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Ottawa University Homecoming Weekend Festivities Announced


Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University has announced the festivities scheduled for its annual Homecoming weekend, Oct. 11-14 at the residential campus, 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa. This year’s celebration features the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the OU Alumni Association Awards Banquet and the Homecoming football game.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, four individuals will be inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame: Larry Morris ’74, Alonzo Smith ’86, Elizabeth Lemp ’98, and Lindsey Beil Wannamaker ’98. The Ottawa University Alumni Association Awards Banquet will take place Friday, Oct. 12, honoring Harold ’51 and Mary (DeFries) Monroe, Distinguished Service Award; and Jennifer Johnson ’08 ’13, Recent Alumni Award. Saturday, Oct. 13, the Braves battle the University of Saint Mary in the homecoming football game at Peoples Bank Field at 1 p.m.

While several events are free and open to the public, some require a ticket or advance registration. For more information on ticketed events, please contact Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331 or

***Ticketed events have limited media seating available. To request a ticket to cover an event, please contact Janae Melvin in writing by Tuesday, October 9.***

Thursday, October 11
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m:  Braves Fan Shop Open
6:30 p.m.: Braves Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet*, Schendel Conference Center; Inductees: Larry Morris ’74, Alonzo Smith ’86, Elizabeth Lemp ’98, and Lindsey Beil Wannamaker ’98

Friday, October 12
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m:  Alumni Check-In, Scherich Atrium
8 a.m. - 6 p.m:   Braves Fan Shop Open
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Class ’68 – 50 Year Class Reception*, Hays & Argubright Conference Rooms
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Celebration Luncheon*, Schendel Conference Center
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Alumni Choir Rehearsal*, Fredrikson Chapel, Dr. Stanley DeFries Conducting
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Class of ’58 Meet and Greet, Faculty Lounge
5 p.m.: Student/BSU Social and Career Networking, O’Dell Lounge
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Ottawa University Alumni Association Banquet*, Schendel Conference Center; Recipients: Harold ’51 and Mary (DeFries) Monroe, and Jennifer Johnson ’08 ’13
6 p.m.: Women’s Basketball Alumni Scrimmage, Wilson Field House
8 p.m.: Men’s Basketball Alumni Scrimmage, Wilson Field House
8 p.m.: Pep Rally with fireworks, 11th & Mulberry St.
8:30 p.m.: Class & Affinity Socials*

Saturday, October 21
8 a.m.: Men’s and Women’s Bowling at Springfield Tournament
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Alumni Check-In, Scherich Atrium
9 a.m.: Class of ’69 Planning Session, Ward Science Hall Room 102
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Braves Fan Shop Open
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Campus Tours, Scherich Atrium
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: OUAA Board of Directors Brunch, Scherich Atrium
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Alumni Tailgate Lunch*, Hasty & Goppert Conference Rooms
11 a.m.: Softball Alumni Scrimmage, Dick Peters Complex
1 p.m.: Football – Ottawa vs. McPherson College, Peoples Bank Field
1 p.m.: Baseball Legacy Game, Dick Peters Complex
4 p.m.: BSU Reunion*, O’Dell Lounge
5:30 p.m.: Women’s Soccer at University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.
6 p.m.: Class Dinners* (Golden Club, Class of ’58, Class of ’63, Class of ’68, Class of ’73, Class of ’78, Class of ’98)
8 p.m.: Men’s Soccer at University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, October 22
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Community Worship Service, First Baptist Church, Ottawa, Kan.

*Denotes event that requires advanced registration or a ticket.


About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix and Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.

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