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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.

For questions, please email or call us at 517.750.6673.

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 lead worship and the announcement of our alumni award recipients for 2021. Click here, to view SAU’s Livestream.

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

Join us as we honor and celebrate our 2021 Alumni Award Recipients. Tickets for this event will be available September 1.

Saturday, October 9th

Hinkley 5K Donut Dash: The McKenna Carillon Clock Tower 9 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. To register, click here.

Homecoming Fall Festival: The SAU Plaza 10 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. Eat food truck food and listen to live alumni music.

Vendors: Cougar Talk- The Podcast, HoneyScript Studios, Sarah Emma Boutique, Soap Shed, MarketPlace Manna, Apricot Lane, Fortress, Clexo, Rustic Market, David Baker with Honey, DoughNation Bakery, Vony’s lemonade, Lil’Bee Company, Freedom Boards, Gwen’s Greens

Food Trucks: Junkyard Dog, Tiki Sam’s, Shimmy Shack, and Tiki Shave Ice

From the Vault – Alumni Art Show: The Ganton Art Gallery 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Stroll through campus to see archived pieces from our alumni that have been collected over the years from senior art shows. A map of the displayed art will be available at the Ganton Art Gallery.

The Munn Broadcast Center Dedication: 10 a.m.

Join Spring Arbor University radio as we unveil and dedicate The Munn Broadcast Center.  This renaming of the SAU radio broadcast facilities is in honor of E. Harold Munn Jr. for his contribution in establishing the first broadcast facility at Spring Arbor in 1963.  Through his support and vision, Spring Arbor University radio continues to support his legacy, by impacting the world for Christ through student broadcasters. 

Join us as we dedicate our broadcast center in honor of E. Harold (Hal) Munn Jr. To register, click here.

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.

Science Demonstration: Whiteman-Gibbs Science Center 10:30 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. To register, click here.

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.

Gainey School of Business Reunion: 11 a.m.

This informal come-and-go event will feature the following affinity groups: Dr. Lewis’ NYC Trips/Student Managed Investment Group, Dr. Globig’s accounting graduates, Dr. Knight’s marketing and entrepreneurship graduates, the Enactus/SIFE Team, and MBA/MML/ORM graduates.  Please consider bringing your business cards to exchange with other GSB alumni.  Come one, come all.  The GSB faculty would love to see you again during this year’s Homecoming. To register, click here.

SAU Parent Social: Student Success Center 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Parents, this is a place just for you! We will be offering complimentary coffee and a chance to mingle with other SAU parents as well as SAU professional staff to ask any questions, ask about upcoming events and academic scheduling, etc. We hope that you will join us for the afternoon festivities and a chance to experience fall at SAU with your student by visiting our local vendors, food trucks, and a very exciting soccer game! To register, click here.

45th Reunion with the Class of 1976: The Aspen Room 11 a.m.

Enjoy your food truck food and reconnect with your classmates in the Aspen room located in the Kresge Student Center. To register, click here.

50th Reunion with the Class of 1971: The Aspen Room 12 p.m.

Enjoy your food truck food and reconnect with your classmates in the Aspen room located in the Kresge Student Center. To register, click here.

Library Reunion Open House: Hugh and Edna White Library 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Anyone who worked with or for the library during their time at SAU is welcome to join and mingle at our Library Reunion. To register, click here.

Varsity Volleyball vs Siena Heights: The MAC 1 p.m.

Join us at the MAC (McDonald Athletic Center) and cheer on our Varsity Volleyball team. To view their full schedule, click here.

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 and fellow before the Homecoming soccer game at the President’s Tailgate. Enjoy old fashion soda, popcorn, and Red Egg Farm donuts, while playing corn hole and other lawn games. Be one of the first there, to claim an SAU Cougar stadium cup. To register, click here.

Women’s Homecoming Soccer Game vs Taylor: Cougar Soccer Complex 3 p.m.

Cheer on our nationally ranked Women’s Soccer team at the Homecoming soccer game. Enjoy food from Grand River Brewery. To see their full schedule, click here.

Men’s Basketball Alumni Game: The MAC 4:30 p.m.

Come watch as SAU Basketball alumni take the court and play our current SAU Cougar Basketball team.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

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

We are proud to announce we officially have an 18 hole disc golf course. Meet us Sunday to unveil the new course and throw your discs for a leisurely Sunday fall afternoon.