Wheel and Chain 100th Anniversary Celebration

100 years of leadership.Wheel and Chain Logo
100 years of service.
100 years of impact on Dickinson.

Join the Blue Hats on campus April 19-21, 2024 to celebrate
Wheel and Chain's 100th Anniversary.

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REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL 3 P.M. APRIL 10, 2024.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

*Events with an asterisk have an associated cost for attendance.

Friday, April 19

3-5 p.m.
Registration

John M. Paz '78 Alumni & Family Center

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Liberty Cap Campus Tour (Optional)

Waidner Admissions House
Get reacquainted with campus while you wait for the weekend's events to begin on this admissions tour led by current Dickinson Liberty Caps.

5-7 p.m.
Senior Studio Art Majors Thesis Exhibition (Optional)

Emil R. Weiss Center for the Arts
Wheel and Chain's own Kai Lemis '24 will be featured as part of the senior studio-art majors exhibition. Over a yearlong seminar, majors engage in sustained and critical studio inquiry that results in the creation of ambitious and cohesive bodies of artwork, a selection of which is included in this end-of-year thesis exhibition. Under the collective direction of the Dickinson's studio-arts faculty, students develop individual projects made in a variety of media and share a commitment to the investigation of conceptual, material, formal, historical, political, and aesthetic concepts in their scholarship.

6-8 pm.
Welcome Reception*

John M. Paz '78 Alumni & Family Center
Reunite with fellow Blue Hats as we toast the beginning of our 100th anniversary weekend! Meet with other Wheel and Chain alumnae as you enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. President John E. Jones III and Beth Jones will provide welcoming remarks.

Saturday, April 20

9-10 a.m.
Breakfast with Blue Hats*

Stern Center
Enjoy breakfast with the Blue Hats and start the day off in good company! After breakfast we will walk over to Allison Hall to prepare for the symbolic walk to honor the women of Dickinson.

10-10:20 a.m.
Assemble for Symbolic Walk

Allison Hall Great Room
Walk over from Breakfast with the Blue Hats or just meet us here!

10:20-10:50 a.m.
Symbolic Walk in Honor of the Women of Dickinson

Allison Hall through Morgan Field, across S. College St., down to the Weiss Center for the Arts, then across High St. to Old West Lawn
Opening remarks will describe the reason for the walk and be followed by the processional through campus to tappings at Old West. Attendees are asked to wear their commemorative or original hat for the occasion.

11-11:45 a.m.
Tappings of the 101st Class of Wheel and Chain

Old West Steps & Lawn
Honor our new Blue Hats as they're tapped into the 101st class of Wheel and Chain! During the ceremony, we'll also recognize this year's Wheel and Chain Leadership Award Recipients and honorary members.

11:45-12:15 p.m.
Photos & Refreshments on the Lawn

Old West Lawn
Enjoy some light refreshments while we mix and mingle with the new class of Blue Hats and take photos on the steps of Old West. After photos, we'll walk over to the Social Hall for luncheon.

12:30-2 p.m.
Wheel and Chain Family & Friends Luncheon*

Holland Union Building (HUB) Social Hall
Gather with Wheel and Chain, honorary Blue Hats, guests of the 101st class, and Wheel and Chain Leadership Award recipients to celebrate this year's class, learn more about the history of Wheel and Chain, and hear updates from women leaders at the college. Attendees will hear from Anna Marks Crouch '09, Molly Flower Eppig '71, Karen Neely Faryniak '86 (honorary), and Professor Amy McKiernan (honorary) as they share more on the history and meaning of Wheel and Chain, the Wheel and Chain Leadership Award and its impact, and women's leadership at Dickinson.

2:45-4:30 p.m.
Choose Your Own Adventure

Pick one of the following options (first come first served basis) to learn more about current happenings at the college with your fellow Blue Hats!

Option 1: Dickinson College Farm Tour

Meet at the ellipse in front of Allison Hall, 99 Mooreland Ave., Carlisle, PA to catch the shuttle (Rain or Shine, plan for casual attire you wouldn't mind getting dirty and that is appropriate for expected weather conditions, as well as comfy shoes for uneven ground!). Please try to arrive early!
Tour the College Farm, Dickinson's 80-acre, USDA-certified organic farm to learn about the many ways students, faculty and volunteers are engaged in food production and research and are providing food for campus and the local Carlisle community.
Outing led by Centenary Planning Committee member: Karen Pflug-Felder '71

Option 2: Trout Gallery Tour

Meet at the Emil R. Weiss Center for the Arts, 240 W High St, Carlisle, PA (Plan for casual attire and comfy walking shoes!)
Meet with Trout Gallery Student Interns and staff to explore current exhibitions and tour behind the scenes of Dickinson's own art museum. We will see the works of senior Studio Arts majors and view some of the Trout's 6,000 holdings.
Outing led by Centenary Planning Committee member: Ann Conser Curley '63.

Option 3: Blue Hat Memories Campus Tour

Meet at the Waidner Admissions House, 20 S. College St., Carlisle, PA (Rain or Shine, plan for casual attire and comfy walking shoes!)
Reminisce about your favorite places on campus while discovering new spaces that are integral to the experience of current Wheel and Chain members.

Option 4: Explore Downtown Carlisle

On your own, or with a group of Blue Hats, visit your old haunts in downtown Carlisle. It will be Car Show Weekend, so there will be plenty to see and do!

5:30-6 p.m.
Wheel and Chain Plaque Dedication Ceremony

Help us commemorate Wheel and Chain's 100th anniversary with this ceremonial plaque dedication.

6-9 p.m.
Wheel and Chain 100th Anniversary Dinner*

Holland Union Building (HUB) Social Hall
Celebrate 100 years of Wheel and Chain with an evening of storytelling, history, hat lineage tracing, and traditions - with some time to renew your Blue Hat vows!

Sunday, April 21

8:30-10:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Farewell Toast*

Holland Union Building (HUB) Social Hall
To honor a more recent tradition, gather with Blue Hats to decorate donuts, grab a bite, and honor the weekend with a farewell toast.

FAQ

REGISTRATION

When can I register?

Registration will be open from late January to early April. If you did not pre-register for the event, but you still plan to attend, you may register as a walk-in upon arrival. You will need a credit card to do so.

Are spouses and children welcome to attend?

While you are welcome to bring your significant other or children for the weekend to enjoy Carlisle, the events throughout the weekend (with the exception of the Tappings ceremony) will be limited to Blue Hats only to protect traditions and for space availability considerations.

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING

Attendees are responsible for finding their own transportation to and from campus activities for the weekend - with the exception of transportation to the Dickinson College Farm for the Saturday afternoon tour. Please plan accordingly.

Where can I park on campus?

On Friday, please find street parking rather than campus lot parking as students will be in session. On Saturday and Sunday, campus lots will be open.

ACCOMMODATIONS

What are my housing options?

There is no on-campus housing available.

The college has reserved a block of rooms at the following locations (rates and availability vary):

You can also visit our Where to Stay webpage to view other accommodations within the surrounding region.

DINING

What are my dining options?

There are a variety of meals planned throughout the weekend for any Wheel and Chain attendee - which you can select to attend as part of your registration. This will include:

  • Friday evening - heavy hors d'oeuvres
  • Saturday morning - buffet style meal
  • Saturday afternoon - buffet style meal
  • Saturday evening - seated and served dinner
  • Sunday morning - donuts and other light breakfast fare

For all other meals or needs, guests are welcome to dine in the Dickinson cafeteria or locally.

Where can I dine in Carlisle?

You can visit our Restaurants webpage to view other options for dining in downtown Carlisle. If planning a downtown dining experience, guests are highly encouraged to make a reservation in advance, as it will be a busy weekend in Carlisle.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

Are spouses and children welcome to attend?

While you are welcome to bring your significant other or children for the weekend to enjoy Carlisle, the events throughout the weekend (with the exception of the Tappings ceremony) will be limited to Blue Hats only to protect traditions and for space availability considerations.

Can I bring my pets to campus?

No pets are allowed on campus. Guests staying in downtown Carlisle should contact their hotel directly with questions about pets.

Will the bookstore / Devils Den be open?

The bookstore is located in the Holland Union Building (HUB) at 28 N. College St., Carlisle, PA and will be open the following hours:

Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: noon-3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Devil's Den Convenience store is located at the lower level of the Holland Union Building (HUB) at 28 N. College St., Carlisle, PA and will be open the following hours:

Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: noon-8 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Who should I contact about mobility/accessibility needs?

To let us know if you have accessibility/mobility issues, please contact Stephanie Asper at 717-245-1114 or aspers@dickinson.edu or tell us about your needs during your online registration.

THANK YOU

A special thank you to the members of the Wheel and Chain Centenary Planning Committee!

Ann Conser Curley '63
Pam J. Ayre '67
Paulette Goerig Katzenbach '68
Molly Flower Eppig '71
Karen Pflug-Felder '71
Catherine Evans '73
Barb Pim Bailey '73
Kathy Bachman '75
Carol Graebner '75
Cathy Andriadis '80
Rose Belza Cooper '83
Margaret Selhat Curran '85
Karen Neely Faryniak '86 (Honorary Blue Hat)
Jenny Dotts Miller '89
Laura Croghan Kamoie '92, P'26
Laura Burrell Baxter '94
Marisa Cole Facciolo '97
Jennifer Miller Picarsic '03
Treasure Walker '04
Kate Consroe Ceste '09
Anna Marks Crouch '09
Sharaldine Francisco '16
Rehana Rohman '16
Shantal Hernandez '20
Annaliese Tucci '20
Shea Player '22
Sammy Jo Barnes '24
Melissa Patino-Martinez '24
Prerana Patil '24
Elizabeth Baah '24