Erskine’s Homecoming 2011 celebration offered entertainment and opportunities for fellowship Saturday, Oct. 22, as visiting alumni and friends mingled with students on a clear fall day in Due West.
Students gathered for the traditional float-building contest, “Fleet-O-Rama,” Friday night on Robinson Field and the results of their creative labors were seen Saturday in the homecoming parade. Also on Friday night, the Choraleers presented their fall choral concert, directed by Mark Nabholz, newest member of the music faculty.
Flying Fleet Hall of Fame inductions took place at a special brunch in Moffatt Dining Hall Saturday morning, with honorees Richard Taylor Jr. ’69, William W. (Billly) Lesesne Jr. ’87, Eric L. Moody ’93 and Micki Phillips Ellis ’89 greeting alumni on the Erskine Mall before the brunch and later riding in the parade. A fifth inductee, Velislav K. (Villi) Iltchev ’98, was unable to attend.
The Alumni Board of Directors also met Saturday morning. Other morning activities included a women’s tennis alumni gathering; open house at the Chi House, Euphemian Hall and Philo Hall; and “Stories by the Cabin” with Dr. Martha McDonald and Sarah Kennerly, members of the Class of 1965.
Inflatable games for children were set up in the middle of the day Saturday, and the Erskine Gospel Choir provided a serenade during a cookout lunch on the Erskine Mall.
In addition to the homecoming men’s and women’s soccer matches against Pfeiffer College, a women’s basketball scrimmage with Spartanburg Methodist College and a men’s basketball exhibition game against Truett-McConnell College rounded out the athletic activities of the day.
The homecoming court was presented during halftime of the men’s soccer match, with senior Taylor Wolfe of Gastonia, N.C., crowned homecoming queen.
Erskine’s Fall Fest was celebrated in conjunction with Homecoming this year, with a return performance by “Sequoyah Prep School.” “Prettier than Matt,” a band featuring Jessica Skinner, a member of the Class of 2009, also took the stage.