Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018
September 21-23, 2018

Friday, September 21
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Welcome Center and Registration
Holland Union Building Lobby

The pre-registration period has closed, but all are still welcome to attend. Just make the welcome center in the Holland Union Building your first stop on campus to register on site.

All Day
Select Friday classes will be open for families and alumni to attend. A list is available online or at the Welcome Center.

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dining at Dickinson

Enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall.  All you can eat $11 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.
Dining Hall, Holland Union Building

1 – 3:30 p.m.
Hike to Pole Steeple

Led by Alyson Thibodeau, assistant professor of earth sciences, this moderately strenuous hike will take place at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In addition to beautiful views, learn about the geologic and land use history of the South Mountain area. Hikers should wear closed toe shoes or boots.
Pre-registration required.Transportation and water will be provided. Meet at the Kaufman Hall parking lot.

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.
Biblio Café, Waidner-Spahr Library

4:30 p.m.
Roberts Lecture (Pt. 1): What Really Happened in Renaissance Gardens

Ingrid Rowland, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Far from being simply expensive private landscapes for the wealthy and powerful, gardens in the Renaissance served as environments where literary, political, religious, and artistic ideas were fomented and given form.  Drawing on a wealth of sources, from ancient Greek and Roman literature to Renaissance architectural treatises, Prof. Rowland will explore the relationship between ancient Classical models and their transformation by Renaissance thinkers in shaping a new cultural ideal.

Rowland, Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, will present two lectures as part of the Roberts Lecture Series.  A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and author of six books, Rowland is an expert in the art and culture of Classical Antiquity, the Renaissance, and Baroque eras. She has been a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, Villa I Tatti in Florence, and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
Weiss Center for the Arts, Room 235

5 – 7:30 p.m.
Dining at Dickinson

Enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall. All you can eat $16.60 for adults and $7.55 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.
Dining Hall, Holland Union Building

6 p.m.
Shabbat Services

Rabbi Jacob Herber P’19, Consultant at the Shalom Hartman Institute, North America. Rabbi Herber previously served 15 years as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Milwaukee's only Conservative synagogue.
Lawn between Asbell Center and Admissions House (rain location: Stern 102)

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

Join the Astroclub for telescope stargazing and rooftop observing, weather permitting. Rain date: Saturday, September 22.
The Britton Observatory, Tome Scientific Building, map #18

7 p.m.
Stanley Ned Rosenbaum Shabbat Gourmet Dinner

Join us for a special Shabbat dinner in memory of Professor Stanley Ned Rosenbaum.
Lawn between Asbell Center and Admissions House (rain location: Stern Great Room)

7 p.m.
Poitras Gleim Lecture: Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman, author of the bestselling memoir, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” will discuss her experience with the prison system, focusing specifically on issues related to the social and cultural constructs of sexuality and gender. Visit for tickets.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium

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.
Social Hall, Holland Union Building

8 p.m.
5th Annual Stanley Ned Rosenbaum Judaic Studies Lecture
by Mary Rosenbaum ’75
Tradition and Tolkien: Creating Judaism One Household at a Time
Rethinking ways to integrate faith into our lives, even when there may be more than one perspective in a household, Mary Rosenbaum will reflect on the years that built Jewish life at Dickinson.
Lawn between Asbell Center and Admissions House (rain location: Stern 102)

Saturday, September 22
7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Welcome Center and Registration
Holland Union Building Lobby

8:30 - 10 a.m.
President’s Breakfast

President Margee Ensign will share updates on the college. She will be joined by members of her senior leadership team including Provost Neil Weissman, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students George Stroud, Dean of Career Development Phil Jones and Dean of Academic Advising Damon Yarnell in a dialogue about the resources and support that are available to current students. Continental breakfast will be provided. Remarks will begin at 9 a.m.
Social Hall, Holland Union Building

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.
Britton Plaza

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Harvest of the Arts

Join in the 37th annual Harvest of the Arts featuring over 100 artists, live music, children’s activities, farmers market with fresh local produce and more.
Downtown Carlisle

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Sorority & Fraternity Pancakes on the Plaza

The Panhellenic Council and Council of Fraternities invite Greeks, past and present, to wear your letters and join them for food, fun and socializing! Meet our new Vice President & Dean of Student Life George Stroud along with Becky Hammell, Sean Ryan and Anna Baldasarre, members of the Student Leadership & Campus Engagement team and current Greek life students.
Britton Plaza (Rain Location: Union Station, HUB)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fall Fest at the Farm

Enjoy farm-grown snacks, bio-gas popcorn and locally-crafted libations, lawn games, farm tours, interactive learning opportunities and meet the livestock.
Round-trip shuttle transportation is provided between 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 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.

10:30 a.m.
Cross Country Long-Short Course Invitational

Show your Red Devil pride!  Cheer on student runners at the cross-country long-short course invitational and then join in the all-campus barbecue and tailgate after the meet.   
Big Spring High School, 100 Mt. Rock Rd., Newville, Pa.

10:30 a.m.
Swimming Alumni Meet

Dickinson Swimming will be hosting its inaugural alumni swim meet - a fun event to reconnect with former teammates and engage with other swimming alumni.
Kline Center Pool

10:30 a.m.
Baseball Alumni Game

MacPhail Field, Dickinson Park

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

Join students, families, alumni, Dickinson Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, faculty and staff for food and fun.  All you can eat $11 for adults and $5 for children 6-12, free for children under 5.  You may pay cash at the field.
Biddle Field (rain: dining hall)

11 a.m. - noon
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association Meeting

McCauley Room, Old West

Red Devils Field Hockey vs Muhlenberg College

Biddle Field

12:40 p.m.
Halftime Athletics Hall of Fame Presentation

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Delta Nu Reception for Alumnae and Families

All past and present sisters, family, and friends of Delta Nu are invited for dessert and sisterhood!
Mermaid Trellis, behind Althouse map No. 13 (rain location: HUB siderooms 201-203)

1:30 – 3 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.

These activities are all held on Britton Plaza, map No. 69 (rain location: lower level of the Holland Union Building, map No. 16) unless otherwise noted.

  • 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 honeybee and native pollinator habitat at Dickinson and beyond. Come to learn about the efforts of the Dickinson’s newest cooperative living laboratory, “meet” some of the Bees and walk away with steps you can take at home and in your community to create a better environment for pollinators. Visitors can put on a bee suit and try their hand at using hive tools.
  • 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.
    Rabinowitz Reading Area, 2nd Floor Waidner Spahr Library, map #21
  • 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
  • It’s Your Choice: Economics versus Quantitative Economics.  Meet faculty, learn about opportunities in the Economics department including the new Quantitative Economics major launched this fall. 
    Althouse 204, map No. 13
  • “Are you smarter than a Dickinsonian?” Come find out and meet faculty and students from the educational studies department.
  • English at Dickinson and Beyond: Hear from professors and current majors about student-faculty research, how those opportunities enrich the curriculum, and how they connect to different paths for students after graduation.
    Stafford Reading Area, Waidner-Spahr Library main level, map No. 21
  • The Department of French and Francophone Studies will showcase artifacts from the French-speaking world and offer some food samples.
    Bosler Hall, map No. 14
  • Meet with German department faculty and students while enjoying a sweet snack.
    Kade House, map No. 60
  • History in the Archives: Talk with history faculty and majors, view the historical holdings in the archives and see some current digital history projects online.
    Stafford Reading Area,Waidner-Spahr Library, main level, map No. 21|
  • How International Business and Management Majors Create Value: Hear perspectives from Students, Faculty, and Alumni.
    Althouse Lounge lower level, map No. 13
  • Join the Italian faculty for an Espresso Making demonstration & Italian Lessons. 
    Biblio Café, Waidner Spahr Library, map #21
  • Latin American, Latino & Caribbean studies, Portuguese and Brazilian studies: Enjoy Latin American sodas and snacks while learning about student-faculty research.
    Althouse Front Porch, map No. 13 (rain: Old West Room 1, map No. 6)
  • Join faculty from the Physics & Astronomy Department on the roof of the Tome Science Building to learn about the latest research on their solar air heater and to see the telescope in the observatory. 
    Tome Hall, map No. 18 (use stairwell on the West side of the building)
  • Enjoy a tasting of traditional Russian zakuski (appetizers) and demonstrations of the Cyrillic alphabet by students.
    Bosler Hall, map No. 14
  • Science: Meet faculty and students from biology, biochemistry & molecular biology, chemistry and neuroscience, and learn about current research projects.
    Rector Science Complex, map No. 17
  • 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 tortillas, palmeritas and plantains, and cultural music.Bosler Porch, map No. 14
  • Tour current exhibitions at The Trout Gallery!  At 2 p.m., enjoy a public tour of current exhibitions by Dickinson College students.
  • Enjoy the sounds and meet the voices of WDCV.

2 p.m.
Women’s alumnae Lacrosse game

Biddle Field

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

Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field, Dickinson Park

2 p.m.
Roberts Lecture (Pt. 2): The Heavenly Journeys of Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680)

Ingrid Rowland, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Athanasius Kircher was a Jesuit polymath who wrote more than 40 books on everything from magnetism to Egyptian hieroglyphics, and is one of the most important authors of neo-Latin texts in the 17th century.  Kircher had an antiquarian erudition that was unmatched, and as Anthony Grafton has remarked, “In an age of polymaths, Kircher was perhaps the most polymathic of them all.” Prof. Rowland will discuss the context of Kircher’s ambitious intellectual goals through examining the precision of his thought and language.
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts, map #55

2 – 3 p.m.
Class of 2019 Event

New Residence Hall Patio (rain location: Allison Community Room)

3 p.m.
Red Devils Volleyball vs. Muhlenberg Colleg
Kline Athletic Center

3 p.m.
Men’s alumni Lacrosse game

Biddle Field

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

Waidner Admissions House

3 – 4 p.m.
Alumnae of Color Reception

Join us for a sweet reception to catch up with your peers and build momentum for the Women of Color Summit in the spring. Bring your ideas for the summit, hear stories from current students and learn more about the founding of the summit.
Rector Science Complex Atrium

4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Alumnae and Family Tailgate

Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field

4 – 7 p.m.
Welcome to the X House BBQ

Please join us as we celebrate the establishment of the X House, Dickinson’s Black special interest housing. Much like Strayer House in the 70’s and the Umoja House in the 90’s, X House is a part of student driven initiative to celebrate and cultivate Black history, culture, and pride on Dickinson’s campus. Come enjoy great food and great friends as we dedicate the X House in honor of Legacy Watkins ’18.
507 West Louther St.

4 – 5 p.m.
Hang OUT with the Office of LGBTQ Services

Join the Office of LGBTQ Services as we celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend! All LGBTQQIA+ & allied alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and family members are invited to stop by Landis House to mix and mingle. For questions, please contact LGBTQ@Dickinson.edu.
Landis House

4 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Champagne Toas
A celebration of the newly elected members of the class of 2019.
Mermaid Trellis (rain: Althouse basement)

4 – 7 p.m.
Local Brew Pub Crawl

Carlisle is a historic borough, with roots in both the American Revolution and the Civil War, and now offers a variety of microbreweries!  Show your homecoming and family weekend lanyard to receive discounts at Grand Illusion Cider Bar, the Burds Nest, Molly Pitcher Brewery and Market Cross.
Downtown Carlisle

5 p.m.  
A Capella Breakdown

Dickinson’s talented singing groups - Infernos, Syrens, Crescendevils, DTones, Octals – will perform.
Allison Great Hall

5 p.m.
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Alumni Trustees Meeting

Mary Dickinson Room, Holland Union Building

5 – 7:30 p.m.
Dining at Dickinson

Enjoy Caf favorites and award-winning specialties in the Dining Hall. All you can eat $16.60 for adults and $7.55 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.
Dining Hall, Holland Union Building

Sunday, September 23

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

Join us for coffee, bagels and great conversation.
Social Hall East & Center, Holland Union Building

9 – 11 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Social Hall West, Holland Union Building

11 a.m.
The 14th 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. Register here.
Kline Athletic Center, map #77