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Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2018 at Jacksonville College

By Randy Decker

Jacksonville College Director of Alumni Relations

Homecoming 2018 is fast approaching at Jacksonville College. On February 9-10, 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.

This year’s emphasis is on alumni who attended Jacksonville College in the years ending in 8 (1948, 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008). The program committee invites music ensembles, sports teams, cheerleaders, theater performers, and other groups from these reunion classes to notify the alumni office by February 1 if they want to participate in the homecoming program. Please tell which group you are in and the contact person for your group. Information and names for each group MUST be received in the alumni office by February 1 to be placed on the program, so contact your classmates now.

You can register for Homecoming 2018 online at or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at (903) 589-7135 or

For additional Homecoming information and updates, visit

The Old Main Bell Comes Home

On Saturday, February 10, a grand lady will officially return to our campus. The Old Main Bell has been repaired, rejuvenated, and returned to her home. The celebration of the bell’s return will be a highlight of this year’s homecoming celebration. Our homecoming welcome will involve a short dedication service accompanied by sacred and patriotic music. Later this spring, the local historical society will give homage to this functioning symbol of the heritage of our faith, our school, and our country.

There are rumors (many substantiated) of escapades and pranks involving the old bell. Apparently, the forbidden ringing of the bell was a temptation too strong for many of our former students. In days gone by, the Old Main Bell, the tower at Love’s Lookout, and Killough Monument were fertile ground for misadventures.

Join us at Homecoming on February 9-10, and be prepared to share your “bell” stories. You will have plenty of time to visit and reminisce. Register online now at

Jacksonville College’s Old Main was constructed in 1899 and razed in 1968 to accommodate modern structures. The Old Main bell was housed in the tower of the building.

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