By Jessica L. Mullins/What’s on Tap Editor

For many it’s a trip down memory lane, a celebration of the past and a homecoming to a place dear to the heart. Eastern Alumni Weekend is an event that brings together those who have called “The Campus Beautiful” their home throughout the years. The 2004 Alumni Weekend will be held this weekend and includes various events.

Each year the National Alumni Association contacts graduating classes in five-year intervals and invites them to a weekend of fun and recognition. For many alumni the weekend is the first time to visit campus again since their graduation. In numerous instances this means many decades have passed.

According to Skip Daugherty, associate vice president and executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations, Alumni Weekend “is a wonderful time for alumni to come back and relive their college days, get reacquainted with their classmates and get caught up with what has happened to EKU since they graduated.”

Throughout the weekend, there will be many activities for all alumni to take part in, such as a Fun Run, campus tours, a baseball game, class reunions and the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet Saturday evening.

At the banquet outstanding alumni are honored, including the Outstanding Alumnus. This year’s honoree is Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. Several other alumni will be inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, including Rodney Alsup, William Barrett, Ted Green, Gen. Donald Storm, Thomas Mills and Billie Jean Osborne.

Osborne, founder and executive director of the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, said she was “shocked” to find out she would be inducted.

“It’s very exciting,” Osborne said.

She also said some of the dearest memories of her life were made at Eastern.

Also honored during Alumni Weekend are those classified as “EKU Pioneers,” those who graduated from the university at least 50 years ago. The “Pioneers” will receive a pin and certificate at an induction ceremony on campus.

The weekend will conclude Sunday morning with a dedication service for the newly constructed Veteran’s Memorial at the Powell Building courtyard.

“Alumni are truly the best ambassadors we could ever have, and they are the ones who make EKU what we are today,” Daugherty said.

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