Homecoming 2019: October 25-26


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Schedule of events

Bill Connell Memorial Golf Tournament: 8:30 a.m.

Come out swinging at the 37th Annual Bill Connell Homecoming Golf Tournament! Play a friendly game of golf while reconnecting with other Bulldog alumni and enjoy lunch, provided by Kate Clyde’s Catered Creations (Bill Eason ‘60). Don’t forget to support the Bulldog Club and Wingate Athletics by sponsoring a hole for $100 in honor of a past professor, teammate, or coach. 

8:30 a.m. - Registration
9:30 a.m. -Tee Time

Contact: Bill Nash, 704-233-8121, bilnash@wingate.edu

Location: Eagle Chase Golf Club      

Cost: $85 per golfer; $100 hole sponsorship

Music Alumni Panel Discussion: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join music alumni and current students for a panel discussion and reflections of four decades of music at Wingate. 

Contact: Dawn Davis, 704-233-8310, ddavis@wingate.edu

Location: Recital Hall

Cost: Free


“Encountered Content” by Chris Liberti Exhibit/Lyceum feat. Artist Talk: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy contemporary oil paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes while getting to know our featured artist, Chris Liberti. In his best works, Liberti brings together abstraction and representation in a way that allows beautiful tensions and artistic paradoxes to co-exist. 

Contact: Charlene Bregier, 704-233-6708, mbregier@wingate.edu

Location: Hinson Art Museum

Cost: Free

Women's Swimming vs. Queens: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Cannon Complex

Cost: Free

Blue Carpet Gala: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Help us honor some of our most exemplary alumni with dinner and an award ceremony. This year, we will recognize the following alumni:

  • Honorary Alumnus: George C. Bower, Jr.
  • Distinguished Alumni: Christopher J. Cartwright ‘00 and Stephanie J. Cartwright ‘98; Patrick C. Brown ‘95 (2018 honoree)
  • Outstanding Young Alumnus: Seth Thomas Howell ‘06
  • Alumni Excellence in Service Award: Jennifer Ann Foster ‘08
  • Champion of Diversity: Anthony G. Daise ‘02

2019 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Dr. Anna Atkinson Caparaso ‘09- Women's Basketball
  • Kenwin Cummings ‘08- Football
  • Amber Hines Jensch ‘09- Cross Country
  • Maria Vlashchenko Crowder ‘09- Swimming
  • Shelton Collier- Head Volleyball Coach

Registration opens at 6 p.m.; the event is open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Brittany Peper, 704-233-8303, b.peper@wingate.edu

Location:   LaVerne Banquet Hall                         

Cost: $25

Volleyball Alumni Reception: 9:30 p.m.

Immediately following the Blue Carpet Gala, Coach Shelton Collier invites all WU volleyball alumni to Buffalo Wild Wings (2109 W Roosevelt Blvd F, Monroe, NC 28110) for a post-Hall of Fame reception. 

Contact: Shelton Collier, scollier@wingate.edu

Music Showcase: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We want to showcase the talent of our music students and alumni! Choose your favorite piece and participate in this fun-filled evening of solo and ensemble performances. Event is free, but registration is required.

Contact: Dawn Davis, 704-233-8310, ddavis@wingate.edu

Location: Recital Hall

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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Schedule of events

Men's LAX vs. Belmont Abbey 10:00 a.m.

Location: Graham Gill Field

Cost: Free 

SAC Cross Country Championships: 10:15 a.m.

Location: WU Cross Country Course

50th Reunion/Order of 1896 Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to Noon

All alumni who graduated in 1969 or earlier are invited to join us for a special brunch! We will celebrate the 50th reunion class’ (1969) induction into the Order of 1896 and share our fondest memories with old, and new friends. Wingate University would not be the incredible educational institution that it is today without the foundation set by the students of Wingate College, and we want to celebrate YOU!

Contact: Ted Johnson, 980-699-7094, tjohnson@wingate.edu

Location: Hinson Art Museum   

Cost: $15/Free for Class of ‘69

Women’s Basketball Alumni Game: 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Practice your pull-up jumper and your best spin moves, because it is time for a little friendly competition! If you would like to play in this year’s women’s basketball alumni game, please make sure to register online or with Coach Hancock and include your jersey and shorts size.

Contact: Ann Hancock, a.hancock@wingate.edu

Location: Cuddy Arena      

Cost: Free

Admissions Campus Tour: 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Alumni and their families are invited to join our Admissions team to learn more about all of the exciting new additions to our beautiful campus. The tour leaves from LaVerne Banquet Hall at 11:30 a.m.

Location: LaVerne Banquet Hall     

Cost: Free

Music Alumni Luncheon: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All music alumni are invited to attend a special luncheon celebrating the 40th anniversary of the music baccalaureate degree at Wingate. Event is free, but registration is required.

Contact: Dawn Davis, 704-233-8310, ddavis@wingate.edu

Location: Batte Center Rotunda

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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Homecoming Festival Stadium: Noon to 5 p.m.

We have something for the whole family! Come enjoy live music, food trucks, inflatables, balloon artists, face painters, and much more! 

Location: Tailgating Area Adjacent to Irwin Belk

Cost: Free

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game: Noon to 2 p.m.

Get ready to face-off with some familiar faces in this year’s alumni game! 

Contact: Tim Boyle, t.boyle@wingate.edu

Location: Graham Gill Field    

Cost: Free

Alumni Tailgate/Chili Cookoff: 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Get ready for some football when you stop by our Alumni Tailgating tent! We are hosting our second annual Homecoming Chili Cookoff, so make sure you taste all of the entries and cast your vote before we announce our 2019 champion at 3:00 p.m!

**If you wish to tailgate on your own, with a tent or with a vehicle, the tailgating lot opens at 1 p.m. and space is available on a first-come, first served basis. You may bring in outside food and beverages, but please do not bring glass bottles.

Location: Tailgating Area Adjacent to Irwin Belk

Cost: Free

Athletic Tailgating Village: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join former teammates and coaches to reconnect and reminisce! The following teams will have a designated tent in the Athletic Tailgating village: football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track & field and cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and men’s and women’s soccer.

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium 

Cost: Free

Classes without Quizzes: 1:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Session One 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Wingate History: The Place, The People, The Legacy”- Mrs. Amee Odom, Reference Computer Commons
Reminisce about Wingate THEN and see Wingate NOW. While Mrs. Odom considers her 28 years on the Wingate campus a blip on the University's radar, they have provided her with a unique perspective on the place and its people. This stroll down memory lane will be filled with yearbook images, its destination will culminate in the now: where your campus is today. And, maybe there will be some sneak peeks of what's to come for Wingate's landscape.


“What your spit says about you: ‘Home’ DNA Testing and the Era of Personal Genomics”- Dr. Brian Odom, AV Room
Based on commercials we see every day, home DNA test kits seem to be the latest rage. How exactly do they work? How is your sample actually processed? How is this information then used to generate your DNA  report,” find long lost relatives, and determine your geographic “roots?”
In our class we’ll dissect these test kits and see what is going on behind the
scenes of home DNA testing.
Session Two 1:40 p.m. 2:10 p.m.
“Marijuana Legalization”- Dr. Mitch Mackinem, Reference Computer Commons
Marijuana is big business.  Sometimes it is a legal business, sometimes not.  This class without quizzes will look at the promises and perils of legalized marijuana.  


“Cradle to Grave: Medical Sociology and Helping with Health”- Dr. Lacey Ritter, AV Room
Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States, projected to add over 2 million jobs by 2026. One of the main reasons for this boom comes from our aging population. This class without quizzes look at changing demographic trends in the US population and the effects it is having on the health care industry in the years ahead.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Location: Ethel K. Smith Library    

Cost: Free

Alumni Pep Band Rehearsal: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The first-ever Alumni Pep Band will perform at halftime of this year's Homecoming football game! All band alumni are invited, and participants will be invited to sit in with the current band and play during the game if they wish. There will be designated seating for participants and family members immediately behind the current band section.

To register to participate, go to https://forms.gle/XzffZeLJk4nihSaT9.  

Registration deadline is October 11.

Contact: Dawn Davis, 704-233-8310, ddavis@wingate.edu

Location: Instrumental Room

Cost: Free

Events 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Catawba: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Cuddy Arena         

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Human Services 40th Reunion Event: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In celebration of the 40 years of Human Services program at Wingate, come mingle with faculty, staff, alumni, and friends from the past and the present at our alumni event!

Contact: Aaron Culley, aculley@wingate.edu

Location: Ethel K. Smith Library

Cost: Free

Alumni and University Choirs Performance: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Be part of the Wingate University Alumni Choir! Alumni and current students will perform various choral selections for the campus community. 
Alumni will rehearse on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00-11:45 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Vocal Hall. Event is free, but registration is required.

Contact: Dawn Davis, 704-233-8310, ddavis@wingate.edu

Location: McGee Theatre

Cost: Free, but registration is required

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WU Football vs. UVA-Wise: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium   

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Fireworks: 9:00 p.m.

Make sure you stay through the end of the football game to catch our spectacular fireworks show! What better way is there to end a great Homecoming weekend than with celebratory fireworks?

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium      

Cost: Free

Tshirts: $10 Youth S-L; $15 Adults S-3XL

Pre-order yours today and pick it up at the Homecoming Festival between 12pm-5pm on Saturday, October 26. If you can’t make it to Homecoming but still want a shirt, select the shipping option at checkout and we will send it to you for an additional $4 shipping/handling fee.