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Thursday, October 8

Cultural Connection Center (CCC) Grand Opening
6-9 p.m. | Clauson Center, level 3
Please join the Bethel community in celebrating the opening of a new campus space dedicated to nurturing a sense of belonging, promoting healthy dialogue about diversity, and providing educational opportunities that strengthen the multicultural fabric of the university.

The grand opening will include a program from 6-7 p.m. in CC313 and a reception from 7-9 p.m. in the CCC and CC Lounge. Learn more about this and other Cultural Connection Center Homecoming events.

Friday, October 9

Homecoming Check-in
9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | Community Life Center, level 1
Stop by to ask questions, pick up a schedule of events for the weekend, and check in for reunions and other pre-registered events.

Bethel Campus Store Open (closed during chapel)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Brushaber Commons, level 2
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
9-10:15 a.m. | Meet in Community Life Center lobby, level 1
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Bethel's campus.

Homecoming Chapel
10:15-11 a.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center
Worship with the Bethel community as we honor 2015 Alumna of the Year Kristi Piehl ’96 and hear from Bethel alumna Jamie Hanson Kvamme ’08.

Homecoming Lunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Monson Dining Center, Brushaber Commons, level 3
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
Noon-1:30 p.m.  | Meet in Community Life Center lobby, level 1
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.

Cultural Connection Center Ribbon Cutting
1-2 p.m. | Cultural Connection Center, Clauson Center, level 3
Please join the Bethel community in celebrating the opening of a new campus space dedicated to nurturing a sense of belonging, promoting healthy dialogue about diversity, and providing educational opportunities that strengthen the multicultural fabric of the university.

The ribbon cutting will include a reception from 1-2 p.m., with a ceremony from 1:30-1:45 p.m. Learn more about this and other Cultural Connection Center Homecoming events.

Campus Tour—Inside Buildings
3-4:15 p.m. | Meet in Community Life Center lobby, level 1
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Bethel's campus.

Remembering the Great War: Christian Perspectives on the Commemoration of World War I
2-3 p.m. | BC 468, Brushaber Commons, level 4
One hundred years after it happened, how do we remember a war that killed over fifteen million people, unleashed the first modern genocide, and caused multiple political revolutions? To help us think about the commemoration of World War I - and why it's especially challenging for Christians - Professor of History Chris Gehrz will draw on his experiences taking Bethel students to Europe, where they visit the former battlefields of the Western Front as well as sites in London, Paris, and Munich. (He'll also debut the finished version of the Bethel at War digital history, surveying how the two world wars, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror have affected our university.)

Royals Baseball Practice
4:30-6 p.m. | Hargis Park (Bethel campus)
Watch your 2015 MIAC Conference Champion Royals as they host an intra-squad scrimmage/practice. Stay afterwards to talk with current players and coaches.

Bethel Seminary Class of 1965 Reunion Dinner
5:30-7 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, level 2
Members of the Bethel Seminary Class of 1965 and their guests are invited to attend a special dinner to reunite, to reminisce, and to celebrate 50 years of ministry since their graduation from Bethel. Free for Class of ’65 alumni and one guest; pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to Tracy Rud in the Office of Church Relations at 651.638.6301 or church-relations@bethel.edu. Learn more about this and other Bethel Seminary Homecoming events.

Family Movie Night - "Minions"
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center, level 1
Gather with other Bethel alumni and their families for a free movie night. Plus, get your photo taken with Roy the Royal! Free and open to all. Please note: this movie is rated PG. Check out the online review from Focus on the Family's “Plugged In”.

Class of 1965 Dessert Reception
7-10 p.m. | Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons, level 4
Members of the Bethel College Class of 1965 and their guests are invited to enjoy a time of visiting, laughing, and getting reacquainted. A light dessert will be served. This event is included in the Class of 1965 Reunion package and is free, but pre-registration is required.

Saturday, October 10

Homecoming Check-in
8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Community Life Center, level 1
Stop by to ask questions, pick up a schedule of events for the weekend, and check in for reunions and other pre-registered events.

Platinum Alumni Breakfast
8:30-10:30 a.m. (coffee reception at 8 a.m.) | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, level 2
A special breakfast and program to honor our Platinum Alumni from the undergrad classes of 1940, '45, '50, '55, and '60. Sponsored by Bethel’s Office of University Advancement. Cost: Free for reunion alumni and a guest; Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. 

Homecoming 5K
8:30 a.m. (registration at 7:30 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 5K run sponsored by Bethel Student Government. Cost is $15 (includes a Homecoming t-shirt and post-race refreshments). Learn more and register today.

Taste of Bethel Seminary Breakfast
9-10:15 a.m. | Seminary Lower Campus Center
Join Bethel Seminary alumni, staff and faculty for a taste of life on the St. Paul seminary campus! As you enjoy a delicious breakfast, you will hear from faculty members about the recent gift of a 450-year-old Torah, the Lundquist Preaching Endowment that brings national speakers to campus, the Work with Purpose program to integrate faith into the workplace, and the effort Bethel Seminary makes to ensure each student's spiritual formation. All alumni and friends of Bethel Seminary are welcome. $10/person; pre-registration is required because space is limited. Learn more about this and other Bethel Seminary Homecoming events.  

Homecoming Shuttle
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Various stops on campus
For the convenience of campus guests, a Homecoming shuttle service will run continuously. The shuttle route will include the following stops: Anderson Center parking lot, Community Life Center (CLC) Circle, Sports and Recreation Center (SRC –next to Royal Stadium), seminary main doors, and Robertson Center (RC) steps. As parking will be at a premium on Saturday (particularly in the West and East parking lots), we encourage you to park at the seminary or at the Anderson Center and to take advantage of the free shuttle service!

Bethel Campus Store Open
10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Brushaber Commons, level 2
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.

Cultural Connection Center Open House
10 a.m.–noon | Cultural Connection Center, Clauson Center, level 3
Come experience the Cultural Connect Center (CCC) and discover how it contributes to our rich Christ-centered campus community, what having this space means to our students, and what the future plans are for the CCC.

Wellness Center Open House
10 a.m.–noon | Wellness Center, level 3
Stop by to see and experience our new 22,500-square-foot addition, which includes a 6,000- square-foot weight facility, 5,500 square feet of Biokinetics testing and labs, and room for workout equipment and cardio machines.

Anderson Center Open House
10 a.m.-noon | Anderson Center
Come join us for an open house at the new Anderson Center, located at 2 Pine Tree Drive in Arden Hills. See the home of our physician assistant program and visit the new offices for the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Graduate School, and University Advancement. A light, complimentary breakfast will be available as you tour. The Anderson Center provides easy parking for Homecoming and free shuttle service to and from the main campus. You will not want to miss seeing this new, God-given facility that President Jay Barnes has called “a game-changer for Bethel University."

Department Open Houses
10-11 a.m. | Various locations on campus
A number of Bethel’s undergrad academic departments will host open house events on Saturday morning. Stop by to reconnect with faculty and other alumni and learn what’s new in your department! Visit the individual department open house web pages (below) for more details.

Bethel Seminary Celebration
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Seminary Chapel
All Bethel Seminary alumni and friends are invited to gather for fellowship, worship, celebration, and prayer. We’ll highlight 2015 Bethel Seminary Alumna of the Year Kara Powell S ‘94, honor our Class of 1965 alumni, ​celebrate the gift of the Carl H. and Nancy Lundquist Endowment for Preaching, and hear from 2015 Omark Preaching Award winner JD Larson S’15. Free; all are welcome. Learn more about this and other Bethel Seminary Homecoming events.

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

Homecoming Men's Soccer vs. St. John’s
1 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex (Bethel campus)
Cheer on the Royals as they take on the Johnnies!

Homecoming Football Game vs. Hamline
1 p.m. | Royal Stadium (Bethel Campus)
Cheer on the Royals as they face the Pipers! Cost: Discounted admission rate of $3 for all alumni and immediate family; free for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at the gate.

Alumni Tent
1-3 p.m. | Royal Stadium – West End Zone (Tent)
Stop by the Alumni Tent to connect with members of your National Alumni Board, enjoy a cup of coffee, pick up an alumni gift, and be sure that we have your updated information. Bring your "Royals in training" as we’ll have free, fun activities for kids, including: face painting, coloring, temporary tattoos and more!

BethelBiz
1 p.m. | Royal Stadium—West End Zone (Tent)
Join the movement! BethelBiz, in partnership with Bethel’s Department of Business and Economics, will be hosting a tent for business and economics students, faculty and alumni. It’s a great place to make connections with leaders from Target, U.S. Bank, Deluxe, UnitedHealth Group and many others.

Women’s Soccer vs. St. Benedict
3:30 p.m. | Ona Orth Athletic Complex (Bethel campus)
Cheer on the Royals as they face the Blazers!

Alumni Baseball Game
4 p.m. (following the football game) | Hargis Park (Bethel campus)
Join in playing or just come to watch Bethel baseball alumni in friendly competition against the current 2015 MIAC Conference Champions team and get to know Brian Raabe, head baseball coach. Baseball alumni: Register now to play on the alumni team!

Homecoming Reunion Check-in
4:30-7 p.m. | Community Life Center lobby, level 1
Stop by to ask questions and check in for your class reunion.

Class of 1965 Reunion Dinner
5-6:30 p.m. | Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, 2nd level
*See Reunion Package below

Reunion Reception
5:30-6:30 p.m. | Brushaber Commons, level 2
Alumni from the Classes of '75, '85, '95, '05, and '10 will have the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with classmates and with alumni from other reunion classes. Hearty 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 celebration of Bethel's traditions, stories, and legacy featuring the creative direction of Chris LaRue and highlighting 2015 Alumna of the Year, Kristi Piehl ‘96. Free, all are welcome.

Class Reunion Parties
8-11 p.m. | Various locations on campus

Class of 1965: Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, level 2
Class of 1975: Olson Boardroom, Brushaber Commons, level 4
Class of 1985: TBA
Class of 1995: TBA
Class of 2005: 3900 Grill, Brushaber Commons, level 3
Class of 2010: Bethel Underground, Brushaber Commons, level 2
Cost:* See Reunion Package below

*Reunion package for the undergrad Class of 1965: Free for Class of 1965 alum and a guest. The package includes the Class of 1965 Dessert Reception on Friday evening and the Class of 1965 Reunion Dinner, Royal Celebration, and Class Reunion Party on Saturday evening. Pre-registration is required.

*Reunion package for the undergrad Classes of 1975, ’85. ’95. ’05, and ’10: $15/person. The package includes the Reunion Reception, Royal Celebration, and Class Reunion Party. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, October 11

Homecoming Hymn Sing
3 p.m. | Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center
Join Bethel alumni and friends for a delightful afternoon of hymn singing! We’ll sing a variety of favorite and classic hymns, led by Tammie Junkans, pastor of blended worship at Calvary Church in Roseville, and Gene Peterson, D.M.A., director of choral activities and the Bethel Choir. Invite your friends to join this special time of praise, worship, and fellowship featuring an Alumni Choir, the Bethel Choir, and the Calvary Worship Choir. Coffee and cookies will be served following the event. Cost: Free; a free-will offering will be taken at the event. Would you like to sing as part of the Alumni Choir? Learn more and register today.

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.