UAlbany Homecoming 2015

OCTOBER 9, 10, 11

Save the Date for a weekend filled with events perfect for alumni, students, family, friends, and fans! Take part in the Welcome Wine Tasting, wear your purple and gold with pride for Saturday's Great Dane Game Day experience including the annual Great Dane football pregame party, and reconnect with old classmates at reunion events. Enjoy tours of the Uptown and Downtown campuses and explore the old stomping grounds you know and love.  

Check back often for the most current list of events!

 



 

Key Guide
A – Alumni   E – Everyone F – Families of Current Students
R – Reunion Classes   S – UAlbany Students I – Invitation only


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd floor 
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free. E
                                                                                                                       
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Homecoming Registration

Alumni House
Stop in, pick up your registration packets and enjoy some coffee and cider doughnuts.      

11:00 a.m.–Noon
Reception Celebrating Student Scholarships

Assembly Hall, Campus Center
To thank our donors for putting The World Within Reach for our students, George R. Hearst III, president of The University at Albany Foundation and Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, will host a private reception for donors and student scholarship recipients, followed by the Reaching Higher, Achieving More luncheon. Registration required. I

12:00–1:30 p.m.
Reaching Higher, Achieving More Luncheon

Campus Center Ballroom
Reaching Higher, Achieving More is an alumni campaign designed to showcase the remarkable career paths of the University at Albany graduates.  They are entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, corporate leaders, entertainers, doctors, social workers, authors, policymakers and more, and their impact is truly global.  Registration required. Free lunch. E
                                     
2:30–4:00 p.m.
Moot Court Demonstration

Alumni House
See students in action in a courtroom-like setting as they prepare for the National Moot Court Competition. Sponsored by the nationally ranked School of Criminal Justice.  Registration required. Free. E

4:00-5:00 p.m. 
New Spaces and Technology Zone: Collaborative Learning in the Information Commons

University Library, 1st Floor, Northwest 
Join us as we unveil our new group study rooms and Mac technology zone in the Information Commons.  Team-based learning and collaboration now reside side-by-side with traditional library collections and a host of library services—come and see for yourself and celebrate. Offered by The University Libraries, in partnership with Information Technology Services (ITS).
Refreshments will be served.  Free.
E

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Welcome Wine Tasting Reception

University Museum
Please join us for a wine-tasting experience and discover a fine selection of New York wines while you connect with fellow alumni, UAlbany families and friends while viewing the works of alumni artist Brian Tolle.  Registration required. Free. (Limit 1 guest) E

6:00 p.m.
Newman Catholic Association Spaghetti Dinner

The Interfaith Center
Students and their families are invited to join us for a free home-cooked pasta dinner. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited to 60 people. Registration required. Free. F, S

7:00 p.m.
Reunions/Re-Unions

Performing Arts Center
Three American playwrights explore the subject of reunions with former loves.  Performed in our intimate arena space, this entrancing evening of theatre is sure to elicit laughter and thoughts of old flames. Directed by Marnie Andrews. E
Additional performances Saturday, Oct. 10 2pm and 7pm, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2pm
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

7:30 p.m.
The Rockefeller College Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series 

University at Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (2nd floor)
The Rockefeller College Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series is designed to provide a meaningful and memorable learning experience through which students preparing for careers in government and public service can gain a better understanding of the challenges they may face in the future and the skills they will need to be successful in their chosen field from current and noted leaders in government, politics, and the nonprofit sector.  The goal is to provide a forum where today’s exceptional leaders and innovators become teachers for our students and alumni.  Program followed by networking and dessert reception. Registration required. Free. E

7:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student Shabbat Services

Campus Center, 3rd Floor
Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Services

8:00 p.m.
Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Registration required. Free. E

8:00 p.m. –Midnight 

FallBall 

Join us for the 2nd annual Homecoming Fall Ball in the Campus
Center Ballroom. Formal Attire, Great Music, and Refreshments! Free. S




SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Homecoming Registration

Alumni House

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd Floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free. E

8:30–10:00 a.m.
President’s Breakfast

Campus Center Ball Room
Start your day with UAlbany families and alumni at a breakfast buffet!  Hear President Robert J. Jones provide an update on the University and celebrate with the Class of 1965 alumni as they are inducted into the Half-Century Club. Registration required. Cost: $10.00/person. E

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Interfaith Center Open House 

Chapel House Interfaith Center
Free. E

10:30 a.m.
Marjorie Savage Presentation

Campus Center Ball Room
Marjorie Savage is the Director of the University of Minnesota Parent Program and serves as the liaison between the University and the parents of its 29,000 undergraduate students. She is the author of You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years. Marjorie will speak with families about parenting today’s college students and how they impact the student experience. Current UAlbany students will share their campus experience and engage with family members before and after the discussion. 
Registration required. Free. F, S

10:30 a.m.–Noon
Sorority/Fraternity Coffee Hour

Alumni House
Join your sorority or fraternity – Alpha Pi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Zeta, Chi Sigma Theta, Gamma Kappa Phi, Kappa Beta, Kappa Delta, Phi Delta, Potter Club, Psi Gamma, Sigma Alpha, Sigma Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi for coffee and conversation. Registration required. Free. A, R

10:30 a.m.-Noon
Middle Earth 45th Reunion Brunch

Assembly Hall, Campus Center
Celebrate our 45th anniversary with fellow Middle Earth alumns and hear an update on what's new and upcoming with Middle Earth while enjoying a nice brunch buffet. Registration Required. Cost: $20/person. A, S

11:00–11:45 a.m.
University Art Museum Tour

Join members of the museum staff for an informal gallery tour of the current exhibition.  Registration Required. Free.  E

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Presidents’ Legacy Reception

Empire Commons (tentative)
Legacy families -- families with more than one generation of alumni or current students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) is an alum -- are invited to this informal reception hosted by University President Robert J. Jones and Alumni Association President Joseph Garba '02, '05. Registration required. Free.  I

12:30-1:45 p.m.
Class of 1964 Buffet Lunch (Optional)

Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave.
Enjoy a nice buffet lunch at Washington Tavern, affectionately called “The T”, a popular meeting place for all downtown alums. Registration required. Cost: $10/person.


1-3:30 p.m.
Great Dane Pre-Game

Adjacent to Bob Ford Field
Get into the spirit before watching UAlbany take on Maine in the Homecoming game! Enjoy a lunch buffet, live music featuring the Bad Chaperones and family fun activities with other Great Danes fans.  Package includes lunch buffet, T-shirt and football game ticket.  A $40 value.  Current UAlbany Students receive free game ticket in student section and can use meal swipe. If you would like your student to sit with you, you will need to purchase a reserved game ticket. Must register by Oct.1 to receive a commemorative t-shirt. Free parking. Registration required. Cost $25, $5 for children 10 and under. E
Reunion classes, School of Business alums, Rockefeller alums and GOLD, will have reserved tables.

1844 Society Tent at the Great Dane Pre-Game
1 -3:30 p.m. 

While at the Pre-Game, visit our exclusive donor tent and enjoy champagne, desserts and specialty coffees.  Casual attire is welcome; UAlbany gear is encouraged!  Registration Required. I

1:00–3:00 p.m. 
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Chapel House Cookout

Chapel House Interfaith Center
Free. E

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Class of 1960 Reunion Buffet Luncheon

Milne 200, Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue 
Enjoy a nice hot buffet luncheon at historic Milne 200 with its 14 Lithgow murals. Registration required. Cost: $35/person. A,R

2:00 p.m.
Reunions/Re-Unions

Performing Arts Center
Three American playwrights explore the subject of reunions with former loves.  Performed in our intimate arena space, this entrancing evening of theatre is sure to elicit laughter and thoughts of old flames. Directed by Marnie Andrews. E
Additional performances Saturday, Oct. 10 2pm and 7pm, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2pm
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Maine

Bob Ford Field
Show your true colors!  Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. Registration required. Cost: $15 reserved seating, $12 general admission on the berm, $5 kids (10 and under). E


1:00–1:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour

Art Museum 
Registration Required. Free. E

2:00-3:00 p.m.
UAlbany Downtown Campus Walking Tour

Downtown Campus
See some of your old haunts and reminisce with alumni during this tour of the various buildings on the downtown campus. Gregory Wiedeman, university archivist, will host the tour. Tour starts at Draper Hall entrance. Parking is available at Thurlow Terrace on Western Ave. Registration required. Free. E

6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Class of 1965 Cocktail Reception

Albany Marriott 
Registration required. Free if attending reunion dinner. $10/person for reception only. Cash bar. R

7:00-10:00 p.m. 
Class of 1965 Reunion Dinner

Albany Marriott Ballroom
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Registration required. Cost: $50/person. R

7:00 p.m.
Reunions/Re-Unions

Performing Arts Center
Three American playwrights explore the subject of reunions with former loves.  Performed in our intimate arena space, this entrancing evening of theatre is sure to elicit laughter and thoughts of old flames. Directed by Marnie Andrews. E
Additional performances Saturday, Oct. 10 2pm and 7pm, Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2pm
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff

8:00 pm
World Within Reach Speaker Series

To be Announced. Details forthcoming.

9:00 p.m.
GOLD Party at Pearl Street Pub

Pearl Street Pub, 198 Quail Street, Albany
An exclusive UAlbany party for recent grads (2005-2015) and the senior class. Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, and more -- all for just $10! And, get your team ready to win great prizes at the 5th annual GOLD Trivia Contest. Must be 21 to attend. Registration required. $10. A,R,S                                                                             

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

8:30 a.m.
Happy Trails to You . . .’Til We Meet Again Breakfast 

Class of 1965
Albany Marriott
Here’s your chance to say goodbye for now ’til your next reunion. Registration required. Cost: On your own. R

8:30 a.m. (tentative)
Class of 1960 Farewell Breakfast

Best Western Sovereign Hotel 

Registration required. Free for hotel guests. $10 for non-hotel guests. R

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Alumni House

2:00 p.m.
Reunions/Re-Unions

Performing Arts Center
Three American playwrights explore the subject of reunions with former loves.  Performed in our intimate arena space, this entrancing evening of theatre is sure to elicit laughter and thoughts of old flames. Directed by Marnie Andrews. E
Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff
Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff


6:45 p.m.
Catholic Mass with Bishop Scharfenberger 

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Everyone is welcome to join the Newman Catholic Association and Bishop of Albany Edward Scharfenberger in celebrating Mass on campus. Registration required. Free. E


Last updated: July 29, 2015