Homecoming to include Hall of Fame inductions
Three outstanding former Baker Athletes will be inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 30 during halftime of the Wildcats homecoming game against Central Methodist.
The class of 2000 inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame are:
Sherman Kolacny, class of 1950, a four-year letterman in football and track; Merton McCann, class of 1966, a football standout; and Karl "Bud" Spear II, class of 1961, an All-Conference and Academic All-American in football.
"Homecoming is a time when members of the Athletic Hall of Fame are honored," said Ann Wills, alumni relations director. "Inductees are chosen for many reasons. Not only for their accomplishments while at Baker, but also for their accomplishments in their professional lives."
But Homecoming isn't just for hall of fame inductees. At Baker, it's more like a mini-reunion a time for all alumni to remember and relive college experiences.
"Homecoming is kind of like a reunion for the men and women of different sports teams," Wills said. "Alumni come back to Baker to reminisce, see Baker play football and be part of the traditions of Homecoming."
And current students show their Baker spirit as well. Baker's Student Activities Council is trying new things this year while keeping long-standing traditions.
"Homecoming is a week full of activities that really let the students show off their school spirit," said Jamie Peterson, SAC president. "We are just trying to expand on the traditional homecoming week to make it bigger, better and a lot more fun for everyone."
In support of the Baker football team, each Homecoming focuses on a theme that rally competitiveness and school spirit. This year's theme will be revealed during the game against Lindenwood on Sept. 16.
Each night throughout the week before Homecoming, five student teams compete against each other in the name of school spirit. The teams are the independents, and four separate pairings of fraternities and sororities.
Here's the schedule for Baker's Homecoming Week:
Monday: BU Olympics.
Tuesday: Knowledge Bowl.
Wednesday: Skit Night.
Thursday: All-Campus Dinner and the Bonfire/Pep Rally.
Friday: Spirit Decorations.
Saturday: The Wildcats play the Central Methodist Eagles at 2 p.m. at Liston Stadium.