With Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s Homecoming & Family Weekend quickly approaching on September 24-25, 2021, the July installment of “The Way It Was” is reflecting on a few anniversaries, as we look back at 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001 and 1996. Graduates from those years, as well as a few others, which we will look back on next month, will have an opportunity to gather at this year’s Homecoming festivities. Visit lbc.edu/alumni/homecoming/ for all the details.
2016 | Five-Year Reunion
2016 was a big year in the classroom and on the court for Lancaster Bible College, as the men’s basketball team highlighted the year with a 27-1 overall record and the program’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Horst Athletic Center was filled to the brim on many occasions throughout the winter months, and the Chargers rode the support to a North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship on February 28, 2016.
Several great Journey Team trips dotted the map during the 2015-16 academic year as well. Trips were taken to India, Macedonia, South Africa and Brazil, to name a few. The Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department produced “Smoke on the Mountain” during the fall semester and “The Music Man” early in the second semester.
2011 | 10-Year Reunion
The 2010-11 academic year was highlighted by the groundbreaking of the new library facility, later to be named the Teague Learning Commons. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in the Good Shepherd Chapel due to inclement weather but was nonetheless a joyous celebration for students, staff and faculty.
As enrollment continued to soar, students on campus continued to find new things to do and also enjoyed performances like “Singin’ in the Rain” and athletic events, as the Chargers became official NCAA Division III members on September 1, 2010.
2006 | 15-Year Reunion
The 2005-06 academic year featured the fall play titled, “A Pawn in the King’s Court.” The year also saw tremendous activity on campus with clubs like Student Missionary Fellowship, Commuter Affairs Council, Open Air and many more. Several on-campus Weekly Action Groups also served people throughout the Lancaster community.
2001 | 20-Year Reunion
The 2000-01 academic year saw lots of construction on campus, as we have detailed before here in this blog. Good Shepherd Chapel and Olewine Dining Hall took shape and began to service students, staff and faculty. The Spring Semi-Formal was held at Palm Court at Willow Valley, while Journey Teams visited Australia, France, Hungary, Jamaica and more.
1996 | 25-Year Reunion
The Lancaster Bible College campus was full of life during the 1995-96 academic year, as the Homecoming celebration was one of the year’s highlights, as was Christmas Banquet that featured Dr. Tom Figart’s annual reading of the story of Christ’s birth.
LBC was home to fewer athletic programs back in those days, with the Chargers competing in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s & women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Journey Team trips took place in Trinidad, Italy, Alaska and other locations.
The “Tales From Eden Road & Beyond” podcast took the month off but will return in August with new episodes as we gear up for a fantastic 2021 Homecoming!