Homecoming 2013 has a very special slate of events planned.

The public is invited to the inauguration of the ninth President of Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. David Wright, at 10:00 a.m. on October 4 in the Chapel Auditorium on the main Marion campus.

IWU’s student, faculty, and staff community will be in attendance, as will a number of other university presidents and dignitaries from IWU’s sister universities, the Marion and Grant County communities, and The Wesleyan Church.

Wright is a 1977 graduate of IWU who served as the University’s first provost before acceding to the presidency this July, when former President Dr. Henry Smith retired to assume the office of Chancellor.

Wright has a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry and biblical studies from IWU, a master’s degree in biblical studies from George Fox University, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Kentucky.

The inauguration is the opening event of the University’s two-day Homecoming event.

Homecoming highlights include:

The Homecoming Parade, Saturday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m.

The parade route begins in front of the IWU Chapel Auditorium and will proceed to 44th street, to Washington, and then to Nebraska until 33rd street. Returning back down Washington to Nebraska, the parade concludes at the circle drive in front of the IWU Recreation and Wellness Center.

KidZone, a free event for children 12 and under, Saturday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Intramural Activity Center at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

Activities include face painting, an inflatable moonwalk, an obstacle course, a junior obstacle maze, beanbag toss games and an outdoor train ride. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dr. J. Russell Hawkins, associate professor of humanities and history, will be part of a discussion about race relations and the church to mark the release of his book “Christians and the Color Line” Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Globe Theatre, Barnes Student Center.

“Christians and the Color Line,” a response to the 2001 book “Divided by Faith,” examines the history of race and religion in America and offers solutions for churches who want to deepen their commitment to reconciliation across racial and economic divisions.

Saturday’s event is part of IWU’s ongoing President’s Author Series, in which influential authors come to IWU to share their thoughts with the University community. John Wilson, editor of “Books & Culture” magazine and a prominent Christian thinker and writer, will moderate the discussion.

The President’s Author Series normally happens only once each semester, but this fall, in honor of Dr. Wright’s inauguration, the series is hosting three events, one each in September, October and November. The President’s Author Series is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hawkins is a 1999 graduate of Wheaton College. He received his M.A. in American History from Montana State University and his Ph.D. in American History from Rice University.

The Division of Music presents “Broadway Comes to Marion,” Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center. The concert features musical performances from the University Chorale and Jazz Ensemble, and the vocal group, One Voice, offering their renditions of classic songs from the stage including selections from  “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” “Hairspray,” “42nd Street,” “The Wiz,” “Jersey Boys” and “My Fair Lady.”

Tickets are $5. Call 765-677-2610 to purchase tickets in advance; tickets are available at the door.

Preceding the Inauguration and Homecoming activities is the dedication of the Wesley Seminary at IWU building Thursday, October 3, at 10 a.m. in the Seminary lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

A full list of Homecoming activities is available at http://alumni.indwes.edu/homecoming/.