Homecoming 2017 - Schedule

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All programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

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Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, printed programs, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Alumni House will close at 7 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065
9:00 AM
Mead Art Museum Open
The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College--more than 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. See full list of exhibitions currently on view. Museum closes at 8 p.m.
9:00 AM
Attend Open Classes
Visit professors and students in the classroom. A list of classes open to visitors is available online and printed copies will be available at the Alumni House Reception Center.
Various locations
11:00 AM
Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be one of the largest fossil track collections in the world and most studied. Museum closes at 4 p.m.
11:00 AM
Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
The Emily Dickinson Museum offers guided tours throughout each day. Admission ranges from $5 to $15. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Families who visit during Homecoming each receive a 50% discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward memberships in the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit us online. Museum closes at 4 p.m.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst MA 01002
12:00 PM
Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
The Emily Dickinson Museum's Poetry Discussion group meets monthly September through May for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators each month offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson's poetry. During the October discussion, a special rate is available for Amherst College alumni and family: $10 per person. Space is limited. Ends at 2 p.m.
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, second floor
4:00 PM
Multicultural Resource Center Men of Color Reception
This reception will be the first of many gatherings for men of color at Amherst College and will give students the opportunity to meet and network with other students as well as faculty, staff and alumni in a relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. Ends at 5:30 p.m.
Multicultural Resource Center, Keefe Campus Center
4:00 PM
Gallery Talk: "On Mammoths and Mascots"
with Michael Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library
Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library
4:00 PM
Campus Projects: Present and Future
with Jim Brassord, Chief of Campus Operations
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
4:00 PM
The Amherst Student Homecoming Reception
Did you write, edit, or work for The Amherst Student while you attended Amherst? Join current staff of The Amherst Student, the college’s newspaper since 1868, for a reception to learn about the state of the newspaper and discuss how student journalism has shaped each of us. Drinks and snacks will be served. Ends at 6 p.m.
Newspaper Office, Morrow Basement, enter from the Valentine Quadrangle
4:00 PM
Memorial Baseball Field Dedication
Join the baseball team and alumni and friends of the College in a gathering to celebrate the newly renovated Memorial Field and the generous donors who made these enhancements possible.
Memorial Baseball Field
4:30 PM
Association for Women in Science Alumnae Panel
The Association for Women in Science is hosting its 3rd Annual Alumnae Panel. Come listen to our panelists, who work in healthcare, technology, and research, as they offer their perspectives on their industries and advice to those who are considering a career in STEM. This year’s theme is the applicability of a liberal arts background.
Stirn Auditorium
5:00 PM
Homecoming Welcome Reception
Welcome back to campus! Have a snack and say hello to your favorite dinosaur. Ends at 6:30 p.m.
Beneski Museum of Natural History
5:00 PM
Those Who Teach and Those Who Learn: A Conversation with the Dean of the Faculty
Join Catherine Epstein, Dean of the Faculty and Winkley Professor of History, for a wide-ranging conversation about Amherst's academic landscape. Dean Epstein will discuss the opportunities and challenges of teaching college students in the twenty-first century. Among other topics, she will address our changing faculty, pedagogical innovation, and new academic initiatives at Amherst.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
6:00 PM
Concert of Music for Voice and Piano - Kristine Gether
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, second floor
6:00 PM
Hillel Shabbat Services & Dinner
Join Amherst College Hillel for Shabbat dinner. Learn about Jewish life and meet  student leaders.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
6:30 PM
Health Professions Alumni Panel for Pre-Med and Other Pre-Health Students
Hear from alumni of all ages about their career paths in health professions, and what they've learned along the way, going back to their Amherst education. This year's focus will be on mental health, and will feature the following panelists: Kaytee Turetsky '12, Dr. Janet Lydecker '06, Dr. John Franklin P'20, Dr. John Glazer '67 and Daniella Colombo '17.
Event Space, Greenway A Dormitory
7:00 PM
Amherst Volleyball v. Wellesley
LeFrak Gymnasium
8:00 PM
Amherst College Jazz Ensemble Concert
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
8:00 PM
Homecoming Bonfire
CAB (Campus Activities Board) Bonfire is a renewed tradition to bring the Amherst College community together in celebration of Homecoming Weekend. There will be hot beverages, pizza and cider doughnuts available. Festivities will feature games, performances by several musical groups and t-shirt giveaways. Ends at 10 p.m.
Valentine Quadrangle (Rain location: Alumni Gym)
Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:30 AM
Friends of Amherst Athletics: The Coach's Report, 2017 Season
Join E.J. Mills, Head Football Coach, for a closer look at our team.
Conway Classroom, Alumni Gymnasium
8:00 AM
Come Run with Us!
Get a run in before the big game! Hit the trails for a 3 or 5-mile run with the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams (at your pace). For the kids there will be: 50m, 50m very-low hurdles, 400m and long jump. Contact Coach Rubin, strubin@amherst.edu or Coach Funke-Harris, cfunkeharris@amherst.edu to R.S.V.P. or for additional information.
Outdoor Track, Pratt Field
8:00 AM
Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, printed programs, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Alumni House will close at 1:30 p.m.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065
8:00 AM
Pratt Field Opens for Pedestrians and Drop Off
There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents. Please see General Information for more details.
Pratt Field
8:30 AM
Admission Workshop for High School Students and Their Parents
Alumni and their children are welcome to attend this overview of admission procedures at Amherst, led by Cate Zolkos, Dean of Admission. No registration is required.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall
9:00 AM
Amherst College Financial Update
Join Kevin Weinman, Chief Financial Officer, to learn more about Amherst’s financial model and outlook. Our thoughtful approach to investment, combined with the uniquely generous spirit of philanthropy Amherst inspires, has created one of the strongest financial portfolios in higher education.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall
9:00 AM
Mead Art Museum Open
The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College--more than 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, and more. Admission is free, and the museum is fully accessible. See full list of exhibitions currently on view. Museum closes at 5 p.m.
9:00 AM
Reunion Planning Meetings
9 a.m. Class of 1968
Morgan Room, Pontypool

10 a.m. Class of 1969
Room 204, Chapin Hall

10 a.m. Class of 1970
Room 101, Chapin Hall

10:30 a.m. Class of 1983
Room 201, Chapin Hall

Post-Game Class of 1958
Conway Classroom, Alumni Gym

9:30 AM
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mead with Director & Chief Curator, David E. Little
Join us for a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes at the Mead Art Museum. Explore our underground storage facilities and learn about the latest exhibitions with Director & Chief Curator, David E. Little.
Mead Art Museum
10:00 AM
International Alumni-Student Meet and Greet
A space for current international students to have conversations with international alumni about the work they are currently doing as well as their former experiences at Amherst. Ends at noon.
Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center
10:00 AM
Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be one of the largest fossil track collections in the world and most studied. Museum closes at 5 p.m.
10:00 AM
Gallery Talk: "On Mammoths and Mascots"
with Michael Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library
Archives and Special Collections, Frost Library
10:00 AM
Open House at Book & Plow Farm
Come up to Book & Plow Farm for a tour of the greenhouse and core site! Book & Plow Farm is wrapping up our fifth season of production here at Amherst College. Our produce helps feed the community at Valentine Dining Hall and through a Fall Community-Supported Agriculture Share. Maps to the farm are available at the Alumni House Reception Center.
Book & Plow Farm, 425 South East Street, Amherst
10:00 AM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Each summer, the Emily Dickinson Museum hosts an archaeological field school through the University of Massachusetts. Past digs have focused on the location of the Dickinson’s barn, restoration of the Dickinson conservatory, and even archaeobotany to determine 19th century plant life in the poet’s beloved garden. Come hear from the archeologists themselves what they have unearthed at the Emily Dickinson Museum. This program is free and open to the public.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street
11:00 AM
Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
The Emily Dickinson Museum offers guided tours throughout each day. Admission ranges from $5 to $15. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Families who visit during Family Weekend each receive a 50% discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward memberships in the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit us online. Museum closes at 4 p.m.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street, Amherst MA 01002
11:00 AM
Amherst Volleyball v. Coast Guard
Hall of Fame Tournament
LeFrak Gymnasium
11:00 AM
DQ Homecoming Show
The DQ is Amherst's co-ed, secular a cappella group. Come join us for a casual, late morning show. Bagels and coffee will be provided. We look forward to connecting with our alumni!
Ballroom, Morris Pratt Dormitory
11:00 AM
Conversation with President Biddy Martin
Johnson Chapel
12:00 PM
Amherst Women's Soccer v. Wesleyan
Hitchcock Field
12:00 PM
Amherst Field Hockey v. Wesleyan
Gooding Field
12:00 PM
Alumni-Student Meet-ups at Pratt Field
Many student groups will be at tents and tables on the east end of the Pratt Field, near the pedestrian entrance (Hitchcock Gate), including: La Causa, Black Student Union, Project Salud, AC Military Association, ACEMS, GlobeMed, and Student Health Educators. If you are a former member or supporter of one of these organizations, please stop by and say hello! 
Near Hitchcock Gate, Pratt Field
1:00 PM
Amherst Football v. Wesleyan
There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Parking is available on the football practice field (entrance on Route 9), in front of Alumni Gymnasium, in the designated area on Snell Street, along Hitchcock Road and Orchard Street, and in any other designated parking space on campus. See General Information for details on tents and tailgating.
Pratt Field
1:00 PM
Planetarium Program: “We Are Part of This Universe”
For over 55 years the Bassett Planetarium has served the College well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director, as he uses the vintage Spitz A3P Starball to help re-create the night sky over Amherst. In addition, using a classic Orrery, participants will examine the plane of the solar system, the tilt of the Earth, day/night and seasons. The one takeaway from your planetarium visit may be best said by Neil deGrasse Tyson, “We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.”
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall
2:30 PM
Amherst Men's Soccer v. Wesleyan
Hitchcock Field
3:00 PM
Amherst Homecoming Fest
Come celebrate the events of the day with food, drink and jazz! Games and treats for kids will be provided. This event is sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs to thank you for your support at Homecoming and throughout the year.
Coolidge Cage, Alumni Gymnasium
3:00 PM
Amherst Volleyball v. WPI
Hall of Fame Classic
LeFrak Gymnasium
3:45 PM
Museum Tour: The Ancient Connecticut River Valley Yesterday and Today
Join Fred Venne, Museum Educator, and student docents as they take participants on a journey back in time. The tour of the Beneski explores yesterday and today's Connecticut River Valley, home to Amherst College. Photography is encouraged.
Beneski Museum of Natural History
4:00 PM
Celebration of Life for Ken Howard ‘66
Join the Class of 1966 and other students, alumni and friends for a celebration of the life and work of Ken Howard '66 (1944–2016). The event will include a gathering at the tree planted in living tribute to Ken, a video presentation, remarks and a reception.
Kirby Memorial Theater
4:30 PM
2nd Annual Homecoming Reception for Chemistry Alumni
Please join chemistry faculty, majors, and staff to celebrate 60 years in the Merrill Science Center. We look forward to making connections and to hearing your stories of the days when you studied chemistry in Merrill. 
Keefe Science Library (Room 300A), Merrill Science Center
5:00 PM
Zumbyes Reception
The Zumbyes are excited to be hosting our annual Homecoming Reception, to which all Zumbye alums, family and friends are cordially invited. Please do come grab some refreshments and meet the Zumbyes of today! There will also be a night reception for those who can't make it to the early one, or just want to spend some more time hanging out and singing with us, happening at 9:30 p.m. in Newport House Basement.
Canfield Lounge, Kirby Theater
5:00 PM
Alumni Reception with the Students of La Causa
Join La Causa, Amherst's Latinx affinity group, for our annual Homecoming alumni event. Hear an update on current club and campus happenings, explore the new Greenway space, and mingle with current Latinx students and faculty!
Event Space, Greenway A Dormitory
7:00 PM
Amherst College Symphony Orchestra Concert
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
9:00 PM
Amherst College Choral Society Concert
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center
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