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September 28, 2012

DWU Blue & White Days set for next week

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University will welcome and celebrate alumni and friends during its 99th Blue & White Days.

Blue & White Days is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, with the traditional parade and football game, but homecoming weekend actually runs from Thursday through Sunday with events that range from free music to sporting events to reunions.

DWU’s homecoming weekend kicks off Thursday with the annual Opperman Lecture, “Trust the Process,” which will be given by 1980 DWU alumnus the Rev. Alan Nagel, of Edmond, Okla. The Opperman Lecture is at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Sherman Center and is free and open to the public.

Thursday evening, friends and supporters of the university will also be honored during the Legacy Banquet. Receiving distinguished alumni awards this year are Alan ’80 and Debra ’78 (Bartelt) Nagel for the College of Arts and Humanities; Cody ’00 and Jennifer ’01 (Wahle) Hoefert for the Donna Starr Christen College Healthcare, Fitness and Sciences; and Ardith Miller ’50 for the College of Leadership and Public Service.
The pep rally and burning of the “W” will be at 9 p.m., Friday, in front of the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center on campus.

Saturday morning’s parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street with this year’s theme, “Apocalypse 2012.” Tailgating will begin at Joe Quintal Field at 11:30 a.m. followed by the football game at 1 p.m. There are also volleyball and soccer games Friday and Saturday, along with an alumni baseball game; see the schedule of events at www.dwu.edu/alumni/homecoming/.

Also this weekend, the DWU and Mitchell Area Community Theatre collaboration of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the box office and performances continue the following weekend.

The festivities wrap up Sunday with a Homecoming Hymn Festival at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at the First United Methodist Church with all the DWU and DWU/community choral ensembles, Wesleyan Bells, and a special brass ensemble. This concert is free and open to the public.

Blue & White Days events:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. Opperman Lecture, Sherman Center; 6 p.m., Legacy Banquet, Sherman Center, Reservation required – $30 per person.

Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Class of 1952 60th Reunion, Upper Sherman Lobby, Reservation required – $25 per person; 6 p.m., Class of 1962 50th Reunion, Café Teresa, Main Street, informal gathering, pay on site; DWU Volleyball vs. Jamestown, Christen Family Wellness Center, JV is at 5 p.m., varsity at 7 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts, tickets on sale at the box office; 9 p.m., Pep Rally, Christen Family Wellness Center.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., Alumni Coffee/Donuts, CorTrust Bank parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Blue & White Days Parade, Main Street; 11:30 a.m., Tailgate, Joe Quintal Field,
1 p.m., Football Game, Joe Quintal Field; DWU soccer vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, Pepsi Soccer Complex, Women’s game at 1 p.m., men’s at 3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m., Baseball Alumni Game, Drake Field, double header; 6 p.m., Class of 1962 Golden Reunion, Ramada Inn, $25 per person, registration required; 6 p.m., Amazing ’80s Decade Reunion, County Fair Banquet Hall, $15 per person, registration required; 7:30 p.m. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts, tickets on sale at the box office.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Fusion, Sherman Center, FUMC worship, open to all; 2 p.m. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Pepsi-Cola Theatre for Performing Arts, tickets on sale at the box office; 5 p.m. Homecoming Hymn Festival, First United Methodist Church, DWU music department, free, open to public.

For more information, a full schedule of events or to register, visit www.dwu.edu/alumni/homecoming/; or call the DWU alumni office at 605-995-2603, or email alumni@dwu.edu.

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