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standing left to right - Ty Boyd, Warren Clark, and
Coach Mike Reidy.
Over one-hundred
and fifty alumni, ad
ministrators, faculty and
friends helped Belmont
Abbey celebrate her one-
hundredth birthday as
they attended the
festivities of the Cen
tennial Homecoming
Weekend on October 1st
and 2nd.
Kicking off the
weekend was a cocktail
party held m the Abbot
Vincent Taylor Library,
which was beautifully
decorated by Bro. Kevin
Canty, O.S.B. With
student bartenders
serving up the drinks,
alumni began renewing
old friendships with their
classmates and teachers.
Alumni came to the
weekend from all over
the country, Michael
Bishop, class of 1957,
traveled the longest
distance to attend,
coming all the way from
A guest book was kept
and all who attended
were asked to sign the
ledger. The book will be
preserved in the Abbey’s
After the alumni and
faculty were sufficiently
intoxicated and the booze
started to go dry, the
scene shifted to the
Maurus Dining Hall for a
banquet dinner and
welcoming speeches.
Father Jerome Dollard,
O.S.B., delivered the
Speeches began once
the guests received their
portions of a dinner
which included ham,
roast beef, various
vegetables and ap-
petizers, salad,
strawberry shortcake for
dessert and plenty of
coffee and iced-tea.
Master of Ceremonies
for the evening was Mr.
Jim Babb, class of 1959.
Mr. Babb is ihe
Executive Vice-
President and General
Manager of WBTV in
Charlotte; he is also a
member of the Board of
Trustees for Belmont
Abbey College. The
principal speaker of the
evening was local
television personality, Ty
Boyd. Fr. John Bradley,
college president, and
Abbot Jude Cleary,
O.S.B., also gave brief
speeches welcoming the
alumni back.
Later that evening
many alumni attended a
party at the Phi Kappa
Theta fraternity house.
Saturday morning saw
an informal assembly
held in the auditorium of
the William Gaston
Science Building. Fr.
Bradley gave a “State of
the College” address to
the sparse crowd who
woke up early enough.
Academic Dean, Fr.
James Solan, then spoke
about the academic
programs now offered,
and then Mr. Warren
Clark, Vice-President for
Development, gave a
slide presentation.
Following a Mass in the
Cathedral and lunch in
the dining hall, the
alumni divided into four
smaller groups to have
discussions and to at
tempt to reorganize the
Alumni Association.
The last high school
class to graduate. Prep
Class of 1956, held their
twenty-year reunion
during this weekend.
They separated from the
other groups and met
Over One-Hundred And Fifty In Attendance
Belmont Abbey College
Celebrates 100th Birthday
upstairs in ihe Ad
ministration building.
All the graduates of the
years from 1909-1959,
dubbed the “Elder
Statesmen,” met in the
Oak Room of the Ad
ministration Building. In
their discussions, they
decided to have class
representatives as a way
to strengthen an Alumni
Representatives at the
Centennial Weekend in
this group were; Joseph
W. Bliley, 1928; Timothy
Keanrs,Jr., 1935; Frontis
J. Rodgers, 1937; George
Fleming, Jr., 1943; John
Moses, and Leo
Wollstein, 1946; James F.
Hillegass and Reon G.
Hillegass, 1947; Philip J.
Sullivan, 1955; Michael
F. Bishop, T. W. Camp
bell, and David M. Foley,
1959. Anyone else who is
interested in helping to
revive the Alumni
Association within this
group range, and is
willing to represent their
class, please contact the
Alumni Office.
The classes of the
Sixties met in the Snack
Bar, located in the Haid.
They elected officers for
an Alumni Association.
The Officers are: Ted
Hawley, President, 1968;
Tom Bledsoe, Vice-
President, 1968; Dick
Bernard, Secretary-
Treasurer, 1969; Felipe
Villalon, Alumni Cam
paign Leader, 1968; and
Joe Baxter, Reporter,
The “Young Crowd”,
graduates of the 1970’s,
met in the back of the
Snack Bar. They also
elected regional officers
who are; Harry
Creemers, President,
1974; James Marco,
Vice-President, 1970; and
Bro. Paul Shanley,
O.S.B., Secretary, 1973.
Saturday afternoon
was filled with activity.
An Alumni-Faculty
basketball game was
staged in the Wheeler
Center. Refereed by
members of this year’s
Crusader Basketball
team, Clint Bryant and
Bobby Moran, the faculty
team came back from a
half-time deficit to win.
The final score, after a
close battle in the last 30
seconds was, 55-54.
Also on Saturday, the
Abbey girls played
Sacred Heart in the
annual Powder Puff
Classic, which was won
by the Vent girls, 12-6.
The Bookstore was
opened in the afternoon
for anyone who wanted to
browse or shop and the
Alumni Office was open
for anyone who needed
directions or general
information. There were
extra yearbooks
available to alumni if
they wanted to pick one
up from back years.
The weekend drew to a
close with a semi-formal
dance “Anniversary
Dance” in the Haid. The
Chris Kelly Trio en
tertained alumni,
faculty, and students.
Symphony To Perform
At Belmont Abbey
The Charlotte Sym
phony will perform on
the Belmont Abbey
campus on Sunday,
November 7th at 2:30
The musical program
will consist of the
following: “Overture to
Ruslande and Ludmilla,”
by Glinka; “Piano
Concerto No. 1 (Bb
minor),” by Tchaikov
sky; “Symphony No. 3,”
by Harris; and “Sor
cerer’s Apprentice,” by
Dr. Leo Dnehuijs, a
guest conductor from
Holland, will lead the
Mona Golabek, who has
recently appeared with
the Warsaw Philhar
monic and the Seattle
Symphony, will be the
piano soloist for
Tchaikovsky’s, Piano
The performance will
be given in the Wheeler
Center. Admission at the
door will be $4.00 for the
general public, and $2.00
for students.

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