The festivities will kick off on March 5 with the Golden Alumni Luncheon in the Health Sciences building. Members of the Class of 1960 and all those alumni who attended prior to that date are invited to visit with friends during the luncheon. (There are costs associated with some of the events. Visit www.abac.edu for details and registration information.)
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of All Faiths at 4:30 p.m. to honor ABAC alumni, students and faculty and staff who have passed away, as well as to recognize those in military service.
Alumni can help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the continuing education program, now called Public Service and Business Outreach (PSBO) with the “Whoa Back With ABAC” event at 5:30 p.m. on March 5. This will be a full barbeque meal with students in the Donaldson Dining Hall.
Immediately following the dinner, join former students for club reunions. Some of those student organizations who will meet are the Golddusters, Ambassadors, Family and Consumer Sciences alumni, CAMP, SGA, and Ag Clubs.
On March 6, ABAC’s Jazz Choir will begin the day with a mini-concert from 9:30 – 10 a.m. in Howard Auditorium. The annual ABAC Alumni Association awards ceremony will follow at 10 a.m. in the same location. Former ABAC students will be honored for achievements in a variety of fields including education, agriculture, business, and health care.
At noon, the Athletics Hall of Fame Lunch and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Athletics Complex. Inductees include the 1991 Champion Softball Team, Joseph Grist, Harley Klepfer, Jim Sparks, and Thomas “Boo” Weekley.
The Alumni Luncheon will also be held at noon in the Donaldson Dining Hall. The Ag and Family and Consumer Sciences Luncheon will take place in the Ag Sciences building from noon – 1:30.
From 1 – 4 p.m. on March 5-6, alumni will have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus or attend a class with “Forever a Student”. Both activities are free of charge. For participants who would rather take to the links, ABAC’s Forest Lakes Golf Course will be open for play at a cost of $15. Each evening, the Baldwin Players will perform “An Evening of Storytelling” at 7:30 p.m. in Conger 319 as a part of Celebrate ABAC.
Kids are welcome to participate in Celebrate as well. On March 6, a Kids College program will offer fun for those future Stallions who are ages 5-12. Science experiments, arts and crafts and other activities will be available. A Fillies Softball doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. against Central Florida at Fillies Field. Celebrate ABAC will conclude with “An Evening For ABAC”, benefitting dollars for scholars, at 6:30 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
“An Evening for ABAC” includes a dinner with entertainment from the ABAC Jazz Band and ABAC Jazz Choir from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Proceeds from the $125 per person event go toward student scholarships. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. This event is ABAC’s premiere student scholarship fundraiser and was formerly known as “Dollars for ABAC Scholars.”
For more information on Celebrate ABAC, interested persons can contact the Office of College Advancement at (229) 391-4900 or visit the web site at http://www.abac.edu/ca/alumni/CelebrateABAC/