Rod Light | November 16, 2018

In case you missed this year's Blue and Gold Banquet, here is a recap of highlights and an invitation to other alumni events in 2019.

“Reunions always bring a feeling of nostalgia, and that is why they are so much fun. When you add the element of honoring people, a reunion takes on a sense of gravitas.”

That’s how alum Audry Adams (’00) describes the 2018 Blue and Gold Banquet held this fall in Rolf K. McPherson Chapel on the campus of Life Pacific College-University in San Dimas.

Melissa Rufener (’12) noticed that alumni who were being honored during the banquet were quick to return the honor to the college. “Though the awardees were invited to the event so we could honor them, they all chose to respond to the awards by verbally honoring Life Pacific and those that invested in them,” Melissa says.

Alice Berger (’68) was instrumental in getting her fellow 50-year classmates to campus, and, almost as if by design, she ended up being the person who won the alumni legacy throw blanket during the door prize drawing for alumni.

The 40-year class was a most lively bunch and got a special shout out during the event. Cyndi Valdez (’78) helped gather her classmates and coordinate a reserved table for them. They were the last guests to leave campus at the end of the event.

“I found myself marveling that alumni who graduated 40 and 50 years ago would want to come back to their alma mater and celebrate their college days,” Audry says. “That’s some serious loyalty and love!”

During this year’s banquet, Life Pacific College recognized Jim Hibdon (’68), Juan Vallejo (’93), and Janelle Ibaven (’02) as representative honorees of the 7,766 Foursquare alumni, all of whom share in the heritage of Foursquare higher education and are deserving of our gratitude and recognition.

President Jim J. Adams alongside the representative honorees for the banquet.

With a room full of people of this caliber, spanning the generations, it’s impossible to not feel awed by the company of greatness. “The collective history in the room was impressive,” Audry recalls. “I was a bit caught off guard by it all, and delighted to be part of the celebration and rich heritage of Life Pacific.”

Associated Student Govenment President Shea Vercellono brought warm words of welcome and congratulations on behalf of the student body. Manager of Advancement and Alumni Relations Tammy Hansen created a “Blue and Gold” photo booth that framed a host of selfies and new memories.

The Life Pacific Worship Arts and Media (WAM) team led by United States Marine Corps veteran and LPC Senior Marlene Muñoz presented special music including the L.I.F.E. Alma Mater song. Alumni videos produced by Audio Visual Technical Coordinator Andy Hawksworth (’09) offered a fitting tribute to alumni who were being honored during the banquet.

God has been faithful to students, faculty, and administration in Foursquare higher education for nearly 100 years and we have much to celebrate. Alumni are encouraged to watch for invitations to reunions and other alumni events during Foursquare Connection 2019 in Tenneessee as well as Life Pacific Homecoming in San Dimas next fall.

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