Alumni Invited to Reconnect At 2011 Homecoming Interest Groups

From Greeks to Conservatory alumni, new "affinity reunions" will add a personalized dimension to the 2011 Homecoming weekend at Baldwin Wallace University, Thursday-Saturday, October 13-15. In addition to the reunion interest groups, the three-day campus celebration includes Founders Day honors, a celebration marking the completion of the new home of BW's Conservatory of Music, the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, Homecoming parade, tailgate picnic, musical entertainment and, of course, the big football game.

Founder's Day Recognition

It all starts on Thursday, October 13, when BW will honor Dr. W. Grayson Lappert and Dr. Fred E. Harris at a noon Colony Room luncheon, followed by a public unveiling of their plaques on Founders Wall, behind North Hall at 309 Beech Street. Luncheon tickets are $15. 

Conservatory Completion Concert & Open House

On Friday, October 14, the College celebrates the completion of the expanded and renovated home of the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music including the new Boesel Musical Arts Center, named in honor of BW trustee Stephen Boesel '68, and his wife, Jacquelyn. The celebration will include an 8 p.m. gala concert in Gamble Auditorium of Kulas Hall. The concert features Gamble's two new Steinway D Grand Pianos, Motet and College Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and faculty soloists. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The Conservatory celebration continues on homecoming day, Saturday, October 15 with a community open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Public tours along with family-friendly activities, performances and open rehearsals are planned. Additional details

Alumni Affinity Reunions

Conservatory alumni are one of the groups gathering for 10 a.m. "affinity group" homecoming social gatherings. Fraternities and Sororities, Study Abroad and Computer Science/IT grads, the Diversity Network, the 1961 and '81 football teams are also among this year's reunions. (Follow this link for a complete list of reunions with contact information.)

"By choosing the interest groups and activities that have a personal connection, our alumni will be able to create a custom Homecoming experience," said Terry Kurtz, BW's director of alumni relations. "Each year, we'll be highlighting different affinity reunion opportunities."

Parade, Picnic and Pigskin

A festive parade will set off from Strosacker Hall up Beech Street at 11:30 a.m., featuring the BW Marching Band, Alumni Band, floats, student organizations, and candidates for Homecoming Court. The parade ends at the new location for the homecoming tailgate picnic - the front lawn of the Kleist Center for Art & Drama on Bagley Road. Burgers, dogs and more will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The big homecoming football contest, BW versus Ohio Northern, kicks off at 2 p.m in George Finnie Stadium. Pre-game ceremonies at 1:40 p.m. will highlight the 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, Homecoming Court, Jacket Prince and Princess and former Homecoming Kings and Queens.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The jam-packed Saturday concludes with the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony honoring nine outstanding athletes. Open to all alumni, family and friends, the dinner will recognize 2011 inductees Willis Brown'94, Claire DeChant '01, Tom Fowler '82, Dean Horger '76, Mary Thornton Mozingo '72, Jennifer Nance '01, Jeff Rutherford '83 and Harry "Ray" Salsgiver '67. Tickets are $20.

Tickets and Information

No RSVP is required for the affinity reunions, however advance purchase is required for the tailgate picnic/football combo ticket, Hall of Fame dinner and Founder's Day luncheon. Register online at or by calling BW Alumni Relations at 440-826-2104 by Friday, October 7.  Questions? Call Alumni Relations or email

"There are more than 13,000 BW alumni within 10 miles of our campus," said Kurtz. "From our backyard to world's away, we'd like to see as many alumni as possible reconnect with each other and with the College."

Posted 9/11

Share |