University of Mount Olive Prepares for Homecoming Weekend

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive is hosting its 47th Annual Pickle Classic Homecoming Weekend on November 16th -17th. There will be plenty of fun activities for students, alumni and the community at large.
Homecoming weekend tees off on Friday, November 16 at 12:00 PM with the 16th Annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament at Southern Wayne Country Club. Registration for the tournament begins at 11:30 AM. The registration fee is $75 per player.  The 47th Annual Pickle Classic basketball tournament will begin at 5:00 PM in Kornegay Arena with Fayetteville State University taking on Lenoir-Rhyne University. At 7:30 PM the University of Mount Olive men’s basketball team faces-off against West Virginia.  Hwy 55 is hosting an ice cream social at 9:30 PM.  The first 100 alumni to sign-up will receive free ice cream.
On Saturday, November 17th, an ultimate Frisbee game is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM in front of King-Hart-Griffin Residence Hall Complex. Immediately afterwards an alumni softball game is planned for noon on Nancy Chapman Cassell Field. At 2:00 PM the women’s basketball team is hosting Converse in Kornegay Arena, and at 3:00 PM a ceremony and dessert reception for the University of Mount Olive Athletics Hall of Fame will take place in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center. This year’s slate of inductees includes: Valerie Newborn Cox ’94, Merrill Morgan ’84, and the 1992 MOC Baseball Team
Continuing in the afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30 PM is the “Unity in Variety” senior art show in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Gallery in Laughinghouse Hall.  Pickle Classic action will continue in Kornegay Arena with Lenoir-Rhyne and West Virginia State playing at 5:00 PM. The highly anticipated alumni pre-game pig pickin’ will take place on Kemp Commons at 5:30 PM.  Pre-registration is appreciated, and the cost is $10 per person.  At 7:30 PM the MOC men’s basketball team will take on Fayetteville State University for the final game of the weekend.  Pickle Classic tickets are $15 in advance for all games or $10 at the door for each night.  Tickets for the women’s game are $6. For more information, or to make reservations for any of the above listed events, contact Anne Hamm at 919-658-7822 or
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit