About 200 Tusculum College alumni and friends returned to campus for Homecoming 2012, Sept. 27-30, four days full of activities, visiting local attractions, participating in on-campus events and recognizing alumni for excellence and their contributions to Tusculum and their communities.
“We eagerly anticipate Homecoming each year because it is a time that one of the most important groups to the success of the campus return to reconnect with Tusculum, and this year was no exception,” said Jessica Snoeyenbos, assistant director of alumni relations. “The four days of activities were planned to provide opportunities for alumni to renew friendships and spend time together whether it was one of three alumni dinners, the tailgate and football game, the Homecoming golf tournament or the trip to Brights Zoo.”
Students on campus celebrated Homecoming with a week of fun activities, culminating with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the football game. Crowned Homecoming King and Queen were seniors Brian Alexander, an education major from Union Point, Ga., and Allegra Herrera, an art major from Redding, Conn.
Members of the class of 1962 served as grand marshals of the Homecoming Parade. The parade also featured the Tusculum College Pioneer Marching Band, the award winners, members of the Homecoming Court and the cheerleading squad riding an engine from the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department.
Homecoming activities began Thursday with a chili cook-off between campus offices and student organizations. Winning best tasting chili was a white chicken chili by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. Chosen for best showmanship honors was the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, which had a theme of “high society” with staff members decked out in top hats and tails and cocktail dresses. An informal dinner at the Whistle Stop was enjoyed by alumni Thursday evening.
Friday’s activities included a trip to Brights Zoo and the showing of college “home movies” at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. In the afternoon, a sneak preview of next year’s Old Oak Festival was provided with three musical performances. Local musicians Stephen Winslow and Ben Kirk opened the special program. Alumni who were members of a band called “Shiloh” when they were students were the next to play, performing several numbers and reminiscing about their time at Tusculum. The sneak preview ended with a performance by “Shiloh Road,” a band of current college students.
The Homecoming Golf Tournament was held at Link Hills Country Club Friday afternoon. Winners in the gross division were Justin Aldridge ’02 ’04, Michael Holt ’02, Rob Redelman ’06 and Danny Woodbury ’02. Winners in the net division were Greg Pielich ’69, Richard Winant ’69, Cody Greene ’08 and Susan Crum ’91 (honorary teammate).
Saturday’s activities began with a Memorial Service in which more than 50 alumni who have passed away since last year’s Homecoming were recognized. Saturday’s activities ended with an alumni dinner and party at the General Morgan Inn.
Homecoming activities wrapped up on Sunday with a breakfast followed by a chapel service in the Thomas J. Garland Library.