Homecoming 2014
 
 

Schedule

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in the fall!
Check out the events lined up so far, plan out what you want to do, and then register online.

Registration opens soon.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Townsend School of Music Presents: Fresh Ink: The Verismo Trio Theresa Bogard, Piano; Nicole Riner, Flutes; Scott Turpen, Saxophones

Date: Oct. 30
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Fickling Recital Hall, McCorkle Music Building

Former Mercer faculty member Scott Turpen returns to campus with faculty colleagues from the University of Wyoming, introducing new sound concepts and new composers to audiences young and old. For more information: (478) 301-5751; campbell_jd@mercer.edu; music.mercer.edu/calendar.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Emerging Artists: New Forms

Date: Oct. 31
Location: Tattnall Square Park

New work by emerging regional artists. Outdoor sculpture exhibit.

Civil War 150 Traveling Exhibition

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Jack Tarver Library

The exhibit is a component of Civil War 150, a national program to encourage public exploration of the impact and contested meanings of the American Civil War. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and features excerpts from original sources, images, and texts. This traveling exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman institute, invites the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the most transformative period in American history. For more information: www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150

Homecoming Headquarters Central Registration and Check-In Desk Open

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Bear Rock Café, University Center

Welcome, Alumni and Friends! Stop by Homecoming Headquarters to pick up your tickets and other registration materials when you arrive. Having trouble finding a building or event? We're there to help!

Alumni Career Speakers Series: Business

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Alumni Career Speakers Series: Engineering

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Alumni Career Speakers Series: Great Books

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Alumni Career Speakers Series: Health Sciences

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

National Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting.

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Invitation Only
Location: Griffin B. Bell Board Room, University Center

This event is by invitation only. For more information, contact Jill Kinsella: kinsella_jh@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2717.

Trick-or-Treat!

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Bring your costumed cubs out for some Halloween fun sponsored by the Office of Campus Life.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Invitation Only
Location: Homer and Ruth Drake Field House

Invitations for the 2014 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.

An Evening with Southern Spirits

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Woodruff House

CLA's Southern Studies faculty pairs readings by and about famous southerners with samples of their favorite cocktails. Ticket information will be available soon.

Class of 1964 Golden Anniversary Reception and Dinner

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $30.00
Location: Presidents Dining Room, University Center

Calling all members of the Class of 1964! 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.

Mercer Women's Volleyball vs Citadel

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Hawkins Arena, University Center

Alumni Reunions for Anniversary Classes

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

Members of the classes of 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004. Join your classmates for pre-Homecoming Party fun and fellowship! Food and beverages provided.

Homecoming Light Parade

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Begins at the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot

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. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information: (478) 301-2868; campuslife@mercer.edu

Student Skit Competition

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

A Mercer tradition, the student skit competition warms up the crowd prior to the announcement of our 2014 Homecoming Court.

Special University Announcement, Homecoming Alumni Reunion and Party!

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

All alumni and friends are invited to come at 8pm to hear an exciting announcement about Mercer's future, and then stay for our annual Homecoming all-class reunion and party. Meet up with your classmates, and meet some new friends, too. Live music, dancing, cash bar and great company make this event a must-see. Be the Bear, and Be There!

S'Mores, Pep Rally and Fireworks

Date: Oct. 31
Time: 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

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!

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Emerging Artists: New Forms

Date: Nov. 1
Location: Tattnall Square Park

New work by emerging regional artists. Outdoor sculpture exhibit.

Mercer Bookstore Open

Date: Nov. 1
Location: Mercer Village, University Center, and Football Stadium

Visit www.shopmercerbears.com for bookstore hours. Alumni, opt-in for discounts before you arrive.

Homecoming 5K Road Run

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Cruz Plaza

Race will begin at 8am, check-in required between 7am-7:45am on Cruz Plaza. Course and details being finalized. For more information, contact Todd Thomas: thomas_ta@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2370.

Admissions Check-In for Prospective Students

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Cost: Invitation Only
Location: TBD

This event is by invitation only. For more information, contact Kaitlin Schlosser: schlosser_ke@mercer.edu; (478) 301-2314

Homecoming Headquarters Central Registration and Check-In Desk Open

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Bear Rock Café, University Center

Welcome, Alumni and Friends! Stop by Homecoming Headquarters to pick up your tickets and other registration materials when you arrive. Having trouble finding a building or event? We're there to help!

Orange Pancake Breakfast, benefitting MDA

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $7.00
Location: Cruz Plaza

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.

Half Century Club and Class of '64 Golf Cart Tour of Campus

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Departs from Stetson Parking Lot

Registration Required - Limited to 5 passengers per cart. All campus buildings open for touring.

All Greek Houses open for Alumni Touring

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Greek Village

Visit the dens of your current Greek brothers and sisters.

Mercer Athletic Foundation Meeting

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Invitation Only
Location: Griffin B. Bell Board Room, University Center

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

Law School Open House

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: Free
Location: Walter F. George School of Law

Hosted by the Walter F. George School of Law Office of Admissions. Further details will be added soon. For more information contact Marilyn Sutton: (478) 301-2429; sutton_m@law.mercer.edu

Greek Football Tailgating

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Athletic Quad

Our Greek organizations will be tailgating all day. Drop by and say hello!

Civil War 150 Traveling Exhibition

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Jack Tarver Library

The exhibit is a component of Civil War 150, a national program to encourage public exploration of the impact and contested meanings of the American Civil War. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and features excerpts from original sources, images, and texts. This traveling exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman institute, invites the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the most transformative period in American history. For more information: www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150

Townsend School of Music Homecoming Kaleidoscope Concert

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Cost: Free
Location: Fickling Recital Hall, McCorkle Music Building

A Homecoming concert showcasing the students of Townsend School of Music! For more information: (478) 301-5751; campbell_jd@mercer.edu; music.mercer.edu/calendar.

Half Century Club Lunch

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: 2 free $20.00 each additional
Location: Intramural Courts, University Center

Registration Required. Invitations will be mailed to our alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. 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.

African American Alumni Group Tailgate

Date: Nov. 1
Time: Noon – 5 p.m.
Location: Athletic Quad

Registration Required - Join classmates, family and friends for food and fun during our 2014 tailgate. Bring your lawn chair and look for our signs and tents on the day of the event! Don’t miss our recognition of the 2014 African American Alumni Distinguished Leaders for those who have outstanding contributions in their respective fields of study at 2pm! The African American Alumni group is a volunteer-led organization. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please contact Velde Hardy at mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Mercer Women's Volleyball vs Samford

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Hawkins Arena, University Center

Music and Munchies!

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

"Jam band" and tailgating by Campus Life/Quadworks/Student Affairs.

Law School Alumni Tailgate

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Athletic Quad

For more information, and to register, contact Leslie Cadle: cadle_l@law.mercer.edu; (478) 301-2180.

Pony Rides and Hunt Seat Riding Exhibition

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Lawn between Patterson Building and the Medical School

One of our favorite Homecoming traditions, Mercer's Equestrian Club and Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Equitation Team never fail to delight participants of all ages!

Mercer Bears vs Citadel Bulldogs Football

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Mercer University Stadium

Tickets required.Come cheer on the Bears in our first Southern Conference Homecoming football game! Remember to wear your orange and black! Go, Bears!

Classically Jazzed

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00
Location: Macon City Auditorium

At Classically Jazzed, experience the world premier of Three Shades Of Blue, Concerto for Violin, Orchestra, and Jazz Trio. This piece was written by Matt Catingub, specially for violin virtuoso, Amy Schwartz Moretti and her husband, Steve Moretti. This spectacular show will feature works for musicians who have their roots in both jazz and classical music. The evening promises to offer Macon's music fans plenty of opportunities to dance and will showcase the highest level of camaraderie, musicianship, and entertainment. For more information: maconpops@gmail.com For tickets contact Ticketmaster.

Kappa Komedy Night, hosted by Theta Pi Alumni, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Douglass Theatre; 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.; Macon, GA 31201

Purchase tickets at www.douglasstheatre.org ($40/$30/$25).Welcome home former Mercer student DREW THOMAS, with special guests JJ WILLIAMSON and MIA JACKSON. Proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, GA. Kappa Komedy Night is a volunteer-led event. For more information, contact chillymost5@homekoming.net; (478) 742-2000.

Mercer Men's Soccer vs East Tennessee State

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Location: Bear Field

Game day tickets go on sale and gates open 1.5 hours prior to game start time. The ticket window is located behind the grandstand on the northeast corner of Bear Field. Parking is available adjacent to Bear Field, past the Mercer University School of Medicine.

SGA Alumni Group Reunion

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: Tic Toc Room, 408 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

Student Government Association alumni are invited to attend a reception and reunion at Tic Toc. Cash Bar. The SGA Alumni Group is a volunteer-led organization. Please contact Joey Wozniak at j.knight.wozniak@gmail.com for more information.

African American Alumni Group Mix and Mingle

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: Macon Marriott City Center Hotel 240 Coliseum Dr, Macon, GA 31217

Registration Required - Join the Mercer AAA for an evening of music, cards and board games – including a Bid Whist competition. For more information, please contact Velde Hardy at mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

My Orange is Black After Party

Date: Nov. 1
Time: 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Location: Macon Marriott City Center Hotel 240 Coliseum Dr, Macon, GA 31217

Registration Required - The African American Alumni Group, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. invite all alumni and their guests to join us at the My Orange is Black After Party. Come out and enjoy dancing, cash bar and great company as we groove to five decades of great music...and Greeks, get ready; gather your teams for our first ever Stroll Competition! Dress code: Upscale cosmopolitan, black with a splash of any color. This event is open to alumni & guests 21+ only. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please contact Velde Hardy at mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

Emerging Artists: New Forms

Date: Nov. 2
Location: Tattnall Square Park

New work by emerging regional artists. Outdoor sculpture exhibit.

African American Alumni Group Unity Worship Service

Date: Nov. 2
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Macon Marriott City Center Hotel 240 Coliseum Dr, Macon, GA 31217

Join us as we close out the weekend with our Unity Worship Services. Service will be led by fellow alumni. OBS Choir reunion anyone? For more information, please contact Velde Hardy at mubearsaaa@gmail.com.

Homecoming Brunch

Date: Nov. 2
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Fresh Food Company, Connell Student Center

Forget the old Caf, and come enjoy the new Fresh Food Company in the Connell Student Center. All you can eat brunch in a redesigned cafeteria you'll have to see to believe.

Civil War 150 Traveling Exhibition

Date: Nov. 2
Time: 2 p.m. – Midnight
Cost: Free
Location: Jack Tarver Library

The exhibit is a component of Civil War 150, a national program to encourage public exploration of the impact and contested meanings of the American Civil War. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and features excerpts from original sources, images, and texts. This traveling exhibition, created by the Gilder Lehrman institute, invites the public to gain a deeper appreciation of the most transformative period in American history. For more information: www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150