Family Weekend Schedule

Information is subject to change. Please check back often for updates as additional programs and opportunities will be added.

Friday, October 25, 2013

*The Jaeger Center will be open 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
*The Bullets Pool will be open 6:30-9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
*The College Bookstore will be open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Musselman Library will be open until 8:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Parents Advisory Board Meeting

By invitation.

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration
Lobby, First Floor, College Union Building
Refreshments available.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Melissa Ichiuji: In the Flesh (Main Gallery)

Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall

An exhibition of sculpture by nationally and internationally recognized artist Melissa Ichiuji. Voted one of the top 100 Washington, DC artists last year, lchiuij’s work is political, sometimes controversial, and always suggestive of power, violence, and mortality. While much of her fantastical figurative work is evocative of a Surrealist aesthetic, more recent sculptures take on the current political scene in Washington, DC. Portraits of Mitt Romney, Osama Bin Laden, Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin, among others, have garnered significant attention in the media for their uncanny and seemingly brutal likenesses.

Manazher: Views from the Middle East (Project Space)
Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall

Manazher, "sights" or "views" in Arabic, features the photographic work and artifacts collected by Gettysburg College students and faculty during their travels to the Arab and Islamic World. For the first time on display at Gettysburg College, these materials capture the study and living experiences of our academic community in the Middle East.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African American Artifacts of the Civil War Era
- Exhibit
Special Collections, Musselman Library (4th Floor)

This exhibit follows African Americans on their journey from the antebellum days of slavery, through the Civil War years as United States Colored Troops and freedmen, and finally to citizenship in post-bellum America. These artifacts and documents are on generous loan from the private collection of Angelo Scarlato, a retired educator who has been collecting materials on the 19th century African American experience, the Battle of Gettysburg, and Adams County history for over thirty years.

Guardians of Gettysburg: Pvt. Herman S. Cook and the College Company - Exhibit
Special Collections, Musselman Library (4th Floor)
This collection highlights the Civil War service of Private Herman Cook, Class of 1866. Cook enlisted with over fifty Pennsylvania (now Gettysburg) College students in June 1863 in answer to Governor Andrew Curtin’s emergency call for troops. These diaries, letters, and photographs are on loan for the Sesquicentennial from the private collection of M. Patrick McCrary, author of Private Cook and the College Company.

For additional exhibits, visit Musselman Library's Exhibits.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st Annual Cross-disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG) Poster Presentation

Science Center Lobby

Students who worked in Gettysburg College science department research labs or did research off-campus over the summer will present their findings in posters and be on hand to answer questions. The summer research program was funded, in part, through an initiative of Gettysburg College's Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education program. Posters will remain on display the entire weekend.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Family College
Experience the expertise, creativity, and wit of our faculty by attending a Family College course. A second session is offered at 5:00 p.m. First come, first served. Seating is limited. 

Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion
Weidensall 302 
Between the World Wars, Nazi sympathizers labeled Einstein’s theory of relativity “Jewish science” in an attempt to denigrate it.  They were wrong.  But scientists are people who come from places and times, who have backgrounds that shape them.  Is there any sense in which Einstein’s Jewish heritage is present in his approach to understanding the universe?

Steve Gimbel

Chair, Philosophy
Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities

On Being Christian in Muslim Oman
Weidensall 301
Although Oman, a small country on the Arabian Peninsula, has no indigenous Christian population, it hosts tens of thousands of Christians who come from around the world to live and work in Oman, many of them staying for decades or even settling there permanently. Although these individuals represent a variety of sects within Christianity, living and practicing their religion in an overwhelmingly Muslim country leads them to form a Christian identity that can override national, ethnic, linguistic, sectarian, and other kinds of differences. This talk describes the Christian community and the ways members form and navigate their Christian identity within the tolerant context of Oman.

Amy Young Evrard
Associate Professor, Anthropology

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fall Honors Day

Christ Chapel

Join this annual recognition ceremony when more than 40 named awards are presented to students who were selected on the basis of their academic achievement and service to the campus community.

5:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Zombie 5K

Quarry Pavilion
Join CPS and GRAB for a 5K at Gettysburg College. Conquer obstacles and dodge zombies that want to eat your brain. $15 to register and all proceeds support the 2013 Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Register online or at 4 p.m on the day of the race.

5:00 - 5:50 p.m.
Family College Session 2
First come, first served. Seating is limited.

World Music Ensemble Class
Schmucker 117
Do you like to hit things that go boom, clash, gong, ching, chang? Then come and try out our Indonesian instrumental ensemble, Gamelan Gita Semara. You will learn the basics. No prior musical experience necessary. No notation. All ages welcome. Learn about the music of Bali through an interactive music making experience.

Brent C. Talbot
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, Sunderman Conservatory

The Human and Emotional Legacy of the American Civil War
Weidensall 302
What were the human, emotional, and psychological consequences of the Civil War for returning Union veterans? Although popular histories hold that the Civil War veteran made an easy return to civilian life, Union veterans endured a profound sense of betrayal after Appomattox. We will explore how northern veterans struggled with the memory of the war for the rest of their lives.

Brian Matthew Jordan '09
Adjunct Instructor, Civil War Era Studies

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Under the Starry Dome
Caitlin Hay, Physics/Anthropology '14, demonstrates the College's vintage Hatter Planetarium. Installed in 1966, it is still in active use in our curriculum and visited by area school students every year. Find out how we use this valuable tool and keep it relevant.

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $11.90 per person.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Happy Hour
Attic, West Building
Join the Campus Activities Board as its members welcome you to Family Weekend. Snacks and beverages provided.


7:00 p.m.
The Object Lesson

Kline Theatre
Created and performed by Visiting Artist Geoff Sobelle
Tickets required. Please call 717-337-6060.

Alone with a mountain of boxes, all filled with the stuff of lifetimes, a man reaches into the heap to investigate the artifacts of everyday existence; ordinary objects are imbued with deeper meaning, rooms are reconstructed, stories unfolded before being lost and forgotten. Physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle has created an absurdist mystery about the search for meaning in a massive collection of stuff.

About the artist: Geoff Sobelle is a Philadelphia based physical theater artist known for his sublimely ridiculous, avant-garde "new vaudevillian" mode of performance. Having graduated from Stanford University in his home state of California and trained at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, he has been a member of Obie award-winning theater company Pig Iron Theatre since 2001 and is also co-artistic director of rainpan 43, producing actor-driven works such as all wear bowlers and Elephant Room. Sobelle has received widespread acclaim from the Philadelphia arts circuit; he was nominated for the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theater Artist, claimed the title of "Best Theatre Artist" from Philadelphia Magazine in 2004 and became Pew Fellow of the Arts in 2006. Geoff Sobelle's persistently inane aesthetic seeks to challenge traditional modes of perspective through complex, multi-layered, visual theater that uses performance as a metaphor for the human experience.

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Haunted House at Phi Delta Theta

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Observatory Open House
The open house will include tours of the Observatory and our local night sky. We'll start with a look at the array of equipment used in our astronomy survey courses, upper-level lab courses, and student-faculty research. Weather permitting, we'll demonstrate how we use our larger optical telescope to acquire the data that informs our labs and research projects. We will also have smaller telescopes and binoculars set up to observe a few seasonal favorites and offer pointers to guide yourself around the night sky. Please note astronomical observatories are purposefully remote; there are no facilities and reasonable attire should be considered.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Women's Center Open House

Ice House Complex, 30 N. Washington Street (across from 7-11), Room 201  
Please ring the doorbell.

The Women's Center is the campus hub for programming and events that focus on education about gender issues in the 21st century. The Center houses the Women's Leadership Program library and hosts movie nights, indulgence parties, and small group discussions about healthy dating relationships -- plus it's one of the most laid-back spots on campus!

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Autumn Leaves Jazz Ensemble Concert
Majestic Theater
Under the direction of Professor of Music Buzz Jones, the eighteen member group has toured Europe five times with invited performances at the prestigious Montreux, Vienne, and Jazz à Juan Festivals. Tickets: $5.00 for adults; FREE for children 18 and under and those with a Gettysburg College ID. Majestic Box Office: 717-337-8200 or online at


Saturday, October 26, 2013

*The Jaeger Center will be open 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
*The College Bookstore will be open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Musselman Library will be open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration

Lobby, First Floor, College Union Building
Refreshments available.

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Legacy Breakfast

Specialty Dining
By invitation.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Study Abroad Information Session

CUB Ballroom
Attend a brief presentation by Off-Campus Studies staff, followed by an opportunity to visit country tables to meet returned study abroad students and parents.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Gleaning at Peters Orchards
Meet in Masters Lot (behind Masters Hall)
Join CPS and the Gleaning Project of South Central PA to gather produce left in the fields of Adams County after the harvest. We will be gleaning at Peters Orchards in Gardners. Please wear clothes for outside work. Register to participate. Learn more information on the Gleaning Project of South Central PA.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
APO Pancake Breakfast

CUB 260

Alpha Phi Omega will host a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Gettysburg United Way. This is a free event, but donations are encouraged. Vegan options will be available.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Family Weekend Welcome Session

CUB Ballroom
This event is a chance for you to join President Riggs for her insights and the outlook for the College's future. High impact experiences within and beyond the classroom walls and career discovery figure prominently in her vision for all students. Hear from fellow parents how you can help your child--and other Gettysburg students--with their career plans.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Slaves, Soldiers, Citizens: African American Artifacts of the Civil War Era
– Exhibit Guardians of Gettysburg: Pvt. Herman S. Cook and the College Company - Exhibit
Special Collections, Musselman Library (4th Floor)
See Friday at 1:00 p.m. for details.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Melissa Ichiuji: In the Flesh (Main Gallery)
Manazher: Views from the Middle East (Project Space)

Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Career Connections for Your Studen
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Learn about Gettysburg College's alumni network and opportunities for students to make valuable career connections. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Advising Session

Masters Hall 117
Learn about the Academic Advising office—its staff, philosophy, programs, and policies. This is a great chance to ask questions about the academic opportunities your students have and to learn how to be a partner as your students shape their educational plans.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Delta Gamma Parent-Daughter Brunch
Chapter Room, Ice House Complex

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dining Center
Families' entrance free with Family Weekend Registration Fee. We request that each guest has a ticket for lunch. The Dining Center will provide "to go" containers for those families who would like to take their lunch elsewhere. If you would like the "to go" option, use the Specialty Dining entrance and provide a ticket for each meal requested. The take-away option will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tri Sigma Friends and Family Reception

Norris-Wachob Alumni House
Please join the sisters of Tri Sigma for a bite to eat before the game! For families and friends of Tri Sigma sisters.

12:45 p.m.
Bullets Marching Band Pregame Show

Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium
Kickoff may be at 1:00, but the festivities begin at 12:45! Enjoy Pregame 2013 as the Bullets Marching Band performs traditional Gettysburg favorites.

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Johns Hopkins

Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium

1:00 p.m.
Swimming vs. Messiah and Susquehanna

Bullets Pool, Jaeger Center

1:00 p.m.
Sunspot Observing

Masters Fountain (clear, cloudless skies required)
Why are there spots on the sun? Are they always present? Are there any on the sun today? Stop by for a quick look at several ways to view the sun safely and answer these questions. Several telescopes will be pointed at the sun for some hands-on fun.We will observe the sun using proper filters and projection onto a screen. NOTE THAT IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER FILTERING; NEVER POINT A TELESCOPE OR LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Eisenhower Institute Panel Discussion

Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
The Eisenhower Institute invites you to join us for a panel discussion, “Lean In: The Future of Women in Leadership” on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall as we explore the ongoing conversation since the publication of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. The purpose of the panel is to assess the evolving role of women in power across all sectors. Through a panel discussion featuring notable women in leadership positions we hope to further the discourse concerning the past, present, and future of women in leadership.

Featured Panelists:
Kate Michelman, former President, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, President, U.S.-China Education Trust
Abigail Friedman, Senior Advisor, The Asia Foundation
Anna Lusthoff ’11, Manager, Strategy & Operations, Government Executive Media Group, Atlantic Media Company
Moderator: Jennifer Donahue, Chamberlin Fellow of Public Policy, The Eisenhower Institute 

The Eisenhower Institute would like to thank this event’s sponsor, Smart Woman Securities, a not-for-profit organization focused on investment education for undergraduate women.

Seating is limited. Please sign up and indicate the number of people in your party by emailing David Wemer at We will be accepting sign-ups through October 22. More information (PDF).


1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chair Massages
Jaeger Center Lobby
Take a break with a free 10-minute chair massage from licensed massage therapists. Gift certificates will be available.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phi Delta Theta Parent Barbecue
Phi Delta Theta

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Eisenhower Institute Open House

157 North Washington Street
Honoring the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Institute is a distinguished center for leadership and public policy that prepares the successor generations to perfect the promise of the nation. A distinctive program of Gettysburg College with offices in both Washington, DC and on the Gettysburg campus, the Institute combines top-level dialogue among policy-makers with a premier learning experience for undergraduates. Come meet the EI Undergraduate Fellows, EI Social Media Team, and the EI Advance Team while enjoying some Famous Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Garthwait Leadership Summit

Kline Theatre

Engage in discussion and dialogue exploring real life examples of leadership in action. The event will feature a panel of accomplished alumni and parents who will share stories about how core leadership competencies endorsed by the Garthwait Leadership Center have been essential in their careers, community involvement, family life, etc. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the panelists over tasty refreshments before and after the panel. We encourage you to RSVP to this event.

Panelists include:

  • Flora Darpino ’83, Judge Advocate General of the United States Army
    • Commanding officer of the JAG Corps, recommended by the Secretary of the US Army and Appointed by the President of the United States
  • Nick Johnson ’90, Senior Vice President National Sales of NBC Sports Digital
    • Responsible for digital sales for NBC, CNBC, NBCSports, USA, SciFi, Bravo and Access Hollywood
  • Beth Young P’16, President, Princeton Health Systems, Inc., and Nutrition Consultant
    • Consultants with top corporations to promote health and wellness within organizations
  • Dion Liverpool ’93, Disc jockey, manager, producer, and entrepreneur who currently scores music for ABC TV, ESPN, Midway Games and 2k Sports
    • Owner of Smokin’ Needle Records, developing high end turntable head shells for music aficionados and DJs

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alpha Delta Pi Open House

ADPi Chapter Suite
For parents and families of ADPi sisters.

4:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. McDaniel

Clark Field

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gettysburg College Civil War Tour
Meet in front of Admissions
Join John Rudy '07 on a walking tour of the campus that reveals the College's Civil War history. This tour was developed by John, a history major and Civil War Era Studies minor, as an independent project when he was a Gettysburg College student. The tour will be repeated Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m. or so
Bullets Marching Band Families and Friends Reception

Old Quad, Schmucker Hall
Marching Band parents, families, and friends are invited to a reception sponsored by the band students and organized by the Band Class Representatives.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Christ Chapel

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Family Weekend Cupola Society Reception

President's Home
By invitation.

7:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Johns Hopkins

Clark Field


8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Majestic Theater
Based in Orlando, VoicePlay has been shattering the a cappella stereotype since 2000 with their powerful performances across the U.S. and around the world. Evolving from a street corner barbershop sound and drawing on funk, rock, jazz and blues, VoicePlay is unlike any musical experience around. The group recreates an entire instrumental band with nothing but their five voices – a feat which has to be seen in order to be believed! They are able to bring timeless, classic music to life with renewed freshness and infuse their beautiful harmonies with a lovable sense of humor and style all their own. VoicePlay is blazing new trails and winning the hearts and imaginations of audiences big and small and of every race, creed, sex and age. $32, $29, $25 (students $5 discount). Purchase tickets for Voiceplay at The Majestic Theater online or by calling 717-337-8200, ext. 2.


8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Student Showcase and The Norman Magic Experience

College Union Ballroom
Performances by a cappella groups Upscale and Drop the Octave; Dance Ensemble; BOMB Squad; and others, followed by The Norman Magic Experience. For more information on The Norman Magic Experience, visit the official website for Magician Norman Ng. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

*The Jaeger Center 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
*The Bullets Pool will be open 2:00-6:00 p.m.
*The College Bookstore will be open 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
*Musselman Library will open at 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Gettysburg College Civil War Tour
Meet in front of Admissions
Join John Rudy '07 on a walking tour of the campus that reveals the College's Civil War history. This tour was developed by John, a history major and Civil War Era Studies minor, as an independent project when he was a Gettysburg College student.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hillel Family Brunch
Hillel House, 133 N. Washington Street
Families and students are invited for bagels, lox, cream cheese and kugel at the College's brand new Hillel House. Come tour our new facility and hear all that is happening at Gettysburg Hillel!

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Worship Service

Christ Chapel

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Christ Chapel

As of October 17, 2013

For Family Weekend questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities and First-Year Programs at 717-337-6304 or

Highlights from Family Weekend 2012

Family Weekend