Family Weekend

Welcome to Family Weekend 2020!

Although we cannot meet in person, Family Weekend is still brimming with activities that showcase our campus, faculty and students. Below are event highlights. Please return frequently for updates and additions to the schedule. Links to connect will be available prior to each event. All times are EDT.

Thursday, October 22

8:00-9:00 p.m.

Family Trivia Night: Schitt’s Creek
Join families and students from around the world and compete against one another for prizes in Schitt’s Creek trivia! The game is played through Kahoot which can be used on a phone, tablet, or computer. Winners will receive Gettysburg gear or Schitt’s Creek themed prizes!

7:00 p.m.
Ghost Tour
Join Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours for a virtual version of the Baltimore Street Tour.

Friday, October 23

8:00-8:45 a.m.
All Levels Yoga Flow with Maryann Quinn P’23
Yoga flow will guide the participant through a series of seated and standing postures to balance and relax the body, mind, and spirt. All levels are welcome—this class can be for the newcomer and the seasoned yogi. Poses are adapted to suit the individual participant’s needs. We will focus on moving the body in various planes of movement to promote healing and restoration. This class will conclude with a relaxation/meditation portion which can be done seated or lying down. Wear comfortable clothing. Water is suggested. A yoga mat is optional.

Maryann Quinn has been in the fitness industry since 1995, teaching a variety of formats. In addition to having RYT200 certification, she is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist and currently works with individuals and small groups in the live and virtual worlds.

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Help Us Help Your Students: An Overview of Career Engagement
Presented by Marc Goldman, Executive Director, Center for Career Engagement.
Learn about the various services, programs, and resources available to students through the Center for Career Engagement. Whether your student is exploring majors and career options or ready to find an internship, job, or graduate program, Career Engagement is here to partner in the process.

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mixology Class
Learn how to make drinks turn colors and the science behind bubble formation in this interactive mixology experience. Join Kurt Andresen, Professor of Physics, as he teaches how to fix some impressive cocktails as well as the physics and chemistry behind what makes them so unique. Participants are encouraged to purchase the ingredients beforehand and make their preferred cocktail during the event.

Drink 1: Color changing Gin and Tonic
Ingredients: Gin, Tonic, lime, Butterfly Pea Flowers

Drink 2: THE Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients: Champagne, sugar cube, angostura bitters

Drink 3: Manhattan
Ingredients: Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, orange slice or cherry

7:00-8:00 p.m.
Drawing Class: The Cupola
Practice your hand at drawing the landmark Cupola that sits atop Pennsylvania Hall and learn some fun facts along the way. Your instructor for this virtual art class is Betsy Diehl ’84, P’14, of the College Advancement Division, who has brushed up on her drawing skills during the pandemic by sketching some of her favorite campus places. She will be using primarily colored pencils and a sketchpad, but feel free to make use of any drawing implements and paper you have handy. Be sure to bring along your imagination and creativity!

Saturday, October 24

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
A Visit to Musselman Library and Special Collections
Learn how our busy college library serves students during a pandemic. Robin Wagner, Dean of the Library, will screen videos created to orient students to “the new normal,” and you’ll have a chance to ask questions about how we are connecting with students this fall. There may even be a fun pop quiz! Your virtual library visit will end with Carolyn Sautter, Director of Special Collections and College Archives, sharing how students experience archival research materials and artifacts while studying remotely. Your visit to our Special Collections Reading Room will feature sea monsters, letter writing during World War II, the missing voices of indigenous people in the study of Native American culture, and activism in the 1960s. Don’t miss this chance to visit Musselman Library and Special Collections from your living room!

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Virtual Class
Death and the Meaning of Life
Presented by Charles “Buz” Myers P’09, Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
Based on a First-Year Seminar, this class is intended to consider a life-long conversation about our mortality and what implications that has for how we live our lives today. The course begins by considering wholesale slaughter through genocide and terrorism, and then moves to more targeted death by means of assassination, murder, and capital punishment. Death at the Battle at Gettysburg is also addressed, as are death by suicide and disease, hospice care, and death and children. We discuss philosophical and religious perspectives on death, and we treat the idea of the continuity of life by learning about near-death experiences, ghosts, and mediumship. While the course focuses on death, the point is that we cannot know the true meaning of life until we confront the reality of our death. For interested parents, Prof. Myers intends to talk about the course in general and show some pictures of previous classes that illustrate the activities and speakers they have enjoyed, but Prof. Myers is very willing to discuss specific aspects of the course—so bring your own questions and interests and join the conversation!

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Academic Advising & Student Support Services

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Virtual Class
Where There's Smoke There's Ire: Dragon-Slaying 101
Presented by Christopher Fee P’23, Professor of English.
Dragons have terrorized peoples across the globe since the dawn of time. Appearing as giant snakes, sea monsters, or winged serpents, dragons are generally known as magical creatures denoting great foresight, hidden wisdom, and occasionally good luck, although they often represent the epitome of greed and the embodiment of boundless evil. In this multimedia adventure, we will explore the history of dragons, from Mesopotamia to Middle Earth, from Sutton Hoo to the Seven Kingdoms, and from Ancient Greece to Gringotts Bank. We will discuss traditional means of discovering and dispatching such reptilian adversaries, with special emphasis on tips and hacks for surviving such ordeal. Along the way, we will examine images and videos showcasing ancient, medieval, and modern descriptions and depictions of dragons and dragon-slayers.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Career Engagement Panel
Featuring students and alumni who found opportunities over the past six months.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
“I Beseech You”: Schmucker Art Gallery Talk
Gettysburg College student-curators of the exhibition “I Beseech You: Women, Art, Politics, and Power,” currently on display in Schmucker Art Gallery, join Director Shannon Egan in a discussion about issues of race, gender, identity, and politics in art.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Virtual Class
Teaching Music in a Strange World
Presented by Jocelyn Swigger, Associate Professor, Sunderman Conservatory of Music.
Join Prof. Jocelyn Swigger as she presents a snapshot of the semester's hybrid teaching, featuring the methods she uses in her piano lessons, studio class, and aural skills class.

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Gettysburg College Civil War Tour
Join John Rudy ’07 on a tour of the campus that reveals the College’s Civil War history. This tour was originally developed by John, a history major and Civil War Era Studies minor, as an independent project when he was a Gettysburg College student.

8:00 p.m.
Ghost Tour
Join Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours for a virtual version of the Baltimore Street Tour.

Virtual Family Weekend Events On-Demand!

Gettysburg Under the Stars, Family Weekend Edition
Presented by Ian Clarke, Laboratory Instructor II and Director of Hatter Planetarium, along with students James Lamb ’21, Garrett Adams ’22, and Meg Drew ‘22.
A virtual show from the Hatter Planetarium covering the current night sky and recent astronomy news.

Marching Band

Bullets Marching Band

We hope these events make you feel a little closer to campus and we look forward to welcoming you in person when we are able. In the meantime, get in the Family Weekend spirit by watching a past performance of the Bullets Marching Band.