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Union preparing for Homecoming Oct. 30-Nov. 4

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 17, 2006 – The inauguration of Union University’s Sports Hall of Fame, the annual alumni awards dinner, an “Arts in the Park” exhibit and a tailgate party will be the key features for Union’s 2006 Homecoming Oct. 30-Nov. 4.

This marks the first time in years for Union’s Homecoming to be held in the fall, rather than the winter. With the change in schedule comes a change in format, according to Gary Williams, Union’s associate vice president for university relations and alumni services.

“Homecoming this year moving to November will offer more time for fun, relaxation and getting together with your friends,” Williams said. “Fall is just a time for those kinds of things. It’s a good opportunity for us to make a move.”

Among the events part of Homecoming this year:

-- the Union University Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Union will induct seven sports legends into its inaugural Hall of Fame class: Bobby Jelks, Homer Spain, Don Morris, David Blackstock, Sandra Fitzgerald and Benny and Norma Fesmire.

-- the class of 1957 50-year reunion Nov. 3, with special recognition at the 10 a.m. Homecoming chapel service, followed by a luncheon and chartered bus tour of the former campus in downtown Jackson.

-- the annual Alumni Awards Dinner, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Recipients are Jimmy Davis, Buddy Boston, Donald Webb, David Dockery and Andrea McDaniel.

-- “Arts in the Park,” alumni art exhibition, with items for show and sale, Nov. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. The event will include book signings, pottery, sculpture, paintings, jewelry and more.

-- tailgate party in the Grove, Nov. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. Food will be for sale by campus organizations. Memorabilia will be for sale at the alumni tent. Activities for children will include inflatables, pony rides and a petting zoo.

-- Lady Bulldogs basketball game Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. against St. Gregory’s University, followed by the Bulldogs playing Olivet Nazarene University.

Several academic departments, including business, nursing, sociology and family studies, engineering, chemistry, languages, education and Christian studies, will also hold reunion events for their alumni over the Homecoming weekend.

For more information about any Homecoming event, contact Union’s Office of Alumni Services at (800) 338-6644.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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