2015 Homecoming Wrap-Up

Posted by Janae Melvin on February 17, 2016 in 150th, alumni, BAHOF, banquet, Gangwish, Homecoming, sesquicentennial Ottawa University hosted its annual Homecoming festivities October 15 – 18 at The College. The highlight of the weekend was the dedication of the new Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center and then the Sesquicentennial Convocation, the culmination of the University’s year-long celebration of 150 years of preparing students for a life of significance.

On Thursday evening, the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet was held in the newly opened Schendel Conference Center. Four individuals were inducted into BAHOF: Greg Bell ’75, Rodney (White) Gilyard ’92, Dustin Herron ’01, and Tony Porter ’03. Thirteen student-athlete scholars were also recognized for their contributions on and off the field.

State, local and University officials gathered on Friday morning for the dedication of Gangwish Library and Gibson Student Center on Mowbray Plaza. Tours of the new facility were available throughout the day for guests and alumni.

That afternoon, the 150th celebration continued at Fredrikson Chapel with the University-wide Sesquicentennial Convocation where President Eichner addressed those gathered. Eichner spoke on the excitement of the festivities, the history of the University and his thoughts on what the future might look like and how it could impact the institution moving forward.

Friday evening, the Alumni Association Banquet was held, which honored four award recipients. Will Allison ’09 received the Recent Alumni Award; Wayne Duderstadt ’79 was presented with the Distinguished Service Award; Doug Knight ’65 received the Outstanding Achievement Award; and John Boyd Martin was inducted into the OU Alumni Association as an honorary member.

Athletics are always an exciting part of Homecoming with scrimmages and competitions taking place throughout the weekend. Women’s volleyball scored a 3-0 victory against Kansas Wesleyan on Friday afternoon and the men’s and women’s basketball team held their annual alumni scrimmages that evening in Wilson Field House. The men’s and women’s soccer teams defeated the University of Saint Mary on Saturday by scores of 2-1 (OT) and 2-0, respectively. Baseball and softball held their alumni scrimmages Saturday afternoon at the Dick Peters Complex.

Fans were invited to “Tailgate with a View” on Saturday morning in the new Hasty Conference Room in preparation for the 1 p.m. football kickoff against the University of Saint Mary. The Braves dominated on both sides of the ball and won the game 45-7. During the game, the Class of ’65 presented a check for $58,000 to the Keith Shumway Endowed Scholarship as their 50-year class gift and at halftime Nakoah Brown and Angelica Tapia were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

Saturday evening concluded with the Golden Club and Class of ’65 Reception, class socials and the Alumni Theatre Show. On Sunday morning, the festivities came to a close with worship at Ottawa First Baptist Church.

Homecoming weekend was the perfect opportunity to celebrate rich past of Ottawa University while looking ahead to the future.