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Cumberlands to Host “Thriller Weekend” for Homecoming 2011


Williamsburg, Ky. - On October 28-30th, University of the Cumberlands will be welcoming back alumni, current students, their family and friends, as well as members of the community during homecoming.

This year’s event, “Thriller Weekend” will feature a weekend of thriller-related fun. Class reunions, musicals, a carnival, a football game, fireworks, an outdoor movie, a worship service and more will be available! A special welcome will greet the reunion classes of ’61, ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06, and ’11.

The festivities kickoff Friday at noon as the golf team will be having their golf outing and reunion at the Tri-County Golf Course. Later that evening the Creech Boswell Club and 1961 Class Reunion Dinner will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Inn. At 7:30 p.m., the music department will present its annual Homecoming concert at the Mary McGaw Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The headliner for the day will be the Cumberland Idol All-Star Reunion at the Gatliff Chapel at 9:00 p.m. All previous winners from the first four seasons as well as other past performers will be making appearances. Admission is free for those wishing to attend.

On Saturday, festivities get started with the Boswell 5K Run/Walk Registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the event at 9:30 am at James H. Taylor, II Stadium. The Carnival, which starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m. at Briar Creek Park, will have a corn hole tournament, food, games, a balloon artist, a face painter, inflatable’s, Author’s Row Book Signing, music by Rayford Watts and Virgil Bowlin, and many more fun activities including reunions for the honored classes. The Alumni Board Auction starts at 11:00 a.m. at Briar Creek Park.

Kickoff for the football game vs. Belhaven College is at 1:30 p.m., with the presentation of the homecoming court and the coronation of the king and queen during halftime. Tickets will be available at the gate or two canned goods can be substituted for the price of admission to help the local community food bank.

The Boswell Campus Center will host the Informal Buffet Dinner for students, families, and alumni starting at 4:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. an Alumni dinner will be held at the T.J. Roberts Dining Hall. The keynote speakers for the event will be Major General Ken Dowd (class of ’79) and Retired Colonel Thomas Nickerson (Class of ’79). The program will also feature the presentation of alumni awards, the installation of new members of the Alumni Board, and reunion class photos.

Saturday’s events will conclude with a free fireworks show at 8:30 p.m., presented by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN., with additional fireworks provided by Thunder Sam’s Fireworks of Jellico, TN., on the band practice field. Immediately following the fireworks will be a screening of Captain America: The First Avenger in the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Sunday morning, Homecoming will conclude with a community worship service in the Gatliff Chapel from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The service will be led by Baptist Campus Ministries featuring student praise and worship team and inspirational messages.

All Cumberlands alumni should register at the Smiddy Building at the north entrance when they arrive on campus. Registrants can vote for Alumni Board members and become eligible for prizes. Registration will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Pre-paid reservations are required for both Saturday’s Alumni Dinner and Informal Buffet. Tickets must be picked up by 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Homecoming Registration. Tickets are not required for students attending the Informal Buffet in the Boswell Campus Center but are required for family members and alumni. For ticket and registration information, as well as a full schedule of Homecoming events, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (606) 539-4167 or visit

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees; more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.