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BPC celebrates ‘Amazing’ Alumni Weekend with return of Music Dept.

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Andy Preston accepts the Alumni of the Year award from Rev. Freddie Smith, National Alumni Board President. (Photo by Ray Minks)

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News & Public Information

MOUNT VERNON – Brewton-Parker College hosted more than 500 alumni and friends on campus Friday and Saturday during its Alumni Weekend, April 8-9.

“This year’s event was one of the largest gatherings in more than a decade,” said Jessica James (’04), interim vice president for college advancement. “It was a simply amazing weekend for all who attended.”

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Dr. John Waters accepts the Minister of the Year award from Rev. Freddie Smith, National Alumni Board President. (Photo by Ray Minks)
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Rhon Carter accepts the Alumni Music award from Rev. Freddie Smith, National Alumni Board President. (Photo by Ray Minks)

The highlight of the weekend events was a 273-voice Reunion Alumni Choir under the direction of Hildegard Stanley. Alumni from 12 states, including Georgia, joined Prof. Stanley for this reunion performance. One alumnus even drove 22 hours on a Harley from Austin, Texas to Jesup, Ga., to be a part of the historic campus event.

A special offering was taken up during the performance totaling $4,906.03, and 236 people committed to be prayer partners for Brewton-Parker.

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Jessica James, vice president for college advancement, assists a family member as she places a red rose in the In Memoriam vase during the Tribute and Award Service Saturday in Saliba Chapel. (Photo by Ray Minks)
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Hildegard Stanley directs a 273-member BPC Alumni Reunion Choir during the Tribute and Award Service April 9 in Saliba Chapel. (Photo by Ray Minks)

The choir performed 10 songs, including “Canticle of Hope”, “There is a Time” and “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah”. Paige Coker (’98) and Lisa Allred (’84) provided sign language accompaniment. Clay Layfield (’95) played the tympani and friends of the college, John Reed and Alicia Clark, played the trumpet during “Hallelujah”. Two pieces featured alumni soloists: Deborah Cusick (’74) in “There is a Time” and Rev. Rhon Carter (’91) in “In Christ Alone”. Pianists Jane Grinstead (’68) and Natalie Beall (’96) and organist Eric Parker (’83) performed with the choir.

National Alumni Board President Rev. Freddie Smith (’62) presented three alumni awards during the service in Saliba. Rev. Carter of Blackshear received the 2011 Alumni Music Award; Dr. John Waters of Statesboro, Minister of the Year; and, Andy Preston of Waycross, Alumnus of the Year.

This year’s Hall of Fame Inductees are Tamika Drinks (’06) and the 1996 Women’s Soccer Team. Athletic Director Sheila Simmons presided over the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday in the Hall of Fame Room inside the Snooks Student Activities Center.

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Tamika Drinks and her husband Jaquan pause for a moment after her induction into the BPC Hall of Fame April 9. (Photo by Crystal Adams)
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Members of the 1996 Lady Wildcats Soccer Team (now called the Lady Barons Soccer Team) represent the team during its induction into the BPC Hall of Fame. Standing (l-r) are Mel Blackmore, Amie Fragela, Cyndi Creetch and Sandra De Pol. (Photo by Crystal Adams)

The luncheon was catered by ARAMARK and sponsored by GEICO. The Office of College Advancement thanks all BPC students, staff and faculty who assisted in the planning and coordination of this year’s Alumni Weekend. “Without their help, none of this would have been possible,” said James.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college holds classes on its main campus in Mount Vernon and at its external site in Newnan.


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Updated on: April 14, 2011 5:04 PM