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Favorable Weather on Horizon as WC Looks to Homecoming Weekend

Adventure 5K Run to Traverse Campus with Unique Obstacles

September 30, 2013

With a promise of sunny skies and summer-like temperatures, alumni and friends will be converging upon Wilmington College this weekend (Oct. 4 through 6) for the time-honored ritual of homecoming.

This year’s activities include reunions of affinity groups, sports, the crowning of homecoming royalty and special programs highlighting new inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame and recognizing the 50th anniversary of Hazard Arboretum.

Homecoming starts Thursday for students with high prospects for a record number of teams entered into the Mud Volleyball Tournament beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the lower athletic fields.

On Friday, early alumni arrivers can join students seeing mind reader/illusionist Christopher Carter.
Activities start early Saturday with the first Homecoming Adventure Run slated to start at Hermann Court at 9 a.m. The 5-kilometer course traverses through campus and the arboretum to Southeast Neighborhood Park and features such obstacles as the “Quaker Climb,” “Tunnel of Love” and “Muddy Mayhem.”

The WC tradition of Greek Bed Races will commence at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Lytle Creek Day, the latter of which will include recognition of late WC faculty members Frank Hazard and Fred Anliot.

Hazard, the arboretum’s namesake, will receive posthumous recognition as the Lytle Creek League of Conservators’ Pioneer Conservator of the Year, while Paul Hunter will receive the league’s Conservator of the Year award. Also, the College will formally name the 19-acre natural area adjacent to the arboretum in Anliot’s memory.

The Student Government Association is sponsoring Street Fair in which campus organizations will feature games and items for sale. Also, a tailgate party and the sale of logo apparel will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Kettering parking lot.

In Fightin’ Quakers sports action, the volleyball team will play Muskingum at 11 a.m. with the football team taking on the Muskies at 2 p.m. At halftime of the football game, the homecoming king and queen will be announced and their court introduced. Also, the new Hall of Fame members will be formally inducted.

They include Kerri Fortman Orszula, Class of ’02, a standout on the swim team; Jimmy Wallace ’03, national wrestling champion; Kyle Wolf ’03, a six-time All-American track and field athlete; Megan Woodruff Slivka ’03, All-American women’s basketball player; and Donald Sizer ’88, a three-time football All-American.

Special receptions and gatherings are planned for alumni representing baseball, First Decade Society, Activities Programming Board, Greek organizations, Aggies, athletic training, the Class of 1983 and Lucas Leadership Award winners.

The annual homecoming dance using the theme “masquerade” will be held Saturday evening.