JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 12, 2002 – This year’s Homecoming Week at Union marked an annual tradition of alumni being welcomed home and faculty and staff visiting with former students. The fun-filled week of memories revisited by alumni and created by present students kicked off with perhaps the student’s most exciting memory of all: a snow day complete with snowball fights that cancelled classes as well as the much-anticipated chapel with worship led by Christian recording artist Nicole Nordeman. However, the snow did not stop Nordeman from hosting a very well attended coffeehouse concert later that evening.
As the week progressed, honored members of the Class of 1952 registered Friday morning for their fiftieth reunion, with special 50-year medallions presented to them during the Founder’s Day Homecoming Chapel. Following lunch, the alumni were shuttled downtown for a visit to the old campus on which they gained knowledge, learned life-lessons, and established relationships during their cherished college years at Union. A dedication service was held with a plaque put into place honoring the old but never forgotten “Circle” of the campus.
That same evening, various departments of Union offered interesting and informative dinners as well as professional development sessions to bring the alumni of similar background back to their place of common ground. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the Communication Arts Dinner and Gameshow, marked by the alumni “Newlywed Game.”
Later that night, the students of Union University showed their talent in the high-caliber annual performance competition, “All-Sing.” The large group performance category was won by the Chi-Omega Sorority group and the small group performance category was won by entrants from the Sophomore class.
Saturday brought an enjoyable reunion brunch and reception with the annual Alumni Awards luncheon immediately following. The award for the reunion class with the highest percentage of alumni contributing to the University was made to the Class of 1957 as nearly 50% of the class made annual contributions in the past year. The class that contributed the largest dollar amount in 2001 was the class of 1952 with a contribution total of $77,000. Following the awards, Union President David S. Dockery greeted those in attendance with his encouraging and riveting “State of the Union Address,” stating that Union remains a “healthy university.”
Senior Sarah Jane Head was crowned Homecoming Queen by President Dockery at halftime of the men's game.
The Homecoming activities were fun and exciting, but all in all the week was highlighted by the presence of some of those who have made it possible for Union to achieve it’s present level of distinction – Union’s alumni.
Bob Hundley, Class of 1948, may have summed up the feelings of all Union students, past and present, when he said with his wife at his side, “We’ll always remember and love Union University.”
By Josh Howerton,
Class of 2005
Sara B. Horn,