Homecoming festivities start today

Rock the Hills

Beginning today, LaGrange College students, alumni and friends are ready to “Rock the Hill” for this year’s Homecoming celebration.

Shackelford Alumni Achievement and Outstanding Young Alumni award forum

Lewis Library will kick things off with events this morning with the Suber Archives annual open house from 9 a.m. until noon on the first floor and the Shackelford Alumni Achievement and Outstanding Young Alumni award forum at 11:15 a.m. in Corn Auditorium. That will be followed at 12:30 p.m. with the awards luncheon in Dickson Assembly Room. Those to be honored are The 33rd annual Tom Duckett Golf TournamentDr. Joseph Blaine Barney ’96, Daphne Johnston ’99, Judy Jordan Johnson ’74 and Jared Ragland ’00.

The 33rd annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament tees off at Highland Country Club with a 7:30 a.m. registration for the morning round, followed by a noon registration for the afternoon round.

In celebration of its 50th reunion, the Class of 1966 will be feted during a reception and class dinner tonight in Smith Hall.

The party then moves downtown for Panther Palooza VI. The event has expanded to not only include the downtown square, but also Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park for a concert that will feature platinum-award winners Tonic and special guests Drivin’ N’ Cryin’.

“We will start off on the Square for registration and an alumni art exhibition at Cochran Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.,” said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “Then we’ll move down to Sweetland for the concert.”

Homecoming concert to feature rock legends

Gates will open at 7 p.m. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will begin playing at 8 p.m., followed by Tonic. Tickets will be available at the gate. Faculty, staff, students and alumni will be able to purchase tickets for $10.

LaGrange College Musical Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” continues its run at Price Theater with show times at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Email priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu for more information.

Saturday dawns bright and early with the 5K Fun Run and 1-Mile Walk. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Callaway Education Building, and the race will begin in front of Price Theater.
The alumni recognition breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room and will feature the presentation of the 2016 Honorary Alumni Awards to Judy Boggus, Dan Durand, the Rev. Dr. Charles Franklin “Frnk” McCook and Bishop B. Michael Watson. Inductees into the 2016 Sports Hall of Fame will be Jessica Linn DeMooney ’07, M 10, Harrison Tyler Johnson ’05 and Jonathan E. Napier ’04.

The men’s alumni basketball game and tailgate, sponsored by the Panther Club, will be at 9 a.m. in the newly air-conditioned Mariotti Gym. Coaches will be Phil Williamson, Warren Haynes and Kendal Wallace.  Participants will receive a Panther Club Basketball Alumni Shirt, tailgate lunch and a ticket to the Panther football game.

The annual vow renewal ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel.

Homecoming activities move to Reunion Row in the Callaway Auditorium parking lot, where classes and organizations will host tailgates and Suber Archives will be gathering stories and items for its homecoming scrapbook. The Panther Bounce House will be available for children and a live DJ will be providing music.

There will be several facilities and groups who will be hosting Open Houses, including West Side school (Nursing, Music and Digital Creative Media and Film), Lamar Dodd Art Center, Fraternity Court, Kappa Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Phi Mu. Check the schedule for times and locations. Learn about the new laboratory science facility at 10 a.m. in front of the Callaway Science Building.

The Panthers will take on Ferrum College at 1 p.m. in Callaway Stadium

The Panthers will take on Ferrum College at 1 p.m. in Callaway Stadium. The gates will open at noon. Halftime will feature the announcement of the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen and Student Government Association Spirit Contest winners.

The weekend will draw to a close Sunday with the annual college community memorial service at 11 a.m. in the Chapel, followed by the Sunday brunch buffet in Pitts Dining Hall.
There will be a Snapchat Geo filter available at the Panther Palooza concert tonight and at Reunion Row on Saturday.

For a detailed schedule, visit lagrange.edu/alumni/homecoming/schedule.

Cultural Enrichment events


  • Sustainability 101 lecture, 11:15 a.m., Corn Auditorium.


  • Applying to law school lecture, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room.


  • “Into the Woods,” 7:30 p.m., Price Theater.

In the headlines

College’s new science complex will feature modern equipment, spacious laboratories – Round and About, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2016

Panthers hit court for midnight madness – LaGrange Daily News, Oct. 18, 2016


Let the newly named Panther Way lead you to many of this weekend’s Homecoming activities.

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Men’s basketball
Men’s basketball
The LaGrange men’s basketball team is the favorite to win the 2016-17 USA South championship in the preseason coach’s poll released Wednesday. The Panthers were 20-9 last season and reached the NCAA Division III national tournament for the third straight time.

Women’s basketball
Women’s basketball
The LaGrange women’s basketball team was picked third in the West Division of the USA South conference preseason coach’s poll. The Panthers were 18-9 last season and played in the conference tournament semifinals for the third year in a row.


The Panthers (3-3, 1-2 USA South) host Ferrum for Homecoming 2016 on Saturday at Callaway Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. LaGrange lost 55-13 at Huntingdon last week. Junior linebacker Khary Paige had 16 tackles in the game.


LaGrange (18-10, 7-6 USA South) clinched it first berth in the USA South Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 win over Agnes Scott in Richter Gym on Wednesday. The victory also assured the team its best season since 2011. The Panthers face Agnes Scott and Rust on Friday in Decatur, Georgia.


Senior Osborn Theam won the individual title at the Chick-fil-A Invitational, played at the Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome, Georgia. He had a career low round of 65 on the first day of the tournament. The Panthers placed second in the team standings in their final tournament of the fall.

Men's Soccer
Men’s soccer

The Panthers (4-9-1) beat Toccoa Falls 2-1 in overtime on the road Wednesday. Sophomore Dale Cook scored the game-winner four minutes into overtime. LaGrange plays USA South matches at Greensboro on Saturday and Ferrum on Sunday.

Women’s soccer
Women’s soccer
The Panthers (2-13-3, 0-10-2 USA South) and Huntingdon played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday at Panther Field. Junior goalkeeper DeAundra Green had six saves in the match for LaGrange. The team plays USA South matches at Wesleyan on Saturday and Agnes Scott on Sunday.

The annual fall festival will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday on the Academic Quad. Supervised trick-or-treat in Hawkes Hall, costume contest, face painting and carnival games for children ages 3 to 10. A non-perishable food item or monetary donation will be appreciated but not necessary. All proceeds will go to local food banks.

“Into the Woods”
“Into the Woods”
continues its run with shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Oct. 27-29; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Email priceboxoffice@lagrange.edu for reservations.