Trevecca Nazarene University

Homecoming creates new excitement

Homecoming on "the Hill" 2007 brought some new excitement to this weekend of traditions.

The new excitement started with the parade and the addition of a group of horses and riders. The parade is usually escorted by a group of mounted Metro Nashville policemen, but in addition to those mounted officers, nine other persons rode in the parade. Some horses and riders came from as far away as southern Georgia, and other riders were from the larger Trevecca community. All added greatly to the festivities. The Office of Alumni Services had provided each rider with a purple TNU blanket for use under his or her saddle.

The Friday night "A Hilltop Home Companion," the variety show modeled after the hit radio program "A Prairie Home Companion," was hosted by alumnus Brent Lawrence and again featured alumni talent. That event was followed by a new event, the Trevecca Home Shopping Network, held in a tent behind the Boone Business Building. A large assortment of Trevecca memorabilia was for sale, and participants reported that the shopping and mingling time was an enjoyable addition to the weekend.

On Saturday morning reunion groups met all over the campus and in several off-campus locations. The reunion of the baseball team was attended by more than 150 persons. Trevecca's WNAZ radio station held a reunion in celebration of its 40th year, and classes and affinity groups held reunions.

At noon visitors were invited to join the tailgating lunch outside Moore Gymnasium. Students led this event, cooking hot dogs and burgers and serving lunch.

The afternoon basketball games introduced visitors to the 2007-2008 women's and men's basketball teams. Both were successful against their opponents in the afternoon's games. During halftime of the women's game the inductees into the Trevecca Hall of Fame were introduced to the crowd--Bill Green, Kenny Thomas, and Michael Blivens. During halftime in the men's game, members of the '07 Homecoming Court wer introduced to the crowd, and President Boone presented Bibles to Queen Liz Whiting and King Caleb Haynes.

For the first time the Department of Athletics unveiled its new line of Nike-Trevecca athletic wear and had clothing in that line for sale. Trevecca fans were excited by this new kind of logo clothing.

Following the men's game, the Homecoming crowd moved to the convocation center of the Boone Business Building for the Music City Roadhouse, a new event--a showcase of alumni musical talent and a barbecue dinner. During that event the winners of the Trevecca Alumni Awards were announced and the awards were presented. The Alumni Association annually recognizes two alumni and one non-alumnus who have made outstanding contributions to Trevecca through the way that they have lived their lives. The T-Award for a Minister went to Karen Dean Fry '68, a composer, lyricist, writer, speaker, and a minister. The T-Award for a Layperson went to Harold Ivan Smith '69, nationally known grief counselor and author of 45 books about death and grieving. The McClurkan Award, given annually to a non-alumnus, went to Lois Wolfgang, who has been a member of the physician assistant program faculty for 29 years.

The new additions to the weekend produced new interest and provided appeal for alumni.

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