Dr. Mike Smith, President - 903.589.7106 -

There’s No Place Like Homecoming

Homecoming 2016 is fast approaching at Jacksonville College. On February 19-20, alumni and former students will once again gather to reminisce with old friends, make new friends, and learn about what’s happening on the campus of our beloved alma mater.

As I look at pictures on the JC walls and in annuals, I am humbled by the giants I see. Boys and girls discovering themselves and their potential have transformed into giants and warriors of all kinds, making meaningful contributions to the world. It seems impossible that almost 40 years have passed since I walked the campus as a student. Many things have changed, but many remain the same. I am pleasantly surprised to find that the faculty and staff are still the amazing missionaries I experienced in the 70’s. The names and faces are different, but the sense of ministry and mission remains.

This year’s Homecoming schedule includes almost 9 hours of unstructured visitation time on Friday, and an additional 3 hours on Saturday to allow ample time for friends from several generations to get reacquainted. I also encourage you to make a personal connection with the faculty and staff during this time.

Our emphasis for Homecoming 2016 is the years of the 6’s. Alumni who graduated in a year that ends in a 6 (1936, 1946, 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006) are encouraged a little more heavily to reunite for Homecoming, and their classes will receive special recognition during Homecoming events. During recognition times, we will not single out individuals. Instead we will focus on providing a snapshot of the lives of service our graduates have lived.

I have a very specific request in regards to your participation. Please get up early enough on Saturday morning to take part in the 10:00 program. Participation in that program has lagged over the last several years while the chapter luncheons continue to thrive. We have worked diligently to ensure that the program moves along quickly, and it will be a great encouragement if all 300 plus show up for the morning program as we honor and recognize people who deserve our thanks.

Encourage your JC friends to meet you in Jacksonville the third weekend in February to revisit a place you once called home. Come celebrate Jacksonville College at Homecoming 2016.

For updates to the Homecoming schedule, visit!homecoming/c24zb. The schedule can also be accessed on the JC home page by clicking on the “About” tab and selecting “Homecoming.” For additional information, contact Randy Decker, Director of Alumni Relations, at, (903) 790-1700 (cell) or (903) 589-7143 (office).

Jacksonville College Homecoming 2016 Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 18

Jaguar Capers Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. in Buckner Chapel

Friday, February 19

11:30 a.m.

Alumni lunch in JC Little Cafeteria: emphasis on classes ending in 6

1:00 p.m.

Tour of campus and facilities Newburn-Rawlinson House (Alumni Offices) available for touring and

6:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church Family Life Center (210 Philip St., Jacksonville, TX 75766)

Alumni Reception and Registration

Alumni displays: 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006

Old annuals and albums available for sale Finger foods, cake, and punch

7:00 p.m.

Alumni Program


Introduction of faculty

2016 highlights/accomplishments: College and Alumni Association

Recognition of the 6’s

Accomplishment overviews: ministers, teachers, nurses, etc.

Alumni music performances: 1956, 1976

Free time: group fellowships on site

Saturday, February 20

8:30 a.m.

Purple and Gold Breakfast in JC Little Cafeteria

9:30 a.m.

Buckner Chapel foyer: registration, dues for JC Alumni Association

10:00 a.m.

Celebration in Buckner Chapel

College Choir, Jacksonville College Theater Program

Dr. Smith: highlights and introduction of faculty/staff

Alumni Association reports

Recognition of classes ending in 6

Coming Home Royalty

"Hallelujah Chorus" performed by current and former JC students

12:00 p.m.

Chapter Luncheons

Kellar-Laird-Carroll (to 1965)

First Baptist Church Jacksonville: spaghetti & fixings (donations)

Bearden-Bonner-Gaylor (1966-1979)

First Baptist Church Jacksonville: spaghetti & fixings (donations)

Anderson-Orr-Small (1980-1999)

Beverly’s Country Cafe: 1712 S. Jackson, Jacksonville

Crank-Ross (2000 to present)

Woodland Heights Baptist Church: 273 Hwy 204 E

1:00 p.m.

Chapter business meetings

4:00 p.m.

Curtis Carroll Field House/Gymnasium: Lady Jags vs. Coastal Bend College

5:30 p.m.

Recognition of athletes and cheerleaders: classes ending in 6

6:00 p.m.

Jags vs. Coastal Bend College

Coronation of JC King and Queen at halftime

Homecoming 2016 Lodging Accommodations in Jacksonville

Rooms will be offered at a discounted price. To receive this rate, call the hotel directly and ask for the Jacksonville College Alumni Homecoming rate.

Comfort Inn

1848 S. Jackson

(903) 589-8500

Jacksonville College Alumni rate: $60 + tax (King), $70 + tax (2 Queen)

Amenities include a full hot breakfast, space available in the dining area for groups who want to visit. There is no elevator so specify a ground floor room, if needed.

Best Western

1659 S. Jackson

(903) 586-0007

Jacksonville College Alumni rate: $65 + tax (1 King or 2 Queen—2 people)

Amenities include a full hot breakfast, a visiting area available in the dining area, and an elevator.

LaQuinta Inn and Suites

1902 S. Jackson

(903) 586-6504

Jacksonville College Alumni rate: $80 + tax (2 Queen)

Amenities include a full hot breakfast and an elevator.

Holiday Inn Express

1923 S. Jackson

(903) 589-8900

Jacksonville College Alumni rate: $89.99 - $109.99 (1 King or 2 Queen)

Amenities include a hot continental breakfast and an elevator. No visiting areas are available.

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