Alumni Weekend 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018 to Saturday, May 5, 2018

Remember, Relive, Reunite!

Alumni Weekend is your time to return to campus and recall your days as a student. Whether you studied as a "day student" or resident, or graduated from Beaver College or Arcadia University, we look forward to welcoming you home on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, to remember, relive, and reunite!

You will also be able to register in person for any events that have not sold out by visiting Blankley Alumni House on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Alumni Weekend Hotline at 215-517-2566. See you on campus!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Alumni Weekend check-in will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Blankley Alumni House.

"Our Streets: Demonstrations and Democracy in Global 1968"
Faculty Discussion & Breakfast

10-10:30 a.m. Breakfast, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Discussion and Q&A | Grey Towers Castle, Dining Room (UPDATED LOCATION)

Explore the meaning and significance of street demonstrations in the United States, France, Mexico, and Northern Ireland that focused on a range of issues including the Vietnam War, racial and religious inequality, and women’s and students’ rights with faculty panelists including Amy Cox '01M, director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program and assistant professor of Political Science, Geoff Haywood, associate professor of Historical and Political Studies, and Peter Siskind, associate professor and chair of the Historical and Political Studies department. You’ll also enjoy a light breakfast during this discussion, which is part of Arcadia’s Global 1968 event series commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968, one of the most tumultuous and consequential years in modern global history. [Complimentary]

Exploring Grounds For Sculpture
11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
(11:45 a.m. Depart Grey Towers Castle; 1-3:30 p.m. Tour and Exploration, Grounds For Sculpture)

Climb aboard our luxury coach which will transport you to our afternoon excursion to Grounds For Sculpture, a 40-acre public sculpture park designed to promote contemporary sculpture and help people understand its place in society. The park is a fascinating collection of permanent sculptures, seasonal exhibitions, and educational workshops. After the tour, you’ll be free to explore the rest of the park’s grounds or grab a bite to eat with friends in the park’s cafés. [$45; Senior Citizens (65+): $40]

President’s Welcome Reception
5-8 p.m. | University Commons Great Room (Lower Level)

President Ajay Nair, Mrs. Paayal Nair, and their family will welcome you and your classmates back to campus and join you for a dinner reception as you share laughs and memories with those friends you haven’t seen in a few years. Enjoy trying to pick out familiar faces in the crowd as you meet the Nair family, and Arcadia alumni from far and wide arriving on campus for Alumni Weekend. [$25]

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Alumni Weekend check-in will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Blankley Alumni House.

Alumni Weekend Champagne Brunch
10-11:30 a.m.  | University Commons Great Room (Lower Level)

Spend the morning catching up with classmates over a celebratory morning brunch, complete with mimosas and bloody Marys. You’ll be seated with members of your class and will be treated to special performances by Arcadia’s talented students as you fuel up for an exciting day. Afterward, stay for the annual Alumni Association meeting. [$30; Class of ’68 & Prior: Complimentary]

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  | University Commons Great Room (Lower Level)

Join the Alumni Association Leadership Council for the annual Alumni Association general membership meeting, which will feature a keynote talk by Arcadia’s 22nd President, Dr. Ajay Nair, and updates from the Association’s leadership. [Complimentary]

Reunion Class Meetings
1-2 p.m. | Locations listed below

Continue your conversations and share memories with classmates during private class meetings.

  • Class of 1953: University Commons, Hall of Fame Room (1st Floor)
  • Class of 1958: University Commons, Stein Fireplace Lounge (1st Floor)
  • Class of 1963: Boyer Hall, Room 117
  • Class of 1968: Dining Complex, Black Box Theater & Room 103 (UPDATED LOCATION)
  • Class of 1973: Grey Towers Castle Landing (2nd Floor)

Other reunion classes who wish to hold class meetings should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at [Complimentary]

Campus Tours
1-4 p.m. | Departing regularly from Grey Towers Castle

Take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane as today’s Arcadia students lead you on a tour of the University’s Glenside campus. Reminisce on old times and see how much the campus has changed since your last visit. You’re bound to learn new things along the way! A limited number of golf carts will be on hand for guests needing assistance. [Complimentary]

Grey Towers 120th Anniversary Talk: "The Architecture of Horace Trumbauer"
2-3 p.m. | Grey Towers Castle, Dining Room (UPDATED LOCATION)

Celebrate the unique grandeur of Arcadia’s very-own Grey Towers Castle on its 120th anniversary, as David Rowland, author of "The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer," shares with you the stories of its renowned architect and his many celebrated works, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Keswick Theatre, the Widener Building, Whitemarsh Hall, and of course, Grey Towers. [Complimentary]

Get the Scoop: Ice Cream Social with the Class of ’18
3-4:30 p.m. | University Commons, Meeting Rooms 1-3 (2nd Floor)

Congratulate the Class of 2018 in their last weeks as Arcadia students and impart your words of wisdom as they get ready to set off on the next parts of their journeys; all while enjoying make-your-own-sundaes—the perfect afternoon treat! [Complimentary]

Knight Club 15th Anniversary Performance & Reception
3-5:30 p.m. | Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Knight Club, Arcadia's student dance organization! Former members of the Club are invited to join in a special anniversary performance, and all alumni, families, and friends are welcome to come and enjoy the show. Afterward, performers and guests will enjoy a light reception as they share memories from their many Arcadia performances.

Alumni who are interested in performing are asked to contact Amber LaJeunesse Silverberg '06.

Alumni Awards Ceremony
4:30-5:30 p.m. | Grey Towers Castle, Dining Room

Celebrate the achievements of your fellow Knights as the Alumni Association presents its annual awards and recognizes milestone reunion classes for their generous support of Arcadia. This year's award recipients include:

  • Dr. James P. Capolupo '76M
    Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement
  • Allison Rossett '68
    Golden Disc for Meritorious Service (will be presented at the Alumni Weekend Champagne Brunch)
  • Madeline Johnson Stein '68
    Golden Disc for Meritorious Service
  • Heather Mazzanti McKiernan '07M
    Young Alumni Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement
  • Merle Arbogast Chorba '63
    Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award
  • Linda Helbig Coceano '93
    Class Officer Award
  • Robert Migliaccio '13
    Class Officer Award
  • Aliyah Abraham '18
    Student Impact Award


Golden Reunion Dinner for the Class of ’68 & Prior
5:30-7 p.m. | Grey Towers Castle, Mirror Room and Porch

Recall fond memories and create new ones with members of the 50-year reunion Class of 1968 and alumni who have previously celebrated their golden reunions as you delight in a three-course dinner with classmates and dear friends. [$35]

All Classes Reunion Reception
5:30-7 p.m. | Grey Towers Castle, Rose Room

Catch up with the classmates and friends while enjoying an hors d’oeuvre reception with soft drinks, beer, and wine before continuing the fun at the Knight Market on Haber Green. [$15; Young Alumni (Classes of '08-'17): $10]

Black Alumni Association Reception
5:30-7 p.m. | Easton Hall Café & Pond

Gather with fellow alumni and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks while learning about the Black Alumni Association. Hear how you can get involved and about the group’s upcoming programs, events, and projects before heading to the Knight Market. [$15; Young Alumni (Classes of ’07-’17): $10]

MBA Alumni Association Reception
5:30-7 p.m. | University Commons Art Gallery (1st Floor)

Connect with graduates from Arcadia’s MBA program before hitting the dance floor at the Knight Market. Share tales from your cohort over hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. [$15; Young Alumni (Classes of ’07-’17): $10]

Class of ’93 25-Year Reunion Photo & Celebrations

The Class of 1993 will celebrate its silver reunion at events throughout the entire weekend, including the Alumni Weekend Champagne Brunch and All Classes Reunion Reception, where the class will reunite in special reserved areas.

Class members will gather for a commemorative class photograph on the Grey Towers Castle staircase on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. before joining the party on Haber Green at the Knight Market.

Knight Market
6:30-9 p.m. | Haber Green (Rain: Kuch Athletic and Recreation Center, Alumni Gymnasium)

Make it a "Knight" to remember as you cap off your Alumni Weekend and reunion celebrations with a Cinco de Mayo party on Haber Green! Enjoy tasty treats from food trucks and stations around the Green, hit the dance floor with family and friends, take part in lawn games and a number of fun activities, and indulge in margaritas, beer, wine, and soft drinks. [$25; Young Alumni (Classes of '08-'17: $20; Class of ’18: $10]


Make the most out of your visit to Arcadia. if you find some downtime during the wekeend, be sure to take advantage of the offerings below:

  • "abbey ryan: the light / the shade" (University Commons, Harrison Gallery, 1st Floor)
    Stop by the Harrison Gallery to view this exhibition of landscapes and still lifes rendered in oil by Abbey Ryan '03, associate professor of Art and one of Arcadia's 40 Under 40. The exhibition is inspired by Ryan's research excursion to the Greek island of Patmos and represents the culmination of her scholarship undertaken as Arcadia’s first recipient of the Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 
  • "Celebrating the Grey Towers Castle Birthday: 120 Years of History through Artifacts" (Landman Library, 1st and Lower Levels)
    Curated by Samantha Hipe '18, this exhibition explores the legacy of Grey Towers Castle, built as a private residence for the William Welsh Harrison family, now Arcadia's beloved flagship building. By telling the story of the Castle through artifacts—many of which were discovered during archaeological digs conducted by the student group Society for Castle Restoration—the exhibition allows viewers to gain an appreciation for Castle life through the objects that shaped it. (Facilitated by University Archives and Special Collections.)
  • Templeton Campus Store: 20% Alumni Discount
    Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kuch Athletic and Recreation Center: Use of workout facilities and track
    Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • University Commons Game Room: Play a pick-up game of billards, ping-pong, and more
    Hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.

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