Homecoming & Family Weekend 2019
September 27-29, 2019

Homecoming & Family Weekend is a campus-wide celebration that brings together alumni, families, students, faculty and staff. The Homecoming & Family Weekend schedule will include the Red Devils vs. Johns Hopkins football game, community and alumni gatherings, campus tours, lectures and more.

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Learn more about the Women's Leadership Summit, Sept. 26-27.

The Welcome Center

The Welcome Center is located in the Holland Union Building lobby (map No. 16).  Please make this your first stop upon arrival to pick up your registration information.

Welcome Center Hours:
Friday – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Saturday – 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, September 27

All Day
Select Friday classes will be open for families and alumni to attend. Please check online for class schedules.
10:15 a.m.
Admissions Information Session
Stern Great Room
12 – 3 p.m.
Campus Inclusion Week: Celebrating Community
Sponsored by Human Resource Services and College Advancement 
Stop by Britton Plaza to share what being a member of the Dickinson community means to you! Enjoy a special treat and complete a card with a brief statement of how you feel connected to Dickinson as we Celebrate Community. All members of our Dickinson community are encouraged to participate.
Britton Plaza
(rain location: Lower Lever, Holland Union Building)
4 p.m.
Rwanda Mosaic Photo & Exhibit – Opening Reception
Sponsored by Mosaics, CGSE, and CCLA
In May 2019, twenty-three Dickinson students spent two weeks in Rwanda studying the 1994 genocide and the efforts of Rwandans to rebuild their country and engender reconciliation among perpetrators and survivors. Students worked in two teams: the first group focused on understanding the historical, social, and political context of the genocide; the second group made photographs to document the sites and people visited during the mosaic.
Waidner-Sphar Library, Main Level
4:30 p.m.
Roberts Lecture (Pt. 1): “The New Digital Philology in the Intellectual Life of Humanity”
The ancient discipline of philology, in its broadest and truest sense, exploits any method available to understand human culture through the linguistic record of humanity.  Strengthened with a new generation of digital methods augmented by various forms of machine learning, digital philology enables a new way of linguistic and cultural understanding. Digital philology integrates traditional close reading with new forms of text mining and visualization (often provocatively termed “distant reading”). Whether you are detecting the linguistic characteristics of Instagram influencers or understanding the contents of a cuneiform digital library, philological thinking is essential.
Althouse, room 106
5 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Cocktail Reception – Invitation Only
Waidner Admissions House Patio
6 – 7 p.m.
Shabbat Services
Asbell Center

7 p.m.
Kosher Dinner for Jewish Students and Families

Asbell Center
8 p.m.
Run With It! Event
Join Run With It! for an hour of improv games featuring this year's newest runners for the very first time!
Allison Community Room
8 p.m.
River City Big Band/Faculty Jazz Concert
Contributing Faculty members Dave Zygmunt (drums), Greg Strohman (trombone) and Jeff Wohlbach (trumpet) will be joined by members of Harrisburg’s River City Big Band for an evening of Big Band Jazz. Made up of the finest Central PA musicians, the band plays charts from the books of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, and Stan Kenton, as well as originals from members and the local jazz community.

Saturday, September 28

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Parents Leadership Council Breakfast and Meeting – Invitation Only
Stern Center
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 and Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Advising,
Internships, and Lifelong Career Development 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
Start your day with breakfast treats with fellow DCF students, alumni and their families.
Britton Plaza
(rain location: Underground, Holland Union Building)
9:30 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game
Biddle Field
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
ALLARM LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail Walk – limit to 25
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.
Please meet in front of Kaufman Hall
10 a.m.
DCXC Team vs Alumni 5K Race and New Course Celebration
Come out to Dickinson Park for refreshments with the team as they celebrate the new 5K cross country course. Stay and cheer on the DCXC alumni and the current team as they race for the finish.
Ribbon Cutting and Runner-Friendly Refreshments: 10 a.m.
Men’s Race: 11 a.m.
Women’s Race: 11:30 a.m.
Dickinson Park
10 a.m.
Baseball Alumni Game
MacPhail Field, Dickinson Park
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 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 students.
Britton Plaza
(rain location: Union Station, Holland Union Building)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Harvest of the Arts

Join in the 38th annual Harvest of the Arts featuring over 100 artists, live music, children’s activities, farmers market with fresh local produce and more. Website: https://harvestofthearts.us
Downtown Carlisle

10:15 a.m.
Admissions Information Session
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts
10:30 a.m.
Swimming Alumni Meet
Cheer on your Red Devil swimming alumni as they compete against each other in the swim team’s annual alumni meet!
Kline Center Pool
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., leaving campus from the Kline Fitness Center parking lot. 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.
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 3-12, free for children under 3.  You may pay cash at the field.
Biddle Field
(rain location: Dining Hall)
1 p.m.
Red Devils Football vs Johns Hopkins
Biddle Field
1 – 3:30 p.m.
John Dickinson Society Tailgate–Invitation Only
Durden Athletic Training Center (DATC)
2 p.m.
Halftime Athletics Hall of Fame Presentation 
Celebrate this year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame with a halftime presentation on the 50-yard line.
2006 Football team
Ana Sokol-Bullock ’09, Lacrosse
Eric Dube ’08, Football
Katie Austin Bundy ’07, Field Hockey, Lacrosse
Matt Liebal ’07, Cross Country, Track and Field
Callie Bradley ’04, Cross Country, Track and Field
Special Inductee: Darwin Breaux, in recognition of years of success in coaching
Biddle Field
2 p.m.
Delta Sigma Phi Gathering
Lawn behind High Street Residence Hall
(rain location: lounge of High Street Residence Hall)
2:30 – 4 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.
3 p.m.
Roberts Lecture (Pt. 2): “Philology and Citizenship in the 21st Century”
How can the new digital philology serve a new generation of students? What skills do scholars need to cultivate, both themselves and in collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines, if they are to help their students use philology to become more engaged and personally successful citizens in the 21st century? This is not a secondary question of pedagogy separate from research. How we answer this second question will, in turn, ultimately shape the training that PhD students will receive and the research that faculty at PhD granting institutions will conduct. 
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts
3 – 4 p.m.
Alumnae of Color Reception
The Women and Color Committee would like to invite you to our 2nd annual Homecoming reception to enjoy some sweet treats, learn about the founding of the summit, and connect with Women of Color alumnae and current Dickinsonians. Our event is intended to raise awareness and build momentum for the Women of Color Summit in the spring. We hope for this event to be a time where you can freely share your thoughts and give us feedback to make the summit a meaningful experience to all that attend.
Rector Atrium
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Legacy Reception
Connect with other multi-generational Dickinson families during a light reception.
Kline Center Patio
4 p.m.
Red Devils Men’s Soccer vs. McDaniel
Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field, Dickinson Park
4 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Champagne Toast–Invitation Only
A celebration of the newly elected members of the class of 2020.
Mermaid Trellis
(rain: Althouse Lounge)
4 p.m.
Delta Nu Reception for Alumnae and Families
All past and present sisters, family, and friends of Delta Nu are invited for refreshments and sisterhood!
Stern Patio
(rain location: Stern Great Room)
4:30 – 7 p.m.
2nd Annual X House Cookout
Please join us as we celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend at X House, Dickinson’s special interest housing for students to learn about, celebrate and cultivate black culture. There will be food, beverages, music and a chance to mingle with current students and their families, faculty and other alumni of color. 
507 West Louther St.
5 p.m. 
A Capella Breakdown
Dickinson’s talented singing groups - Infernos, Syrens, Crescendevils, DTones, Octals – will perform.
5 p.m.
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Alumni Trustees Meeting
Mary Dickinson Room, Holland Union Building
5 – 7 p.m.
Clarke Forum 25th Anniversary Happy Hour
Drop by the center to meet the current staff, learn about the Clarke Forum’s innovative programming and how it addresses contemporary issues and prepares students to become knowledgeable, productive and intellectually active citizens and leaders.
Clarke Forum
5:30 p.m.
Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner–Invitation Only
Join fellow alumni in recognizing the newest inductees to, and honorees of, the Dickinson Athletics Hall of Fame.
Social Hall, Holland Union Building
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Roberts Lecture ReceptionInvitation Only
Rector Patio
6 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Allison Great Hall
6 p.m.
Africana Studies 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
We are excited to be celebrating ten years of Africana Studies at Dickinson College this year. Join our celebration with an evening of food and entertainment. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dress: semi-formal. $28 per person.
Allison Community Room
6:15 p.m.
Roberts Lecture Dinner–Invitation Only
Rector Atrium
7 p.m.
Zero Year Reunion – Class of 2019
Alibis Eatery & Spirits

Sunday, September 29

9 – 11 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Social Hall West, Holland Union Building
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Asbell Center Bagel Brunch
Social Hall East & Center, Holland Union Building
11 a.m.
The 15th 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 at the Kline Center following the race. The registration fee of $20 includes a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the McAndrews Fund for Athletics.
Kline Athletic Center
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Brunch
Alumni Commons
(rain location: Social Hall West, Holland Union Building)