2007 Celebration DaysHomecoming & High School Days' Weekend
The York College campus was a blur of activity as guests from around the country took advantage of Celebration Days. On Friday morning, high school juniors and seniors had the opportunity to attend college classes and chapel, while many of the alumni participated in the Homecoming Golf Tournament, held at the York Country Club.
It was a perfect autumn afternoon that was enjoyed by the ten teams registered. The winning score of -14 under par was turned in by the team of Cornell Bonde '90, Travis Johnston '90, Tim Lewis '84, and Steddon Sikes '84. Participants raised nearly $900 for the Kimball Matkins’ benefit dinner in a post tournament auction.
Friday night, many attended the fall play The Mouse That Roared, and others renewed friendships at the President’s Reception in the Cornerstone Room. Later that night, the auditorium of East Hill was nearly packed for a concert by “Off the Risers” and the traditional Soul Concern performance.
Those that attended Alumni Chapel on Saturday morning were treated to a message from Dr. Bill Pink of the class of ’87 about the importance of people in our lives. “We weren’t meant to go through this thing called life alone,” he said. “We need our people.” Dr. Pink talked about the relationships that are formed at York College and the bond that continues long after graduation. He emphasized the need for each of us to make the time for each other.
President Baker then announced the Alumni of the Year, presenting Drs. Frank and Kathleen Wheeler from the class of ’72 with the award. The Wheelers have been on the faculty at York College a combined 35 years. Kathleen is Chair of the Division of Education and Frank chairs the Division of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences.
The Concert Choir followed chapel with an inspiring performance and were joined by alumni in their final two numbers.
Homecoming Royalty was crowned at the halftime of the men’s soccer game with Michal Dudrey receiving the honors as YC Queen and Jesse Anderson dubbed King. Dudrey, a senior Vocal Performance major is from York, and Anderson, a senior Biblical Studies – Youth Ministry major, is from Cedaredge, Colorado. Other members of the Homecoming Court were candidates: Bevin Carroll, Emily Hastings, Nicole Melby, Mary Reynolds, Logan Bahler, Ben Hackett, Trey Jackson, and Zach Rush. Representing the other classes in the court were Freshmen – London Hawley and Royce Grimes, Sophomores – Kristi Briggs and Mason Lee, and Juniors – Janae Wrich and Steve Detlefs. At the completion of the ceremony the royal couple was treated to a horse-drawn carriage ride around the campus.
Gatherings of reunion classes went late into the night as friends shared memories and filled each other in on recent happenings in their lives. Celebration Days 2007 proved once again to be a fun weekend getaway for high school students and a great homecoming for all those who have tasted “The York Experience.”