Oct 09

Homecoming & Alumni Weekend 2015

October 9-10


Whether you are coming from near or far, join us for a fun weekend of seeing old friends, revisiting cherished memories, and seeing how God is continuing to use Grace University for His glory. We have some new activities planned around town and some great events on campus. Check out the information and get your registration in early! And don’t miss out on the Class Projects outlined below!

Friday, October 9

Grab a friend and pick your favorite activity before fun begins on campus!


1:30 p.m. — Olley the Trolley Historic 2-Hour Omaha Tour — $20 per person (Reservations must be made in advance on your registration form and are limited to the first 32 people. Tour confirmation and details will be emailed to you.)

Jump on Ollie the Trolley and enjoy the 2-hour ride while exploring Omaha’s rich heritage. Learn amusing and not-so-well known facts about significant people and places in the city’s history. Check in at 1:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Center Lobby.

6:30 – 7 p.m. — Check-in at the Burkholder Center lobby.

7 – 10 p.m. — All Class Receptions

Everyone is welcomed to meet in the Burkholder Center lobby for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. At 7:30 enjoy a welcome by President Dr. David Barnes, and a talk by Dr. Mike Schmidt ’87, Director of Intercultural Studies, on The Changing Face of Missions.

Then, enjoy catching up while Class of 1965, Class of 1990 and Class of 2005 have separate 50th, 25th and 10th class reunions within the Burkholder Center.

Saturday, October 10

8 – 9:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast – Suckau Chapel

9:30 – 10 a.m. — Campus Tour – Suckau Chapel

Take a quick trip around campus to see upgrades on campus and how God is using our resources.

10 – 11 a.m. — Alumni Worship Service – Suckau Chapel

Spend time thanking and praising our Lord and hear from current student leaders.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Lunch and Alumni Awards – Cascio’s Steakhouse

Enjoy a great lunch with friends while honoring outstanding alumni. If you have nominations for alumni who have shown exceptional servant leadership in the home, church, and world, please contact Meredith Seaman at mseaman@graceu.edu.

Alumni Project:

You have an opportunity to give a gift back to the campus to help us extend the love of Christ to our visitors. Your gift will set a great example for future classes and make a difference in the welfare of this campus!

The seating area in front of the Administration Building needs to be refurbished. This area provides the first impression of the campus for guests and potential students and is a place for students to relax and study. The benches are weathered and splintered and need to be removed for safety reasons.

We are asking alumni to donate funds to purchase new benches in honor of their class or other Grace University honoree. The engraved benches are $1,100 each and would be engraved with a class year or other message chosen by the donors. Donations are also needed to fund the removal of the old benches and repair of the concrete. Please consider working with fellow alumni to buy a bench or to give to the general refurbishment of the area.


We are praying that God puts this on the heart of the people who understand the importance of this project. We are trusting Him for the outcome. All Glory to Him! Please talk to your classmates about what you can give to this project and attach a donation with your registration.

Thank you!



There are many great new hotels near campus. Blocks of rooms are reserved for you at the Comfort Inn and Hyatt. Both hotels offer shuttle service and breakfast. Call the hotel directly (do not use the 800# or website) and mention the Grace University rate when making your reservation.

Comfort Inn at the Zoo — 2920 S. 13th Ct. (402) 342-8000 – $69.99 (block of rooms held until Sept. 10 and then subject to availability).

Hyatt Downtown/Old Market — 540 S. 12th St. (402) 513-5500 – $114

Other Activities on Your Own

Lauritzen Gardens- Conservatory

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Lauritzen Gardens Botanical Center — $10 per person, $3 per person for 1-hour tram tour

Enjoy 100 acres of gardens, woodlands and trails by foot or by tram. In any weather, you can enjoy the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory and experience the tropical environment where plants are abundant year round. And do not forget to visit Union Pacific Railroad’s largest steam and diesel-electric locomotives ever built in Kenefick Park situated above the garden.


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. — Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium — $15.95 per adult/$14.95 per person 65+, $1 per person for tram tour

Visit the top rated zoo in the country. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the zoo, you are in for a treat. The jungle, desert dome, aquarium and movie theatre are an easy walk from the entrance and are fun in any weather.

For more information, contact Meredith Seaman at 402-449-2800.