Homecoming Begins Friday, Featured Highlights Include Wolgemuth Dedication, Awards, Reunions

By Jim Garringer Published: Oct 11, 2011

Taylor University Homecoming photo by Jim Garringer

Taylor University’s 2011 Homecoming begins Friday with featured events that include music, food, intercollegiate athletic events, alumni reunions and special alumni awards. The annual celebration brings an estimated 1,000 alumni to campus each fall.

The weekend will be highlighted by the dedication of Taylor’s newest facility, Wolgemuth Hall, a student apartment building. Named for Taylor alumni, friends and longtime trustee Sam Wolgemuth and his wife Grace, the building is the second such facility to be erected in the past three years. It is next door to historic Swallow Robin Hall, on the north side of Taylor’s campus.

Also, alumni awards for professional accomplishment and service to Taylor are scheduled. They include:

Distinguished Alumnus for Professional Achievement

Dan Gordon ’71 is the chairman of Gordon Food Services (GFS), ranked the 39th largest private company in America by Forbes magazine. The family and business are widely-known for their support of Christian and evangelical ministries. Gordon resides in Ada, Michigan.

Distinguished Young Alumnus for Professional Achievement
John Fellowes II ’01, is the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, at Fellowes, Inc.  He leads the global product development and marketing strategies of the Business Machines and Bankers Box businesses. He also works closely with Fellowes global manufacturing strategies in the United States, China, and Germany. Fellowes resides in Wheaton, Illinois.

Distinguished Alumni for Service to Taylor

Dave ’92 and Cassandra (Edgecombe ’88) Smith have recruited prospective students, planned and hosted alumni events, hosted student groups, and developed an alumni presence in The Bahamas where they reside. After Cassandra’s graduation from Taylor, she worked in the Admissions Office for a number of years.

Four alumni will be inducted into Taylor Athletic Hall of Fame. They are:

  1. Anne (Lee ’94) Boyer, volleyball
  2. Gene Keller ’67, wrestling
  3. Kip Rop ’02, track and cross country
  4. Mike Woods ’90 football

Additional Homecoming weekend highlights include the Taylor theatre department production We Will Not Be Silent, the story of a group of young Germans whose outspokenness about the reign of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis cost them their lives. Also planned is a 5K walk/run and intercollegiate volleyball, football and soccer.

For a complete schedule of events, click here.