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Homecoming Highlights

Highlights from 2016

Reunion Gatherings

Visit the Class Reunion page for more information about your class gathering.

Class of '66 50 years!
Class of '71 45 years
Class of '76 40 years
Class of '81 35 years
Class of '86 30 years
Class of '91 25 years
Class of '96 20 years
Class of '01 15 years
Class of '06 10 years
Class of '11 5 years


Battle of the Basketball Teams!Alumni basketball

Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bill George Arena

Current Men's Team vs. Alumni team (former players)  

Watch the JBU Men's basketball team warm up their season with a fun game against former Golden Eagle players.

Fall Drama Production: Parfumerie

At the Berry Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m.

A warm, gentle comedy which follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath, many of you will have seen one of the movies or musical plays inspired by this play: The Shop Around the Corner; She Loves Me; In the Good Old Summertime; or You’ve Got Mail, to name a few. With the express intent of staying close to the original play, this adaptation/translation returns to the original concepts that center around not only the amusing tale of the confused young romantic couple, but also seeks to explore the difficulties of career vs. relationship in the story of the shop owner's troubled marriage.  You won’t want to miss it!  Adapted by E. P. Dowdall from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo.

The HomeGrown Festival*HomeGrown Festival

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Siloam Springs

Located in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks, and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage. Visit for more information.

Check out these JBU alumni, parents, and faculty:
Daila Doss ’03 – Doss House Designs
Jason Bowyer ’14 – Eight & Sand, Co.
Ariel Lyon ’16 – Lyon Letter
Amber Moore ’15 – Ozark Herbal Creations
Sarah Ridgley ’02 – Pheasant Press
Greg McKinney ’14 – Reading Truth
Tracy Balzer (Dir. of Christian Formation) – Scriptorium
Heather Goehner ’95 – Bad Dog Beanery
Stephanie King ’11 – Pink House Alchemy
Matt ’05 & Meghan ‘07 Feyerabend – Pure Joy Ice Cream
Patty Gambill (current parent) – The Garden in Siloam Springs

*The HomeGrown Festival is not a JBU sponsored event. It is put on by Main Street Siloam Springs.

Music Majors & Cathedral Choir Reunions

Majors & Cathedral Choir Brunch: Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Simmons Great Hall B
Cathedral Choir Practice: Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks

Celebrate the teaching legacies of Mr. Paul Smith & Dr. Jan Wubbena as they complete their final year of teaching at JBU. The JBU Department of Music & Theatre invites you to a brunch with both Dr. Wubbena and Mr. Smith on Saturday morning for all music majors and Cathedral Choir members. Cathedral Choir members are invited to join the current choir in the Showcase Performance on Saturday night.


Natural Science Alumni Reunion Lunch & Memorial Rededication

Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Bell Science Hall East Lawn

$8 per adult, $4 kids (4-12), Free for kids 3 & under

We invite you to join us for a rededication of the Woodland-Wills Memorial, which has recently come home to Bell Science Hall. Lunch will be served as we enjoy this time of fellowship, reflect on the important contributions of two former science professors - Dr. Dorothy Woodland and Dr. Irvin Wills - and hear about current initiatives of the Natural Science Division.


Angel of Vision Statue Dedication

Saturday at 10:30 a.m. between Kresge Dining Hall & Walker Student Center

Several of our early generation Waltons felt that our JBU Walton Alumni needed to take a more active role in making an impact as Walton graduates. To motivate our alumni to get involved they came up with the idea of a statue purchased from a Guatemalan sculptor and paid for primarily by our Walton alumni. This statue, known as the Angel of Vision, was built in Mexico by artist Jose Toledo. The statue’s purpose is to thank Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walton and the Walton Foundation for their vision in providing many hundreds of scholarships to young people from Central America and Mexico.Those individuals who have contributed to the statue’s cost will have an engraved brick in the pavel around the statue.

Join us along with the sculptor, Jose Toledo, dignitaries from the Guatemalan Embassy, Walton alumni and other distinguished guests for this dedication.


alum awards dinnerAlumni Awards Dinner

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the Simmons Great Hall

$25 per person

Join alumni across the years to honor this year's award recipients. Plated dinner, live music, and an evening of enjoyment.

$25 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be issued with your registration packet.

2016 Honorees:

Outstanding Alumnae of the Year: Carolyn Pollan ‘59

Career Achievement Award: Dallas Taylor ‘66

Christian Service Award: John McCullough ‘71

Christian Ministry Award: Sean Sawatzky ‘96

Young Eagle Award: Matt Aspegren ‘07

Outstanding Senior Award: Justin Burchfiel ‘17


Rugby Reunion

Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the Pitch


We are happy to celebrate 35 proud years of JBU Rugby! Join us for all the events this weekend: 9:30 a.m. Women's Match; 11:00 a.m. Silver Eagles Touch match; and 11:30 a.m. Annual Silver Eagles vs. Golden Eagles Match. At 5:30 on Friday p.m. join the current players, alumni and families for a BBQ on the pitch.


Student & Young Alumni Showcase Gala - "A Night at the Cathedral"

Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks


You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Homecoming Showcase Gala presented by the Department of Music & Theatre featuring performances by the Chamber Orchestra, Cathedral Choir, students, faculty, and alumni. This evening will also celebrate the artistry of Mr. Paul Smith and Dr. Jan Wubbena as they complete their last year of service at JBU. Formal attire suggested. We hope you will join us for a truly unforgettable evening!



Friday 5:00-10:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Children ages 6 weeks - 12 years

For future JBU alumni, KidZone is the place to be! Activities include arts and crafts, gym relays, and much more! KidZone is designed for children ages 6 weeks thru 12 years. Lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner provided. NOTE: Due to ongoing renovations in the Walton Lifetime Health Complex, there will be no pool time this year.
Cost ($25/child or $50/max per family) includes snacks, meals, and a KidZone shirt for each child. Friday is $10; Saturday is $15. Prices increase to $15 for Friday & $20 for Saturday, $60 max per family after September 30.
Please fill out children's registration form online to ensure adequate staffing. Parents will receive an email with important details the week before Homecoming. Contact Jennifer Heathcote ( for questions or concerns.


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