Homecoming 2008

by Tracy Prouty '09 and Randi Van Wyk '09

APU recently celebrated its annual Homecoming Weekend with an energetic crew of alumni, family, friends, and students, as APU’s Office of Alumni Relations packed the weekend with a variety of fun, lively events.

“Homecoming is a time for our multi-generational community to come together,” said Ben Lion, associate director of alumni relations. “Students can see alumni return to the university and reflect on their APU experience and how the university shaped and formed their lives. Coming back to campus to celebrate Homecoming allows alumni to see how the university is advancing while staying true to our core beliefs.”

The weekend was filled with activities including the 24th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, Marv Mardock 5k Cougar Run, Mother-Daughter Tea, and Family Fun Zone. Entertaining events like Bed Races, a long-standing tradition of Residence Life, drew crowds of more than 500 spectators and 200 students.

On Saturday night, the Cougars made a valiant effort against the Dixie State Rebels at the annual Homecoming game, eventually bowing out late in the fourth quarter, 30-23. Showing up in full force as always was the student-fueled cheering section, Blackout. Sporting their black T-shirts, and waving their banners, the students showed their pride until the final second of the game.

“The Blackout team is filled with the most energetic, creative, fun-loving students,” said Lion. "These individuals have a strong pride and loyalty to APU, and they show it. But, when the buzzer sounds, they still have respect for the opposing team and fans.”

Amidst the knock-down, drag-out game, the APU community paused at halftime to recognize the Homecoming king and queen of 2008. Seniors Benjamin “Bino” Peck and Bree Barnett were voted into the honored positions by their peers and presented their crowns and Bibles by President Jon R. Wallace, DBA.

Homecoming 2008 allowed generations of Azusa Pacific University alumni to join in a spirit of God First community. As former students reconnected with APU and current students interacted with the university’s legacy, the Homecoming tradition lived on.