Homecoming 2021

Hesston College Homecoming - Sept 24 to 26, 2021

Join us for Hesston College Homecoming Weekend, September 24 to 26!

As we continue to plan for Homecoming Weekend to happen on its regular schedule, the college is also planning extra health measures to ensure we are being responsible with guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and prioritizing the health and safety of all participants.

Items to note for the weekend:

  • Currently masks are required while inside any on-campus buildings.
  • Any larger group programs that are inside will be held in Hesston Mennonite Church where we have a larger space to social distance.
  • The informal gathering times where both alumni and students are invited to attend are being planned for outside.
  • Class reunion groups will be assigned to rooms once we know attendance numbers to make sure we provide enough space for social distancing. We are also looking at options for classes to meet outside if they so choose.

We are still hopeful that Homecoming can happen in person this year, but are aware that the landscape around us is changing very quickly. We appreciate your flexibility as we look to do whatever we can to ensure the safety of our students, alumni and friends of the college.

Friday, September 24

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Bookstore Open, Erb Hall
1 to 6 p.m. – Hosting Center Open, HMC
Pick-up your Homecoming packet, name tags and details for the weekend.
2:30 p.m. – Golden Gables Program, sanctuary, HMC
Alumni from all college and academy classes 50 years (1971) or greater are invited to join President Joseph A. Manickam ’87, Jake Friesen and Wendell Sauder ’75 for a discussion on the start of the aviation program. Pick up a dessert treat after the program to enjoy outside.
4 p.m. – Stories from the Airlines, sanctuary, HMC
An alumni panel will share stories of flying for major airlines and the aviation industry over the years.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
Alumni are invited to enjoy a carryout international meal featuring curry from our dining hall ($9 per adult, $6.75 children 5-12, payable at the door). Seating will be available outside or in the HMC Community Center.
Dynamic Discs logo6 p.m. – Disc Golf Tournament, Doug Unruh Memorial Course
All ages and skills welcome. $10 registration fee includes a Hesston College disc. Prizes included. Walk up registration – $15.
6 to 9 p.m. – Games and Snacks, lawn in front of Keim Center
Enjoy time visiting and playing games with alumni and classmates on the lawn while enjoying Salted Creamery ice cream, popcorn and drinks.
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Tim Shue ’85 and his musician friends, lawn in front of Keim Center
Sit back and enjoy a unique blend unpredictable folk, harmonic rock and roll, a cappella and progressive bluegrass.
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Art a la Carte, lawn in front of Keim Center
Music and Theatre students will be performing a variety of solos and group ensembles that you won’t want to miss!
9:30 p.m. – Movie on the lawn, lawn in front of Keim Center
The Greatest Showman

Saturday, September 25

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Hosting Center Open, Hesston Mennonite Church
8:30 to 9 a.m. – Aviation Fly in and Tours of Aviation Facility, Newton City-County Airport, 510 N Oliver Rd, Newton, Kan.
Start your morning with a tour the aviation facility and meet the faculty and staff at the airport.
9 a.m. – Aviation program, Newton City-County Airport
Hesston College Aviation director Mike Baker ’93 and current students will share about the aviation program and future initiatives.
10 a.m. – Hangar Time, Newton City-County Airport
Aviation alumni hangar flying and reconnecting.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Bookstore Open, Erb Hall
11 a.m. – The 29th annual two-mile run/walk: The Manickam Mosey, lawn in front of Bontrager Student Center
This long-time classic Hesston race tradition continues at Homecoming. Enjoy a scenic tour through the Dyck Arboretum and campus. Medals and prizes will be awarded. Separate race registration. Early discount until Sept. 10. Registration will also be available 10 to 10:45 a.m. on race day.
Noon – Partner Luncheon, Sanctuary (HMC)
Hesston College Partners are invited in gratitude for their ongoing financial support.
Alumni are invited to enjoy lunch at local restaurants for homecoming discounted specials.
2 to 5 p.m. – Class Reunions
3 to 4 p.m. – Tours of the Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center and Yost Center
5 to 7 p.m. – Family Festival, lawn behind Erb Hall
Lawn games and bouncy houses for alumni and Hesston community children.
5 to 7 p.m. – Food Truck Dinner, lawn behind Erb Hall
Pick up some Meat Rubbers BBQ and Salted Creamery ice cream while watching Lark Softball and enjoying the Family Festival.
6 p.m. – Lark Softball vs. Hutchinson CC, Bess Mullet Field
Go Larks!
8 p.m. – Late Night at the Larks Nest, lawn in front of Erb Hall
You have another chance to hear Tim Shue and his musical friends and their unique blend of folk, rock and roll, a cappella and bluegrass.
Reverse Druber’s Run and Lincoln Perk Coffee Everybody loves a late night donut run!
Alumni Connections – Stop by and connect with old friends including Dallas Stutzman ’76 who retired in spring 2020 after serving as alumni director for the college for 22 years.

Sunday, September 26

10:30 a.m. – Homecoming worship service, sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
President Joseph A. Manickam ’87 will bring the message and musical performances by the Bel Canto Singers.
Alumni are invited to enjoy lunch at local restaurants for homecoming discounted specials.

Class reunions