Homecoming 2019 schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 25

5 to 7:30 p.m. – Food truck meals, Hesston College Main Street parking lot
6:30 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston Parade, Main Street
7:30 p.m. – Hesston High School Pep Rally, Hesston College Main Street parking lot

Hesston Homecoming parade

Thursday, Sept. 26

1:30 p.m. – Seventh annual Homecoming Golf Benefit, Hesston Golf Park, 520 Yost Drive
Enjoy 18 holes of golf at the Hesston Golf Course while supporting today’s students. Floyd Sowers ’71 will be honored for his volunteer role in organizing the Homecoming Golf Benefit from 2013-18. Sponsors include Garber Surveying Service (Hutchinson, Kan.). Followed by prime rib dinner catered by the Water’s Edge and program. Register through separate brochure or at hesston.edu/ksgolf.

Hesston Homecoming Golf

Friday, Sept. 27

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Hosting Center open, Larks Nest, Erb Hall
Upon arrival to campus, stop for your Homecoming packet, name tags and additional details on the weekend.
11 a.m. – Forum, Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC)
Featured speakers, siblings Makayla ’15 and David ’18 Ladwig. Makayla was a nursing student and member of the women’s basketball team, and David was a ministry assistant and member of the men’s basketball team.
11:45 a.m. – Golden Gables Lunch, Community Center, HMC
Alumni from all college and academy classes 50 years (1969) or greater are invited to join President Joseph A. Manickam ’87 and Tony Brown ’69 for a light lunch, storytelling and entertainment, and a performance by the Bel Canto Singers and director Russell Adrian. Reunion classes with anniversaries will be recognized. $13.
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
Alumni are invited to enjoy lunch with students in the cafeteria ($8 per adult, $5.75 children 5-12, payable at the door) or at local restaurants for homecoming discounted specials.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Aviation Open House, Hesston College hangar, Newton City/County Airport, 502 N. Oliver Rd, Newton
Hear about the latest in the aviation program, including the new four-year bachelor’s degree, fleet upgrades and more. Director Mike Baker ’93 and program faculty and staff will lead tours. Short presentations from alumni and students start at 2 p.m.
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Dedication of Bess Mullet Softball Field, Campus athletic fields, south of Bontrager Student Center
Join the campus and wider Hesston communities, the Bess and Roy Mullet family and campaign donors to recognize this outstanding gift of a new on-campus softball facility.
4:30 p.m. – Home Run Derby and Alumni/Varsity Softball Game, Bess Mullet Softball Field
Keep the softball celebration rolling with activity on the new field and a time to honor Lark softball teams that competed at NJCAA national tournaments and the 2019 Kansas Jayhawk Conference championship team.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Hamburger and hot dog meal, Athletic fields south of Bontrager Student Center
Top off the softball festivities with ball park fare catered by Hesston Bakery and Cafe – hamburgers and hotdogs, Kettle/Sun Chips, grapes, monster and sugar cookies, tea and water. $8 adults and $4 kids. Alumni and friends reservations required. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

Home Sweet HesstonEvening Home Sweet Hesston Homecoming activities

Hobbs Stadium, Hesston High School, 150 N. Ridge Rd.

5 to 6:30 p.m. – Community meal and silent auction served by Schowalter Villa Partners. By donation.
7 p.m. – Hesston Swathers Homecoming football game and royalty coronation with post-game fireworks
7 p.m. – Yost Center Dedication Ceremony, Yost Center
Plan to arrive on Friday to be part of this special event in honor of Yost Center’s makeover, new entrance addition, fitness center and athletic weight training facility.
8 p.m. – Yost Center Open House and Lark Basketball Hoopla, Yost Center
Varsity women’s and men’s basketball teams will take the floor to kick off their upcoming season with introductions, team and audience contests, gifts, prizes, entertainment, celebration of the new Lark logo, and recognition of the Hesston College NJCAA National Basketball Tournament teams: 1996-97 women’s team, and men’s teams from 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90 and 2014-15. Tour the new and renovated facilities and enjoy donuts in a “reverse Drubers run.”
Late Night at The Lincoln Perk (until 11 p.m.), 709 E. Lincoln Blvd.
Open for coffee and refreshments, open mic entertainment, conversation and sharing memories.

Saturday, Sept. 28

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Hosting Center open, Larks Nest, Erb Hall
Upon arrival to campus, stop for your Homecoming packet, name tags and additional details on the weekend.
8 to 10 a.m. – Community breakfast & bake sale, Water’s Edge, 701 S. Main St.
Fuel up for a day of homecoming fun, prepared by Villa Partners and Hesston Area Seniors. Donation for adults & all age youth/children.
9 to 10:30 a.m. Coffee bar and live music, Larks Nest patio, outside Erb Hall
Cheer on the Manickam Mosey participants while enjoying student music groups and free coffee and refreshments provided by the Hesston Bakery and Cafe coffee truck.
9 a.m. – The 28th annual two-mile run/walk: The Manickam Mosey, Lawn in front of Bontrager Student Center
This long-time classic Hesston race tradition continues for the third year at Homecoming. Enjoy a scenic tour through the Dyck Arboretum and campus. Medals, prizes and gift certificates await participants. Alumni/Community vs. Students Challenge: The group with the largest number of race participants will win the Manickam Mosey Challenge Trophy Cup for 2019. Race registration (Adults $20, $25 after Sept. 18; 18 and under $15, $25 after Sept. 18). Registration will also be available 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. on race day.
10 to 11:30 a.m. – Art Exhibit Reception with John Blosser, Regier Friesen Gallery, Friesen Center
Visit with emeritus art professor John Blosser, see his works and enjoy refreshments at the Regier Friesen Gallery. Blosser taught at Hesston from 1978 to 1999.
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center sneak peek, Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center
Get an early look at the new nursing program facility before the afternoon festivities.
11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. – Partner Luncheon, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
Partners are invited in gratitude for their ongoing financial support. Featuring speakers Derek ’96 and Joy (Smith) ’96 Yoder. Derek was a member of the baseball team. Joy was a member of the women’s basketball team and is a Hesston College nursing professor. Partners can register for the luncheon through the Homecoming brochure or through separate, forthcoming invitation. Child care provided.
Alumni are invited to enjoy lunch at local restaurants for homecoming discounted specials.
1 p.m. – Dedication of Mark Short Memorial, Lawn, Northeast of Keim Center
In honor of Mark Short, Class of 1974, who passed away in 2015.
1:15 p.m. – Hesston College Disc Golf Tournament, Lawn, Northeast of Keim Center
All ages and skills welcome. No pre-registration required, but minimal “pay to play” fee on site. Prizes included.
1:15 to 4 p.m. – Class Anniversary Reunions, Campus locations
See the full list of class reunion locations and class representatives. NOTE: Academy ’44 and ’49, and College ’44, ‘49 and ’54 anniversary class members are also invited to attend the Friday Golden Gables Luncheon.

Hesston College class reunion

2:30 p.m. – Lark Volleyball vs. Ottawa University JV, Yost Center
Free admission for alumni with weekend nametag.
4 p.m. – Bonnie Sowers Nursing (BSN) Center dedication, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Celebrate the new facility that honors former Nursing Program Director, Bonnie (Kauffman) Ac65, ’67 Sowers.
Immediately following BSN Center dedication (approx. 5) to 6 p.m. BSN Center ribbon cutting and open house, Lawn in front of BSN Center
Following the ribbon cutting, take the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the new facility. Project progress may limit tours!

Home Sweet HesstonThe campus community and college guests, along with the wider Hesston community, gather on campus to celebrate! Fun activities for all ages!

5 to 7 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston Kids festival, Lawn east of Yost Center
Games, bouncy houses and face painting for alumni and Hesston community children. FREE!
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Home Sweet Hesston and campus barbecue meal, Lawn east of Yost Center (Alternate rain location: Campus Activities Center)
Knackie’s Catering will smoke fabulous barbecue meats while the Water’s Edge restaurant tops it off with homemade ice cream! $13 adults and $6 children. Alumni and friends reservations required. Local entertainment groups will provide music while you enjoy your meal. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
7 p.m. – Hesston Larks Volleyball vs. Sterling College JV, Yost Center
FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL! Let’s “pack the Nest” like it was a Thanksgiving Weekend basketball game of old! Opportunities to tour the new Yost facilities, participate in audience contests and enjoy gifts, prizes and entertainment. Recognition will be held to honor Hesston College NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament teams: 1974-75, the first national tournament team in Hesston history, and the teams from 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

Hesston College Homecoming kids fest

Sunday, Sept. 29

7:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Alumni Advisory Council annual meeting
Hesston Mennonite Church Conference Room
9 to 9:45 a.m. – Coffee and cinnamon rolls, Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
The tradition continues! Enjoy complimentary continental breakfast featuring cinnamon rolls in honor of former Food Service Director Emil Yoder.
10:30 a.m. – Homecoming worship service, Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
Landon Jordan ’03, ’04, men’s basketball alumnus and pastor of New Anthem Church, Park City, Kan., will bring the message. Musical performances by the Bel Canto Singers.
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, $7.25 ages 5-12.