This past weekend, Wheaton was filled with students, parents, and alums to celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend. Many Wheaton clubs and organizations contributed to make the event fun for all.
On Friday, TWAP (Together We All Prosper) House and Art Haus joined together to bring a bouncy house to the Dimple. Although it was raining throughout the afternoon, many students still came to jump around.
Also on Friday was a farmers market, where local farmers brought fresh produce and fun fall snacks located under a tent in front of the library. Later that evening was the Wheaton Voices concert in Cole Memorial Chapel, where all campus a cappella groups gathered to sing. The groups that performed included Wheaton Chorale, the Wheaton Chamber Singers, The Wheatones, The Gentlemen Callers, The Blend, The Wheaton Whims, and VUJ (Voices United to Jam).
On Saturday, the weather was drier and vendors surrounded the Dimple for the Indie Arts Festival. Several food trucks and tents lined the walkway near the library. Food variations included Italian, Spanish, Chinese dumplings and more. Food trucks also offered cupcakes and crepes.
“I was excited to the see the Dimple buzzing with students, parents (including my own), and alumni,” said Hans Pope ’15. “It was a lot of fun to reunite with some old friends who recently graduated and to make some new connections, all while sampling the different food trucks!”
Also around the Dimple were handcrafted jewelry vendors, who sold earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more. One vendor sold wooden pencils, key chains and various other objects he crafted from broken wood from old skateboards.
After walking around campus to grab food, some people headed behind the Haas Athletic Center to see the newly opened Diane C Nordin ’80 athletic turf field and to watch the field hockey team play. Wheaton lost 4-0 against Springfield College.
Alumnus Zachary Agush ’12 said that his favorite part of the weekend was “the opportunity to catch up with individuals who are still on campus as students and alums who’ve had the chance to meet over the years while in school and now beyond campus, along with the opening with the field.”
The eventful weekend concluded with Senior Pub Night and Mr. Wheaton. On the first Saturday of every month, the senior class gathers in Emerson dining hall for one dollar beers and three dollar sangria while listening to music and eating some snacks.
From 10-12 p.m. in the Chapel, the Mr. Wheaton Competition was held. The event commemorated the 25 years of men at Wheaton College. Contestants had to answer questions and show off their talents, formal wear, and charm. The winner was Jaycob Morales ’15. During intermission, TRYBE put on a dance performance.
Throughout the weekend, several speakers delivered lectures and led open forum conversations. President Crutcher gave a greeting. The host of ABC’s Primetime: What Would You Do John Quiñones spoke, as well as an ABC news correspondent. More details about the weekend can be found on at wheatoncollege.edu.