Family Weekend Schedule

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

PDF version (updated 10.20.16 - online version below may be more current than pdf)

Friday, October 28, 2016

Open Hours
Gettysburg College, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours/7 days/week

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
* Commons, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Dining Center, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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

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

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Registration
College Union Lobby
Refreshments available.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library

Right to Serve, Right to Lead: Lives and Legacies of the USCT
This exhibit uses original artifacts, documents, and photographs to follow the evolution of African-American participation in the Civil War. Curated by our summer 2016 Brian C. Pohanka intern, Matthew LaRoche '17

Dining with Special Collections
In the spirit of the Year of Food theme, Special Collections and College Archives has opened its cabinets to display food related artifacts from our collections. Grab a historic menu and please join as at our table for Civil War, Asian Art, and College History artifacts and memorabilia to whet your intellectual appetite.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
William Clutz: Crossings
Schmucker Art Gallery
This exhibition by renowned American artist William Clutz celebrates the recent gift of artworks of the artist to Gettysburg College and is organized in partnership with the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) in Hagerstown, MD. The exhibition features 24 pastels, drawings, and large-scale paintings.

Although Clutz spent most of his life in New York City, he was born in Gettysburg and has strong familial ties to the College.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Cross-Disciplinary Science Institute at Gettysburg College (X-SIG)
4th Annual 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.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Family Photo Session
Scrambling to find the perfect family photo to use on your holiday card? Let us ease some of your stress and take that photo for you! The fountain, gazebo, Adirondack chairs, and fall foliage make a beautiful backdrop for a Gettysburg-themed family photo, and we’ll send you your pictures for free. Sign up for a 10-15 minute session by contacting Wendee at or (717) 337-8074.

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.

The Art of New York Streets
Schmucker Art Gallery
A tour through the current exhibition, William Clutz: Crossings. You will learn about the artist’s 50-year career in New York City, his affinity for conveying the dynamism of city streets, and the influences of Abstract Expressionism and French Impressionism. William Clutz's works are held in major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among many others. This Family College course and exhibition celebrate the recent gift of Clutz’s paintings to the College.

Shannon Egan
Director, Schmucker Art Gallery

Teaching and Learning in the Year of Food
Masters 117
Everyone loves food, which makes it a great topic for the College community to use as a means to connect what we learn in the classroom with the roles that food plays in our immediate lives as well as our local, national, and global communities. Come learn more about how Gettysburg College's Year of Food is helping us to connect curricular and co-curricular learning in new and interesting ways.

Caroline Hartzell
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Smoke Out Arthritis with Alpha Omicron Pi
Bullet Hole Patio
Looking for a meal on the go? Support the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi as they raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Enjoy boxes of barbecue from 3 Hogs BBQ and Ben’s Backyard BBQ. Includes coleslaw, mac-n-cheese, and baked goods.

3:30 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Johns Hopkins
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium

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. Open to the public. Photography is welcome.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fall Honors Day
Christ Chapel
Join us in this annual recognition ceremony when over 60 different awards are presented to students. The Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award and The Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award are presented to two members of the faculty.

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $12.50 per person.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Happy Hour
The Attic, West Building
Come relax in a family-friendly environment. Adult beverages, non-alcoholic drinks, and a variety of snacks and appetizers will be served. This event will also feature live music playing a wide range of songs from the 60s through today's hits.

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

Hatter Planetarium Show
Hatter Planetarium, Masters Hall
Attend a show in the newly renovated Hatter Planetarium. Visit our immersive, full-dome digital theater for a guided tour of the current night sky and demonstration of some of the new system’s capabilities. Seating limited to 40 people. First come, first served.

Ian Clarke
Director, Hatter Planetarium

Black Poets Matter
Breidenbaugh 209
Together we will consider the role of African American poetry and lyrical expression in advancing social justice movements. We will discuss contemporary spoken word artists and musicians within a tradition of writers whose work explores questions of identity, equality, and justice within American society, and we will engage in lively discussions about the value of poetry and lyricism as well as the power of words to impact the world in which we live.  

McKinley Melton
Assistant Professor, English

21st Century Skills for a Changing World of Opportunity 
Science Center 200 (off the main lobby)
Join us for an entertaining discussion during which we will use the Economics Department and our Quantitative Skills program to demonstrate our erspective on the unique educational experience that combines the global thinking perspective of liberal arts and sciences training with practical skills such as mathematics, economics, finance, computer science, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, etc. (Big Data). In this class, we will attempt to frame current economic conditions (whatever they may be) to demonstrate what we learn in class about the connection between math, economics and human psychology.

Drew E. Murphy '84, P'20
Lecturer, Economics

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Service and Dinner
Hillel House, 135 N. Washington St.
Join Gettysburg Hillel as we celebrate Shabbat with a service and dinner.

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 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.

7:00 p.m. - 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.

8:00 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Majestic Theater
This annual performance will include an appearance by Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Known for his "technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor" (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is "one of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation" (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner). In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton, and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. 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.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, Noon-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Commons, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Dining Center, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

* Jaeger Center, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
* Musselman Library, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 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.

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 for Youth, a local service that currently cannot meet the demand of the area.

10:00 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.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Watercolor Demonstration
College Bookstore
Join Gettysburg College alumnus Tom Rooney '74 as he conducts a live watercolor demonstration in the Bookstore. 

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Musselman Library and Special Collections
Musselman Library
See Friday at 9:00 a.m. for details.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
William Clutz: Crossings
Schmucker Art Gallery
See Friday at 10:00 a.m. for details.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Career Experiential Opportunities for Your Student
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Join us to learn about Gettysburg College's alumni and parent network and the many ways for students to make lasting, valuable career connections. Then take an interactive tour and talk with students who have participated in internships, externships, job shadowing, and more within the professional world. 

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.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fall Fest
Stine Lake
Family-friendly fall-themed activities and refreshments. Young children will love this event. Activities include face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, and lawn games. Tables available for the "to go" option—see All Campus Luncheon below.

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.

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.

12:45 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 2016, full of Gettysburg College’s traditional school music and favorite formations.

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Moravian
Shirk Field, Musselman Stadium
At the game, support some of the many student service organizations as they fundraise and increase awareness.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Gettysburg College Parents Image Study Results
Science Center 200 (off the main lobby)
Come hear the results of the image study given to Gettysburg College parents last winter. The study measures current Gettysburg parents’ perceptions of the College.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Family Photo Session
Sorry! All spots are filled.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 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. The Institute combines top-level dialogue among policy makers with a premier learning experience for undergraduates. Come meet the 2016-2017 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. 

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.

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.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Campus Dining Option
Dining Center
Dinner cost is $12.50 per person.

7:00 p.m.  8:00 p.m.
Gettysburg College Ghost Tour
Meet at north side of Penn Hall (Library side)
Offered by Ghosts of Gettysburg. Space is limited. First come, first served.

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.
Ghostbusters (1984)
Mara Auditorium, Masters Hall 110
Enjoy this classic, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis. Popcorn provided. Drinks and other snacks welcome.

9:00 p.m.
Student Showcase
CUB Ballroom
An annual Family Weekend favorite. Performances by Gettysburg College performing arts student groups, including B.O.M.B. Squad, Dance Ensemble, Drop the Octave, Four Scores, Shots in the Dark, SMuT, Upscale, Vibe, and Zouave Club.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Family Weekend guests are welcome to enjoy these campus facilities.

* Bullet Hole, 1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
* College Bookstore, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
* Commons, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
* Dining Center, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

* Jaeger Center, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
* Musselman Library, 10:00 a.m. (24 hours)
* Bullets Pool, 2:00 p.m.-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
Service of Holy Communion that is Ecumenically open utilizing the Lutheran rite. The Women's Choir will sing as part of this service. All families are invited.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
If Music Be the Food . . . Gettysburg

Paul Recital Hall, 222 Schmucker Hall
Adam Paul Cordle, violist and director of If Music Be the Food . . . Gettysburg, and pianist Edith Widayani will perform works by Nadia Boulanger, Fernande Decruck, and Marcelle Soulage. IMBTF Gettysburg is a benefit concert series designed to support the hunger relief efforts of the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. Read more.
Admission: A nonperishable food item or cash donation to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

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 10.29.16