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Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018

October 5-7

Homecoming 2018 | October 5–7

Reconnect & Reminisce

Join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018! Reminisce with former classmates while exploring campus, dining with friends and enjoying fun, family-friendly activities. Find out what’s new and different about students and academic life today. Catch up with friends and meet new ones!

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We are excited to welcome you and the following groups and award winners back to campus this year:

Reunion activities planned for:
Class of 1968/Golden W
Baseball Alumni
Volleyball Alumni
Softball Alumni

Alumni Award Winners:
Bob Murray ’71 – Service
Dr. Climetine (Harris) Clayburn ’71 – Achievement
Ralita (Estwick) Cheeks ’07 – Young Alumna
Dr. Charlie and Pat Grimwood – Alumni by Choice

Hall of Fame Inductees:
2007 Volleyball Team
Sarah Claborn ’11 – Volleyball
Deena Baker ’97 – Softball
Mark Brown ’76 – Men’s Basketball
Jimmy Ranieri ’98 – Football and Soccer


Friday, Oct. 5

8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Campus Tours
30-minute tours begin in Admissions on the second floor of Pioneer Hall

8 a.m.–5 p.m. | Homecoming Headquarters
Hauptli Student Center
Event registration and information

12–4 p.m. | Coyote Golf Outing
Salina Country Club
COST: $75 (includes boxed lunch; prizes awarded)

Noon–12:30 p.m. | Golden W Social
Muir Gymnasium
Social time for Class of 1968 and other Golden W members

12:30–1:30 p.m. | Golden W Luncheon
Muir Gymnasium
Class of 1968 Induction, Wesleyan Chorale Performance
COST: $20; Free for members of the Class of ’68

1:30–4 p.m. | Welcome Lounge
Brown Mezzanine
Reconnect and reminisce with fellow Coyotes and faculty and browse yearbooks
Oberammergau 2020: Learn more about an exciting travel opportunity to Germany and Switzerland! 

4–5 p.m. | Breakthrough Reception
Peters Science Hall Room 413
Celebrate the opening of the Charles B. Creager Physics Lab and other technological advances made over the past year.

4–7 p.m. | Larry Thomas Art Exhibit
The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts
Reception with the artist from 5–7 p.m.

6–8 p.m. | Alumni Awards Dinner and Campus Update
Hilton Garden Inn, 3320 S. 9th St.

2018 Alumni Awardees

Dr. Climetine Clayburn ’71, Alumni Achievement Award
Bob Murray ’71, Alumni Service Award
Ralita Cheeks ’07, Young Alumna Award
Dr. Charlie and Pat Grimwood, Alumni by Choice Award
COST: $25; 2018 Honorees and presenters no charge

7 p.m. | Women's Soccer vs. York
Graves Family Sports Complex

7:30 p.m. | Alumni Theatre Production
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) 
Fitzpatrick Auditorium
COST: $8 per person

TBD | Volleyball Team Alumni Dinner
COST: At your own expense
Contact Fred Aubuchon for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 6

8-10 a.m. | W Club Breakfast and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions
Muir Gymnasium
Celebrate the athletic accomplishments of fellow alumni. 

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
2007 Volleyball Team
Sarah Claborn ’11, Volleyball
Deena Baker ’97, Softball
Mark Brown ’76, Men’s Basketball
Jimmy Ranieri ’98, Football and Soccer
COST: $15; 2018 Hall of Fame inductees and presenters no charge; $20 at the door

8:30–10 a.m. | Alumni Flag Football
Laha Practice Field 

10–11 a.m. | Alumni Council Meeting
Student Activities Center Room 203
All are welcome to learn more about how your Alumni Association fee are allocated.

10 a.m.–noon | Homecoming Headquarters
Hauptli Student Center

11 a.m. | JV Volleyball vs. McPherson
Mabee Arena

Noon | Men's Soccer vs. York
Gene Bissell Field at Graves Family Sports Complex

Noon–1 p.m. | Family Picnic
Kirwin House, 130 E. Kirwin
Hosted by President and Mrs. Thompson
COST: $8 per person

Noon | Alumni Softball Game
Bill Burke Park

Noon | Alumni Baseball Game
Dean Evans Stadium

1 p.m. | Volleyball vs. McPherson
Mabee Arena
Recognition of the Alumni Award Winners and Halll of Fame inductees.
COST: $8 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+)/Military; $2 Students/Youth; under 5 are free. Special combo ticket for volleyball and football available at the volleyball ticket table. (admission to both games for $10)

2 p.m. | Choir and Orchestra Concert
Sams Chapel, Pioneer Hall

3:30–5 p.m. | Tailgating and Kids Zone
Student Center quad
Reconnect with classmates and faculty and meet our current students to find out what life is like on campus today.
COST: $8/Adults; $5/children under 5; Free for Faculty/Staff with ID
Pay on site for a buffet prepared by Sodexo or bring your own food.
Limited reserved tailgating spots; reserve your spot at No glass permitted.

5 p.m. | Football vs. Saint Mary
Gene Bissell Field at Graves Family Sports Complex
Halftime features the traditional coronation ceremony and recognition of the Hall of Fame Inductees and Alumni Award Winners
COST: $8 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+)/Military; $2 Students/Youth; under 5 are free

8 p.m. | Alumni Theatre Production
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)
Fitzpatrick Auditorium
COST: $8 per person

8 p.m. | Yotes on the Patio
Speakeasy, 2030 S. Ohio St.
COST: At your own expense

Sunday, Oct. 7

10:30–11:30 a.m. | Worship Service
University United Methodist Church

Philharmonic Choir Performance

Please reach out to Kendall Carter at or by calling 785-833-4339 with any questions. 

Check your mailbox for the save-the-date highlights mailer, Contact magazine, and homecoming brochure for more information and check back here for updates.