​York College welcomed several hundred guests to campus over its annual Homecoming and Panther Days weekend, October 19-20. Alumni returned to campus to relive their great college memories, while prospective students and their families visited to see all that York College has to offer.

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The weekend schedule was extra busy including the theatre department’s George Washington Slept Here, alumni reception, chapel, a choir concert, volleyball and soccer games, and back-to-back wins from the women’s and men’s basketball teams.
The weekend also featured the York College Athletic Hall of Fame induction of Dave Hawley ’72, Laura (Hastings’98) Hawley, and Jeremy Hogan ’00. (Video of this event coming soon!) Friday afternoon’s Homecoming Golf Scramble raised $500 for the golf program and was followed that evening by the President’s Reception for all alumni.

Homecoming Chapel was well attended as Brett Osborne ’82 led the singing and Mark Smesrud ’10 gave the early morning’s address. Chapel was followed by a moving Concert Choir performance which included alumni joining students on the risers for the traditional closing songs. Following the concert, Scott ’79 and Lisa (Hinrichs ’81) Eckman were honored as Alumni of the Year, and Mark Smesrud ’10 was recognized as Young Alumnus of the Year. The 2018 Servant Leader Award was then presented to Sojourners Joe and Linda Thomas.

Video: Homecoming Chapel

Video Playlist: Choir Concert

A luncheon was held Saturday afternoon to honor Dr. Ray and Gail Miller with the first Distinguished Achievement in Academics award. The Millers have been the backbone of the science department at York College for three and a half decades, dedicating their professional lives to making an impact through quality scientific instruction in a Christian setting.  

Video: Distinguished Achievement in Academics Program

During halftime of the men’s basketball game in which they defeated Emmaus Bible College 120-59, the York College Homecoming Court was introduced. Pictured above are this year's queen and king: Madison Kinney and Clay Lube. Maddie is the daughter of Troy and Caronna Kinney and is an elementary and physical education major from Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is a member of Theta Psi Social Club, women’s soccer team, Concert Choir, Celebration Singers, cheer and dance teams, and has been involved in student government. Clay is a sports management major from Lincoln, Neb., and is the son of Randy and Paula Lube. Clay is a part of the baseball team and residence life. Senior candidates for queen were Shania Brown of Chappell, Neb., Deidre Freitas of York, Neb., and Cassidy Wilson of Moore, Okla. King candidates were Aaron Alvarez of Madera, Calif., Asa Coppinger of York, Neb., and Dylan Odom of York, Neb. Attendants honored from the junior class: Amber Jimenez of Gilbert, Ariz., and Cole Satterfield of Brookfield, Colo., sophomores: Elizabeth Ryan of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Pierce Mederios also from Mountain Home, Idaho, freshmen: Alina Russell of San Antonio, Texas, and Noah Leng from Omaha, Neb.

Besides class reunions and suppers that went long into the night, weekend guests were treated to a Friends Reunion Concert in McGehee on Saturday. As part of the 1983 class reunion, Brett Osborne got the band together from the summer of ’82 and gave a very memorable concert that included their early 80s repertoire and plenty of nostalgia.

Video: Friends Reunion Concert

Mark your calendars for Spring Panther Days and Songfest, April 4-7, 2019. Homecoming and Fall Panther Days 2019 will be October 18-19.