2019 Schedule of Events



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Join us for Homecoming!

More than seventy years ago, Utica College was established to serve veterans returning from the battlefields of World War II. Since that time, the College has grown in innovative ways to meet the changing needs of students from across the country and around the world, building on its founding mission to more fully embrace the rich diversity of the communities it serves. 

At this year’s Homecoming, we will celebrate the many ways our students have contributed to making UC a uniquely vital and inclusive community over the past seven decades, with landmark reunions for student-run organizations that have played a central role in our history, as well as a full calendar of entertainment and special events. Don’t miss it! 

GET READY FOR HOMECOMING 2019:

SAVE THE DATE: October 18-20

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

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

• Join the #CUatUC19 conversation online at utica.edu/get-social


Friday, October 18

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 weekend pass for pre-registered events. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register onsite and get your official event nametag. 
Annual early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE to the first 1,000 registered. Share a photo of yourself with your UC swag; use the hashtag #CUatUC19
1:00 p.m. check-in
Special Event
CARING TOGETHER 2.0: SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF COMMUNITY WELLNESS
Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.


Join UC’s School of Health Professions and Education for a day-long conference on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. This conference will bring together alumni, faculty, community members, and health care professionals for education, dialogue and support that will give us the tools to strengthen our communities. 

The conference will kick-off at 8:30 a.m. with a keynote address, followed by a variety of concurrent sessions offered throughout the day. The keynote, as well as concurrent sessions, will concentrate on community wellness with the special emphasis on the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, occupational, emotional, mental, spiritual, environmental, and social.  A light lunch is offered in conjunction with a panel discussion regarding the national opioid crisis – a tragedy that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a special reception for conference attendees including light hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar. 

For a list of sessions, the keynote speaker biography, conference costs, continuing education CEU information, an early bird incentive, and registration details, go to: utica.edu/caringtogether.

Note: Advance pre-registration required for the conference. Space is limited; register early.
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. RESIDENT ASSISTANT REUNION
Sherwood Boehlert Hall and Conference Center, Conference Room
 
The Office of Student Living and College Engagement and all current Resident Assistants invite all alumni, faculty, staff, and parents to connect with past and present RAs. Take a tour of our new Pioneer Village.
($5, includes light refreshments and cash bar with beer and wine. Proper I.D. required.)
7:00 p.m. MEN'S LACROSSE ALUMNI GAME AND RECEPTION
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Catch the alumni game and stick around to celebrate more than 20 years of varsity lacrosse at UC at the 2019 Men’s Lacrosse Awards Ceremony (afterwards in the Library Concourse) – one of the longest running and largest Homecoming traditions. ($15)

INCENTIVE: $10 if you pre-register by Oct. 4
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. SWIMMING AND DIVING ALUMNI MEET
Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center Pool of Champions

Join the swimming and diving alumni for a meet at 7 p.m. in the pool at Clark Athletic Center. We will gather afterwards at the Pioneer Pub in Strebel Student Center.

(Free)
8:00 p.m. UC FOOTBALL ALUMNI GATHERING
Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
147 N. Genesee Street, Utica, NY

All Club and Varsity Football alumni and their guests are invited. 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 snow cones! All ages welcome.

(Free)
8:30 p.m. BROSEPH: COUNTRY ROCK PARTY BAND
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Back Lawn (rain or shine)


Five Nashville-based best friends making music together and taking it across the country. Their fresh, new sound is a product of years of working and playing together both on and off the road. Influenced by country, rock, pop, punk, and more, they share one mission – to bring people of all types together by throwing a party with their songs and live show.

(Free)
9:00 p.m. PUB NIGHT FOR ALL ALUMNI AND FAMILIES
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub


Reconnect and socialize with old and new friends in the comfortable and cozy Pioneer Pub.

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

Saturday, October 19

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 weekend pass for pre-registered events. Didn’t pre-register? No problem. Register onsite and get your official event nametag. 
Annual early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE to the first 1,000 registered. Share a photo of yourself with your UC swag; use the hashtag #CUatUC19
8:00 a.m. THE RAYMOND SIMON INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Hubbard Hall,Simon/Baker Seminar Room, 106
8:30 a.m. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (IAC) – CLOSED MEETING (IAC Members Only) 
Thurston Hall, Collins Conference Room
9:30 a.m. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (IAC) – OPEN MEETING (All Invited)  
Thurston Hall, Andrew and Mary Hislop Auditorium

The Construction Management Industry Advisory Committee invites all alumni, faculty, parents, and current students to attend their open meeting.

(Free)
10:30 a.m. CM TAILGATE EVENT

Attendees are encouraged to attend the CM tailgate gathering for a home-style BBQ, gumbo, live music, etc. directly outside Thurston Hall.

(Free)
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 – 11:00 a.m. EDITH LANGLEY BARRETT ART GALLERY EXHIBITION: IMPACT: WORKS BY JON BELLONA
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library Library Concourse Level

The fall exhibition features six site-specific sound and data-driven installations that use technology to provoke questions about humanity and our effect on the world around us.

(Free exhibit)
10:00 a.m. WOMEN'S LACROSSE ALUMNAE GAME AND LUNCH
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium/Pioneer Pub

Celebrate more than 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) 
10:30 a.m. GOLDEN PIONEER RECEPTION: CLASSES OF 1949-1969
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 – 1968 are invited to the induction celebration of the newest Golden Pioneers from the Class of 1969 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion Year. Our 70th Anniversary Reunion Class, 1949, is also being acknowledged along with the Class of 1954 for their 65th, the Class of 1959 for their 60th, and the Class of 1964 for their 55th. 
 
Lunch is complimentary for members of the ’69, ’64, ’59, ’54 and ’49 Classes. (Guests: $30)

INCENTIVE: Spouses/significant others of the Classes ’69, ’64, ’59, ’54 and ’49 are complimentary if pre-registered by Oct. 4
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 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 ($7; free for meal-plan students. Valid I.D. required)

Within the tents are tables set up to reunite with the following affinity groups:
•Admissions Ambassadors Reunion 
•HEOP/C-STEP alumni/students celebrating their program’s 50th Anniversary
•Raymond Simon Institute/Public Relations and Journalism alumni
•Resident Assistant Reunion
•Tangerine alumni/students
•The Black Alumni Association and the Black Student Union celebrating 50 years at UC
Alpha Phi Delta Beta Iota celebrating 70 years at UC
•Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated, Omicron Alpha Chapter, celebrating 35 years at UC
Reunion Classes of 1979, 1994, 2009 and 2014

*Opportunity Programs will offer chances to win UC swag during their ladder toss and duck pond games. Open to everyone.
1:00 p.m. UTICA COLLEGE FOOTBALL VS. Morrisville State COLLEGE
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Cheer for your Pioneers coming off arguably their most successful season in program history after tying the school-record for wins in a single season and earning the program’s first ECAC Bowl victory. Wear your blue and orange and get there early to get a seat! ($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 – 6:30 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

Play and ride outside at the carnival. (Free)
Join us in the Pub for some rhythm and blues by a passionate performer with a powerful band – Madame Zz and Her Gentlemen. (Free)
Pose for your caricature by one of our artists. (Free)
Experience other activities such as spin or wire art and more. (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.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. THE RAYMOND SIMON INSTITUTE RECEPTION
Rocco F. DePerno Hall
Willard Conference Room

Reconnect and network with public relations and journalism faculty and fellow alumni. Light refreshments, beer and wine.

(Free)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE BLACK STUDENT UNION
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library
Library Concourse

Share 50 years of Utica College history with current and past members of the Black Student Union, including those who founded the BSU as a unifying voice during a turbulent time on campus. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

($25)
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ALL-REUNION PARTY: HOSTED BY THE CLASSES OF 1994 AND 1979
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Pioneer Pub

Whether you are celebrating your first or your 70th Class Reunion – or someplace in between  – you’re invited to join the 40th reunion class and our newest 25th Reunion Class of Silver Pioneers to celebrate at a traditional UC Pub Night. Cash bar with beer, wine, and soda available with proper I.D. inside the Pioneer Pub. (We buy your first draft beer or wine.) Snacks will also be provided, as well as music requests by WPNR.

INCENTIVE:Registration is free to all members of the Classes of 1994 and 1979 who register in advance. (All others $5)
7:00 – 8:15 p.m. THE EVASONS: MENTALIST DUO
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center
Strebel Auditorium

“This act is good! Just Breathtaking! Never seen better.” – Penn & Teller 

“The finest act of its kind in the world.” – NBC

This couple has captivated audiences in more than 35 countries and had numerous TV appearances on NBC, FOX, and the Discovery Channel. Seating is limited;doors open at 6:45 p.m.

(Free)
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. VARICK STREET PUB CRAWL
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 alumna/us, 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. Wristbands include three $1-off drink tabs, as well as free admission at participating establishments.  Leaving from the Strebel Circle, transportation is provided throughout the evening. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Cynkus Family Welcome Center. Must be 21 or over/valid I.D. required. Go to: utica.edu/homecoming for event/transportation details. 

($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


Back by popular demand! 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. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Cynkus Family Welcome Center.
Cash bar with beer and wine available in the Pioneer Pub until Midnight; proper I.D. required.

($5 for alumni/parents. Free to UC students with UC I.D.) 

Sunday, October 20

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

All are welcome to join the UC Alumni Council in honoring the 2018 Alumni Award recipients:

Pioneer Legacy Award
James F. DuRoss Jr.

College Key Awards
Tracy Tolles-Rueckert ’90
Robert A. Sherman ’74

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Janet C. Malone ’86
Ann M. Roman ’87 

Honorary Alumni Awards
Robert L. Esche
Kim D. Lambert 

Young Leadership Awards
Dennis Labossiere ’13 & G’16
Heather Tamblin ’12 

Outstanding Service Award 
Mary Hayes Gordon ’82

Outstanding Senior Award
Lukus J. Becker ’19

Alumni Memorial Scholarships
David J. Cooney ’20
Peter J. Gaughan ’21

Sportsmanship Awards
Jenessa McCabe ’19
Ryan M. Oliver ’19

($25)
11:00 a.m. WOMEN'S WATER POLO ALUMNAE SCRIMMAGE AND REUNION
Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center
Pool of Champions

Play in or watch the alumnae game. Light refreshments available poolside.

(Free)