Not the SNL sketch: just an update on my weekend at SU’s Homecoming.
UPDATED UPDATE – Samford has a great slide show from Homecoming weekend here.
This was the very first Homecoming I’ve been able to attend in 19 years. Yep, it’s been 19 years since I graduated.
It was wonderful. It could have been more wonderful, had the schedule itself been more wife-and-small-children-friendly. That part was a real bummer, and I was torn all weekend between really, really enjoying being back on campus and really, really, really feeling guilty for creating a boring weekend for the children and a very stressful one for my wife, keeping up with the aforementioned children all by herself while I was on campus doing God-knows-what. My love, I owe you big time for this weekend. Big time. Thank you for making it possible for me to go.
Back to the weekend. (Pictures will be forthcoming, mostly on the AC Zeltmission Alumni page on FB.) It was very busy, but very rewarding. Here are some observations from the weekend. (Non-SU people, sorry for references that you won’t follow.)
- I’m really, really glad Andy Westmoreland and Joe Hopkins are where they are. It is a new day at Samford. A fresh breeze is blowing there. Both impressed me especially in that they are obviously not embarrassed by the fact that Samford is a Christian university. I am immensely impressed with both. Westmoreland would make Major Davis and Leslie Stephen Wright proud; Hopkins would likewise make Claude Rhea proud, and I know he does make DB proud. Samford and its School of the Arts are in very good hands.
- 220 A Cappella Alumni singing together two nights in a row. Wow.
- Alan Hudson has more children than Jeff Stith or I do. Again, wow.
- Samford’s football team was great. Go Bulldogs! Hope they do as well next week against Furman. (Furman is tough this year.) My son had a fantastic time at the game with me and Granddaddy. I was glad he got to be there. I showed him the gymnasium building and told him I rappeled off it one time. He was duly impressed. But then he asked me, “Why?” I didn’t have an answer for that.
- DB is as funny as ever.
- I can still follow DB’s conducting “pattern,” which is no small feat.
- Former faculty member I never would have recognized if someone hadn’t told me who it was: Russell Hedger.
- Faculty member who has not aged one day: Randall Richardson.
- Faculty who have aged very gracefully: Mrs. Ousley (still beautiful), Uncle Don (except I miss the Lenin Beard), Bill Bugg, Billy Strickland, Tim Banks.
- Faculty member who surprised me by still remembering me: Jim Fisk (since I never took a class with him).
- The current A Cappella Choir ROCKS! They sounded so good. If they are doing a concert within 500 miles of your home, go hear them. You won’t regret it. Banks is doing a tremendous job.
- Campus is more beautiful than ever.
- Choral Evensong (with the A Cappella Choir) in Hodges Chapel was glorious. I was so honored to be the officiant/cantor for that service. The service will be on YouTube soon and may also be on EWTN. I’ll keep you posted.
I have cherished memories of my SU days. Now, after seeing what a fine job Westmoreland, Hopkins, Banks, Bugg, Richardson, and many, many others are doing, I love my alma mater even more. I pray that I will be able to send any child of mine there if they want to go there. If things don’t change drastically in the next couple of years, I’m afraid that will be impossible. (Scholarships, children: scholarships. Study hard!)