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Bruins Return to Campus for Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012 was a success with alumni returning to campus to make their “Destination: Belmont.”

The annual spirit fire was lit Friday night by representatives for the faculty, staff, alumni and current students.

The week-long celebration began Feb. 13 and featured several concerts, a residence hall banner competition for students, a campus-wide pep rally and bonfire and concluded with a basketball doubleheader.

Hope Cooper, a senior studying public relations and education, and Taylor Dillon, a junior studying management, were elected Homecoming Queen and King. Also on the Homecoming Court were Bianca Edwards, Katie Hudson, Shirah Foy, Shai Wilkins, Johnathan Butler, Kevin Deschler, Jordan Kirkdorffer and Rami Nofal.

A highlight of Belmont’s Homecoming 2012 week was the Fourth Annual Alumni Art Exhibit, which opened Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 24. The exhibit showcases the artwork of several esteemed alumni and is being held in the Leu Center for the Visual Arts in Gallery 121. The exhibit features multiple mediums to depict this year’s University theme of “Wealth and Poverty.” The alumni whose works are represented–L.A. Bachman (’06), Matt Chenoweth (’07), Paul Chenoweth (’08), Bethany Taylor (’07), Leah Tumerman (’05), Laura Amstutz Weibezahn (’08), and Ron York (’75)–responded to an open call to all Belmont graduates.

Belmont 2002 graduate Eric McLaughlin returned to campus Feb. 15 for the Homecoming Chapel to discuss the work he, his family and others doctors are doing in Africa. Dr. Peter Kuryla, professor of history, gave the Simmons Distinguished Lecture this year with a presentation titled “A Prosthetic Aesthetic: William and Henry James, The Father Problem and the Case of the Cork Leg.”

Julie Thomas, director of constituency programs in the Office of Alumni Relations, said, “Belmont alumni are such an important part of this institution.  Homecoming is the perfect time for us to honor and celebrate our alums and welcome them back to campus.”

Click here to view photos from Homecoming 2012.