Homecoming 2012

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Homecoming 2012 was a week of fun for alumni.   The annual faculty/staff vs. the women’s soccer team was very well attended.  Many alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed watching the game and the cook-out following the provided by the Alumni Association.  The women’s softball team won the coveted trophy, once again. 

The Homecoming week alumni association meeting was held at University United Methodist Church.  The KWU dance and cheer team performed for alumni in attendance and the new 2012-2013 Alumni Council officers were announced.  They are as follows:  President- James Lambert ’82, Vice President- Randy Lamer MBA ’06, Secretary- Lori Trow ’82, Treasurer- Rick Dahl ’99.  Bob Reynolds was recognized for his leadership as former president with a gift from alumni.

The Institutional Advancement office hosted an open house last Friday morning.  Many alumni were on campus and stopped by for treats and family legacy photos with Casey the Coyote.

Approximately 95 people attended the Alumni Dinner Friday night.   Ken Hakoda and several of his students provided entertainment before and during the dinner.  The Golden W group number was low this year, but overall attendance for the event was good because of alumni, and family and friends of the alumni award winners.  2012 Alumni Award winners are as follows:  Young Alumnus:  Brett Murray ’03, Alumni Achievement:  Dr. Aaron Blair ’65, Alumni Service:  Larry Werhan ’57, Friends of KWU award:  Van and Mary Lett.  In addition, four MBA alumni awards were presented by Dr. Carol Ahlvers to the following:  Jack Doan MBA ’99, Kerry Mulvaney MBA ’02, Hsiang Chu (Tony) MBA ’98, Chi-Jui (Cathy) Tung ’98.

The W Club breakfast/ Hall of Fame induction ceremony attendance was incredible.  We had seats for 150 and the room was full.  HOF inductees this year were:  Mike Dibbini, John Ritter, Scott Ritter and Ellis Wright.  The soccer teams came to see Mike Dibbini receive his HOF award and we seated most of them on the mezzanine.  Families and friends of John Ritter, Scott Ritter, and Ellis Dibbini filled the seats.

The choir concert at Fitzpatrick was well attended by alumni, the men’s and women’s soccer teams won their games on Saturday at Salina Stadium to the delight of alumni and fans in attendance, and we fed approximately 200 people at the football pre-game tailgate party.  The stands were packed at the football game against Friends,  and those in attendance were not disappointed by yet another KWU victory. 

The Homecoming weekend ended with a farewell luncheon with approximately 40 people in attendance for a delicious chicken dinner catered by the Brookville Hotel.  Thank you to all the alumni and friends of Kansas Wesleyan University for making Homecoming 2012 one to remember.

For additional information and photos from Homecoming 2012, please click on the 'Alumni' page, and then the 'Alumni Relations' tab.

Yours for KWU,

Jennifer Rein, MBA ‘10