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Autumn at the Arbor

Come experience Autumn at the Arbor. Homecoming at SAU is an event for our entire community to gather together and enjoy everything we love about fall and SAU. Whether you are an alum, parent, employee, student, friend or community member, this day is for you and we hope to see you here on campus.

Alumni: Stop by our welcome tent on Oct. 1 to receive a free Autumn at the Arbor T-shirt!

For discounted hotel rates click here!

For questions, please email or call us at 517.750.6673.

All events are subject to change. Please check back here for any updates.

Monday, September 26

Student Kick Off Karaoke: Cougar Den at 8 p.m.

Join us to Kick Off Autumn at the Arbor week!

Tuesday, September 27

Student Mario Kart Night: Cougar Den at 7 p.m.

Mario Kart in the Cougar Den- let the games begin!

Wednesday, September 28

On Campus- SAU Serves 8 a.m.

Kick off 150,000 service hours in the Dunkel Gym at 8 a.m. to go out and serve the community at 8:30 a.m.

On Campus- 38th Annual Arbor Games

Your floor, some messy games, and a whole lot of fun!

Thursday, September 29

Community Lunch – Bridging the Gap

Recognized nationally, Bridging the Gap teaches active listening and effective communication skills to a polarized world seeking a better understanding of how we communicate with each other. Learn more about the program and how your organization can become active listeners and improve communication skills during this informative conversation with our distinguished speakers. Click here, to register.

Friday, September 30

Homecoming Chapel: The Arbor Church 10 a.m.

Join us in person or via Livestream for a special Homecoming Chapel with alumni led worship and the announcement of our alumni award recipients for 2022. Alumnus John David VanValin ’08 will be our Homecoming Chapel speaker. Click here, to view SAU’s Livestream.

Alumni Awards Reception: Sacred Grounds 3:30 p.m.

Join our alumni award recipients to congratulate them and hear their stories.

Alumni Awards Dinner: Ralph Carey Forum (RCF) 6 p.m.

Join us as we honor and celebrate our 2022 Alumni Award Recipients. Click here, to purchase tickets.

Cougar Madness: The MAC 10 p.m.

Cougar Madness is for our students, employees and young alums. A time to introduce our basketball teams, play funs games, and be among the first to hear a special announcement.

Saturday, October 1

Hinkley 5K Donut Dash: The MAC 10 a.m.

Run our Hinkley 5K Donut Dash! Every registration includes a Homecoming t-shirt, and most importantly, a Hinkley’s donut after your run. Registration here!

Welcome Home Reception: The Oak Tree 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stop by our Welcome Home Reception for coffee and scones, a chance to mingle with our administration and faculty, and hear campus updates including a brief message from President Ellis.

Homecoming Fall Festival: The Oak Tree 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come experience autumn at the Arbor. Enjoy Red Egg Farm Kids Zone with pumpkin painting, inflatables and games. Shop local at our vendor fair. Enjoy food trucks and listen to live alumni music.

Vendors: Bow and Arrow, Clexo, The Explr Company, Five Forks Bakery, Freedom Boards, Front Porch JXN, Gwen’s Greens, Happ.ily Homemade, Honey Script Studios, Lil’ Bee Company, Marketplace Manna, Sew Far Sew Good, and Vony’s Lemonade

Food Trucks: Junkyard Dog, Tiki Sam’s, Traveling Taste, and Sunset Slush

Alumni Art Show: The Ganton Art Gallery 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stroll our Ganton Art Gallery to see original alumni pieces. New, original pieces from these alums:

Amy Lohrmann ’86

Brian Snyder ’91

Loren Ullom ’91

Jenny Turner ’99

Jen Tavis ’01

Dana VanSumeren ’02

Ryan Stewart ’05

Michiko Baldwin ’08

Heidi Rhodes ’08

Brianne Witt ’11

Samantha Wolfgang ’15

Cloe Hadley ’16

Nick Hernandez ’18

Ally Hall ’21

Baseball Alumni Game: Burbridge Field 10 a.m.

Come watch as SAU Baseball alumni take the field and play our current SAU Cougar Baseball team.

Softball Alumni Game: Softball Field 11 a.m.

Come watch as SAU Softball alumni take the field and play our current SAU Cougar Softball team.

Women’s Basketball Alumni Game: the MAC 11 a.m.

Come watch as SAU women’s basketball alumni take the court again!

Science Demonstration: The Oak Tree 11:30 a.m.

Our School of Natural Sciences will put on a science demonstration followed by a time to connect with faculty, current students, and alumni.

Ganton Art Gallery Reception: 12 p.m.

Join us in the Ganton Art Gallery lobby to celebrate the alums who filled our art gallery.

Karen Parsons’ Retirement Celebration: The White Library 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Stop by the White Library to congratulate Karen Parsons on her recent retirement from 34 years of library service to SAU.

Men’s Basketball Alumni Game: the MAC 1 p.m.

Come watch as SAU men’s basketball alumni take the court again!

Tennis Pro Am: The Jones Tennis Complex 1 p.m.

Come watch as SAU Tennis alumni take on our current SAU Cougar Tennis team.

President’s Tailgate: Cougar Soccer Complex 2 p.m.

Connect with President and Mrs. Ellis, faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni before the Homecoming soccer game at the President’s Tailgate. Enjoy freshly grilled hotdogs and brats, chips and donuts while playing corn hole and other lawn games.

Men’s Homecoming Soccer Game vs Grace: Cougar Soccer Complex 3 p.m.

Cheer on our Men’s Soccer team at the Homecoming soccer game. To see their full schedule, click here.

Student and Young Alumni Hoedown and Bonfire

On the plaza we will have s’mores, a small bonfire, and square dancing to end the night!

Sunday, October 2

Disc Golf Course Tournament: The Oak Tree 2 p.m.

We are proud to announce we officially have an 18 hole disc golf course. Meet us Sunday at the oak tree to throw your discs for a leisurely round of disc golf.