You won’t want to miss it! Be here March 25-27
The verb “celebrate” is defined as “to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities.”
So, what do we have to celebrate at Homecoming?
- How about the beautiful new landscaping on campus, the new coffee house in the CUB, or the 14 new club sports that have formed since last spring?
- What about the 50th Anniversary of the Beckerath Organ in Elizabeth Hall or the 90th Anniversary of Pi Kappa Phi?
- What about the nine classes that are coming back to celebrate their reunions, including the entire 1970s decade?
- Or, how about simply just celebrating Stetson?
Whatever you want to celebrate, Stetson is the place to do it and Homecoming 2011 is the perfect time for celebrating! We’ve done our part to ensure that this weekend is full of events for everyone. If you’re not convinced that this will be a weekend you won’t want to miss, take a look at the full schedule of events on the Homecoming 2011 website and see what you may be missing out on!
As everyone travels back to DeLand for Homecoming, come gather around the Holler Fountain as we celebrate at the International Food and Wine Festival. This new Homecoming kick-off event will feature food from five regions, paired with a specialty drink. The event will also feature the musical talents of the Stetson University Jazz Ensemble. More celebrations will take place that evening, as the Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni, Distinguished Service and George and Mary Hood Awards are presented.
Athletics has a busy weekend during Homecoming, as the Men’s Baseball team hosts a series against East Tennessee State University and the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams host games against the University of Florida on Friday afternoon. Have you always wanted to see a lacrosse game? Well, now you can see one at Stetson! Men’s and Women’s Soccer will be hosting alumni games on Saturday and the Women’s Volleyball team will be getting together again, as well.
The Political Science Department is planning to celebrate their achievements with an alumni reception on Friday evening at the Gillespie Museum. Dr. T. Wayne Bailey is being honored for his service to Stetson and the community at a reception on Saturday morning, and Stetson seniors will be presenting their senior research projects to alumni later that afternoon.
On Saturday evening, all alumni are invited to join students, faculty, staff and the DeLand community for a street-wide bash on East Indiana Avenue at the Mainstreet Block Party in downtown DeLand. Party highlights include the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, trophy presentations to the winners of the Legacy Cup and Football Challenge, and other alumni awards. Live music will feature two of our own alumni, Matt Burke ’03 and Brue Baker ’03, in their award winning group, The Matt Burke Band.
Registration for the weekend is available online. The complete schedule of Homecoming events is also available online at www.stetson.edu/homecoming. We look forward to seeing you March 25-27. We promise a fun-filled weekend!
Alumni Awards and Honors to be presented at Homecoming 2011
In addition to celebrating your own Stetson experience through the vast array of Homecoming activities, you are also invited to help us honor this year’s award-winning alumni and their achievements
2011 Distinguished Alumni Award
V. Inez Archibald, MA ’85
Inez Archibald is Deputy Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and served as Acting Governor in 2009. She also has served as Speaker of the Legislative Council, making history as the territory’s first female Speaker of the House.
Laurette T. Koellner, MBA ’80
Laurette Koellner retired in 2008 as president of Boeing International after a distinguished career spanning 30 years in the aerospace industry.
Thomas M. Reis ’88
Tom Reis is an award-winning artist whose paintings are represented in numerous permanent and private collections throughout the United States. Also an illustrator, his work has been featured in numerous nationally-known publications.
Jim Shore ’77, JD ’80
Jim Shore is General Counsel for the Seminole Tribe of Florida—a 3,500-member, federally recognized Indian tribe headquartered in Hollywood, Fla. He negotiated the Tribe’s acquisition of the Hard Rock hotel, restaurant and casino operations, and his efforts to bring economic prosperity to the tribe have had a significant impact on the health and welfare of his people.
2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
J. Tyler Herbert ’06
Tyler Herbert is a senior analyst for CWCapital Asset Management in Washington, D.C. He also is co-founder and chairman of Youth Factor, a non-profit that builds strategic partnerships to advance the empowerment of marginalized youth in seven different countries.
Kelly Robbins White ’03
Kelly White is co-founder and manager of the Jack White Land Company in Daytona Beach, an urban real estate brokerage firm. Recently elected to Zone 3 of the Daytona Beach City Commission, Kelly has played a large role in the redevelopment of the Daytona Beach downtown area.
2011 Distinguished Service Award
Betty Drees Johnson ’59, MA ’62
Betty Johnson, professor and director of Stetson University’s duPont-Ball Library, has developed and led fundraising efforts for the library resulting in more than $1,800,000, including several endowments. She has also increased research offerings through the addition of major collections.
2011 George and Mary Hood Award
Mark ’56, Hon. ’89 and Lynn Hollis
Mark and Lynn Hollis have been actively involved with Stetson for many years. Through their service and philanthropy, they have supported student scholarships, faculty and academic programs, and important capital projects.
The Distinguished Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni awards and the George and Mary Hood Award will be presented at the International Food and Wine Festival on Homecoming Friday, March 25, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at Holler Fountain. Additionally, two important members of the Stetson family, Floy Jean Hale, DeLand, and the late Mary Turner Hood will receive the honorary alumni designation at the Rise n’ Shine Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, March 26, scheduled for 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the President’s Home.