Homecoming 2020 Becomes ‘Homestaying’

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Cheekily renamed “Homestaying,” BJU’s 2020 Homecoming weekend has been moved to virtual platforms because of COVID-19. Some events are familiar; others are brand new. Check homecoming.bju.edu for more information.

“Homestaying” Spirit Week

This week is full of events planned for students or “future alumni” as Chelsea Fraser, director of Alumni Relations, likes to call them. Two days have been designated with special themes. Friday is the traditional Bruins Spirit Day, but Tuesday is “Decade Day.” Students will dress in outfits from their favorite decade of the past and compete on Instagram for best dressed prizes.

Fundraisers will run throughout the week with money donated to Rice Bowls, a local Christian charity. Rice Bowls helps fund the food budgets of orphanages around the world. Funds raised during “Homestaying” week will be presented to Rice Bowls board member and BJU alum Bryan Martin during halftime of the men’s soccer match on Saturday.

Fundraisers

“Homestaying” T-shirt shirt sales — Shirts will be sold for $12 each or two for $20 in the Student Center Mall from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and in front of the dining common from 5–7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Outdoor movie nights — Two feature films will be shown on the gazebo lawn. Admission is free, and bags of popcorn and funnel cakes will be available for purchase for $1 each. Students should bring a blanket for sitting on the grass and practice physical distancing.

  • Sheffey — 8 p.m. Monday
  • Overcomer — 8 p.m. Tuesday

“Run for Rice” 5K color run — 9 a.m. Saturday, registration is $10. Register online. POSTPONED

Faculty/staff car wash — The car wash on Saturday is free to BJU faculty and staff, but donations are welcome and encouraged. Students will be washing cars from 12–2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Bob Jones Academy Hutto Building.

Other Events

Prayer & Worship — 9 p.m. Wednesday students will gather for prayer, singing and fellowship on the lower athletic fields.

RENEW Chapel & Picnic Lunch — 11 a.m. Friday in Alumni Stadium, students will sing praises and give testimonies. Afterward, residence hall students and day students with meal plans will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Activity Center.

Pep rally — 10 p.m. Friday in Alumni Stadium, followed by free ice cream. Appropriate distancing in the stands will be designated with stickers. POSTPONED

Picnic Dinner — 5 p.m. Saturday in the Activity Center for residence hall students and day students with meal plans.

Virtual Homecoming Schedule

Thursday

7:30 p.m. — Concert, Opera & Drama Series: “What Makes it Great?” with Rob Kapilow

Webcast on the Bob Jones University Facebook page via pay per view

See Also: Kapilow’s ‘What Makes it Great?’ Returns to BJU

Friday

4 p.m. — Bruins volleyball match vs. Carolina University

Webcast on bjubruins.com/live

6 p.m. — BJU Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Beethoven’s 6th Symphony

Webcast on music.bju.edu/live

7 p.m. — The World’s Most Unusual Gameshow

Webcast on bju.edu/live and on the Bob Jones University Alumni Facebook page

Two teams go head-to-head in games patterned after classic TV game shows like Jeopardy, Minute to Win It, Family Feud and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The red team features Ruth Crumley-Perry (Class of ‘05), Max Burak (Class of ‘20) and Landon Smith (Class of ‘24). The blue team consists of Jane Smith (Class of ‘80, current BJU faculty), Donn Heinrich (Class of ‘89) and Daniel Lehman (Class of ‘22). JDew, a BJU grad and local entertainer, consulted on the production.

8 p.m. — Bruins volleyball match vs. Life University

Webcast on bjubruins.com/live

Saturday

1 p.m. — Virtual reunion

Accessible via Zoom. Register at homecoming.bju.edu. Limited to 100 registrants.

2 p.m. — Virtual reunion

Accessible via Zoom. Register at homecoming.bju.edu. Limited to 100 registrants.

3 p.m. — Virtual reunion

Accessible via Zoom. Register at homecoming.bju.edu. Limited to 100 registrants.

6 p.m. — Bruins women’s soccer match vs. Brewton-Parker College

Webcast on bjubruins.com/live

8 p.m. — Bruins men’s soccer match vs. Brewton-Parker College

Webcast on bjubruins.com/live

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