Homecoming and Household Weekend Carry the Royal Household Collectively

Final week, hundreds of Royals celebrated Homecoming and Household Weekend collectively on campus. The celebration included some long-standing favorites—scholar competitions in pursuit of the Homecoming Cup, class reunions, Royals athletic occasions, and extra—plus some newer occasions, too.

A Spotlight of the 12 months for College students

For many years, scholar residence areas have engaged in a bit pleasant competitors the week main as much as Homecoming. Every weeknight, college students put on their crew colours and compete in:

  • Cheer Night time: the Robertson Middle Health club will get loud as every group performs an unique routine, judged by campus leaders for originality, positivity, and elegance.
  • Dodgeball: co-ed groups take this competitors very significantly within the Sports activities and Recreation Middle.
  • Males’s Dance and Tug O’ Warfare: the fellows kick, they shimmy, and it’s a fan favourite for apparent causes. Then, co-ed teams attempt to out-yank their opponents in tug o’ battle.
  • Powderpuff Soccer: it’s the ladies’s flip to take to the sphere, they usually do it with gusto! It’s a double-elimination tournament-style competitors.

Pupil Actions (SA) Govt Director Karina Nelson ’24 is an Worldwide Relations and Enterprise and Political Science double-major who’s in her fourth yr main campus occasions for college kids via Bethel Pupil Authorities (BSG). She says the SA crew begins Homecoming preparations as quickly a Welcome Week is over, and the buildup on campus is palpable.

“There may be loads of pleasure for college kids at Homecoming, whether or not they’re taking part in occasions or simply watching,” says Nelson. “College students are experiencing the sort of feeling alumni get nostalgic for as they appear again on their school expertise.”

On Friday night time, BSG hosted the Homecoming Banquet and Dance, a semi-formal occasion the place the ultimate rankings have been revealed. This yr, Commuters took residence the Homecoming Cup with their first win in 25 years. “It was a historic occasion, and really thrilling to witness!” says Nelson.

A Celebration of Outstanding Alumni

On Thursday night, a celebration was held in honor of this yr’s Alumni of the 12 months and 4 Below 40 award recipients:

  • Albert Johnson GS’22 – Graduate Faculty/Faculty of Grownup & Skilled Research
  • Katie Lunning ’12 – Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • Ronald Troxel ’73, S’77 – Bethel Seminary
  • Miata Getaweh ’07 – 4 Below 40
  • Jesse Phenow ’14 – 4 Below 40
  • Esther Soria ’08 – 4 Below 40
  • Sam Steadman ’16 – 4 Below 40

By invitation solely, family and friends of this yr’s award recipients—in addition to the workers and college who nominated them—gathered for appetizers and a celebratory program within the Olson Boardroom.

A Weekend of Enjoyable for Alumni & Households

The weekend introduced occasions for Royals of all ages. There have been athletic occasions, class and departmental reunions—together with a 50-year dessert reception for the Class of 1973 hosted by New Perspective—plus informational classes and a prayer breakfast with President Ross and Annie Allen for fogeys and households. There was a petting zoo, an interactive Collaborative Canvas reside artwork set up, an open home at Scandia Church, and extra.

The Bethel Market is a more moderen addition to the weekend, that includes items and companies from alumni-owned companies. A portion of all gross sales help the Bethel Fund—and buying stays open on-line via the top of the yr. General, it was a full weekend, with one thing for everybody—and it served to convey the Bethel group collectively. It was the primary yr that Homecoming and Household Weekend occurred concurrently, which introduced an added layer of connection and pleasure.

“It was thrilling to let our dad and mom in on the ‘bigness’ of Homecoming. It’s such a pivotal time of the varsity yr for college kids,” says Senior Director of College Relations Jennifer Scott ‘95, S’02. “To ask their dad and mom and households into that felt like such a pure match.”

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