2021 Schedule of Events

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Monday, June 7

11:00 a.m. – noon EDT
Inside College Admissions Workshop
Join Angela Fernandez Barone '90, P'22, P'23, P’25, director of admissions communications, for a session on navigating the college-admissions process. Topics include the (virtual) 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 how to avoid pitfalls. Anyone guiding a student through the admissions process will benefit from this session.
5 p.m. EDT
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

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
Beth Masters McCormick ’81
Barbara Stauch Slusher ’86

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Shawn M. Werner ’06
Afif N. Kulaylat ’07

The Walter E. Beach Distinguished Alumni Award for Service
Kellie L. Newton ’81

6 p.m. EDT
A Conversation with President Margee Ensign and Incoming Interim President John E. Jones III '77
Sponsored by the John Dickinson Society
Join President Margee Ensign and incoming Interim President John E. Jones III '77 for a live conversation. Please send your questions in advance to alumwknd@dickinson.edu.

Tuesday, June 8

Noon EDT
Learning and Exercise Throughout the Life Cycle: A Science-Based Approach
Dr. Ira Glick ’57 will discuss how brain systems work, and how exercise and continued learning can change crucial parts of brain communication. He’ll focus how to improve thinking and remembering, based on recent research on the effects of exercise and athletics on aging brains.
3 p.m. EDT
Scratch Secrets: LIVE Hands-On Cooking Class With the Dickinson College Farm
Join College Farm pizza pros Matt Steiman and Jenn Wolf for the inside scoop on making farm pizzas from scratch. Jenn will share secret recipes for some of our favorite seasonal marinara sauces and Matt will highlight our dough recipe and explain how to achieve a crowd-pleasing pizza crust. Participants are welcome to follow along from the comfort of their kitchens. A list of ingredients will be shared ahead of the class.

4 p.m. EDT 
“What’s New?” and Virtual Campus Tour

Join a current admissions tour guide and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admissions Greg Moyer ’06 for an interactive virtual campus tour and update on what’s new at Dickinson. This will be a great opportunity to see the campus, hear from Dickinsonians and learn about new initiatives, accomplishments and facilities.

5 p.m. EDT 
Demystifying Estate Planning
Join us for a panel discussion featuring alumni from the fields of estate law, wealth planning and philanthropy. No matter your age, or whether or not you have an estate plan in place, our conversation will provide information to help you think about the future. There also will be an opportunity for nonconfidential Q&A. 

7 – 8:30 p.m. EDT 
Virtual Scavenger Hunt 
Around the World Scavenger Hunt: Sunshine Escapes
Join alumni and friends for an adventure around the world as you explore sun-drenched beaches and tropical climes. On teams, you’ll follow clues to explore interactive websites and virtual tours in search of answers to tricky questions about landmarks, natural wonders, historic events, stunning artwork and much more. 

Chase the virtual sunshine in such places as:
A rollicking festival in the Bahamas
Ancient ruins in Asia and Latin America
The mansion of an eccentric tycoon with a view of Miami
Treasures on sun-baked shore around the Mediterranean
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

This virtual scavenger hunt will be hosted via Zoom and the cost is $10 per person. Digital suntan lotion not included.

Wednesday, June 9

1 p.m. EDT
From David to Degas: Great French Paintings from the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art has one of the outstanding collections of 19th-century French painting in the world. Dr. Eric Denker ’75, longtime head of adult programs at the National Gallery of Art, will offer a lecture that examines major works as well as lesser-known gems from the collection.

3 p.m. EDT
Data Science Initiative Update and Review of Faculty Research

Join Emily Marshall, associate professor of economics, for an update on the data science initiative. She’ll explain the evolution of the program, how it fits into the liberal arts education, its importance to the college and students, the structure of the major and more. Professor Marshall will also give an update on her latest research. 

7 p.m. EDT
Changing the World One Cookie at a Time:  A Tale of Using a Passion for Baking to Serve Others

Join Jill Graby Shuck '93 and learn how, after turning her passion for baking into a thriving small business in Maryland, she said "yes" to the unexpected opportunity of partnering with Missions of Hope International in Kenya to help launch a baking-skills program, which is changing lives in an area of the world where daily challenges are often overwhelming. Whether you enjoy baking, are wondering how to use your skills to help others or simply enjoy learning about other cultures, this will be an inspiring session for you.


Thursday, June 10

Noon EDT
The Dirt on the College Farm: A Virtual Tour Highlighting Current Projects and a Q&A With Jenn Halpin, Director of the College Farm

Take part in this lunch-and-learn presentation! Take a virtual walk with us into the production fields, pastures, greenhouses and gardens at the College Farm! Our prerecorded tour of the College Farm provides a behind-the-scenes look at farm activity and the many hands that help make the program so successful. Following the virtual tour, Jenn Halpin, director of the College Farm, will be available for a Q&A.

3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Strolling Through Time: The History of the Dickinson Campus

Did you know that Bosler Hall was once faced with red sandstone, like Denny Hall? Or that Weiss Center was originally built as a gymnasium? Were you aware that there was once a North College building? How many other campus buildings just aren’t there anymore? In this virtual tour, we’ll look at the history of the campus through its structures and spaces, addressing how building uses have changed over time as the college progressed.  

If there are any particular campus places that you are curious about, please email me (gerencse@dickinson.edu) in advance to share your questions so that I can be sure to include their stories.

7 p.m. EDT
LGBTQ+ Alumni Network: Building Community

Many LGBTQ+ individuals look for ways to connect with the community; we want to find ways to serve, provide support and/or create a more equitable world. This panel will address ways you can create local connections, build community and be an activist for the LGBTQ+ community. If you are looking to find new ways to deepen your ties to your own community, come learn from the successes of your fellow Dickinsonians! A Q&A session will follow the presentation as well as time to connect with other Dickinson alumni.

Please reach out to Todd Nordgren, director of the Office of LGBTQ Services, at nordgret@dickinson.edu or Andrew Calnon, associate director of alumni relations, at calnona@dickinson.edu if you would like to receive future communication about LGBTQ+ events.

7 – 9 p.m. EDT
Class of 2016 Virtual Trivia Night

Join the class of 2016 for a virtual trivia night! We will kick off the event with a happy hour (BYOB) to reconnect, and then play five rounds of trivia. Questions will cover a variety of topics. Trivia will be played on teams (5-7 members per team). Please register with your teammates.  

This event will be hosted via Zoom by Buzz Trivia and the cost is $5 per person. Register for this event.



Office of Admissions
Mock Admissions Interviews
Conducted like a typical college interview, these mock interviews also include feedback and suggestions for your student. To schedule a mock interview with a Dickinson admissions counselor for your high school junior or senior, register online. If you have any questions, please contact Rylan Good, associate director of admissions, at 717-254-8246 or goodr@dickinson.edu.

Wednesday, June 9
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.

Thursday, June 10
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.

Friday, June 11
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.

Memorial Service
Honor classmates and faculty members who have passed away since the last reunion by sharing your best memories and warmest condolences on our In Memoriam webpage.

Dickinson at Home
Explore the Dickinson at Home site, filled with resources for Dickinsonians. Stay connected, inspired and #DsonStrong.