Seeger Chapel steeple against an orange sunset

Make Milligan your destination for Homecoming, Oct. 26-27

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2018) — Milligan College will welcome alumni and friends back to campus for its annual Homecoming celebration on Oct. 26-27. Participants can look forward to numerous public events including a parade, 5k run/walk, as well as theatre and music performances.

“We look forward to Homecoming every year. It’s an exciting opportunity for parents, students, and alumni and their families to come together and enjoy our campus,” said Theresa Garbe, director of alumni relations.

In addition to the parade, inflatables and reunions that participants enjoy every year, Milligan’s Homecoming will include lectures aimed at engaging learners of all ages.

“We’re excited to have added an academic component this year that will appeal to both adults and kids,” said Garbe. “Homecoming will include mini-lectures given by faculty for parents and adults, along with fun science labs for kids, led by our science majors.”

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. The Distinguished Alumnus Award will go to Jeff Moorhouse (’91). Will Little (’06) and Kelli Sams Scott (BS ’01, MSOT ’03) will receive the Professional Excellence Award. The Athletics Hall of Fame also will grow with the induction of Craig Emmert (’05) and Kathy Martinelli Catlett (’93), and the George W. Hardin “Spirit of Milligan” Award will be presented to Dennis Helsabeck, Jr.

The theatre area will perform Mark Brown’s adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days” on October 26-27 at 7:30 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.

An art exhibition titled, “Cycles of Cynicism,” by alumnus Robert ‘Ty’ Lee (’08) will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Milligan Art Gallery located in Derthick Hall and run through Nov. 20. This exhibit will include surreal collages that explore social values (or lack thereof), religion, feminism, morality and flourishing.

The college’s music department will perform a short, family-friendly concert titled “Golden Oldies” at 3:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel. The concert will showcase the great hit songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, from iconic artists such as the Beach Boys, Elvis and The Beatles. Featured songs include “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Good Vibrations.” This concert also will feature the Milligan Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Heritage, Heard Mentality and Orchestra.

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.

All meal events, theatre performances and the walk/run are ticketed events. The remaining events are free and open to the public.

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Posted by on October 11, 2018.