear about their Hesston Experiences.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Art a la Carte, Larks Nest patio and nearby area
Music performances by students, a hands-on art activity and a sneak peek preview of the fall play. All are welcome to bring lunch outdoors while enjoying the activities.
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch, Bontrager Student Center Dining Hall
Enjoy lunch with faculty, staff and students in the dining hall ($9 adult, $6.75 children, pay at the door).
Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Golden Gables Lunch and Program: Campus Facilities through the Years, HMC Community Center
Alumni from all college and academy classes 50 years or greater are invited to join President Joseph A. Manickam ’87 and retired staff member Tim Goering ’76 for a light lunch and highlights of campus facilities through the years. Reunion classes will be recognized. Registration required $15.
2 to 3 p.m. – Alumni panel: History of Business Education at Hesston College, HMC Sanctuary
Featured Speakers: Annette (Steider) ’83 Brown, Duane Horst ’79, Clark Roth ’82 and Emily Wagner-Davis ’12. Hear about where our Business Program has been, its impact on those who have gone through the program and how it has developed into our Bachelor of Arts in business management today.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Alumni panel: History of Engineering Education at Hesston College, HMC Sanctuary
Featured Speakers: Zach Baumgartner ’12, Brian Nebel ’83, Makenzie (Jones) ’11 Truong and Ejona Zogu ’20. Hear about where our Engineering Program has been, its impact on those who have gone through the program and how it has developed into our Bachelor of Science in engineering: mechatronics today.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Explore campus activities
Visit the Bookstore (don’t forget your coupon) and get your Hesston gear. Stroll our Global Pathways seeing the countries represented on campus. Take a campus tour led by a current student or enjoy a self-guided tour of Dyck Arboretum and the native prairie plants that fill the landscape (177 W Hickory St). Or simply join other alumni to fellowship in the Larks Nest.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – International Dinner, Bontrager Student Center Dining Hall
Enjoy dinner with faculty, staff and students in the dining hall ($9 adult, $6.75 children, pay at the door). The menu will include campus favorite tikka masala and options for the whole family.
7 p.m. – Songs by African American Composers: Dr. Carren Moham with Bel Canto Singers, HMC Sanctuary
World renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano, Dr. Carren Moham, will bring us an evening of music that honors the past while informing the future. She has performed at notable places such as The White House, the Munich Opera in Germany and Wrigley Field. This meaningful evening will also feature selections with the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers.
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Reverse Drubers Run, behind the Larks Nest
A tradition over the years has been late night Drubers Donuts runs. Join us on campus for donuts while cheering on Lark softball.
8:45 p.m. – Alumni softball game, Bess Mullet Field
Alumni are invited to join the Lark Softball team as they play a friendly game under the lights
Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Hosting Center open, HMC lobby
8:30 to 9 a.m. – Cinnamon rolls, coffee and fellowship, HMC Community Center
Enjoy breakfast and fellowship before all the Homecoming activities begin.
9 to 10 a.m. – Realizing Vision 2025, HMC Sanctuary
Featured Speakers: President Joseph A. Manickam, Debbie McAlister (director, School of Management), Johann Reimer (director, School of Engineering) and current students enrolled in our bachelor’s degree programs in management and engineering. Learn how Vision 2025 is being realized on campus through current and future endeavors.
Optional off-campus event: Wichita Air Show Frontiers in Flight, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita
Join the Aviation department at the annual Wichita Air Show, seeing how Wichita is the Air Capital of the World. Mike Baker (director, School of Aviation) along with faculty, staff and students will be at the Hesston College booth.
10 to 11 a.m. – Affinity reunions (come and go)
Nursing Reunion, Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center
Performing Arts Reunion, Keim Center
Athletics Reunion, Yost Center
11 a.m. – Manickam Mosey, lawn in front of Bontrager Student Center
This classic Hesston race tradition continues with this two mile run/walk through Hesston College campus and Dyck Arboretum. Preregister at hesston.edu/2mile. Registration will also be available on race day.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch, Bontrager Student Center Dining Hall
Enjoy a meal with faculty, staff and students in the dining hall ($9 adult, $6.75 children, pay at the door).
Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Partner Celebration and Lunch, HMC Sanctuary
We will celebrate 45 years of the Partner Program and honor the charter members. Partners can register for the luncheon through the Homecoming registration or through a separate forthcoming invitation. Child care provided. Thank you Partners for your faithful annual support of $1,000 or more. Interested in becoming a partner? Go to hesston.edu/partner.
For current information on your reunion visit hesston.edu/homecoming/class-reunions
2 to 5 p.m. – Explore campus activities, locations across campus
If you aren’t involved in a class reunion or your reunion ends early, explore campus. Visit the Bookstore and get your Hesston gear. Stroll our Global Pathway, seeing the countries represented on campus. Take a campus tour led by a current students or a self-guided tour of Dyck Arboretum (177 W Hickory St). Or relax in the Larks Nest.
3 p.m. – Volleyball game, Yost Center
Cheer on the Larks. Free admission for alumni and friends with their Homecoming name tag.