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Join us for a special 75th Anniversary Homecoming & Family Weekend (NEW DATES: Sep. 15-18, 2021)!

Join us for a very special Homecoming celebration as we look back on 75 years of God's faithfulness and the story He has given us as a community and university family.  Because this is such a special celebration, we've added two extra days to Homecoming that include a number of exciting new opportunities for our alumni, our students, their families, and staff and faculty. 

The weekend will be rich with various reunions, connecting you with fellow alumni who lived in the same dorm, studied the same major, took part in the same athletic program, were a part of the same society or club, and more!

From annual favorites to new additions, this will be a weekend you won't want to miss:

Academy of Engineering & Engineering Technology Induction Banquet
Join us as we welcome the inductees for 2020 and 2021 into the Academy of Engineering & Engineering Technology. It's an evening affair, complete with a reception and sit-down dinner.  Contact the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology for more information.

Alumni in Action
Alumni are invited to share with students in classes and small groups about their time at LeTourneau, what they have learned in following Christ, and/or from their experiences in their industry.  Contact the Alumni Office if you are interested in sharing.

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
Join us as we celebrate and honor the gifted athletes among our alumni, demonstrating the very best in the LeTourneau student-athlete experience.

Automotive Society Car Show
Catch-up with fellow alumni while enjoying an on-campus car show hosted and sponsored by our Automotive Society.

Buzz 5K
Support our LeTourneau Track & Field team by taking part in the annual 5K race across campus.  A great event for runners, walkers, students, children, and more!

Homecoming Chapel
Throughout the years, campus chapels have been a time to come together to worship, to be challenged by God's Word, and to grow as a community.  This year's Homecoming Chapel is no different - join us on Friday, September 17th for a great time of worship and encouragement from God's Word!

Homecoming Concerts
Enjoy a special evening concert on Wednesday, September 15 and Saturday, September 18.  Details to come.

 Golden Jacket Luncheon
A celebration of our 1970 and 1971 alumni celebrating their 50th reunion.  Contact our Alumni Office if you're in this class to RSVP.

Sports Events
Join us for local home athletic games, alumni vs current team sports matchups, and more!

Variety Show
Join us Friday evening for an evening of laughter and fun as we look back at favorite recent - and distant - Hootenanny memories!

and more!

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Who's Coming?

With over 100 families and individual alumni who have already let us know they plan to come, this is a celebration you won't want to miss! Here's a glimpse at who is planning to join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021!

Note: Individuals and families are listed below with their permission.
Others have indicated a plan to attend, but have asked that their name not be listed at this time.

Duane Spaeth, '60
Ken Chin, '71
Paul Helgesen, '71
Charles Saunders, '71
Donna DeLancy Spierer, '72
Charles Zimmerman, '72
Terry Michmerhuizen, '75
Roger Kieffer, '76
Lois Hunter, '79
Mark Anderson, '80
Carol (Barclay) Andrews, '80
Fred Ritchey, '80
Mark Long, '81
Scott Shaver, '81
Grace Yates, '81
Dan DiFrancesco, '82
Brent Johnson, '82
Tim Belcher, '83
Edward Norman, '84
Dan Pleshko, '85
Bill Fosbenner, '86
Brian Kelly, '87
Valerie Palmer, '87
 Terry Zeitlow, '87
Greg Bauer, '88
Paul Deane, '88
Alex Kuvshinikov, '88
Robert Palmer, '88
Daniel Creal, '89
Brett Helbig, '89
Richard Bringhurst, '90
Steve Dudden, '90
Dan Rose, '91
Wendy (Brannberg) Beckham, '91
Lara (Wallace) Rose, '91
Joseph Bekcham, '92
Joseph Hege, '92
Paul Grenon, '94
Curtis Fitchett, '97
Gail (Hildebrand) Ritchey, '01
Joshua Swain, '05 & '13
Amy Davis, '06
Michael Ratcliff, '07
Doug Glidden, '08
Herbert Severin, '09
ElaineTippett, '10
Lisa Rowland, '11
Ian Johnston, '14
Elise Silvey, '15
Paul Zettler, '15
Shlonda Johnson, '16
Joshua Shaver, '16
Luke Freitag, '17
Peter Christensen, '18
Elizabeth Clements, '18
Megan Ash, '19
Matthew Chavez, '19
Nateisha Choice, '19
Jacob Clements, '19
Mamie Handy, '19
Shanelle Perez, '19
Neesa Renee Velez, '19
Kristen Villareal, '19
Liana Wester, '19
Natalie Dottle, '20
Nikki Ellis, '20
Collin Patterson, '20
Kassey Pennello, '20
Caroline Pop, '20
Ashley Rowland, '20
Shawnie Dotson
The Grennon Family
The Herndon Family
The Hunter Family
The Munoz Family
The O'Brien Family
The Peterson Family
The Rogers Family

Homecoming & Family Weekend registration will open up in Summer 2021.  Sign-up below to get the latest information on events and opportunities related to our 75th Anniversary year - including Homecoming & Family Weekend 2021.

Due to the rescheduling of Homecoming to September 15-18, 2021, the following schedule - originally created for April, is currently being revised.  As a result, please note that the information below is subject to change.  This notice will be moved when the schedule is updated and confirmed for September. 

 

Jump to a day: WednesdayThursday | Friday | Saturday

 

WEDNESDAY (Sep 15, 2021)

Chapel | 10:35 am, Belcher Center
Join us for a special chapel together.

LeTourneau Exhibit | 1-4 pm
Take some time to peruse the various exhibits on display related to our the history of LeTourneau University, R.G. and Evelyn LeTourneau, and more.

Alumni Meet-Up | 2-4 pm
Reconnect with fellow alumni at this informal gathering.  Old yearbooks and memorabilia will be on display and available. Light refreshments provided.

Evening Concert | 7:00 pm

 

THURSDAY (Sep 16, 2021)

Breakfast with the President
Enjoy breakfast with fellow alumni and receive an update on LeTourneau University from the President and the university leadership team. (Cost: $10/person)

Campus Tours & Komatsu Tours
Participate in a tour of the campus or a tour of the former LeTourneau industries plant (now owned by Komatsu).

LeTourneau Foundation Luncheon 
Join with Tom Bevan, Executive Director of the LeTourneau University Foundation, and the Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations, Dr. Terry Zeitlow ('87), in hearing more about the important work the Foundation is doing in support of LeTourneau students, our alumni, and our university friends.

 Alumni-in-Action Dinner
Alumni volunteers leading class devotions and/or dorm devotions are invited.

Academy of Engineering & Engineering Technology Induction Banquet
Join us in celebrating the next class to be inducted into the Academy!

 

FRIDAY (Sep 17, 2021)

LETU Admissions Preview Day
Admissions Office, Allen Family Student Center │ 9:00 am
Prospective students and families are invited to a preview event hosted by the Office of Admissions. Let Admissions know you’ll be joining them by registering here.

Homecoming Chapel | 10:35 am, Belcher Center
Join us for a special time of worship and diving into God's Word together.

Campus Tours
Participate in a tour of the campus.

Golden Jackets Luncheon
Lunch reunion for all Golden Jackets (anyone graduating 50+ years ago) & induction of the Class of 1970 and 1971.

Class Reunions | 2-4 pm
Connect with fellow alumni at this special reunion for those in the same year/era. 

Cookout Celebration | 4:30-6:30 pm
A time of celebration, complete with a cookout, games for the family, and a chance to reconnect, laugh, and have fun on the Mall and front lawn.

Variety Show | 7:00 pm, Belcher Center
Join us for a special variety show and a chance to celebrate our fellow alumni and students.

 

SATURDAY (Sep 18, 2021)

Buzz Run 5K
LeTourneau’s Track and Field team will host a 5K race throughout campus. This 5K is perfect for runners, walkers, students, children and more!

Alumni Breakfast Sponsored by the LETU Sting Flight Team | 7:30 am-9:30 am
Precision flight team fundraiser breakfast and aviation center tours.


Picnic at the Pond
Alumni, parents, and students are invited to join the campus community for this popular event. Bounce house for children on site! (Featuring Bodacious BBQ!)

Cardboard & Duct Tape Boat Races
Watch students race their ingenious creations in the pond!

Inter-Society Rope Pull
Traditional (& muddy!) rope pull among society members.

Dorm, Floor, Society, & Club Reunions | 2-4 pm
Reconnect with fellow alumni from your dorm, floor, society, and university clubs.

LETU Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet | 4:30-6:30 pm
Come join fellow athletes as we celebrate this year's inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Concert | 7:00 pm

 

Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Feel free to reach out to our Alumni Office if you have questions that are not answered below (903-233-3840, alumni@letu.edu).

  1. Why is Homecoming & Family Weekend in September 2021, rather than April?
    At it's heart, this weekend is about connecting with one another, reminiscing over old memories and making new memories together.  Because being together is the goal, university leadership and our Alumni Council made the decision to reschedule Homecoming & Family Weekend to September to allow even more alumni, students, family, and friends to participate in this memorable weekend.

  2. How do I register for Homecoming & Family Weekend?
    You'll register right here under the "Registration" tab.  Registration is expected to open up in Summer 2021.  Be the first to find out when Registration opens up - and about other exciting opportunities - but submitting the interest form on the Registration tab today.

  3. What is the cost for attending Homecoming & Family Weekend?
    Most of the weekend is free for alumni, students, family and friends.  There are specific events, usually those serving food, that have individual costs (ex. banquets, concerts, etc.).  Whether or not you are attending a paid event, please register when registration opens so we can plan for you and plan accordingly so that all can enjoy a great weekend together. 

  4. What about the December 2019/May 2020 Special Graduation planned for the April Homecoming & Family Weekend?
    Our December 2019/May 2020 graduates are invited to join us for a special Graduation Weekend on May 7-8, 2021 in which both they and the class of 2021 will graduate.  This will allow graduates and their families to be celebrated by close friends, to celebrate with their friends, and for the graduation ceremony to take place in the Belcher Center for all students.  Please contact our Alumni Office with any questions (903-233-3840, alumni@letu.edu).

  5. Does the university have a list of local hotel accommodation?
    Yes! LeTourneau University has secured special pricing at several hotels in Longview and surrounding areas. If you're staying at one of these properties, simply mention that you will be visiting LeTourneau University and would like the discount rate.

  6. What airports are nearby?
    While Gregg County Regional Airport is minutes from campus - and home to our Abbot Aviation Center - there are a number of airports within a few hours drive: Shreveport Regional Airport, Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and Houston's George Bush Airport.  Find out more information on these nearby airports and rental car options by clicking here.

  7. Which groups are holding reunions during Homecoming & Family Weekend?
    There are special times and locations throughout the weekend to connect with fellow alumni, whether around shared academic experience, dorm/living experience, society/club involvement, athletics, music, and more! In addition, the following groups are planning to hold special gatherings during the weekend: Alpha Omega (AO), Ambulance Service, Automotive Service, Dorm 4, Dorm 40. Know of alumni planning a reunion for a different group? We're here to help! Contact us at alumni@letu.edu or 903-233-3840.

  8. Will the Boat Races and Rope Pull be happening?
    Yes! We'll be holding our annual cardboard boat race competition across the Pond, as well as the Inter-Society rope pull on Saturday, September 18th.

  9. Can I attend the Academy of Engineering & Engineering Technology Banquet or the Athletic Hall of Fame? 
    Yes! All former inductees into the Engineering Academy or the Hall of Fame are invited to attend every year.  In addition, others are welcome to attend either (or both) of these celebrations.  Please indicate your plan to attend on the Registration from when it becomes available in Summer 2021.