It’s a celebration a century in the making: the 100th anniversary of the very first Southwestern University Homecoming. It’s guaranteed to be a weekend filled with food, history, fellowship, history, fun and SING. Gear up – an estimated 1,500 people are expected to attend. (Yes, for the record, that is the most in 100 years.)
“For 100 years, Southwestern University homecomings have provided alumni with occasions to return to Georgetown to celebrate a transforming time in their lives, the friends they made and the faculty who taught them,” said Georgianne Hewett, associate vice president for alumni and parent relations. “It’s a time-honored tradition that is as relevant today as it was in 1909.”
Southwestern will be holding a gala to mark the 40th anniversary of the first African-American student to graduate from our campus, Ernest Clark. During the gala, a film produced by 2003 graduate Yesenia Garcia will be played. The film highlights the accomplishments of African-American students since that momentous year 40 years ago.
This event and others throughout the weekend are possible thanks to several months of hard work and planning on the part of Gala Planning Committee, which includes Earl L. Moseley, Jr. ‘84, Roderick Sanford ‘90, Elizabeth Giullory Medina ‘97 and Yesenia Garcia ‘03. The events are the culmination of a year-long celebration.
Friday night, Student Foundation, Student Congress, and the University Programming Council will showcase Austin-based artist Bob Schneider during a concert on the Mall. SU alum John Branch of the class ‘99 will open for Schneider with his band Mudphonic. Branch will perform at 8:30 p.m. and Schneider will take the stage around 9:00. Arrive early to reserve your space on the Mall.
According to Mike Leese, vice president of residence life, no coolers are allowed and all alcohol must be in a cup.
At 9:30 in the morning, students interested in “The Ties That Bind: A Georgetown Texas Memoir 1904-1909,” should head down to the Grace Heritage Center, located at 811 S. Main St. Author Louise Walsh will be speaking about her book, telling stories about early Southwestern University life and discussing her family’s history in the area.
Also on Saturday morning, participating alumni will have the opportunity to imitate the panoramic photo that was taken in 1912 at Southwestern University’s second annual homecoming. Participants will meet down on the intramural field across from the Cullen Building. They will be dressed in black and gold.
Immediately after, they will head over to the Academic Mall for a picnic 1909 style – including Dr. Pepper in its original bottle. In 1909, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company in Waco donated cans to the Homecoming event. To continue tradition, they will be doing so again this Saturday.
Saturday at 2 p.m., the Brooks Prize Debate preliminary rounds will begin in the Prothro Room of the Library. The topic of the preliminary rounds will be, “Resolved: A democratic society has an obligation to provide adequate health care for its citizens.”
Look out for SING! The show starts at 8:00 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater and is guaranteed to please. For many organizations this is an annual event for which they spend hours planning, orchestrating and rehearsing skits in hopes of taking first prize. The show is currently sold out, but those without tickets are encouraged to come by before it starts to take advantage of unclaimed tickets.
During Sunday morning chapel, participants will sing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” the hymn sung at the very first Southwestern University Homecoming.