Bethany College Announces Fall 2010 Homecoming Festivities

BETHANY, W.Va. – A full schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 1-3 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year’s events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni and sporting events, an art show and more.

More than 100 golfers are scheduled to participate in the Sixth Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble, set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1. The day’s schedule will continue with a Tailgate Tent Set-Up at Hummel Field House from noon to 3 p.m, followed by a Bethany Women’s Tennis match against Geneva College at the Mary Ewing Tennis Center at 4 p.m.

The traditional Athletic Hall of Fame Induction will be held Friday from 6-9 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 to bestow honor upon persons who have made exceptional contributions to the intercollegiate athletics program at Bethany. Since inception, more than 150 former student-athletes have been inducted, as well as four former coaches and one team, the 1994 men’s soccer national championship team.

This year’s Hall of Fame Induction will honor Timothy J. Billiard ’95 (baseball); Shelly Cooper ’95 (softball); Vincent Distazio ’78 (football); and Richard Villani ’81 (football/track).

A Reunion Class Reception will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Harder Hall. The reception is for members of the classes of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2009. A First Friday Coffee House will be held at Bethany Beanery in Morlan Hall at 8 p.m. The evening will conclude with the Alumni Artists’ Exhibition and Reception at Renner Art Gallery from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday morning activities will open with the 10th Annual Allison’s Run/Walk in memory of the late Professor James Allison. Registration for the event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Cunningham Soccer Complex, with the event beginning at 9 a.m.

Tours of the Old Main Clock Tower will be offered from 9:45-11:45 a.m. Registration at the Alumni Tent at Bison Stadium will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Homecoming Parade at 11:45 a.m. and a 2 p.m. football game featuring the Bethany Bison against Waynesburg University. Halftime activities will include an introduction of the Hall of Fame inductees and the crowning of the 2010 Homecoming King and Queen.

A Donor Recognition Reception will be held at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights from 6:30-8 p.m. The reception is open to President’s Associates and Members of the Order of the Bronze Bison. Saturday events will wrap up with a 6 p.m.-12 a.m. cash bar — The 5th Quarter — open to individuals 21 and older and being held in Harder Hall.   

The weekend’s activities will conclude with an Alumni Softball Game on the Bison Softball Field at noon on Sunday.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.