A performance by the Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North is one of the highlights of this year's Homecoming week Nov. 17-20.
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Three of Tenth Avenue North's four band members attended PBA, and the University's Alumni Association honored the group last year with its Young Alum Award. This year, the band will be one of several other Christian performers appearing during the Epic Beauty Concert on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. The concert is open to the public.
Leading up to Saturday's concert, other on-campus Homecoming activities will include athletic events, award presentations and a PBA tradition known as the Great American Bug Race.
The bug race, now in its 28th year, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the parking lot next to Rinker Hall. The race features cash prizes for the owners of the fastest bugs, which entrants can purchase for 50 cents. The entry fee is $1. The event also includes cookie bug decorating (all edible). In addition, specially designed T-shirts will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the PBA Science Club. The bug race is open to the public. Abalon Pest Services is a sponsor of this event.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the MacArthur School of Leadership will host an alumni reception and award presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. in the DeSantis Family Chapel. The guest speaker will be Karl Watson Jr. '87, regional president of East CEMEX.
Another alum, the late Sailfish basketball standout Jay McCormick '87, will be honored during halftime at the men's basketball game against Assumption College at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the Rubin Arena. McCormick's jersey number, 32, will be retired during the ceremony. McCormick was a standout player who became a teacher and basketball coach, which propelled him into the Sailfish Hall of Fame. He lost his fight with cancer in 2008.
The traditional alumni men's and women's basketball game begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Rubin Arena, followed by the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception. This year's inductees are:
- Soccer player Miguel Lemming '04/'06 MBA. Lemming now works as s project manager and logistics specialist for McCollisters Transportation Group in Burlington, N.J.
- Women's basketball player Marjorie "Jo-Jo" Vital-Herne '02. Vital-Herne is a counselor for children with disabilities in Miami.
The annual homecoming dinner and alumni awards presentation begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Weyenberg Center.
- This year's Alumni Service Award recipients are Ryan Chandley ‘99/‘02 MBA, general manager for the Jacksonville/Daytona district of CEMEX, and his wife, Kelly Queen Chandley '99, owner of BellaBu.
- This year's recipient of the MacArthur School of Leadership Outstanding Alumni Award is Victoria Chouris, '97/'01 MBA, vice president and chief operating officer of the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions Inc.
- Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award is retail entrepreneur Edward Trask '85.
Following the dinner, alumni and guests will attend the Epic Beauty Concert featuring Tenth Avenue North. The band received a GMA Dove Award in the New Artist of the Year category in 2009, and in 2010 the band's song "By Your Side" received a Dove Award for Song of the Year.
Several PBA alumni are among the other featured performers during the day-long show, including members of the In the Walk praise team and singer/songwriter Audrey Assad.
Michael Gungor and his band also are scheduled to perform. The goal of the concert is to raise awareness about a new project to help women in crisis. For concert information, visit the Epic Beauty web site: www.epicbeauty.org