Homecoming 2019 held at Central Baptist College
Despite the bitterly cold weather, hundreds of Central Baptist College alumni, friends, and prospective students flocked to campus to enjoy Homecoming festivities on February 8 and 9. What a pleasure to welcome everyone to campus!
Singers Meet and Greet
Homecoming activities began on Friday evening, February 8, with the Singers Meet and Greet in the Story Library. Previous and current members of the Central Baptist College Singers came together for a time of fellowship. The highlight of the event was when Jim Courtney entered the event to a thunderous round of applause! Jim Courtney founded the CBC Singers in 1969.
The Mustang Carnival was a hit for CBC students and kids big and small. Thanks to the CBC Student Services Department for coordinating this event.
Photo above: A family affair at the Mustang Carnival! Left to Right: Kaylen Fagala, Lauren (Fagala) Farris and son Jonah, Robin Fagala, and Kelsey (Fagala) Sandefur
Endowed Scholarship Breakfast
Nearly 100 endowed scholarship donors and their student scholarship recipients came together for a breakfast to begin activities on Saturday, February 9. During this event donors and students were able to come together so that students could thank their donors and donors could learn more about their scholarship recipient(s). For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 endowed scholarships were awarded totaling $45,800.
Singers 50th Reunion
The Burgess Auditorium was a packed house for the Singers 50th Reunion! A special thanks to the 50th Anniversary Singers Planning Committee for all of their hard work on this event: Danny Fagala, Jane Rice Hefner, Stacy Courtney Jordan, Phillip Rice, Chuck Sullivan, and Jim Turner. The 2018-2019 CBC Singers provided a flashback to 1984 to begin the event. Current CBC Singers Director, Jim Turner, welcomed attendees and introduced the program. The event included performances from Singers from 1969-1972, led by Mike Nix; the 2018-2019 CBC Worship Choir; and the 2018-2019 CBC Singers. Dr. Todd Swann shared remarks about the CBC Singers Founding Director, Bro. Jim Courtney, who led the CBC Singers from 1969-1994. Bro. Courtney was also presented with a plaque of recognition. The event ended with all former and current CBC Singers being invited to the stage to sing a song for Bro. Courtney as a mass choir led by current CBC Singers Director, Jim Turner. Also during the program were two media presentations, created by Dave Vandergriff: The Many Faces of Jim Courtney and Singers: Through the Years.
Photo above: CBC Singers Founder Jim Courtney and current CBC Singers Director Jim Turner
Alumni and Friends Luncheon
Over 150 were in attendance for the Alumni and Friends Luncheon, held in the Mabee Student Services Complex. The Central Baptist College Alumni Association presented awards as follows: Judy Gabbard was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her 50+ years serving as a faculty in the Science Department at Central Baptist College. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was Andrew and Elizabeth Gunnels. Shannon Riner was honored as the recipient of the Mustang Community Impact Award and Jerry Bowling as the Ambassador of the Year.
Photo Left to Right: Alumni Association Award Recipients Shannon Riner, Judy Gabbard, Elizabeth and Andrew Gunnels, Jerry Bowling
Also recognized were recipients of the Kenneth Brown Endowed Scholarship, Coby Harvison, Sydney Hawkins, and Katie Vandergriff. The Alumni Association presented a $1,000 donation to this endowed fund.
Current Board Members in attendance were Alumni Association Board President Julian Dominquez, Spencer Hawks, Jennifer Morrow, Tanya Reddin, and Dave Vandergriff. New members elected during the luncheon to the Alumni Association Board were Pranay Borde, Temple Carson, Sean Couch, Christy Hager, and McKenna Wilson.
Photo Left to Right: Alumni Associatin Board Members Spencer Hawks, Dave Vandergriff, Jennifer Morrow, Julian Dominquez, Pranay Borde, Tanya Reddin, Christy Hager
Crowning of the Queen
Kaylee St John, a senior marketing major from Greenbrier, Arkansas, was crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen.
Photo: President Terry Kimbrow, 2019 Homecoming Queen Kaylee St John, Ball Carrier Bodey Elder, and Crown Bearer Samantha Hawks
Photo Left to Right: 2019 Homecoming Court Katherine Fitts, Kaylyn Shankle, Madi Townsend, Queen Kaylee St John, Mackenzie Crocker, Shelby Perez, Emily Law
Mustang Athletic Events
Several athletic events took place during Homecoming weekend. On Friday, February 8, the Mustangs Baseball Team split the first two games of a series against Blue Mountain College. The Mustangs won 11-2 in game one and were defeated 6-4 in games two. The Lady Mustangs Softball Team competed in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. CBC lost 6-5 to William Penn University and lost 6-3 to Bellevue University. Wrestling competed in their final dual of the season against Oklahoma City University. CBC dropped the dual 45-3, winning only one of five matches.
On Saturday, February 9, the Lady Mustangs Softball Team continued play in the Cowtown Classic winning two games. The Lady Mustangs defeated McPherson College 6-4 and Oklahoma Wesleyan 3-0. The Mustangs Baseball Team concluded their series against Blue Mountain College with a double header. CBC split the series once again winning game three 4-1 and losing game four 12-9.
Mustang Athletics ended the weekend with two tough losses to Williams Baptist University. The Women’s Basketball Team took the court at 1:00pm against their conference rival in the American Midwest Conference game of the week. The Lady Mustangs were defeated 77-61. The Men’s Basketball Team began their game immediately following the presentation of the Homecoming Court. The Mustangs played a close game and ultimately fell to Williams Baptist 77-71.
Save the Date
Homecoming 2020 has been scheduled for January 31-February 1, 2020.