by Savanah Baker and Elyssia Finch
Concordia students and alumni came together for the 2015 Homecoming week and Alumni Reunion Weekend from Oct. 5-11.
Events included the variety show on Wednesday, a sand volleyball tournament on Thursday and a bonfire Praise session on Friday night. On Saturday, the Concordia community celebrated homecoming with football and volleyball games against Nebraska Wesleyan University, the homecoming fair and the homecoming dance.
“My favorite part was the variety show and all the wonderful acts we got to see,” senior Danielle Harstad said. “My friends and I went to the activities fair, too, and played in a bouncy house which was fun, because we got to act like little kids again.”
Harstad was a member of the women’s homecoming court along with Tallie Elbert, Delaney Sommers, Courtney Burma and Laura Sattler. The men’s court included Mitchell Volk, Micah Witt, Trevor Bresson, Derek Theiss and Jonathan Jahnke.
Elbert and Jahnke were announced the 2015 homecoming king and queen at the variety show on Wednesday night.
“I honestly felt extremely shocked and very honored,” Elbert said. “We had a fantastic group of gents and ladies on the court and all of them deserve a crown… but I just feel very blessed to be crowned ‘queen’ among friends and in a community like Concordia where we all live, laugh and grow together in Christ.”
Homecoming committee co-chair junior Katie Overman worked with the rest of the committee to ensure that all of the events scheduled for the weekend proceeded as planned.
“Normally you meet once a week to once every two weeks and then do a little bit of leg work before, but then during the festivities it’s a lot of just being there to make sure everything runs smoothly,” Overman said.
Concordia alumni traveled from all over the country to participate in the homecoming events alongside the current student body.
Alumni attended luncheons, dinners and a special reunion social and took part in VIP tours, presentations and award ceremonies.
The 1977-78 and 1978-79 men’s and women’s swim teams were inducted into the athletic hall of fame at the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet held on Friday evening. Gordon Bredow, Dick Everts, Quinton Furr, Sarah Harrison Krueger and Ross Wurdeman were also inducted for individual achievements. All of the inductees were recognized during halftime of the football game on Saturday.
Both the football and volleyball teams faced Nebraska Wesleyan at home on Saturday, Oct. 10. The football team won 47-14, improving to an overall record of 4-1. The No. 17 Concordia volleyball won against Nebraska Wesleyan in three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-22.