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Homecoming & Reunions

October 4 - 7, 2018

2018 Homecoming Photo Gallery

savethedate.jpg2018 Special Events

Important Links:

Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement with any questions at alumni@wittenberg.edu or 937-327-7424

Planning Ahead? So Are We!

Future Homecoming Dates:

  • Oct. 24-27, 2019
  • Oct. 2-4, 2020
  • Oct. 8-10, 2021
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022

2018 Schedule

THURSDAY, Oct. 4

SPARK
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Post 95, Benham-Pence Student Center
SPARK is an event featuring students, faculty/staff, and alumni who connect through conversation in sharing their explorations of these three core areas: Sharing Passion, Authenticity, and Responsible Knowledge. Speakers will share their connection to calling and talk passionately about knowledge they wish to pass on to others.

Mainstage Performance - She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
7:30 p.m.
Chakeres Memorial Theatre

Pep Rally & Bonfire featuring George Twins
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Corner of Ward and Woodlawn (Rainsite: Geil Lounge, Benham-Pence Student Center)
In celebration of Homecoming, Union Board invites you to enjoy s'mores at our annual bonfire, where we will celebrate our athletic teams and listen to music by the George twins.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5

Campus Tours
9:00–3:00 p.m.
Take a guided walk around campus to revisit old memories and see new spaces. Tours leave from Recitation Hall every hour on the hour. Please make an appointment. http://visit.wittenberg.edu/

Men’s Basketball Golf Outing
10:00 a.m. Registration, 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Windy Knoll Golf Course
Come out and enjoy the start of Homecoming 2018 Weekend by playing a round of golf with your college friends! Shotgun Start using a Texas scramble format. Registration closes, October 4.

Welcome Back & Hospitality Area
2:00-6:00 p.m.
Benham-Pence Student Center Lobby, 1st Floor

University Honors Program Open House
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Matthies House
The University Honors Program will host an Open House for any returning University Honors Graduate alumni. Please stop by for light refreshments and meet the new Honors Program Director, Dr. Molly Wood. We would like to see you and find out where your Wittenberg education has taken you. Please join us!

Baseball Alumni Social
3:00 p.m. Gates Open, 4:00 p.m. Game Time
Carleton Davidson Stadium, 1101 Mitchell Blvd
Baseball alumni are invited to the Wittenberg vs. Urbana game for a special reception. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Alumni will have access to the press box, locker room, and dugout throughout the game. No RSVP required.

Chemistry & BMB Alumni Panel
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 248, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center
We welcome back alumni to connect with current Chemistry and BMB students. Invited panelists usually share their experiences about their time at Wittenberg and about their life and careers after graduation. Most of the time is then spent answering questions from current students, faculty and staff. We welcome any alumni who are available to come and contribute their stories as well

Math Alumni Panel
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 320, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center
The Department of Math and Computer Science welcomes back alumni to connect with current math, stat, and computer science students. Invited panelists usually share their experiences about their time at Wittenberg and about their life and careers after graduation. Most of the time is then spent answering questions from current students, faculty and staff. We welcome any alumni who are available to come and contribute their stories as well!

Political Science Alumni Panel & Reception
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Shouvlin 105
Alumni panelists will share their experiences post-Wittenberg with current students. All Political Science alumni are invited to attend the panel and reception.

Health, Wellness & Athletics Sneak Peek Tours
4:30 p.m.
The renovation has begun. You're invited to take a sneak peek during Homecoming Weekend 2018. Tours will be offered throughout the weekend. Spots are limited so please register in advance. Click here to register

Biology Reception
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Courtyard, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center (Rainsite: Room 262)
The Biology Department invites all returning alumni to join us at a reception to meet our current students, catch up with old faculty members and meet new ones, and find out about all the great things happening in the department. Students will share research results and they'd love to meet you, make contacts, and learn from your experiences. Beer, wine, and hors d’oeurves will be served.

Athletics Hall of Honor
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Tent on Chapel Lawn
Click Here to register
Every year since the inaugural Athletics Hall of Honor in 1985, Wittenberg has continued to induct the finest student-athletes, coaches and administrators to this esteemed group of honorees who have excelled in their service to the university, either on the field of competition or behind the scenes, making possible everything our student-athletes accomplish. Registration closes, September 27.

50th Reunion Optional Dinner with Classmates
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Springfield Country Club
Registration $35 per person

Women’s Volleyball vs. Hiram
7:00 p.m.
Pam Evans Smith Arena
Cheer the volleyball team to victory during Homecoming weekend!  

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Edwards-Maurer Field
Alumni vs. current team members. Registration is free but please RSVP by October 1 to let us know that you’d like to play.

Mainstage Performance - She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
7:30 p.m.
Chakeres Memorial Theatre

Live Band Karaoke
8:00–11:00 p.m.
Founders Pub, Benham-Pence Student Center
Combining the silly fun of karaoke with the energy of a live rock band, Live Band Karaoke allows anyone to fulfill their rock and roll fantasy. Singing is only half the fun! Watching others performing their unique renditions of rock’s greatest songs also contribute to the hilarity. Some singers really belt out the tunes, while others make up for a lack of singing ability with their stage presence. Either way, the irony and humor work on many levels as the band rocks out the songs true to the original recording. Band members can also contribute as back up vocalists and help out with the forgotten lyrics. Live Band Karaoke provides lyric sheets for any song on the list. The lyrics are printed in large type so they are easier to read while singing. There are tons of songs to choose from covering all areas of rock and roll providing something for everyone.

Lacrosse Alumni Reception
9:00 p.m.
Geil Lounge, Benjamin Pence Student Center 
Lacrosse alumni, continue the Homecoming fun at this no host reception. Beverages and appetizers will be available for purchase in Founders Pub. 

Women's Lacrosse Alumni Game
9:00-10:00 p.m.
Edwards-Maurer Field
Alumni vs. current team members. Registration is free but RSVP by October 1 to let us know that you'd like to play.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6

Welcome Back & Hospitality Area
9:00-3:30 p.m.
Benham-Pence Student Center Lobby, 1st Floor

50th Reunion Check-In and Hospitality Area
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Bayley Alumni House

Campus Tours
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Take a guided walk around campus to revisit old memories and see new spaces. Please make an appointment. http://visit.wittenberg.edu/

Legacies and Leadership: A Celebration of Philanthropy
10:00 a.m. – noon 
Tent on Chapel Lawn
Click Here to register
Our annual brunch provides scholarship students, alumni, donors, and families the opportunity to hear about the impact of their gifts, as well as highlights some of Wittenberg’s most outstanding alumni. Register by Oct. 2.  

Pam Smith Memorial 5k
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Alumni Way
Join us to honor the memory of former Wittenberg Women’s Basketball Head Coach Pam Evans Smith with the annual Pam Evans Smith Memorial 5K. All proceeds will benefit the Pam Evans Smith Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a senior woman who exemplifies high levels of leadership, good character, integrity, volunteerism, and scholastic achievement. Register by September 23.

Wittenberg Cross Country Homecoming Meet
10:00 a.m.
Snyder Park
Cheer on the Cross Country runners for their Homecoming Meet. 

Hagen Center Open House & Celebration
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Short ceremony at noon
Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic & Urban Engagement
It’s a big year for the Hagen Center!  2018 marks 30 years since the Community Service Program began at Wittenberg and 10 years since the Hagen Center first opened its doors.  Join current and former Hagen Center staff, community partners, community service coordinators, and Hagen Center interns for a celebration of partnership between Wittenberg and Greater Springfield.    

Greek Open Houses  
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fraternity and sorority alumni are invited to stop by chapter houses to visit with fellow alumni and undergraduate members. Chapters may host a separate gathering; check with the organization for details. 

  • Alpha Delta Pi: 1019 N. Fountain Avenue
  • Beta Theta Pi: 105 W. McCreight Avenue
  • Delta Tau Delta: 625 Woodlawn Avenue
  • Gamma Phi Beta: 628 Woodlawn Avenue
  • Kappa Delta: 602 N. Wittenberg Avenue
  • Phi Gamma Delta: 2 W. Ferncliff Place
  • Sigma Kappa: 840 N. Fountain Avenue

Delta Gamma Open House
501 N. Wittenberg Avenue
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
DG alumni are invited to stop by the house to visit with fellow alumni and undergraduate members.

Alpha Xi Delta Open House
455 Woodlawn Avenue
12:30 – 2:20 p.m.
Come hang out with the current and alumni Xi's as we celebrate Homecoming with a cookout before the Football Game. We can't wait to see you! RSVP to Jenn Downing  at alphaxiwittenberg@gmail.com

American International Association's Crossroads
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center Green Space
Join students from the American International Association for a taste of the many cultures represented on campus. Multicultural foods will be prepared by students and available to sample.

Homecoming Tailgate 
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
East Campus Drive
The anchor of Homecoming weekend! Get pumped up to cheer Tiger football to victory!
Passes are required; limited to 50 spots, first come first served. Register for your spot today.
Tailgating Rules

Women’s Volleyball vs. Allegheny
1:00 p.m.
Pam Evans Smith Arena
Cheer the volleyball team to victory during Homecoming weekend!

Health, Wellness & Athletics Sneak Peek Tours
1:00 p.m.
The renovation has begun. You're invited to take a sneak peek during Homecoming Weekend 2018. Tours will be offered throughout the weekend. Spots are limited so please register in advance. Click here to register

Coaches Circle  
2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Edwards-Maurer Field Stadium
*By invitation-only
Coaches Circle members are welcome to attend a D-Cap Tailgate with food, fun and football at field level. Engage with other alumni and cheer on the Tigers. Look for the tent in the south end zone.    

Tiger Football vs. Hiram
3:00 p.m.
Edwards-Maurer Field
Special reunion seating at the game. Class members must be in their reserved seats by 3:10 p.m. or they will be released to general admission. Football tickets will be provided in your reunion packet, available during Check-In times at Bayley Alumni House.

Class of 1968 Cocktail Hour and Reunion Dinner
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Central Dining Room, Benham-Pence Student Cennter
Includes class photo, cocktails and dinner

Health, Wellness & Athletics Sneak Peek Tours
7:00 p.m.
The renovation has begun. You're invited to take a sneak peek during Homecoming Weekend 2018. Tours will be offered throughout the weekend. Spots are limited so please register in advance. Click here to register

Mainstage Performance - She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
7:30 p.m.
Chakeres Memorial Theatre

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

Coffee and doughnuts (Fellowship time)
10:30 a.m.
Weaver Chapel

Homecoming Worship Service with Holy Communion
11:00 a.m. 
Weaver Chapel
The Rev. Sherman Hicks, Wittenberg Class of 1968 will preach. Join the service for Holy Communion and music from the Wittenberg Choir.  
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Following his M.Div. from Hamma Seminary, Pastor Hicks has served in numerous roles in first the Lutheran Church in America, and then the ELCA, including as executive director of ELCA Multicultural Ministries and bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod, as well as pastoring congregations in Washington, DC, New Jersey, and New York.

Mainstage Performance - She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
2:00 p.m.
Chakeres Memorial Theatre

Other Things To Do

Wittenberg Night at the Symphony
7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 6

  • At the Witt Night at the Symphony on Saturday evening, October 6, the Symphony will present a program featuring Wittenberg’s own, Chris Durrenberger, Professor and Chair of the Music Department. Contact the Clark State Performing Arts Center Box Office at 937-328-3874 to purchase your tickets. Be sure to mention that you are a member of Wittenberg University family.

Planning Ahead? So Are We!

Future Homecoming Dates:

  • Oct. 24-27, 2019
  • Oct. 2-4, 2020
  • Oct. 8-10, 2021
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022

Or, Take a Look Back! Check Out These Links From Homecoming 2017:

  • CLICK HERE to view the Facebook photo gallery from Homecoming Weekend 2017
  • CLICK HERE to read news release about Alumni Award winners who were honored during Homecoming Weekend 2017
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