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Colby’s 2017 Homecoming Weekend takes place Friday, Oct. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 29 on the Colby College campus. Students, alumni, and their families and friends are invited for this special weekend celebrating athletics, academics, and our Colby community and spirit. We can’t wait to see you.

Schedule of Events, Oct. 27-29

Friday, October 27

7-10 a.m.

Dining Hall Breakfast

Pay $6 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall and Roberts Dining Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Open Classes

Various classrooms, various buildings

8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Registration and Information Desk Hours

Lobby, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bookstore Hours

Cotter Union

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colby College Museum of Art Hours

Drop in and explore on your own. Audio tours available at front desk at no charge.

Colby Museum of Art

11 a.m.-noon

Campus Tour

Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide.

Departs from and returns to Lunder House

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Homecoming Dining Hall Lunch

Pay $8 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall and Roberts Dining Hall

Noon-5 p.m.

Wine Tour and Tasting at Tree Spirits in Oakland

Enjoy a wine and spirits tasting while reminiscing with classmates at Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery, owned by Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74. Locally sourced and internationally recognized wines and spirits five minutes from campus.

152 Fairfield St., Route 23, Oakland

2-4 p.m.

Miller Library Tower Tours

Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 3:45 p.m.)

Front steps, Miller Library

3-4 p.m.

Psychology Colloquium Presentation. “Learning about the Mind: Children’s Understanding of Knowledge and Cognitive Activities”

Join Bradford Pillow, professor of psychology at Northern Illinois University, as he speaks about research that investigates cognitive development in children. Open to all.

Room 301, Davis Science Center

3-4 p.m.

Campus Tour

Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide.

Departs from and returns to Lunder House

4-5:30 p.m.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Lecture: “Origins of Neural Networks”

Join faculty member Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Martin for a special STS lecture. Open to all.

Animals—from worms to humans—have brains. Our human brains are clearly special: we have evolved speech, culture, dance, language, song. Is the origin of our human brain special, or do these abilities that make us human share a common history with other mammals? Or flies? Or worms? We’ll talk about some of the recent discoveries and controversies about the origin(s) of brains and what this knowledge may tell us about human behavior.

Room 100, Lovejoy Building

4-5:30 p.m.

The Unfastening: A Poetry Hour With Wes McNair

In a dark time, unfastened by loss and despair, how does one find one’s way back to the world again? Former Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair’s new collection, The Unfastening, seeks to answer this question through poems of sorrow, and hope, and joy.

McNair will read selected poems and talk about the complex, unexpected process through which the book reached its final form. This event will also serve to launch The Unfastening website, the latest digital collaboration between McNair, Special Collections, and Academic ITS. Reception to follow.

Robinson Room, Special Collections, Miller Library

5-9 p.m.

Homecoming Dining Hall Dinner

Pay $10 at the door. Cash only.

5-9 p.m. Dana Dining Hall
5-7 p.m. Roberts Dining Hall
5-7 p.m. Foss Dining Hall

6:00-8:30 p.m.

114th C Club Dinner

The 114th Colby C Club dinner will feature the presentation of two annual awards that support the important role of athletics in the Colby experience. The C Club Person of the Year Award will be presented to Joe Boulos ’68, whose support has made a significant and lasting impact on Colby and Colby athletics through the years. The Carl E. Nelson Award will be presented to Eric DeCosta ’93, the assistant general manager for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. Parents and alumni welcome. Preregistration is required and can be found here

Page Commons Room, Cotter Union

7:30 p.m.

Arts and Innovation Showcases: Brake, Build, Burn: A Short Program of New Performances

In this mixed evening of performance, first-year students and theater and dance majors and minors take the stage in both student- and faculty-directed new works. The evening will feature the full range of performance research created in the Department of Theater and Dance—including theater, dance, design, and hybrid dance theater. Developed in a short period, these projects highlight collaboration, experimentalism, and inquiry-based creative research.

Free tickets can be reserved at colby.edu/theaterdance.

Strider Theater, Runnals Building

7 p.m.

Arts and Innovation Showcase: First A Cappella Concert

Performances by Colby a cappella groups Colby Eight, Colbyettes, Blue Lights, Megalomaniacs, Sirens, EVE, Mayflower Chill, and Mediocre. Tickets not required. Seating is limited to 180 guests for this performance on a first-come basis.

Given Auditorium, Bixler

9 p.m.

Harvest Evening at the Pub

Enjoy mulled wine, hot cider, beer, and wine with complimentary seasonal appetizers.

Marchese Blue Light Pub, Cotter Union

9 p.m.

Arts and Innovation Showcase: Second A Cappella Concert

Performances by Colby a cappella groups Colby Eight, Colbyettes, Blue Lights, Megalomaniacs, Sirens, EVE, Mayflower Chill, and Mediocre. Tickets not required. Seating is limited to 180 guests per show on a first-come basis.

Given Auditorium, Bixler

Saturday, October 28

8-9:15 a.m.

5k Race/Walk

Meet at the Collins and Young Observatory Area for race registration and start/finish line. $5 to participate with all proceeds given to a local community partner.

Collins and Young Observatory Area, walk from Alfond Parking Area

8-9:15 a.m.

Leadership Group Working Breakfast: Alumni of Color Network Breakfast

Build your breakfast in Dana and walk to the adjacent Fairchild Room.

Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall

8-9:15 a.m.

Leadership Group Working Breakfast: Colby Volunteer Breakfast

For existing volunteers. Enjoy food and drinks while learning how you can continue your volunteer support for Colby’s newest initiatives and programs. Pre-registration is required.

8-11 a.m.

Homecoming Dining Hall Breakfast

$6 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration and Information Desk Hours

Lobby, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bookstore Hours

Cotter Union

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Calling All Baseball Fans!

Please stop by the Brewster Reading Room in Miller Library to see an amazing showcase of wonderful artifacts from the newly arrived Cerulli World Series Collection. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide access to baseballs, programs, and tickets signed by many of the Major League’s star players. The collection spans the years 1941 through 2013.

Brewster Reading Room, Miller Library

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Global Colby: Access, Integration, and Action

TBD

9:30 a.m.

Gospel Residency Open Rehearsal

Register to sing with our visiting gospel musicians. Learn more and register here.

Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building

9:30 a.m.

Colby Softball Alumnae Game

Bring your glove and join other softball alumnae and current student athletes for a fun game of slow-pitch on our beautiful turf field.

Softball Field

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colby College Museum of Art Hours

Drop in and explore on your own. Audio tours available at front desk at no charge.

Colby Museum of Art

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Balfour Class Ring Ordering for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union

10:30 a.m.-noon

Claiming our True North: A Conversation with President Greene

All are welcome.

Page Commons Room, Cotter Union

11 a.m.

Campus Tour

Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide.

Departs from and returns to Lunder House

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dining Hall Lunch

Pay $8 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall, Foss Dining Hall, and Roberts Dining Hall

Noon-3 p.m.

Ludy ’21 and Pacy ’27 Levine Homecoming Weekend Barbecue

Tickets for the barbecue may be purchased during registration or at the Homecoming 2017 Welcome Area in the alumni center.

In tent behind Roberts

Noon-3 p.m.

Visit the Colby Tailgate Area

Alumni, parents, and the Colby community are encouraged to stop by the tailgate to play some lawn games or meet up with friends.

Tailgate area

1:30-5 p.m.

Wine Tour and Tasting at Tree Spirits in Oakland

Enjoy a wine and spirits tasting while reminiscing with classmates at Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery, owned by Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74. Locally sourced and internationally recognized wines and spirits.

152 Fairfield St., Route 23, Oakland

1 p.m.

Colby Football vs. Bates

Seaverns Football Field, Harold Alfond Stadium

1-4 p.m.

Special Collections Tours

Special Collections houses Colby’s rare books, literary manuscripts, and College archives. Tours will be given on a drop-in basis and complemented by displays throughout the main floor of Miller Library.

Special Collections, Miller Library

2-3 p.m.

Colby College Museum of Art Guided Tour

Colby Museum of Art

3-4:30 p.m.

Alumni of Color Network Reception

Afternoon reception and career panel with Q&A from current students.

Pugh Center, Cotter Union

2-5 p.m.

Miller Library Tower Tours

Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 4:45 p.m.)

Front steps, Miller Library

3-5 p.m.

Pictures by Johnson Pond

Bring your friends and family and get a complimentary photograph taken at this Colby landmark. The photo will be ready to take with you in minutes.

Johnson Pond

3-4 p.m.

History Department Reception

Join the History Department faculty for light refreshments.

Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

4-5 p.m.

Economics, Government, and Global Studies Reception

Alumni, students, and parents, please join faculty members for hor d’oeuvres and beverages.

Atrium, Diamond Building

5-8 p.m.

Homecoming Dining Hall Dinner

Pay $10 at the door. Cash only.

5-8 p.m. Dana Dining Hall
5-7 p.m. Roberts Dining Hall

7:30-9 p.m.

Music at Colby Series

Masterworks
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director

In its first concert of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra presents works by three German masters: Wagner’s The overture and the dramatic “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhäuser; Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and Beethoven’s timeless Sixth Symphony, The Pastoral, which abounds with the sounds and images of the beauty of the German countryside.

Lorimer Chapel

Sunday, October 29

8-11 a.m.

Homecoming Dining Hall Breakfast

Pay $6 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bookstore Hours

Cotter Union

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Calling All Baseball Fans!

Please stop by the Brewster Reading Room in Miller Library to see an amazing showcase of wonderful artifacts from the newly arrived Cerulli World Series Collection. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide access to baseballs, programs, and tickets signed by many of the Major League’s star players. The collection spans the years 1941 through 2013.

Brewster Reading Room, Miller Library

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Balfour Class Ring Ordering for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hillel Bagel Brunch

Meet with Hillel Advisor Rabbi Erica Asch and fellow students for an informal conversation and nosh.

Hillel Room (second floor), Pugh Center

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

German Program Brunch

Alumni, parents, students, and staff all welcome to attend.

Fairchild Room, Dana Dining Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dining Hall Lunch

Pay $8 at the door. Cash only.

Dana Dining Hall and Roberts Dining Hall

11 a.m.-Noon

Ecumenical Gospel Service in Lorimer Chapel

This service will highlight guest gospel artists David Dupree and David Powell, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Hosted by Colby’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, 1st Congregational Church of Waterville, Pleasant St. Methodist Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and 1st Congregational Church of Winslow. All are welcome.

Lorimer Chapel

Noon-5 p.m.

Colby College Museum of Art Hours

Drop in and explore on your own. Audio tours available at front desk at no charge.

Colby Museum of Art

Homecoming 2017 FAQ

Do I need to register for Homecoming 2017?

Yes. All parents, alumni, and guests are asked to register for Homecoming. There will be printed programs and gifts at the registration area until 3 p.m. Oct. 28.

Where is parking for Homecoming 2017?

Parking is available in various areas across campus. Colby alumni, parents, and friends participating in the Colby Athletics tailgate should proceed to the Colby tailgate area next to the football field just beyond the parking lot. Parents and fans of the Bates football team should proceed to the parking lot with “Visitor Parking” signage for parking and tailgating activities.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are available across campus, including Cotter Union and near the Homecoming 2017 welcome area in the alumni center.

What about meals?

Families looking to join the Ludy ’21 and Pacy ’27 Levine Homecoming Weekend Barbecue must purchase tickets in advance when registering for the event. The fee for the lunch is $20 for adults and $9 for children. Colby students are free, but must register for the meal.

Families and guests may eat Friday, Saturday, and Sunday breakfast and Saturday lunch at Dana Dining Hall. Lunch on Friday or Saturday can be had at Dana or Roberts Dining Hall. Meal prices are $6 for breakfast and $8 for lunch. Children five and under are free; ages six to 11 are half price. Cash only.

What is there to do around Waterville?

Waterville is home to 15,000 residents and boasts a downtown district that features a municipal auditorium (the Waterville Opera House), Railroad Square Cinema, one of America’s great independent cinemas (three screens), and many locally owned businesses. Visitors will also find a half-dozen hotels, two hospitals, a multiplex movie theater, and nationally recognized businesses—Starbucks, Home Depot, and others—within city limits.

How can I get professional photos of my family at Homecoming 2017?

The College contracts with a professional photographer to take photographs of Colby families near Johnson Pond 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Photographs are printed onsite and can be picked up 15-30 minutes after the photos are taken. All photo sessions are provided free of charge.

Who can answer other questions about Homecoming 2017?

Please contact staff at the Office of Alumni Experience and Networks at 207-859-4310 or colbyevents@colby.edu

WATERVILLE, ME - OCTOBER 08: Colby College Homecoming weekend events: on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh) 2015 Homecoming events WATERVILLE, ME - OCTOBER 08: Colby College Homecoming weekend events: on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh) WATERVILLE, ME - OCTOBER 08: Colby College Homecoming weekend events: on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh) WATERVILLE, ME - OCTOBER 08: Colby College Homecoming weekend events: on Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh)