This year marks 125 years since the founding of McPherson College, and the college is celebrating the milestone in a big way with a homecoming weekend full of new events and activities.
“This will be an incredible weekend for everyone who cares about McPherson College,” said Katie Hill, director of alumni and college relations. “We’ve got 125 great reasons to celebrate.”
McPherson College is welcoming all its friends and alumni back to campus today through Sunday to experience both long-held traditions, as well as new ones being introduced for the 125th anniversary.
The highlight of the celebration will be the introduction of the “Bulldog Bash” starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, in and around the Student Union. At turns both elegant and laidback, the Bulldog Bash will allow attendees to “pick their party” as they mingle and explore what the celebration has to offer. From reliving college days in the basement with popcorn, ping-pong and pool while child care is made available for children younger than 12; to high-class gourmet food around every corner upstairs; to enjoying hot drinks and good company on the patio — the Bulldog Bash will have something for everyone.
But that won't be the only thing happening during the weekend. Saturday morning will include events for the whole family, including sports events, inflatable games for children, automotive restoration students assembling a Model T in less than 10 minutes, a tailgate lunch, and a faculty and staff celebration — allowing visitors to interact with all the people past and present who made a difference in the life of McPherson College.
In between events, guests can check out a special exhibit in Friendship Hall of historical photographs and artifacts from McPherson College’s history, which is open throughout the month of October.
The college also has made plans for Saturday afternoon in place of the homecoming football game, which was cancelled in honor of Tabor football player Brandon Brown who died in September. Events will include alumni basketball games on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. for women and 3 p.m. for men. Contact Cy Rolfs at email@example.com to join the women's game or Tim Swartzendruber at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the men's game.
There also is a special event planned in memory of McPherson College sophomore Paul Ziegler, who died in truck/bicycle accident on Sept. 23 south of McPherson. Ziegler was an avid cyclist and had a goal of cycling 2,000 miles this year and reached had reached 800 miles. Everyone is invited to help reach 2,000 miles in his honor with “Pedals for Paul.” People are invited to join in a 20-mile bicycle ride starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday or to log miles on stationary bikes in the small gym in the sport center anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those not able to make it back for Homecoming are invited to ride on their own and send the number of miles ridden to Chris Wiens at email@example.com by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Page 2 of 2 - The weekend will wrap up with a special 125th anniversary worship service, starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday in Brown Auditorium. The service recognizes the college's deep roots in the Church of the Brethren. All students, faculty, staff, friends of the college and community members are welcome to the service. The service will include an opportunity for people to participate in a large mass choir. Rehearsal will start at 8:30 a.m. for anyone who wishes to participate.
The message will be delivered by MC's campus minister Steve Crain, who will speak on “Kneeling Before the Lord of the Harvest” — giving thanks for God's blessings.
Following the Children's Time in the service, volunteer child care will be available for children preschool and younger. Following the service, there will be a Sunday brunch available to all in attendance for $8 for adults and $6 for children at 11 a.m. in the nearby student union.
For those who are not able to attend in person, the entire service can be viewed live online at https://new.livestream.com/McPherson-College/125thAnniversary. In addition, the service will be digitally recorded, allowing churches and individuals to watch the service from the beginning.
To see the entire schedule for the 125th Anniversary celebration during homecoming and to register for events, visit www.mcpherson.edu/alumni.