Trevecca Nazarene University

More memories--Homecoming 2004

Alumni from the '60s--Jess Middendorf, John Stark, Greg Rickey, John Sugg (seated), and Carl Taylor--recall with laughter experiences that took place during their Trevecca years.
With the theme "Thanks for the Memories" Homecoming 2004 helped Trevecca alumni and friends rekindle old memories and create some new ones. The campus was a bustling with activity. The Trevecca Board of Trustees convened for the fall meeting. Alumni and visitors began returning and filled the sanctuary of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene to hear Karen Dean Fry '68, the guest speaker for Founder's Day Chapel.  Echoing the words of Mother Teresa, Fry challenged her listeners: "Let's do something beautiful for God."

The homecoming parade, sponsored by the sophomore class, included more than forty floats/entries. This year's grand marshal, President Millard Reed, chose to ride on the Johnson Hall float--a favor to his grandaughter, who lives in Johnson. Other honored guests in the parade were the two winners of the annual Alumni Awards--Fred Faith and Bruce Oldham. Members of the campus community lined the driveway to the school and the path of the parade.

Friday evening entertainment included two basketball games, the induction ceremony for persons who had been elected to the Trevecca Athletic Hall of Fame, the crowning of the homecoming king and queen, two performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and several class reunions--along with many other informal alumni gatherings.

Reunion gatherings continued on Saturday as classes and other groups reunited. Many alumni gathered for lunch in Moore Gymnasium in the middle of the day. During the afternoon alumni groups continued their socializing--playing in informal soccer games, seeing the sights of Nashville, and enjoying getting back together.

The homecoming crowd moved to the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene for the evening concert. Using the theme "Thanks for the Memories," the concert was an expression of thanks from retiring President Reed for the life of service and ministry that God and the church had made possible for him. The songs in the program were chosen because they are his favorites. Members of University musical groups performed; an alumnus and a quartet from the past sang; and the Alumni Awards were presented. For many the highlight of the evening was the music that came from President Reed, who was accompanied by his sister, Martha Garvin. For some of his songs he was joined by his wife. Barbara, and they relived some of the songs that were memorable in their lives and ministry.

Around town on Sunday some alumni groups continued their homecoming reunions. On Monday the campus returned to its normal routines, but new memories had been created during the three-days of Homecoming 2005.