Tabor College Homecoming was Well Attended

October 11, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor College Homecoming, Oct. 2-6, was an exciting time of reconnecting for friends, family and faculty during many activities over the weekend.

The class reunions were larger than ever this year, with over 100 people from the 1975-1981 classes attending a tailgate.

“We had a great crowd of 650 people enjoying the Dutch Lunch that took place before the football game Saturday afternoon,” said Mary Bostic, food service director.

Tabor College was victorious in five sporting events Saturday. These included junior varsity and varsity volleyball, football and men’s and women’s soccer.

“The children’s activities were created by the education department, who made Biblical games for the children to enjoy.” said Marlene Fast, director of alumni. “Along with that were inflatables, later moved to the football stadium.”

Tabor students Jasmine Gilkey, Bel Aire, Kan., and Ryan Nelson, South Pasadena, Calif., spoke about their Tabor experience at the Golden Brunch. The event was emceed by Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president, who recognized alumni that graduated 55, 60, 65, 70 or 75 years ago with long-stem yellow roses, corsage or boutonniere.

Ronnda Bartel, Richard Wall and Judy Harder were honored during the weekend for their contributions to Tabor College.

Bartel works in the scientific field of stem cell research and therapy.

“Her work is making a difference in so many lives and has impact for generations to come. Hearing Dr. Bartel explain stem cells in a way that I could understand was so interesting,” said Glanzer. “She is a shining example of the mission of Tabor being accomplished.”

Wall was in an accident that paralyzed him just three weeks after coming to Tabor in the fall of 1978. He returned to campus last week for the first time in 35 years. Wall spoke to the student body during chapel of his experiences at Tabor and received a standing ovation. Glanzer honored Wall as an Honorary Alumnus at the annual Festival Dinner in Wichita, Kan.

Tabor honored Harder for her 26 years of service with an event after the Saturday performance of “Godspell.” Over 100 former cast and crew spent time hours reminiscing with Harder. Brad Vogel offered a light-hearted roast, expressing his appreciation for her commitment and professionalism.

Lyndon Vix, president of Tabor’s Board of Directors, emceed the event. As part of the program, he showed a video of his daughter Kayla Vix and himself performing a humorous musical parody about experiencing theater with Harder.

Many of these pictures can be seen at the website,

“Seeing so many alumni come home to Tabor is invigorating and inspiring,” said Glanzer. “Watching them connect with their classmates, hearing what has been happening in their lives and seeing them enjoy the campus activities was a real joy.”