Homecoming 2018: October 19-20!

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Schedule of events

Bill Connell Memorial Golf Tournament: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tee it up and let it fly at the 36th annual Bill Connell Homecoming Golf Tournament! Reconnect with fellow alumni, play a friendly game of golf, and enjoy lunch, provided by Bill Eason '60 and Little Red Pig/Kate Clyde's Catered Creations. Honor a past professor, teammate, or coach by sponsoring a hole for $100. Proceeds go to support the Bulldog Club and Wingate Athletics.

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

Location: Eagle Chase Golf Club      

Cost: $80 per golfer

Blue Carpet Gala: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please join us as we roll out the blue carpet to honor some of our most deserving alumni with dinner and an award ceremony. This year, we will recognize the following alumni:

  • Honorary Alumnus: Windell L. Talley
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Patrick C. Brown ‘95
  • Alumni Excellence in Service Award: Amee Huneycutt Odom ‘95
  • Outstanding Young Alumna: Melanie Powell Romanaux ‘07
  • Champion of Diversity: Rosanny Lynch Crumpton ‘05

2018 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Jason Foster ‘99 - Baseball
  • Sean Barnette ‘08 - Men’s Basketball
  • Melissa Deluca Schuett ‘08 - Volleyball
  • Bryan Grier ‘08 - Men’s Basketball
  • Steve Poston- Vice President and Director of Athletics; Baseball

Business-casual attire suggested

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, 704-233-8303, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location:   LaVerne Banquet Hall                         

Cost: $25

Volleyball vs. Carson-Newman: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Cuddy Arena    

Cost: $5 adult/ $3 K-college; Non-WU student

Volleyball Alumni Post-Match Reception: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join volleyball alumni for fun and fellowship at a post-match reception. Admission is free, but RSVP to Coach Collier is required.

Contact: Shelton Collier, scollier@wingate.edu

Location:  Cuddy Arena Balcony          

Cost: Free

Schedule of events 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tennis Alumni Doubles Round Robin and Brunch: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Alumni will be paired with current members of our men’s and women’s tennis teams in a round robin format. Food and drink will be provided under the gazebo during the event. Registration is required.

Contact: Michael Cabana, mcabana@wingate.edu

Location: Tennis Courts

Cost: Free

50th Reunion/Order of 1896 Brunch and Guided Campus Tour: 10 a.m. to Noon

All alumni who graduated in 1968 or earlier are invited to the Order of 1896 Brunch. We will celebrate the 50th reunion class’ (1968) induction into the Order of 1896, sharing fond memories with old (and new) friends. Admission is free for the class of 1968, but registration is required.
Immediately following brunch, we welcome attendees to join us for a guided campus bus tour, where you can enjoy the beauty of our growing campus.

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, 704-233-8303, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location: LaVerne Banquet Hall        

Cost: $15/Free for Class of ‘68

Block Party: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Come enjoy the beauty of the campus while reconnecting with other alumni in a family-friendly atmosphere. We will offer live music, food trucks, inflatables, balloon artists, face painting, and much more! Be sure to pick up your pre-ordered Homecoming shirts at the Block Party, or buy one before we run out.

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, 704-233-8303, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location: McGee Promenade           

Cost: Free

Running of the Bullies: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Student group Bulldogs into Going Green (BIGG) is sponsoring this fundraiser for Bullies to the Rescue, where you can take pictures with gorgeous bulldogs, buy raffle tickets and cool swag to help offset vet bills, and vote for the gnarliest Bulldog on the Block -- all decked out in their best 80s gear. Then cheer on your favorite bulldog as they race to victory!

Pre-register your fur baby for the costume contest ($5 donation) and/or race ($25 donation) by contacting Cathy Wright. 

Contact: Cathy Wright, c.wright@wingate.edu

Location: McGee Promenade             

Cost: Fundraiser

Reunion Celebration: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year, we are celebrating reunions for all years ending in 3’s and 8’s. If you are celebrating a milestone reunion this year, stop by the special reunion year tent on the Stegall Lawn to reconnect with your classmates, enjoy light refreshments, and pick up some special celebratory swag!

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, 704-233-8303, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Admissions Open House and Campus Tours: Noon and 1 p.m.

Alumni and their families are invited to join our Admissions team for an open house, with campus tours leaving at noon and 1pm. 

Location: Stegall Building        

Cost: Free

Women’s Basketball Alumni Game: Noon to 2 p.m.

Dust off your Nikes, because it is time for the annual women’s basketball alumni game! If you plan to play, make sure to register online or with Coach Hancock and include your t-shirt, jersey, and shorts size.

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

Location: Cuddy Arena      

Cost: Free

Football Parking Lots Open: 1 p.m.

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game and Tailgate: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join the men’s lacrosse team for a little friendly competition during the alumni game. A lacrosse tailgate will immediately follow the game, in the grass parking lot behind the tailgating area.  

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

Location: Graham Gill Field    

Cost: Free

Wingate University Black Alumni Association Tailgate: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join the Wingate University Black Alumni Association for food and fellowship before the football game. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location: Football Tailgate Area  

Cost: Free

Classes without Quizzes: 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Come hear from some of the best and brightest professors at Wingate as they teach mini-lessons in their area of expertise. Each 45-minute lesson will be taught twice, back-to-back with a 15 minute break in between. Advanced registration for classes is required in order to ensure enough space in each session.

What your spit says about you: “Home” DNA Testing and the Era of Personal Genomics, Dr. Brian Odom
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.

E-Estonia: How a Small Country in Eastern Europe Revolutionized Politics, Economics and Citizenship, Dr. Joseph Ellis
Most people haven't heard of Estonia; not yet anyway. But its contribution to e-governance, internet voting, taxation policy, and digital citizenship may reshape how we understand modern politics. This lecture will address how a small, once Communist, and once Soviet-dominated country is now at the forefront of a radically new way to think about governing, and why we should all be paying attention.

Terrible Teens?: Technology Use and Well-Being among Generation Z, Dr. Terese Lund
Popular culture portrays adolescents as technology-obsessed and increasingly troubled, but are teens today struggling more so than previous generations? This presentation explores the lives of today’s teens, Generation Z, discussing both problems and promise.

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location: Hayes Academic Building       

Cost: Free

Fraternity & Sorority Life’s 25th Anniversary: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for a pre-tailgate reception to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of fraternity and sorority life on Wingate's campus. There will be music, giveaways, and good times. Reunite with your brothers and sisters from years past and meet the current leadership of the fraternity and sorority community. No RSVP is required.

Contact: Tommy Severin, t.severin@wingate.edu

Location: Student Tailgate Area     

Cost: Free

Events 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Alumni Tailgate: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for our first Homecoming cook-off at this year’s alumni tailgate! Taste a variety of homemade chilis and cast your vote for the champion, which will take home the trophy at the end of the event. We will also have some great giveaways and games, so make sure to stop by!

Contact: Brittany Bumgarner, b.bumgarner@wingate.edu

Location: Football Tailgate Area         

Cost: Free

Bulldog Walk: 3:45 p.m.

Join our cheerleaders, the Pep Band, and Victor E. Bulldog to cheer on the football team as they walk through the tailgate area into Irwin Belk Stadium.

Location: Football Tailgate Area   

Football Box Office Opens: 4 p.m.

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium 

Track & Field and Cross Country Alumni Tailgate: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is free for alumni plus one guest, additional guests are $1 each; registration required.

Contact: Ashley Glover, a.glover@wingate.edu or Travis LeFlore, tr.leflore@wingate.edu

Location: Football Tailgate Area       

Cost: Free

Women’s Soccer vs. Carson-Newman: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Pride Park      

Cost: Free

Football vs. Mars Hill: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

$16 Reserved Seating // $12 Adult General Admission // $8 Student General Admission (non-WU, K-college) // 5 & Under, free
Class of 1968: We would like to offer you a complimentary ticket to the football game with the option to sit in a reserved area of the stadium with your classmates!

Please RSVP to Brittany Bumgarner at 704-233-8303 or b.bumgarner@wingate.edu by October 8th to claim your free ticket!

Location: Irwin Belk Stadium

Men’s Soccer vs. Carson-Newman: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Pride Park        

Cost: Free

Fireworks: 9:30 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: $15 Adults, $10 Youth & Onesies 

Pre-order yours today and pick it up at the Block Party or the Alumni Tailgate. 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.