Homecoming 2013 Wrap-up
The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2013 and helped make the weekend such a great success!
The festivities commenced on Thursday, October 3rd with the Alumni Chapel. Guest speaker Rev. Michael Blevins (‘12) spoke to a Detty Chapel packed with OCU students. Later in the day students celebrated at the Pep Rally, followed by the Annual Torch Run through Downtown Circleville.
Blessed with beautiful weather and a wonderful group of alumni and friends supporting student scholarships, the 22nd Annual Ohio Christian University and Linking Legacies golf tournament was a huge success on Friday, October 4th. This year the tournament was held at Raintree South with a record 26 teams teeing off in the morning flight. In the evening, both current and past students gathered for the Homecoming Gospel Concert featuring musical groups Brian Free & Assurance, The Talleys, Three Bridges, and Gordon Mote.
Then bright and early Saturday morning of the 5th over 100 participants came out to support the Josias Rodriguez Ministry Scholarship by running/walking in the 1st Annual Run for Rodriguez 5k. The all-trail course and fall weather made for a scenic and memorable run to honor the life and legacy of our very first Homecoming King.
The OCU Alumni baseball game started at 9:00 AM under the direction of former Coach Larry Olson. After 7 innings the Alumni came out on top with a 2-0 win. This is the second year the Alumni have won and Coach Olson looks forward to making this a tradition. Then the Men and Women’s Soccer Alumni playing each other with over 20 alum participating.
The tailgating picnic under the tent was overflowing with current students and alumni enjoying the food and fellowship. The kids were invited to play on the inflatables and to stay and cheer on our current OCU Men’s Soccer team as they took on Great Lakes Christian College.
During halftime the Homecoming Court was announced with juniors Joel Kirkwood and Karissa Saultz crowned as this year’s King and Queen. Abbey Ferarro and Jacob Sunkel were chosen to represent the senior class, Jeremiah Truex and Haley Alfrey for the sophomores, and Chanel Mcfarlin and Daniel Pratt for the freshman class.
OCU/CBC history is rich with musical talent as evidenced in the culmination of homecoming weekend with the 2nd Annual Legacy Chapel held in Detty Chapel. The Brown Sisters opened up the service followed by Ablaze, Alumni Quartet, Past & Present Choir, Higher Praise and our current PR group, Sounds of Hope. Michael Tipton was the master-of-ceremonies for the service with special guest speaker Dr. Larry Olson. Filled with laughter, tears, and praise, the Chapel concluded with words from President Dr. Smith and an altar filled with Alumni praying alongside current OCU students. All in attendance were blessed with God’s overwhelming presence.
Once again a sincere thank you to ALL who made Homecoming 2013 possible. It was an unforgettable weekend and we are excited for next year! Save the Date: October 2-4, 2014. We hope to see you there!