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Excitement fills air for homecoming 2015

OCT. 8 -- Athletic events, dedications, a 5k walk/run and country music concert are among the many events scheduled during homecoming this weekend at Trine University.

Highlights of the weekend begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 with the dedication of the Larry and Judy Reiners Residence Hall, 817 Thunder Drive, which opened in August. The three-story hall houses 170 students in double-occupancy rooms with private baths. Many of the rooms offer a great view of Zollner Athletic Stadium.

At noon Friday, the recently reopened Ford Hall and new Judy A. Morrill Garden Wall will be dedicated near the steps at the wall. At Ford Hall, extensive renovations inside and out result in a facility that mimics the business world with plenty of natural light, glass and a multi-story wall fountain. Ford Hall, 318 S. Darling St., is home to the Ketner School of Business. In the event of inclement weather, the dedication will be in Reiners Hall.

The new Garden Wall can be seen along the north side of Thunder Drive west of Darling Street. The brick wall features plantings that enhance the campus all year.

The first athletic contest of the weekend is at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the Thunder volleyball team hosts Adrian College in Hershey Hall, 1101 Thunder Drive.

A central part of the weekend is the annual Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration reception and dinner on Friday evening. Limited to guests who previously registered to attend, the event celebrates those who have contributed to Trine’s success.

On Saturday, events begin earlier with Thunder Nation Visit Day for prospective students and Storm’s Challenge 5k Walk and Run. Visit Day begins at 8 a.m. in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. To register or for more information, visit

Storm’s Challenge begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt. To register in advance and for more information, visit Proceeds from the walk/run hosted by Delta Chi benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Two additional dedications are also set for Saturday. Ryan Tennis Center, on the northwest corner of Thunder Drive and Summit Street, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. SportONE/Parkview Softball Field and Ben Davis Memorial Press Box, 813 Thunder Drive, will be dedicated at 11 a.m.

Athletic events also continue Saturday with men’s soccer hosting Calvin College at noon and women’s soccer hosting Kalamazoo College at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Weaver Field, 815 Thunder Drive.

Those who already have tickets will be treated with a performance by the Oak Ridge Boys at 7 p.m. Saturday at T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. The show is sold out.