Bethany Announces Fall Homecoming Festivities

BETHANY, W.Va. – A full and fun-filled schedule of Homecoming Weekend activities for alumni and students has been set for October 9-11 at Bethany College, the oldest College in West Virginia. This year’s events will include a homecoming parade, a variety of alumni sporting events, an art show and more.

More than 100 golfers are scheduled to participate in the Fifth Annual Hugh “Tiger” Joyce Golf Scramble, set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 9. The day’s schedule will continue with a Tailgate Tent Set-Up at the Hummel Field House from noon to 3 p.m, followed by a Bethany Women’s Tennis match against Washington & Jefferson College at Bison Stadium at 4 p.m. and a Bethany Men’s Soccer game with Thomas More College at Hoag Field at 4:30 p.m.

The traditional Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction will be held Friday from 6-9 p.m. in Harder Hall. The Bethany College Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 to bestow honor upon persons who have made exceptional contributions to the intercollegiate athletics program at Bethany. This year’s Hall of Fame Induction will honor Robert Pace ’64 (swimming), Lauralyn Rawson ’95 (swimming and track and field), Ken Richey ’96 (baseball) and Amy Stefan Bergin ’99 (volleyball and softball).

The Bethany Women’s Soccer Team will compete against Thomas More College at Bison Stadium at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, followed by the "MEGALOMANIA" Art Show, featuring Guy Gellner '99. A Reception and DJ Reunion will also be held during the show at Renner Union Gallery from 8-10 p.m.

Saturday morning activities will open with the 9th Annual Allison’s Run/Walk in memory of the late Professor James Allison. Registration for the event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Cunningham Soccer Complex. Alumni DJ Shows are scheduled to occur at the T.P.J. Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. Registration at the Alumni Tent at Bison Stadium will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Homecoming Parade at 11:45 a.m. and a 2 p.m. football game featuring the Bethany Bisons and the Thiel College Tomcats. Halftime activities will include an introduction of the Hall of Fame inductees and the crowning of the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen.

The day’s events will wrap up with a Donor Recognition Reception at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights from 6:30-8 p.m. The reception is open to President’s Associates and Members of the Bronze Bison Society. The weekend’s activities will conclude with an Alumni Softball Game on the Softball Field at noon on Sunday.

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Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.