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Heidelberg to celebrate homecoming this weekend




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Tiffin, Ohio — It’s Homecoming this weekend at Heidelberg University.

Alumni will return beginning Friday for a weekend filled with events designed around the theme “BergStock.”

The weekend kicks off Friday with the dedication of the newly restored and renovated France Residence Hall and a reception for Heidelberg’s Builders and Benefactors, the university’s major donors.

Friday night, the Greek community presents its annual Greek Sing event, showcasing the unique traditions and talents of each group.

Saturday’s events begin bright and early, with the Homecoming Hustle 10K run, 5K run and 2-mile walk at 8 a.m., followed by the annual Homecoming Parade on Greenfield and Rebecca streets at 11 a.m.

The 35th annual induction ceremony for Heidelberg’s Athletic Hall of Fame takes place Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s inductees include two teams and four individuals: the 1999 men’s cross-country team, the 2000 men’s track and field team, Jenny Koth Thompson ’94 (women’s soccer), Melissa Troyer Schultz ’03 (women’s cross country), Ryan Gelhaus ’05 (baseball), and the late Dick Edmond, sports information director from 1990-98.

There will be plenty of athletic competition for alumni to enjoy, including a men’s soccer game vs. Otterbein at 1 p.m., a softball alumni scrimmage at Frann’s Field at 2 p.m., and the football game vs. Otterbein under the lights at 7 p.m. at Hoernemann Stadium. Halftime will feature a performance of the Alumni Band joining the current Heidelberg Marching Band. Homecoming royalty will also be crowned during halftime.

Alumni will have opportunities to reconnect throughout the weekend, but especially on Saturday with a Greek Village, a tailgate celebration of the Class of 2020, and a dinner for alumni and friends at 5 p.m.

“BergStock” concludes Sunday with the annual meeting of Berg Bravo! at 12:30 p.m. followed by the annual School of Music & Theatre Faculty Gala at 2 p.m.  Finally, join Heidelberg Theatre at 4 p.m. for “I Have a Voice,” for a dramatic reading of writings produced during a weekly writing workshop at the Seneca County Youth Center.

Leading up to this weekend, Heidelberg students have participated in a series of Homecoming events, including a talent show, a pep rally and true to the “BergStock” theme, a mini-festival of music, food and crafts just like the original Woodstock.

For additional details about Homecoming at Heidelberg, visit

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