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Homecoming Highlights - 2016

Published: Monday, October 31, 2016

Homecoming Parade on the Benedictine Campus


It was a weekend of dichotomies. It covered everything from a groundbreaking to a dedication; summer-like, sunny afternoons to blustery, cold mornings; play-off clinching victories to a devastating last-minute loss; and the Hall of Fame induction of one of the best pitchers in college history along with one of the best hitters. It was Homecoming at Benedictine College.

The week started on Monday, Oct. 24, with a balloon ride for six Benedictine students. The massive hot air balloon was inflated and rose up from the center of campus. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students who won the ride in a raffle. And it was a suitable announcement to the entire community that Homecoming Week was underway.

The rest of the week included an open mic night, a bonfire and pep rally and a Homecoming Hoe Down. The always popular bed races were won by Memorial Hall on the women’s side and St. Michael Hall on the men’s side. The overall winner of the dorm competition was the Legacy Apartments.

Women’s soccer defeated Evangel to end their season at 10-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) and 15-3 overall. The win put them just ahead of Baker for the conference title. The men’s soccer team also defeated Evangel, ending the season at 10-2 in the Heart and 11-3-1 overall. They finished second in the Heart standings. Both teams now move into post-season play.

On the football field, a promising outing was dashed with an interception in the end zone, allowing William Penn to run out the clock. The loss leaves the Ravens at 5-4 on the season with two games left. Volleyball also suffered a loss in a tough match against Central Methodist. The volleyball team stands at 8-18 with one game left, on the road at Grand View University Nov. 1.

In special events around Homecoming, the renovation and expansion of Westerman Hall into a new science and engineering building was marked by an official groundbreaking ceremony on Friday afternoon, Oct. 28. Faculty, students, board members and donors all gathered for the special event, which took place on the Academic Quad in front of the facility.

On Saturday night, the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was inducted during a ceremony and banquet in the Dining Hall. Lisa Kissell-Todd ’01 entered the Hall for softball. She is probably the best pitcher to ever take the mound at Benedictine College, setting a career record for strikeouts at 571 and the single season mark in earned run average with an incredible 0.51 ERA in 2001. She still owns the top four spots in single-season strikeouts.

Clint Kaeding ’00 entered the Hall for baseball. He was an outstanding infielder and was also impressive at the plate, with a .405 career batting average through his four years, still No. 2 in the Benedictine record book. His 2000 season batting average of .449 is one of the best. He set single season records in RBIs with 72 and hits with 83. He is No. 2 all-time at Benedictine in single-season home runs with 18 and No. 3 in career home runs with 31. His 140 career RBIs still has him at No. 3 in the record book.

Jim Kassly ’77 entered the Hall for football. He was a rarity in college football, playing both offense and defense in a time when specialists were already the standard. As an offensive tackle, he helped open holes for running back Keith Hertling’s historic 1,000-yard season. As a defensive tackle, he completely disrupted the opposing offense. He made the starting line-up on both sides of the ball his freshman year and was voted “most valuable player” by the team at the end of that season.

And finally, the 1976 Football Team, which won the Boot Hill Bowl, was inducted into the Hall. Head coach George Tardiff guided the Ravens to a 7-4 record, a national ranking, and a trip into the post season at the 1976 Boot Hill Bowl in Dodge City, Kan., where they defeated Washburn University 29-14.

On Sunday morning, Oct. 30, Benedictine College unveiled and enthroned the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the campus. An eight-foot bronze statue was donated by Rich and Cindy Dickason of Atchison, and many other donors, including Mike Ismert and Emmett and Mary Jo Tangeman, contributed to the Raven Memorial Park project. Located in the center of campus below Mary's Grotto, the park remembers all those who perished while still enrolled as students at Benedictine College. In addition to the impressive statue, the Park includes a waterfall, a memorial to the unborn, and a plaque with the names of those memorialized.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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