In this episode of The Abbey Attic, Christie is joined by Dr. Bill Thierfelder and they chat about Dr. Thierfelder’s involvement in the sports world and the fun and fascinating sports history that lives here at the Abbey.
Respecting and affirming life from the moment of conception, MiraVia is a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children. Emilia Pippen was a student at Belmont Abbey when she learned she was pregnant and she was afraid for her future. Through MiraVia, she found hope. Emilia graduated with her degree and now works for MiraVia and Belmont Abbey College and is thankful for MiraVia’s mission of fostering a culture of life.
Belmont Abbey alumni Steve Ohnesorge has been a journalist for more than 40 years, but he’s never taken a journalism class. He graduated from the Abbey with a degree in Business Administration and landed a job at WBTV when Gerald Ford was president. Throughout his career, he covered news for Western Carolina and was known for quickly building strong relationships with members of the military.
If you were at the Abbey between 1956 and 2015, you likely remember Stanley Dudko. After immigrating to the U.S. following two different Nazi occupations in Poland, Dudko found a home at Belmont Abbey. From standout soccer player to award-winning soccer coach to beloved professor, he has left a mark on this institution. His legacy continues on with an induction into the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame.
We are impatient to get our community back to the Abbey and to bring our alumni Home at Last. However, our concern and love for you all outweighs any disappointment we feel about postponing Homecoming.
The College leadership is in frequent communication with the local health officials about the state of Covid-19 cases in Gaston County. While only eight members of our college community have tested positive and are safely quarantining, the region is experiencing an increase in the number of cases.
Thus, the decision has been made to move this Fall’s Homecoming. The 2021 Homecoming will now be held in the Spring, April 22-24, 2022.
The best part about Homecoming is being together, seeing old friends, and strengthening the Abbey Spirit — and that’s not going away just because the dates have shifted.
We will still honor our dear friend and coach, Mike Reidy, during a special Celebration of Life event. We also look forward to reunion for classes ’70 & ’71. The BAC lacrosse team will be in season and we plan to enjoy the Spring weather out on the Abbey fields as we cheer them on to victory.
It will be a full and wonderful Homecoming and who knows, maybe the cherry trees will cooperate and bloom just in time for our favorite alumni to come Home at Last!
Bookmark this year’s Homecoming Site to check back for updates.