TC homecoming deemed ?exciting?

 Joetta Ewert and Terach Antoine were named Tabor College?s host and hostess during homecoming weekend. Ewert is an elementary education major from Wichita. She is involved in Wichita Urban Ministry Plunge as well as student teaching. Antoine, a youth ministry major, is a resident assistant and member of the football team. Originally from Haiti, he has lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., most recently. Candidates for host and hostess are chosen by their peers as encompassing the college?s mission. Tabor College Home?coming, Oct. 2-6, was an exciting time of reconnecting for friends, family and faculty during many activities over the weekend.

The class reunions were larger than ever this year, with more than 100 people from the 1975-1981 classes attending a tailgate.

?We had a great crowd of 650 people enjoying the Dutch Lunch that took place before the football game Saturday afternoon,? said Mary Bostic, food service director.

Tabor College was victorious in five sporting events Saturday, including junior varsity and varsity volleyball, football and men?s and women?s soccer.

Children had the opportunity for some creative fun.

?The children?s activities were created by the education department, who made biblical games for the children to enjoy,? said Marlene Fast, director of alumni. ?Along with that were inflatables, later moved to the football stadium.?

Tabor students Jasmine Gilkey of Bel Aire and Ryan Nelson, South Pasadena, Calif., spoke about their Tabor experience at the Golden Brunch. The event was emceed by President Jules Glanzer, who recognized alumni that graduated 55, 60, 65, 70 or 75 years ago with long-stem yellow roses, corsage or boutonniere.

Honoring alumni

Two alumni, Ronnda Bartel and Richard Wall, were honored during the weekend for their contributions to Tabor College.

Bartel works in the scientific field of stem cell research and therapy.

?Her work is making a difference in so many lives and has impact for generations to come,? Glanzer said. ?Hearing Dr. Bartel explain stem cells in a way that I could understand was so ,? said Glanzer. She is a shining example of the mission of Tabor being accomplished.?

Wall was in an accident that paralyzed him just three weeks after coming to Tabor in fall 1978. He returned to campus last week for the first time in 35 years. Wall spoke to the student body during chapel of his experiences at Tabor and received a standing ovation.

Glanzer honored Wall as an honorary alumnus at the annual Festival Dinner in Wichita.

Harder honored

Tabor honored Judy Harder for her 26 years of leadership in drama and communication with an event after the Saturday performance of ?Godspell.?

More than 100 former cast and crew spent hours reminiscing with Harder. Brad Vogel offered a light-hearted roast, expressing his appreciation for her commitment and professionalism.

Lyndon Vix, president of Tabor?s board of directors, emceed the event. As part of the program, he showed a video of his daughter, Kayla Vix, and himself performing a humorous musical parody about experiencing theater with Harder.

Many of these pictures can be seen at the website, tabortheater.tumblr.com.

?Seeing so many alumni come home to Tabor is invigorating and inspiring,? Glanzer said. ?Watching them connect with their classmates, hearing what has been happening in their lives and seeing them enjoy the campus activities was a real joy.?

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