Welcome Home! Homecoming 2018 will be the celebration of the year, and fun for the whole family.
Events will include Fall Family Weekend (Click for additional Family Weekend activities), the Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner, Class of 1968 Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, Wesleyan Singers Concert, tailgate and food truck rally, the big game, and more!
Online registration for paid events is now closed. If you have questions about the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, please contact the Department of Athletics at 270-852-3330. If you have questions about other events during Homecoming 2018, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (270) 852-3146.
Here’s the weekend schedule.
Friday, September 28
build-a-bed – 9:00 a.m.
(One-Hour Shifts Through 5 p.m.)
Lawn Next to John Mark Sowards Office of Campus Ministries and Winchester Center
Campus Ministries invites Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend guests to participate in a unique service activity. Groups are needed to build beds, which will be provided to local families in need. 14 children benefited from this single-day ministry in 2017, and the goal is to double the output this year.
For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Tomes ’94, director of campus ministries at (270) 852-3203 or [email protected].
Scholarship Luncheon – noon
Winchester Center – Rogers Hall
Current scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to say thanks to generous donors while enjoying a meal.
Class of 1968 50th Reunion Kick-Off Reception – 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Barnard-Jones Administration Building Lobby
The Class of 1968 will begin its Golden Jubilee celebration with a special reception for class members and guests.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner (Presented by Kentucky Legend)
Reception – 6:00 p.m.; Dinner & Program – 6:30 p.m.
Owensboro Convention Center
Cost: $40 per person
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletics Department will honor some of the great Panthers of the past with induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Guests will enjoy a reception followed by a meal and the induction ceremony for the Class of 2018. The 1973 men’s basketball NCAA Champions will also be recognized as the Team of Distinction.
For more information about this event, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Roy Pickerill, (270) 852-3181 or [email protected].
Kentucky Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Paul Bates ‘95 – Football
Mary (Pfeifer) Brehm ’00 – Women’s Tennis
Tom Hobgood ‘69 – Men’s Basketball
Janice (Johnson) Martin ’82 – Women’s Basketball
Glenn Young ’58 – Public Address Announcer and Assistant Athletic Director
Volleyball vs. Ohio Dominican – 7:00 p.m.
Homecoming/Fall Family Weekend Bonfire – 9:00 p.m.
Bring the entire family and kick off Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend with a bonfire and s’mores in the Quad! The event will feature music, games and more!
Saturday, September 29
Sigma Nu Golf Tournament – 7:30 a.m. Registration/8:00 a.m. Shotgun
Panther Creek Golf Course (400 Booth Field Rd, Owensboro, KY 42301)
Cost: $220 Per Team ($55 per individual)
Sponsorship: $150 for hole signage
The ΣΝ Golf Tournament returns to Homecoming weekend! Guests are invited to participate in a scramble at Ben Hawes Golf Course in support of The Ashburn Project – a foundation for diabetes research founded by David Ashburn ’87. The tournament also honors the memory of fraternity brother, Blake Crews. Players will enjoy breakfast and lunch, along with prizes, and a guaranteed great time!
For more information about this event, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ron Sharp, Sigma Nu Faculty Advisor at (270) 852-3224 or [email protected], or Braxton Bratcher at 270-287-7670 or [email protected].
Opening the Archives – 9:00 a.m.
Greenwell Library & Learning Center
Enjoy a look back at Wesleyan history as the Greenwell Library puts together a display to celebrate our past. The theme will surround the Class of 1968 and the life and times of Wesleyan during that era.
Golden Jubilee Club Brunch: 1952-1968 – 10:00 a.m.
Hocker Dining Hall
Cost: $15 per person
All Golden Jubilee Club members are invited to enjoy a meal and welcome the Class of 1968 as it celebrates its 50th Reunion.
Panther Tailgate and Food Truck Rally – 11:00 a.m.
Area Adjacent to Foster Field and the Southeast Corner of Steele Stadium
The ultimate Wesleyan tailgate will get you fired up for the Panther football game versus Walsh University. Our block party atmosphere is back with football alumnus Sammy Bland ’10 providing musical entertainment will feature food trucks, cornhole and other games, complimentary refreshments and desserts, and more. This year’s Tailgate will also feature a family-friendly area with inflatables, music, face painting, etc. on north side of Steele Stadium in the Hahn Parking Lot.
Food trucks scheduled to participate include Real Hacienda, Curbside Kitchenette and Fresh by Genes.
Make sure to check in at the Alumni Association table under the main tent to pick up complimentary tickets to the football game and a special Homecoming 2018 giveaway!
Wesleyan Singers Concert – 11:15 a.m.
The show you don’t want to miss!! The Wesleyan Singers will showcase their talents with a concert featuring all of the favorites, plus a surprise number or two.
Alumni Singers are invited to join our current students for a few familiar numbers. Please confirm your participation by contacting Dennis Jewett at 704-798-2031 or [email protected]
Tribute to Dr. W.L. Magnuson – noon
Yu Hak Hahn Center for the Sciences
Celebrate Dr. W.L. Magnuson, who retired from Wesleyan after 49 years of service, as we honor him with a special reception and plant a tree recognizing his contributions to Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Baseball Purple/Black World Series – noon
Head to the ballpark for the annual fall wrap-up for the Kentucky Wesleyan College baseball program. This is a great chance to meet and see the current Panthers in action as they play their annual 14-inning intrasquad game.
Football vs. Walsh University – 1:00 p.m.
(Pick up free game tickets from the Alumni Association table at the Panther Tailgate)
Volleyball vs. Ohio Valley – 1:00 p.m.
Volleyball Alumni Game – 3:00 p.m.
Panther volleyball alumni will take the court following the current Panthers’ match against Ohio Valley. For more information details for the match or other events specific to volleyball gatherings during the weekend, please contact Jordan Rickert ’14 at 502-681-4149 or email [email protected].
Softball Alumni Game – 6:00 p.m.
Former Panther Softball players are invited back to Foster Field to play in our annual alumni game. All are welcome to come cheer on the alumni in a slow pitch contest, while also meeting members of our current softball team.
2018 Alumni Hall of Fame and Awards Reception & Dinner
Reception – 6:00 p.m.; Dinner & Program – 7:00 p.m.
Owensboro Convention Center
Cost: $30 per person
The Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Association welcomes all to its marquee event of the year. Guests will enjoy a reception and dinner, as we induct the Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2018, recognize those who have distinguished themselves through achievement and service to the College with Alumni Awards, and officially welcome the Class of 1968 into the Golden Jubilee Club.
Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Michael E. Horn ’75
Mitch Settle ’83
Rev. W. Glenn Sowards ’53
2018 Alumni Award Winners
Outstanding Alumnus – Greg Risch ’93
Alumni Achievement – Dr. Karen (Gurwell) Lutz ’91
Outstanding Young Graduate – Jordan White ’12
Alumni Service – LaDonna Koebel ’89
Gus E. Paris Distinguished Service – Dr. Ken Ayers
Honorary Alumnus – E. Phillips Malone
Sunday, September 30
Sunday Worship – 10:00 a.m.
Kentucky Wesleyan Campus Ministries invites all Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend participants to join us for Sunday Worship.
Women’s Soccer vs. Oakland City – 3:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Oakland City – 5:30 p.m.
HOMECOMING 2017 – WHAT A CELEBRATION
Alumni traveled from Japan, Nigeria, California, the Northeast and all points in between to celebrate Homecoming 2017 on campus and throughout the Owensboro/Daviess County area October 6-8. Alumni and Athletic Hall of Famers were enshrined, and Alumni Award recipients honored for their service and commitment to Kentucky Wesleyan. There was even a special presentation by the Mayor of Owensboro, Tom Watson, as he gave the Key to the City to each member of our Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Golfers teed it up at both the Panther Athletic Fund and Sigma Nu Golf scrambles, while the Wesleyan Singers offered a Homecoming Concert that echoed throughout the campus from Tapscott Chapel. The Class of 1967 celebrated its 50th Reunion and was welcomed into the Golden Jubilee Club.
Mark Your Calendars for Homecoming 2018 – Sept. 28-30
Be sure to visit our Alumni Facebook page for photos of the weekend or click one of the links below for specific event galleries: