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Oct 21, 2008

Alumni head home for festivities

by Anthony Barone

Whether they graduated in 1975 or 2007, Liberty Alumni will be coming home to a campus filled with new facilities and icons this weekend, Oct. 23-25.

“With family and friends coming along with them, were hoping to have between 4,500 and 5,000 (guests),” Mark Watkins, senior alumni director, said.

The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Come back to Liberty” and at the moment, more than 2,000 alumni have registered.
For those who have not seen the campus since last year, many projects have been started or completed around campus.

The fountain in front of DeMoss and the building’s third floor, an open Doc’s Diner, Regents Parkway, a new student union and a paved David’s Place parking lot are some of the past year's additions.

Projects underway include a Barnes and Noble bookstore, new tennis courts and the first Snowflex facility in North America.
A new section of the Jerry Falwell Museum has also been added for alumni.

In that room, artist Paul Dinwiddie created a 47-foot mural depicting a timeline of Liberty Mountain’s history and articles from Liberty’s history are displayed below it.

“The area will allow alumni to come and relive the days they had at Liberty,” Museum Curator Paula Johnson said.

Homecoming weekend begins Thursday, when students and alumni can be entertained with a carless drive-in featuring the movie “Kung Fu Panda” at 9 p.m. at the Main Campus Intramural Fields.

On Friday, there will be a special convocation for alumni, a more formal chancellor’s dinner that evening and a bonfire for all in the lower Thomas Road Baptist Church’s parking lot at 9 p.m.

Saturday, the homecoming parade and football game versus Charleston Southern at 3:30 p.m. will cap off the weekend.

During halftime and after the game, there will be a concert by alumnus Michael Tait and his band.

Tait is a former member of the Grammy and Dove award-winning band DC Talk.

In addition to these events, other sports teams will be playing, the LaHaye Ice Center will provide free ice skating and the student union will be fully accessible to all.

“It’s good to reconnect,” Director of Student Activities Christopher Misiano said.


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