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Homecoming 2012 in Review

Posted: Nov 06, 2012

From the classics like Coronation, basketball and football, to the sold-out Gaither Vocal Band concert, Homecoming 2012 (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) was an all-around memorable experience for the entire Olivet community.


One of the longest standing of Olivet’s traditions, Coronation provided a beautiful beginning to Homecoming weekend. Senior nursing major Allison Wiseman ’13 from Bradford, Ohio was crowned queen during the ceremony that was themed “Shimmer” and based off of 2 Corinthian 3:18. She was escorted by Cal Samuelson ’13 of Federal Way, Wash.

Other members of the 2012 Homecoming Court included:

  • Lauren Beatty ’13, Kankakee, Ill. (escorted by Jeremy Height ’13, Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Cassidy Lancaster ’13, Lakeland, Fla. (escorted by Michael Doherty ’13, Fenton, Mich.)
  • Whitney (Swick) Means ’13, Grinnell, Iowa (escorted by Seth Means ’13, Grinnel, Iowa)
  • Taylor Polatas ’13, Kent, Ohio (escorted by Josue Sanchez ’13, Morelia, Mexico)

Alumni Awards

Since 1957, Olivet’s Alumni Association has honored one ministerial and one lay person as outstanding alumni through the presentation of the “O” Awards. This year’s recipients were Dr. Samuel Mayhugh and Dr. Mark Quanstrom.

Dr. Samuel Mayhugh '61, of Newport Beach, Calif., has focused his 36-year career as a psychologist and healthcare executive in the area of behavioral health. He is the founder of Integrated Behavioral Health in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and serves as a principal consultant for the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Mark Quanstrom '77, of Bourbonnais, Ill., has served more than 30 years in the ministry and is now a full-time professor of theology and philosophy at Olivet and the preaching pastor at College Church of the Nazarene’s University campus.

Olivet’s Alumni Association presented the second annual Young Alumni Awards to Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz and Ben Smidt.

After studying both engineering and mathematics at Olivet, Heather (Bachelor) Makarewicz '07went on to pursue her life-long dream of working for NASA, before returning to ONU as an adjunct professor.

Ben Smidt '07, a distribution consultant at Catepillar Inc., has served in several capacities in their logistics division, Cat Logistics, where he focuses on reducing services parts inventory.

For their long time support and friendship with Olivet, the Alumni Board also recognized Eastern Michigan District Superintendent Stephen Anthony and his wife, Marilyn, and Harold and Ruth Severance as “Honorary Alumni.”

Tiger Sports

With McHie Arena at near capacity, the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team made quick and easy work of visiting Lincoln Trail College (Ill.) in an exhibition game in front of the Homecoming crowd. Under the leadership of new head coach Lauren Stamatis, the Tigers walked away with a 109-45 victory. 

The men's basketball team started the 2012-13 season by hosting Clarke University (Iowa) and defeating the Crusaders 78-70. The Tigers got off to an early 17-point lead, lost it in the second half, but held on late to secure its first win of the season.

In a game that seemingly had it all, the football team  put on quite a show against Trinity International University (Ill.), pulling out a 41-39 last second win in front of a Homecoming weekend crowd at Ward Field. The victory came as junior kicker Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) nailed a 42-yard field goal with one second remaining. The kick gave the Tigers their second straight win and first in league play.

Coming off a regular season that concluded with five wins, the men's soccer team  was ready for postseason play. They welcomed Judson University (Ill.) for CCAC Tournament Quarterfinal play on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Tigers played in their sixth overtime game this season, but were victorious again in a 2-1 overtime win.

Gaithers in Concert

The Gaither Vocal Band returned for a repeat ONU Homecoming performance on Saturday evening in Centennial Chapel. The show, which had been sold out since September, featured Bill Gaither, Olivet’s combined student choir and some of be best loved voices in gospel music: Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Michael English and Mark Lowry.

Orpheus Choir Reunion
In honor of Orpheus Choir’s 80th year, several Orpheus alumni joined with the 69 current members to form a mass, reunion choir, under the direction of current director Dr. Jeff Bell ’81 and former director Dr. George Dunbar ’58 BS/’59 BA who holds the longest tenure as Orpheus director (27 years).

Following rehearsals and reconnecting on Saturday, the choir performed favorites like “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” and “A Mighty Fortress” during the Sunday morning worship service in Centennial Chapel. During the service, three men and their wives were recognized for their lasting legacy to the Department of Music at ONU: George Dunbar (former director of Orpheus Choir) and his wife, Linda (Luttrell) ’59, Ovid Young ’82 (artist-in-residence) and his wife, Laura (Rees) ’62, and Harlow Hopkins ’53 (former chair of the Department of Music) and his wife, Harriet (Boughan) ’53


U.S. states represented among Olivet's student body, as well as 17 countries