The Meredith College Alumnae Association welcomed more than 400 alumnae back to campus on November 4-5, 2016, to celebrate the College’s first Homecoming. Many alumnae have traditionally attended Cornhuskin’ activities the first Friday in November, but this year they were also invited to attend a brunch and special afternoon sessions on Saturday.
On Friday, alumnae enjoyed a picnic after the Cornhuskin’ parade and then went to Jones Auditorium to view Cornhuskin’ activities via livestream from the amphitheater. These events allowed alumnae to reminisce about their favorite Cornhuskin’ memories and reconnect with old friends.
As the night started in the amphitheater for the students, alumnae joined in with their own apple bobbin’ and cornshuckin’ competitions. The alumnae Bathtub Ring and Oddballs also made an appearance. Following Cornhuskin’, alumnae gathered across the street at the Brickhouse for an after party hosted by the Young Alumnae Board.
On Saturday morning, alumnae gathered in Belk Dining Hall for brunch with President Jo Allen, who gave an update on academics, athletics, admissions, Beyond Strong │The Campaign for Meredith, and renovations to Johnson Hall.
Alumnae were able to choose from three breakout sessions after brunch. Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett led a session on knowing your strengths. Each participant was able to take the StrengthsFinder assessment and discuss what their strengths meant to them personally and professionally. Faculty Emeritus Allen Page engaged in a thoughtful discussion on “Can Paul be redeemed for the 21st Century?” and Visiting Professor of Political Science David McLennan led a session on election day and what it means for our country and state.
Homecoming concluded with campus tours and attendees looking forward to the first Friday of November next year.