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More than 2,000 Expected This Weekend for Taylor University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend

  • By: Jim Garringer, Director of Media Relations
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More than 2,000 Taylor University alumni, parents, family members and friends are expected as Taylor celebrates its first combined Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The three-day event begins Friday, October 14, and features activities for alumni, parents, family and friends. Highlighting the weekend is a Saturday evening concert featuring the Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets, alumni awards, and Taylor Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

The Taylor Alumni Association will honor six alumni with special awards. They include:

  • Gary Feenstra ’72, Distinguished Service Alumnus
  • Faye Chechowich, ’74, G. Roselyn Kerlin Women in Leadership Award
  • Zeke Turner ’00, Distinguished Service Alumnus
  • Rhona Murungi ’10, Distinguished Service Young Alumna
  • Kirk Schweitzer ’10, Distinguished Service Young Alumnus
  • Joanne Taylor H’16, Honorary Alumna.

The Taylor University Athletics Department will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees include: Leland Boren, Debbie Gates Varland, Quinn Hirschy and former men’s basketball coach Paul Patterson. Boren is an Upland industrialist and longtime friend of Taylor University; Varland was a two-sport standout in volleyball and softball; Hirschy was an all-American and the second-leading rusher in Taylor football history; and Patterson coached Taylor’s men’s basketball team for 34 years. During Patterson’s tenure, he led the Trojans to 14 NAIA National Tournament appearances, two Sweet 16s, and the Final Four in 1991. Individual honors accorded to Patterson during his Taylor career included 12 Coach-of-the-Year honors, one NAIA Coach of the Year award, and induction into the NAIA and Indiana Basketball Halls of Fame.

Saturday evening’s featured performers, Sidewalk Prophets, have sold over 500,000 albums and amassed 1.5 million sales of digital singles. The band’s single, Help Me Find It, was a 2014 Billboard Music Awards Nominee for the Best Christian Song. The band has played over 2,000 shows for an estimated 2.5 million fans, garnered five number one singles and eight top five radio hits, received over 11 million YouTube views, and been nominated for four Dove Awards, winning one.

“We are thrilled to be able to present Sidewalk Prophets to the Taylor University community and to the local community around us,” said Amanda Wilson, Director of Special Projects at Taylor University. “Their music bridges generations of believers with a message of hope in Christ, and we are looking forward to a wonderful time of praise and worship.” To purchase tickets, visit:

Weekend schedule highlights include:


10:00 a.m. Chapel, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium

1:00-4:00 p.m. Lifelong Learning Sessions, various classrooms

1:30 p.m. Alumni Award Reception, Euler Science Complex, Legacy ’64 Commons

4:00 p.m. C.S. Lewis Homecoming Lecture: A Tribune to David Neuhouser, C.S. Lewis Center, Zondervan Library

5:00 p.m. Around the World International Dinner, Hodson Dining Commons

6:00 p.m. Visiting Artist Reception, Metcalf Gallery, Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center

7:00 p.m. Volleyball v. Marian University, Odle Arena

7:30 p.m. Concert featuring Music Department Ensembles, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium

9:00 p.m. Playback Theatre, Mitchell Theatre



7:30 a.m. Taylor Bike Ride, sponsored by the Class of 1991—includes Wandering Wheels alumni reunion with Coach Bob Davenport in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Wheels Across America Ride

8:00 a.m. Taylor 5k, LaRita Boren Campus Center

11:30 a.m. Reunion Row, Kesler Student Activities Center

1:00 p.m. Cardboard Boat Regatta, Taylor Lake

1:00 p.m. Football v. Sienna Heights, Turner Stadium

3:00 p.m. Ballet 5:8: The Stor(ies) of You and Me, Recital Hall

3:00 p.m. Presidential and Faculty Reception, Lembright Atrium, Euler Science Complex

7:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer v. Indiana Wesleyan, Turner Stadium

8:00 p.m. Sidewalk Prophets Concert, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium



10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship, Rediger Chapel/Auditorium