Malone’s 125 year anniversary headlines celebration
Homecoming this year celebrates the 125 anniversary of Malone, thus contributing to the theme: Rich Heritage; Bold Future.
“The focus is on the fact that Malone has remained true to the vision of the founders,” Deb Robinson, director of alumni and parent relations, said. “[Malone] stayed true to Christianity as a real value here.”
This year, Malone will host Family Weekend, which offers many events, activities and a special SFO.
Oct. 6 kicks off homecoming and family weekend with a “Transforming Communities” alumni forum at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Chapel. This will be an opportunity for students to connect with alumni who have used their faith to advance the kingdom of God as well as being successful in what they do.
The forum will be hosted by six alumni of Malone who will share their stories and successes. Some of them will also be offering internships and talking about job opportunities that will be available for students.
Jason Moyer, assistant professor of communication arts, will be moderating the forum.
“It includes our graduates who have had significant influence on their communities,” said Moyer. “They are going to talk about their experiences with that as a way to model for the audience… how they can go and be God’s light.”
Other activities students can look forward to include the Pioneer Street Fair, Pioneer Play Place for siblings, Malone 125 Exhibits and photo spots for families. Previous Malone presidents will be making a special appearance this weekend and there will be a historical video premiere which will feature past presidents.
Several of these former presidents are remembered by the buildings named in their honor, including Dr. Lon Randall (Randall Campus Center) and Dr. Ron Johnson (Johnson Center)
The Pioneer football players will face Alderson Broaddus as part of the weekend, and SAC will recognize the homecoming court and host the homecoming dance as well.
Visitation is open all weekend for families and other visitors to enjoy flag football tournaments and an outdoor movie along with other family friendly activities.
Dr. Jon Peterson, assistant professor of music, said the music program will also get involved in welcoming alumni by hosting the first-ever alumni choral gathering.
“The 125 year anniversary is a great time to celebrate our alumni coming together,” Peterson said. “Hopefully that will build to bigger things for future homecomings. The goal is to build a community of alumni that were all a part of singing at Malone.”
Peterson hopes that by bringing alumni together, people can bridge relationships and make new connections as all former choir members are welcome to sing with current students.
Ann Lawson, professor of communication arts, wants to direct people’s attention to the history of Malone and encourages students to visit the J. Walter and Emma Malone Facebook page for some comical Malone memes created by Lawson all year long. Also, for more Malone history, follow @QuakerMalone on Twitter or search #Malone125 for weekly historical posts.
Kendra Hartman is a staff writer for The Aviso