‘Setting the Stage’ for Homecoming, Oct. 27-29

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (October 23, 2017)— Milligan College will host its annual Homecoming celebration on Oct. 27-29, featuring numerous public events including a parade, 5K run/walk, as well as theatre and music performances.

“Our theme this year is ‘Setting the Stage,’ because for over 150 years, Milligan has been the backdrop for some of our students’ and alums’ most important undertakings in life,” said Theresa Garbe, director of alumni relations. “We anticipate hosting between 750-800 guests this year, and as always, we are looking forward to this special time when the entire Milligan family can come together.”

On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., the annual “Celebrate Milligan” dinner will honor several Milligan alumni and friends for their achievements and contributions. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Tom (’77, ’82) and Debbie (Fralish) Jones (’77), as well as Paul Blowers (’77, ’82), Milligan’s Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History. Myra O’Dell (’04, ’08) and David Wantz (’77) will receive the Professional Excellence Award. The Athletics Hall of Fame also will grow with the induction of Bruce Bittenbender (’69) and Hannah Segrave (’17).

The theatre area will perform the Roman comedy “The Menaechmi” on October 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and October 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the college’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. Tickets are $5 and available in advance at the Milligan Bookstore, 423.461.8733.

Saturday morning begins with the Associated Ladies for Milligan’s annual Buffalo 5K Run/2.5K walk, sponsored by Workspace Interiors. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse, and all proceeds from the race will benefit student scholarships.

On Saturday, the college’s music department will perform a short, family-friendly concert titled “On Broadway” at 3:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel. The show will include a variety of great Broadway hits from classic musicals to recent blockbusters such as “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys.” This concert also will feature the Milligan Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Heritage, Heard Mentality and Orchestra, along with guest alumni soloists.

The annual Homecoming parade will make its way down Blowers Boulevard at 1:30 p.m. and lead into the festival on Derthick lawn, which includes kettle corn and inflatables for kids of all ages.

In addition to the festivities, homecoming will feature a special announcement and celebration of the college’s recently completed “Forward Ever” comprehensive campaign.

All meal events, theatre performances and the walk/run are ticketed events. All others are free and open to the public. For more events and info, visit


MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit or call 800-262-8337.

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