DEFIANCE, Ohio – A festival of events will take place on the Defiance College Campus during Homecoming activities planned for Sept. 12-18. Alumni will be recognized for their achievements, and the College will celebrate its newest facility with a dedication of the new 84,000 square foot Athletic Center.
The week’s events begin Monday with the annual DC Follies at 7 p.m. in Schomburg Auditorium. The follies include a student and employee talent show and a one-act comedy play by adjunct faculty Mike and Jane Burke. The event is free and open to the public.
Singer/artist Nicholas Barron will perform in the McCann Lounge of Hubbard Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. He will also be presenting a painting workshop in the Art Department on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
On Thursday, a pep rally at 7:30 p.m. kicks off the evening followed by fireworks at 7:50 p.m., and a Schomburg Series concert at 8:15 p.m. with the Dixieland group Hotlanta. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. This performance is co-sponsored by the Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC).
Alumni award winners and Hall of Fame inductees will give presentations Friday as part of the Alumni Leadership Symposium.
Alumni Achievement Award honorees are Joe Dawson, class of 1950, Pinckneyville, IL; John McHugh, class of 1965, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ; Shaune Skinner, class of 1975, Columbus; Daniel “Doc” Daugherty, class of 1974, Washington DC; and Ron Ehresman, class of 1965, Olmsted Falls; and Maggie Maloy, class of 2001, Bucyrus, Young Alumni Service Award recipient.
Hall of Fame inductees will also be presenting on Friday as part of the Leadership Symposium. Honorees include Tammy Lee Parker, class of 1987, Pioneer; Walter Richard Turner, class of 1982, Wapakoneta; Stanley J. Meinen, class of 1985, Toledo; and Jeff Boulton, class of 1984, Napoleon.
Friday’s Leadership Symposium begins at 9 a.m. with Jeff Boulton presenting “Success: What Is It? How Do We Find It?” in Defiance Hall room 130, and Maggie Maloy will present “The Promise of a New Day: Experiencing and Overcoming Trauma and Being an Advocate for Others” at 9 a.m. in Schauffler Hall room 121, and at 2 p.m. in Schomburg Auditorium.
At 10 a.m., Ron Ehresman, will present “Forty Years of Finance Education: What Have We Forgotten” in Defiance Hall room 209, and Daniel “Doc” Daughtery will present “Military Justice, The Military Trial Judiciary and Military Commissions” in Schomburg Auditorium.
Tammy Parker will present “What you Need to Know about Corrections: Real Life in Corrections and the Effect of Legislation” at 1 p.m. in Defiance Hall room 209, and Shaune Skinner will present “Private Business Ownership: Is It Worth It?” in Dana Hall, room 22.
At 2 p.m. John McHugh will present “Multi-tasking - the Proper Role of Infrastructure in Society: Improving Public Health and Solving Multiple Programs Whenever Possible” in Defiance Hall room 212.
The Alumni Leadership Symposium is free and open to the public.
A dedication and naming ceremony for the new Athletic Center will be held at 5 p.m. prior to the Celebrate DC Dinner scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the Weaner Community Center.
Also being honored at the dinner are Schauffler Legacy Award winners Carol Smerz, CEO of South Community, Inc., Centerville and Margaret Mills, chair of the Defiance College Schauffler Advisory Board and combined staff member of Eastern Ohio Association and Western Reserve Association, Lakewood.
Homecoming events on Saturday begin with a 5k Fun Run/Walk (with optional one mile loop) at 8 a.m. at the Weaner Community Center. Families and pets are welcome.
The Alumni Varsity “D” will recognize Hall of Fame inductees at an 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Serrick Campus Center, Hubbard Banquet Room. Inductees will participate in a brick-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Alumni Varsity “D” Hall of Fame walkway in front of the Justin F. Coressel Stadium.
This year’s homecoming court will be recognized and the queen and king crowned at 1 p.m. in the stadium, followed by the football team’s game with Hanover. After the football game, alumni will take part in a Fifth Quarter reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Serrick Campus Center with live entertainment.
Homecoming events will conclude Sunday with 10:30 a.m. worship services at St. John United Church of Christ. Speaking will be Schauffler Legacy Award winner Margaret Mills.
For a complete list of homecoming activities and to RSVP for events, please visit the college’s alumni website at http://alumni.defiance.edu.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
September 6, 2011