Homecoming 2015

Friday, February 6 – Saturday February 7

Join us in celebrating our 75-year heritage during our event packed Homecoming weekend! Get together with your college friends and professors to participate in department lectures, reunions, worship, a young alum mixer, our first annual students vs. alumni ping pong tournament, an all-day lounge area for catching up and a tailgate feast that will prepare you for the big games!

  • All Day Lounge Area |Edrington Conference Room

    A lounge area set up just for you! You can grab refreshments, take a break or catch up with friends. This area will be open and available to alumni all day long.

  • * 7:30 – 9:30am Breakfast | Crossroads Café

    Crossroad Café offers a wide variety of fresh and sustainable menu items. The café will be open and available for you to eat breakfast at your leisure.

  • 9:30 – 10:20am Chapel | Academic Warehouse

    Join us for worship and a special message from the gifted author and speaker Francis Chan. Freshly made cinnamon rolls will be served directly after chapel service.

  • 10:20 – 11:00am Meet, Greet & Eat | Bernadoni Lecture Hall

    Immediately following chapel, Francis Chan will be available to meet with you for questions and small talk. Be sure to stop in for the chance to meet with Francis & grab a freshly made cinnamon roll!

  • 11:00 – 1:00pm Campus Tours | Various Locations

    Haven’t seen the campus in a while or ever? Be sure to stick around for a campus tour! On this guided tour you will be able to see all the new progress and building additions since our grand opening in 2004. Don’t miss it!

  • *11:00am – 1:00pm Lunch | Crossroads Café

    Crossroads Café offers a variety of fresh and sustainable menu items. The café will be open and available for you to eat lunch at your leisure.

  • 5:30 – 7:00pm Alumni Dinner: 75 Years of Heritage | Bernadoni Lecture Hall

    Please join us for a special catered dinner to celebrate our 75 year heritage. This dinner will feature historical archives that honor our past and you will hear from President John Jackson & President Emeritus Bryce Jessup who will speak to the past and future of William Jessup University. You won’t want to miss out on the food & fellowship!

  • 7:00 – 8:00pm Alumni Reunion Dessert Reception | Crawford Commons

    Come out and join your fellow classmates – eat dessert & catch up.

  • All Day Lounge Area |Edrington Conference Room

    A lounge area set up just for you! This is where you can grab refreshments, take a break or just hang out. This area will be open and available to alumni all day long.

  • 7:30 – 9:30am Breakfast | The Shack

    The Shack, located adjacent to Crossroads Café, offers a variety of local espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee, specialty teas, assorted pastries, hot cereals and fresh fruits. Visit the Shack for a quick grab and go breakfast or morning coffee! Alumni are offered $0.10 regular or decaf coffee all day long!

  • 9:30 – 11:00am Founder’s Day Celebration Chapel | Academic Warehouse

    Please join us for a unique time of worship and fellowship, this special celebration chapel will honor a 75 year heritage. President John Jackson & President Emeritus Bryce Jessup will be speaking on both our past and future as William Jessup University. Freshly made cinnamon rolls will be served directly after chapel service.

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm Campus Tours | Various Locations

    Haven’t seen the campus in a while or ever? Be sure to stick around for a campus tour! On this guided tour you will be able to see all the new progress and building additions since our grand opening in 2004. Don’t miss it!

  • *11:00am – 1:00pm Brunch | Crossroads Café

    Crossroads Café offers a variety of fresh and sustainable menu items. The café will be open and available for you to eat brunch at your leisure.

  • 11:00am – 2:00pm Students vs. Alumni Ping Pong Tournament & Picnic | Activities Warehouse

    Come and watch as students and alumni battle for the chance to win a mini iPad and bragging rights (of course)! Special guests include President John Jackson, representing the students and President Emeritus Bryce Jessup, representing the alumni! Please join us for a special game-side meal and watch as students and alumni battle it out!
    *Complimentary meal provided for student participants only and any attending or participating alumni.

  • 1:30 – 4:30pm Homecoming Lecture Series l Location TBD | Location TBD

    Join WJU professors as they lead sessions on relevant topics in their respective departments. Click the box labeled “Saturday, February 7 | Lectures 1:30 – 4:30pm” located below for detailed session information.

    • Session #1: 1:30 – 2:30pm
    • Session #2: 2:30 – 3:30pm
    • Session #3: 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • 4:30 – 5:30pm Young Alum Mixer | Crawford Commons

    Class of 2005 – 2015

    This one is for you! Come out and join your fellow classmates. Catch-up, hang out and take this opportunity to network with others. All participants will be given one entry into a raffle to win a brand new mini iPad! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get together!

  • 4:30 – 6:30pm Tailgate | TBD

    Join us for a tailgate feast and fill up before the big games! Enjoy a fresh BBQ meal prepared by our very own Crossroads Café Chef Davin Klippel (former Google Chef).
    *Location subject to weather. Event will be held outside weather-permitting; otherwise we will dine inside of Crossroads Café, tailgate style!!

  • 5:15 – 5:45pm Time Capsule Sealing Ceremony | TBD

  • 5:30 – 7:00pm Women’s Basketball Game | Warrior Arena/Gym

  • 7:00 – 9:00pm Men’s Basketball Game | Warrior Arena/Gym

  • 1:30 – 2:30pm Lectures | Classroom TBD


    • Auditioning and the Business of Acting
    • Creative Arts Department – Jennifer Martin
    • An on-your-feet workshop demonstrating techniques for auditioning for commercials and film. In addition, we will go over best practices for headshots, resumes and communication with agents and casting directors.

    • Critical Issues Facing Our World Today…and How We Can Make A Difference
    • Public Policy Department – Phillip Escamilla and Keith Bolte
    • Come together as we explore critical issues facing our nation and world. We will conclude with a constructive conversation about what we can do to initiate change in our current context–whatever it may be.

    • The Unfolding Tapestry of My Life
    • Family and Children’s Ministry Department – Dr. Kay Llovio
    • Adult faithing is so much more complex than it appeared in college! In this session, we will approach this stage of faith with a renewed sense of appropriating God’s work in our lives.

    • Transforming the World: Stories of How God is Using WJU Alumni to Bring Transformation All Over The Globe
    • Intercultural Studies Department – Dr. Glen Gibson
    • Recap 75 years of how the Intercultural Studies Department has followed the Great Commission. See how God has used alumni around the world and here at home. Also, learn about how missions is changing and the impact that has on our ICS program at WJU.
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm Lectures | Classroom TBD


    • The Cross and Capitalism
    • Business Department – Dr. Roger Salstrom, Dr. Manuel Salazar and Dr. Harry Snodgrass
    • Join Business Department professors as they compare and contrast Christian and secular worldviews on the following topics: Income Inequality, Maximize Shareholder Wealth, Business Ethics, Treatment of Employees, Christian Rights in the Workplace, and Home and Work Life Balance.

    • The Literary Life: The Lifelong Benefits of an English Education
    • English Department – Dr. Portia Hopkins, Dr. Cameron Wilson and Vicki Quirarte
    • Some benefits of an English education are obvious: improved writing, speaking, and analysis skills, for example. But learning to read deeply and write authentically can offer intangible benefits that transcend just the development of skills. Join us for a conversation on the transformative possibilities of an education in English.

    • Understanding Teens and Pre-Teens
    • Youth Ministry Department – Dr. Les Christie
    • A fast paced media driven look at the world of teens and pre-teens. How they are growing up in a different world, are in transition, are seeking autonomy, are expanding their relationships and are developing personal values and beliefs. We will also look at principles of effectively working with teens and pre-teens: rules without relationships lead to rebellion. Catch teens in the act of doing something good. Pick your battles wisely. Don’t make life too easy for them. Remember, something is always better than nothing.

    • Managing the Minions
    • Education Department – Dr. Eric Bull
    • Join us as we share current research regarding best practices for ways that teachers might choose to effectively manage their students/classes. Also, you can expect to hear personal experiences highlighting the joys and frustrations of finding ways to engage, educate and inspire a classroom full of ‘pre-people’. We look forward to hearing your stories too!
  • 3:30 – 4:30pm Lectures | Classroom TBD


    • Billy Graham and The American Presidency
    • History Department – Dr. Rex Gurney
    • In 1969, on the last night that President Lyndon Baines Johnson occupied the White House, he invited Billy Graham as his overnight guest. The next evening, the first night of Richard Nixon’s presidency, Graham was again an overnight guest in the executive mansion. Billy Graham, probably the most beloved figure among Evangelical Protestants in the latter half of the 20th century, has had a connection to the US presidency since the early 1950’s. In this lecture Dr. Gurney will explore this relationship and share interesting anecdotes involving Graham and the various occupants of the White House.

    • Keeping Sane in the Mental Health Field: Caring For Yourself While You Care For Others
    • Psychology Department – Dr. Erin Ambrose, Doug Locke and Dr. Bev Wiens
    • Care givers need care too! In order to provide for others, mental health care professionals, lay counselors, and pastors need to be intentional about their own needs. Join us as we discuss helpful ways to ensure good self-care for those working the field of psychology and/or in ministry without feeling guilty.

    • Scripture and Pop Culture
    • Bible and Theology Department – Jim Crain and Mark Moore
    • How does a Christ-follower live in a world replete with artistic expression? We all consume music, movies, television, social media, sports, fashion, food, drama, books, magazines, journalism, advertising, visual and performing arts. But do we know how to critique these experiences from a biblical perspective? How can we be creative ourselves and join the conversation of human culture in ways that truly represent Christ?

    • Faith and Art: A Film Scoring Workshop
    • Music Department – Alan Koshiyama
    • Join Music Department instructor and award-winning film and television composer as he demonstrates scoring for film. What is the composing process for film, TV, and video games? How do Christian musicians impact visual language and media? Join us for an interactive experience!
  • Monday: Faculty Appreciation Day
  • Tuesday: Chalk Day
  • Wednesday: St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving for Childhood Cancer
  • Thursday: Glow Kickball
  • Friday: Powder Puff Game
  • Saturday: Sealing of Time Capsule

Meals during Homecoming Activities are free of charge but if you prefer to eat in the Crossroads Cafe the following discounted prices are available to you.

    Alumni Pricing (excludes tax):

  • Breakfast $5.90
  • Lunch $6.95
  • Dinner $8.00