WASHINGTON, PA (Oct. 17, 2011) – Washington & Jefferson College will commemorate its rich tradition, honor its alumni and showcase today’s campus through a variety of educational, athletic and social events at Homecoming Reunion Weekend Oct. 21-22.
With the theme “Behind Every Door Lies a Memory,” Homecoming this year will feature medical and legal lectures, a Veterans Memorial Service, a football game against Geneva College, and W&J’s annual Fifth Quarter event.
“Homecoming is a time for alumni to reconnect with old friends and the campus community,” Sarah Sperry, W&J’s associate director of alumni relations, said. “Events such as the welcome back reception, Homecoming dinner, football game and Fifth Quarter are the perfect settings for welcoming back our graduates. Homecoming is about remembering the past and looking toward the future of W&J.”
Homecoming events begin Friday, Oct 21, with registration in the Alumni House (335 East Wheeling Street). Campus tours will be held throughout the afternoon. Friday evening’s events begin with a veterans’ memorial service honoring members of the W&J community who have died serving their country, which will be held at the flagpole in front of the John A. Swanson Science Center.
The Welcome Back Reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by the Homecoming dinner at 7 p.m, where three alumni will be honored: Dr. Gary Silverman '78, Distinguished Service Award; Charles Eaton '64, Alumni Award for Achievement; and Dr. Kristin Ondecko Ligda '03, Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the annual W. Edward Sell ’45 Legal Lecture, “Marcellus Shale: Legislative and Legal Responsibilities,” will be held at 8:30 in the Olin Fine Arts Center, and the Dieter-Porter Medical Lecture, “Forensic Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom,” will begin at 9 a.m. in the Yost Auditorium in the Howard J. Burnett Center. The W. Edward Sell in Law Award will be presented to The Honorable Mark Mascara ’78 (posthumously) and The Honorable Christine Ward ’79 following the Legal Lecture. The panelists at the Legal Lecture will be Amy Barrette ’98, Robert Kozel ’89, Barron “Pat” McCune, Judson Starr ’68 and The Honorable Jesse White ’00. Darin M. Trelka ’92, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical examiner in Broward County’s medical examiner and trauma services division in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will present at the Dieter-Porter Medical Lecture.
Homecoming 2011 events conclude Saturday with the Fifth Quarter, Reunion Class Dinners and a “Graduates of the Last Decade” Reunion.
W&J HOMECOMING 2011
GLIMPSE AT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, October 21
5 p.m./Veterans Memorial Service Flagpole, John A. Swanson Science Center
6 p.m./Welcome Back Reception The Commons, Lower Level
7 p.m./Homecoming Dinner The Commons
7:30 p.m./Art Show-Gallery Talk: Betsy Timmer Olin Fine Arts Center
9:30 p.m./Student Homecoming Dance Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center
Saturday, October 22
8 a.m./Registration-Information-Refreshments Alumni House
8:30 a.m./W. Edward Sell ’45 Legal Lecture Olin Fine Arts Center
9 a.m./Dieter-Porter Medical Lecture Yost Auditorium, Howard J. Burnett Center
9 a.m./Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Media Room, The Commons
10:45 a.m./Conversation with the President Room 103, Howard J. Burnett Center
11:30 a.m./Reunion and Reunion Tailgate Lunches, Under the tent, Olin Lawn
2 p.m./Football, W&J vs. Geneva Cameron Stadium
4:30 p.m./Fifth Quarter Under the tent, Olin Lawn