2016 Schedule of Events


Prepare yourself for an Alumni and Family Weekend of truly historic proportions!

Join us for Homecoming 2016 and celebrate Utica College’s 70th Birthday with a weekend full of great fun, great friends, and great times with your UC family. We’ve got a full roster of live entertainment, special exhibits and activities, reunion-themed gatherings, action-packed sporting events, and so much more.

And while you’re paying homage to 70 amazing years of the Pioneer spirit, please join us as we open the next proud chapter in the College’s history with the inauguration of our ninth president, Dr. Laura Casamento, on the first day of Homecoming Weekend, Friday, September 23.

Look forward to this uniquely enjoyable weekend of celebration at UC. It’s going to be a Homecoming to remember!


Friday, September 23

Time Event
11:00 – 9:00 p.m. Stop here first!
REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION STATION

Cynkus Family Welcome Center, Burrstone Campus Entrance 

Pick up your official name tag which 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 name tag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A GO UC! Scarf to the first 1,000 registered –  while supplies last. Share a photo of yourself with your scarf; use the hashtag #CUatUC16
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ALUMNI AND CLASS DELEGATION REGISTRATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
Tents, use Burrstone Road entrance, Park in lot A

Private reception for previously selected class representatives to have a light lunch, robe, and get to know the various delegates before the installation ceremony. 

(Invite Only. Advance pre-registration required; utica.edu/inauguration)
1:00 p.m. PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium
(Rain location: Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center)

Installation of Dr. Laura Casamento, ninth President of Utica College.

(Free; Advance registration is required; utica.edu/inauguration)
6:30 p.m. MEET AND GREET FOR 25TH YEAR AND 40TH YEAR REUNIONS
Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub, 257 Genesee Street, Utica NY

($15 includes light buffet and first drink; cash bar thereafter)
INCENTIVE: $10 if you pre-register by Aug. 26.
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. CARNIVAL UNDER THE STARS, AND MUCH MORE
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge, and Back Lawn

Meet up with friends and family to get geared up for the weekend.  Enjoy something cool from the Ice Cream Truck, meet one of the country’s best balloon artists, and you might want to check out body painting or the Buttsketch Artist! Get a sneak preview of Saturday’s carnival rides, too! All ages welcome. 

(Free)
7:00 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER VS. ALFRED UNIVERSITY
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

(Free)
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PUB NIGHT FEATURING LIZ STRODEL '06, STEVE SCHOEN '07 AND G'10, AND FRIENDS
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Pioneer Pub

Our award winning alumna, a multi-instrumentalist, will drum and share some of the vocals along with an alumnus guitarist for an alternative pop style of music. Hosted by the 5th Year and 10th Year Reunions along with Online and Senior students; all are welcome.

(Free. Cash bar with beer, wine and soda available with proper I.D.)
8:00 p.m. VOLLEYBALL REUNION/ALUMNAE GAME AND RECEPTION
Todd and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center

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


Proceeds benefit the Matthew Dunn ’13 Memorial Award.

($30 includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets; please pre-register in advance)
9:00 p.m. – MIDNIGHT STUDENT SHOWCASE
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

Enjoy watching and listening to a variety of our students’ performances including live dance, songs, and spoken word. Beginning at 9 p.m., request your favorite song from the WPNR DJs. At 10 p.m. enjoy the show as our talented students take the stage in a relaxed setting.  If you are a talented alumna/us or parent, jump in and show us what you’ve got.
!!
(Free. Cash bar with beer, wine and soda available with proper I.D. inside the Pioneer Pub)

 

Saturday, September 24

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 name tag which 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 name tag. Get the latest information about the weekend’s events.

*Early bird pre-registration INCENTIVE: A GO UC! Scarf to the first 1,000 registered –  while supplies last. Share a photo of yourself with your scarf; use the hashtag #CUatUC16
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 PRESIDENT 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.  President Casamento will provide a brief “State of the College” update.

($5)
INCENTIVE: $2 for UC parents if you pre-register by Aus. 26
9:00 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 a.m. CM tailgate gathering (parking lot A) for a home-style BBQ.

(Free)
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. EDITH LANGLEY BARRETT FINE ART GALLERY EXHIBIT:
Kiitō Shōhyō:Japanese Raw Silk Trademark Labels, Advertising the Nation
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library, Concourse Level

View an exhibit of nineteenth and early twentieth century Japanese raw silk trademark labels.

(Free)
10:00 a.m. NURSING GATHERING AND NEW SIMULATION LAB EXHIBIT
F. Eugene Romano Hall, Dr. Albert and Gloria Shaheen Nursing Laboratory, Room 202A and 202B

Nursing faculty invite all alumni, families, and friends to explore the nursing simulation lab. UC’s nursing program has successfully served nursing and the community for more than 30 years.

(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
Practice Grass Field

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. AQUATICS REUNION AND UNVEILING
Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center, Utica College Pool

Mix and mingle with alumni, students and parents and help unveil the new aquatics record board.

(Free)
10:00 a.m. FIELD HOCKEY VS. STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

(Free)
10:30 a.m. GOLDEN PIONEER RECEPTION; CLASSES OF 1949-1965
Albert S. Mazloom Atrium,
Economic Crime, Justice Studies,
and Cybersecurity Building

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
Carbone Family Auditorium,
Economic Crime, Justice Studies,
and Cybersecurity Building

Join our host, President Laura Casamento, for an early lunch.  Classes of 1949-1965 are invited to the induction celebration of the newest Golden Pioneers: The Class of 1966 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion Year. Our 60th Anniversary Reunion Class, 1956, is also being acknowledged along with the Class of 1961 for their 55th and the Class of 1951 for  their 65th. 

Lunch is complimentary for members of the ’66, ’61, ’56 and ’51 Classes. (Guests: $30)

INCENTIVE: Spouses/significant others of the ’66, ’61, ’56, and ’51 Classes are complimentary if pre-registered by Aug. 26.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PRE-GAME TAILGATE PARTY: ALL-BEEF HOT DOGS, BEVERAGES, AND TUNES
Tent, Tailgating Area, use Burrstone Road entrance, Parking 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 simple, 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 huge tents are tables set up to reunite with the following affinity groups:
- Classes of 1976, 1991, 2006 and 2011
- Aquatics Reunion Gathering
- Nursing Gathering
- Public Relations/Journalism Gathering
- Various Greek Organizations
11:00 a.m. HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND EDUCATION POTLUCK TAILGATE GATHERING
Tent, Parking lot A

Networking reception for all alumni, faculty, and current students.

(Free)

CANCELLED. PLEASE MEET AT THE PRE-GAME TAILGATE INSTEAD
11:00 a.m. ECONOMIC CRIME, JUSTICE STUDIES, AND CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS
Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Building
Petralia Lounge and Terrace, 2nd floor


Networking reception for all alumni, faculty, and current students.

(Free)
1:00 p.m. UTICA COLLEGE FOOTBALL VS. SUNY CORTLAND
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

Wear your blue and orange and bring along your GO UC scarf!

($4 Adults; $2 non-UC students at gate)
INCENTIVE: Free admission if you bring 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. POST-GAME HAPPY HOUR FOR ALL ALUMNI, STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS;
SPONSORED BY THE MATT BREWING COMPANY

Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge and beyond

A party atmosphere for all ages!

Great Gatsby Casino:
Travel back into the roaring twenties with crystal etching, glitter body tattoos, and casino games, hosted by the IGC (Inter Greek Council). No real money is involved. Souvenir casino cups and plenty of great prizes.
(Free)

Carnival rides: outside behind the student center.
(Free)

Showtime in the pub: the ultimate cover/party band since 1997.
(Free)

Food and Drinks: $2 draft beers; $1 root beer and ice cream floats; $1 pizza slices; $1 candied apples; and $2 wines or $2 chicken spiedie skewers
6:00 p.m.  WOMEN'S SOCCER VS ELMIRA COLLEGE
Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

(Free)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  PRIVATE COCKTAIL RECEPTION FOR 25TH YEAR AND 40TH YEAR REUNIONS
Edith Langley Fine Art Gallery

Mix and mingle with President Laura Casamento while you enjoy the Kiitō Shōhyō gallery exhibit.

(Reception is complimentary for members of the ’91 and ’76 Classes. Guests: $15)
INCENTIVE: Spouses/significant others of the ’91 and ’76 Classes are complimentary if pre-registered by Aug. 26.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. PRICE IT RIGHT! GAME SHOW
(Sponsored
by the UC Programming Board)
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Strebel Auditorium

An interactive game show cast in the original’s image, but this version gives you much better odds of winning the $500 cash payout!  Contestants of all ages can register to play beloved games like real-size Plinko and Let ‘Em Roll for a chance to spin the wheel and win the final showcase.  Seating is limited and first come, first served; contestant early sign-up does not reserve seats; doors open at 6:45 p.m. 

(Free)
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. A PRESIDENTIAL DINNER MEET/GREET FOR ALL ALUMNI, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS
Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library, Library Concourse
 

President Laura Casamento invites alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to mix, mingle, and network with one another. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, and a cash bar. The gallery exhibit, Kiitō Shōhyō, will also be available for viewing.

($30)
8:30 – 10:00 p.m PUB NIGHT FEATURING RYAN QUINN
(Sponsored by the UC Programming Board)

Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Pioneer Pub

This Westmoreland native who works around the corner from UC received a rare four-chair turn on the Spring edition of The Voice. All of the judges also gave Quinn a standing ovation as he earned his way into the top 20! This four-octave vocalist is also a talented guitarist; you be the judge. www.ryanquinnmusic.com 

(Free. Cash bar with beer, wine and soda available with proper I.D.)
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. UC DANCE PARTY HOSTED BY THE 5TH AND 10TH YEAR REUNION CLASSES AND CURRENT SENIORS
Ralph F. Strebel Student Center, Ellen Knower Clarke Lounge

All alumni, students, and parents are invited when we take the “caf” party from the old days and move it down to the lounge.  The Senior Class and Reunion Classes of 2006 and 2011 invite all students, alumni, and families to come out for an old school jam-style party featuring Tim Kirkland ’06 (aka Big Boy), Addy De La Cruz ’16 and current Phi Beta Sigma DJs mixing the beats.

Free for alumni/parents – if you pre-register. 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 25

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 2016 Alumni Award recipients:

Pioneer Legacy Award
Bernice F. Benson ’72

College Key Award
Timothy N. Coakley ’59

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Michael T. Albano ’91
Dr. Gerard T. Capraro ’66
Honorable Michele M. Woodard ’76

Honorary Alumni Award
Joannie Grande P’03 & P’08

Young Leadership Awards
Anthony J. O’Hagan ’11
Paul T. Ward ’05

Outstanding Service Awards
Dr. Curtis R. Pulliam
Joni Pulliam

Outstanding Senior Award
Laura R. Holmes ’16

Alumni Memorial Scholarships
Jennifer J. Melvin ’18
Margaret L. Tabone ’18

Sportsmanship Awards
Mary E. Miceli ’16
Matthew W. Rogers ’16
12:00 p.m. UPDATE: Men's LAX Alumni Game is back!
Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game and Reception

12:00 p.m.  Game,  Charles A. Gaetano Stadium

 
2:00 p.m. Reception, Library Concourse

Catch the alumni game and stick around for the 2016 Men’s Lacrosse Awards Ceremony and Alumni Reception (afterwards in the Library Concourse) – one of the longest running and largest Homecoming traditions.

($10)