2022 Schedule of Events

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Welcome Center Hours
The Welcome Center is in the Waidner-Spahr Library. Please make this your first stop and pick up your registration information.

  • Thursday: Noon–5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m.–Noon

Monday, June 6

7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT
Icons & Instincts

Michael Snyder ’72, a journalist, broadcaster and screenwriter, will interview Vincent Paterson ’72, a director, choreographer and author, about Vincent’s success in the entertainment industry. A Q&A will follow.

Tuesday, June 7

4 p.m. EDT
Estate Planning for Everyone

oin Tom Magill ’72 and Lou Teti ’72 for refreshments and conversation about how you can use your retirement plans and other assets to reduce taxes, provide for your loved ones and support the causes that are important to you.

Wednesday, June 8

7 p.m.
State of the College With President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11

Join President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, for an update about the state of the college. Please email your questions in advance to alumwknd@dickinson.edu.

Thursday, June 9

6 p.m.
Class of 1972 Dinner at the College Farm

The Class of 1972 will gather for a casual dinner at the College Farm.

7–11 p.m.
Alpha Chi Rho and Sigma Chi Brothers and Others Reception 

For all brothers and their others! Cosponsored by the Omicron chapter of Sigma Chi. 

Friday, June 10

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 
Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour

Matthew Pinsker, associate professor of history
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, take time to explore downtown Gettysburg and grab lunch on your own.
Limited to 50 people.

11 a.m.
Manufacturing Brighter Futures with Christopher Sharples ’87, founding principal, SHoP Architects
Since the 1990s, SHoP Architects has been a leader in redefining the practice of architecture. The firm has developed a unique suite of tools and techniques that have allowed it to take a primary position in wide-ranging conversations about the future of the built environment. As SHoP’s founding principal, Christopher Sharples ’87 has been at the center of this critical work, advancing a comprehensive vision that unites a pioneer's understanding of developing modes of fabrication and assembly with a deeply human sense of responsibility for the ramifications of new ways of building across labor, culture, community, education, social justice, climate response and the arts.

Sharples will share his experience in delivering notable design for manufacturing and assembly projects, including the Barclays Center and the Botswana Innovation Hub, and environmentally progressive work, such as the recently opened Uber headquarters in San Francisco. He will explore current leading-edge techniques for consolidating production around federated 3D-model environments—the "digital twin" approach—as well as how these new tools are revolutionizing communications across project teams and streamlining decision-making in the architect-client relationship.

Sharples’ Dickinson liberal-arts education and junior year abroad in Bologna, Italy, played a pivotal role in his decision to become an architect and have greatly influenced his thinking in how to look beyond traditional modes of design and construction to support a more humane, equitable and resilient built environment.
This event will be livestreamed.

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Old West Society Luncheon

By invitation only
Join members of the Old West Society for a summer picnic at the Dickinson College Farm. Meet our student-farmers, learn about the Food, Agriculture & Resource Management (FARM) Lab project and see how the farm uses biogas to fuel their energy needs.

3 p.m.
Dickinson Admissions: Insider’s Guide

Meet with an admissions staff member and learn about the admissions process and the shifting landscape of higher education.  

3 p.m.
Carlisle Indian Industrial School, 1879-1918

Susan Rose ’77, Charles A. Dana Professor of sociology, and Jim Gerencser ’93, college archivist
Richard Henry Pratt implemented his vision for educating and “civilizing” Native American young people by separating them from their home communities and forbidding them from living according to the ways customary to their culture. Carlisle served as a model for many similar boarding schools and also became a symbol of the broader assimilationist movement. Some feel that Pratt’s experiment was quite progressive, while others view it as an act of cultural genocide. This presentation will address the complexities of the Carlisle Indian School and its continuing legacy.
This event will be livestreamed.

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

5 p.m.
Alumni Award Ceremony

Please join us as we bestow the Alumni Association’s highest honors on this year’s award recipients and celebrate our Volunteer Award-winners.
This event will be livestreamed.

6 p.m.
Class of 1970 50th-Reunion Reception and Dinner

Join your classmates in celebration of your 50th reunion.

6 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception
Join President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, in a toast to celebrate our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and kick off the weekend! Be sure to stop by the Mermaid Society tent during the reception to learn more about Dickinson’s society honoring loyal supporters of the college.

6 p.m.
Rally all Omicrons: Sigma Chi Reception

All Sigma Chi brothers and their guests are invited to a cocktail party sponsored by the Omicron House Corporation. Please email Don Zane ’68 at classoc@aol.com or Lon Haines ’71 at lhaines101@aol.com to register.
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlisle (15 Westminster Dr, Carlisle, PA 17013)

7 p.m.
Celebration Dinner
Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet and great company at this year’s Celebration Dinner on Morgan Field.
$25, or $15 for children ages 4-12. Free for children age 3 and under.

7:30–11 p.m.
The North Mountain Ramblers

Hosted by Alpha Chi Rho Phi Beta Chapter & Kappa Sigma Beta Pi Chapter.

8:30-10:30 p.m.
Delta Nu Reception
Come celebrate with your fellow sisters!

8:30-10:30 p.m.
Dessert and Music on the Plaza

Catch up with friends while enjoying coffee, dessert and DJ-cellist duo Carter Ward and Andrew Savoia.

Saturday, June 11

7-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Start off your morning bright and early with a light continental breakfast.
$10; free for children 3 and under

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Dickinson Christian Fellowship Alumni Breakfast
Start your day with a continental breakfast with fellow DCF alumni.

9 a.m.
5k Fun Run/Walk
Join Don Nichter, cross country and track & field coach, for a 5k run or walk from campus to Dickinson Park and back.

9–11 a.m. 
Ned Rosenbaum Memorial Lecture & Asbell Center Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast, tour the Asbell Center and hear from Rabbi Sandra Lawson, director of racial diversity, equity and inclusion at Reconstructing Judaism, for the 2022 Ned Rosenbaum Memorial Lecture, Broad-Coalition Judaism: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work in the Jewish Community.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson (she/her) works with senior staff, lay leaders, clergy, rabbinical students and Reconstructionist communities to help Reconstructing Judaism realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization and movement. In this role, Lawson is developing a series of anti-racist policies and trainings for the organization and its affiliate members. She also serves as a mentor to rabbinical students.

The 2018 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College graduate is one of the first African American, queer, female rabbis. As a thought-leader, she has consciously sought to alter the perception of what a rabbi—and the rabbinate—look like. She has tackled difficult questions surrounding Jews and race in podcasts, essays, media appearances and speeches.

Prior to joining Reconstructing Judaism, Lawson served as the associate chaplain for Jewish life and the senior Jewish educator at Hillel at Elon University in North Carolina. She is also the founder of Kol Hapanim – All Faces, an inclusive Jewish community that is relevant, accessible and rooted in tradition, where all who come are welcomed and diversity is embraced. Lawson was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in a military family. She graduated magna cum laude from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Clark Atlanta University.

9:30–10:30 a.m.
Alumni College:

50th Anniversary of Hurricane Agnes and Dickinson’s Role in the Emergency Response With Mike Bilder ’07
In June 1972, the remnants of Hurricane Agnes caused unprecedented, widespread, catastrophic inland flooding throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 220,000 people were left homeless. Fifty years later, Agnes is still the worst disaster in Pennsylvania history, and many of its flood records still stand across several states. Agnes played a major role in the evolution of emergency management in the U.S., including the formation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Dickinson even played a direct role in the Agnes response, with students and staff stepping up to help others when they needed it most. This presentation will examine Agnes and its legacy from both the macro and micro perspectives.

Book Reading with Bill Keen ’57, P'89
Bill Keen ’57 reads the Dickinson section of his most recent book, Eden Across the Street.

Dickinson Athletics Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX
Join Carly Zinn, assistant athletics director and head field hockey coach; Karen Pflug-Felder ’71, field hockey, basketball and club-lacrosse alumna; and Kirsten Sabia ’92, soccer and softball alumna; as they speak about Title IX and the impact it has made. There will be a Q&A following the discussion.
This event will be livestreamed.

10–11 a.m.
Alpha Chi Rho Phi Beta Chapter Meeting and Cornerstone Ceremony

Participate in the annual AXP Phi Beta graduate chapter meeting and the unveiling of the commemorative plaque, which will be placed next to the 1920 AXP house cornerstone.

10–11 a.m.
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association Meeting

10 a.m.–noon
Film Screening and Q&A with Rick Smolan ’72

Join alumnus, author, film producer, photojournalist and storyteller Rick Smolan ’72 for a special film screening of Tracks, followed by a Q&A.

Rick’s story: Five years after graduating from Dickinson, I received a once-in-a-lifetime assignment—to track down and photograph Robyn Davidson, a mysterious and stunning 27-year-old woman who had decided to cross 2,700 kilometers of Australia’s treacherous Gibson desert alone, accompanied by only her dog, Diggity, and four camels. As a 28-year-old, fledgling photojournalist working for National Georgraphic, I was tasked with tracking down Robyn five times over the course of her nine-month trek, flying in and out of remote desert landing strips, searching desperately for her when everyone thought she’d gone missing and keeping nosy reporters from interfering with her trip. 

After my cover story about Robyn’s epic Outback adventure appeared in National Georgraphic, it was featured in hundreds of other publications around the globe, reaching over 50 million readers. It's now considered one of the top 10 stories ever to appear in National Geographic. And when Robyn’s book Tracks was released several years later, it became a cult classic, selling more than 1.4 million copies in 18 languages. Over many years, Robyn’s journey has taken on a life of its own. In fact, Tracks is now required reading in many Australian high schools, just as Catcher in the Rye is required reading in the U.S.

Recently, the producers of The King’s Speech fell in love with Robyn's inspiring story and called me to ask if they could use my images to create what became the award-winning feature film Tracks. They cast actors Mia Wasikowska as Robyn and Adam Driver as yours truly. The movie is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

10:30–11 a.m.
Alumni Global Adventures
We treat our travel programs as an extension of the Dickinson educational experience. Local guides offer unique opportunities to small groups of Dickinson travelers, and frequent talks with Dickinson subject experts add substance and deepen travelers’ appreciation of each destination. Join us to learn more about these programs and our 2023 trips to Croatia, England, Italy and Scotland, and discover how you can learn more about global cultures through these distinctively Dickinson adventures.

11 a.m.
Bike Ride to Lunch at the Dickinson Farm
Ride to the farm. The ride is about 14 miles (seven each way), with modest hills, and it takes approximately 40 minutes each way. This is for experienced cyclists 16 years of age or older. Registration is required for the lunch and the group ride. Cyclists must bring their own bikes.

11 a.m.
Gamma Phi Beta Reunion

11 a.m.–noon
Alumni College:

An Unlikely Meeting: How a Trademark Conflict Introduced Two Sober Entrepreneurs
Meet Beth Sandbower Harbinson ’81 and Emily Schrader ’93, who discovered their Dickinson connection and a joint vision to create opportunities for others in recovery.

Goodyear Gallery Exhibit: Interlace: Paintings by Michael Weiss ’89
Michael Weiss '89 is a Baltimore-based artist who uses traditional painting materials and methods to create contemporary images containing oblique, but not opaque, content. He has exhibited widely throughout the region, and his work is a part of numerous private and corporate collections. He is currently serving as associate dean of fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 2003, teaching in the drawing, foundation, general fine art and painting departments. Weiss has received grants from the Creative Baltimore Fund (2008) and the Maryland State Arts Council (2000).

Understanding Data Analytics with Mike Capone ’88, CEO of Qlik 
Description coming soon!

Noon – Registration
1 p.m. – Shotgun Start
McAndrews Fund for Athletics 24th-annual Golf Tournament
Meet Red Devil coaches while enjoying an afternoon 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 2012 and younger, $150 for class of 2011 and older
Register here: https://our.dickinson.edu/22aemcandrewsgolf.

Noon–1 p.m.
Delta Sigma Phi Alumni Corporation Board Meeting

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Golden Alumni Luncheon (classes of 1971 and older)

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Alumni Food Truck Festival

  • 717tacos
  • Piper Belle’s BBQ
  • Pizza Tent
  • The Potato Coop
  • Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Massey’s Frozen Custard


Noon–2 p.m.
Farm-to-Table Lunch at the Dickinson College Farm
Always a popular event, lunch at the College Farm features delicacies from our fields and neighboring farms. Wood-fired pizzas and freshly harvested field greens are deliciously punctuated by handmade beignets, which are created using renewable energy produced on the farm. Student-led tours will be offered along with the chance to engage with student and alumni farm staff. Transportation is provided. Limited space is available, and it fills quickly!
$15, or $10 for children ages 4-12. Free for children 3 and under.
Limited to 150 people.

1 p.m.
Dickinson Athletics Campus Tour

Enjoy a walking tour led by one of our student-athlete Liberty Caps. This campus tour will highlight Dickinson’s athletics facilities. The tour will depart from the Kline Fitness Center.

1–2 p.m.
African American Alumni Association Meeting
Visit and enjoy light refreshments with other members of the association.

1–2 p.m.
German at Dickinson: Mini-Reunion
Wilkommen! Please join us for some dessert and time to reconnect with German students from our reunion classes, along with professors and friends from the German Club and German House.

1–2:30 p.m.
Delta Sigma Phi BBQ

1–4 p.m.
Little Red Devils’ Family Fun Zone 
This is a fun-filled area with activities for families to enjoy together.

1–5 p.m.
Old-Fashioned ‘IFC’ Quad Party

Sponsored by the Phi Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi Rho & the Omicron 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 Quad Party and “Crow Show” will feature a cookout, DIY hot-chee dogs and a performance by the Mr. Mody and Friends Band, playing classic rock and roll cover tunes. See associated event below.

1–5 p.m.
Phi Psi Alumni Gathering (this event is in association with the Quad Party)
Enjoy food, drinks and camaraderie with fellow Phi Psi alumni.

1:30 p.m.
Sustainability at Dickinson: Update and Tour
Stop by and hear from Ken Shultes ’89, associate vice president for sustainability & facilities planning, about the college’s current sustainability initiatives and its commitment to a sustainable future. Ken will also provide a walking tour to highlight sustainability efforts around campus.

2 p.m. 
Class of 1972: “The Way We Were” 

Join members of the class of 1972 for a 50th-reunion panel and group discussion. We’ll reflect on our days at Dickinson and the college’s impact on our lives since graduation.

2–3 p.m.
Class of 1977: Meet and Greet with President John E. Jones III’77, P’11

2–3:30 p.m.
Class of 1970: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Relive fond memories through this special Archives & Special Collections display of items from 1966-70.

2–4 p.m.
Class Events for Reunion Classes Ending in 2 or 7 including the Class of 1970
Details available on class-reunion pages at www.dickinson.edu/alumniweekend.     

3 p.m.
Liberty Cap/Tour Guide Reunion
Calling all Liberty Caps! Join us for a Lib Cap reunion to catch up with old friends and make new ones! Reminisce about telling the Mermaid Story and avoiding walking on the seal during tours!

3–5 p.m.
International Business & Management Department Reception
For international business & management majors and friends of the department. Every attendee is requested to bring a bottle of wine (under $25) for an informal wine sampling. The Department of International Business & Management will also provide a few bottles of Cava.

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

4 p.m.
Contributing to Our Communal Memory: Alumni Session on Documenting LGBT History at Dickinson
Explore the history of LGBTQ+ experiences and activism at Dickinson through items in the college’s archives and learn how you can contribute to our communal memory. Malinda Triller-Doran, special-collections librarian, will kick off this event with a look at a selection of materials from campus organizations such as GLAD, Pandora, ALLIES and Spectrum. You’ll learn what types of documents, photographs and artifacts that are already in the archives. We’ll also explore ways you can help build this important collection. The session will conclude with an open discussion, during which you can pose questions and share your ideas and interests. 

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

4–5:30 p.m.
John Dickinson Society Reception
By invitation only

5 p.m.
Skull and Key Group Photo
The Skull and Key Society Alumni Club with meet for a group photo at the Skull and Key plaque.

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

6–8 p.m.
Phi Psi Alumni Dinner (Non-Milestone Years)
Phi Psi alumni not attending class dinners are welcome.

6 p.m.
Reunion Receptions and Dinners – 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1997

7 p.m.
Class Reunion Dinners:

  • 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002 and 2007: $35
  • 2012 and 2017: $30

7 p.m.
Non-Milestone Dinner
Join members of the class of 1970, 1981 and other select groups for a non-milestone dinner.

9–11 p.m.
The Dickinson Dance Party
Keep the celebration going at Dickinson’s Dance Party with music from Bradley, featuring Al Hershner ’73, Chris Knopf ’73, Dave Newell ’73, Pete Taft ’73 and Bob Willemin ’73. Stop in for dessert and/or a drink and catch up with friends.

Sunday, June 12

8 a.m.–noon 
On-campus housing keys must be turned in by noon to retrieve your key deposit.

8:30 a.m.
Tree Dedication in Memory of Roberta Zmuda Greenspan ’77

9 a.m.
Memorial Service
Honor classmates who have passed away since the last reunion during this nondenominational service.

9–11 a.m.
Champagne Brunch
$20, or $10 for children ages 4-12. Free for children 3 and younger.