Union College has announced the schedule of events for this year’s homecoming, which is themed “MGM – Many Great Memories.”
Homecoming is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 6, with many new events included.
The first will be a Kentucky Chautauqua program about Caleb Powers, a Union College alumnus and U.S. representative from Barbourville who later became Kentucky’s secretary of state. He was convicted as an accessory to murder in the shooting death of Kentucky Governor William Goebel. After spending eight years in prison, Powers was pardoned and went on to serve four consecutive terms as a Kentucky representative. The performance will be in the upper level of the Patridge Campus Center at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Friday morning there will be a chance for alumni to return to the classroom. Interested alumni can attend either a 10:00 education class, “Schooling in American Culture,” taught by Jason Reeves, Ed.D., or a 12:00 “Intro to Psychology” class taught by Charlie Jones, Ph.D. There is limited space in each of these. Early registration is encouraged.
There will also be guided tours of the Knox County Historical Museum Friday afternoon. The museum is located in the Barbourville City Hall building. These will be anytime from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The biggest change to this year’s schedule will be decade gatherings on Friday evening. Gathering photographs will be taken during this time, rather than at halftime during Saturday’s football game.
Decades gatherings will be located at different locations around Corbin, with the exception of the 40’s and 50’s dinner, which will be in the Sharp Academic Center Atrium at 6:00 p.m. The rest will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the following locations: 60’s and 70’s at You, Me, Coffee and Tea (300 Main Street, Corbin); 80’s and 90’s at The Depot on Main (101 North Main Street, Corbin); 00’s and 10’s at El Dorado’s (2545 Cumberland Falls Hwy, Corbin); and the 50th Reunion Dinner for the class of 1963 at The Depot on Main’s private dining room.
On Saturday, alumni are invited to tour the newest addition to Union’s campus, the Health and Natural Science Center. Anyone interested should meet at 11:00 a.m. at Conversations Coffee Shop in the lower level of Sharp Academic Center.
Also on Saturday will be group tailgates beginning at noon at various locations near the football field. Those groups will be a Bonner and community service tailgate, a UCSA-Ambassador alumni tailgate and a Golden Reunion tailgate for the class of 1963 and friends. Later on Saturday, there will be a combined reunion for the classes of 1998 and 2003 at the Depot in Corbin that evening beginning at 7:00.
There are also events planned that will span both Friday and Saturday. Those include an alumni lounge, located in the lower level of PCC, and a “Meet the Artist” event, featuring watercolorist Pat Banks of Berea.
The “Meet the Artist” opportunity will take place at the historic Owens House, now the Barbourville Tourism Center, on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and in the lower level of the PCC on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. At each site, alumni will have the chance to meet the artist and also view pieces from her collection that portray Appalachia and Union College.
The alumni lounge will be open both Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Also, on Saturday, there will be a free video booth set up starting at noon. Here, alumni will be able to record video messages to other alumni and also help shoot the video Christmas greeting from the college.
A full schedule of events can be found online at unionky.edu/homecoming. For more information, contact Lisa Wyatt at 546-1619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.