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Heidelberg to celebrate homecoming this weekend

Alumni will return beginning Friday for a weekend filled with events designed around a carnival theme as Heidelberg University celebrates its homecoming activities.

In conjunction with Homecoming, the university is hosting a celebration of the sciences highlighted by the 50th anniversary of the National Center for Water Quality Research.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a Greek Alumni and Student Networking event, followed by the annual Greek Sing tradition.

Saturday, after a hiatus of several years, Heidelberg is bringing back an old tradition with the return of the Homecoming Parade at 11:30 a.m. on Greenfield Street.

The annual “H” Association Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony begins at noon Saturday. This year’s inductees are Tom Wynn, ’91 (wrestling), Frank Balogh, ’02 (baseball), Lucas Messer, ’05 (basketball) and Christina (Siegel) Myslenski, ’07 (volleyball).

Also Saturday, former marching band members will return for the fourth annual Alumni Band Reunion, under the direction of Jon Waters. Alumni will rehearse with current marching band members and the group will perform during halftime of Heidelberg’s night game vs. Otterbein University. Also at halftime, members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be recognized and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen will take place.

The celebration of the sciences kicked off Wednesday with a workshop, poster presentations and research sharing events. The NCWQR celebrates its golden anniversary with a dinner tonight. Current and retired Heidelberg science faculty will reconnect with students and alumni at a dinner Friday evening, followed by a day of activities Saturday that include research presentations from alumni and current students throughout the day. The highlight of the celebration will be a keynote address by Heidelberg distinguished alumnus Dr. Mark Peeples, ’74. Peeples is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and principal investigator at the Center for Vaccines and Immunity of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. His research focus is on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Heidelberg’s award-winning Chemistry Club will give a family-friendly demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Gundlach Theatre, followed by the dedication of the university’s new Exercise Science Lab in Saurwein Health & Wellness Center.

Alumni also will have the opportunity to tour the various science labs.

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