By Brittany Gilbert, reporter
Southwest Baptist University alumni, college students and good friends will rejoice homecoming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, on the Bolivar campus.
In accordance to an SBU information release, the celebration commences at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, with Honors Chapel in Mabee Chapel, followed by an honorees’ reception in the chapel foyer.
The method will attribute the introduction of the homecoming courtroom and the presentation of alumni honors.
Advertising and communications director Charlotte Marsch mentioned the 1 big distinction with homecoming this 12 months is how numerous alumni awards will be provided out.
“Since we were being not ready to hold an in-human being homecoming in 2020,” Marsch claimed, “we are honoring both of those 2020 and 2021 award winners.”
Friday also features the 50-Yr Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Course of 1970 and 1971 reunion at 1 p.m, the two in the McClelland Eating Facility. There is also a reunion class social at 4:15 p.m. in the Meyer Wellness Heart, according to a homecoming routine.
The annual student mattress races are at 4:30 p.m. on the Burnidge Memorial Forum.
There is an SBU women’s soccer recreation in opposition to Lindenwood University on the soccer subject at 5 p.m. The alumni banquet commences at 6, adopted by the men’s soccer video game from Lindenwood at 7 p.m, in accordance to the plan.
Then, a thing else new this 12 months is the alumni basketball activity in SBU’s key health club that will wrap up Friday’s festivities, Marsch extra.
Saturday’s occasions start out with the Bearcat 5K operate/stroll and 1-mile fun operate/stroll at 8:15 a.m., according to the schedule.
The alumni breakfast is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by the homecoming parade at 10.
The Bearcat Bash is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and features inflatables and game titles for little ones of all ages and a carnival-fashion lunch, a information release stated. Tickets for grownups are $8 and for kids ages 3 to 12 $6.
SBU Bearcat football will acquire on the College of Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Saturday.
A different function for Saturday’s occasions involves a theatre generation.
“Groups of alumni and students are supplied 24 hrs to publish, rehearse and get ready an initial 10-minute enjoy primarily based off a prompt,” the release stated.
Tickets for all homecoming events can be purchased or picked up at the homecoming registration booth in the College student Union from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
For additional information and facts and a listing of occasions for SBU homecoming, go to progress.SBUniv.edu/Homecoming or get in touch with the Office environment of Alumni Engagement at 328-1806.
SBU learners have nominated 5 seniors as candidates for homecoming king and 5 candidates for homecoming queen, an SBU news release said. These candidates have been picked by their peers, and the profitable king and queen will be announced at the homecoming soccer activity.
This year’s king candidates are Coleman Yantis, Nate McKinley, Jacob Buckner, Quinn Nelson and Nicholas Schulte.
Yantis is a computer science main from Carl Junction, the launch said. He is the son of Tanya and Craig Yantis. Soon after graduation, he designs to keep on in search of leadership roles in the application progress business and check out other hobbies, this sort of as information development in his no cost time.
McKinley is an economics and finance major from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Linda — class of 1994 — and David — course of 1992 — McKinley. After graduation, the launch added, he programs to marry his fiancée, Abby Farris, transfer back to Pennsylvania and pursue a occupation in corporate finance.
Buckner is a vocal audio training significant from Good Grove, the launch mentioned. He is the son of Elizabeth Zebel and Archie Buckner. Just after graduation, he ideas to educate songs and carry on serving on church worship teams.
Nelson, according to the release, is a activity administration main from Ozark. He is the son of Brenda and Greg Nelson. Following graduation, he designs to go after a master’s degree in sport administration.
Schulte is a biomedical science important from Junction Metropolis, Kansas. He is the son of Stacy and Scott Schulte. After graduation, he ideas to show up at dental university and ultimately function in rural or underserved communities, according to the launch.
This year’s queen candidates are Farris, Lindsey Applegate, Carolyn Cates, Corynn Knight and Kailey Weiskopf.
Applegate, the release said, is a studio art major from Bolivar. She is the daughter of Susan and Mark Applegate. Soon after graduation, she would like to go on doing work for Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield and finally work her way towards the schooling section so she can share her fascination with “the astounding globe all over us” with the company of the museum, the launch mentioned.
Cates is an elementary instruction major from Lee’s Summit, in accordance to the release. She is the daughter of Janel and Thomas G. Cates III. Right after graduation, she programs to start out instructing elementary school in the Lee’s Summit spot and sooner or later get her master’s diploma in administration to turn into a principal.
Farris is an training science main from Rushville, Illinois. She is the daughter of Heather and Tom Farris. After graduation, she ideas to marry her fiancé, McKinley, in June, shift to Pennsylvania and go to an occupational treatment assistant college in the drop, the release said.
Knight is a biology significant from Bolivar, in accordance to the release. She is the daughter of Shawndee and Mike Knight. Right after graduation, she plans to attend a doctorate method focused on biomedical investigation, specializing in immunology and pathology.
Weiskopf is a biochemistry major from St. Louis. She is the daughter of Shelley and Chris Weiskopf. Right after graduation, she options to go to healthcare school and develop into a health practitioner.
In addition, princesses and princes for the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes have been picked out by their friends.
The nominated princes are David Nash, Minh Dinh and Nathan MacLaughlin.
Nash, the launch said, is a freshman pre-medicine and songs — vocal emphasis — major from Bloomfield, Iowa. He is the son of Charlene and Michael Nash.
Dinh is a sophomore youth ministry significant from West Plains, in accordance to the release. He is the son of Le Ho and Nghia Nguyen.
MacLaughlin is an accounting and finance significant from Springfield. He is the son of Angela and Jeremy MacLaughlin, class of 1992, the release mentioned.
The nominated princesses are Sara Francis, Kaila Lloyd and Emma Dooley.
Francis is a freshman physical exercise science big from Farmington, the launch included. She is the daughter of Lisa and Rob Francis.
Lloyd is a sophomore biomedical science key from Chilly Springs, California. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Barry Lloyd, in accordance to the release.
Dooley is a junior artwork instruction key from Kudjip, Papua New Guinea, the launch mentioned. She is the daughter of Gail and Scott Dooley.
Minimal brothers and very little sisters
SBU has also chosen the “little brothers” and “little sisters” for homecoming, an SBU news launch said. Every little one will escort a king and queen or prince and princess candidate in the course of the homecoming parade. The “little brothers” and “little sisters” are little ones or grandchildren of SBU workforce.
This year’s small brothers are Riker Fox and Jude Wright.
Fox is the son of Levi Fox. He is in preschool, the launch added, and when he grows up, he desires to be a chook feather finder.
Wright is the son of Nate and Amanda Wright, according to the release. He is in initially quality, and when he grows up, he wishes to be a baseball participant.
The tiny sisters for this calendar year are Luella Fox, Grace Kelly, Jill and Ellen Murphy, Reese Brown-Peterson and Sarah Varner.
Fox is the daughter of Levi Fox, the launch stated. She is in to start with quality, and when she grows up she needs to be an animal physician.
Kelly is the daughter of Keith and Charity Kelly and the granddaughter of Bill and Darla Walkup. She is in very first quality, and when she grows up she wishes to be an ice cream maker, in accordance to the release.
Jill and Ellen Murphy are the daughters of John and Katie Murphy. Jill Murphy is in very first quality, the release extra, and when she grows up she needs to be an artist. Ellen Murphy is in kindergarten and wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
Brown-Peterson is the daughter of Angie and Rashaad Brown-Peterson, the release stated. She said she wishes to “teach big kids at SBU like Mommy” when she grows up.
Varner is the daughter of Robert and Amy Varner and the granddaughter of Mark and Beth Grabowski, in accordance to the release. She is in to start with quality, and when she grows up, she would like to be a pediatric urologist.
8 SBU alumni will receive the Alumni Lifestyle Company award, recognizing the alumni “for dwelling lives of service,” in the course of an honors chapel scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in Pike Auditorium, according to a news release.
The launch mentioned this “award is the maximum recognition that the college can bestow on an alumnus or alumna.”
Since of the pandemic disrupting homecoming past calendar year, the 2020 recipients will be recognized alongside the 2021 honorees at this year’s celebration, the launch added.
The 2020 recipients are Jane Hood — class of 1973, Teresa Youthful — class of 1982 and the late William Hooper — course of 1951.
The 2021 recipients are Wayne Garrison — course of 1974, Matthew Stinson — course of 1997 and Chandra Stinson — course of 1995 and 1999.
An additional award getting presented all through the honors chapel is the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award, which will also be introduced to 2020 and 2021 recipients.
“The award requirements consist of alumni management in the university,” the launch said, “dedication to the education and learning and welfare of youth and shown help for SBU.”
The 2020 receiver is Robert Glidwell — class of 1986, and the 2021 receiver is Jack Tuckness — class of 1968.