By Jessica Pate
Barton will celebrate 2015 Homecoming on Oct. 23-26. The annual event will occur throughout campus and some events will be taking place at the athletic complex.
The events will begin on Friday morning, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. with a superball golf tournament at Wilson Country Club. At 4:30 p.m. Happy Hour at Wilson Country Club will welcome all alumni and their guests.
At 5:30 p.m., the Class of 1965 will gather at the Kennedy Family Theater Bridgestone-Americas Atrium to kick of its 50th reunion weekend. At 6:45 p.m. the Athletic Hall of Fame Room, a reception will be held to honor the 2015 Bulldog Hall of Fame inductees.
The evening will continue with a Greek Alumni Social in center campus followed by a Greek Challenge Headcount concluding the evening at 10 p.m.
Saturday will begin with alumni reunions and awards breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre Lawn. Barton College will be celebrating Atlantic Christian College and Barton College alumni and the alumni association will present its Distinguish Alumni Awards.
At 11 a.m. the men of Sigma Pi will hold a reunion in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. Phi Mu will hold its annual tea at 11a.m. in The Kennedy Family Theatre Bridgestone Americas Atrium.
At 11:15 a.m. the new Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza outside of Howard Chapel will be dedicated.
At noon the Class of 1965 will hold a 50th reunion luncheon in Hardy Alumni Hall.
There will be a women’s soccer game at 1 p.m. and a men’s soccer game at 3 p.m. on Saturday along with an alumnae softball game at 2 p.m. at the athletic complex. Alumni basketball games will be held at 2 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium. This will give fans an early look at the 2015-2016 men and women basketball teams.
A new event will take place this year. “Tailgating and Games” will be held on the West Entrance Lawn. Any group past or present can purchase a tent for $100. Beginning at noon clubs will be able to start decorating their tents.
Summer Brock, director of Alumni and Parent Relations, said that tents are going to decorated to reflect each organizations Barton experience.
Tents must be purchased in advance from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Groups are able to keep the tents after the judging. A trophy will be award to the top three tents.
At 3 p.m. an alumni social will be held on center campus.
During the homecoming dance, the 2015 Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned by Dr. and Mrs. Doug Searcy. Brock said dress for this event is casual.
Sunday morning a service of Worship and Celebration will be held in Howard Chapel led by the Rev. Jamie Eubanks the College Chaplain. Alumni and current students will be helping with this event that will be a celebration of Atlantic Christian College and Barton College.
Homecoming weekend will come to an end with an alumni baseball game at 2 p.m. at Nixon Field. All baseball players who lettered as a varsity baseball player are eligible to participate. Batting practice will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the game.
“It is going to be a great event,” Brock said.
For more information about homecoming events, to purchase a tent for a club or organization, or those who have special dietary needs, contact Brock at (800) 422-4699 or (252) 399-6383.