Ouachita Baptist University alumni and current students can connect at Homecoming Week Oct. 7-12 by participating in various activities planned on campus, including celebrating 35 years of Tiger Tunes.
The goal of homecoming “is to get more people to come back, we want to make it more about the whole weekend,” said Jon Merryman, director of alumni. The attendance for Tiger Tunes, a campus-wide song and dance competition that raises money for scholarships, is typically great, but Merryman said he hopes that by adding more class reunions, OcTiger Feast and a Street Festival more people will be drawn to visit for the whole weekend.
“We want to make sure alums stay as connected as possible,” Merryman said. “When alums come back and see students on campus and what they are doing, they are more inclined to continue to be involved. Also, they are encouraged to hire Ouachita grads and want to give back to the university. It’s a great thing for them to come back and be on campus.”
In addition to increased alumni-focused events, student organizations will host a number of events for current students.
Monday, Oct. 7, lunch will be served on the lawn from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The men of Beta Beta and Rho Sigma will host an assortment of games on the lawn for students to enjoy at that time, and the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve root beer floats at noon in Grant Plaza. Down at the SPEC lower parking lot, the women of EEE will decorate cars with purple and gold from 3-4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Homecoming Chapel will begin at 10 a.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center, where the Homecoming nominees will be introduced. Alumni who live in Clark County are invited to a special dinner at Magnolia Manor at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available at www.obualumni.org. Later that night, the men of Sigma Alpha Sigma will roast s’mores on the campus lawn from 9:30-11 p.m.
At noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the women of Tri Chi will provide all the necessities to make spirit flags and game day banners at the Rachel Fuller & Ouachita Singers Memorial Amphitheatre. Also at that time, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve chili dogs in Grant Plaza, and the women of Chi Rho Phi will host balloon dart art on the Mabee Fine Arts Center porch. Later that night is Tiger Tunes dress rehearsal, immediately followed by an after party at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse, sponsored by Student Senate.
“This will be the first night that they will all have been given a chance to see the shows that their friends have been pouring hours of practice and energy into,” said Student Senate President Lindsey Fowler, a senior political science, history and business administration/finance major from Arkadelphia. “The excitement of Tiger Tunes is at an all-time high as everyone looks forward to the weekend’s festivities.”
Thursday, Oct. 10, kicks off GROW (Getting Ready for Ouachita’s World), an opportunity for prospective students to experience what life at Ouachita is really like by staying overnight in the residence halls, attending Tiger Tunes and visiting classes. At noon, the men of Kappa Chi will serve brownies and ice cream on the campus lawn, and the women of Chi Delta will serve gold and purple snow cones in Grant Plaza. The first performance of Tiger Tunes will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Thursday night’s Tiger Tunes performance will be immediately followed by Refuge, Ouachita’s weekly student-led worship service, in the Student Village circle.
“Since this is the 35th annual Tiger Tunes production, we are doing a lot to showcase the history of the show,” said Joey Licklider, manager of Jones Performing Arts Center. “We have invited back all the past hosts and hostesses to the show and are even going to have them perform in a number on stage! It’s going to be great to see lots of alumni who have been in Tunes before and talk about some great memories from past shows.”
On Friday, Oct. 11, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will serve Frito chili pie in Grant Plaza at noon. The Buddy Benson Memorial Golf Tournament will tee off at 12:30 p.m. at DeGray Lake Golf Course. The classes of 2003, 1988 and 1973 will all celebrate reunions that evening in Walker Conference Center at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Another Tiger Tunes performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at JPAC, followed by a cookout in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and Jones Science Center) hosted by the men of Kappa Chi.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, Homecoming is in full swing. Breakfast is available at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse starting at 8 a.m. OcTiger Fest, a time of fellowship and reunion for groups across campus, will be held on the campus lawn from 9-11 a.m., followed by a new event, OcTiger Feast at 11 a.m.
Pre-game activities including the crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen will take place at 12:30 p.m. at A.U. Williams Field before the 1 p.m. kickoff time of the football game against Northwestern Oklahoma State. At halftime of the footgall game, the Alumni Milestone Award Recipients will be recognized by President Rex Horne. Recipients include Dr. Larry Taylor (’63), Judge Bobby Shepherd (’73), Gene Whisenhunt (’83), Jay Heflin (’93) and Dr. Kristen (Rickett) Nelson (’03). Alumni from the 1980s are invited to a mixer in Walker Conference Center immediately following the football game.
Saturday evening, the first of two Tiger Tunes performances begins at 5 p.m. in JPAC. Between shows is the Homecoming Street Festival featuring grilled fajitas and festive fare from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Tiger Alley (5th St. between JPAC and JSC). The final Tiger Tunes show will begin at 8:30 p.m. in JPAC. Immediately following the final Tunes performance, the men of Eta Alpha Omega will host their annual Muggin’ root beer party on the campus lawn.
Alumni can reserve all Homecoming event tickets online at www.obualumni.org or call the Ouachita Alumni office at (870) 245-5111. Tiger Tunes tickets must be preordered through the Ouachita Student Foundation (OSF) online at www.obutigertunes.com. A free Tunescast of the 8:30 p.m. Saturday Tiger Tunes performance will be webcast live at www.obusignal.com. To register your high school junior or senior for GROW, call (800) DIAL-OBU or visit www.obu.edu/grow.
Join us for a time of fellowship & reunion with alumni, friends, current faculty & students. Campus groups- including social clubs, organizations, academic departments & more- will host drop-ins throughout the campus lawn. A CubZone will be available for kids as well as a pep rally! Pick up your schedule & map a the Information Station in Grant Plaza or check the Homecoming Guide on the Ouachita mobile app.
Kelsey Frink, a senior early childhood education major from Marion, Mass., was crowned Ouachita Baptist University’s 2013 Homecoming Queen during Ouachita’s pre-homecoming game ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Frink and other members of the court were presented at A.U. Williams Field, followed by the kickoff of the Homecoming football game against Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Ouachita President Rex Horne and OBU’s 2012 Homecoming Queen, Hannah Pilcher, crowned Frink. The 2013 Homecoming Court included Carli Sasser, Lindsey Fowler, Molly Bowman and Kristen Barnard.
The nominees were presented to the Ouachita student body during the weekly chapel service. They represented various campus clubs, classes and organizations. After the service, students were given the opportunity to vote for the court by casting ballots for their top five choices. The results were not announced until the Oct. 12 pre-game ceremony.
2012 Homecoming Queen Hannah Pilcher crowns 2013 Homecoming Queen Kelsey Frink at Ouachita’s Oct. 12 pre-game ceremonies. Photo by John Bunch.
“I was really surprised at first, whenever they called my name,” Frink said. “I’m really proud to represent Ouachita as their Homecoming Queen, and I’m proud to be the Campus Ministries rep.”
Frink represented OBU Campus Ministries and was escorted by her father, Kim Frink. She serves as a CM Ministry Leader and participated in the CM Tiger Tunes show. She has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s and President’s Lists and is a member of the International Club and Carl Goodson Honors Program. Frink is a member of Off the Broadway drama ministry, Freshman Family Groups and intramural sports and serves in the children’s ministry at Park Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.
“My mom and dad and baby sister were able to come for Homecoming and for Tunes this year, so my dad was able to escort me. We’re from Massachusetts, so it’s a really big deal,” Frink added. “I’m just really thankful to have such a great group of peers and faculty and staff to represent here as Homecoming Queen. Go OBU Tigers!”
First runner-up was Carli Sasser, a senior music education major from Crossett, Ark. Sasser represented Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club’s 2011 pledge class and was escorted by her father, Scott Sasser. She serves as president of Ouachita Singers and is a sweetheart of Eta Alpha Omega and also is involved in the Refuge band and Campus Ministries Tiger Tunes show.
Second runner-up was Lindsey Fowler, a senior business administration/finance, political science and history major from Arkadelphia, Ark. Fowler represented Student Senate and was escorted by her father, Bob Fowler. She is president of Student Senate and special events chair of Ouachita Student Foundation and also is involved in EEE women’s social club, KX men’s social club, the Hickingbotham School of Business Student Advisory Board and the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.
Third runner-up was Molly Bowman, a senior mass communications, Christian studies/Christian theology and art major from Conway, Ark. Bowman represented Eta Alpha Omega men’s social club and was escorted by her father, Gary Bowman. She is involved in Tri Chi women’s social club, Eta Alpha Omega, Ouachita Student Foundation, Alpha Chi national college honor society, OBU Art Club, Pruet Sisterhood, Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies and theology and ElderServe.
Fourth runner-up was Kristen Barnard, a senior mass communications and business administration/management major from Hot Springs, Ark. Barnard represented Beta Beta men’s social club and was escorted by her father, Shawn Barnard. She serves as OBU student photo director and as an OBU Admissions Counseling telecounselor and also is involved in OBU Campus Ministries and Enactus.