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September 21, 2015

Wesleyan Announces Homecoming Weekend Schedule

West Virginia Wesleyan College has released the Homecoming 2015 schedule. This year, the College celebrates 125 years since its founding. Homecoming is set for October 15-18 with some new and exciting changes to the standard schedule of events. 

On Thursday, October 15, the newly developed Voices of Distinctions speaker series will feature Mark Washburn ’75, editor for the Charlotte Observer, in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The Pulitzer Prize winner will deliver his message, “The Pharos Launches a Writer to a Life of Adventure.”

Washburn, an award winning journalist, writes television and radio commentary for The Charlotte Observer which he joined in 1999. Previously, Washburn was the Day City Editor of the Charlotte Observer. Prior to the Observer, Washburn was the State Editor of the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for newspapers in West Virginia and Raleigh, NC.

On Friday, alumni will begin to arrive on campus. For the golf lovers, the annual Johnny Myers Golf Classic will be held at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV for an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

A major change this year is the time of Founders Day Convocation, which is now set for 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. As the College honors the founders, we also kickoff our 125th anniversary during the convocation. Keynote address will be provided by Dr. Thomas Bickerton ’80, Resident Bishop Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference United Methodist Church. The annual Alumni Awards also will be presented to Dennis ’75 and Linda Lemmon Xander ’75 of Buckhannon, Alumni Service; Larry Bach ’76 of Apple Valley, MN, Alumni Achievement; Paul Virant ’92 of Western Springs, IL, Alumni Achievement; and Dr. Greg Peters ’03 of Buckhannon, Young Alumni Service.

The community is invited to the 125th anniversary celebration immediately following the convocation at 4:15 p.m. at the tent on the Chapel oval.

The Class of 1965 will celebrate their 50-year reunion in rooms A,B, and C in the French A. See Dining Center at 5 p.m.


The annual alumni banquet will be held at French See Dining Center to recognize the reunion classes and for a special announcement. Festivities move down to the BiCentennial Inn for a backyard “Sing and Fling” following the banquet.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Rockefeller Physical Education Center for alumni to attend Saturday events. At 9:30 a.m., “A Walk Through Time” and Homecoming Reception will be held in Annie Merner Pfieffer Library. Brett Miller ’06, College archivist, will present college history displays, show unique video and film footage from the past, and offer opportunities to share favorite Wesleyan stories in the Wesleyan Memories Booth. This event is hosted by Kent Carpenter '63. During the Homecoming Reception, all class reunion photos will be taken.

The Emeritus Club luncheon will be at 11 a.m. in the French A. See Dining Center.  Members of the 1965 class will be inducted into the Club during this time.

The Alumni Picnic will be held at the tent on the Chapel Oval green at 11:30 p.m. with jazz music. From 1-4 p.m., alumni are invited to the Upshur County Historical Society for the viewing of the museum exhibit “Higher Education Through the Years in Upshur County.” The museum is located at 81 W. Main Street.

Activities continue as the sororities and fraternities host open houses. The Black Student Union Open House will be held at the tent on the Chapel green.

For the alumni that have not reconnected, the Homecoming Reunion Social will be held at the Event Center at Brushy Fork at 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., a favorite student tradition, Big Bingo-Homecoming edition, will be played in the Green Room of the BiCentennial Inn. The Saturday evening festivities conclude with a live local band performing at the BiCi’s Backyard Party at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, join the Alpha Delta Pi for the annual Pi-K run at the Chapel Oval. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Join Reverend Kathy Clark ’75 of Pittsburgh for the Homecoming Chapel Service in Wesley Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Clark served as the community engagement specialist in the Greater Mid-Atlantic, Western Region, of the Church World Service.

The athletic contests include a Saturday volleyball matchup against Wheeling Jesuit University in the Rockefeller Center at 10 a.m. Football kicks off Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ross Field against Urbana where the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen Coronation will be held at halftime. On Sunday, Men’s soccer will play Notre Dame (OH) at 1 p.m. at the Culpepper Soccer Stadium on Wood Street.

For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (304) 473-8509 or visit

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