Tusculum College students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends will be celebrating Homecoming 2015 with an activity-filled, two-day event October 9-10. Several additions have been made to this year’s schedule, including “Keeping your Keepsake” workshop, where participants will learn about keeping keepsakes and take home an acid-free box for safe storage.
Registration kicks off Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. in the Living Room of Niswonger Commons and will last until 4 p.m. Also hosted in the Living Room from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will be the “Memory Lane” display, where visitors can view outfits, yearbooks, slideshows, newspapers and pictures of Tusculum’s past.
A trip to Bright’s Zoo is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Friday. Located in Limestone, Tenn., Bright’s Zoo is home to a variety of rare species. Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided. Those staying close to campus can enjoy a picnic lunch with Tusculum College students at 11:30 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.
At 1 p.m., the President’s Society, a group of elite residential students, will provide a guided tour of the campus to give visitors a chance to rediscover their alma mater.
Also scheduled for Friday afternoon is the Homecoming 2015 Golf Tournament at Link Hills Golf Course. Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division. Registration is at noon with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.
Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament. There is a $20 fee for dinner for those not participating in the tournament. Reservations are required.
For those not participating in the golf tournament, the Doak House Museum will be hosting a free make and take workshop in the Pioneer Perk called “Keeping your Keepsakes” at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about caring for important documents, such as old photographs and books. Additionally, participants will take home an archival acid-free box for their own keepsakes.
A buffet dinner will also be hosted at Link Hills on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Friday night’s activities will conclude with a bonfire with current students. The bonfire will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday begins with a Memorial Service at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J Garland Library. Join family and friends in honoring alumni who have passed since Homecoming 2014. Alumni breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Learn the latest about the Alumni Association and hear an update on the college at the annual Alumni Association Meeting at 10 a.m. The Sports Hall of Fame Induction, begins at 9:00 a.m., celebrating the newest Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.
Class photos will be taken at 11 a.m. outside the Niswonger Commons. Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES program are invited to the Student Support Services Luncheon. A cookout and other festivities will be hosted at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).
The 12th Annual Homecoming Parade will begin at noon on Saturday along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park featuring the Homecoming Court and the Tusculum College Pioneer Band, as well as a variety of entertainment. The Golden Pioneers, those alumni celebrating their 50th reunion year, will serve as Grand Marshals.
At 12:30 p.m., enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party. The marching band and cheerleaders will entertain during the meal. The Homecoming Game begins at 2:30 p.m. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Wingate University at Pioneer Field. Game tickets can be purchased at the gate.
The weekend will wrap-up with the Alumni and Friends Social Hour, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the General Morgan Inn, followed by the Alumni and Friends Dinner at 7 p.m. DJ Donnie Bunch will be providing music beginning at 8 p.m.
Alumni are invited to attend First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street), the mother church of the college, on Sunday morning. Early service will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School will follow at 9:30 a.m., and the traditional service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Sunday afternoon, the Tusculum soccer teams will be hosting Coker at the Pioneer Field. The women’s team plays at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s team at 4 p.m.
For more information on the specifics of events or to make your reservations, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303.