This Homecoming stands to be a remarkable one. At a reunion weekend planning retreat in late February, leaders of the reunion classes did great work in planning both class and overall Homecoming events for the weekend. The Alumni Association Executive Board met in early April and laid additional fi ne plans. Staff members are working now on program logistics within the framework set by these two groups of volunteers.
A centerpiece for Homecoming 2005 will be the dedication of the Paul Barret Jr. Library which, now complete, will become a magnificent center of learning for the Rhodes community. The dedication ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7. The dedication will be preceded and followed by educational programs provided by our faculty. We encourage your attendance at the dedication ceremony and the symposia.
Building on the success of last year’s silent art auction, the Alumni Association will host another art auction at Homecoming 2005, beginning Friday evening at the time of the opening reception and running through Saturday.
Some of the constant elements of Homecoming will remain the same. The alumni convocation will be held Saturday morning in Hardie Auditorium followed by the Homecoming picnic. The football game will be played that afternoon. The Black Student Association reception will be held after the game.
Anticipated new features for Homecoming 2005 include alumni campus tours, a bridge tournament in the “Victory Tent” and a special party following the game for all members of Golden Lynx classes.
While the primary programming for Homecoming and reunion weekend occurs Oct. 7 and 8, there are some fine “bookends” on the days surrounding Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Rhodes Ambassadors will host a golf tournament in the afternoon. Later that evening, the inaugural lecture for a Barret Lecture Series will be held. On Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m., the Rhodes Singers will join the Idlewild Chancel Choir to perform “An Immortal Legacy,” which will feature choral masterpieces from the English tradition. Prof. Tim Sharp will conduct the concert, which is open to Rhodes alumni and their families.
Please do your best to attend this year’s Homecoming. We want you to come early and stay late. It should be a grand celebration and we hope you will be part of it.
Director of Alumni Relations