Virtual Homecoming and Family Week 2020

Join us for a variety of online programs during Virtual Homecoming and Family Week, October 12-16.

Schedule of Events


All of the below events are open to alumni and parents, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 12

8 a.m. EDT (ends Friday, Oct. 16 at midnight)
McAndrews Fund Silent Auction
Join us for a virtual silent auction to support the McAndrews Fund for Athletics. This weeklong silent auction will feature Red Devil treasures from the past as well as generously donated items. Thank you for your support!
8 a.m. EDT (ends Friday, Oct. 16 at midnight)
The 16th Annual Run for Steph (Virtual)
A 5K run/two-mile walk in memory of Stephanie Kreiner ’03, who was killed by a drunk driver in October 2004. This year’s event will be virtual. Follow Dickinson Athletics (@dickinsonathletics) and Dickinson Alumni (@dickinsonalumni) on Instagram and share your experience with us using the hashtag #RunForSteph. All proceeds benefit the McAndrews Fund for Athletics. Register here.
7 p.m. EDT
Livestream via YouTube
The 2020 Rose-Walters Prize lecture: “Hedgehogs and Foxes: Toward Climate Pragmatism”
The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism will be presented this year to Armond Cohen, founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF). The 2020 Rose-Walters Prize recognizes Cohen’s leadership with CATF, a leading force in reducing air pollution and climate pollutants from the nation’s power plants, industries and cars and trucks since its founding in 1996. Cohen’s lecture will address how climate pragmatism embraces multiple strategies and technologies, and a variety of market and policy approaches, to find what works. 


Tuesday, October 13

3 p.m. EDT
From Dickinson’s Vault: Dickinson Spirit
The Dickinson College Archives is teeming with documents, artifacts and other materials that record the institution’s storied past. During this presentation, College Archivist Jim Gerencser will discuss Dickinson school spirit and traditions. Why are our colors red and white? How did we become the Red Devils? Where did our alma mater come from? And much more. Additional questions from the audience are encouraged, and digital copies of the selected items will be available for people to explore online.

Jim Gerencser ’93 has served as college archivist since 1998. Drawing on the rich holdings of the archives and special collections, Jim regularly gives presentations about Dickinson’s past. He and his team routinely assist students and other researchers who wish to explore these unique resources, and they continually add more historical material to the archives website to encourage easier discovery and study by people across the globe.

This webinar is co-sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. Dickinson’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) is dedicated to fostering a commitment to philanthropy, engagement with the alumni community, and supporting Dickinson’s future through student non-profit development projects. To get involved, please check us out on EngageD here and request to join!

7 p.m. EDT
Live Jazz with the Dickinson College Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Join the Faculty Jazz Ensemble for their annual Homecoming and Family Weekend concert.


Wednesday, October 14

5 p.m. EDT
Senior Leadership Panel Recommended for Parents
Join President Margee Ensign and members of her senior leadership team—including Provost Neil Weissman, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students George Stroud and Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development Damon Yarnell—for an update on the college and the resources and support that are available to current students during these challenging times.
7 p.m. EDT
Livestream via YouTube
The Clarke Forum: The State of Environmental Justice in Pennsylvania
Saleem Chapman, City of Philadelphia
Veronica Coptis, Center for Coalfield Justice
Adam Cutler, Fox Rothschild LLP
Horace Strand, Chester Environmental Partnership
Heather Bedi (moderator), Dickinson College
This panel will focus on environmental justice work occurring in Pennsylvania, bringing together community representatives and members of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Justice Advisory Board to discuss progress and challenges to achieve environmental justice in the Keystone State. Panelists will reflect on the diversity of activism and legal actions taken to achieve environmental justice. Presenters will highlight contemporary and future efforts to ensure that all Pennsylvanians enjoy a healthy and safe environment.
Sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues


Thursday, October 15

7 p.m. EDT
A Personal Tour of the October Night Sky
Join Rob Webb ’05, a high-school physics and astronomy teacher, and JoEllen McBride ’04 PhD, an astrophysicist, for a family-friendly virtual tour of the October night sky. Guided by audience questions and using a screen share of Starry Night planetarium software, the speakers will demonstrate where to find planets in the night sky, and will also point out the Orionid meteor shower and a few constellations.  If skies are clear and technology is friendly, live views of the open sky will be utilized.
Rob Webb ’05 is a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Friday, October 16

All Day – Share your photos with us on social media!
Dickinson College Spirit Day
Show your Dickinson spirit wherever you are. Post a picture wearing your favorite Dickinson apparel (old, new, Greek letters, athletic team, college club, etc.) and use the hashtag #DsonProud. Tag your fellow Dickinsonian— current students, alumni, parents and friends!

2019 Homecoming & Family Weekend at Dickinson College