Samford University will observe Homecoming Oct. 29-31 with concerts, reunions, lectures, alumni recognitions and football. "Last Chance to Come Home. . .This Decade, This Century, This Millennium," is the theme for the last Samford Homecoming observance of the 20th century.
A Friday evening of music on Oct. 29 begins at 7:30 p.m. with performances by two alumni bands, Fish Tank Jonah and Lee's Fault, and the Detroit-based swing band, Atomic Fireballs. The public is invited to the event in Wright Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $10.
The Alabama Jubilee barbershop chorus will present an alternative musical offering in Davis Library, also at 7:30 p.m. A pep rally and bonfire will follow at 10 p.m.
Saturday's activities begin with a Golden Reunion Brunch followed by planting of the Sherman Oak sapling at 9:45 a.m. The eight-foot sapling was grown from an acorn taken from the parent tree that was a cherished landmark on the East Lake campus.
The morning program will include talks by authors Anne George and Kathleen Hinckley, and faculty members Dr. Jim Brown and Dr. Stephen Chew.
Birmingham novelist and Samford graduate George is the author of a series of popular mystery novels, including Murder on a Girls' Night Out. Hinckley, a genealogist-private investigator, is the author of Locating Lost Family and Friends.
History professor Brown and psychology professor Chew will speak on "Most Roads Lead Home: History and Roads," and "The Older I Get, the Better I Was: The Nature of Remembrance," respectively.
Morning activities also include a Baptist Student Union Reunion Choir concert, a computer job search demonstration, basketball scrimmage and campus carnival. A barbecue lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m.
Samford will meet Liberty University on the football field at 1:30 p.m. Halftime will feature announcement of the Alumni of the Year and the Homecoming Queen and Court.
Post-game activities include open houses, class reunions and a masquerade party for students and alumni.
Homecoming activities conclude Sunday with a 9:30 a.m. worship service. Dr. Jack Snell, a 1963 graduate and pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., will speak.
For tickets and information, call the Samford Alumni Office at (205) 726-2791 or toll free at 877-78205867, or send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.