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Wesleyan to celebrate homecoming this weekend

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan College will welcome hundreds of alumni and friends to campus Oct. 4-7 for Homecoming weekend. The annual celebration weekend will feature a variety of entertainment and activities.

The first event of the weekend includes a theatre performance of “A Year with Frog and Toad” running Oct. 4-5 at 7:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. The family show is based on the popular children’s books by Arnold Lobel, lyrics by Willie Reale, and music by Robert Reale. Frog and Toad’s stories are witty, exciting, challenging, and entertaining; children who follow the book series by Arnold Lobel will catch similarities to the musical adaptation.

Friday morning features the Johnny Myers Golf Tournament with competitors teeing off at 10 a.m. at Stonewall Resort. The tournament is named for one of Wesleyan’s most beloved faculty members and the College’s long-time golf coach. Proceeds will support the WVWC women’s and men’s golf teams.

The annual Founders Day Convocation will take place Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Distinguished business alumni, John Taylor ’80 will deliver the Founders Day address. The title of his address will be “Back to the Future.” The College will also three alumna for their service and achievement including Dr. Deborah Trautman ’80, Dr. Danette Ifert Johnson ’90, and Kayla Hinkley Wright ’16.

The 2018 Homecoming Emeritus Club Banquet and Induction of New Members provides graduates of 50 years or more an opportunity to reunite and celebrate their alma mater at 5:15 p.m. in the French A. See Dining Center. At 6:30 p.m. the Decades Reception and Class Reunion Social will offer all classes a chance to visit in a fun and a causal atmosphere at the Event Center at Brushy Fork. Class reunion photos will be taken during this time.

Saturday event highlights include academic department receptions, a pre-football game performance by the Wesleyan Marching Band, sorority and fraternity receptions and picnic lunch in the French A. See Dining Center.

Wesleyan and the University of Charleston will tangle at Ross Field, with kickoff slated for noon. At halftime, President Joel Thierstein will announce and crown the Homecoming King and Queen.

A White Glove Tour: Charles Aubry Jones (Sem. ’04) Abraham Lincoln Collection will be hosted by the staff of the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at 2 p.m. A tour of Wesleyan’s extensive collection of Lincoln artifacts, books, and documents, will be available to peruse.

In addition, an alumni reception will be held at the Black Student Union at 4:30 p.m. or immediately following the football game.

Saturday evening, the planetarium under the guidance of Dr. Tracey DeLaney, assistant professor of physics, will present a show at 8 p.m. in the Christopher Hall of Science. In addition, Bobcat Entertainment will host Wesleyan’s Paint Night held at 8 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Benedum Campus Center.

The weekend’s activities come to a close on Sunday. The Rev. Douglas Miller ‘88, senior pastor of Gray’s Chapel UMC, Gray’s Chapel, N.C., will be the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Chapel Service. At noon, the women’s soccer will play host to Glenville State College at the Culpepper Field.

All alumni and friends are invited to attend. For more information, go to www.wvwc.edu/homecoming.

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