Homecoming 2014 Schedule of Events


Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2014
Schedule of Events

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*Registration is requested for these events.

Friday, October 24, 2014


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
~ Bookstore Open
Rossin Campus Center

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ~ Registration and Information Center

Barron P. McCune Alumni House
Stop by the McCune Alumni House to pick up your nametag, tickets and welcome information. Members of the Alumni Executive Council will be on hand to welcome you home to your alma mater and answer your questions. Light refreshments are available.  


2 p.m. ~  Campus Tours

Depart from the Barron P. McCune Alumni House

Haven't been to campus for a while? View the changes on campus on an informative student-guided tour. Walking and riding tours are available.

3:30 p.m. ~ Campus Tours

Depart from the Barron P. McCune Alumni House

Haven't been to campus for a while? View the changes on campus on an informative student-guided tour. Walking and riding tours are available.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ~ W&J Wine Tasting - This event is sold out.

McMillan Hall Lobby

Enjoy tasting a variety of wines in the historic lobby of McMillan Hall.

5 – 5:30 p.m. ~ Veterans Memorial Service

Flagpole, Salvitti Quad
In honor of members of the W&J community who died serving their country.
COL Peter J. Ross, USAR (Ret) '74, Speaker


5:30 – 7 p.m. ~ Welcome Back Reception*

Lower Level, The Commons

Pre-dinner drinks and appetizers for alumni attending an evening dinner. President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., will officially welcome you home for the weekend. The Reunion Class Cup will be awarded.

7 – 9:30 p.m. ~ President’s Homecoming Dinner*
Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center
The President’s Homecoming Dinner features the presentation of alumni association awards and a College update from President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D. This is a sell-out event. Early registrations are strongly recommended.
Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., '73, Alumni Award for Achievement
Walter Flamenbaum, M.D., '62, Distinguished Service Award
Kelly Dzumela George, Ph.D., '00, Outstanding Young Alumni Award

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. ~ Reunion Class Dinners*

Reminisce about your favorite W&J moments with your classmates.
1969 - Foyer, Old Main
1974 - Malcolm Parcell Room, The Commons
1979 - Update: Class of 1979 will now be part of the President's Dinner
1984 - Salvitti Atrium, John A. Swanson Science Center.
1989 - Update: Class of 1989 will now be part of the President's Dinner


9:30 p.m.
Midnight ~ Student Homecoming Dance
Foyer, Technology Center
Alumni are welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ~ Registration and Information Center

McCune Alumni House
Stop by the McCune Alumni House to pick up your nametag, tickets and welcome information. Members of the Alumni Executive Council will be on hand to welcome you home to your alma mater and answer your questions. Light refreshments are available.


8 – 11 a.m.
~ Continental Breakfast
Dieter-Porter Life Sciences Building and Rossin Campus Center
Start your morning with breakfast pastries, juices and coffee before the educational lectures.

8 - 9 a.m. ~ Student Biology Poster Session
First Floor, Dieter-Porter Life Sciences Building

8 – 10 a.m.
~ W. Edward Sell ’45 Legal Lecture
Tackling Concussion: Law, Medicine and Sport Debate the Future of Athletics in America

Panelist: Nathan Bennett, M.D.’86, Clarence Carlos II, Leonard Marshall, Brant Miller, Esq.’95, Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., Bill Spencer, Pete Thomson, Lane Turturice, Esq. ’96
Moderator: Jason Luckasevic, Esq. '97
Senator Barry Stout '64, W. Edward Sell Achievement in Law Award Recipient
Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center

 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
~ Dieter-Porter Medical Lecture
Effects of Sodium on Heart Health - Edward D. Frohlich, M.D. '52
The Current Era of Heart Transplantation and Cardiac Circulatory Assist Devices: The Rise of Machines - Linda Bogar, M.D. '89
Room 100, First Floor, Dieter-Porter Life Sciences Building

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
~ Bookstore Open
Rossin Campus Center

10 a.m. ~ Field Hockey: W&J vs. St. John Fisher College
Cameron Stadium

10 - 11 a.m. ~ CIS/ITL Alumni Panel and Open House
Panelist: Justin Cameron '06, Nick Hovanic '05, Mark Sirkoch '10, John Mathews '11
CIS Lounge, 2nd Floor, Technology Center

10 -  11:30
a.m. ~ Education Alumni Panel
Education alumni present their experiences teaching abroad and in the USA, along with graduate school experiences.
Panelist: Ryan Bunting '07, Ali Gumpf Burns '09, Anthony Burns '09, Michael Hildreth '13, Ashley Figlar '13, Sara Lamars '10, Courtney Grubich LaViere '07, Kolby Seidel McCallister '11, Samantha Sosko '09, Tim Wagner '07
Room 003 (Lower Level), The Howard J. Burnett Center

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ~ Choir Reunion & Rehearsal

Room 211, Olin Fine Arts Center

10:45 a.m.  ~ Campus Tours (walking only)

Depart from the Admission House
Haven't been to campus for a while? View the changes on campus on an informative student-guided tour. Walking tours are available.

11 a.m. – Noon ~ Conversation with the President & Volunteer Recognition*
Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center
President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., will speak about W&J, recognize our volunteers and answer your questions.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  ~ Tailgate Lunch*
Under the Tent, Olin Lawn
Join friends and bring the family for a rousing Western-Pennsylvania tailgate-style lunch. Child-friendly activities will be offered.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
~ Reunion Tailgate Lunches*
Classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 - Under the Tent, Olin Lawn
1994 Stagg Bowl Football Team and 2004 NCAA Quarterfinalist Football Team - Towler Hall, Cameron Stadium

Join your classmates for a Western-Pennsylvania tailgate-style lunch before heading to the big game.


12:30 p.m.
~ Public Art Dedication
The Howard J. Burnett Center Lawn
A myriad of changes occurred during the 1970 academic year including: the beginning of co-education, the inauguration of a new college president, the introduction of Intersession and the first art major declaration. The W&J Public Arts Committee will unveil a new outdoor work of art in honor of these changes.


12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
~ Black Student Union Alumni and Student Football Jump-Off*
Lower Level, The Hub (Former Student Center)
Join BSU members, past and present, for an informal pre-game gathering. Light refreshments will be served.

2 p.m.
~ Football: W&J vs. Case Western Reserve University
Cameron Stadium
Honorary Co-Captains: Pat Aigner '89, Heather Dawkins '94, Mark Kern '89, Ken Mason '64, Don Murray '64, Miles Prentice '64, Shawn Prendergast '94, Lynne Unice Yater '94
Tickets are available at registration and at the gate. W&J Hall of Fame members celebrating their reunion will serve as honorary co-captain. The Class of 1994 football team and its Stagg Bowl appearance will be recognized.

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
~ Fifth Quarter*
Under the Tent, Olin Lawn
Join friends for post-game food, drinks and music at this annual favorite.

6 p.m. ~ Presidential Guard (formerly Old Guard) Dinner*

Parcell Room, The Commons
Reserved seating for the Class of 1954 in honor of their 60th reunion and the Class of 1959 in honor of their 55th reunion.

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