McMurry University Homecoming 2014 set for Oct. 9-12

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:10 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University’s Homecoming begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014, with the traditional shooting of the arrow and tipi raising contest at Wah Wahtaysee Park on the corner of South 14th and Sayles Boulevard.

       Several thousand Abilene and area students and families are expected to visit Tipi Village on campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 10, as the men’s and women’s social clubs erect authentic Native American dwellings and tell visitors about the history and culture of different tribes. There will also be special presentations by local veterinarian and falconer Dr. Mark Hitchcock featuring hawks.

    Special family-friendly tour hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday in addition to the school visits in the morning. Winners of the most authentic presentations will be announced at halftime of the McMurry-Eastern New Mexico State football game on Saturday, October 11.

     The Friends of the Jay-Rollins Library Lecture will feature McMurry sociology professor and alumnus Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth speaking on “Lost in America: Native American Reservations in the 21st Century” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Jay-Rollins Library.

     A free McMurry Chanters Homecoming concert will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall.

   On Friday night, October 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., McMurry Fine Arts will be presenting the first Fine Arts Alumni Showcase, featuring the work of a few of the graduates from the three fine arts disciplines. The show will open with two numbers provided by the McMurry Steel Drum Band.  The program will include two visual artists representing the Art Department, Miles Mayfield and

Stacy (Horton) Sanchez, showing a few images of their current work and giving a brief explanation of their recent artistic endeavors. To represent the Theatre Department, George Levesque will deliver a monologue and Nicole (Bridgestock) Kay and her husband Jay Kay will perform a brief one-act play. The play is directed by Wanza (Boultinghouse) Madrid. From the Music Department, Amanda Hollis will perform The Girl in 14G, by Jeanine Tessori. To cap off the evening, the first annual Fine Arts Alumni Award will be given to Neena McLain Kelfstrom who graduated with a degree in Theatre in 1991. She was selected from a slate of nominees by the members of the Fine Arts Advisory Board. The showcase will become an annual homecoming event designed to put a spotlight on the fine arts programs at McMurry   

       Homecoming will continue through Sunday, Oct. 12, with a worship service at Radford Auditorium featuring guest preacher McMurry alumna Rev. Karen Greenwaldt ’73, who served as General Secretary (chief executive) of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) for the United Methodist Church from her election in 2001 through her retirement in December 2013.

      A complete schedule of Homecoming 2014 events can be found at:

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