News - Greenville College Homecoming Weekend October 19-20

Greenville College Homecoming Weekend October 19-20

Greenville College Homecoming Weekend October 19-20

Homecoming festivities at Greenville College on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, promise a mix of competitive spirit, family fun and fellowship with old friends. A parade, choir concert, class reunions, athletic games, and the 45th Annual Panther 5K Road Race highlight a weekend packed with black and orange Panther pride.

Homecoming celebration begins in the Whitlock Music Center at 9:30 a.m. with the presentation of several alumni awards in a special chapel service. Astronomer Robert Joseph, professor at the University of Hawaii and former director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea will address students, faculty, and fellow alumni. Joseph is a 1961 graduate of Greenville College. In addition to worldwide recognition for his contributions to astronomy, he was awarded NASA's Public Service Medal for his outstanding leadership in the IRTF's work on Mauna Kea. The International Astronomical Union has also honored Joseph by naming asteroid 7159, "Bobjoseph." The chapel service and all other Homecoming events are open to the public.  

A Homecoming parade featuring the Greenville College Panther Corps marching band, student athletes, honored alumni, and local businesses, will step off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. from the United Methodist Church parking lot on Second Street. It will travel north to College Avenue, proceed east on College Avenue to Eastern Avenue and then north on Eastern to Oak Street. It will turn west on Oak Street and head back to campus for a pep rally on Scott Field. The post-parade fun will include music, inflatables for all ages, and a meal ($7 a plate). Families with children are welcome to attend.

The Greenville College women's volleyball team will play Westminster at 7:00 p.m. in H.J. Long Gymnasium.

The Greenville College Choir, one of the Midwest's premiere college choral groups, will perform a free concert in the Whitlock Music Center at 7:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the nearby Watson and Bonnie Tidball Alumni House and Welcome Center.

RaceMaker Productions once again will bring the Panther 5K Road Race to campus and its surrounding streets. Runners will line up on College Avenue near Spruce Street for an 8:00 a.m. start. Interested participants can register online through Wednesday, October 17. They may also register the day of the race beginning at 6:45 a.m. on the Hogue Hall Lawn off College Avenue. Children, ages seven years and younger, are welcome to participate in the Children's Fun Run on Scott Field at 8:45 a.m. Older children, ages 8-12, can participate in the College Avenue Dash at 9 a.m. Detailed race information is available at

A tailgate lunch for students and Homecoming guests will be served at 11:30 a.m. under the tents at the Strahl Athletic Complex where a football game begins at 1:00 p.m. with the Panthers taking on Eureka. GC's men's and women's soccer teams will battle Westminster in games that start at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively.

Reunion Gatherings and Tours

Scheduled reunion gatherings, open houses and tours on Saturday, October 20, include celebration of WGRN radio station's 60th year on the air. Radio program alumni will gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Dietzman Center for refreshments, conversation, a look at vintage photos and a tour of the newly refurbished WGRN studio.

Students from Greenville College's Summer Science Research Experience will be on hand at 10:00 a.m. in Snyder Hall of Science to present their research and show off the department's state-of-the-art equipment. The White Environmental Center will be open for tours beginning at 2 p.m., and the Bock Sculpture Museum will be open to the public from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Also, art program alumni will gather at 4 p.m. in the Maves Art Center to view the Guy Chase Memorial Art Exhibit and share refreshments.

An all-alumni dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the Eleanor M. Armington Center. Advance reservations are recommended for this event to ensure seating. Informal gatherings beginning at 8:00 p.m. will take place at venues throughout town for the reunion classes of '62, '72, '87, and '02, as well as young alumni who have graduated in the last five years.

For additional information including a complete listing of alumni games, meal prices, and event locations go to or email your questions to You can also call Greenville College's Director of Alumni Relations Pam Taylor at 618-664-6513. 


This story was published on October 11, 2012

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