The homecoming weekend for Tabor College, Oct. 14-16, is another opportunity to celebrate friends and family?whether as alumni or because of community connections, according to planners.
?This event is a great way to bring the city of Hillsboro and Tabor College together,? said Marlene Fast, director of alumni relations. ?We value having the community come to our campus and would love to have everyone join us.?
The schedule of activities allows for plenty of opportunities to enjoy fellowship and food. Some of the traditional activities occurring this year include Music Fest, Golf Classic, Fun Run/Walk, Festival Dinner, Shin-hee Chin?s art exhibit and sporting events.
These, plus the Tabor snack bar, German buffet, as well as the fried chicken dinner on Saturday evening, are crowd favorites. Class and department reunions are being planned on Saturday after the game.
Some of the events require tickets. Information is available at tabor.edu/alumni/homecoming.
The performing arts department will be putting on ?Oliver!? Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show is by reservation. To purchase tickets, contact the Student Life office at 620-947-3121, ext. 1033.
Another special event this year is professor Shin-hee Chin?s art exhibit. The show, titled ?War and Peace,? dwells on specific images of war, such as Anne Frank, Father Emil Kapaun and Florence Nightingale. This show displays Chin?s talent in both stitch work and quilting.
?Shin-hee has always demonstrated phenomenal work and we look forward to seeing what she has created,? Fast said.
The exhibit will be in the Historic Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Chin will give a presentation at 3:30 p.m., or about halftime of the football game.
A student art show is being offered on the second floor of the Tabor Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Several sporting events are on the homecoming docket on Saturday. The football team will take on Bethany College at 2 p.m. The women?s and men?s soccer teams will face Ottawa University at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. An alumni baseball game is planned for 10 a.m., weather permitting.
Another new attraction for 2011 is the Doc Kyle Imitation Contest, which is intended to honor the many years Richard Kyle has taught history and religion at Tabor College. The contest will take place during the lunch buffet at 11 a.m. Saturday. People who can do a great impersonation or have a classic Doc Kyle story should notify the college.
?This should be a fun, light-hearted activity for all to be a part of,? Fast said.
The Say Cheez Photo Booth is back. Anyone can have their photo taken and receive a small memento to take home with them. This will take place in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A copy of the photo will be kept by the alumni office and will be available online at a later date as well.
For those with young children, Tabor?s education department will be hosting activities for kids in preschool through sixth grade. The theme comes from ?Oliver Twist,? so many events have twists involved.
A cheerleading reunion in Java Jays is planned for 11:30 a.m. to noon. This allows cheerleading alums to connect with this year?s cheer coach and squad. Participants are encouraged to bring their pom-poms, cheer uniforms and stories.
It would not be an ?official? homecoming if there wasn?t a Druber?s doughnut run. Join students and alumni at the pastry shop in Newton 10 p.m. Friday for a sweet treat. People who wear Tabor blue can receive their first two doughnuts for free.
For details on meal prices, consult the website or contact the alumni office at 620-947-3121 ext. 1706.
Fast said she hopes many people will take the opportunity to reconnect with campus, classmates, former instructors and the city of Hillsboro during the weekend.