Homecoming 2013 just two months away

Posted on 25 July 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2013 is just two months away, September 26 – 29.

Make your plans to return to Tusculum College and enjoy four days of activities that include some returning favorites and some new attractions.

Special reunion events are planned during Homecoming for the 1960s alumni, 1970s alumni and the Classes of 1978 and 1988. Keep watching this space for more details, which will be announced as they are finalized.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, alumni will have the opportunity to bring a goody basket or snacks to be delivered to current student(s) living in your old dorm room or apartment.  College representatives will be visiting local hotels during the afternoon as part of a “Hotel Crawl” to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.  (See below for information about hotels in Greeneville.) Registration will begin that afternoon in the Living Room in Niswonger Commons. A Dutch treat dinner at the Whistle Stop restaurant in Afton tops off the evening. Alumni may also join students for the annual Homecoming Bonfire, which will take place at 9 p.m. in the large gravel lot off Shiloh Road just beyond the Niswonger Commons.

Friday morning, Sept. 27, alumni can see animals from six continents in a trip to Briarwood Safari in Bybee or take a three-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail in southern Greene County with guides from the Hemlock Hollow Inn.

Registration on Friday will be taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Living Room of the Niswonger Commons, and on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m., registration will be outside of the Perk in the Niswonger Commons.  Campus tours (given by request) will also begin from the registration area.

Participants in the morning activities will be back on campus for “Lunch with Students,” an opportunity to visit with current students. The groundbreaking for the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Math and Science Center will be held in the early afternoon.

The annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin mid-afternoon at Link Hills Country Club with dinner to follow at the club for participants and others who would like to join them for the meal.

Two social media workshops will be offered on campus during the day.  During the evening, you can cheer on the volleyball team in its match in Pioneer Arena.

Activities on Saturday, Sept. 28, will begin with an alumni breakfast and the annual Alumni Assocation Meeting, which will include the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awards.

The Homecoming Parade will feature the Golden Pioneer Class of 1963 as Grand Marshals. The parade will be followed by the Pioneer Tailgate Party at Pioneer Park. Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout at lunch and other festivities at the Patton House. The Pioneer volleyball team will also be in action at noon in Pioneer Arena.

The big game is at 2:30 p.m. as the Pioneer football team takes on league foe, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.

During the evening, the All-Alumni Dinner will be a casual gathering at The Event Center in Greeneville with alum George “Shadow” Winterbauer ’73 providing the musical entertainment. Alumni will also have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the Kellie Pickler Concert that evening in downtown Greeneville.

An alumni pancake breakfast begins the day on Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Chalmers Conference Center. A chapel and memorial service will be held later in the morning. The worship service will include a special remembrance of alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2012.

Both varsity soccer teams will be in action on Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Field. The women’s soccer team will begin play at 1 p.m. with the men’s soccer team taking the field at 3:30 p.m.

Watch this space for more details as plans are finalized and announced.

Hotel information:

Comfort Inn

1790 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (33745)

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn

935 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 639-2156


General Morgan Inn

111 North Main St. (33743)

(423) 787-1000


Hampton Inn

3130 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 638-3735


Quality Inn

3160 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 638-7511


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