BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Springtime weather and a variety of social, music and sporting events await for alumni returning to West Virginia Wesleyan College for Reunion Weekend April 21-24.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Development Dr. Dedriell Taylor said, “We are excited to welcome our alumni back to their Home Among the Hills for a special spring Reunion Weekend. The last two years have been challenging and we look forward to connecting with our alumni at these in-person events, celebrating the 2020 Alumni Award winners and inducting the Class of 1971 into the Emeritus Club.”
Reunion Weekend begins Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. with the WVWC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will honor the induction classes of 2020 and 2022 (invitation only) in the French A. See Dining Center.
On Friday, April 22, a formal dedication of the College’s Oak Forest will be held on the McCuskey Hall lawn at 4 p.m.
The 2020 induction class will be formally recognized with an Alumni Awards Banquet in the French A. See Dining Center at 6 p.m. The 2020 alumni winners are Brian Allman ‘07 – Young Alumni Achievement Award; Rich and Ruth Calef – Extra Mile Award; Alice Creasman ‘88 – Alumni Service Award and Sam Feola ‘ 67 Alumni Achievement Award.
Several events will continue Friday evening. At 7:30 p.m. Concentus Vocum Spring Concert, “An Evening of Sondheim” – Wesley Chapel – WVWC’s Concentus Vocum will perform works by Stephen Sondheim. The concert is directed by Dr. R. Daniel Hughes and accompanied by Dr. Lillian F. Long.
An All Alumni Celebration featuring the Classes of the 2000s-2020s will begin at 8 p.m. at the Peak Pavilion at the 88 Lounge. There will be live music featuring local band Hollerwood, a cash bar and Zul’s truck. Current students will also be admitted with Wesleyan ID.
For men’s soccer fans, walk down to Culpepper Stadium at 7 p.m. for a long-standing tradition of alumni challenging the current men’s soccer team in a game.
On Saturday, April 22, the Class of 1970 and 1971 will have a Reunion Social at 10 a.m. in the Greek Alumni Room of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. Later, the Class of 1971 will be formally inducted into the Emeritus Club at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon in the French A. See Dining Center. There will also be a special recognition for the Class of 1970.
At 11 a.m. a court dedication for Coach Jim Smith will be held at the tennis courts located behind Camden Avenue.
Class of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s will get together at The Links Restaurant with lunch provided and a cash bar available beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday afternoon will include two memorials – one at 1 p.m. for the late men’s soccer coach Gavin Donaldson at Culpepper Field and a second at 2 p.m. for the late Dr. Hamid Shaafi in the Administration Building.
Two sports events are also on tap Saturday – a tennis match at 2:30 p.m. Hank Ellis Field will host men’s baseball versus West Virginia State at 3:30 p.m.
On Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in Wesley Chapel, Pastor Jim McCune ‘78 will be the guest speaker for a special Reunion Weekend worship service.
For a full schedule of events and to register, click here.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.