More than 1,000 alumni are expected to return to campus Nov. 5-7 for the 2010 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.
Among the weekend’s 80 planned events are celebrations of several important anniversaries. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the 60th anniversary of the Lois Perkins Chapel, and the 10th anniversary of the Jameson 5K run.
The Alpha Omicron alumni association will celebrate its centennial with several events, including a reception and banquet on Friday night. “To be a part of a 100-year tradition isn’t something that everybody can say they’ve experienced,” said Chapter President Brendin James. “It proves that the principles and values that we all share stand the test of time and will help us get through any obstacles that we may face in the future. It is pretty amazing to be a Pike at this time.”
The 60th anniversary of the chapel will be celebrated during the worship service on Sunday and by a special service on Saturday morning in which alumni, faculty and staff who were married in the chapel are invited to reaffirm their marriage vows. The service will be led by Bishop Joe Wilson ’59 and University Chaplain Beverly Jones.
The 10th Annual Jameson 5K Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Kenda Evans ’92 has organized the run since 2001 to benefit the Jaysn Jameson ’90 Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship, which benefits students majoring in the sciences, honors her brother, who graduated from Southwestern in 1990 with a degree in chemistry. To register for the event, go to www.Jameson5K.org. The race will start and finish on Southwestern Boulevard next to Joe S. Mundy Hall.
A demonstration of another Southwestern tradition, the Brooks Prize Debate, will take place on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. The debate dates back to 1878 and was revived in 2008. This year students are debating the topic “Resolved: On balance, the societal return on investment for consistent technological improvements is deficient.” The oratory topic is “Silence.”
Southwestern is partnering with the Williamson Museum for two events during the weekend − a book signing and a guided tour of the historic I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Author Louise Walsh will be selling and signing her book The Ties That Bind: A Georgetown, Texas Memoir, 1904-1909, at the museum on Friday, Nov. 5, from 6-8 p.m. The book, which came out at Homecoming last year, tells the story of two Southwestern students whose courtship spanned five years through original letters.
The museum will also sponsor a self-guided tour of the historic I.O.O.F. Cemetery behind Southwestern on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The tour will feature costumed interpreters who tell stories from the university’s past. Tickets may be purchased for $10 on site or at the Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. The cemetery is located at 701 Smith Creek Rd.
The Homecoming Parade will return this year and has a theme of “Back to the Future.”
View the complete Homecoming and Reunion Weekend schedule here.
− Shannon Hicks