University Gears Up for Homecoming and Family Weekend Celebration

9/21/2020

Gabrielle McIntosh, a senior biology major in the prehealth professional preparation concentration, speaks with President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn during a shoot for a video to be shown during Homecoming & Family Weekend.The University community will celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend with a host of virtual activities Oct. 1-4.

The events include President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn’s State of the University address, prayer and worship led by Tenth Avenue North lead singer Mike Donehey ’03, scholarly presentations, and music, theatre and fine arts highlights. View the full schedule here.

University leaders, students, parents and alumni are invited to join any of the events via livestream here.

“Our alumni help make PBA a special place, and I’m thrilled that they can still be a part of all that’s happening here,” said Steve Eshelman, director of alumni relations. “We appreciate their continued prayers and encouragement for our current students and look forward to seeing them on campus again soon.”

Freidheim Fellows Maria Landron and Benjamin DeHaan will present their LeMieux Center for Public Policy research 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, streamed from the DeSantis Family Chapel.

In the lead-up to Family Weekend, students will be encouraged to write specially-designed postcards to their parents. Students will share their songs and poetry during a coffeehouse 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, streamed live on Instagram and Facebook from the @PBAstudents account.

“We are excited to share a glimpse of campus life virtually with parents,” said Mary Jacobs, associate vice president for development. “We hope they enjoy seeing both familiar and new aspects of PBA.”

President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn speaks with Dr. Terriel Byrd and Dr. Stephanie Bennett in the DeSantis Family Chapel during the shooting of a video that will be shown during Homecoming & Family Weekend.Saturday, Oct. 3 boasts a full schedule of activities, beginning 11 a.m. with the State of the University address. At that time, viewers can join University leaders, students, parents and alumni in prayer for PBA’s people, programs and campus.

The weekend also marks the launch of The Common Room, a video series in which faculty members have a conversation with one another about their research and writing, favorite memories and future academic programs.

The first installment features Dr. Dana Strachan, associate dean for academics and director of the Gregory Center for Medical Missions in the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Justin Hardin, assistant dean of the graduate School of Ministry and professor of biblical and theological studies.

Photo 1: Gabrielle McIntosh, a senior biology major in the prehealth professional preparation concentration, speaks with President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn during a shoot for a video to be shown during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Photo 2: President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn speaks with Dr. Terriel Byrd and Dr. Stephanie Bennett in the DeSantis Family Chapel during the shooting of a video that will be shown during Homecoming & Family Weekend.