Rocky Gribble in concert for SNU Homecoming

The 2003 Homecoming Showcase concert, entitled “Nazarene Opry & Gospel Sing,” will take place Saturday evening, November 8, 7:30 p.m. at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (6789 NW 39th Expressway) featuring the gifts and talents of 1974 SNU alum Rocky Gribble, the SNU School of Music and a reunion choir made up of Gospel Teams and Mission Crusader alums, as well as comedy sketches from the team of Mark Reighard and Jim Wilcox.

One of SNU’s most gifted musical alumni, Rocky Gribble (’74), performs anything from classics, bluegrass, country and western to good ol’ gospel. The son of a West Texas cotton farmer, Gribble’s musical roots began when he first picked up his dad’s guitar at the age of 13. Before he turned 14, Gribble was making weekly television appearances on a country music show in Lubbock, Texas. His high school years in Post, Texas, were dotted with awards recognizing his talents on the guitar. A Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Bethany Nazarene College in 1974 would soon follow as Gribble embarked on a career in his first love. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, Gribble’s studio and stage experience spanning almost three decades greatly augment his many roles as session musician, background vocalist, musical arranger and producer. His abilities on the electric lead guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, nylon string classical guitar, five string banjo and mandolin, keep him busy contributing to the music of countless singers and songwriters. Gribble is also called upon occasionally to contribute his musical skills to local, regional and national commercial jingles, ad campaigns and trade shows, both recorded and live.

In addition to being producer of the internationally known Grapevine Opry since 1987, Gribble also acts as band leader for the show as well as head writer and arranger for the numerous special productions for which the show is known. Every Saturday evening in Grapevine, Texas, people gather to hear Rocky Gribble and friends, and special guest artists, perform their original material to a host of loyal audience members. In addition, Gribble produces the Country Gospel Showcase one Friday evening a month, a spring board from which he will produce the Nazarene Opry and Gospel Sing for the 2003 SNU Homecoming Showcase.

The Showcase concert is just one of many events taking place during the 2003 SNU Homecoming Weekend, November 7-9. This year’s Homecoming celebration features a wide variety of activities for SNU alumni, current and prospective students, faculty, staff, and even parents, including reunions for 10 classes; luncheons; Coronation Chapel; football and basketball games; and the 3rd annual President’s Prayer Breakfast. And for the first time in the school’s history, College Days and Parent’s Weekend will also be held in conjunction with the SNU Homecoming Weekend.

Fall 2003 College Days will take place Thursday through Saturday, November 6-8, on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. College Days provides prospective students with an opportunity to meet professors, coaches, take a campus tour, meet with academic advisors, and have some fun. This year’s Fall College Days will include a welcome party on Thursday night, November 6, with games and introduction; class visits, coaches forum, Homecoming Coronation chapel, financial aid seminar, senior’s and junior’s meetings, campus tour, lunch with professors, and basketball game followed by a surprise Admissions activity on Friday, November 7; and brunch in the School of Business, student life seminar, and student panel Saturday morning, November 8. Students are invited to attend the football game after the conclusion of College Days on Saturday, but this event is not an official part of College Days.

“We are very excited about the activities and events the prospective students will be able to participate in while they are here,” said Amy Secor, Special Events Coordinator. “They will truly have the opportunity to experience what makes SNU a great place – the community of people.”

Parent's Weekend 2003 will take place Friday through Sunday, November 7-9, on the campus of Southern Nazarene University. The event, sponsored by the Community Relations Council of Student Government Association, is designed to give parents a glimpse into their student's day-to-day life at SNU. This year’s Parent’s Weekend will include an after-game dessert reception with President Loren Gresham, a special banquet, and the SNU Homecoming Showcase.

“The highlight of this year is the move to Homecoming Weekend,” said Kendra Thomson, Director of Community Life. “This move seemed like a great sharing of events. We hope this will be a win-win situation.”

For more information about the Rocky Gribble concert, contact the SNU Office of Alumni Relations by phone at 1.800.998.4768 or 405.491.6312, or by e-mail at alumni@snu.edu. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 each. SNU students, faculty and staff are $6 each with ID.

For more information about College Days, contact Amy Secor, Special Events Coordinator by phone at 491.6634 or by e-mail, asecor@snu.edu. For a schedule of events, log on to www.snu.edu/collegedays.

For more information about Parent’s Weekend, contact Sarah Shenold at sshenold@mail.snu.edu, Kendra Thomson, Director of Community Life, at kthomson@snu.edu, call 405.491.6336, or log on to www.snu.edu/parents_weekend.