Alumni Relations

A message from the Director

As I turned the calendar to September, I was reminded that Chowan’s Homecoming is just a page away.  I encourage you to seriously consider returning to your alma mater the last weekend in October.  You know that the campus will be beautiful, that the Blue and White Alumni Celebration will be nostalgic, and that the Homecoming game will be exciting. 

The Blue and White Alumni Celebration provides an excellent opportunity for all alumni to share memories, delicious food, and fellowship.  How can you lose?  Admission is free!  We will be honoring the classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005.  This signature Chowan event will be held in the Jenkins Center on Friday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m.  Jason Villegas, “Papa Smurf” --- class of 2009, has agreed to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the program.  All former Smurfs must join in the fun with Jason!

The annual Distinguished Alumni Reception and Luncheon will take place on Saturday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Waylon Jenkins Fine Arts Center and the Chowan Room.  Tickets are $15.00 per person and reservations are necessary (call 252-398-1233).  The Homecoming Football Game begins at 3:00 p.m. at Garrison Stadium.  Come cheer for the Hawks as we battle Virginia State University. 

If you have questions, please contact me at or call 252-398-6436.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

Warmest regards,
Kay Thomas

Chowan Homecoming 2015 - October 29th-31st

Wherever you go, Whatever you do...Always Chowan, Always Blue!

Thursday October. 29th

Location: TBA
Time: 7:30 pm

Friday, October 30th

Location: Valley Pine Country Club, Lasker, NC
Time: Shotgun start at 12:00 noon
Cash prizes and contest.
$200/per team or $50.00 per person. Price includes lunch and prizes.

Contact Ellen Ordnung @ (252) 578-3404 or Mike Ordnung at (252) 578-3403 for more information.  

Blue and White Alumni Celebration 
Location: Jenkins Center
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Door prizes, heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment
Recognition of the alumni reunion classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005
*No Charge
RSVP to Kay Thomas at or 252-398-6436 by Oct. 23
Homecoming Step Show 
 Turner Auditorium, Columns Building
Time: 8:00 pm
For cost/ticket info contact Christy Hull at, 252-398-1227
Location: Hawks Nest Student Center
Time: 10:00 pm
For cost/ticket info contact Christy Hull at, 252-398-1227

Saturday, October 31st

Extended Homecoming Hours
 Chowan Bookstore
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alumni & Friends Reception
Location: Wayland L. Jenkins, Jr. Fine Arts Center
Time: 10:30 am
Alumni & Friends Luncheon
Location: Chowan Room, Thomas Dining Hall
Time: 11:00 am
Cost: $15.00
RSVP to Liz Brown at, 252-398-1233
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Open to everyone!
Contact Meredith Long at, 252-398-6468 for more information
Homecoming Football Game
Location: Garrison Stadium
Time: 3:00 pm
Chowan vs. Virginia State University
Click here for ticketing information or contact Meredith Long,, 252-398-6468.
2015 Homecoming T-shirts are available for purchase
Contact Tom Whiteman at, 252-398-6206

Gallery of Distinguished Alumni

Since 1848, Chowan University has educated thousands of young people from all parts of the globe. Many of these graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in their chosen careers and in service to their communities.

In addition to being featured online, The Distinguished Gallery of Graduates is located on the ground floor of the historic McDowell Columns Building at the heart of the Chowan University campus. This display recognizes those graduates who have set the standard for all Chowan alumni. We are honored to recognize them for their outstanding accomplishments. 

Josh Bryson
Teresa Futrell Jenkins
Darlene Keene
Sean McClafferty
Fred Vinson
Professional Sports
Roy Henderson
Linda Moore
Jena'y Nelson
E. Lee Stephens, III
James T. Sterling