Schedule

Friday, October 4th
Saturday, October 5th
Sunday, October 6th

Friday, October 4

Homecoming Check-in
9 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Community Life Center lobby

Bethel Campus Store open (closed during chapel)
9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Brushaber Commons
, 2nd level
Find Bethel apparel, books by Bethel authors, and so much more! Stop by and enjoy a special 20% alumni discount on Bethel apparel and emblematic merchandise during Homecoming Weekend!

Homecoming Chapel
10:15-11 a.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center

Join the Bethel community in worship, and hear from 2013 Alumnus of the Year Jay Substad '88.

Homecoming Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons, 3rd level

Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s buffet-style dining.
Special Homecoming price: $8.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 4-11. Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Bethel Old Campus Tour
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Meet in Community Life Center lobby

Take a bus to the former Bethel campus on Snelling Avenue for a relaxed stroll and unique opportunity to tour some of the buildings (now owned by the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps).  
Cost: $5; includes transportation. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Campus Tour—Inside Buildings
1 and 4 p.m.
Meet in Community Life Center lobby
Enjoy a guided tour of Bethel's campus, and learn about some of the changes that have been made in recent years!

Thinking about Christian Apologetics with Jim Beilby
3-4 p.m.
Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, 2nd level

Too often, Christians engage in apologetics (the practice of defending the faith) with little or no reflection on what apologetics is or should be. We skip past these foundational questions right to the "real work" of coming up with good arguments. Led by Professor Jim Beilby, this "class without a quiz" will discuss the nature and function of Christian apologetics as well as the mindset that is necessary for apologetics to be effective.

Alumni Batting Practice
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Hargis Park (Bethel campus)

Connect with former teammates, coaches and baseball alums from all eras, meet head baseball coach Brian Raabe, and practice your swing.

Insider's View of Football Practice
4 p.m.
Royal Stadium (Bethel campus)

Stop by to watch the Royals prep for the big game and worship and interact with players and coaches.

Platinum Alumni Dinner
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons, 4th level
A special dinner and program to honor our Platinum Alumni - those whose classes graduated at least 51 years ago (Class of 1962 and earlier).
Cost: $15/person; Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. 

Family Movie Night
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 7 p.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center

Gather with other Bethel alumni and their families for a free movie night featuring "Monsters University"!

Saturday, October 5

Homecoming Check-in
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Community Life Center lobby

5K Run/Walk
9 a.m.
Sports and Recreation Center parking lot (Bethel campus)

Join current students and alumni to celebrate fitness and enjoy the autumn beauty of Bethel’s campus through this run/walk sponsored by the Bethel Student Association (BSA). Visit the BSA website at bsa.bethel.edu to register and for more information.

Alumni Prayer Gathering
9-9:45 a.m.
BC 432, Brushaber Commons, 4th level
Gather with alumni, friends, and staff to pray for Bethel and for one another. Facilitated by Ralph Gustafson, vice president for constituent relations.

Bethel Campus Store open
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brushaber Commons, 2nd level

Find Bethel apparel, books by Bethel authors, and so much more! Stop by and enjoy a special 20% alumni discount on Bethel apparel and emblematic merchandise during Homecoming Weekend! 

Campus Tour—Inside Buildings
10 a.m.
Meet in Community Life Center lobby
Enjoy a guided tour of Bethel's campus, and learn about some of the changes that have been made in recent years!

Connecting to the Hidden Job Market through LinkedIn
10-11 a.m.
BC 468, Brushaber Commons, 4th level
The Office of Career Development and Calling will give a presentation that will show how utilizing a popular social networking tool can help you connect with others in order to build your professional network and reveal employment opportunities.

Creating a Spiritual Legacy: The Spiritual Will
10-11 a.m.
Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, 2nd level
The two most important words in a spiritual legacy are wisdom and blessing. One form is the spiritual will - a personal statement (often quite brief) about what one has learned from one's life - created for the benefit of others. Led by author and Bethel professor Dan Taylor, this workshop will lead you in creating the raw material for writing a spiritual will as a blessing for someone you love.  

Connecting the Liberal Arts and Life After Bethel
10-11 a.m.
Underground, Brushaber Commons, 2nd level
Current majors and recent graduates in English, History, Philosophy, and Political Science are invited to meet with Bethel alumni involved in law, ministry, business, government service, non-profit work, and writing professions. Find out how majors in the liberal arts have discovered and practiced their vocation.

Social Work Alumni Gathering
10-11 a.m.
RC 419, Robertson Center, 4th level
Social work alumni are invited to gather with social work faculty and other alumni in the newly designed social work office to reconnect, reminisce about field placement experiences, network with each other, and learn what is happening in the Social Work department.  

CDC 30th Anniversary Open House
10-11:30 a.m.
Child Development Center (Bethel campus)
Visit the Campus CDC – come see the new playground! Ellen Wilson (who retired this past May) will be on hand to greet those who were student teachers or attended the CDC as a child. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Bethel University Library Open House
10-11:30 a.m.
Library, Hagstrom Center, 3rd level
Stop by to relive some memories and see what's new in the Bethel University Library! The BU Digital Library will have an exhibit of its collections on display all weekend.

Nursing Department Open House
10-11:30 a.m.
Hagstrom Center, 2nd level

Tour the nursing labs, classrooms, and faculty areas and celebrate the growth of this rapidly expanding department.

Homecoming Men's Soccer vs. Macalester
11 a.m.
Ona Orth Athletic Complex (Bethel campus)

Homecoming Picnic and Kids Zone
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Due to this week's rain, the Homecoming Picnic has been moved inside to the Monson Dining Center. A modified Kids Zone will be located in Brushaber Commons, 2nd level.


Gather with other Bethel alumni, their families, and current Bethel students for a picnic lunch! Pre-registration picnic price: $6.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 4-11. Walk-up picnic price: $8.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 4-11. No charge for Kids Zone.

Women’s Soccer vs. Macalester
1 p.m.
at Macalester

Homecoming Football Game vs. Augsburg
1 p.m.
Royal Stadium (Bethel Campus)

Cheer on the Royals as they face the Auggies!
Cost: Discounted admission rate of $3 for all alumni and immediate family; free for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at the gate.

BethelBiz
1 p.m.
Royal Stadium—West End Zone (Tent)

Network with business and economics faculty, students, and alumni. It’s a great place to watch the game and enjoy some refreshments! Plus, register for your opportunity to win a great Bethel prize.

Alumni Baseball Game
4 p.m. (following the football game)
Hargis Park (Bethel campus)
Join baseball alumni in a friendly competition against the current Royals team and get to know Brian Raabe, head baseball coach.

Homecoming Reunion Check-in
5 -7 p.m.
Community Life Center lobby

Reunion Reception
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Brushaber Commons
Alumni from the Classes of '63, '73, '83, '93, '03, and '08 will have the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with classmates and with alumni from other reunion classes. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Cost: *See Reunion Package below

Royal Celebration
7-8 p.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center
Don't miss this entertaining, high-energy celebration of Bethel's past, present, and future featuring the musical and dramatic creativity of Joy ('89) Donley and Michael Pearce ('87) Donley (of Triple Espresso), and highlighting 2013 Alumnus of the Year Jay Substad '88.
Free, all are welcome

Class Reunion Parties
8 p.m.
Class of 1963: Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons, 4th level
Class of 1973: Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, 2nd level
Class of 1983: 3900 Grill, Brushaber Commons, 3rd level
Class of 1993: Bethel University Library, Hagstrom  Center, 3rd level
Class of 2003: Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons, 3rd level
Class of 2008: Bethel Underground, Brushaber Commons, 2nd level
Cost:* See Reunion Package below

*Reunion package: $15/person for the undergrad Classes of '73, '83, '93, '03, '08; Free for the Class of '63. The package includes the Reunion Reception, Royal Celebration, and Class Reunion Party. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, October 6

Homecoming Hymn Sing
3 p.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center

Join Bethel alumni and friends for a delightful afternoon of hymn singing. Featuring Professor of Music Mark Rhoads, a Bethel student choir, and Cindy Reents on the organ.
Cost: Free; a free-will offering will be taken at the event.

Student-led Vespers Service
8 and 10 p.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center

Experience this special time of worship that has grown from a small residence hall gathering to a weekly service drawing thousands of young people from across the Twin Cities.

Download a printable version of the Homecoming 2013 schedule (pdf).

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