Homecoming 2020 to offer virtual feast of events

Homecoming 2020 to offer virtual feast of events

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020

Carol Cain as a college student

This year’s Homecoming officially kicks off with a special video message from a special alumnae. The complete schedule is unveiled here.

Whether it was participating in Step Sing or appearing on Price Theater’s stage, Carol Howington Cain ’82 has plenty of memories to share about her time on the Hill.

She will be recalling some of them in a special Homecoming 2020 video. Watch it here.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to reveal our schedule than hearing from one of our alums,” said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “Carol is well known in the area and around the country for her one-woman shows.”

Cain – a retired teacher, professional storyteller, actor and director – credits LC for shaping her life.

“This was where I was always supposed to be,” she said. “I never would have found me, I never would have found my talents and I never would have become the woman I am now if I had not spent time at LaGrange College.”

While Cain’s video anchors the website, there will be many online events during Homecoming, which has been shifted to a virtual weeklong celebration.

“Beginning Oct. 12, we will have a social media challenge every day,” Pirkle said. “For example, we’ll start with Red and Black Monday. Participants will be asked to snap a photo of themselves in red and black LC gear and tag it #LCProud for a chance to be featured on the college’s social media accounts.”

Another new opportunity will be virtual chats with faculty from across different disciplines.

“We often hear that one of the favorite activities in the past has been catching up with favorite faculty members,” Pirkle said. “There will be Zoom meetings set up throughout the week for alumni to check in with professors who impacted their lives.”

Mark ’97 and Barbie Everett Sheppard ’97 of Stafford, Virginia, said they are thrilled with this year’s format.

“Sometimes with families, schedules and distance, coming to campus isn’t always an option,” said Barbie Sheppard. “Given the nature of 2020, having virtual Homecoming is exciting because you can be a part of campus activities wherever you are. We hope more families will be able to join the celebration virtually this year.”

And of course, there will be class reunion celebrations.

“We’ll email an invitation to alumni that will include a link to register,” Pirkle said. “Once they register, we’ll send them the information on how to join their Zoom reunion.”

Pirkle said volunteers have been crucial.

“We have been working closely with reunion coordinators to plan various events and opportunities to engage our alumni in a meaningful and memorable way,” she said. “While this year’s event will be virtual, I think we have some fun and remarkable things planned to share with each other.”

A complete schedule of Homecoming 2020 events can be found on the college’s website. For more information, contact Pirkle at or by calling 706-880-8245.


Campus notes

Jeff Lukken, Assistant Professor of Political Science, organized a watch party Tuesday in Lewis Library’s Corn Auditorium for the first 2020 presidential debate.

Midterm exams will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are resources available to help students prepare:

  • pace.JPGPACE – Panther Academic Center for Excellence, first floor of Callaway Academic Building, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.weekdays,, 706-880-8642
  • Virtual Writing Center – Available through Microsoft Teams. Appointments by reservation only, learn more here
  • Virtual Tutoring Center – Available through Microsoft Teams. Learn more here.
  • Frank and Laura Lewis Library – The library has computers available for checkout, study rooms to reserve and lots of open floor space for social distancing. A librarian is staffing the reference desk virtually. Other questions can be addressed through the library’s chat line on its website. 

A recent column by Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, included research by students Jaydon Parrish, Nia Johnson, Olivia Hanners, Hannah Godfrey, Tamino Schoeffer, Madison Demkowski, Yasmin Roper, Natalie Glass, DeQueze Fryer, Brennan Oates and Maalik Baisden. The column, “Partisan Supreme Court battles are as old as the United States itself,” appeared in The Conversation, a scholarly research site, as well as more than 20 newspapers across the country and Yahoo.


Cultural Enrichment events

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply


What you need to know about cover letters 

  • Virtual: Overwhelmed by what to include in a cover letter? Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to write a cover letter to help you stand out as a candidate.  


LC young alumni interview series

  • cropped-ashley-chafin.jpgVirtual: Ashley Chafin ’18. Currently a physical therapy student at Georgia Southern University, Chafin was a softball player, cheerleader and resident advisor while she was at LC. Hear what she has to say about finding success.
  • Virtual: Emily Arnold ’17,M’18.  Hear what Arnold, a fifth-grade teacher at Holley Navarre Intermediate School in Florida, has to say about her time as an undergrad, how the experience at LC prepared her for her career path, and what advice and insight she has for current undergraduates. 
  • Virtual: Mimi Loftus ’19. Learn from a current Mercer law student as she talks about her time on the Hill, how her experience at LC prepared her for her career path and what advice and insight she has for current undergraduates. 

Ted talk: How to cope with anxiety – Virtual


Ted talk: Let’s get to the root of racial injustice – Virtual




Beginning when she was a student-athlete playing softball and basketball at LC, Vice President for Athletics Jennifer Claybrook has made an impact on the playing fields and in the classroom. Read more about the Claybrook era here.


Video of the Week

Carol Howington Cain ’82 tells how she became a proud Panther.


In the headlines

Giants’ Joe Judge knows nothing is ‘easy’ about the NFL – New York Post, Sept. 29, 2020 (Mentions LaGrange College in the first sentence)


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Last updated: 10/02/2020