JACKSON, Tenn. – Nov. 8, 2010– Hundreds of Union University alumni celebrated their annual homecoming with a week of activities that culminated Nov. 6 in a tailgate party, the crowning of a new homecoming queen and wins for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Emily Logan, a piano performance major from Franklin, Tenn., was selected as the 2010 Homecoming queen and crowned at halftime of the Lady Bulldogs’ 83-57 win over the University of St. Francis (Ill.). She is the daughter of David and Terri Logan.
After the women’s game, the Bulldogs defeated Truett-McConnell (Ga.) 79-69. At halftime of the men’s game, the men of Lambda Chi Alpha were awarded with the Presidential Homecoming Cup. The award honors the student organization that has shown outstanding service during the last school year.
The afternoon of basketball followed a morning tailgate party on the Great Lawn that included an “Arts in the Park” exhibit and several family-friendly activities.
That evening, in first-round TranSouth conference tournament action, the Lady Bulldogs’ soccer team defeated Bethel University (Tenn.) 2-1, and the Bulldogs edged Lyon College (Ark.) on penalty kicks 5-4 after playing to a 1-1 double overtime tie.
Other Homecoming attendants were Ashley Smith, a freshman from Jackson, Tenn., and the daughter of Tim and Penney Smith; Hillary Craft, a sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., and the daughter of Terry and Teresa Craft; Anna Ezell, a junior from Louisville, Ky., and the daughter of Kevin and Lynette Ezell; Stephanie Sowell, a senior from Houston, Texas, and the daughter of Mike and Mandy Sowell; Kari Beougher, a senior from Louisville, Ky., and the daughter of Tim and Sharon Beougher; and Brooke Laws, a senior from Union City, Tenn., and the daughter of Bruce Laws and Debbie Laws.
In addition to the Homecoming court, seniors Micah Roeder and Callie Davenport were named Mr. and Miss Union. Roeder is a psychology and business major from Earle, Ark., and is the son of Jim and Nita Roeder. Davenport is an elementary education major from Chattanooga, Tenn., and is the daughter of Darrell and Charlotte Davenport.
Other events during the week included a special Homecoming chapel service Nov. 5, in which Union recognized members of the class of 1961 celebrating their 50-year reunion. The class members attended a luncheon following the chapel service and then took a tour of the former campus in downtown Jackson.
The chapel service also featured the annual alumni awards. Robert Cox, of Union’s facilities management team, received the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award. Marvin (class of 1953) and Jean Fitts (class of 1949) received the Distinguished Service Award. George Guthrie (class of 1981), the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Guthrie preached in the chapel service and encouraged students to use the Bible as the focal point to give them the necessary orientation in their lives.
“God’s word is to be the constant orientation point around which our lives revolve,” Guthrie said. “On which our lives focus. From which we get direction in life and know how life is supposed to be lived.”
Following chapel, the Fittses were honored in the Emma Waters Summar Library for their donation of more than 100 pre-Columbian artifacts that they had collected during more than 30 years as missionaries in Peru and Mexico.
Earlier in the week, more than 1,000 Union students, faculty and staff participated in the seventh annual “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service” and worked on more than 60 community service projects in the local community.