2016 Homecoming Recap
Campbell University celebrates Homecoming in new Alumni Village
October 25, 2016
BUIES CREEK, North Carolina -- Surrounded by food trucks, reunion and information tents, tailgating games, and a live music stage, alumni gathered with students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Homecoming 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 22 in the new Alumni Village next to Barker-Lane Stadium.
Alumni and friends began filing into the Alumni Village prior to noon and were immediately welcomed by the smells of the five food trucks on site serving everything from burritos and tacos to gourmet stuffed baked potatoes to ice cream sandwiches.
Live music from Bantum Rooster got the crowd that was seated on its feet and those already standing moving around with their blend of classic rock, beach music, funk, dance music, and top 40 hits. Keyboardist Shane Morgan (’10, ’12), one of five alumni who are members of the band, said “the event was great. I think it should happen every year.”
Rebecca Brock (’97, ’01) agreed: “The event was awesome. I hope that (the alumni office) will be able to repeat this next year.”
Fighting Camels fans were fired up by Head Football Coach Mike Minter while the Campbell band drum line and Campbell cheerleaders lead attendees in the fight song.
As alumni walked by attendees playing corn hole, they also had the opportunity stop by tents for nine local alumni chapters, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, the Office of Study Abroad, and the Office of Spiritual Life. Many alumni and guests also gave needed items to Hurricane Matthew relief in a donation bin organized by the Office of Spiritual Life.
Prior to Alumni Village opening, those attending Homecoming were provided the opportunity to relive part of their time at Campbell by going “back to class”. These hour-long presentations on the presidential election, data and analytics used by students in the First Citizens Wealth Management Center, and water cleaning by using a hands-on, interactive engineering course were taught by Campbell faculty.