Former deputy chancellor
Activities Saturday began with more fellowship time from 9:30 until a brunch at 10:30 a.m.
During brunch Ron Berlin of Red Oak, Texas, with the assistance of Mrs. Melear, led participants in a game called AC Jeopardy that pitted the women against the men. After taking a big, early lead, the women let the men get back into the game, which ended in a tie.
When the meal and game were over, Scott Moss of Bluffton, Ind., coordinated a group picture at poolside [see photo below].
A church service began at 2:30 with Lenny Cacchio of Lee's Summit, Mo., serving as song leader and included a message by Ron Dart of Whitehouse, Texas, who was the deputy chancellor at the Big Sandy campus when the class of 1977 entered as freshmen in 1973.
Mr. Cacchio said about Mr. Dart's sermon: "He is no longer an exclusivist, and it is always reassuring to hear someone who was a highly regarded leader in the old WCG admit that the admonition 'Don't believe me but believe your Bible' was not always followed after becoming a part of that organization."
Dance along with Doc
Everyone was invited to a hospitality hour in the presidential suite hosted by Michelle and Skip Quant at 3:30 for snacks, drinks and fellowship.
Ms. Wood coordinated a dinner at 6 p.m. that preceded an evening of entertainment and dancing.
Murdock "Doc" and Vera (Mahone) Gibbs of Carrollton, Texas, provided music and other entertainment, keeping the floor packed with energetic dancers.
Messages and pics
A surprise act called "Haw Hee" (a skit from college days based on the television show Hee Haw) was interjected during the evening by Henry Mez of Atlanta, Ga., and Kent Doucet of Houston, Texas.
After a continental breakfast Sunday, a wrap-up meeting began with Mr. Wahlen addressing the group and making plans for the next reunion. He encouraged classmates, spouses and guests to take advantage of a Web site set up by Mrs. Harvey (www.acreunion.info) that includes a message board and pictures.
Mr. Wahlen introduced Ms. Wood and Debbie (St. John) Murphy of Atlanta for closing comments.
"I'm with my people again," Ms. Wood told the audience.
Afterwards the former AC students traveled to Mr. and Mrs. Quant's home and ranch in Burleson for an afternoon of barbecue, swimming and volleyball.
Back in college
"I felt like I was back in college," Mrs. Melear said. "Yes, like I went home for a long break and then came back. The AC spirit was certainly rekindled, and I realized more than ever how special and unique our experience together in Big Sandy was.
"I hope to keep some of that alive here at home to share with family, friends and at work.
"The reunion surpassed all my expectations. I'm looking forward to the next one."
Mike Ford of Atlanta told this writer: "Not having seen many of my classmates for 30 years, literally, I was a bit apprehensive. Would we click, would we still feel the bond that we once had, and so on?
"There was no need to worry. The entire time, start to finish, was wonderful. We laughed, we caught up with each others' lives, and, for a few days, we were young again."