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More fun for students and parents during 2013 Homecoming & Family Weekend

Posted: Nov 01, 2013

Beginning this year, Olivet is establishing a new, annual tradition. Parents and families of current students are invited to join in the fun around campus from November 6 through 10, 2013, during Homecoming & Family Weekend. Special activities for families to enjoy together with their students are included in the packed schedule of events.

Parent-Student Breakfast is the newest event and one of the highlights for Saturday, November 9. Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, is the featured speaker. His message of encouragement and inspiration is sure to be meaningful for all. This will also be an opportunity for students and parents to spend time with one another in a relaxed setting.

Before the breakfast, families will enjoy participating together in the 29th Annual Wendy Parsons 5K Run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. in the lobby of McHie Arena, and the race starts at 8 a.m. Wendy Parsons ‘56, who retired in 2000 from a long sports and coaching career at Olivet, is the founder of the race.

Saturday evening’s concert certainly has something for everyone. Gaither Vocal Band tenor David Phelps, one of gospel music’s most beloved and recognized singers, and comedian David Pendleton appear together in Bourbonnais for one night only. Open to the public, this concert will be in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the excitement of Tiger intercollegiate athletic competitions. On Friday, November 8, in McHie Arena, the Tigerball women’s basketball team faces off with No. 4 University of St. Francis (Ind.) at 5 p.m. Men’s basketball brings the Tigers against Cincinnati Christian University (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, men’s football takes over Ward Field when the team meets Waldorf College (Iowa) at noon.

For those who want to be part of the action, teams will compete in the Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, 3:30 p.m., at the Perry Center. There will be prizes for the winning team and free T-shirts for all those participating.

Olivet students take the stage in the fall theatre presentation, “Almost, Maine,” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. This romantic comedy, described by The New York Times as a “whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance,” will be presented in Kresge Auditorium at Larsen Fine Arts Center.

Strickler Planetarium presents Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun,” a visual, auditory and science drama for viewers of all ages. Times for this 30-minute show are Friday at 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Each showing also includes an interactive star talk about the night sky in the Kankakee area, a short tour of the universe with a view of our solar system, and a question-and-answer session.

All are ticketed events. For tickets or for more information about these events, call 815-928-5791.

Cadets enrolled in Olivet's Roaring Tiger ROTC Battalion