TWC alumni rediscover heritage at Homecoming

Posted on: October 18, 2013

More than 300 alumni and friends of the college came together on Tennessee Wesleyan College's beautiful 40-acre campus to rediscover their Wesleyan heritage and pride.

More than 300 alumni and friends of the college came together on Tennessee Wesleyan College’s beautiful 40-acre campus to rediscover their Wesleyan heritage and pride. Participating in more than 20 events over a three-day weekend, TWC’s 2013 Homecoming was a celebration that brought TWC alumni back to their alma mater to fellowship with today’s students, faculty, and staff.

“Homecoming is always a special time of the year at Tennessee Wesleyan,” said Dr. Harley Knowles, TWC president.

“It’s always such a joy to see alumni back on campus, reuniting with their former classmates and teammates to celebrate their TWC memories and the wonderful accomplishments they’ve made in their lives since graduating from Wesleyan.”

The main events at this year’s Homecoming included the always popular student Lip Sync contest, the Annual Alumni/Student Choir Concert, a Spring Show Flashback that reunited choir alumni to recreate past TWC musical performances, the Blue and Gold Gala, and a Tour of Europe dinner with proceeds benefitting TWC choir’s Europe tour that they’ll be taking next summer.

This year’s Blue and Gold Gala was attended by a record 180 alumni and college friends who came out to applaud four special award winners and five Hall of Fame recipients who received their awards at the ceremony.

The J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award went to Robert Greene, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award to Brian Kyle, and the Robbie J. Ensminger Friend of Wesleyan Awards to Sheilah Farmer Grubb and Dr. Durwood Dunn. The 2013 TWC Hall of Fame Recipients were Ruthie Cawood, Gene Raymer, Doug Raymer, Jorge Fuchs, and Joe Young.

“This year’s award winners have all given so much to Tennessee Wesleyan,” said Jessica Edwards, TWC director of undergraduate admissions and former director of alumni relations and annual fund. “Whether on the athletic court or field or in the classroom, these nine honorees have made a positive impact on TWC and we will forever be grateful to them for that.”

TWC’s annual Homecoming festivities always offer music, sports, food, fellowship, and fun, bringing in alumni who drive and fly in from all over the country.

“Our Homecoming celebration allows TWC to remember our heritage while looking forward to our bright future as a leader in East Tennessee higher education,” said Jo Lundy, TWC’s newly elected president of the alumni board of directors.

"TWC has such a rich history from which we can draw inspiration. However, as we progress, we must not be locked in the past. Our world is continually evolving around us but our values of knowledge, service, leadership, and belief remain the same. So we will build upon the foundation that has been laid in order to continue to impact the lives of students and alumni for generations to come."

This was the third Homecoming to be led by TWC Vice President for Advancement Randy Nelson. Nelson cherishes the opportunity to plan and coordinate what he believes to be the culmination of Tennessee Wesleyan’s yearly achievements.

“TWC is a special institution and I’m proud to be a part of the Tennessee Wesleyan family as a staff member and an alumnus,” said Nelson. “Homecoming may be only one weekend a year but it’s the one weekend at TWC where past alumni can meet future alumni and celebrate the Tennessee Wesleyan experience together.”

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