Homecoming 2016 celebrates alumni with series of events

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Once a Bison, always a Bison.

While there are almost daily opportunities for Lipscomb alumni to stay connected to their alma mater through networking opportunities, benefit events and various publications, the Alumni Association at Lipscomb also works to provide several marquee events to celebrate the alumni community.

This year, in honor of the 125th anniversary of Lipscomb University, the alumni association invited alumni to participate in a beloved university tradition, Homecoming 2016, Nov. 4 through Nov. 6.

Homecoming2016_Side1Throughout the years, Lipscomb University has honored alumni with this multi-day celebration for alumni, students and their families to gather on campus for fellowship, to see how the university has grown since they graduated and enjoy a variety of events.

Coordinated by the Office of Alumni Relations, more than 30 events were planned this year including the inaugural Lipscomb Honors event, milestone reunions for classes of 1966 and the Golden Circle, a revival of the Homecoming musical featuring the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” and much more.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 4, the university presented its inaugural Lipscomb Honors awards, now the highest honor conferred upon alumni, to Lori Bumpas (’86), executive director of Shiloh NYC, and Mark Lanier (’81), founder of The Lanier Law Firm. The esteemed first recipients received the award at the Lipscomb Honors: An Evening of Story and Song event at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The evening also featured Nashville-based songwriters Tim Nichols and Mike Reid who performed a round and shared some of their hit-songs that have been recorded by some of today’s hottest acts in country music. Nichols played his songs "Heads Carolina, Tails California," recorded by Jo Dee Messina; "That'll Be Alright," recorded by Alan Jackson; and "Live Like You Were Dying," recorded by Tim McGraw. Reid played "Everywhere," recorded by Tim McGraw; "Stranger In My House," recorded by Ronnie Dunn; and "I Can't Make You Love Me," recorded by Bonnie Raitt.

Homecoming2016_Side2Special guest Ronan Tynan, a member of The Irish Tenors, also sang three songs throughout the evening including “God Bless America,” to kick-off the event and “Danny Boy” and “Isle of Tears” to conclude the event. 

To read the full event recap story, click here.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, several prayer breakfasts, receptions and events that were held by the College of Education, the Golden Circle, the College of Leadership & Public Service, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the College of Business, Gamma Lambda and the social work program kicked-off the morning events.

Throughout the day, there were also various reunion events, open houses, activities and receptions throughout the day including the Theta Psi alumni reunion, Sigma Iota Delta Alumni Softball Game, College of Computing & Technology open house, Beaman Library reception, Bible alumni reception, a chemistry magic show in McFarland Science Center, a Lady Bison Basketball exhibition game, class of 1966 50th reunion event, Omega Nu Reunion dinner, an art crawl, and the homecoming musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

On Sunday, Nov. 6, a freshman Sunday reunion was held at Granny White Church of Christ as well as a brunch in the Bison Café and the Delta Sigma 50th Celebration reunion was held in Shamblin Theatre. 

Homecoming2016_Side3The Homecoming 2016 weekend ended with a Disney Character lunch for alumni and their families before the final production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” by Lipscomb Theatre.  

The Lipscomb University Alumni Association exists to foster and cultivate connectivity among alumni, students and friends by providing opportunities for them to engage with Lipscomb, as well as each other, for life.

For more information regarding Lipscomb’s Alumni Association and future Homecoming events, visit: www.lipscomb.edu/alumni.