2018 Schedule of Events


Join Us!

Join us for Homecoming!

Pull out your blue and orange and get ready for a Homecoming Weekend you’ll never forget. Celebrate UC’s rich diversity with a dazzling array of events that includes:

  • our ever-popular football game/tailgating extravaganza,
  • first-ever receptions for the Gay/Straight Alliance and the Foreign Language major, and
  • an international dinner on Saturday followed by a performance by alumna Akira Armstrong ’05 and her high-energy dance group Pretty BIG Movement, previously featured on America’s Got Talent, and on stage with Beyoncé, Salt-NPepa, RuPaul and others.

Homecoming 2018 will also feature anniversary celebrations of Utica’s revered Public Relations, Economic Crime Investigation, and Economic Crime Management programs, many class reunions, and the dedication of our newest building.

GET READY FOR HOMECOMING 2018:

SAVE THE DATE: September 28-30

• 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 #CUatUC18 conversation online at utica.edu/get-social


Friday, September 28

Time Event
11:00 a.m. – 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. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register on site and get your official event nametag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A PIONEERS ball cap to the first 1,000 registered. Share a photo of yourself with your cap; use the hashtag #CUatUC18
1:00 p.m. check-in
Special Event
ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE: 70 YEARS OF PIONEERING PUBLIC RELATIONS
Professional Symposium and Networking Reception
Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.


Utica College proudly celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Public Relations major with an afternoon conference during Homecoming 2018. Brought to you by the Raymond Simon Institute, this interactive symposium addresses the program’s place in history and its current role with panels, keynotes, lively debate and student testimonials, followed by a special networking reception.

Hear from distinguished UC alumni representing organizations from Mercedes-Benz USA, Princeton University, the Buffalo Sabres, Weber Shandwick, and more. Enjoy time together with alumni and current students, meet new contacts, and take away exciting ideas and plans!

For full details, a list of sessions, speakers, conference costs, early bird incentive info,and to register, go to: utica.edu/70thPR

Note: Advance pre-registration required for the conference. Space is limited; register early.
1:30 p.m.
Special Event
ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE: PIONEERING A NEW DIRECTION IN FRAUD AND FINANCIAL CRIME INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT

Thirty-five years ago, Utica College became a pioneer in the field of Economic Crime Investigation by creating one of the first undergraduate ECI majors in the country. Join us to celebrate that anniversary as well as the 20th Anniversary of the Economic Crime Management graduate program.

Central to the celebrations will be a half-day conference, Pioneering a New Direction in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation and Management. Continuing its international reputation for leadership in the field, UC in 2014 renamed the undergraduate and graduate programs as Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation and Financial Crime and Compliance Management, respectively. Distinguished alumni of these programs will share their insights on new challenges and opportunities in the areas of prevention, detection, compliance, cybersecurity, and more.

For full details, a list of sessions, speakers, conference costs, early bird incentive info, and to register, go to: utica.edu/ECI-ECM.

Note: Advance pre-registration required for the conference. Space is limited; register early.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAJOR REUNION AND BEER TASTING
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub

Enjoy a sampling of craft beers and light refreshments from the 16 Stone Brewpub brewed by UC alumnus Randy Vitullo ’90 in the first-ever reunion of Modern Languages and Foreign Languages majors and minors. All alumni welcome.

(Register in advance for a $10 Tasting Wristband. Cash bar with beer and wine also available. Proper I.D. required.)
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE RECEPTION
Sherwood Boehlert Hall and Conference Center, Conference Room

Utica College’s current Gay/Straight Alliance invites all alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students for an opportunity to connect with past and present LGBTQ and Ally students.

($5, includes light refreshments and cash bar with beer and wine. Proper I.D. required)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. STREBEL STUDENT CENTER HANGOUT
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

Kick off Homecoming Weekend with a visit to Strebel Student Center and the Pioneer Pub. Create sand art, pose in the photo booth, listen to the uplifting music of the Caribbean Steel Drum Sound duo — even try your hand at the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Be sure to tell your friends and classmates to meet you at the Pub! All ages welcome.

(Free admission. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soda available with proper I.D. inside the Pioneer Pub.)
8:00 p.m. MEN'S LACROSSE ALUMNI GAME AND RECEPTION
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Catch the alumni game, and stick around to celebrate 20 years of varsity lacrosse at UC at the 2018 Men’s Lacrosse Awards Ceremony (afterwards in the Library Concourse) – one of the longest running and largest Homecoming traditions. ($10)

INCENTIVE: $5 if you pre-register by Sept. 4
7:00 p.m. UC FOOTBALL ALUMNI GATHERING
Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
147 N. Genesee Street, Utica, NY

Proceeds benefit the Matthew Thomas Dunn Pioneer Award and the Big John Kaczmarski Jr. Offensive Lineman Award. Reception includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.

INCENTIVE: $30 if you pre-register, $40 at the door
8:00 p.m. – Midnight CARNIVAL UNDER THE STARS
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Back Lawn


We have transformed Strebel lawn into our own midway, complete with rides, games, cotton candy, popcorn, and fresh-squeezed lemonade! All ages welcome. (Free)
9:00 p.m. STUDENT/ALUMNI SHOWCASE, SPONSORED BY WPNR
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge/Pioneer Pub

Enjoy live entertainment with our talented students in a relaxed setting. 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)

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

Saturday, September 29

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. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register on site and get your official event nametag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A PIONEERS ball cap to the first 1,000 registered. Share a photo of yourself with your cap; use the hashtag #CUatUC18
8:15 – 9:30 a.m. (Remarks at 8:50 a.m.) PRESIDENT'S "STATE OF THE COLLEGE" FOR ADVISORY AND MEMBERSHIP GROUPS
Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building
Carbone Family Auditorium


President Laura Casamento and members of the President’s Joint Cabinet will provide updates to the College constituents outlined below. Continental breakfast provided. (By invitation only; Free)

• Utica College Alumni Council
• Utica College Parents' Council
• Construction Management Advisory Committee
• Raymond Simon Institute For Public Relations Advisory Committee
• Golden Pioneer Members (Classes of 1949 – 1968)
• Pioneer Society Donors ($1,000 annually and above)
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. THE RAYMOND SIMON INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Hubbard Hall,Simon/Baker Seminar Room, 106
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. EDITH LANGLEY BARRETT ART GALLERY EXHIBITION: CARBON IMPERMANENCE: WORKS BY DAVID BONAGURIO
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library Library Concourse Level

(Free exhibition)
10:00 a.m. DEDICATION OF THURSTON HALL
Adjacent to Hubbard Hall, Academic Quad

President Laura M. Casamento requests that faculty, staff, alumni, parents, students, and friends, join with her and members of the Board of Trustees for the dedication and celebration of our new academic building to be named in honor of Gary M. Thurston ’68 and his family for their leadership, vision, and philanthropy. This 15,000-square-foot facility will be the principal home of the Construction Management Program, and will add much-needed classroom, laboratory, lecture, special function, and faculty office spaces to our main campus. Immediately following the dedication, please join us at the CM tailgate gathering for a home-style BBQ. (Free)
10:00 a.m. WOMEN'S LACROSSE ALUMNAE GAME AND LUNCH
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium/Pioneer Pub

Celebrate 20 years of varsity lacrosse by playing in or watching 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, ALUMNI GAME, AND PICNIC
Baseball Field

Play in or watch the alumni game. Connect with baseball alumni, parents, and friends, and meet the current team and coaches. (Picnic: $10)
11:00 a.m. GOLDEN PIONEER RECEPTION: CLASSES OF 1949-1968
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)
11:30 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 – 1967 are invited to the induction celebration of the newest Golden Pioneers from the Class of 1968 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion Year. Our 60th Anniversary Reunion Class, 1958, is also being acknowledged along with the Class of 1963 for their 55th and the Class of 1953 for their 65th reunions.
 
Lunch is complimentary for members of the ’68, ’63, ’58 and ’53 Classes. (Guests: $30)

INCENTIVE: Spouses/significant others of the Classes ’68, ’63, ’58 and ’53 are complimentary if pre-registered by Sept. 4
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PRE-GAME TAILGATE PARTY: ALL-BEEF HOT DOGS, BEVERAGES, AND TUNES
Tents, use Burrstone Road entrance, Park in lot A

Get ready for Pioneer football! Join us 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. 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 tents are tables set up to reunite with the following affinity groups:
• Reunion classes of 1978, 1993, 2008 and 2013
• Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity and Fraud and Financial Crime (ECI)
• HEOP alumni/students celebrate the program's 50th Anniversary
• Raymond Simon Institute/Public Relations and Journalism alumni
• Current student clubs and organizations will be represented – stop by each table to connect and learn more about them!
1:00 p.m. WOMEN'S TENNIS VS. ELMIRA COLLEGE
Tennis Courts
1:30 p.m. UTICA COLLEGE FOOTBALL VS. SUNY CORTLAND
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Wear your blue and orange and bring along your PIONEER ball cap. ($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.
3:30 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)
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. 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

Come on time to Stuff-A-Moose (Free, limited supply)
Play and ride outside at the carnival. (Free)
Join us in the Pub for the high-energy live alt-American, foot-stomping performance by The Old Main. (Free)
Enjoy food and drinks: $1 root beer and ice cream floats; $1 apple dippers; $2 Bavarian soft pretzel sticks; $2 walking tacos; $2 jerk chicken skewers; and $2 draft beers or $2 wines.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. SILVER PIONEER CELEBRATION AND ALL-REUNION PARTY
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library Library Concourse

Join the incoming Silver Pioneer 25th Reunion Class of 1993 as they host an all-alumni party. Celebrate as well with the 40th Reunion Class of 1978. Enjoy the gastronomic creations of our Sodexo Chef Arthur J. Langdon Jr. as he presents dishes representing the diversity of nationalities and ethnicities among Utica College’s family. Live music will also be provided for your enjoyment.

INCENTIVE: Registration is free to all members of the Classes of 1993 and 1978 who register in advance. $20 for Reunion Class members who register on site. All others $25.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. MASTER ILLUSIONIST ELLIOT ZIMET
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Strebel Auditorium

Audiences have been captivated watching Elliot Zimet as a semi-finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and recently on CBS’s The Early Show and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live.

His innovative approach features heartpumping illusions, exotic birds, mentalism, humor, audience interaction, and today’s hottest music. Seating is limited; doors open at 6:45 p.m. (Free)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. PRETTY BIG MOVEMENT FEATURING AKIRA ARMSTRONG '05”
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Strebel Auditorium

Pretty BIG Movement LLC based in New York City is a full-figured dance company specializing in hip-hop, jazz, African, modern and more. Besides their popular appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2016, they have been featured on The Harry Connick Jr. Show, Dance Moms, RuPaul’s DragCon, Alvin Ailey Theater Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, and with Jennifer Hudson’s Black Girls Rock. Pretty BIG offers dance workshops and is planning to tour while filming their own reality show. Seating is limited; doors open at 8:45 p.m. (Free)
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 and free admission at participating establishments. Must be 21 or over/valid I.D. required. ($5)
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. "FOR THE CULTURE" DANCE PARTY FOR ALUMNI, STUDENTS, AND FAMILIES
Ralph F. Strebel Center, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge


We are taking the “caf” party from the old days and movin’ it down to the lounge. The Black Student Union, Black Alumni Association, Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. and other organizations invite all students, alumni, and families out for an old school, jam-style party. ($5 for alumni/parents. Free to UC students with UC I.D. Cash bar with beer and wine available in the Pioneer Pub until midnight; proper I.D. required)

Sunday, September 30

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 2018 Alumni Award recipients:

Pioneer Legacy Award
Howard “Jack” Terrillion ’58

College Key Award
Paul B. Montana ’70

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Michael A. DiGeorge ’80
Albert Pylinski Jr. ’85

Honorary Alumnus Award
Alane P. Varga

Young Leadership Awards
Nicole E. Bouteiller ’11
Keshia L. Clukey ’08

Outstanding Service Awards
Dr. Jim M. Smith

Outstanding Senior Award
Ann C. Ciancia ’18

Alumni Memorial Scholarships
Anaelle Amy ’19
Lukus J. Becker ’19

Sportsmanship Awards
Vincent A. Stefan ’18
Samantha E. Whitehouse ’18
12:30 p.m. SOFTBALL ALUMNAE GAME AND LUNCH
Greenman Field/Pioneer Pub

Play in or watch the alumnae game. Connect with softball alumnae, parents, and friends, and meet the current team and coaches. Lunch immediately following at 1:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Pub. (Lunch: $10)