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Homecoming 2014, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
 
 

Schedule

Please pick your tickets up at the Central Homecoming Desk located at Bear Market in the University Center.

Homecoming Hours of Operation
Friday, November 22: 9 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 23: 8 a.m. — 6:30 p.m.

Cost Time Event Location

Friday, November 22, 2013

9 a.m.
— to —
7 p.m.
Central Registration and Check-In Desk Open

Welcome, Alumni and Friends! We are delighted to see you on campus. Stop by Central Registration to pick up your game tickets and other registration materials when you arrive. Having trouble finding a building or event? We're there to help! Located in the Bear Market in the University Center.

Bear Market, University Center
Free 10 a.m.
Alumni Career Speakers Series: Engineering as a Launching Pad for Management Career. Registration Required.

Presented by Mrs. Katie Wetherholt Davis (ENG '98-Mechanical; MBA, Indiana University), Director of Service Management, Change Management, and Training at Ingersoll Rand, Davidson, North Carolina. Free and open to Mercer alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Science and Engineering Building Room 110
Free 10 a.m.
Alumni Career Speakers Series: How has Great Books Shaped My Career? Registration Required.

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Aravind Arepally (CLA '89-Mathematics; M.D. Emory University), Section Chief-Vascular & Interventional Radiology/Piedmont Radiology, Atlanta, Georgia; and Mr. Brian Smith (CLA '01-Political Science/Economics), Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Nashville, Tennessee. Free and open to Mercer alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Connell Student Center Conference Room 1
Free 10 a.m.
Alumni Career Speakers Series: Science Careers in Government. Registration Required.

Presented by Dr. Kevin Greenaugh, SES (CLA '77-Chemistry; M.S. Nuclear Engineering & M.A. Public Policy, University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland), Senior Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration, Washington, DC. Free and open to Mercer alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Willett Science Center Auditorium
Free 10 a.m.
Alumni Career Speakers Series: State of the Banking Industry/Government Affairs Careers. Registration Required.

Presented by Mrs. Elizabeth Way Chandler (BUSM '89), Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs/Georgia Bankers Association, Atlanta, Georgia. Free and open to Mercer alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

Stetson School of Business and Economics, Room 251
Invitation Only 2 p.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
National Alumni Board of Directors Meeting

For more information, contact Jill Kinsella: kinsella_jh@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2717.

Griffin B. Bell Board Room, University Center
Invitation Only 5:30 p.m.
— to —
7 p.m.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Invitation Only
Invitations for the 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner will be mailed in mid-October. For more information, contact Brian Gerrity: gerrity_bt@mercer.edu; (478) 301-4003
Homer and Ruth Drake Field House
$5.00 6 p.m.
— to —
7:30 p.m.
"Old School vs. New School Step Show." Registration Required.

Graduate Greek chapters battle against collegiate Greeks for bragging rights and a $500 prize! Hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs. For more information, contact: currie_m@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2686.

Religious Life Center
$30.00 6 p.m.
— to —
8 p.m.
Class of 1963 Golden Anniversary Reception and Dinner.
Calling all members of the Class of 1963! Celebrate your 50th anniversary with your classmates, former professors, and current faculty and staff. For more information, contact Sharon Lim Harle: lim_s@mercer.edu; (678) 547-6420.
Presidents Dining Room, University Center
7 p.m.
— to —
8 p.m.
Homecoming Light Parade

Led by our current students, lights instead of floats will kick off our traditional opening Homecoming festivities. The parade will depart from the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot and wind its way through Mercer Village and back onto campus. A first for our Homecoming schedule, we look forward to seeing you there! For more information: (478) 301-2868; campuslife@mercer.edu.

Begins at the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot
$5.00 7 p.m.
— to —
9 p.m.
Performance of Vladimir Volkoff's "Love Kills."

Volkoff's play transports us through time and the afterlife with wit and charm. Plot twists, as well as a taste of the metaphysical, characterize this highly engaging play. "Love Kills" will be presented as part of hte Colloquium on the Writings of Vladmir Volkoff in celebration of the opening of the Volkoff Archive at the Jack Tarver Library on the Macon campus. For more information, call (478) 301-2974.

The Backdoor Theatre
$15.00 8 p.m.
— to —
10 p.m.
Homecoming Party and Alumni Reunion
All alumni and their guests are invited to this party! We will recognize and celebrate the classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003. Registration includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, and two adult beverages per person. Live music, dancing, cash bar and great company add up to one event you don't want to miss! Head over to the pep rally for fireworks after the Homecoming Party!
Alumni Hospitality Tent, Intramural Field
Free 8:30 p.m.
— to —
9:30 p.m.
Student Skit Competition

A Mercer tradition, the student skit competition warms up the crowd prior to the announcement of our 2013 Homecoming Court.

Cruz Plaza
Free 9:30 p.m.
— to —
10:30 p.m.
S'Mores, Pep Rally and Fireworks

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather each year to kick off our Homecoming weekend at this free, fun event. Meet our Mercer Bears while enjoying music, complimentary hot chocolate, s'mores-making, and a spectacular fireworks display!

Cruz Plaza
$5.00 11 p.m.
— to —
2 a.m.
"Old School, New School Dance." Registration required.

DJ Silk of 'Cut Dis' Entertainment will be on the 1s and 2s at this BYOB event, with R&B for the Old School alumni and Hip Hop for the New School alumni. Alumni only. Hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs. For more information, contact: currie_m@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2686.

Alumni Hospitality Tent, Intramural Field

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mercer Bookstore Open.
Visit www.shopmercerbears.com for bookstore hours.
Mercer Village, University Center, and Football Stadium
$15.00 7 a.m.
— to —
9 a.m.
5K Road Run and Orange Pancake Breakfast. Check-in begins at 7am and is mandatory for all 5K participants. Race begins at 8am.
On-site registration fee: $20. Registration fee includes pancake breakfast, refreshments, and event t-shirt. Get those paws pumping and work up a bear of an appetite running or walking around our scenic campus. For more information, contact Todd Thomas: thomas_ta@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2370.
Cruz Plaza
Invitation Only 8 a.m.
— to —
10 a.m.
Admissions Check-In for Prospective Students. This event is by invitation only.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Schlosser: schlosser_ke@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2314

Presidents Dining Room, University Center
8 a.m.
— to —
6 p.m.
Central Registration and Check-In Desk Open

Welcome, Alumni and Friends! We are delighted to see you on campus. Stop by Central Registration to pick up your game tickets and other registration materials when you arrive. Having trouble finding a building or event? We're there to help! Located in the Bear Market in the University Center.

Bear Market, University Center
$5.00 8:30 a.m.
— to —
9:30 a.m.
Orange Pancake Breakfast, benefitting MDA

Stomach growling? The Macon Fire Department, in conjunction with Aramark and Intramural Sports, can help you tame that inner beast! Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the breakfast. Orange Pancake Breakfast is included for those who registered for the 5K.

Cruz Plaza
9 a.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
Reserved Tailgating Packages available for pickup

For those of you who rented tailgating tents through Alumni Services, your tents, tables, and chairs will be available beginning at 9am. Remember: tables must be covered (table cloths for rented tables will be supplied). Tents will be set up on the Intramural Field, and will be labeled with orange signs bearing the group or individual name. Visit www.mercergameday.com for the latest tailgating policies and procedures, as well as tailgating and parking maps. Reserved tailgating packages and equipment will be cleared beginning at kick-off.
 

Intramural Field
Free 9:30 a.m.
— to —
11:30 a.m.
Event Sold Out. Golf Cart Tour of Campus. Registration Required - Limited to 5 passengers per cart.

All campus buildings open for touring. For more information, contact the Office of University Admissions: (478) 301-2650.

Departs from Connell Student Center breezeway.
Free 9:30 a.m.
— to —
11:30 a.m.
Event Sold Out. Walking Tour of Campus. Registration Required.

All campus buildings open for touring. For more information, contact the Office of University Admissions: (478) 301-2650.

Departs from the University Center Patio.
Free 10 a.m.
— to —
11:30 a.m.
All Greek Houses open for Alumni Touring
Visit the dens of your current Greek brothers and sisters.
Greek Village
2 free $20.00 each additional 10 a.m.
— to —
11:30 a.m.
Half Century Club Brunch
Thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, registration is free for alumni and one guest. Registration for additional guests is $20/person. For more information, contact Sharon Lim Harle: lim_s@mercer.edu; (678) 547-6420.
Intramural Courts, University Center
Invitation Only 10 a.m.
— to —
11:30 a.m.
Mercer Athletic Foundation Meeting

For more information, contact Brian Gerrity: gerrity_bt@mercer.edu; (478) 301-4003.

Griffin B. Bell Board Room, University Center
Free 10 a.m.
— to —
noon
Academic Fair

Representatives from each of Mercer's schools and colleges will be available to answer questions for prospective students and parents, as well as visit with returning alumni. Hosted by the Office of Admissions with the Office of Alumni Services.

Heritage Hall, University Center
Invitation Only 10 a.m.
— to —
noon
RUF 25th Anniversary Celebration at Mercer

Catered brunch for Mercer alumni and campus ministers to share about their time in RUF at Mercer. Enjoy RUF music, performed by musicians spanning RUF's 25 years at Mercer. Bring your family and catch up with your RUF friends. Brunch is $5 per person, with all proceeds benefitting scholarships to off-set the costs for current RUF Mercer students attending the Annual RUF Summer Conference in May 2014. Pre-registration is encouraged and appreciated. Childcare is also available to those who pre-register. Visit www.rufmercer.com to register. For more information: RUF Mercer Campus Minister, Elliott Everitt: elliott.everitt@ruf.org; (478) 972-8851.

First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry Street
10 a.m.
— to —
1 p.m.
Canned Food Drive and Tailgate hosted by Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

Alpha Phi Omega is hosting a canned food drive and tailgate. Support a great local cause, and drop by APO's tent before the men's basketball game. More details are forthcoming.

Cruz Plaza
10 a.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
Greek Basketball and Football Tailgating

Our Greek organizations will be tailgating all day in the Garden Apartment Parking Lot, located next to the University Center Patio. Drop by and say hello!

Cruz Plaza
$6.00 11 a.m.
— to —
1:30 p.m.
Pre-Basketball Game Tailgate Lunch. PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE.
Cruz Plaza
$10.00 (up to 4) noon
— to —
2 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs Yale Bulldogs.

Orange-out game. Tickets required. What's more intimidating than our Bears on the court? An arena full of Bears! Wear your orange and get your growl on! Homecoming King and Queen will be announced during halftime.

Hawkins Arena, University Center
Free 2 p.m.
— to —
3:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Hospitality Tent

Mercerians, we have missed you! Stop by to say hello, sit and stay a spell, and grab a snack and alumni swag. We can't wait to welcome you back to the ole alma mater!

Intramural Field
Free 2 p.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
EVENT FULL Pony Rides and Hunt Seat Riding Exhibition

Back by popular demand, Mercer's equestrian team will provide free pony rides for your cubs, or your inner cub! Mercer's Equestrian Club and Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Equitation Team join in the fun this year, sponsoring the pony rides and giving a Hunt Seat Riding Exhibition. Fun for all ages!

Between the Patterson Building and the Medical School
Invitation Only 2 p.m.
— to —
6 p.m.
Alumni Tailgate, Presented by the Office of Minority Affairs.

Join friends, classmates and family for food, fun and fellowship. For more information, contact Mr. Tahrea Grant: tahrea@charter.net

To be Determined
$10.00 (up to 2) 4 p.m.
— to —
7 p.m.
Mercer Bears vs Stetson Hatters Football.

Orange-out game. Tickets required. Do Bears tear up a field? Yes, we do! A sleuth of bears is roaring for tickets to the first annual Homecoming football game. Missing this game will make you madder than a…well, you know. Remember to wear your orange! Alumni Award Recipients will be recognized prior to kick-off.

Additional tickets, if available, can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales.

Anderson Field; Tony and Nancy Moye Complex
$7.00 (up to 4) 4 p.m.
— to —
7 p.m.
Mercer Bears vs Stetson Hatters Football. BERM Seating.

Reserved seats in the stands are sold out at this time. Berm seating is still available.
If you prefer reserved seating in the stands, you may check with Mercer Ticket Sales.

Anderson Field; Tony and Nancy Moye Complex
$5.00 7 p.m.
— to —
9 p.m.
Performance of Vladimir Volkoff's "Love Kills." TIME CHANGED TO 2PM

Volkoff's play transports us through time and the afterlife with wit and charm. Plot twists, as well as a taste of the metaphysical, characterize this highly engaging play. "Love Kills" will be presented as part of the Colloquium on the Writings of Vladmir Volkoff in celebration of the opening of the Volkoff Archive at the Jack Tarver Library on the Macon campus. For more information, call (478) 301-2974.

The Backdoor Theatre. Note time change to 2pm.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

9 a.m.
Reformed University Ministries National Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church

RUM National Coordinator Rod Mays will preach both services at First Presbyterian Church. Each service will feature testimonines from RUF Mercer students and alumni. Following the 11:15 service, all are welcome to attend First Presbyterian's annual Thanksgiving luncheon. For more information: RUF Mercer Campus Minister, Elliott Everitt: elliott.everitt@ruf.org; (478) 972-8851.

First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry Street
Free 10 a.m.
— to —
noon
Worship Service, Presented by the Office of Minority Affairs

Contact Mr. Tahrea Grant for more information: tahrea@charter.net

Willingham Auditorium
11:15 a.m.
Reformed University Ministries National Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church

RUM National Coordinator Rod Mays will preach both services at First Presbyterian Church. Each service will feature testimonines from RUF Mercer students and alumni. Following the 11:15 service, all are welcome to attend First Presbyterian's annual Thanksgiving luncheon. For more information: RUF Mercer Campus Minister, Elliott Everitt: elliott.everitt@ruf.org; (478) 972-8851.

First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry Street
$5.00 2 p.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
Performance of Vladimir Volkoff's "Love Kills." Tickets required.

Volkoff's play transports us through time and the afterlife with wit and charm. Plot twists, as well as a taste of the metaphysical, characterize this highly engaging play. "Love Kills" will be presented as part of hte Colloquium on the Writings of Vladmir Volkoff in celebration of the opening of the Volkoff Archive at the Jack Tarver Library on the Macon campus. For more information, call (478) 301-2974.

The Backdoor Theatre
$5.00 (up to 4) 2 p.m.
— to —
4 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs Furman Paladins

Orange-out game. Tickets Required. Who brings a horse to a bear fight? C'mon out and cheer on our women as they battle the Paladins on the court. Wear your orange and let's end the weekend on a strong note - Grrr!

Hawkins Arena, University Center
Free 3 p.m.
— to —
4:30 p.m.
"Thanksgiving Song," Performed by Mercer Singers and Women's Chamber Choir

For more information, contact the Townsend School of Music: (478) 301-2748.

Fickling Recital Hall