The Alumni Office is preparing for another exciting Homecoming, October 15-16, on The Hill. Bring your family and call your friends for what is expected to be another weekend full of recalling fond memories and creating new ones.
Friday, October 15, is packed with recreation, music, and reunions. With registration at 10 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11 a.m., the annual Colonel Franke Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on the acclaimed course at The Manor Resort just a few miles from campus. The event includes medal play competition and four-person scramble. The $145 entry fee ($110 for alumni from 2005 to 2010) includes box lunch, awards, and cocktails and hors d’œuvre buffet after golf. The tournament is open to all alumni, parents, and friends. Proceeds benefit the Hampden-Sydney golf team.
Also on Friday is the 32nd annual Graves Thompson Tennis Challenge. Beginning at 1 p.m. at the Varsity Courts, alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join the undefeated 2010 regular-season championship team for this round-robin event. There is no charge for tennis and all skills levels are welcome.
Those needing a break from tennis and golf before the evening festivities should visit the Alumni Public Service Forum at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The forum, sponsored by the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, in recent years has discussed local government, health care in America, and homeland security. This year’s topic will likely spark lively discussion as Hampden-Sydney professors such as David Marion and Jim Simms probe the minds of our distinguished panel of alumni.
The Classes of 1965, 1970, and 1985 will gather Friday evening for cocktails with President and Mrs. Howard at Middlecourt before joining the Classes of 1975, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 at Snyder Hall (the former Gammon Gym) for a reunion dinner, jazz music, and dancing. More music and dancing are available at the CAC Homecoming Concert with the funk-jazz band Medeski Martin and Wood.
Come Saturday morning, October 16, the activities continue with the annual Lacrosse Alumni Game when lacrosse stars past and present face-off on Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Field for bragging rights.
This year’s reunion classes will gather again at 11 a.m. at tents on Hampden House lawn. There will be children’s activities, refreshments, and photographs of times gone by.
The Homecoming Lunch and Awards Ceremony will also be held on Hampden Lawn. Lunch is $15 per person (children under 10 eat free). At 11:30 a.m., the Waters Cup and Alumni Citation will be presented to this year’s recipients. The Waters Cup is named in honor of John H. Waters III ’58 and his wife Sally C. Waters in recognition of their love for and service to the College. This year the Alumni Citation will be presented to The Honorable Ernest P. Gates, Sr. ’45. Friends and family of Judge Gates are invited to join him as he receives this special honor.
After lunch, the Tiger football team takes the field in Everett Stadium against Emory & Henry College. The game is always a highlight of Homecoming and a great opportunity to show our pride in Hampden-Sydney.
The cheering does not stop after the football game. At 3 p.m., the rugby team will face Mary Washington on the rugby field behind Venable Hall and the soccer team will take Miller Field against Eastern Mennonite. All of these teams had outstanding seasons in 2009 and are certain to entertain fans in 2010.
Homecoming is an excellent opportunity to return to Hampden-Sydney, reconnect with classmates and faculty, and revel in the splendor of an autumn day on campus. We hope you make plans to attend.