Hesston’s historic homecoming weekend begins Thursday

By Risa Fukaya – Horizon News and Feature Editor

Hesston’s much anticipated homecoming and inauguration weekend takes place Thursday through Sunday. Homecoming weekend is a special weekend for everyone connected to Hesston College. This year, the event will be more special as we celebrate the inauguration of the college’s ninth president, Dr. Joseph A. Manickam. There are also a lot of activities like sports games, food and musical performances.

On Monday, international students will host a Cultures Fair in the Community Center at Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC) at 7:30 p.m. They will perform songs and dances, and also prepare their own country’s food.

On Wednesday, students will participate in  a parade on Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

Students march in last year’s parade. Photo by Larry Bartel, Hesston College Marketing and Communications

On Friday, a for-credit forum in HMC begins at 11 a.m. Joel Kempf (class of ‘97), Pipersville, Pennsylvania will share his “Start Here, Go Everywhere” story. A conversation on interfaith relationships starts at HMC at 3 p.m. The discussion provides an opportunity for attendees to navigate differences between religions. The men’s soccer game will begin at 5 p.m.

Supper will not be served in the dining hall on Friday. Instead, students are encouraged to attend the “Barbecue Tailgate Picnic” in the Campus Activity Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The “Global Voices Showcase” in HMC starts at 7 p.m, followed by BUNCO in the Campus Activity Center at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the 26th annual two-mile run /walk, “The Manickam Mosey” begins at 9 a.m.

Students “Benjamin Bolt” their way to the finish line at last year’s annual run/walk. Photo by Larry Bartel, Hesston College Marketing and Communications

Also on Saturday, a volleyball match in Yost Center starts at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., enjoy a pancake and sausage brunch in the Community Center of HMC from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The women’s soccer game starts at 1 p.m.

The highlighted event of the day, the Inauguration Ceremony and reception for President Joseph A. Manickam begins in HMC at 3 p.m.  After the inauguration ceremony, the community will gather for the “Global Tastings” meal in the Campus Activities Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy international music (Latin alternative rock, Brazilian jazz, and more) for free in HMC at 7:30 p.m, and a late-night international movie, “Hana’s Miso Soup from Japan” in the Black Box Theater, Keim Center at 10 p.m. Donuts and coffee will be provided.

On Sunday, the  Homecoming Worship Service starts at 10:30 p.m. in HMC. The Bel Canto singers will perform.

The Bel Canto Singers. Photo by Larry Bartel, Hesston College Marketing and Communications


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