2013-2014 Opening Week Summary
Sunday: Opening Ceremonies
On Sunday, August 18, students, parents, faculty and staff gathered in Hutchinson Auditorium for the 2012-2013 opening ceremonies. Dr. Bassett began the ceremony by leading the audience in “I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord”, and Dr. McClister spoke from Psalm 19 on the God’s revelation through His creation and His Word. President Payne introduced this year’s theme, “Teach Us To Number Our Days”, from Psalm 90:12. The verse reminds us not only of the brevity of life, but of our charge to make the most of our days in service to God and man. After remarks from other faculty and this year’s student body president, Grant Goad, the ceremony closed with the traditional singing of the alma mater and the ringing of the Hutchinson Bell.
Due to inclement weather, the annual Ft. DeSoto Beach picnic and devotional was moved to the gym. There, Southern Style Catering provided dinner before a devotion led by senior Corey Klem.
Thursday: First Day of Classes and Chapel
The following Thursday, after three days of new student orientation and advising sessions, students attended their first classes. On the same day at 10 a.m., the campus echoed with the familiar sound of the Hutchinson Bell, this time gathering students, faculty and staff for a few moments spent in devotion to God. There, the year’s theme was further expounded upon by Drs. Bassett and Johnson as they led songs and read from scripture.
On Friday night the men’s soccer team kicked off student life by hosting a rousing opening game at Qualls Field. The game was hard-fought and physical, but after losing a 1-0 lead, Falcons came out on top 3-2, much to the delight of the ecstatic crowd. Freshman Sean McConnaughy netted two goals, and sophomore Tanner Richardson scored one. Juniors David Castillo and Daniel Ramirez tallied one assist each. After the game, students filtered to the MOSI amphitheater where they ended the evening with a student-led singing.
The 2013-2014 student body government began their term in office by hosting the opening week concert, an annual tradition to celebrate the opening week of the year. But they did more than just continue a recent tradition — they revived an older one, recruiting faculty, staff and alumni to dust off their musical talents and perform on Hutchinson’s stage in what was reminiscent of the Faculty Jamborees of the ‘70s. The concert featured family acts — from the Chandler family’s barbershop quartet to the Bassett family band’s multi-instrumental talent — as well as a Friends Alumni group, with members from four decades.