Pfeiffer University’s Homecoming will return Sept. 23-25, offering alumni a chance to renew friendships and relive memories during a golf outing* on Thursday, at The Tillery Tradition Country Club in Mount Gilead, N.C. and during a Falcons Nite Out on Friday evening, in downtown Albemarle, N.C. There will also be numerous traditional activities on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, on Saturday, beginning with the Annual Alumni Gathering and concluding with two soccer games.
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This year’s Homecoming will not feature a gala, a fixture of past events, because “we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep our alumni and guests safe, and hosting a gala presented lots of COVID-related obstacles,” said Tonya Judge ’20, Pfeiffer’s Director of Alumni and Community Engagement. “We’re going to try to do as much as we can outdoors this year, and we want to showcase our Center for Health Sciences in downtown Albemarle.”
Pfeiffer’s 2020 Homecoming was cancelled because of the pandemic. Had it taken place, it would have coincided with the September 2020 opening of the Center, access to which was limited. The Center houses two new professional master’s programs: the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS).
As part of Falcons Nite Out -- on Friday, Sept. 24 -- MSOT and MS-PAS students will lead evening tours of the Center until 8:30 p.m., following a dedication at 5 p.m. The goal is for alumni to tour the Center, then eat in one of six Albemarle restaurants offering alumni specials. Or, alumni may choose to eat first, then follow dinner with a facility tour. The restaurants offering alumni specials include: Boardroom; 5 Points Public House; Off the Square; Hilltop Seafood Co.; Second Street Sundries; and Glory Beans.
People who take the tour (or participate in other Homecoming events held inside) will be required to wear a mask. The wearing of masks at outside events will be optional. Both alumni and members of the Greater Albemarle community are encouraged to attend the dedication and tour the Center for Health Sciences.
Also planned for Falcons Nite Out: a scavenger hunt for Pfeiffer prizes and a performance by the band Donkey at the Courthouse Square Park.
A packed schedule for the third day of Homecoming (Sept. 25) has been planned:
Beginning at 10 a.m. with the Annual Alumni Gathering at Merner Gym, Dr. Scott Bullard, Pfeiffer’s President, will provide updates of important University developments. Three alumni will be publicly recognized for engagement with the University and career successes. Watch for profiles of each in the September edition of the Forever Falcons e-newsletter: Bob Gulledge ’68 (Outstanding Alumni Award); Dr. Reggie Hudson ’74 (Distinguished Alumni Award); and Chris Matthews ’12 MSL, ’16 MFT (Presidential Merit Award).
The Harris Science Hall, having recently undergone extensive renovations, will be rededicated at 11 a.m.
Harris Science Hall is named for the late John Balle Harris, who served on Pfeiffer’s Board of Trustees; a restored painting of Harris by T.J. Pridgen will also be unveiled at the dedication. In addition, alumni from the classes of ’71, ’72 and ’74 will be recognized for their support of the renovation.
The soccer games will begin at 1 p.m. when the men’s soccer team takes on Bob Jones University. At halftime of this contest, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.
The women’s soccer team plays Greensboro College, kicking off at 3 p.m.
Alumni can tailgate throughout the day near Merner Gym. Judge said that there are still a few spots available for people who want to register for tailgating spaces.
*Note: The deadline for registering for the golf outing is Sept. 20.
Ken Keuffel, who authored this article, has served as Pfeiffer’s Assistant Director of Communications since December 2019. He welcomes story ideas from Pfeiffer’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The form for submitting story ideas is at www.pfeiffer.edu/newsform.