Opening Color Guard Ceremony Features Trustee Emeritus Pat Waters ‘65, Grandson of General George S. Patton
The weekend of Fri.-Sun., Sept. 28-30, Pfeiffer University’s Misenheimer campus hosts “I Care About Pfeiffer Because…,” as alumni, students and the community celebrate Homecoming 2012.
Kicking off public events on Sat., Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., is a Color Guard and Veterans Recognition Ceremony, taking place in Honeycutt Plaza adjacent to Jane Freeman Hall. Colors will be presented by West Stanly High School Junior ROTC and The Star Spangled Banner will be performed by Albemarle’s The Singing Americans, guests invited by North Carolina’s only AMVETS Career Center, which is located on Pfeiffer’s campus. Special remarks will be made by George P. “Pat” Waters ’65, grandson of General George S. Patton.
Later that morning, Mr. Waters will address the graduates of Pfeiffer Junior College, many of whom are World War II veterans, at a luncheon in Stokes Student Center (elevator accessible). Members of the public are welcome to attend both events featuring Mr. Waters and participate in Homecoming events all day Saturday; reservations are necessary for the luncheon. (To register for select Homecoming events by Sept. 26, visit www.pfeiffer.edu/homecoming.)
“Homecoming is part of the great Pfeiffer tradition that unites alumni, students, faculty, staff and the entire community,” said President Michael C. Miller. “We are eager to welcome back alumni and longstanding community members—particularly the 1,001 households in Stanly County with a Pfeiffer alum—as well as extend a hand of hospitality to those visiting our campus for the first time. We are particularly pleased to invite veterans and their families as we honor their contributions.”
Following the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony (10 a.m.) at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel will be the first annual Met-My-Mate Ceremony (11 a.m.), which honors couples who married a fellow Pfeiffer alum. Participants will then attend a cake cutting and reception hosted by President Miller and his wife, Donna, at the President’s Home.
Other notable events include:
|11 a.m. and 1 p.m.||Campus tours starting at Stokes Student Center|
|11 a.m.-noon||Visit with Emeriti Faculty, Stokes Student Center Lobby|
|11:30-a.m.-3 p.m.||Alumni Association Silent Auction, Harris Science Building Lecture Hall|
|1-2:30 p.m.||Open House, Department of Nursing, showcasing its new state-of-the-art facility, Harris Science Center|
Throughout the weekend, alumni may attend reunion luncheons, receptions and dinners for the classes of 1962, 1972, 1982 and 1992 or lunch served for all other guests (reservations preferred; a limited number of same-day tickets are available). Live music will be available throughout the day by the Pfeiffer University Department of Music and several bands, including Double Play Band, The Real Clays and Pfeiffer Pfunk. A number of athletic events, including alumni soccer, lacrosse and volleyball games, will take place as well as special events for current students. These include a pep rally and homecoming dance, among others.
In keeping with tradition, the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Fri. evening. This year’s inductees include the 1975 men’s soccer team; Tony Davis ’90, men’s basketball; John Jez ’94, men’s lacrosse; and David Gianferante ’72, men’s soccer and golf.
A new event on Sunday, a Milestone Reunion Brunch (11 a.m.) at the home of President and Mrs. Miller, following the Homecoming Worship Service at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel (10 a.m.), concludes Homecoming festivities.
(For a complete list of 2012 Homecoming activities, visit www.pfeiffer.edu/homecoming.)