Homecoming 2017: Get Ready to Cheer
November 9-12, 2017
Thursday November 9
6:00 pm-Nursing Alumni Reunion; Ijams Nature Center
Come enjoy great food, a time of reconnecting to your fellow nursing classmates, professors, and staff as well as some great entertainment.
Friday November 10
11:00 am- Alumni Golf Tournament; Registration & Lunch begin at 11:00 am with a shotgun start set for 12:00 pm
This annual golf tournament is a fundraising event that benefits Tennessee Wesleyan athletics. Share the green with alumni, friends, or your favorite coach. More than 50 golfers in 4-player teams enjoy a round of golf in the afternoon at Springbrook Golf and Country Club. An awards ceremony with light hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Mulligans will be sold for an extra $10 for 2 (max 2 per person).
12:00 pm- Roundtable Luncheon for Students with Featured Keynote Speaker and Author Carol Aebersold
5:30 pm- 50 & 60 year Reunion/Golden Club Induction Dinner; Sherman Hall/Glenn Lowe Dining Room, RSVP Required
Join us for dinner as we celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of your friends and classmates from the classes of 1957 and 1967. This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. 5:30 pm Social; 6:00 Dinner.
7:00 pm- Lip Sync; Townsend Hall Auditorium
TWU Students will take the stage for an entertaining show, complete with music, choreography and creative costumes.
9:00 pm- Young Alumni Reception; Jenkins Restaurant, Athens TN
Reconnect with friends and teammates and enjoy music and light hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar available. Entertainment will be provided by Knoxville’s favorite, Delshunna Huckleby. Register early and you will be entered for Bulldog gear giveaways.
Saturday November 11
8:45 am- Alumni Awards Breakfast; featuring Keynote Speaker & Author Carol Aebersold
Join us as the Alumni Association recognizes the recipients of the J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus, Outstanding Young Alumnus, and Robbie Ensminger Friend of Wesleyan Awards. Carol Aebersold will share her inspirational story of co-authoring and self-publishing the acclaimed book, The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition. Book signing immediately following.
10:15 am- Alumni Choir Practice; Townsend Memorial Hall
All former members of the Tennessee Wesleyan Choir and Chorale are invited to rehearse with the 2017 choir members.
11:00 am- Alumni Choir Concert; Townsend Memorial Hall
Experience the rich tradition and quality music and talent of TWU’s Choir, Chorale, and Concert Band for a concert in Townsend Memorial Hall. TWU’s alumni will be invited to join the choir to sing special selections for all to enjoy.
11:30-1:30 pm- Tailgate Picnic; TWU Quad
Bring your family and join together with your fellow alums, current students and parents, faculty and staff, and prospective new students as we prepare for our homecoming victory with a delicious meal. Entertainment will be provided on Old College porch along with a meet and greet with TWU athletes.
1:30 pm- Greek Reception; Reece Hall
Enjoy reconnecting with your Greek brothers and sisters before we cheer on our Bulldogs. This event is open to all past TWC Sororities and Fraternities. Enjoy a coffee bar and bakery treats. Bring your scrap books and take a trip down memory lane.
3:00 pm-TWU Women's Basketball vs. Carver Bible College
Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at half-time.
5:00 pm- TWU Men's Basketball vs. Carver Bible College.
Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at half-time on the court.
7:00 pm- Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
The TWU Athletic Hall of Fame will induct and introduce the 2017 class of honorees, including our Team of Honor.
Sunday November 12
11:00 am- Morning Worship at Trinity United Methodist; 100 E College St, Athens, TN
Wrap up the Homecoming weekend with a worship service at Trinity United Methodist Church. Special thanks to Trinity’s congregation and Rev. Loren Boyce for hosting this years’ service.
2017 Alumni Award Recipients
J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus:
Ellen N. Kimball, 79
Outstanding Young Alumna:
Jacob Eberhart, ‘05
Robbie Ensminger Friend of Wesleyan Award:
Matthew Harper, ‘13
2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees
Travis Baldridge, ’95 (Baseball)
Thomas Dexter Hughes, ‘93 (Football)
Eric Lawrence, ‘93 (Football)
Dr. Bill Battle, ‘56 (Football)
Tara Young Thompson, ’96 (Basketball)
Nathan Blanton, ‘00 (Basketball)
1966-67 Men’s Basketball Team