Saturday, November 5

Space is limited for some events and meals. Be sure to register early to reserve your spots!

Register by Oct. 21

Please note: Athletics Hall of Fame and the 1980s All-Decade Football Team Celebration, both off campus, each have their own registration.

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    50th Reunion Planning Meetings for the Classes of 1973-1977

    8–10 a.m., Room 108, Usdan University Center

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    Join your classmates in planning your 50th Reunions! Please visit your class pages for more information and contacts. Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to attend this meeting.

    1973 50th Reunion

    1974 50th Reunion

    1975 50th Reunion

    1976 50th Reunion

    1977 50th Reunion 

    Room 108, Usdan University Center

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    Usdan University Center Building Hours

    8 a.m.–midnight,  Usdan University Center More on Usdan hours

    Usdan University Center is a gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to p connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends…or simply hang out.

    Usdan Univrsity Center

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    Usdan University Center Cafe Hours

    8a.m.–8 p.m., Usdan University Center More on Cafe hours

    Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

    Usdan University Center

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    Welcome Center

    9 a.m.–4 p.m., McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

    More on registration and information

    Everyone—parents, families, and students—please visit the Office of Admission for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), pre-purchased meal tickets, nametags, and more.

    McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    WESeminar: The Impact of Title IX on Wesleyan Women's Athletics

    9–10 a.m. , location TBD More on Title IX
    Join us for a WESeminar panel discussion on the impact of Title IX on women's athletics at Wesleyan. Please check back for more information on panelists and location.
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    Men's and Women's Crew Reception

    9–11 a.m., Macomber Boathouse, 30 Harbor Drive, Middletown

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    Join the team for a morning at the boathouse! Refreshments will be served. 

    Macomber Boathouse, 30 Harbor Drive, Middletown

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    Wrestling Alumni, Parents, and Friends Breakfast & Practice

    9 a.m.–noon, Biddiscombe Wrestling Room, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Come enjoy a cup of coffee and continental breakfast, meet the team, watch the team in a practice, team introductions at end of practice before we head over to Corwin Stadium to cheer on our Cardinals v. Williams in the football game.

    Biddiscombe Wrestling Room, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Women's Ice Hockey Team Meet and Greet

    9:30–10 a.m., Spurrier Snyder Rink, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Spurrier Snyder Rink, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Women's Ice Hockey Team Scrimmage

    10–11 a.m., Spurrier Snyder Rink, Freeman Athletic Center

    More on the scrimmage

    Spurrier Snyder Rink, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Athletic Team Tailgates on Andrus Field

    10 a.m.–4 p.m., Andrus Field

    More on the team tailgates

    Many teams will host tailgates on Andrus Field during the football game. Please continue to check back for details.

    Andrus Field

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    Tailgating and Parking on Andrus Field

    10 a.m.–4 p.m., Andrus Field

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    The Wesleyan men's and women's swimming and diving teams oversee and direct visitor parking at all home football games. In return, please consider making a donation to the swimming and diving program to help defray equipment, travel, and other program costs.  The suggested donation is $5 per car but any amount is graciously accepted. 

    Please note, the parking lot will open at 9 a.m.

    Open Container Policy: University policy and NESCAC regulations state that alcohol is not allowed at any sporting event with the exception of the tailgate area on Andrus Field.  Open containers are not allowed near the football field.

    Andrus Field 

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    Salute to Service

    10 a.m.–1 p.m., Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

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    All are welcome to join the Wesleyan Community as we honor local veterans as well as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents who have served. Check back for more details soon.

    Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

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    Academic Advancement Office Hours

    10 a.m.–noon, various office in North College

    More on the office hours

    An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with their student’s class dean and/or the dean for academic advancement and accessibility specialist.

    Various offices in North College

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    Campus Tour

    10–11:30 a.m., Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

    More on the tour

    Advance registration through the Office of Admission is required. Register for thet tour.

    Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    A Memorial Celebration of John A. Driscoll '62

    10–11 a.m., Memorial Chapel

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    All are invited to attend a memorial celebration for this much beloved community member. A gathering will follow the service in the Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center.

    Memorial Chapel

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    Squash Team Open House and Match

    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Rosenbaum Squash Courts, Freeman Athletic Center 

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    The Wesleyan squash teams will host an open house at the squash courts along with an opportunity to play against the 2022–23 men's and women's teams. Bring your families and friends to try squash or just come and watch the action. All are welcome to play. Match play against the team members will begin at 10:30 a.m.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the current student-athletes, introduce friends and family to the sport of squash, and/or to reminisce about past experiences at Wesleyan. Please contact Shona Kerr if you would like to play.

    Rosenbaum Squash Courts, Freeman Athletic Center 

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    Special Collections & Archives Open House

    11 a.m.–1 p.m., Special Collections & Archives, 1st floor east, Olin Library

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    Drop in for a walk down memory lane through the Argus, Hermes, and yearbooks. Chat with Wesleyan’s archivists and special collections librarians about Wesleyan history and how the collections are used in teaching and research. Books and manuscripts discussed in “The Baker’s Dozen” WESeminar will be on view in the Davison Rare Book Room. 

    Special Collections & Archives, 1st floor east, Olin Library

     

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    President's Reception Honoring Leadership Donors

    11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center 

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    Please join President Michael S. Roth '78 at a reception celebrating members of the Wesleyan Leadership Societies. Wesleyan Leadership Societies recognize the extraordinary commitment and support of Wesleyan leadership donors. By invitation only.

    Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center 

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    Homecoming Day Lunch

    11 a.m.–2 p.m., Marketplace, Usdan University Center

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    Parents, families, friends, and guests are invited to join students for lunch at Usdan University Center. Sample a variety of fresh, local, and made-to-order options from Bon Appetit, Wesleyan’s on-campus dining service. Enjoy salad bars, carving stations, hot entrees, numerous side dishes, beverages, and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan, and Kosher-style options are available and you do not need to specify your meal preference in advance.

    Tickets: $15 adults (Wesleyan students use their meal plans and should not buy tickets in advance). Purchase  tickets when you register before October 21. A limited number of tickets may be available on-site at the Usdan Univeristy Center cashier (second floor).  

    Note: A select menu of a la carte food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site at the Usdan Café, some athletic teams may be selling concessions on Andrus Field, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. 

    Marketplace, Usdan University Center

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    Legacy Family Photo

    12:15 p.m., steps of North College More on the photo

    Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current students are invited, along with their children, to be part of this year’s legacy photograph. Please be prompt; the photo will be taken at 12:30 p.m. sharp.

    Steps of North College

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    In the Galleries: Massive Power Ball

    Noon–4 p.m., Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

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    Massive Power Ball by Karen Xu ’22 is rooted in a close relationship to basketball. Growing up in China, Xu regularly played the game and watched broadcasts of the NBA. The past few years living in the U.S. have enabled Xu to gain a more complex understanding of her favorite pastime. In Massive Power Ball, Xu has created a character who may simultaneously be a surrogate for the artist, a basketball star, or the crowd of fans. Through animation and printmaking, Xu places that character in scenes that incorporate both communist propaganda and screenshots of basketball games. She inquires how basketball can be an arena for the clash and meditation of individual desire and collective force, extending the thrill of the game into her consideration of the dynamics of the China-U.S. relationship and Chinese Communist Party ideals. Xu’s playful criticality manifests in many different media including printmaking, collage, and video, embodying her basketball world of lighthearted fantasy within an uncompromising reality. This presentation marks the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition.

    Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace

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    In the Galleries: fron/terra incognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94)

    Noon–5 p.m., Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace

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    fron/terra incognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) is an exhibition comprising a series of lectures, performances, readings, and art installations on the broad theme of borders, migration, displacement, and violence. Programming will provoke reflections on the territorial dimensions of borders and their consequential effects.

    The exhibition is anchored by the Hostile Terrain (HT94) installation in the gallery. HT94 has been installed at many institutions both nationally and globally in 2021 and throughout 2022. The work of forensic anthropologist and MacArthur Fellow Jason de León (University of California, Los Angeles), HT94 is a visceral and visual documentation of migrant deaths along the United States / Mexico border. ​The exhibition is composed of over 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. The installation is created by Wesleyan student volunteers, who record identifying details of each person and then pin the toe tags to a map of the border region.

    Curator: Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts 

    Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace

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    WESeminar: Growing Moral: Ancient Wisdom on Living Well Today

    1–2 p.m., Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, 287 Washington Terrace

    More on the WESeminar

    In his new book Growing Moral: A Confucian Guide to Life, Wesleyan professor Stephen Angle updates ancient Confucian insights for our contemporary world. In this WESeminar, Angle joins his colleague, Tushar Irani, to discuss the relevance of both Eastern and Western classical philosophy to our lives today.

    Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, 287 Washington Terrace

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    Family Swim

    1–5 p.m., Webster Family Natatorium, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Bring your suit and goggles and enjoy open swim hours. 

    Webster Family Natatorium, Freeman Athletic Center

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    Football vs. Williams College

    1–4 p.m., Corwin Stadium, Andrus Field

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    Alumni Association Tailgate

    1–3 p.m., Andrus Field

    More on the tailgate

    Celebrate game day with friends, food, and fun. Be sure to stop by during the game. All are welcome! GO WES, BEAT WILLIAMS!

    Andrus Field

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    Campus Tour

    2–3:30 p.m., Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

    More on the tour

    Advance registration required through the Office of Admission. Register for the tour.

    Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

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    Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Celebration

    2–3:30 p.m., Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Allbritton Center More on the celebration

    Come celebrate 10 years of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE)! Since 2011, the PCSE has helped student entrepreneurs and changemakers to activate their innovations in the world. Wesleyan invites you to celebrate the PCSE and honor longtime outgoing director Makaela Kingsley ’98, MALS ’05.
    Remarks at 2:30 p.m.

    Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to attend this event.

    Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Allbritton Center

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    WESeminar: The Liberal Arts Behind Prison Walls: Learning with the Center for Prison Education

    3–4 p.m., Room 114, Boger Hall

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    Join us for a conversation with the Center for Prison Education, an academic program in which Wesleyan faculty teach credited courses at two Connecticut correctional facilities. Our students work toward an associate degree from local partner Middlesex Community College, and subsequently a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies (BLS) from Wesleyan. 

    Presenters: TBD
    Moderator: Allie Cislo, Program Manager, Center for Prison Education (CPE)

    Room 114, Boger Hall

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    WESeminar: Gamelan Workshop

    3–4 p.m., World Music Hall

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    Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the Gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to the 12th century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. Get some real experience playing the Gamelan in this lively, hands-on workshop.

    Presenters: I.M. Harjito, University Professor of Music, with introduction by Sumarsam, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music

    Please note: space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. This session often reaches capacity.

    World Music Hall

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    Freeman Asian Scholars Reception

    3–4:30 p.m., Russell House

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    Join Freeman Asian Scholar alumni and students along with faculty and administrators at a reception honoring the Freeman Asian Scholars Program.

    Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to attend this event.

    Russell House

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    Alumni and Student of Color Reception

    5–6:30 p.m., Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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    As BIPOC members of the Wesleyan community, we all share a common thread but each with our unique experiences. Join alumni, students, and families as we gather together to celebrate. All are welcome!

    Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

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    Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

    6–9 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416

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    Join the Wesleyan Athletics community to honor and recognize new inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Please register to purchase tickets separately for this off-campus event.

    Courtyard by Marriott, 4 Sebethe Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416

    Register for the Hall of Fame Dinner

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    Stargazing

    8–10 p.m., Van Vleck Observatory More on stargazing

    Organized and hosted by the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford (ASGH), this observing session uses our refurbished 20" refracting telescope. For details, schedule, and the COVID-19 policy please visit the ASGH website
    Guests are kindly asked to wear a mask.

    Van Vleck Observatory

Keep Wes Safe

Wesleyan University requires all guests of any Wesleyan-sponsored events, both on and off campus, to be fully vaccinated to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Before coming to campus, please review the University COVID-19 policies, updated as of September 2022. The University is also closely monitoring the ongoing global outbreak of monkeypox. More information on monkeypox can be found on the Davison Health Center website.