Homecoming and Family Weekend 2023

A weekend full of alumni awards, athletic wins, food & fellowship!
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Hannah Priest

October 26, 2023 Alumni & Friends

Olivet Nazarene University celebrated tradition, athletic victories, honors, great food and fellowship during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2023. Throughout the weekend, guests participated in more than 50 unique events organized by executive director of Alumni Relations, Erinn Proehl ’13/’19 MBA.

On Thursday, ONU Women’s Volleyball took home a win during their Senior Night competition against Calumet College. Later that same evening, the Alumni Board served a late-night breakfast treat to the student body in Ludwig Center at the Throwback Thursday Student Pancake Feed.

Women's volleyball team on court

During the Homecoming chapel service on Friday morning, Young Alumni Award recipients Anna (Grieder) Victorson ’14 and Rev. Calum Samuelson ’13/’15 M.A. were recognized and gave testimony to the role of faith in their professional careers.

Young Alumni Award Recipients on stage

Also on Friday, a new statue was unveiled in the Decker Quadrangle. Students filled the space in purple & gold, enjoying music, food trucks, and outdoor games. That evening, following victories by the women’s and men’s basketball teams in McHie Arena, the night concluded with the Taste of Olivet dessert reception in Chalfant Hall.

new statue on campus

On Saturday, the classes of 2018, 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973 and purple & gold grads (anyone prior to ’73) gathered to celebrate their undergraduate reunions.

Class of 1988 reunion photo

The afternoon included the outdoor family fun zone and food trucks before the Tiger Football game against the Roosevelt Lakers at Ward Field.

Football players running. out on the field

Saturday evening’s School of Music Concert: Songs from the Stage and Screen featured alumni soloists and beloved songs from popular movies and musicals. Throughout the weekend there were several opportunities to take in a show at the Strickler Planetarium or enjoy the fall play, Alice in Wonderland.

orchestra and conductor on stage

The weekend festivities concluded on Sunday morning with the President’s Prayer Breakfast. Guests in attendance enjoyed music from Orpheus Choir and had the opportunity to hear from the Ministerial “O” Award recipient, Raechel (Pennington) Meyers ’05, and Lay “O” Award recipient, Angel Colón ’90, as they gave testimony to how Olivet shaped their respective careers.

O Award recipients

To conclude the event, Teresa Matthews and Rev. David Wine ’72 joined First Lady Tammy (Salyer) Chenoweth ’89 for a time of thanksgiving and prayer for the campus community of Olivet.

For more information about campus events, visit olivet.edu/events.

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Hannah Priest

Hannah Priest ’21/’22 MBA is passionate about people and sharing their stories. After graduating from Olivet with a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications, she has found much joy in serving as the associate director of Alumni and University Relations at Olivet and a freelance writer. In her role, she has the ability to celebrate the accomplishments of those in the Olivet community and share stories of their meaningful experiences from their time at ONU and beyond. Outside of her work at Olivet, she is also a feature editor for SPLENDEUR magazine, an up-and-coming small business aimed at encouraging, equipping and empowering women to find their God-given purpose in whatever season of life they are in.

Student on main campus wearing pink sweater and holding water bottle.

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