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Monday, September 30

Homecoming Chapel

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Wednesday, October 2

Homecoming Chapel

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Friday, October 4 

Homecoming Check-in & Information Central

9–10:30 a.m. | Loggia, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Campus Store Open (closed during chapel)

9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Campus Store, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

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

Education Department Open House

10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lakeside Center (LSC), Building C

The Education Department has moved into a new space located in the former Seminary Building, now called Lakeside Center. We'd love to take you on a tour, share some snacks and hear about what's going on with you! Drawing for a swag basket for those attending!

Homecoming Chapel: Katie Toop '00

10:15–11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Worship with the Bethel community and hear an encouraging message from our 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Alumna of the Year Katie Toop '00.

Homecoming Check-in & Information Central

10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. | Ticket Office, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Homecoming Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 3

Experience lunch on campus, and enjoy the variety and appeal of Bethel’s delicious buffet-style dining. Special Homecoming price: $9 for adults; $4.50 for children ages 4–11. Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Homecoming Check-in & Information Central

5–7:30 p.m. | Loggia, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Family Movie Night: Toy Story 4

Doors Open 6 p.m. | Movie Begins 6:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Gather with other Bethel alumni and their families for a FREE movie night open to all!

Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion Dessert Reception

7–10 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Members of the Bethel College Class of 1969 and their guests are invited to enjoy a time of visiting, laughing, and getting reacquainted. Dessert will be served. This event is included in the Class of 1969 reunion package. Be sure to submit your entry for your class memory book, too! Registration is now open.

Saturday, October 5

Alumni Football Game and Breakfast

Game 7:30 a.m. | Breakfast 9:45 a.m. | Royal StadiumPractice Field

Whether it's been 2 or 20 years since you last stepped on the field at Royal Stadium, you still have Navy and Vegas running through your veins. Register today!

European Study/Choir Tour Reunion

8-9:15 a.m. | BC432, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Alumni that participated in Bethel’s first European Study & Choir Tour groups from 1966 to 1972 are invited to gather for a morning reception! Come see a "flash of the past" through pictures and enjoy reminiscing on your adventures together.

Homecoming Check-in & Information Central

9 a.m.1 p.m. | Loggia, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Platinum Alumni Brunch

9:30–11:30 a.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 2

A special breakfast and program to honor our Platinum Alumni from the undergrad classes of 1944, '49, '54, '59, and '64. This event is sponsored by the Royal Heritage Society. Register today!

Baseball Alumni vs. Alumni Game

10 a.m.-noon | Hargis Park

Baseball alumni of all ages and abilities are invited to play in a fun, friendly competition of alums vs. alums. If there are not enough alums for a game, we'll still hold an alumni batting practice. Registration is now open.

Campus Store Open

10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Campus Store, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

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

JayTalk

10:45–11:15 a.m. | The Underground, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Join President Jay Barnes as he reflects on his nearly 25 years at Bethel. In this talk, he will address where Bethel has been, where we are headed, and how Bethel fits into Christian higher education. You're invited to hear Jay answer, “Who is Bethel?”

Homecoming Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 3

Experience lunch on campus in the Monson Dining Center at a special Homecoming price: $9 for adults; $4.50 for children ages 4–11. Purchase at the Monson Dining Center.

Divisional Tours & Mini Lectures

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Various Locations

  • Jolene Pearson: Associate Professor of Education | Olson Boardroom
    Early Childhood: Scripture, Science and Society
    The experiences in our earliest years help shape who we become and teach us how to navigate the world. This presentation will highlight how Scripture and science entwine to inform us about the critical importance of supporting young children.

  • Charlie Goldberg: Assistant Professor of History | CC313
    Recreating the Real: 3D Modeling and Virtual Reality in the Digital Humanities
    From historical preservation to interior design to high-tech crime solving, digital 3D models and virtual reality can help make the far off more tangible and immediate. Come hear History and Digital Humanities professor Charlie Goldberg talk about how Bethel students are using cutting-edge technology to create immersive experiences as part of the Digital Humanities program.

  • Julie Hogan: Assistant Professor of Physics | AC246
    LEGO Particle Flow: A Hands-on Particle Identification Experience
    The Compact Muon Solenoid detector, CMS, at CERN's Large Hadron Collider experiences 40 million proton-proton collisions every second. Bethel Physics & Engineering students have created a small-scale model of a CMS collision event using thousands of LEGO bricks. This model is the centerpiece of a hands-on tutorial about the CMS "particle flow" algorithm. Come join our LEGO experience and learn more about identifying high energy particles in CMS.

  • Sherryse Corrow: Associate Professor of Psychology | HC241 & Uppsala Room
    Failing to See What is Right Before Us: The Case of Face Blindness and Visual Illusions
    Sometimes, our visual system does not give a correct representation of the real world. In the first part of this presentation, we will take a journey through the world of prosopagnosia, a disorder of face recognition where people are unable to recognize the faces of even their closest family members and friends. Then, Dr. Corrow will introduce several visual illusions followed by a presentation from some of her students who constructed interactive illusions themselves this last spring. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience each of the visual illusions, and students will explain each one.

BUYA Tailgate

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) Parking Lot

Alumni 10 years out or less are invited to join the Bethel University Young Alumni (BUYA) group for a FREE tailgate prior to the big game! Registration is now open.

Football vs. Carleton College

1–4 p.m. | Royal Stadium

Cheer on the Royals as they face the Knights! All alumni and their families receive FREE admission into the game!

Alumni Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal StadiumWest End Zone

Stop by the Alumni Tent to connect with members of your National Alumni Board, update your information, and pick-up your FREE alumni t-shirt! 

Business and Economics Department Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal Stadium—West End Zone

Education Department Tent

1–4 p.m. | Royal StadiumWest End Zone

Men’s Soccer vs. University of St. Thomas

1 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Royals as they take on the Tommies!

Women's Soccer vs. University of St. Thomas

3:30 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex

Cheer on the Royals as they take on the Tommies!

Nelson Hall Renovation Open House

4-5:30 p.m. | Nelson Hall

Come check out the updated and newly renovated Nelson Hall. Stop by after the football game and find your old room!

Baseball Recent Alumni vs. Current Royals Game

4:30-6:30 p.m. | Hargis Park

Play against the current Bethel Royals in a nine-inning game on their turf infield! Stay afterwards to connect with players and coaches. Register today!

Volleyball vs. St. Mary's University

5 p.m. | Robertson Center (RC) Gym

Cheer on the Royals as they take on the Cardinals! All alumni and their families receive FREE admission into the game! Members of the 1999 MIAC Championship Team will be recognized between sets 2 and 3.

Royal Reunions Check-in

5–7 p.m. | Atrium, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 2

Stop by to ask questions and check in for the Royal Reunions!

Royal Reunions

5–7:15 p.m. | Brushaber Commons (BC)

We're bringing back class reunions! Alumni from the classes of '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09, and '14 are invited to enjoy an evening reconnecting with old friends at Royal Reunions! Hang out in a relaxed atmosphere, eat delicious food, take photos as a memoir, and tell stories of your time here at Bethel. The cost is $15/person in advance and $20/person at the door. Registration is now open!

At 6:15 p.m., classes that have planned a formal gathering will come together in separate spaces. You can find the location of your class's gathering at Royal Reunions Check-in beforehand. For those not attending the North Point InsideOut concert, and hosting a reunion on-campus, your space will be open until 11 p.m.

Breakout Reunions

6:15-7:15 p.m. | Various Locations

  • Class of 2004 | 15-Year Reunion | 3900 Grill
  • Class of 1989 | 30-Year Reunion | HC113
  • Class of 1974 | 45-Year Reunion | Dan and Barbara Leafblad’s

Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion Dinner

6–9 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Gather with fellow alums from the Class of 1969 as together you enjoy dinner, hear from special guests, and spend plenty of time reminiscing and reconnecting in celebration of your 50-year reunion. This event is included in the Class of 1969 reunion package. Be sure to submit your entry for your class memory book, too! Register today!

1999 Alumni Volleyball Reception

7:30 p.m. | BC468, Brushaber Commons (BC), Level 4

Members of the 1999 Bethel Royals Volleyball Team are invited to a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their MIAC Championship! Register today.

Concert - North Point InsideOut

7:30 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Let’s start a new tradition – join us for a concert in the Great Hall featuring North Point InsideOut! Founded in 1995, North Point InsideOut is a part of North Point Ministries, which is led by pastor, author, and communicator Andy Stanley. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 50 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 90,000 people weekly. Grab your family and friends, and plan to join us for a great evening of serious worship music! Tickets are on sale now.

Sunday, October 6

Homecoming Hymn Sing

3-4 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

Come and worship the Lord with us at the 2019 Hymn Sing! This year's event will feature the Bethel University Wind Symphony and band alumni, as well as the musical giftings of Herbert Johnson on piano and Cindy Reents on the organ. This year's event will also highlight the favorite hymns of our 5th president, James H. Barnes III. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Laurel Bunker in the Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations at 651.638.6372.

Student-led Vespers Service

8 and 10 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center (CLC), Level 1

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.