What comes to a Hesston student’s mind when you ask them about Homecoming? An overcrowded campus with lots of alumni. While this may be true, current students contribute a lot to the feel of campus during Homecoming, according to Carlota Ponds.
Ponds, administrative assistant for Alumni and Church Relations sees Homecoming as a time for current students and faculty to fellowship and interact with alumni.
“There’s a certain connection with former Larks who sat in classes where you’re sitting, slept in dorms where you’re sleeping, and are living proof that there is life after Bib Lit,” explains Ponds. “Returning alumni and friends are only half of the Homecoming celebration. The rest is up to you.”
As current Hesston College students, that connection will be made Sept. 25 to 27 during A Hesston College Homecoming centered around the theme “Campus transformation.”
The weekend’s activities range from celebrating performing arts to enjoying food together. Below is a brief version of the weekend’s schedule:
A ribbon cutting for the new campus entry will kick off the weekend’s celebrations at 11 a.m.
Performing arts students and faculty will present Tiny Desk Concert-style solos and ensemble performances throughout the new Northlawn from 3 to 4 p.m. The Bel Canto Singers, Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will take the stage in celebration of Northlawn’s upgrades at 5 p.m.
A Family Festival will be held at 6 p.m. on the lawn north of the soccer field. Knackies BBQ of Inman, Kan., will serve tapas-style entrees along with homemade ice cream from Water’s Edge restaurant,sponsored by Bluesteam Communities. Festival activities include bounce houses, barrel train rides for children and men’s and women’s soccer games.
A coffeehouse featuring Jeremy Kempf and Fjaere Harder Nussbaum and other alumni and student performers will be at 9 p.m. Refreshments will include Druber’s doughnuts in a “reverse Druber’s run” and coffee from the Lincoln Perk.
A performing arts showcase will be held at Hesston Mennonite Church featuring outstanding performers Fjaere Harder Nussbaum, Jon Helmuth, Jenny (Helmuth) Shenk, The Sunflower Trio and the Hesston College Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Hesston College students.
The college will share in a joint worship service with alumni and the Hesston Mennonite Church congregation at 10:30 a.m., at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Singer/songwriter Jeremy Kempf, combined college choirs and alumni speakers will lead this time of worship.