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    Homecoming 2013 Honored Traditions: Loyal, Always True

    The University of Tulsa Alumni Association welcomed alumni and friends to campus over Homecoming weekend, held October 30 – November 3.

    The University family kicked off the weekend by honoring the 2013 Distinguished Alumni with a reception at the Lorton Performance Center. Those honored as Distinguished Alumni included Henry (Hank) Haney (BS ’77); Judy Zarrow Kishner (BS ’74, JD ’77); Thomas H. Russell (BS ’57) and Lovie L. Smith (BS ’80). For more on Distinguished Alumni, visit Pat and Don Hardin were honored as the 2013 J. Paschal Twyman Award recipients for outstanding contributions to the University and Pete Sandman, TU’s bursar, was honored as Mr. Homecoming 2013, which recognizes a TU employee who has exhibited outstanding service to the University and to the community. Ten students were selected as 2013 Jess Chouteau Outstanding Seniors.

    On Friday evening after a day of activities, thousands of alumni, students, parents and friends gathered on Dietler Commons (formerly known as “The U”) for the annual Pep Rally and Bonfire, which included head football coach Bill Blankenship (BA ’79), Captain Cane, the TU Marching Band and a fireworks show. Following the Pep Rally over 300 alumni headed to Bar 46 in the Brady District for TU on Tap and the Lettermen’s Association hosted an All-Sports Reception at H. A. Chapman Stadium.

    The next morning, members of the class of 1963 were welcomed into the Gold Medallion Society at a brunch held on campus. Saturday afternoon brought blue skies and perfect tailgating weather for the Official Homecoming Tent Party on Chapman Commons, where those in attendance enjoyed lunch, live music and inflatables for the kids.

    Many other events were held over the weekend. Organizations and groups hosting reunions during Homecoming included the Class of 1988, Sigma Nu fraternity, Lottie Jane Mabee and John Mabee Hall residents from the 1970s and 1980s, Kappa Delta sorority, Spirit Squad, Tennis Alumni and TU Nursing.

    At halftime during the TU football game against the UTSA Roadrunners, Jordan Hendrickson was named Homecoming Queen and Andrew Kresyman was named Homecoming King. To see the entire Homecoming Court, visit

    The weekend’s events were led by Homecoming Chairs, Sarah (BS ’78) and Jerry (BS ’78, ’80) Taylor and an energetic, devoted committee of volunteers comprised of alumni, staff, faculty and friends. The Alumni Association is grateful for their support and work to make Homecoming such an exciting event, year after year.

    Visit the TU Flickr page to view photos from Homecoming 2013. Photos are also available on The University of Tulsa Alumni Association Facebook page.

    Thanks to the support of presenting sponsors BancFirst, Homecoming 2013 was a memorable weekend for all those in attendance. Other sponsors included Aloft Tulsa Downtown, Bar 46, The Campbell Hotel & Event Center, Courtyard by Marriott – Tulsa Downtown, D&M Audio, Doubletree by Hilton Tulsa Warren, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Full Moon Café on 15th Street, Genghis Grill-The Mongolian Stir Fry, Golden Hurricane Sports Properties, Marshall Brewing Company, The Mayo Hotel, Moody’s Jewelry, Osage Casino, Olive Garden, Papa John's, TU Alumni Association, the TU Future Alumni Council, TU Student Association and Whistler Media.

    We look forward to welcoming you back home for Homecoming Weekend 2014! The official date for Homecoming will be announced in late spring of 2014. If you are interested in hosting or planning a reunion for Homecoming 2014 or wish to join the Homecoming Committee, please contact Amy Dodson at or call 918-631-3724.