The University celebrated Homecoming and Reunion 2013 on Oct. 24-27. More than 1,000 Sewanee alumni gathered on the Mountain for the crisp and sunny weekend. In addition to class reunions, special events celebrated 40 years of women at Sewanee, and the 1958 and 1963 undefeated football teams.
The weekend was filled with social, educational, and recreational opportunities to appeal to all alumni. Academic offerings included the opportunity to sit in on classes and a variety of presentations: Chip Manning, C’82, director of the Babson Center for Global Commerce, on the Carey pre-business program; a Civil War talk, “A Rite Sharp Little Fight: The Skirmish at Sewanee July 4, 1863,” by Merritt Blakeslee, C’68; and The Forest Unseen by Professor David Haskell.
Arts events included readings by alumni at IONA; an artist’s talk and reception with Tony Winters, C’76, whose exhibition is on display in the Carlos Gallery; a screening of “Walker Percy: A Documentary Film”; and a book signing by author Ben Walker, C’68, of his two novels.
Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and his wife, Bonnie, welcomed alumni at events throughout the weekend, including a Welcome Home Reception on Friday afternoon and the Alumni Awards Brunch on Saturday. During the brunch, the following Associated Alumni awards were presented:
- Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award – Dale and Leslie Richardson
- Crawford Distinguished Service Award – Anthony Gooch, C’59
- Distinguished Young Alumnus Award – Rayid Ghani, C’99
- Distinguished Alumnus Award – Gregg Robertson, C’78
Also at the brunch, the Office of Admission recognized Tom Miller, C’73, with the Alumni Arcadians Service Award (accepted on Miller’s behalf by Julian Bibb, C’73).
Senior Day was celebrated during the football game against Millsaps College, and halftime festivities included the introduction of the 2013 Homecoming court. The 2013 Homecoming king was Norris Eppes, C’14, an English major from Summerville, S.C., and the Homecoming queen was Brittany Macon, C’14, a politics major from Little Rock, Ark.