Homecoming to celebrate 100th anniversary of Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk

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2003-09-19
Huntington, Ind.— Rev. Milton Wright, father of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, was instrumental in the founding of Huntington College. As Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Milton Wright laid the cornerstone of the school’s first building in August, 1896, and offered the prayer of dedication for the College in September, 1897. In tribute to the Wright family, Huntington College will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ triumph over Homecoming weekend, October 3-4, 2003.


Wilbur & Orville Wright

The Sky’s the Limit will serve as the Homecoming theme with various activities centered around the celebration of those inaugural flights in Kitty Hawk, N.C. The Richlyn Library Archives will display Huntington College’s fabric swatch from the original Wright Flyer, given by Wilkinson Wright, the great grandson of Bishop Milton Wright and grand-nephew of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The swatch was presented to the College in 1997, when Wilkinson Wright accepted a Centennial Medallion from Huntington College on behalf of Bishop Wright, who was one of 100 people past and present to be honored.

The Merillat Centre for the Arts will display aviation memorabilia from the collection of the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum. On a passport tour of campus, “air traffic controllers” will direct people to various locations around campus where passport stamps can be accumulated that will qualify individuals for a grand-prize drawing at the close of homecoming festivities. Children’s activities, such as a wacky obstacle course and a make-your-own-airplane contest, will be held in the Merillat Center for Physical Education and Recreation.


Wright Flyer
(Image donated by Corbis - Bettmann.)

Many other Homecoming activities will take place throughout the weekend. The Merillat Centre for the Arts auditorium will be named in honor of Dr. Carl Zurcher, Class of 1948, for his decades of unfailing dedication to students and Huntington College. Two recent class gifts will be celebrated through dedication ceremonies, as will Leow-Brenn Center and the Student Venture Learning Center.

Five-year class reunions and various departmental reunions will take place on campus, and the annual coronation and alumni dinner and awards will honor students and alums.

The Merillat Centre for the Arts will host a plethora of events. Comedian Jeff Allen will present a show Friday evening at 8 p.m., the Marjorie Cook Retrospective Art Exhibition will be in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery throughout the weekend, the theatre department will present their version of Who’s Line is it Anyway? Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., and the annual Davis Hall Follies will take the MCA stage for two shows on Saturday evening.

The athletic teams will be in action throughout the weekend, including men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, softball and baseball. The men’s basketball team will give a “sneak peak” of this year’s squad during an inter-varsity scrimmage, held after an alumni versus alumni game Friday evening.


Kitty Hawk
(Image donated by Corbis - Bettmann.)


The public is cordially invited to attend the festivities. A complete schedule of events is provided below. More information can be found on the Huntington College web site at www.huntington.edu.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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SCHEDULE OF HOMECOMING EVENTS

Friday, October 3, 2003

9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Marjorie Cook Retrospective Art Exhibition, Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Merillat Center for the Arts

11:00 AM
Alpha Chi Induction, Merillat Centre for the Arts Auditorium

Noon
Alpha Chi Luncheon, Habecker Dining Commons (R.S.V.P. only)

5:00 PM
Baseball Game, Forest Glen Park

5:15-6:45 PM
Dinner Through the Line, Habecker Dining Commons

6:00-7:15 PM
Registration, Habecker Dining Commons

6:00 PM
Coronation, Norm's Place--HUB

8:00 PM
Comedian Jeff Allen, Merillat Centre for the Arts

9:45 PM
Ice Cream Social hosted by President and Mrs. Dowden, Habecker Dining Commons, lower level

10:30 PM
Basketball Scrimmage--Alumni vs. Alumni followed by Men's Varsity scrimmage




Saturday, October 4, 2003

7:30 AM
Klopfenstein Classic Golf Outing, Norwood Golf Course (Contact Mike Frame at 260-359-4082) Proceeds go to the Forester Baseball Team

8:00 AM
5 K Run/walk sponsored by Alpha Gamma Pi--PERC--
Registration $10, 7:30 AM

9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Majorie Cook Retrospective Art Exhibition, Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Merillat Centre for the Arts

9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Women's Softball--games approximately every 90 minutes

9:00 AM-11:00 PM
Brunch Reception, Robert E. Wilson Gallery

9:00 AM
Parent's Association Breakfast (R.S.V.P. only) Habecker Dining Commons

9:30 AM
Alumni Cross Country Run (Men's and Women's) course at corner of Gragg Street. and Stultz Road

10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Registration continues, Habecker Dining Commons

10:00 AM
Gallery Talk, Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Merillat Centre for the Arts

10:00 AM-Noon
HC Bookstore will be open

10:00 AM
Volleyball Alumni match, PERC

10:00 AM-1:30 PM
Children's Activities, PERC Fieldhouse
Obstacle course, games, etc. (children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult)

10:30 AM
Zucher Auditorium Naming Celebration/Class 2001 Cross Dedication, Merillat Centre for the Arts

10:30 AM
E. DeWitt Baker Invitation--Cross Country (Men's and Women's)

11:00 AM-1:30 PM
5-Year Class Reunions, Habecker Dining Commons, lower level

11:30 AM-1:00 PM
All-School Lunch, Habecker Dining Commons lower level

Noon
Women's Soccer, HC vs. Davenport University

1:00 PM
Loew-Brenn/Student Venture Learning Center (formerly SVA) Dedication

1:30-3:00 PM
Passport Tour of Campus--Pick up passport for prizes at the Registration Desk

1:30-3:00 PM
Departmental Reunions: Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Science Hall, third-floor atrium
English Department Reunion, third level of Loew-Brenn Center
EXCEL Reunion, Science Hall Room #150
Recreation Management, PERC

2:30 PM
Men's Soccer, HC vs. Asbury College

2:30 PM
HC3 Theatre Production, Studio Theatre

4:30 PM
Class of 2002 Street Clock Dedication, in front of the HUB

5:00 PM
Alumni Family Dinner and awards presentations, Habecker Dining Commons (informal dress)

5:00 PM
Alumni Baseball Game, Forest Glen Park

7:00 PM
Davis Hall Follies, Merillat Centre for the Arts

9:30 PM
Davis Hall Follies, Merillat Centre for the Arts


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 Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).   
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