Alumni Weekend
June 8 - 10, 2018
Schedule of Events

Welcome Center Hours
The Welcome Center is located in the Waidner-Spahr Library.  Please make this your first stop upon arrival to pick up your guest packet and registration information.

Thursday – Noon – 5 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Saturday – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday – 8 a.m. – Noon

Thursday, June 7
5 – 8 p.m.
Class of 1968

The Class of 1968 will gather for a casual dinner at the college farm. Transportation will be provided.
Friday, June 8
7 – 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

$8, children 5 and under are free

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour
Join Matthew Pinsker, Brian C. Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History, for a guided tour of the battlefields and cemetery at the Gettysburg National Military Park. After the tour, enjoy a buffet luncheon at the historic Farnsworth House Inn. Transportation and lunch are included.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike to Pole Steeple
Join Associate Director of Experiential Leadership Education Sean Ryan and student outdoor- education coordinators for a relaxing morning hike at Pole Steeple in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. It is a moderately strenuous hike that begins at a peaceful lake and ends with a spectacular overlook of the state forest. Afterwards, enjoy lunch as a group at the Boiling Springs Tavern (the cost of lunch is not included). Transportation is provided.

9 - 11 a.m.
Mock Admissions Interviews
Conducted like a typical college interview, these mock interviews will also include feedback and suggestions for the student. To schedule a mock interview with a Dickinson admissions counselor for your high-school junior or senior, contact the Office of Admissions at 800-644-1773 or

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Britton Plaza
Enjoy a light lunch with fellow Dickinsonians.
$10, $5 children 6-12 and children 5 and under are free

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Old West Society Lunch and Learn: Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center project – Invitation Only
Join fellow members of the Old West Society for a luncheon followed by a presentation by Susan Rose ’77, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and director of the Community Studies Center, and Jim Gerencser ’93, college archivist about the history and impact of the Carlisle Indian School.

1 – 4 p.m.
College Admissions: The Big Rush
This half-day active workshop, guided by admissions staff, offers high-school students the opportunity to prepare for a successful college search through activities across the campus. Participants need not prepare materials in advance but should come in comfortable clothing, ready to actively participate.  For more information or to register contact the Office of Admissions at 800-644-1773 or

1:30 – 4 p.m.
Summer in a Jar: Canning Workshop at the College Farm
Take home a taste of the College Farm!  Join Jenn Halpin, director, and student-interns for an interactive workshop on the mechanics of preserving foods through the canning process. 

2 – 3 p.m.
Downtown Carlisle Tour
Join a member of the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and fellow alumni for a walking tour of the downtown area, and see the exciting new developments throughout town.

4 p.m
Friends of Bill W. Meeting (open)

Denny Hall, Room 103

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Art Showcase
Join alumni artists Phyllis Golden Andrews ’75, Kim Banister ’74, Pierce Bounds ’71, Ira Glick ’57, Joe Grubb ’71, David Orbock ’55, Bill Owens ’62 and Wil Scott ’72 to learn about their creative processes and celebrate their work, which will be on display throughout the weekend.

5 p.m.
Alumni Award Ceremony
Please join us as we bestow the Alumni Association’s highest honor on this year’s award recipients and celebrate our Volunteer Award winners.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
                The Walter E. Beach Distinguished Alumni Award for Service
                Sylvia Smith ’73

                Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
                Judge Rosalyn (Roz) Robinson

                Outstanding Young Alumni Award
                Siobhan O’Grady ’13

                The 1783 Award
                Scott Cohen ’91

Volunteer Awards
                Class Correspondent of the Year Award
                Mary Jeanne Reynolds de Groot ’48

                Admissions Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award
                Kristin Pracitto’92

                Admissions Parent Volunteer of the Year Award
                Scott Braybrooke P’19
                Career Champion of the Year Award
                Brian Dorfler ’97

6 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception
oin President Margee Ensign for a toast to celebrate our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients and kick off the weekend!  Free

 7 p.m.
Celebration Dinner

Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet and great company at this year’s Celebration Dinner on Morgan Field.
$20, $8 children 6-12 and children 5 and under are free

7 p.m.
Flag Football Game and Reception

Alumni are invited to join the Red Devils Football Head Coach Brad Fordyce for a flag football game and reception.

8 p.m.
The North Mountain Ramblers
An Americana band featuring country, blues, bluegrass, traditional folk, western swing, and Cajun provided by the Beta Pi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Alumni Association.

9 – 11 p.m.
Dessert & Jazz on the Plaza
Catch up with friends while enjoying coffee, dessert and the New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Band.

9 p.m.
Skull & Key 110th Anniversary Celebration

9 p.m.
Delta Nu Reception
Come celebrate with your fellow sisters!

Saturday, June 9
7 – 9 a.m.

President’s Breakfast and State of the College
President Margee Ensign and members of the senior leadership team – Provost Neil Weissman, Vice President and Dean of Student Life Joyce Bylander, Vice President for Enrollment Mangement Stefanie Niles. Vice President for Advancement Kirk Swenson, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusivity Brenda Bretz – invite you to join them for a casual breakfast. Following breakfast, President Ensign will make remarks about the state of the college and reflections from her first year.
$8, children 5 and under are free

7 a.m.  Registration
8 a.m. Shot Gun Start
McAndrews Fund for Athletics 20th Annual Golf Tournament
Meet Red Devil coaches while enjoying a morning on the links. The fee includes 18 holes, cart, driving range and lunch.  Proceeds benefit Dickinson’s McAndrews Fund for Athletics.
$100 for class of 2008 and younger, $150 for class of 2009 and older.
Mayapple Golf Club, 1 Mayapple Dr, Carlisle

8 – 10 a.m.
DCF Alumni Breakfast
Start your day with fellow Dickinson Christian Fellowship alumni over a delicious breakfast.

8:30-10 a.m. 
Asbell Center Breakfast – Celebrating 15 Years
Enjoy breakfast, tour the Asbell Center and see how the Center has changed over the past 15 years.

9 a.m.
Fun Run
Join Don Nichter, cross country and track & field coach, for a 5k run or walk from campus to Dickinson Park and back. T-shirts will be given to those who pre-register.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Alumni College

Useful Education for the Common Good: ALLARM
Join Natalie McNeil ’17 and students from Dickinson’s nationally recognized volunteer monitoring organization, the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), for a fun, hands-on session learning about stream health and water quality monitoring in Pennsylvania. Participants will apply what they learn about key water quality issues by using the same equipment utilized by ALLARM’s volunteers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Alumna Recital: Chelsea-Mia Pierre ’18
Join new graduate Chelsea-Mia Pierre ’18 as she reflects on the value of the liberals arts approach to her musical education.  Pierre, a vocal performance and English double major, will perform some of her favorite pieces from her time at Dickinson, accompanied by Professor Emeritus Truman Bullard.

The State and Future of U.S. Democracy
Join a conversation about the state and future of U.S. democracy between Jim Gerlach ’77, Rosalyn Robinson ’68, Kara Getz ’93, Chris Smith ’83, Colleen Miller ’81, and Thomas Kozdron ’18 moderated by Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sarah Niebler.

Behind the Curtain: What You Need to Know About the College Admissions Process
Get advice on the importance of the campus visit, finding the right fit, essays, interviews and standardized testing. Learn how selective college-admissions committees review applicants, what catches an admissions officer’s eye and what pitfalls can be avoided. Anyone guiding a student through the admissions process will benefit from this session.

10 – 11 a.m.
Alpha Chi Rho Alumni Meeting

10:30 a.m. – Noon
Dickinson Admissions Volunteer Society Reception and Workshop

All who volunteer for admissions or have an interest in learning more are encouraged to attend. This will be an opportunity to meet fellow DAVS members and get updated on the admissions process.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Trout Gallery Tour: Joyce Tenneson
Joyce Tenneson (b. 1945) has become one the leading photographers of her generation. Working with large- format cameras, she creates still-lifes, portraits, and landscapes that evoke a classic stillness and composure.

11 a.m.
Bob Keuch '53 Bench Dedication

11 a.m. – Noon
Alumni College

Useful Education for the Common Good: Alumni Panel
When Benjamin Rush founded this college, he hoped that its graduates would not be passive bystanders but would help build a country. Come hear Peter Anderson ’73, David Baram ’68, Fayruz Benyousef ’94, Andrew Hill ’13, Brian Kamoie ’93 and Melissa Canu ’13 by tell their stories about how they have fulfilled Rush’s vision using their liberal arts education to build a better world.

Stability, Transition and Unrest: Current issues in Cameroon
Join Ed Webb, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, to learn about the history of the Anglophone crisis and the current political climate in Cameroon between the Anglophones and Francophones.

Greek Life: National Trends, Current Climate and Future at Dickinson
Join Becky Hammell, Sean Ryan and Anna Baldasarre, members of the Student Leadership & Campus Engagement team, for a conversation about national trends, and the current state and future of Greek life at Dickinson.

11 a.m.
Bike Ride to Lunch at the Dickinson Farm
Ride to the farm with staff and interns from the Center for Sustainability Education. The ride is about 14 miles (seven each way), with modest hills, and takes approximately 40 minutes. This is for experienced cyclists only. Bike, helmet and lock loans are available for those who need them. Participants must be 16 years of age or older and registered for the lunch at Dickinson’s College Farm to ride. Participation and equipment is limited and preregistration is required.

11 a.m.
Gamma Phi Beta Reunion

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Golden Alumni Luncheon for Classes of 1967 (51st reunion) and older

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Alumni Barbecue
Enjoy a barbecue lunch on beautiful Morgan Field.
$15, $8 children 6-12, children 5 and below are free

Noon – 2 p.m.
Lunch at the Dickinson College Farm
Always a popular event, lunch at the College Farm features delicacies from our fields and neighboring farms, handmade, wood-fired pizzas; and delicious beignets made to demonstrate renewable energy produced on the farm. A student-farmer-led tour will be available. Transporation is provided. Limited space is available, and it fills quickly!
$15, $8 children 6-12, children 5 and under are free

Noon – 3 p.m.
Little Red Devils’ Family Fun Zone
This is a full-filled area of activities for families to enjoy together.

12:30 p.m.
Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Corporation Board Meeting

1 – 2 p.m.
Alumni of Color Reception & Tour of Harlem Renaissance Collection
Connect with fellow alumni of color and enjoy a guided tour, with Associate Professor of English Claire Seiler, of Dickinson’s new and growing collection of Harlem Renaissance/New Negro movement materials. This event is co-sponsored by the Popel Shaw Center.

1 – 5 p.m.
Old-Fashioned Quad Party (sponsored by the Phi Beta Graduate Chapter of Alpha Chi Rho and the Omicron Graduate Chapter of Sigma Chi)
Everyone’s invited! Members of fraternities and sororities wear your Greek letters and bring old photos, yearbooks, banners and composites to share. The seventh-annual “Crow Show” will feature hot-chee dogs and a live band starting at 1:30.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Trout Gallery Tour & Lecture: Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay
Join Phillip Earenfight P’19 for a tour and lecture on Re-Riding History which reflects on what was to become the prequel to the Carlisle Indian School—the incarceration and mandatory acculturation of seventy-two Plains Indians at Fort Marion (St. Augustine; 1875–1878). For this exhibition, curators Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock, commissioned works by 72 Native American and non-Native artists to make works on paper that reflect on the experiences of the warriors held at Fort Marion under the command of Lt. Richard Pratt (founder of the Carlisle Indian School). The works share the same dimensions and paper as the historic ledger drawings made by the Indians at the fort.

2 p.m.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association Meeting 

2 – 4 p.m.
Joyce Bylander Retirement Celebration
Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Joyce Bylander’s 20 years of selfless service and leadership with in the Division of Student Life while wishing her well in her upcoming retirement.

2 – 4 p.m.
Class Events for Reunion Classes Ending in 3 or 8
Details available on class reunion pages.

3 – 5 p.m.
International Business & Management Wine-Tasting Event

Every attendee is requested to bring a bottle of wine under $20. The IB&M Department will be providing a few bottles of Cava.

3 – 5 p.m.
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Annual Chapter Meeting

4 p.m
Friends of Bill W. Meeting (open)

Denny Hall, Room 103

4 – 5 p.m.
John Dickinson Society Reception - Invitation only.

4 - 5 p.m.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Annual Alumni Meeting

5 p.m. Skull & Key
The Skull & Key Society Alumni Club will meet for a group photo at the Skull & Key plaque.

5 – 9 pm
Children’s Program       CANCELLED
Due to lack of enrollment, the children's program has been cancelled.

5 p.m.
Men’s Glee Club and Octals Reunion Concert
Enjoy beautiful harmonies by our Men’s Glee Club and the Octals as they sing songs from throughout the decades.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
All Alumni Reception
Mix, mingle and network with alumni, faculty, staff and professors emeriti.

5:30 p.m.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Cocktail Reception and Cookout

6 p.m.
1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1993 Reunion Receptions

6 p.m.
Cameroon 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

7 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners
               50th Reunion Dinner for Class of 1968

               Reunion Class Dinners for 1953, 1958, 1963, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003

               Reunion Class Dinners for 2008 and 2013

               Glee Club/Octals Reunion

9 – 11 p.m.
The Dickinson Dance Party
Keep the celebration going at Dickinson’s dance party with music from Bradley featuring alumni celebrating their 45th reunion – Al Hershner ’73, Chris Knopf ’73, Dave Newell ’73, Pete Taft ’73 and Bob Willemin ‘73.  Stop in for dessert, grab a drink and catch up with friends.

Sunday, June 10
8 a.m. – Noon
Check out

On-campus housing keys must be turned in by noon to receive key deposit.

9 a.m.
Rise & Shine Yoga
Before departing campus, join this one-hour outdoor yoga session led by Liz Ragland '10, a Baltimore-based certified yoga teacher. Liz creates fun, unique classes, injecting a vibrant physical practice with her modern, authentic take on yogic philosophy.

9 a.m.
Memorial Service
Honor classmates who have passed away since the last reunion at this non-denominational service.

9 – 11:30 a.m. 
Farewell Brunch
Bid farewell to friends at this special brunch buffet.
$20, $8 children 6-12, children 5 and below are free

10 a.m. - Noon
New Residence Hall Tours
Come see the newest addition to the Dickinson campus. Tours will take approximately 20 min. No heels or open-toed shoes will be permitted on site, and hard hats will be required.