October 25 to October 29 marked ONU’s annual celebration of Homecoming and Family Weekend. The five-day event was packed with activities for both students and alumni to enjoy.
Certain events, like the coronation of the queen and her homecoming court, have been tradition at Olivet for years. This year, the senior class chose Erin Doherty as the 2017 homecoming queen. The crowning ceremony was held on the evening of October 25 at 8 p.m. Doherty’s escort was Cameron Walker. The full court included seniors Bennet Schimmelpfennig, JP Bopp, Trevor Franklin, Robby Harjo, Danielle Maranion, Olivia Ruhberg, Nicole Schuitema, and Raegan Zelaya. To view an official press release of the coronation, click here.
Other events were newer, like the awarding of a HOCO House Cup to a single dorm or apartment after a series of contests held throughout the week. Each house was awarded points based on their participation, with the winner being announced on Sunday at the Candy Costume Fest in Chalfant. Resident Assistant and junior, Jenna George, urged students to participate via social media, saying “It will be a great week filled with fun activities, but we need you to get involved!”
The featured contests included House Color Day, where students dressed in the color designated for their housing and posted pictures of themselves on social media for points. Tuesday’s activity was a game of capture the flag during chapel hour with late night house parties in the evening. Wednesday was the Hoco Hunt: a scavenger hunt to find envelopes hidden all over campus with clues and prizes. On Thursday, Olivet alumni hosted and served at the late night pancake feed, where current students had the opportunity to come to Ludwig for a late night “breakfast.” The week was wrapped up on Friday with a classic spirit day. Students came decked out in their purple and gold spirit wear. Tables were set up in Ludwig with fun activities and accessories while loud, pump-up music played over the speakers. The senior class council served coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts to their senior class members.
Homecoming week was also an opportunity for alumni of all generations to revisit the college campus, with multiple reunions being held throughout the week. Some alumni could even be seen in classrooms, speaking to students about their experiences in their career field and reminiscing about their own time at Olivet, in the same rooms that prepared them for life after college.
Several alumni were presented with achievement awards during the weekly chapel services. One such alumnus was writer, Mary Lou Carney, a graduate from the class of 1973. Carney received the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award. The award honors Crawford, Olivet’s first ever graduate, and it is given to a female graduate of Olivet who is renowned for her commitment to a Christian lifestyle.
Several of Crawford’s ancestors were present as Carney received her award and spoke on her history with the university and her appreciation for all it has done for her.
“At the age of fifteen, I knew I wanted to be a college student, and I wanted to be a student at Olivet,” Carney remembered in her address to the chapel audience. To be back at Olivet after so long, receiving one of the school’s most prestigious awards, is “an honor,” she said.
Other honors were given to students Taylor Dawson and Michael Christensen, both of whom were awarded business scholarships by Mel and Judy Sayes, two other Olivet alumni, during Friday’s chapel service.
At the end of the service, Chaplain Mark Holcomb spoke about the alumni present and the experiences that Homecoming has to offer. Students, he said, should take advantage of the opportunities while they can.