Fall Reunion Weekend Schedule

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Reunion Weekend schedule of events

Schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Events with asterisks (*) require registration. Deadline to Register is September 17.

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Thursday, October 7

4:00–7:00 p.m Registration & Welcome Center
Lobby, College Union Building (SUB)
6:00–8:00 p.m. *All Class Evening Reception
Majestic Theater

Friday, October 8

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Registration & Welcome Center
Lobby, College Union Building (SUB)
8:00 a.m. Alumni Bike Ride
Meet in front of Pennsylvania Hall
Join Joe Lynch, Director of Alumni Relations for a bike ride around the beautiful countryside of Adams County. Please bring your own bike and gear.
10:00 a.m.–Noon *“In the Footsteps of Pickett’s Charge.”
Meet in Constitution Parking Lot
A bus tour of the final attack at Gettysburg. Presented by Peter Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies. Please note that masks must be worn while on the bus.
11:00 a.m.–Noon Alumni College:
*The Eisenhowers of Gettysburg
Gettysburg was home to Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. This course will examine the Eisenhowers’ Gettysburg connections from World War I forward, including the period when Mamie stayed on at the farm after Ike passed away in 1969. We will try to provide a sense of Eisenhower as a personality, his relationship with Mamie, her persona, and the importance of the Gettysburg farm to them. Among other topics we will touch on Eisenhower's recreation and relationships, his family, and Mamie's commitment to being a good citizen of Gettysburg. We will not neglect the Eisenhowers’ connections to Gettysburg College. Presented by Michael Birkner ’72, P’10, and Carol Hegeman ’73, Retired Supervisory Historian, Eisenhower National Historic Site and currently Executive Director, The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Alumni College:
*Schmucker Art Gallery Tour
Schmucker Art Gallery
Join Shannon Egan, Director of Schmucker Art Gallery, on a tour of two new exhibitions: Across the West and Toward the North: Norwegian and American Landscape Photography and Martin Puryear: 40 Years since Sentinel. Visitors will have the opportunity to see stunning historical images of waterfalls, rocky mountains, glaciers, and railroads in Norway and the United States. This large exhibition examines how major changes in infrastructure, tourism, mining, and expansion changed the landscapes and affected Indigenous peoples in the nineteenth century in the two countries.

Additionally, alumni may be familiar with Martin Puryear’s sculpture on campus titled Sentinel. In 1981, Gettysburg College commissioned African-American artist Martin Puryear to create a work of art to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the College’s founding, and in 1982, Puryear erected Sentinel. Since then, Puryear has come to be regarded as one of the most significant contemporary American sculptors. Sentinel, one of Puryear’s first monumental outdoor sculptures, is an important part of Puryear’s legacy. For the first time at Gettysburg College, a working mold Puryear constructed in preparation for Sentinel and photographs of the 1982 installation will be on display. The exhibition, curated by Kolbe Summer Research Fellow Merlyn Maldonado '22, will also include prints by Puryear that were recently acquired by the College and are on loan from a private collection.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Alumni College:
*Gift Planning Seminar
Room 260, College Union Building (SUB)
Jim Chemel ’71 Trustee Emeritius and Former Chair of the Board of Trustees and Caitlyn Walters, Director of Gift Planning at Gettysburg College.

Join Jim, and Caitlyn for information and conversation about several popular and non-traditional ways to satisfy your personal and charitable goals. Explore unique ways to support your alma mater while being mindful of potential tax savings and smart planning for your estate. Topics include: appreciated securities, charitable gift annuities, qualified charitable distributions (IRA charitable rollovers), beneficiary designations, bequests in wills or living trusts, and gifts of real estate.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Alumni College:
*Symposium 70
Room 260, College Union Building (SUB)
Gettysburg College was deeply involved in the burgeoning Student Movement in the late 1960’s. From the Civil Rights Movement through the Anti-War movement, from concern for academic relevance to women’s equality, from the distress of the urban crisis to political and economic strategies to address these concerns. Symposium 70, a national student conference held in March 1970 sought to bring together activists from across a wide spectrum who would encourage students to consider how they will impact change on their campuses, in their communities and in the world. People like the former Attorney General, former Secretary of the Interior, leaders in business along with social and political leaders gathered to hold workshops around important issues like the environment, business practices and responsibility, social justice, community organizing and religious response. At this workshop we will revisit the impact of Symposium 70 on our lives and share some of archives held in the Musselman Library.

The workshop is being coordinated by the Rev. Geoff Curtiss and if you are interested in assisting or adding your voice to the workshop please contact geoffcurtiss@gmail.com.

4:45–6:15 p.m. Alumni College:
*Panel Discussion: The Vietnam War Years, Alumni Veterans Reflect
Room 260, College Union Building (SUB)
Moderated by Michael Birkner '72, Professor of History. Panel participants include Major General William Matz '61, United States Army, Retired; Colonel Ed Southworth '64, United States Marine Corps, Retired; Lieutenant Colonel Bill Bock '66, United States Army, Retired; Lieutenant Tom McCracken '66, United States Navy, 1966-1972.
6:00–7:30 p.m. Cupola Reception (by invitation)
President’s House Lawn
6:00–8:30 p.m. *Class of 1990 & 1991 Social
Location to be determined
6:00–8:30 p.m. *Class of 1995 & 1996 Social
Location to be determined
6:30–9:00 p.m. *Class of 1980 & 1981 Social
Location to be determined
6:30–9:00 p.m. *Class of 1985 & 1986 Social
Location to be determined
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. *Class of 1960, 1961, 1965 & 1966 Social
The Attic, West Building
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. *Class of 1970 & 1971 Social
Location to be determined
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. *Class of 1975 & 1976 Social
Location to be determined

Saturday, October 9

8:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Registration & Welcome Center
Lobby, College Union Building (SUB)
9:15 a.m. *Class of 1970 & 1971 50th Reunion Breakfast
Dining Hall
9:30–10:30 a.m. All Class Continental Breakfast
Ballroom, College Union Building (SUB)
Complimentary continental breakfast before the President’s remarks.
10:30–11:30 a.m. President’s Address and Ceremony
Ballroom, College Union Building (SUB)
Remarks from President Iuliano, class reunion gift presentations, and awards.
11:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Reunion Class Photos
Steps of Pennsylvania Hall

11:45 p.m. Class of 1971
12:00 p.m. Class of 1975
12:15 p.m. Class of 1976
1:15 p.m. Class of 1980
1:30 p.m. Class of 1981
1:45 p.m. Class of 1985
2:00 p.m. Class of 1986
2:15 p.m. Class of 1990
2:30 p.m. Class of 1991
2:45 p.m. Class of 1995
3:00 p.m. Class of 1996
3:15 p.m. Class of 1970 (see below)

Class of 1970 will be taken at the Peace Light at approximately 3:15 p.m., after the class takes their traditional walk to the monument. For those who cannot walk, a shuttle will be provided.

Noon *Heritage Lunch
Atrium Dining
Class photos will be taken at lunch for the classes of 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, & 1966.
Noon Campus is Open for Lunch
Grab lunch at one of the College’s eating establishments and hang out on the new Bullet Hole Patio of the Janet Morgan Riggs Student Center.
1:00 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. St. Mary's
Clarke Field
1:00 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Muhlenberg
Musselman Stadium
1:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. Muhlenberg
Bream Gym
1:00–4:00 p.m. Live Music featuring Pennington Station
Porch, Alumni House (rain location: The Junction, CUB/SUB)
1:30–2:30 p.m. Remembrance Ceremony to Honor Vietnam Veterans
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall
A reception will follow in Glatfelter Lodge at 2:45 p.m.
2:15 p.m. Class of 1986 Celebration of Life Ceremony for lost classmates
Meet at “The Sentinel” sculpture by Pennsylvania Hall
2:45–3:15 p.m. Class of 1970’s Walk to the Peace Light and Class Photo
Meet in the back of Master’s Hall to begin the walk. A shuttle will also be provided.
This walk has been a tradition for the class at many reunions. The class photo will be taken once everyone reaches the monument at approximately 3:15 p.m.
3:30–4:30 p.m. Gettysburg College Civil War Tour
Meet in front of the Admissions House.
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.
4:00 p.m. Class of 1971 Tree Dedication
Meet at the Dawyck Purple Beech Tree, between Brua Hall and Norris-Wachob Alumni House.
5:30 p.m. Class of 1965 & 1966 Dinner
The Gettysburg Hotel, Eisenhower Room, One Lincoln Square 
6:00 p.m. Class of 1960 & 1961 Dinner
Inn at Herr Ridge, 900 Chambersburg Rd.
6:00 p.m. Class of 1970 Dinner 
Location to be determined
6:00 p.m. Class of 1971 Dinner
Location to be determined
6:00 p.m. Class of 1975 & 1976 Dinner
Location to be determined
6:30 a.m. All Class Dinner
Tent, Jaeger Center Lawn (pool side)
For classes of 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1995, and 1996.
9:30–11:30 p.m. All Class Party
Ballroom, College Union Building (SUB)
Featuring Pennington Station.

Sunday, October 10

9:00–10:30 a.m. All Class Send-Off Breakfast
Dining Hall
All classes are welcome.