Homecoming 2015

October 16-17, 2015

Homecoming 2015

We invite you to Journey Home to Messiah College this fall for Homecoming Weekend 2015! On Friday, October 16th, we welcome back our Golden Grads and the classes of ’65, ’90, ’05 and ’10 to celebrate their milestone class reunion. On Saturday, October 17th, we will feature our special academic spotlights: the School of Science, Engineering and Health, School of the Humanities and the Messiah College Honors Program. Enjoy Homecoming favorites, such as the Cooking Class, Varsity Men’s Soccer game and our Homecoming Coffeehouse or check out new events for 2015, which include the Legacy Brunch, Lacrosse Field Dedication and an Admissions Team Reunion. We hope you enjoy this weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting. We can’t wait to see you!

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Events Planned

Milestone Reunions

Spotlight Schools

Register before October 9th, 2015!


Our Schedule

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Class of ’65 Reception and Luncheon

Location: Jordan Science Center, Hollinger Lounge
12:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Class of ’65 Reunion

Location: Jordan Science Center
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Golden Grad Lecture: The Collaboratory

Learn how Messiah is inspiring action, deepening Christian faith and equipping the next generation of students to apply their academic knowledge to real-world needs by partnering with the poor in a collaborative struggle for justice through the Collaboratory experience.

Location: Jordan Science Center
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Golden Grad Social

Spend time reminiscing and reconnecting with fellow Golden Grad alumni over light refreshments, or see how the campus has changed in the past 50+ years as you enjoy a self-guided spotlight tour of Murray Library, the High Center and Hostetter Chapel.  Current students and staff members will be available from 4-5 p.m. at each location to answer questions and share why they love Messiah!

Location: Jordan Science Center, Hollinger Lounge
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Messiah College Reunion Celebration Banquet

Alumni celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, and 50th class reunions are invited to join us for a special evening of celebration honoring their milestone reunion. Golden Grads are also invited to join in this special event to celebrate the rich history and legacy of Messiah College. The evening will include dinner and an address from President Kim Phipps. This event is $15/pp for those celebrating their 5th, 10th, and 25th class reunions and $10/pp for those celebrating their 50th class reunion as well as our Golden Grads.  Seats will be limited for this event. Please reserve your seats in advance.

Location: Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Homecoming Check-In and Information

Location: Eisenhower Campus Center Commons
9:00 a.m.

Men’s Alumni Tennis Match

Location: Criste Courts
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Alumni Breakfast

Location: 2 Jessica Lane, Dillsburg, PA
9:30 a.m.

Falcon Fun Run

Check-in/Register in Eisenhower Commons. The race will begin from the outdoor track in Starry Athletic Complex.

Location: Starry Athletic Complex
10:00 a.m.

Live Color 5K

Enjoy a colorful, noncompetitive run/walk event through Messiah's campus with your friends and family. Check-in/Register in Eisenhower Commons.  The race will begin from the outdoor track in Starry Athletic Complex.

Location: Starry Athletic Complex
10:00 a.m.

Alumni Field Hockey Game

Location: Anderson Field
10:00 a.m.

Alumni Women’s Soccer Practice

Location: Practice Fields
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Alumni Wrestling Practice

Location: Sollenberger Sports Center, wrestling room
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Department of Engineering Reunion

The The Department of Engineering invites you to reconnect with alumni, meet our growing faculty and learn more about exciting student work happening through the Collaboratory.

Location: Frey 110
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Health and Human Performance Reception

Location: Jordan 161
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Class of ’85 (30th) Reunion

Location: Hostetter Chapel
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Class of ’95 (20th) Reunion

High Center, lower lobby
10:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Archives Open House

Location: Murray Library
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Oakes Museum Open House

Location: Jordan Science Center, Oakes Museum
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Biological Sciences and Nutrition and Dietetics Reception

Location: Jordan Lounge (second floor)
11:00 a.m.

Powderpuff: Seniors vs. First Years

Location: Rec Fields
11:00 a.m.

Alumni Baseball Classic

Location: Starry Athletic Fields, baseball field
11:00 a.m.

Alumni Softball Game

Location: Starry Athletic Fields, softball field
11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrating the Legacy Brunch

Join the Offices of Multicultural Programs and Diversity Affairs for a brunch event to honor former directors of the Office and those who have been influential in the lives of Messiah's underrepresented students. Representatives from the African Student Union, Asian Student Association, black Student Union, International Student Association/MuKappa, LaAlianza Latina and other members of the Multicultural Council will be present at the event to express their gratitude to these individuals. Celebrate the legacy, connect with old friends and meet the Multicultural Programs student leaders.

Location: High Center, Steinbrecher Atrium
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

School of Science, Engineering and Health General Reception

All School of Science, Engineering and Health alumni are invited to reconnect with friends, faculty and staff for a general reception, welcome and refreshments.

Location: Frey Hall, lobby
11:00 - 2:30 p.m.

College Honors Program Reunion

Location: Boyer 131
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Prospective Messiah Student Pizza Reception

Alums and their families with a high school student in grades 9-12 are invited to join us for a pizza reception. This event is hosted by the Admissions Office, and we encourage you to come learn about education Messiah style.  A welcome and brief program will begin at 12:00 noon.

Location: Jordan Science Center, Hollinger Lounge
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Alumni Women’s Lacrosse Game

Location: Lacrosse Turf
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

School of the Humanities General Reception

All School of Humanities alumni and their families are invited to join their favorite faculty and staff for a general reception, welcome, and refreshments. Following the general reception, we invite you to reminisce with college friends and faculty in the departmental reunions from 1-3pm.

- Modern Languages Reunion: Boyer 237
- English Department Reunion: Boyer 271
- Communications Department Multimedia Studio Open House: Boyer 336
- Politics Department Reunion: Boyer 331
- Biblical and Religious Studies Department Reunion: 330
- Philosophy Department Reunion: Boyer 231

Location: Boyer Atrium
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics Reunion

You are invited to join the new Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics for a special Homecoming reunion event! Celebrate the newly formed department with your classmates and learn about future plans for the department.

Location: Frey Hall, Third Floor Lounge
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Department of Engineering Open House

The Department of Engineering invites you to explore the newly renovated and expanded facilities in the Frey Hall basement.

Location: Projects Lab, Frey 70
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Computer and Information Science Reunion

Join us for a special reunion, and welcome the new Department of CIS.

Location: Jordan 159
12:15 p.m.

Powderpuff: Juniors vs. Sophomores

Location: Rec Fields
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Li’l Falcon Zone

Bring your little ones out to play games, win prizes, meet Fandango and have a blast in the inflatables.

Location: Larsen Student Union, patio and lawn
1:00 p.m.

Campus Tour

Departs from Eisenhower Campus Center Lobby

Location: Eisenhower Campus Center Lobby
1:00 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Widener University

Location: Anderson Field
1:00 p.m.

Alumni Swim Meet

Location: Sollenberger Sports Center, Fredricksen Natatorium
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Rafiki House Reunion

As an international, missionary, or transcultural student, did you spend time in the Rafiki house? We invite you to reminisce with fellow residents who called the Rafiki house their "home" during their time at Messiah.

Location: Rafiki House
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Class of ’15 (Zero Year) Reunion

We want to welcome back the class of 2015!  Please join us at Murray Library for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of your class gift.  We look forward to celebrating your investment to the college and can't wait to hear what you have been up to post-graduation!  Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Murray Library
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Class of ’75 (40th) Reunion

Location: Hostetter Chapel
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

History Department Reception

All Messiah College History alums, their family members and friends are invited to attend the History department reception at the LaGrands. Light refreshments will be served and child care will be provided.

Location: 830 Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Department of Nursing Reunion

The Department of Nursing is celebrating 30 years and Sigma Theta Tau is celebrating 25 years! We invite you to celebrate with us, meet our faculty and tour the simulation labs.

Location: Kline 108 and 118
1:30 p.m.

Powderpuff: Championship Game

Location: Rec Fields
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Concert Choir and Alumni Rehearsal

Location: High Center, Parmer Hall
2:00 p.m.

Alumni Men’s Soccer Practice

Location: Practice Fields
2:00 p.m.

Lacrosse Field Dedication

Lacrosse players, their families, alumni, donors, and friends are invited to come dedicate the new lacrosse field between the women's and men's alumni games. In addition to a brief program, we invite you to share in a combined tailgate celebration!

Location: Lacrosse Turf
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Cooking Class

This year's immersive, hands-on cooking class will be led by Sous Chef Pat Combs.  The menu, inspired by Chef Thomas Keller's "Ad Hoc at Home" family-style cookbook, includes Poached Salmon, Scallion Potato Cakes, Asparagus and Tomato-Bacon Stew.  Seats are very limited- advance registration is required.  

Location: Jordan 063
3:00 p.m.

Varsity Women’s Soccer vs. Arcadia University

Location: Shoemaker Field
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Book Reading and Oakes Museum Children’s Tour

Bring your little one to enjoy story time, snacks, and fun activities in the Oakes Museum.

Location: Jordan Science Center, Oakes Museum
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions Team Reunion

Are you a former admissions employee (as a professional staff member or as a work-study student)? Meet members of the current admissions team, reconnect with old friends, and share some of your admissions anecdotes. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Jordan Science Center, Hollinger Lounge
4:00 p.m.

Campus Tour

Departs from the Eisenhower Campus Center Lobby

Location: Eisenhower Campus Center Lobby
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Concert Choir and Alumni Concert

Location: High Center, Parmer Hall
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Alumni Men’s Lacrosse Game

Location: Lacrosse Turf
5:00 p.m.

Eyas White-Out March

Join current Eyas leadership for the annual white-out march!

Location: Hostetter Chapel
6:00 p.m.

Varsity Men’s Soccer vs. Arcadia University

Get there a few minutes early to see the student white-out march led by Eyas, the Student Alumni Council.

Location: Shoemaker Field
9:00 p.m.

SAB Homecoming Coffeehouse

Students and alumni come together to enjoy the talents of their community in the time-honored tradition of Coffeehouse! Sponsored by the Student Activities Board and Office of Alumni Relations.

Location: Eisenhower Campus Center, Brubaker Auditorium

Student Events

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Welcome Home

We are so excited to welcome you back to campus for Homecoming Weekend 2015 and look forward to reconnecting and reminiscing with you!

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Homecoming Resources

Dining Plan

This year, we are excited to continue the deeply discounted Homecoming Dining Plan that will allow you and your guests to enjoy our dining options on campus. While all dining facilities are open to guests throughout the weekend, our Homecoming Dining Plan (coupon required) will provide you with the best value (valid Oct. 17, 2015 only). Dining Plan coupons can be purchased through our online registration.

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Hotel Accommodations

Whether you are across the state or across the world, we are very grateful you have decided to make the journey back “home” to Grantham, PA this fall. A number of motels and hotels in the area provide a discounted rate for Messiah College students, families, and alumni. Please contact each hotel for availability and reservations. The following hotels are within five miles from campus and offer the Messiah College discount upon request. Please make reservations under “Messiah College Homecoming.” Discounts are offered between October 15-October 18.

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Parking & Check-In

Friday, Oct. 16: Golden Grads are encouraged to park in lot WW. Check in for the Golden Grad events will be at the Jordan Science Center Atrium. Golden Grads and those with a need for handicap parking, may park in the visitor parking lot (VV) for the Reunion Celebration Banquet. All other attendees to the Reunion Celebration Banquet may park in lots TT, YY and ZZ. All attendees can check in at Eisenhower. Saturday, Oct. 17: Parking is open across campus (including Starry Athletic Field). Once you arrive, please check in at registration in the Eisenhower Campus Center. You will be able to pick-up or purchase tickets, ask questions, and receive your nametag and schedule.

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*Early registration helps us to ensure we are ready for your visit. All those who register by Oct. 9 will be placed in our early bird prize drawing. Prizes include Messiah College gear, gift cards and more. Don’t miss out!