A grand weekend is expected Oct. 5-7 when Lees-McRae College hosts Shamrock ‘N Roll: Homecoming 2007. Bobcat alumni and friends are invited to attend a number of homecoming activities including the annual parade down Main Street.
Alumni registration begins Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. in the King-Shivell Lounge of the Cannon Student Center and continues on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon with fellowship and refreshments.
The excitement continues with the Homecoming Bonfire at the Fred I. Dickerson Athletic Complex at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Come out to the bonfire and meet the fall sports teams as they prepare for the homecoming games on Saturday.
That same evening graduates of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s are encouraged to dance the night away at the Young Alumni Mixer (8:30 p.m. Friday) in Wily’s Place in the Cannon Student Center.
Saturday events begin with breakfast in MacDonald Dining Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by the annual Homecoming Parade down Main Street at 11 a.m. The parade begins at the Banner Elk Town Park and concludes on campus. Lunch will follow the parade in the dining hall.
Athletics activities begin Friday, Oct. 5 when the women’s volleyball team takes on Anderson University in Williams Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. Friday, the Lady Bobcats will host another match versus Francis Marion University.
Saturday morning, the women’s volleyball team hosts the University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 9 a.m. Concurrently, Lees-McRae’s track and cross country teams host an intra-squad track meet at the athletics complex from 9 to 11 a.m. Volleyball continues when the women’s team hosts Lander University at 1:30 p.m. in Williams Gym.
The homecoming soccer games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday when the Lady Bobcats host St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Tate Field. Following the women’s game, the number seven ranked men’s soccer team will take on St. Andrews at 3:30 p.m. on Tate Field. Alumni, friends and students are invited to cheer on the Bobcats from the spirit section on Bobcat Bank overlooking Tate Field.
Between soccer games, President David W. Bushman will crown the homecoming queen and king after the presentation of the homecoming court on Tate Field.
Lees-McRae Performing Arts also has a special treat for Homecoming Weekend. Beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 3, they will present Lucky Stiff in Hayes Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The play will be presented several times throughout the week and weekend. Show times are as follows: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
According to director Dr. Michael Hannah, Lucky Stiff is ‘pure farce’. It moves along at breakneck speed as the story follows Harry Witherspoon, a shoe salesman, as he tries desperately to follow through on his dead uncle’s last wish – a trip to Monte Carlo.
“Some plays have lots of social commentary and require deep philosophical thought – this one just requires laughter and a desire to be entertained,” Hannah said. “There’s not a serious bone in its body. It’s simply fun and wildly theatrical.”
The class of 1957 will have their 50
year class reunion in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The classes of 1956 and 1957 are also invited to attend the reunion and visit with their college classmates.
Reunions will continue on Saturday evening at the Alumni Dinner and annual meeting at 6:15 p.m. in MacDonald Dining Hall. Attendees of the dinner are asked to sign-up in advance and buy tickets at registration.
Then at 8 p.m. the class of 1982 will host their 25
year reunion at Zuzda Tapas Restaurant in Banner Elk. Classmates of 1981 and 1983 are also invited to attend the reunion.
“We are very excited to be hosting the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1957 and inducting them into our Golden Heritage Society and also hosting a Mixer for our Young Alumni from the ’80s,’90s and ’00s. It is always great to see alumni from all decades come back to campus to see old friends and make new ones,” said Sandy Ramsey, Director of Alumni Relations.
Saturday night festivities end with the annual homecoming dance sponsored by the Student Government Association in Williams Gymnasium from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Homecoming concludes Sunday with an 11 a.m. church service at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, followed by brunch in MacDonald Dining Hall and the closing show of Lucky Stiff at 2 p.m.
For detailed homecoming information or to register online, visit www.go.lmc.edu/homecoming07 or contact Sandy Ramsey at (828) 898-8748.