Family Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

*The College Bookstore will be open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Musselman Library will be open until 8:00 p.m.

*The Jaeger Center will be open 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
*The Bullets Pool will be open 7:00-9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and 7:00-8:45 p.m.

Orange G The Journey to Great: A Family Weekend Adventure
Learn how to get your passport for this exciting journey.

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parents Leadership Council Meeting

By invitation.

Orange G 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library
In honor of the 125th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s birth, Special Collections is featuring "We All Liked Ike!" which examines his supporters and how they expressed their admiration. Also on exhibit is "Making Their Mark: Political and Military Engagement by African Americans in the 19th Century." The main and ground floors house more historic treasures including a student-curated exhibit of Gettysburg’s Katalysine Springs where thousands once flocked to "take the waters." A playful exhibit of ceramic birds by Peter Morgan is also on display.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration
College Union Lobby
Refreshments available.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
How Does the Stock Market Work? How Do I Make Money?
Economics Department, 339 Carlisle Street

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Un) Governed Spaces: A Panorama of Afghanistan
by Gregory Thielker and Noah Coburn
Schmucker Art Gallery
Artist Gregory Thielker collaborated with anthropologist Noah Coburn to create a complex portrait of Afghanistan today. Featuring a 35-foot long panoramic painting of Shomali Plain north of Kabul as well as smaller paintings, photographs, text, and video, the exhibition takes stock of the present political and social upheaval in Afghanistan.

"Pray for the People Who Feed You":  Voices of Pauper Children in the Early Industrial Age
Curated by Becca Duffy '16
Schmucker Art Gallery
Paintings, photographs and literary illustrations examine the intersections between depictions and realities of children in poverty from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States and Europe. Also on display are historical artifacts and books from the Gettysburg area that reveal Pennsylvania’s efforts towards reform during this age of industrialization.

Orange G 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG) 3rd annual poster presentation
Science Center Atrium
Students who worked in Gettysburg College science department research labs or in off-campus labs 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.

Orange G 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 5:10 p.m. First come, first served. Seating may be limited.

  • Art and the Environment: A Walking Tour of Gettysburg College’s Sculpture
    Meet at Sentinel, the stone sculpture on the west side of Pennsylvania Hall
    View Gettysburg College’s impressive collection of outdoor sculpture with fresh eyes as you learn about each piece’s relationship with the environment. The walking tour will end at our sculpture studio where you can see our students' works in progress.

    Mark Warwick
    Professor of Art and Art History
  • Conductors and Conducting: How the Conductor Helps the Music Take Shape
    Schmucker 214
    What does the conductor really do? Enjoy an introduction to the art (and physical exercise) of conducting.

    Russ McCutcheon
    Director of Bands/Associate Professor of Music

Orange G 3:30 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Muhlenberg
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium

Orange G 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh Hall 201
The Iota of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa welcomes its newest members to the Society. The Gettysburg College chapter elects to membership about five to ten percent of the senior class who have distinguished academic records and exhibit high moral character and intellectual curiosity. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is perhaps the most widely recognized academic distinction in American higher education. The event is open to the public. Photography is welcome.

Orange G 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fall Honors Day
Christ Chapel
Join us in this annual recognition ceremony when over 30 different awards are presented to students and the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award is presented to a member of the faculty.

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $12.00 per person.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Campus Social
The Attic, West Building
Come relax in a family-friendly environment. Adult beverages and a variety of snacks will be served. Enjoy accomplished entertainer "Stevie Keys," who will play the piano and sing all of your favorites from the 60's through today's hits. Peek through his 1000+ song list and request your favorites.

Orange G 5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family College Session 2
First come, first served. Seating may be limited.

  • Rehearsal for Harvest
    Kline Theatre
    Attend today’s rehearsal of the student fall production, a sci-fi parable about a high-tech racket in body organs by Indian playwright Manjula Padmanabhan.

    Director Susan Russell
    Chair/Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Why Can't Young Hamlet Make Up His Mind?
    Briedenbaugh 209
    Together we will tackle one of the great questions in English literature, exploring the religious, psychological, and cultural reasons that lie behind Hamlet's tortured consideration of his injunction to kill his murderous uncle. As we unravel Hamlet’s indecision, we will discuss some of the more vexing questions that Shakespeare's play raises about morality, memory, knowledge, and the human condition.

    Christopher D’Addario
    Assistant Professor of English

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hillel House Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner
133-135 N. Washington St.
Join Hillel for a short Shabbat service and dinner. Schmooze with other Jewish students and their parents, and learn about Hillel's activities and plans for the year.

Orange G 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Observatory Open House
Tour the Gettysburg College Observatory and our local night sky. See the equipment used in our astronomy survey courses, upper-level lab courses, and student-faculty research. Weather permitting, we will have several telescopes and binoculars available to observe the night sky. Astronomy students and professors will be on hand to answer questions and show a few of the seasonal favorites the fall sky has to offer. The Observatory is purposefully set at the edge of campus. There are no facilities, and attire appropriate for the weather and conditions should be worn. 

Orange G 8:00 p.m.
"Swinging into Fall" -- Featuring the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble
Majestic Theater
With appearances by Camerata and Jazz Dispatch. This is a Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory Event.

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

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Game Show Night
CUB Ballroom
Family Feud-style game show night with cash prizes. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Saturday, October 24, 2015

*The College Bookstore will be open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Musselman Library will be open 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
*The Jaeger Center will be open 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
*The Bullets Pool will be closed

Orange G The Journey to Great: A Family Weekend Adventure
Learn how to get your passport for this exciting journey.

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

College Union Lobby
Refreshments available.

8:30 a.m.  9:45 a.m.
Legacy Breakfast

Specialty Dining
For alumni families and their current students. By invitation.

Orange G 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Global Study Information Session
CUB Ballroom
Attend a brief presentation by the Center for Global Education, followed by an opportunity to visit country tables representing Gettysburg’s affiliated programs and meet returned global study students and parents.

9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Alpha Phi Omega Pancake Breakfast
CUB 260
Enjoy coffee, orange juice, fruit, bacon, and, of course, pancakes at this annual event. Breakfast is free but donations are appreciated. The proceeds will go to Hoffman Homes fro Youth, a local service that currently cannot meet the demand of the area.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Family Weekend Welcome Session
CUB Ballroom
A special opportunity to join President Riggs as she provides an update and  shares her insights on the College’s future and the impact on your students.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
How Does the Stock Market Work? How Do I Make Money?
Economics Department, 339 Carlisle Street
Join us in the Economics Lab as we have a brief and entertaining discussion about what people think they know about how their investments work and how investments really work. Some of our top Economics students will use a basic Excel model to demonstrate how portfolios are built and where the data comes from. Most importantly, they will show why Excel is the most tested skill for job applicants in so many fields today. We also will offer a brief overview of the Finance and Excel skill-building opportunities available to Gettysburg students.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
International Affairs Association and Model UN Club: Cookies and Committee
Weidensall 301
A one-hour session where you will observe (or participate, if you would like) in a simulation of a Model UN policy committee tackling a current international issue. After, there will be a one-hour reception of cookies and milk, where you can learn more about our club and the opportunities we provide to students.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library

See Friday at 9:00 a.m. for details.

Orange G 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Un) Governed Spaces: A Panorama of Afghanistan
by Gregory Thielker and Noah Coburn
"Pray for the People Who Feed You":  Voices of Pauper Children in the Early Industrial Age
Curated by Becca Duffy '16
Schmucker Art Gallery
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

Orange G 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Career Connections for Your Student
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Learn more about Gettysburg College’s alumni network and ways for students to make lasting, valuable career connections. Then take an interactive tour and talk with students who have participated in internships, externships, shadowing, and more. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development.

Orange G 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Advising Session
Science Center 200
Hear from the Dean of Academic Advising 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.

Orange G 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Garthwait Leadership Center Open House
Plank 103
Stop by to learn about the leadership opportunities offered by the Garthwait Leadership Center and celebrate our fifth year anniversary.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Delta Gamma Parents Reception
Chapter Suite

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
All Campus Luncheon
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 "to go" option is available from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Orange G 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 2015, full of Gettysburg College’s traditional school music and favorite formations.

Orange G 1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Johns Hopkins
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Author Signing: Robbie Vorhaus P'19
College Bookstore
Robbie Vorhaus P'19, a valued advisor on heart-centered leadership and personal transformation, will sign copies of one less. one more.

Orange G 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Eisenhower Institute Public Policy Forum
"Leaning on the Glass Ceiling: A Look Ahead to 2016"
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Focusing on the challenges and progress that women face today, three expert perspectives--military, legal, and political--will guide this discussion and encourage the audience to explore the status of women in these fields. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Donahue, Chamberlin Fellow of Public Policy at the Eisenhower Institute.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sigma Nu Open House
Chapter House, 55 West Broadway
Parents and family are welcome to drop by to enjoy light refreshments. Alumni will be on hand to answer questions and socialize.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fall Fest
Bullet Hole Patio and Memorial Field
Family-friendly fall-themed activities and refreshments. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Orange G 3:00 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 2015-2016 EI Undergraduate Fellows, EI Campus Communications Team, and the EI Office Assistants, while enjoying some World-Famous Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge.

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. 

Orange G 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. - 6:00 p.m.
Gamma Phi Beta Crescent Classic Auction
Chapter Suite, Ice House A
Co-hosted with Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

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

Christ Chapel

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Cupola Society Reception
President's Home
By invitation.

Orange G 7:00 p.m.
The Journey to Great: A Family Weekend Adventure
Don’t forget to place the last page of your passport in the Journey to Great raffle box in the CUB Lobby! Winners will be drawn at Student Showcase.

8:00 p.m.
Rhythmic Circus -- Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
Majestic Theater
Fresh from their first Broadway run, this charismatic collection of dancers, musicians, and vocalists with their trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes, and big brass instruments delivers a potent mix of rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor, and infectious grooves. Sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Tickets: $45, $38, $32. Majestic Box Office: 717-337-8200 or

8:00 p.m.
Jazz Dispatch
The Junction, CUB
Gettysburg College’s premiere improvising ensemble. The group will perform works by African American composers such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins.

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Showcase
CUB Ballroom
Performances by Dance Ensemble, BOMB Squad, and a cappella groups Four Scores, Upscale, and Drop the Octave.

9:00 p.m.
Blessing Offor
CUB Ballroom
Blessing Offor hails from Nigeria and is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. He was a contestant on Season 7 of The Voice. He captured the attention of all the judges on the panel, working with Pharrell as his coach throughout his time on the show.

9:00 p.m. -11:30 p.m.Student Musical Theatre Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Attic
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this cult classic and come to the annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Whether this is your first or hundredth time, good times will be had by all. In addition to the screening, a Live Shadow cast will reenact a number of the most famous scenes in sync with the movie. It's one more level of entertainment! Audience members may bring props (newspapers, water guns, cards, etc.), but please NO FOOD PROPS (hotdogs, rice, toast, etc. will be confiscated). We encourage all to dress up, though it is not required.

R - Adult content, language, mild nudity, mild violence.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

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

*The Bullets Pool will be open 2:00-6:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Gettysburg College Civil War Tour
Meet in front of Admissions
See Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for details.

11:00 a.m.
Family Weekend Worship: Service of Word & Sacrament
Christ Chapel
Fellowship time at 10:30 a.m.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
String Trio Concert
Paul Recital Hall, Schmucker 222

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

Christ Chapel

For Family Weekend questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life at 717-337-6304 or

Updated 10.22.15

Civil War Institute Family Weekend Photo Contest

Post selfies to the CWI’s Instagram account (@CWI_gc) to win a Bookstore gift certificate for the most selfies or a CWI insulated tumbler for the silliest selfie. Photos should be tagged #cwichallenge. Selfies must be on these days at these locations.
10/23: New Lincoln statue
10/24: Virginia Monument
10/25: Pennsylvania Monument

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