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There's No Place Like HOMEcoming

Saturday's Activities

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

All Alumni Registration
Location: Campus Center
Check in and be sure to sign the Class Board to see who's in attendance!
The first 100 registrants online receive a Cardinal pride gift!

8:15 a.m.

Pre-Parade Alumni Band Gathering
Location: Battelle Fine Arts Center
Register directly with Michael Yonchak at myonchak@otterbein.edu or call (614) 823-1808 to register.

8:30 a.m.

Annual St. Jude 5K Stride for Life and 1-Mile Stroll
Location: Campus Center
Sponsored by Up Til Dawn to benefit St. Jude's Hospital. 
$10 per person age 8 and older, 7 & under free.  On-site $13.  
Advance registration.

9:00 a.m.

Cross Country Invitational
Location: Cross Country Course
Local colleges and high schools compete in the Otterbein Invitational.

9:00 a.m.

Class of '89 25th Reunion Gathering
Location: Science Atrium Aviary
Enjoy your complimentary morning beverage while viewing the aviary. Visit with faculty and staff including VP and Dean of Students, Bob Gatti.
Advance registration.

9:00 a.m.

The Joanne Van Sant Leadership Giving & The 1847 Societies
Location: Howard House Lawn
For the second consecutive year, we are excited to present our special reception and parade viewing area just for members of the Joanne Van Sant Leadership Giving Society, 1847 Society, and honored guests.
By invitation only.

10:00 a.m.

Homecoming Parade
Pick a spot along the route and enjoy this annual tradition!
See Parade Map.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Staff Council Charity Craft Bazaar
Location: Library Patio
Shop for handmade craft items.  All proceeds benefit charity. Rain Location: Campus Center.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"The Grove" Festival and Liberty Mutual  Bandstand
Location: Grove Street between Main and Home Streets
Otterbein's Office of Alumni Relations insurance partner, Liberty Mutual, presents musicians Rod Vedder '05, Sam Ross '04, Beatles music by current students, the Gospel Choir and DJ Brent Ford '13.

Munchkin Land Children's Activities
Lions and tigers and Columbus Zoo animals! Face Painting, Caricatures, and Inflatables, Westerville Fire Truck, Luke the Balloonist & Festival Mime.
Bag lunches available: Adults $7.50, Children 5-10 $3.50, under 5 FREE! Rain Location: Campus Center and Library

11:00 a.m.

Otterbein Christian Fellowship 30th Reunion
Location: Chapel, Campus Center, Roush Hall Room 114
Join OCF for a meet-n-greet in the Otterbein Chapel, then stick around for dinner in the Campus Center at 5 p.m. and a celebratory worship service at 6:30 p.m. in Roush Hall Room 114. Advance registration.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community Service T.E.A.M. and Cardinal Corps Leaders Alumni Reunion ​at the Center for Community Engagement Tent on The Grove

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Greekville Tailgate
Location: Barlow Parking Lot, Behind EKT House
Food trucks, music, chapter displays and alumni connections board. Reconnect with Greek alumni and meet actives at this event. Sphinx is celebrating their 95th anniversary, TEM is celebrating their 100th anniversary.  Sponsored by the Greek Alumni Council. Everyone is invited. Advance registration.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

70s Alumni Gathering
Location: Library, 1st Floor
Stop by to view photos of the '72 library opening, identify '70s yearbook photos and see the newly remodeled library. Pick up your commemorative keepsake. Learn more about OtterStock: music, learning and a donut run planned for July 2015. Advance registration.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Department of Education Open House
Location: Education Tent at Grove Festival
Join students, alumni, current and emeriti faculty and staff for a tour and open house. Rain location: Roush Hall, 4th Floor. Advance registration.

11:30 a.m.

Are You Ready for Your Child's College Search Experience?
Location: Library, 1st Floor
Tips by admissions staff to assist you and your child in the search process. Advance registration.

11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

OtterTalks: Sponsored by the Class of '89
Location: Library, 1st Floor
Join your favorite professors for discussions on timely topics. Sponsored by the Class of 1989. Each session is 30 minutes. Advance registration.

  • 11:30 a.m. "Finding Your Purpose Mid-Life" (John Buckles and Rev.  Jennifer Olin-Hitt '89)
  • 12:15 p.m. "Tips for Leaders" (Dr. John Ludlum)
  • 1 p.m. "Memoir:  Creating Your Own Legacy" (Dr. Nancy Woodson)

11:30 a.m.

Class of '89 25th Reunion Lunch Zone
Location: Mayne Hall Patio
Enjoy the festival, grab your lunch on The Grove (on your own) then join us on the patio! Advance registration.

11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"The Wizard of Oz" Readings
Location: Library, Sarah's Corner
Come to hear readings from L. Frank Baum's original stories from "The Wizard of Oz."

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity Reunion
Location: Mayne Hall Lawn
Gather to reminisce, hear about the work of the current chapter and dream for the future. Grab lunch on your own and join us on the lawn at Mayne Hall.  Advance registration.

12:30 p.m.

Rike Center 40th Anniversary Celebration
Location: Rike Center Lounge
Rike Center 40th Anniversary Celebration for alumni and friends of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences (formerly Department of Health and Physical Education). Meet current and former faculty, tour the facilities and hang out with friends!  Advance registration.

1:00 p.m.  Gospel Choir performance Campus Center Lounge

1:00 p.m.

Otterbein Marching Band March to Memorial Stadium
Location: Park St. to Stadium

2:00 p.m.

Cardinals Football vs. Marietta College
Location: Memorial Stadium
Wear your red and support the Cardinals!  Free admission. Turf & Track Dedication Ceremony and Special Announcement at 1:45 p.m.!

4:30 p.m.

"The Wizard of Oz" Theatre Productions Reunion
Location: Petie Dodrill Residence, 112 W. Central Ave.
Cast and production crew from '68, '74 & '84 performances of "The Wizard of Oz" join host director, Petie Dodrill, for a reception at her home, followed by a tour of Cowan Hall led by Rob Johnson & TJ Gerckens '88 at 6:15 p.m. You are also invited to a free performance of "The Yellow Boat"  in the Battelle Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Advance registration.

5:00 p.m.

Annual "O" Club Homecoming Social and Dinner
Location: Little Turtle Golf Club, 5400 Little Turtle Way, Westerville 
Advance registration by visiting oclub-home@columbus.rr.com.

5:30 p.m.

Class of '89 25th Reunion Tailgate
Location: Howard House Lawn
Reconnect with classmates, professors and staff who have been at Otterbein for 25 years or more!  This is "Your Year to Shine!"
Advance registration.

5:30 p.m.

Class of 2014 Zero Year Reunion Happy Hour
Location: Jimmy V's, 1 S. State St.
Gather with your classmates after the game for happy hour drinks and appetizer specials (on your own). NOTE: Formal event has been CANCELLED, but Jimmy V's will still be open for patrons that evening if you still want to meet in the general seating areas.

7:00 p.m.

Senior Year Experience: Africa Travelers Reunion
Location: Good Vibes, 2 S. State St.
Meet up with students and alumni who have traveled to Africa with Drs.  Glenna Jackson &  Simon Lawrence through the years. Free appetizers provided. Advance registration.

8:00 p.m.

The Razzmatazz:  All-Alumni Greek Mixer
Location: Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St., Westerville
$5 entry fee - pay at door, Razz Band, cash bar.  All proceeds benefit the Sigma Delta Phi Scholarship Fund.  Supported by the Greek Alumni Council.