2017 Schedule of Events


Time to dust off your yearbook, pull out your Pioneer hoodie, and plot a course straight to Burrstone Road. This is one Homecoming you do not want to miss.

Prepare yourself for a beautiful autumn weekend of reunions, games, performances, and festive gatherings as we welcome you back to campus to celebrate what it means to be a Pioneer. There’s a lot to look forward to, including our ever-popular tailgate and post-game parties, psychic readings by renowned medium Chris Moon, mechanical bull riding, live music, and much, much more. Something for everyone!

In addition to our annual Golden Pioneer 50th reunion luncheon, we will be honoring our 25th reunion alumni with their own special gathering as well as a Silver Pioneer key chain. Check out the weekend schedule for a host of athletic and affinity reunions, plus a health professions conference and other special events.

Be sure to register early and get your free blue and orange Pioneer knit pom-pom hat to wear to the football game.

Whether you’re a UC alumnus/a or the proud parent of a Pioneer (or perhaps both), Homecoming 2017 will be a weekend of fun, friends, and festivities you will never forget. See you then!

Get Ready for Homecoming 2017:

• SAVE THE DATE: October 20-22

• Be sure to book your accommodations soon, and pre-register early to take advantage of special incentives.

• Keep visiting utica.edu/homecoming for updates and additions to the weekend festivities

• Join the #CUatUC17 conversation online at utica.edu/get-social


Friday, October 20

Time Event
2:00 – 9:00 p.m. Stop here first!
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION STATION

Cynkus Family Welcome Center, Burrstone Campus Entrance 

Pick up your official nametag that serves as your pass for pre-registered events for the weekend. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register for various events and get your official event nametag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A PIONEERS knit hat to the first 1,000 registered –  while supplies last. Share a photo of yourself with your hat; use the hashtag #CUatUC17
Special Event CARING TOGETHER: AN INTERPROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE
 
Join UC’s occupational therapy, psychology-child life and physical therapy programs as they celebrate significant milestone dates in their histories. A day-long conference on Friday, October 20, 2017 will bring together alumni, faculty, and students in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Occupational Therapy, the 40th Anniversary of Psychology-Child Life, and the 20th Anniversary of the Physical Therapy programs at Utica College.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and will commence in various locations throughout the day. At 5:15 p.m. there will be a special Celebration Reception in the Carbone Family Auditorium. (The Celebration Reception is free to Conference attendees, $25 for drop-ins.)

For full details, a list of sessions, alumni keynote speakers, conference costs, continuing education CEU info, early bird incentive info, and to register, go to: utica.edu/caringtogether.

Note: Advance pre-registration required for the conference. Space is limited; register early.
5:15 – 7:00 p.m. CARING TOGETHER CONFERENCE CELEBRATION RECEPTION
Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building
Carbone Family Auditorium
 


Can’t make the Caring Together conference? You can still connect with OT, Psych-Child Life, and PT alumni, faculty, and students at the reception. ($25)

NOTE: The reception is free for conference attendees.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. CASINO KICKOFF NIGHT AND CARNIVAL UNDER THE STARS
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge, and Strebel Back Lawn

Meet up with old friends and UC family to get geared up for the weekend.  Try your luck at novelty casino games hosted by the Inter Greek Council and win prizes (no real money involved).  Get a sneak preview of Saturday’s carnival rides, too!  All ages welcome. (Free)
7:00 p.m. MEN’S LACROSSE ALUMNI GAME AND RECEPTION
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Catch the alumni game, and stick around for the 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Awards Ceremony and Alumni Reception (afterwards in the Library Concourse) – one of the longest running and largest Homecoming traditions. ($10)

INCENTIVE: $5 if you pre-register by Sept. 29
7:00 p.m. UC BASEBALL ALUMNI GATHERING
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Utica
The Chophouse Restaurant
102 Lafayette Street, Utica, NY 13502

Proceeds benefit the Utica College Baseball Program.

($30, includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets; please pre-register.)
8:00 p.m. UC FOOTBALL ALUMNI GATHERING
Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
147 N. Genesee Street, Utica, NY

Proceeds benefit the Matthew Thomas Dunn Pioneer Award.

($40, includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets; please pre-register.)

INCENTIVE: $30 if you pre-register by Sept. 29
9:00 p.m. – MIDNIGHT STUDENT SHOWCASE
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub and Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

Beginning at 9:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Pub, request your favorite song from the WPNR DJs; then at 10:00 p.m. the live entertainment begins with our talented students in a relaxed setting hosted by WPNR.  Enjoy watching and listening to a variety of our students’ performances, including dance, song, and spoken word.  If you are a talented alumna or alumnus or parent, jump in and show us what you’ve got!

(Free admission. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soda available with proper I.D. inside the Pioneer Pub.)

Saturday, October 21

Time Event
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stop here first!
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION STATION

Cynkus Family Welcome Center, Burrstone Campus Entrance 

Pick up your official nametag that serves as your pass for pre-registered events for the weekend. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register for various events and get your official event nametag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A PIONEERS knit hat to the first 1,000 registered –  while supplies last. Share a photo of yourself with your hat; use the hashtag #CUatUC17
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. UTICA COLLEGE ALUMNI COUNCIL MEETING
Sherwood Boehlert Hall and Conference Center
Conference Room
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. BREAKFAST WITH THE VP FOR ADVANCEMENT AND SCHOOL DEANS; Hosted by The Utica College Parent Council
Strebel Student Center, Pioneer Pub

 
Mix and mingle with other UC parents, our School Deans and learn more about the Parent Council as well as updates about the College. ($5)

 
INCENTIVE: $2  for UC parents if you pre-register by Sept. 29 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST
Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building
Carbone Family Auditorium

Join alumni, faculty, and students for a breakfast which will include various awards and information about the OT Graduate Student Legacy Scholarship. ($25) 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. THE RAYMOND SIMON INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Hubbard Hall,Simon/Baker Seminar Room, 106 
9:30 a.m. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Hubbard Hall, Dorothy M. Thurston
Construction Management Laboratory, B 10

The Construction Management Advisory Committee invites all alumni, faculty, parents, and current students to attend their open meeting. Attendees are also encouraged to attend the 11:00 a.m. CM tailgate gathering (parking lot A) for a home-style BBQ. (Free)
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. EDITH LARGELY BARRETT FINE ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: From EXIF to Print
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library Library Concourse Level

Utica Camera Club Annual Members Exhibit, and UC Student Photographers (Free)
10:00 a.m. WALKING CAMPUS TOUR
Departs from Strebel Student Center Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

Take a walking tour led by a member of the Admissions staff and view the most recent additions to campus. (Free)
10:00 a.m. WOMEN'S LACROSSE ALUMNAE GAME AND LUNCH
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium/Pioneer Pub

Play in or watch the alumnae game. Connect with women’s lacrosse alumnae, parents, and friends, and meet the current team and coaches. Lunch will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Pioneer Pub. (Lunch; $10) 
10:00 a.m. BASEBALL BATTING PRACTICE AND ALUMNI GAME
Baseball Field

Play in or watch the alumni game. Connect with baseball alumni, parents, and friends, and meet the current team and coaches. (Free)
10:00 a.m. ALPHA PHI OMEGA, ETA MU CHAPTER, REUNION GATHERING
Rocco F. DePerno Hall
MacFarlane Auditorium

All APO members, alumni and their families are invited to celebrate the recent return of the Eta Mu chapter. Meet new brothers, discuss the memorial scholarship, and catch up with old friends. ($5)
10:30 a.m. GOLDEN PIONEER RECEPTION: CLASSES OF 1949-1967
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library
Library Concourse

Begin the festivities with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, listen to the Tim Coakley ’59 Jazz Trio, and mingle with other Golden Pioneers. (Free)
11:00 a.m. THE PRESIDENT'S GOLDEN PIONEER LUNCHEON
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library
Library Concourse

Join our host, President Laura Casamento, for an early lunch.  Classes of 1949 – 1966 are invited to the induction celebration of the newest Golden Pioneers from the Class of 1967 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion Year. Our 60th Anniversary Reunion Class, 1957, is also being acknowledged along with the Class of 1962 for their 55th and the Class of 1952 for their 65th reunions.  Lunch is complimentary for members of the ’67, ’62, ’57 and ’52 Classes.  (Guests: $30)

INCENTIVE: Spouses/significant others of the Classes ’67, ’62, ’57 and ’52 are complimentary if pre-registered by Sept. 29
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PRE-GAME TAILGATE PARTY: ALL-BEEF HOTDOGS, BEVERAGES, AND TUNES
Tents, use Burrstone Road entrance, Park in lot A

Get ready for Pioneer football! Once again, we are in the huge tents across from the Cynkus Family Welcome Center near the tailgating area.  The menu is all-beef hot dogs (with all the fixings), veggie burgers (available upon request), some sides, and beverages by our sponsor, The Matt Brewing Company.  In honor of their 40th Anniversary of their current call letters, WPNR 90.7 FM will provide music and on-air shout-out opportunities.

Everyone is welcome to attend this party hosted by the UC Alumni Council. Saranac 1888 root beer included; $2 Utica Club drafts or $2 wines for those over 21. ($5; free for meal-plan students. Valid I.D. required)

Within the huge tents are tables set up for the following affinity groups:
• Reunion classes of 1977, 1992, 2007 and 2012
• Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity and Fraud and Financial Crime (ECI)
• OT/PT/Psych-Child Life anniversaries
• Raymond Simon Institute/Public Relations and Journalism alumni
• Alpha Phi Omega
1:00 p.m. UTICA COLLEGE FOOTBALL VS. BUFFALO STATE
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Wear your blue and orange and bring along your PIONEER knit hat
($4 adults; $2 non-UC students at gate)

INCENTIVE: Free admission if you bring (to the green supply truck) a non-perishable item for Feed Our Vets and for the Veteran’s Outreach Center; e.g. canned goods, boxed foods.
Part of the locally supported Veteran’s Supply Drive Initiative.
3:00 p.m. THE YOUNG SCHOLARS ANNUAL POTLUCK GATHERING
Outside the Faculty Center

Current Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) students, alumni, families, and friends. (Free)
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. THE OL’ WEST PIONEER DAYS:POST-GAME HAPPY HOUR ACTIVITiES FOR ALL ALUMNI, STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge, and Back Lawn

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Travel back in time (in the lounge) to the old pioneer days with wire writing, crystal etching, old time photos, and western-themed carnival games like cow-milking and longhorn-lassoing.  See if you can hold on for the full eight seconds on the mechanical bull!  (Free)
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Play and ride outside at the carnival. (Free)
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Mosey into the Pub and listen to well-known covers and fun original music by Boston’s premier country band, Southern City Band. (Free)
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Enjoy food and drinks: $1 root beer and ice cream floats; $1 pizza slices; $1 apple dippers; $2 chicken spiedie skewers, and $2 draft beers or $2 wines.
5:00 p.m. WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

 
(Free)
5:30 p.m. A CELEBRATION OF DR. EUGENE PAUL NASSAR
Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building, Carbone Family Auditorium

Join alumni, family, and friends to celebrate the legacy of our late Emeritus Professor of English. An hour-long program will conclude with a reception. (Free)
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. THE MOON FAMILY PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Strebel Auditorium

Questions about love, your future, spirit guides and angels will all be answered.  Psychic Medium Chris Moon and his mother, Paulette, an intuitive counselor and empathetic tarot card reader, will choose volunteers from the audience who wish to be read onstage. They will use their psychic gifts as well as the cards and world famous “Spirit Phone.” Chris lectures on his ghost-hunting techniques and provides positive evidence, as well as interactive investigations using the Telephone Of The Dead.  Seating is limited; doors open at 7:15 p.m. (Free)
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. NIGHT OF THE “HARVEST-MOON”
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

The Moon family will be available after their show for small group private psychic readings focusing on love, auras, the future, careers, friends, angels and spirits.  Harvest activities include pumpkin painting, hot apple cider bar with flavored ciders, and chocolate apple decorating.

(Free admission. Cash bar with beer, wine and soda available with proper I.D. inside the Pioneer Pub.)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. SILVER PIONEER CELEBRATION AND ALL-REUNION PARTY
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library Library Concourse

Utica College long ago designated alumni celebrating their 50th reunion and beyond, as Golden Pioneers. This year, in response to our younger alumni expressing renewed interest in celebrating reunions, we will designate the 25th reunion class as the Silver Pioneers. Everyone who has celebrated their 25th Reunion – the classes of 1949 to 1991 – are invited to join our newest class of Silver Pioneers, the Class of 1992, for an All–Reunion Party. Members of the 40th Class Reunion from 1977 will be recognized as honored guests at the event.

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and tunes from local favorite band Classified, featuring 1977 alumnus Greeley Ford celebrating his own 40th class reunion.

All Silver Pioneers – members of the classes of 1949 through 1992 – can pre-register for the Silver Pioneer Kick-Off Party at no cost. The registration fee for guests is $20.
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. VARICK STREET PUB TRAIL
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub, and Various locations on Varick Street in Utica

Wear your “UC gear” and head west to make “Trax” on Utica’s one and only Varick Street!  Whether you’re a future alumnus, recent graduate, or young at heart, it’s a great way to connect with friends at some of your favorite bars in Utica’s Brewery District.  Begin the festivities by picking up your special wristband at the Pioneer Pub and having a complimentary draft beer.  Leaving from the Strebel Circle, transportation is provided throughout the evening.

Wristbands will provide you with three $1-off drink tabs as well as free admission at participating establishments.  Must be 21 or over/valid I.D. required. ($5)

Sunday, October 22

Time Event
9:30 a.m. ALUMNI AWARDS BREAKFAST
Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center
Seating is limited, please register early. ($25)

All are welcome to join the UC Alumni Council in honoring the 2017 Alumni Award recipients:

Pioneer Legacy Award
Gloria A. Shaheen ’82

College Key Awards
Steven M. Critelli ’72
David J. Wilson ’67

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Bart A. Basi ’62
Dr. Janice P. Burke ’70
Christine D. Farley ’92
Honorable Anthony F. Shaheen ’57

Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. John H. Johnsen

Young Leadership Awards
Shanelle T. Gabriel ’06
Brian M. Kaley ’04

Outstanding Service Awards 
Arthur J. Langdon Jr.

Outstanding Senior Award
Melanie R. Hicks ’17

Alumni Memorial Scholarships
Samuel D. Bonk ’19
Hermina Garic ’19

Sportsmanship Awards
Calypso E. Carty ’17
Owen R. Gillam ’17
12:00 p.m. WOMEN’S WATER POLO ALUMNAE SCRIMMAGE AND REUNION
Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center
Pool of Champions

Join current players and alumnae. (Free)

 

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