HYBRID is the Word for 2021 Events with Terrific Response!

As the world begins to “open back up” after the Pandemic, E&H alumni events have been aimed at providing content for alumni who feel more comfortable participating from home and alumni who are itching to get back together on campus. “Response to both formats has been terrific,” said Monica Hoel, alumni director. “We are grateful!” Keep an eye on for upcoming online and in-person events.

Posted September 29, 2022

Hybrid Homecoming

Bucky '69 and Mary Clabaugh visited the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in-person. Bucky ’69 and Mary Clabaugh visited the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in-person.

In addition to on-campus events on Oct. 15-16, there were several online Homecoming events, including a Friends of the Sciences gathering, a College update from the president, and information about a unique upcoming choir performance. Debbie Hayes ’79 won a Wiley Hall print (by Richard Graves ’08) by participating in the Homecoming Online Tailgate. Fans who watched the football game online checked in on Facebook and were eligible for prizes.

Hybrid Rhythm & Roots

Emory & Henry had a table with free food coupons at this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion event in September. Folks could also participate online by responding to a Facebook Live video and winning prizes. Bucky ’69 and Mary Clabaugh visited in-person.

New Traditions! The E&H Alumni Association sponsored its first Rugby Tailgate this fall! New Traditions! The E&H Alumni Association sponsored its first Rugby Tailgate this fall!

Hybrid More Than A Vacation

The 28th annual summer alumni college, More Than a Vacation (MTAV), kicked off the notion that events could be in-person and online. Below, clockwise: With a live audience of 15, Dr. Jamie Ferguson, Ivy Sheppard, and Jack Hinschelwood played music for the front yard, Zoom and Facebook; the Tiny Porch Concert video has had more than 2,000 views. Jennie Lou Pruner Smith ’67 donned a hat found in the old Dixie Pottery building (the video of the event highlighting the pottery building renovation garnered more than 300 views). Mike Des Los Santos ’06 of Mike D’s BBQ Sauce fame, offered grilling tips in a tasty Zoom session. Dr. David St. Clair ’73 presented a program on the music of Motown. Alumni from Nashville, Richmond, Hampton, South and North Carolinas, Arizona and more gathered for a cooking class with New York City blogger, The New Baguette. Other topics included art in a pandemic, caves of Kentucky, a trip to the Carter Fold, a Virginia Highlands Festival showing of the film Hidden Rivers, and a video that went viral about Sears Roebuck homes.

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