Waynesburg University will host a hybrid version of Homecoming starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, offering two days of virtual events on Wednesday and Thursday before transitioning to in-person festivities for the final two days.
Programming starts at noon Sept. 29 with a virtual kickoff event, where President Douglas G. Lee and the Alumni Office will give attendees an update on Waynesburg University. Later that night, the University will offer a virtual huddle with Brett Shimek, head softball coach, and Perry Cunningham, head baseball coach.
Virtual events will continue Thursday with a panel featuring both staff and faculty. Dr. Shari Payne, vice president for enrollment; Dr. Evonne Baldauff, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science and professor of chemistry; and Brian Carr, director of the Pathways Center, will discuss new developments at Waynesburg and plans for the future. Following the panel, alumni will be able to participate in virtual trivia night.
In-person events will kick off Friday with an alumni golf event at the Greene County Country Club during the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Waynesburg women’s tennis team will take on Saint Vincent College at home. Then at 6 p.m., alumni will have the opportunity to join President and Mrs. Lee, other alumni and Alumni Office staff for an all-alumni celebration and combined class reunion in the Denny House. During the event, President Lee will speak to those in attendance, and class years ending in 0, 1, 5 and 6 will be honored.
Events Saturday will start at 8:30 a.m. with the 25th Annual 5K Run/Walk at the top of Washington Street. The event will benefit the Waynesburg University Student Mission Fund. Following that, Dr. Larry Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, will host a brunch for alumni that participated in the Stover Scholars Program at 10 a.m. At the same time, alumni will be able to check in at The Nest (84 Wayne Street), and the classes of 1970 and 1971 will join President and Mrs. Lee for a 50th anniversary brunch.
The volleyball team will play a doubleheader, with the first game at 11 a.m. and the second game at 3 p.m.
The Waynesburg University football team will take the field at John F. Wiley Stadium at 1 p.m. against Grove City College for the annual Homecoming football game, which will include a halftime crowning ceremony for the Homecoming King and Queen. Alumni will also be offered chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A at halftime.
Following the game, the 5th Quarter Steak Cookout will offer another chance for alumni to reunite with other graduates.