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Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019

October 11-13

Reconnect & Reminisce

Join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019! 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!

Please let us know you are attending by making your reservations below, even for events that are complimentary.  

Reserve Your Spot Today! 

We have arranged hotel and rental car discounts just for you! In addition, United Airlines flies from Salina to Denver and Chicago O'Hara daily! It's easy to come back for Homecoming and Family Weekend!

Hotel Discounts

Rental car discounts from $29 to $50/day at Long McArthur; contact Michele Hawk at 785-823-2237.

United Airline 10% discounts are available if you call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 1-800-426-1122 and use the following Code: ZHF3; Agreement Code: 232443, and you fly into Salina! United flies daily to/from Salina Regional Airport to Chicago O'Hara and Denver International Airport.

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

Reunion activities planned for:

  • Class of 1969/Golden W 
  • 1969 Football Team
  • Women in Athletics (kicking off the 50th year of Women in Athletics at KWU)

Alumni Award Recipients:
Randle Corfman ’75 - Alumni Achievement Award
Gordon Gorton ’67 - Alumni Service Award
Ryan Hicks ’05 - Young Alumni Award
Jim and Emily-May Richards - Alumni by Choice 

Hall of Fame Inductees:
2001 & 2002 Football Team
Kaylaen Dittmer ’09 – Women’s Basketball
Charlie Dyer ’71 - Baseball
Todd Hampton ’59 – Football
Jay Morton ’01 – Track
Jimmy Ranieri ’98 – Football and Soccer

Read more about our Hall of Fame Inductees


*Subject to change.  

Friday, Oct. 11

10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Alumni College
Go back to class! Several faculty members are opening their doors for alumni to sit in on a class!

12:30 p.m. | Coyote Golf Outing
Salina Country Club
11 a.m. Lunch, Registration, Honoring Mike Dibbini with Bemiss Lifetime Achievement; 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start; 5 p.m. Reception and Prizes
COST: $125 (includes cart, beverages, snacks and lunch)

Coyote Cup Brochure

12:30 p.m. | Golden W Luncheon
Muir Gymnasium
Class of 1969 Induction, Honoring the 1969 Coyote Football Team, Wesleyan Chorale Performance
COST: $20; Free for members of the Class of ’69 

2-2:30 p.m. | Heritage Society Estate Planning Workshop
Student Activities Center, Backstrom Conference Room
Learn more about estate planning and how you can leave a legacy at KWU.

2 p.m. | Campus Tour
Meet on the Steps of Pioneer Hall
Check out what's new and exciting since you graduated!

6 p.m. | Alumni Awards Dinner
Courtyard by Marriott
Join us for an evening of reminescing, celebrating and reconnecting as we honor these accomplished alumni and supporters!
Cost: $35

Alumni Award Recipients:
Randle Corfman ’75 - Alumni Achievement Award
Gordon Gorton’67 - Alumni Service Award
Ryan Hicks ’05 - Young Alumni Award
Jim and Emily May Richards - Alumni by Choice

8 p.m. | KWU On Tap Alumni Social
Courtyard by Marriott
Reminisce and network with your fellow Coyotes from all decades. Drinks on your own.

9 p.m. | Late Night with Coyote Basketball
Mabee Arena
Check out the men's and women's basketball teams and have some fun in Mabee Arena!

Saturday, Oct. 12

8-10 a.m. | W Club Breakfast and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions
Muir Gymnasium 
COST: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Celebrate the athletic accomplishments of fellow alumni. 

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
2001 & 2002 Football Team
Kaylaen Dittmer ’09 – Women’s Basketball
Charlie Dyer ’71 - Baseball
Todd Hampton ’59 – Football|
Jay Morton ’01 – Track
Jimmy Ranieri ’98 – Football and Soccer

8:30 a.m. | Alumni Flag Football 
Laha Practice Field at Graves Family Sports Complex
Contact Chris Brochtrup

10 a.m. | Ginny Bevan Dedication Ceremony 
Student Activities Center Patio
We will unveil a special place on campus that will honor Ginny's significant contributions to KWU

10:30–11:30 a.m.
 | Pollak Chemistry Lab Open House
Peters Science Hall, Room 429
Help us celebrate the renovation of our third science lab in three years! 

11 a.m. | Alumni Baseball Game
Dean Evans Stadium, contact Bill Neale, Head Baseball Coach

11 a.m. | Alumni Softball Game
Bill Burke Park, contact Taylor Reichard, Head Softball Coach

Noon | Reunion Decade Photos on the steps of Pioneer Hall
Perhaps the last class photo you were in was graduation day! Let's get together and capture the moment, plus, find out who is here from your class!
Noon - Class of 1969
12:10 - Graduates of the 1960s
12:20 - Graduates of the 1950s
12:30 - Graduates of the 1970s
12:40 - Graduates of the 1980s
12:50 - Graduates of the 1990s
1:00 - Graduates of the 2000s
1:10 - Graduates of the 2010s

Noon-2 p.m. | Tailgate
New! Beer & Brats Tent at the Kirwin House (130 E. Kirwin) 
Reserve your spot for the tailgate lot (it's free, faculty and staff can eat for free with ID!)
Special Tents: 1969 Football Team, 2001 & 2002
Alumni Tent with Photo Booth: Get your photo with Casey the Coyote!
Beer and Brats Tent: Guests 21 and over can gather under the big tent on the President's lawn and enjoy brats and cold beverage before the game. Cost: $20 includes two drink tickets, a brat sandwich, potato salad, chips and a soft drink. Additional brats can be purchased.

2 p.m. | KWU Coyote Football vs. Saint Mary
Gene Bissell Field at Graves Family Sports Complex
COST: $10 Adults; $7 Seniors (60+)/Military; $2 Students/Youth (17 and under)Recognition of the Alumni Award Winners, Hall of Fame inductees and 2001 & 2002 Coyote Football Team
Halftime Coronation Ceremony

5:30 p.m. | Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra Concert
Sams Chapel, Pioneer Hall (free)
A Homecoming favorite, this year's concert is going to WOW you! Don't miss out! You'll have time to enjoy this event before you head to the other side of Santa Fe for the 50 Year Celebration.

7 p.m. | 50 Years of Women's Athletics Dinner 
St. John's Military School 
COST: $50 in advance ($25 is a tax-deductible contribution) until 5 p.m. Oct. 8, $65 thereafter and at the door. Online sales close mid-day Oct. 10.

50 Year Dinner Invitation

Dr. Mary Virginia “Ginny” Bevan ’56, was one of the pioneers and a key figure in a revolutionary grass roots movement in the late sixties that sought to organize women’s intercollegiate athletics at the state level and taught, coached and served the university for more than 30 years. Join us as we salute Dr. Bevan, female athletes from all decades, coaches, mentors and pioneers who helped launch women’s athletics at KWU. The dinner is open to all, and we especially encourage former student-athletes to be part of this special evening.

Sunday, Oct. 13

10:30–11:30 a.m. | Worship Service featuring the KWU Philharmonic Choir
University United Methodist Church 

Check your mailbox for the save-the-date highlights mailer and the fall Contact Magazine for more information.  



Monday, October 7
6:30 p.m. | Voices of Eve: A Celebration of Women in Music | Wind Ensemble Concert | Sams Chapel
Free Concert

Tuesday, October 8
5 p.m. | 50 Years of Women’s Athletics with Women’s Soccer vs McPherson | Bissell Field

Wednesday, October 9
7 p.m. | 50 Years of Women’s Athletics with Volleyball vs Bethany | Mabee Arena

Thursday, October 10
5:30 p.m. | Nursing Center Celebration | KWU Nursing Center | 135 E. Claflin Ave