Homecoming 2013 OverviewPosted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in Ottawa University hosted its annual Homecoming festivities from October 23 – 27 at The College. Themed “Among the Stars,” Homecoming 2013 featured the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) induction, the Alumni Awards banquet, the Angell Snyder Business Symposium, multiple class reunions, and a host of other activities.
Thursday, students joined alumni and community members who came to campus for the annual Angell Snyder Business Symposium (see page 7). The day-long event featured four speakers on Servant Leadership, as well as a luncheon and presentation of the David C. Owen Leadership Award to Jerry Haney of All India Mission. Following the symposium, a non-profit networking event was held in the Mabee Center.
The Braves Athletic Hall of Fame (BAHOF) Induction Banquet concluded Thursday’s events. Following the recognition of student-athlete scholars, the 2013 inductees were presented: Arabie Conner, Clint Guth ’95, Michael Hull ’00, Randy Mijares ’84, Steffen Smith ’88, and Bob Winn ’73. For more information on each of the inductees, click here.
On Friday, the day began with the Celebration Luncheon in recognition of OU’s supporters, including Heritage Roll of Honor, Dome Society, trustees, Alumni Golden Club, and 50 year class members. Campus tours were offered in the afternoon, followed by an alumni reception held in the snack bar.
The day culminated in the Alumni Awards Dinner, which honored five award recipients. Nick Scott ’05 received the Recent Alumni Award; Mary Alice (Edwards) Geise ’54 was presented the Esther Ruth Award; Glenda (Melson) Schmidt was inducted into the OU Alumni Association as an honorary member; Rober Tiller ’62 received the Distinguished Service Award; and John C. Goodwin ’63 was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award. For detailed information on each of these recipients, click here.
Athletics are always a highlight of Homecoming. Men’s and women’s soccer, as well as volleyball, kicked off the week’s events on Wednesday, with several more sporting events on Friday. Men’s and women’s cross country competed in the Bo Boucek Invitational Cross Country Meet at Pomona Lake, followed by the men’s and women’s alumni basketball scrimmages in Wilson Field House. The day wrapped up with a pep rally and bonfire at 11th and Mulberry.
Saturday began with another alumni scrimmage made possible with the revival of men’s tennis. Later in the morning, alumni joined in a Homecoming first when miniature OU Otters were released in City Park’s Skunk Run as part of the Great Adawe Otter Race. Entries for the race were sold prior to the event as a fundraiser for the Adawe LifePlan Center.
The family fun zone was available in the Mabee Center throughout the day for children of all ages to play. More alumni scrimmages, baseball and softball, took place in the early afternoon, while tailgating for the football game started at 11:00 and led up to the 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Braves battled Southwestern at Peoples Bank Field with a victory of 82-21. Between the first and second quarters, the Class of ’63 presented a check for $67,500 towards the new Library/Student Center as their 50-year class gift, and at halftime Tyler Kopatch and Amber Ramsey were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
Following the game was a mixer at the Great Life Golf Country Club for all of the alumni in attendance, and classes ending in ’3 and ’8 held reunions at various locations on campus and around town throughout the evening. Also following the football game, women’s soccer took on Kansas Wesleyan at 6:00 p.m., losing 2-1, followed immediately by the men’s soccer game, which ended in a 0-0 tie.
Homecoming concluded on Sunday, October 27, with Ottawa University music and choir performances at Ottawa First Baptist Church. The final event of Homecoming 2013 was the Fall Musical Concert, held in the Fredrickson Chapel from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.