JACKSON, Tenn. – Nov. 7, 2011 – Hundreds of Union University alumni celebrated their annual Homecoming with a week of activities that culminated Nov. 5 in two basketball wins and the crowning of a new Homecoming queen.
Andi Schreiber, a senior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., was selected as the 2011 Homecoming queen and crowned at halftime of the Lady Bulldogs’ 82-45 win over the University of St. Francis (Ill.). She is the daughter of Mike and Angie Schreiber.
After the women’s game, the Bulldogs defeated Belhaven University 87-66. At halftime of the men’s game, the women of Zeta Tau 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 Friday evening’s “Union Night” on the Great Lawn that featured a variety of activities and culminated in a lengthy fireworks display.
“It was an exciting weekend of events celebrating all that God has done in the life of Union University,” said Josh Clarke, Union’s director of alumni relations. “Being able to hear from our most recent alumni to those who graduated in the 1950s was a great reminder that the reach of Union continually spans the generations and the globe.”
Other Homecoming attendants were Halee Ackerman, a freshman from Carson City, Nev.; Sarah Helton, a sophomore from Franklin, Tenn.; Anna Marie Deschenes, a junior from Jackson, Tenn; Desirae Suggs, a junior from Savannah, Ga.; Megan Daniel, a senior from Memphis, Tenn.; Meredith Wood, a senior from Brentwood, Tenn.; and Erin Spencer, a senior from Marion, Ark.
In addition to the Homecoming court, seniors Karl Magnuson and Schreiber were named Mr. and Miss Union. Magnuson, from Louisville, Ky., will graduate in May with a major in engineering and a minor in mathematics. He is president of Union’s Student Government Association.
Other events during the week included a special Homecoming chapel service Nov. 4, in which Union recognized members of the class of 1962 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. Tom McAfee, president of Hallmark Systems, Inc., in Macon, Ga., received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and Jerol Swaim, president of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Ark., received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Swaim is the fifth college president to receive the annual alumni award from Union. Charles Millican (University of Central Florida), William Troutt (Rhodes College), Bob Agee (Oklahoma Baptist University) and Russell Tuck (California Baptist College, now California Baptist University) were previously honored with the award.
Earlier in the week, about 1,000 Union students, faculty and staff participated in the ninth annual “Campus and Community: A Day of Remembrance and Service” and worked on more than 70 community service projects in the local community.