Oct. 5, 2012

TOWER staff writer

Homecoming (Oct. 5-6) is one of the most important events at Bethany College, and the things that make the weekend most special are the traditions.

The Allison’s Run, held Saturday morning, is a non-competitive 5K walk/run in the memory of Jim Allison, ’62. Allison was a longtime Bethany math professor who was known for running along Castleman’s Run Road. Following his death in 2000, a fund was started in his memory which is benefited by the proceeds from the run. The Allison Prize is presented each year to a deserving student.

Another longstanding tradition is the Homecoming Parade, which proceeds through the town of Bethany and around the football field. Afterward, there is tailgating in the grassy area and parking lot outside of Bison Stadium before the annual Homecoming football game, which will be played this year against Geneva, beginning at 2 p.m. The Homecoming Court is presented at halftime; every year, the king and queen from the previous year come forward to give up their crowns to the new winners.

Many alumni return for homecoming, and there are class reunions held during the weekend. “Everybody really likes homecoming,” says Ashley Kanotz, Bethany College alumna and Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. “It’s usually their favorite event of the year. It’ll be a good time for everybody, and hopefully good weather.”

Browse the Homecoming schedule, or click here for a schedule including alumni events and activities.


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