Tarkio College alumni, Board of Directors, Alumni Association members, and local citizens celebrated Tarkio College “Homecoming” this past weekend. Many funfilled festivities took place Friday through Sunday, June 24 through 26, at the college and around town.
One of the activities at Leitch Chapel inside Rankin Hall included a “Murder at Tarkio College” scripted/improv play written and hosted by David W. Womack. The cast included murderer Biff Buffington (Tarkio’s own Daniel Ripley), victim Ronald Rump (Jack Malo), Betty Rankin (Tarkio’s own Mary McAdams), Madamme Ima Frowd (Kate Guimbellot), Phil Phickser (Wayne Gelston), Mulah Burner (Anita Malo), and Pricilla Prissington (Jill Schoenrock). The organist was Eleanor Shirley. The cast did a fantastic job of bringing their eccentric characters to life, all of whom had a vested interest in the “new” Tarkio College. Biff wanted the college to be a four-year university so he could play sports and get his name into the Hall of Fame. His girlfriend, Pricilla, wanted to keep Biff close by her side. Phil wanted all decisions to go through him first. Mulah wanted to bring back the Mule Barn Theatre and renew the love of the “arts.” Ronald wanted to gain control of the college so he could tear it down and build a casino. Betty wanted to see the Tarkio College “tradition” restored. Ima Frowd had everyone believing her psychic abilities were genuine, and that she was not a fraud. Gloria Gibler and Don Jagger also had roles in the play. The play was hilarious and the actors and actresses were clearly naturals on stage. Writer David Womack is planning a special performance in the fall that will include all local talent, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates!
Another special activity held at Leitch Chapel included an installation prayer service that saw the installation of Tarkio College President Robert Hughes. The organist was Donovan Jones. Reverend Dave Wynn gave the invocation and board of directors president Linda Brunk Smith welcomed all in attendance. TCAA president Wayne Gelston gave a reading of scripture. Dan Cox, Ph.D., gave the keynote address “Set Fire!” John Fisher, Ph.D., vice-president of academic affairs, introduced President Bob Hughes, who gave the installation address. Reverend Will Ratcliff gave the benediction.