Family Weekend Schedule

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

Friday, October 31, 2014

*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.

G smallThe 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.

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

G small10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michael Scoggins: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall
Internationally-renowned, New York-based contemporary artist Michael Scoggins meticulously creates by hand spiral-bound notebook pages on a colossal scale. On these, Scoggins draws and scrawls often in the guise of his childhood alter-ego "Michael S." The artist appropriates popular imagery and takes a critical stance on contemporary politics, historical reflections and the formation of cultural identities and biases.

G small10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Musselman Library Exhibits

Musselman Library
Musselman Library is hosting a variety of exhibits, many of which relate to the World War I era. Objects are on display on the Main Floor, in the Browsing Room, and in Special Collections. We invite you to explore the exhibits during your visit. If you don’t have time to see them now, you can view them online.

G small2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG) Poster Presentation
Science Center Atrium
Students who worked in Gettysburg College science department research 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.

3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Zombie Run
Quarry Pavilion
The Center for Public Service is hosting its annual 5K. Conquer obstacles and dodge zombies that want to eat your brain! Registration/Check-In is 3–4:30 p.m. and runners begin at 5 p.m. The race begins and ends at Quarry Pavilion. $20 to register and all proceeds support the 2014 Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

G small 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 is limited.

"Too Many Points on the Chicken": The Hidden Psychology of Taste, Odor, and Flavor
Science Center 200
This class explores the psychological phenomena that underlie our experience of taste and flavor.   Students and faculty from the Psychology Department’s Odor & Flavor Lab will test your senses of smell and taste with hands-on (or “nose-on”) demonstrations.

Nathalie Goubet
Associate Professor of Psychology

Daniel McCall
Associate Professor of Psychology

Using Physics to Hide Diseases
Masters 208
From the instant we are conceived, we are stuck with the genes that make up our bodies for the rest of our lives. These may be good, like the genes that give us lovely blue eyes or kinky brown hair, or bad, like the ones that make us prone to heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. While we are unable to change these bad genes, we may be able to turn them off through a simple trick: hiding them. In this class, you will learn about how we are trying to accomplish this trick through DNA packing and become familiar with some of the exciting new research instruments we are using to investigate this fundamental process.

Kurt Andresen
Assistant Professor of Physics

G small3:30 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Johns Hopkins
Clark Field

G small4:00 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.

G small5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family College Session 2
First come, first served. Seating is limited.

The Chopin Études for Piano: How do you play all those notes?
Schmucker 215
A behind-the-scenes look at the process of learning to play the Chopin études, some of the most difficult and beautiful pieces ever written for piano. The lecture/recital includes a multimedia presentation and a performance of some of the études.

Jocelyn Swigger
Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies,
Sunderman Conservatory

How Soccer Explains the World
Weidensall 112
Ever wonder why a soccer ball is round? It is the near perfect physical representation of a globalizing world! In this course, we will look at how the sport of soccer can be used to look at issues of race, ethnicity, class, professionalization, the mass media, corporatism, and more in the modern world.

William Bowman
Professor of History

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. 

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Haunted Mansion
Phi Delta Theta
Support Phi Delta Theta's biggest fundraising event of the year. Get your thrills from a haunted house filled with unique rooms and scares that can be catered to all ages, depending on the tour. Let us know if you are a family with young children! The mansion changes every year --  if you've visited before, come back! It's sure to be a blast. Admission is $5 a person.

G small7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Observatory Open House
Tour 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. – 9:00 p.m.
1000 To 1: The Cory Weissman Story
Joseph Theater, Breidenbaugh 201
Delivering a message of unflinching courage, 1000 To 1: The Cory Weissman Story follows Gettysburg College student-athlete Cory Weissman, an eighteen-year-old basketball star, on his journey to recovery after suffering a horrifying stroke. Partially paralyzed, unable to play the game he loves, and facing an uncertain future, Weissman overcomes enormous challenges in this inspirational story. Running time: 99 minutes.

G small8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
"Autumn Leaves" Jazz Ensemble Concert
Majestic Theater
Touring Europe five times during the past two decades, the College Jazz Ensemble has performed at the prestigious Montreux, Vienné, and North Sea Jazz Festivals as well as in Amsterdam, Paris, Bruges, Heidelberg, Athens, and Venice. Guest soloist for this concert is Washington, D.C. jazz pianist Bob Boguslaw. Mr. Boguslaw was a 20-year member of the famed United States Marine Band and has been a solo pianist in the White House dozens of times for Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama. He will perform a medley of tunes especially conceived for Halloween night!

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

10:00 p.m.
Majestic Theater
National Theatre Live is a groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Costumes welcome!

Tickets: Adults $23, Seniors $21, Students $12. Majestic Box Office: 717-337-8200 or


Saturday, November 1, 2014

*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.-8:00 p.m.

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.

G small9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Study Abroad Information Session
CUB Ballroom
Attend a brief presentation by the Center for Global Education, followed by an opportunity to visit country tables to meet returned study abroad 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 the Adams County Shelter for the Homeless, a local service that currently cannot meet the demand of the area.

G small10:00 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.

G small10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michael Scoggins: When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Schmucker Art Gallery, Schmucker Hall
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

G small10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Musselman Library Exhibits

Musselman Library
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

G small11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Career Connections for Your Student
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110, Masters Hall 117
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 about the inspiring career-focused opportunities that have provided hands-on experience within the professional world. Sponsored by the Center for Career Development.

G small11:00 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.

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.

12:00 p.m.  1:00 p.m.
Tri Sigma Luncheon

Glatfelter Lodge
For parents and families of Tri Sigma sisters. By invitation.

G small12:45 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 2014 as the Bullets Marching Band performs traditional Gettysburg favorites.

G small1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Moravian
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium

G small1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Eisenhower Institute Expert Briefing
Science Center 200
EI Expert Avi Melamed will present “Reign of Fear/Alliance of Hope: Hamas, ISIS, and the Battle for Stability in the Middle East,” a comprehensive briefing about current and future events in the Middle East. Melamed is the Rosenzwog Fellow of Intelligence & Middle East Affairs at the Eisenhower Institute and teaches a year-long seminar, Inside the Middle East, that provides a select group of Gettysburg students with a distinct opportunity to develop the analytical and intelligence skills necessary to understand the contemporary Middle East.

A former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs and former Senior Intelligence Official, he is today an independent Middle East strategic intelligence analyst, regional expert, and lecturer specializing in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region. Melamed’s expertise includes the Arab awakening; Arab perspectives on Israel; emerging challenges and opportunities in the Middle East; and evolving forces in the region and their current and future impact on Israel’s strategic environment.

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.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The MET Live in HD: Carmen
Majestic Theater
Richard Eyre's mesmerizing production of Bizet's steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another. Broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera from Lincoln Center will be shown live on the historical Majestic Theater's screen and enhanced by live interviews and a look at behind-the-scenes action.

Tickets: Adult $25, Seniors $23, Students $17. Majestic Box Office: 717-337-8200 or

G small3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Garthwait Leadership Summit
Masters Hall 110, Mara Auditorium
All are invited to join in a discussion exploring real-life examples of leadership in action. This event features a panel of Gettysburgians who will share stories about how core leadership competencies, endorsed by the Garthwait Leadership Center, have been essential in their careers, community involvement, and family life. This year’s panelists include Kate Morris '92, Provost at Butler University; Paul Seale '75, Chief Operating Officer, University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Kirby Scott '77, FBI Special Agent; and Lauren Wise-Bright '90, Deputy General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are excited about this event and hope to see you there!

G small3:00 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 2014-2015 EI Undergraduate Fellows, EI Campus Communications Team, and the EI Office Assistants, while enjoying some World-Famous Mamie Eisenhower’s Fudge.

G small3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Economics Department Experimental Lab Demo
339 Carlisle Street
Join us to participate in the research of an honors student in the Economics department. The research will be conducted in the new (and very cool!) Gettysburg Lab for Experimental Economics (GLEE) and consists of some decision making exercises. Consistent with protocols typically used in experimental economics, you will be paid a participation fee ($5). You also keep your earnings from the experiment, which will be linked to your decisions (and the decisions of other participants) in a manner described in the experiment instructions. This hands-on experience gives a sense of the research conducted by some of our honors students.

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.

G small4:00 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.
ATO Family Weekend Reception

Chapter House
For parents and families of Alpha Tau Omega brothers. By invitation.

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.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Paula Poundstone
Majestic Theater
America's most popular comedienne! Returning to the Majestic, Paula Poundstone is a regular on NPR's weekly news quiz Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me. Expect the unexpected when this veteran entertainer (mother and author) shares her clean comedy and laugh-out-loud insights on everyday life. 
"Insightful, thought-provoking humor" -Chicago Tribune

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

G small8:00 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. – 10:00 p.m.
Michael Kent: Comic, Magician, Smart@$$
CUB Ballroom
Michael gives magic a facelift with irreverent comedy and satire. Let's face it, he's a smartass. But his unique style of performing magic has made him a favorite among the hundreds of college campuses he's visited. Michael has performed for audiences all over the globe, from Hollywood to US troops serving overseas. In a style reminiscent of a late-night talk show, Michael invites the audience to laugh with him at the absurdity of a modern-day magician. Michael's audiences experience what it's like when a stand up comic performs (and occasionally pokes fun at) the art of magic.

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Student Musical Theatre Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Attic
Come dance the "Time Warp" and shake your "Hot Patootie" in The Attic to Student Musical Theatre's shadow cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! RHPS is the ultimate cult-classic film released in 1975 by Richard O'Brien based on the stage production The Rocky Horror Show. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. 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.
This is a host provider event (alcohol and snacks will be served).

Sunday, November 2, 2014

*The Jaeger Center 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
*The Bullets Pool will be open 2:00-6:00 p.m and 7:00-10:00 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.

The Journey to Great: A Family Weekend Adventure
When you’ve completed your journey, tear out the page in the back of the passport with your contact information and place in the Journey to Great passport box in the CUB Lobby. President Riggs will draw winners for three $150 gift certificates to The Gettysburg Hotel.

G small10:00 a.m.
Musselman Library Exhibits

Musselman Library
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

G small10:00 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 Ware Ear Studies minor, as an independent project when he was a Gettysburg College student.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hillel House Family Weekend Brunch
133-135 N. Washington St.
Join Hillel for a brunch of lox and bagels before you leave Gettysburg. Schmooze with other Jewish students and their parents, and learn about Hillel's activities and plans for the year.

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

Christ Chapel

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 10.15.14

Photos from Family Weekend 2013

Family Weekend