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Cumberlands’ alumni, students and families set to “Cruise Back to Cumberland” for Homecoming 2010


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —University of the Cumberlands will welcome returning alumni, current students, their families and friends, as well as community members during Homecoming on Oct. 1-3.

This year’s event, “Cruise Back to Cumberland” will feature a weekend of cruise ship-related fun. A special welcome will greet the members of reunion classes: ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10.

The festivities kick off on Friday afternoon as the men’s soccer team meets Walsh University at Cumberlands. Later, the members of the Creech Boswell Club and the class of 1960 will come aboard for their reunion dinner at 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.

At 9 p.m., the on-board entertainment will continue with Team Rootberry—Ultimate Performers in Gatliff Chapel. Known for their unique blend of comedy and world-class juggling skills, Team Rootberry has a special appeal for audiences of all ages. This spectacular show is free and open to the public.

Dave Bergman, director of Alumni Services, is pleased to announce that many of Saturday’s events, including the Port-of- Call Carnival, will take place at Briar Creek Park. “This location, close to the James Taylor II Stadium will allow us to continue the carnival longer than usual, and attendees can walk over to the stadium to watch the Cumberland Patriots meet the Union College Bulldogs in “‘the Battle for the Brass Lantern,’” stated Bergman. “This is the second year that the Homecoming game and the Brass Lantern Game have coincided, and it makes for an especially exciting game.”

Saturday’s fun will begin with the Boswell 5K Run/Walk registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the event at 9:00 a.m., at Briar Creek Park. The carnival featuring food, games, inflatables, a chili cook-off, craft booths, face-painting, a balloon artist, Author’s Row book signing and lots of other fun activities, including reunions for the honored classes and the Cumberland Scholarship Auction, will begin at 10 a.m., and for the first time, the carnival will continue until 2:00 p.m. Kick-off for the football game 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.

The Captain’s Alumni Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the T.J. Roberts Dining Hall, where the keynote speaker will be Dr. Betty Siegel, class of 1950, president emeritus of Kennesaw State University and endowed chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, “Ethics & Character.” The program will also feature the presentation of alumni awards; the installation of new members of the Alumni Board; and reunion class photos.

The Boswell Campus Center will host the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, an informal ship’s meal, without a program, for students, alumni and families. A third dinner option for all attendees is the special Homecoming Buffet at Cumberland Inn. For details and reservations, contact Cumberland Inn at 606-539-4105.

Saturday’s festivities will conclude with a free fireworks show at 8:30 p.m., presented by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, Tenn., with additional fireworks provided by Thunder Sam’s Fireworks of Jellico, Tenn., immediately followed by a screening of “Toy Story 3,” a fun movie the entire family can enjoy. Both these events are free and open to the public and will take place on the Band Practice Field. All that is required is a lawn chair or blanket.

Sunday morning, Homecoming will conclude with a community worship service in Gatliff Chapel at 9:30-10:30 a.m. Brent Foley, class of 2010, will lead worship, and Michael Cabell, class of 2001, will deliver the message. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

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 Captain’s Alumni Dinner and All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Tickets must be picked up by 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Homecoming Registration. Tickets are not required for students attending the All-You-Can-Eat 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