OXFORD - A lot of memories will be made - and recalled - this weekend in Oxford.
It's Homecoming Weekend at Oxford College. The celebration began Friday and ends Sunday, and Oxford College officials and students are calling alumni back to campus to celebrate their time at the school for the annual Homecoming and class reunions.
The campus held a few small events Friday and has many more planned for today, with closing ceremonies on Sunday, to welcome back former students to a place they hope is held dear in their hearts.
"It's always a festive atmosphere, and the alumni always look forward to it," said Marvlyn Kirk, assistant director of college relations at Oxford College. "It's a time when they can relive their Oxford experiences, see the changes that have occurred here and see what we have planned for the future."
All alumni are encouraged to attend planned activities all throughout the weekend, and students who attended the college and graduated with a year ending in a "3" or "8" will celebrate with reunions.
Alumni Homecoming Weekend activities started Friday with a luncheon and later an artist reception at the student center; that evening, an invitation-only event was held at Burge Plantation, where College Dean Steve Bowen gave a presentation and discussed the campus' future developments.
Today is the day packed with events for alumni. The day starts with a road race at 7:30 a.m. and also includes a convocation and an afternoon Blues and BBQ event and Kids Carnival on the quadrangle starting at noon.
Some of the favorite events include the 50th Reunion Lunch at Seney Hall and an Old Timer's Lunch in the Dining Hall.
"They will swap stories about when they were here in the '40s and '50s," Kirk said.
The school also has planned for a silent auction, horse and carriage rides on its new brick walkway and several open houses around campus during the day.
"It's a jam-packed weekend; we have a lot going on," Kirk said. "And the weather is supposed to be gorgeous."
A memorial service starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church will help to close out the weekend.
Plenty of other events are listed on the Oxford College Web site, www.oxford.emory.edu, and will be made known to attendees who make it to the campus this weekend.
Kirk said the Homecoming Weekend is usually well attended, but she is interested to see how rising fuel prices and other economic factors affect the turnout.
"We have alumni everywhere; we've already had some call to say that they come every year, but they can't come this year," Kirk said.
She said she hopes those who can attend will at least be able to spend the day on campus today or possibly stay at an area hotel or with a friend throughout the weekend.
And, of course, the college's mascot skeleton Dooley, "The Spirit of Oxford," will be around in his top hat and cape to entertain guests.
Michelle Floyd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.