October 6-8, 2017

Make your plans now to connect with alumni, students, families and friends for Family Weekend 2017, featuring the inauguration of Margee Ensign as the 29th president of Dickinson College.

Online registration for homecoming has closed. 

On-site registration and updated schedules with locations will be available at the welcome center in the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Welcome Center Hours
Friday                    8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday              7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, October 5

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Civic Engagement Celebration

Join President Ensign in celebrating Dickinson’s community partnerships, which foster learning and service for the common good. Learn about how Dickinson prepares students to become change-agents and how our Carlisle neighbors support students’ development as engaged citizens. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, October 6

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Day of Caring

Join President Ensign and the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County in working toward the common good by volunteering for one of many service projects in the greater Carlisle community. To participate, please register at carlisleunitedway.org/day-of-caring.

All Day

Select Friday classes will be open for families and alumni to attend. Please preview schedule here.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dining at Dickinson

Bring friends and enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall.  All you can eat $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12, free for children under 5.  You may pay cash or credit at the door or parents may use their students flex meal plan.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Lunch
– Invitation Only

1 – 4 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Meeting
– Invitation Only

1 – 3 p.m.
ALLARM LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Walk 

Learn about the LeTort Spring Run, one of the country’s most renowned trout-fishing streams and one of Carlisle’s most treasured resources, during this walk led by ALLARM (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring). ALLARM works with Pennsylvania communities to monitor, protect and restore Pennsylvania’s watersheds. During the walk you will hear about the LeTort’s history and health, as well as ALLARM’s LeTort Stormwater Education Campaign. Transportation will be provided.

3 – 4 p.m.
Coffee with the Deans

Enjoy time with the deans who work individually with students to make the most of their Dickinson experience.

4:30 p.m.
CANCELLED - Roberts Lecture (Pt. 1): Classics and the Birth of Modernity

Miriam Leonard, professor of Greek literature and its reception, University College London

The period of the late eighteenth century has long been regarded as marking the birth of ‘modernity’; it is also a period of intense investment in the classical world. Traditionally, modernity has been contrasted with classicism. In the arts, there was a concerted striving for novelty and the rejection of traditional forms as inadequate and stultifying.  In other areas of life, a sense developed that the quality of existence in the modern world was fundamentally different from that of earlier periods. Nevertheless some of the key thinkers of modernity, whose ideas helped not only to delineate but also to shape the experience of living in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, were heavily indebted to the ideas and cultures of classical antiquity.  The lecture will explore this paradox. 

4:30 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Cocktail Reception
– Invitation Only

5 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Carlisle First Friday

Get out into the local community for a fun evening of art, music, dance and other live performances. Support local businesses and learn more about the community partners who have opened their doors to host Dickinson student and faculty performances.

5-5:45 p.m.         Acapella Concert featuring DTones, Crescendevils, Infernos, Octals, and Syrens at Carlisle Theatre, 40 W. High St.
5-8 p.m.               Crossing Abbey Road at Old Courthouse, South Hanover & West High Sts
5-8 p.m.               Shine Delphi at Comfort Suites Patio, 10 South Hanover St
5-8 p.m.               Kevin Bock at Helena’s, 36 West High St
5-8 p.m.               Janet Spahr at Pat Craig Studios, 30 West Pomfret St
5:30 - 6 p.m.       eXiled Poetry at Square Bean, 25 W. High St
5:30-6:30 pm.    Quidditch Club at Weiss Center Lawn, 240 West High St
6-6:30 p.m.         Dickinson Dance Show featuring Anwar, DTG, Synergy, Hypnotic at Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St
Around Carlisle  Magic by Chris Harrison '21
Around Carlisle   WDCV, The Peddler 

*Please visit www.dickinson.edu/inauguration for a comprehensive schedule of performances.

5 – 7:30 p.m.
Dining at Dickinson

Bring friends and enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall. All you can eat $15 for adults and $7 for children 6-12, free for children under 5.  You may pay cash or credit at the door, or parents may use their students flex meal plan.

5:30 p.m.
Mermaid Players Present: The Grapes of Wrath at the College Farm

Prepare to experience this gripping story in a truly immersive way, as Frank Galati’s 1988 Tony Award-winning adaptation of this Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 classic by John Steinbeck comes to the College Farm. Audience members will follow along with the actors, on foot and in wagons, as they depict the Joad family’s flight from the Dust Bowl to California.  Tickets are available at dickinson.edu/seasonataglance.  Regular admission: $7

6 p.m.
Shabbat Services

Led by Dr. Henry Shreibman ’74, assistant professor of religion & philosophy, Dominican University

6 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs Washington College

Enjoy a game under the lights and cheer on the Red Devils as they take on the Shoremen of Washington College.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Art for the Common Good Symposium

Dickinson’s arts programs invite you to enjoy an evening of selected performances and presentations from faculty and students that respond to Dickinson's mission “to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.”

7 – 10 p.m.
Star Party with the Astroclub

Join the Astroclub for a planetarium show and star gazing.  Planetarium shows will be at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. with rooftop observing from 8-10 p.m., weather permitting.

7 p.m.
Stanley Ned Rosenbaum Shabbat Dinner

Join us for a special Shabbat dinner in memory of Professor Stanley Ned Rosenbaum.

8 p.m.
An Evening of Jazz

The Faculty Jazz Ensemble and guests Jim Miller and Tom Strohman will perform fan favorites and tunes from the Great American Songbook.

8 p.m.
4th Annual Stanley Ned Rosenbaum Judaic Studies Lecture

“Joseph: Dreamer, Sage, Despot,” by Dr. Henry Shreibman ’74, assistant professor of religion & philosophy, Dominican University

Do dreams come from God, as Joseph tells Pharaoh, or from within, as Freud thought? And how did Joseph, a Hebrew prisoner in an Egyptian dungeon, devise a plan to rescue the world from famine? Did great power finally go to Joseph’s head, as many modern commentators contend? We will explore the Bible’s most enigmatic figure.

Saturday, October 7

7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

8 – 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30-10 a.m.
Dickinson Christian Fellowship Coffee & Snacks

Enjoy some light snacks and coffee with some of the staff and students who are involved with Dickinson's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

9 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game

9 a.m.
Alma Mater Rehearsal

At the conclusion of the Inauguration Ceremony, the President has requested the traditional singing of the Alma Mater, “Noble Dickinsonia.” The Department of Music invites all alumni who sang during their years at Dickinson—whether in the College Choir, Collegium, Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, Men’s Glee Club, Octals, Syrens, D-Tones, Infernos, or Crescendevils—to join with members of the current student body in a performance of the Alma Mater. This is a required rehearsal with all participants.

10 a.m.
Inauguration Ceremony

The Dickinson College Board of Trustees invites you to the inauguration of Margee Ensign as its 29th president.

10:15 a.m.
Admissions Information Session

11 a.m.
Red Devils Field Hockey vs Washington College

11 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse Tailgate

11:30 a.m.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All-campus Barbecue & Tailgate

Join students, families, alumni, Dickinson Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, faculty and staff for food and fun.

Red Devils Volleyball vs. Washington College

12:30 p.m.
Field Hockey Alumnae and Family Tailgate

1 p.m.
Red Devils Football vs McDaniel

1 – 3:30 p.m.
John Dickinson Society Tailgate
– Invitation Only

1:30  – 3:30 p.m.
Campus Expo

Visit academic departments and centers across campus to experience how our expert faculty and staff illuminate the academic program and embolden our students to be change agents in the local, national and global communities.

How ALLARMing! Come learn about Dickinson’s nationally renowned citizen science program (Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring) and the techniques communities use to assess stream health throughout the region!

Meet staff from the Career Center and learn how they teach Dickinson students and alumni how to make and execute career decisions and connects them to appropriate career opportunities.

Center for Global Study and Engagement: Come engage with Dickinson's global campus.  Expand your knowledge about the countries, cultures and languages that make up our community here and abroad while tasting delicious food from around the world.

Center for Sustainability Education: The Hive, Dickinson’s Bee Cooperative, works to improve native bee and pollinator habitat at Dickinson and beyond. Come to this hands-on demonstration table to learn about the efforts of the Dickinson’s newest cooperative living laboratory. Visitors can learn about campus pollinator gardens, work on Dickinson’s new habitat structures or build their own take-home native bee habitat to help their backyard bees.

Beginning at 2 p.m., students and faculty from the Creative Writing Department will read from their work. There will be time after for informal conversation.

Dickinson Admissions Volunteer Society (DAVS): Learn how you can share your enthusiasm for the college and its distinctive programs with prospective students and their families.

“Are you smarter than a Dickinsonian?” come find out and meet faculty and students from the Educational Studies Department.

A guided tour by the English Department of Dickinson’s new collection of Harlem Renaissance materials

            Enjoy some popcorn, view student projects, and meet with faculty and students of Film Studies.

French Department showcases artifacts from Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, Haiti, and France while enjoying French crêpes along with Nutella and confiture.

Meet with German department faculty and students while enjoying German pastries.

History in the Archives: Talk with history faculty, to view the historical holdings in the archives, and have online access to the Carlisle Indian School.

Playing with Balloons: A Hands-On Approach to Understanding Marginal Analysis presented by Professor Steve Erfle and co-hosted by the Economics and International Business and Management Departments

Join the Italian faculty for an Espresso Making demonstration & Italian Lessons.

Landis House is home to five diversity & inclusion offices, including the Center for Service, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CSSS), the Office of LGBTQ Services, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity (PSC), Prevention Education and Advocacy Center (PEAC), and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center. Drop in to meet the staff, tour the house, and learn more about the dynamic work of these offices!

Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Enjoy Latin American sodas and snacks while learning about student-faculty research.

Join faculty from the Physics and Astronomy Department on the roof of Tome to learn about research conducted by a Solar Air Heater and in the Optics Lab.

Enjoy a tasting of traditional Russian zakuski (appetizers) and demonstrations of the Cyrillic alphabet by students.

Science: Meet faculty and students from Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, & Neuroscience and learn about current research projects.

Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month Celebration: Stop by and meet department faculty, Spanish language majors and exchange students from our Dickinson overseas programs.  Enjoy ethnic treats, like tortilla, palmeritas, plantain and cultural music.

Art Chats at The Trout!  Stop by The Trout Gallery to learn about current exhibitions on campus and in the community.  Student Docents will be on hand to chat about art on view and answer questions about what it’s like to work in a campus art museum.

Enjoy the sounds meet the voices of WDCV.

2 p.m.
Red Devils Women’s Soccer vs. Washington College

2 p.m.
CANCELLED - Roberts Lecture (Pt. 2): Time and Revolution

Miriam Leonard, professor of Greek literature and its reception, University College London

What is the time of revolution? Revolutions are intimately bound up with our conceptions of temporality. We use phrases likes ‘since the French Revolution…’ as a short-hand for discussing modernity. And yet, events like the French Revolution are marked by a complex temporality. Using the lens of the contrasting accounts of Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx, this paper will look at the repeated reference to antiquity in the French Revolution. It will explore the thirst for novelty and the compulsion for repetition which seem to mark the revolutionary moments of modernity.

Halftime Athletics Hall of Fame Presentation 

Celebrate this year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame Andrew Ackley ’07 (football and track), Allyson Teatom Fullmer ’07 (basketball), Heather Ganley-Smith ’97 (soccer), Ryan Stearrett ’07 (football and baseball) and the 2004-05 women’s basketball team with a halftime presentation on the 50 yard line.     

2 – 4 p.m.
We Belong: A Legacy of Love

Celebrate 35 years of Kappa Alpha Theta at Dickinson College

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Fall Fest at the Farm

Enjoy farm-grown snacks, bio-diesel popcorn and apple pressed cider, lawn games, farm tours, interactive learning opportunities and meet the livestock.  Hear from The Grapes of Wrath cast and crew members about their experiences performing at the farm.

Round-trip shuttle transportation is provided between 1:30–5 p.m., leaving campus from the Kline Fitness Center parking lot, map #77. Limited parking is available onsite for a $10 fee. Please note conditions of the parking area are impacted by recent weather conditions. College Farm, 553 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, Pa.

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Wheel and Chain Honor Society Homecoming Soirée

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Panhellenic & InterFraternity Social

The Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils invite Greeks, past and present, to wear your letters and join them for food, fun and fraternity!  Meet the newest members of the student leadership team, Associate Director of Sorority Life, Anna Baldasarre, and Associate Director of Fraternity Life, Sean Ryan, and learn about their work to support Greek life at Dickinson.

4 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Champagne Toast

A celebration of the newly elected members of the class of 2018.

5 p.m.
Catholic Mass

5 – 7:30 p.m.
Come back to the Caf/Dining at Dickinson

Bring friends and enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall.  All you can eat $15 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, free for children under 5.  You may pay cash or credit at the door, or parents may use their students flex meal plan.

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Delta Nu Reception for Alumnae and Families

All past and present sisters, family, and friends of Delta Nu are invited for snacks and sisterhood!

5:30 p.m.
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner

Join fellow alumni in recognizing the newest inductees to, and honorees of, the Dickinson Athletics Hall of Fame.  $25, $10 Children 6-12, Free children 5 and under

5:30 p.m.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Awards Ceremony

All alumni brothers, guests and parents are invited to attend.

5:30 p.m.

Mermaid Players Present: The Grapes of Wrath at the College Farm
Tickets are available at dickinson.edu/seasonataglance.  Regular admission: $7

6 – 8 p.m.
Alumni of Color Reception and Dinner

Catch up with friends and campus partners before enjoying a buffet dinner.  $15

6 – 8 p.m.
Class of 1965 Dinner

8 p.m.
Inauguration Celebration

Dickinson’s commitment to serve the common good unites us as a community. Join us as we celebrate this exciting chapter in our history with live music, dancing and refreshments!

Sunday, October 8

9:30 – 11 a.m.
Asbell Center Bagel Brunch

Join us for coffee, bagels and great conversation.

9 – 11 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

11 a.m.
The 13th Annual Run For Steph

A 5K run/two-mile walk in memory of Stephanie Kreiner ’03, who was killed by a drunk driver in October 2004. Light refreshments will be served in the Kline Center following the race. The registration fee of $20 includes a T-shirt. All proceeds benefit the McAndrews Fund for Athletics.  

More than 1,500 alumni and family members of current students came to campus for last year's Family Weekend. Watch the video below or read "Celebrating Connections" to learn more.