University at Albany - State University of New York

Homecoming/FALLBANY 2012
Family & Reunion Weekend
October 12-14

 Friday, October 12

 Saturday, October 13

 Sunday, October 14


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Reaching Higher, Achieving More Luncheon
Campus Center Ballroom
Reaching Higher, Achieving More is an alumni campaign designed to showcase the remarkable career paths of the University at Albany graduates. They are entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, corporate leaders, entertainers, doctors, social workers, authors, policymakers and more, and their impact is truly global. This year's honorees are Ashton Holmes '02, Carolyn Grosvenor '06 and Randy Cohen '71. Registration required. Free lunch.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Moot Court Demonstration

Alumni House
See students in action in a courtroom-like setting as they prepare for the National Moot Court Competition. Sponsored by the nationally ranked School of Criminal Justice and the UAlbany Lawyers Alumni Association. Registration required. Free.

4:15 pm
New York State Writers’ Institute

Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
J. M. Coetzee and Paul Auster will discuss Herman Melville’s classic tale of a 19th century office worker who refuses to conform to the demands of corporate culture in the financial district of lower Manhattan. To read “Bartleby, the Scrivener” in advance of the seminar - Click here.  

7:00 pm

PE Gymnasium
    5:00–7:30 p.m.
Chairs that Tell A Story - Auction and Wine Tasting

University Library
Through a special partnership with local high school art programs, 41 chairs designed by area high school students will be auctioned off to benefit UAlbany Libraries programs and services, in conjunction with the Wine Tasting. Stop by the main library to view the chairs, connect with alumni while enjoying a sample of New York wines and cheeses and maybe take home a one-of-a-kind chair! View Chairs.
Registration required. Free.

7:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student Shabbat Services

Chapel House – Reform
Chapel House – Conservative
Shabbos House – Orthodox


8:00 p.m.
GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Event
Professor Barley’s, 198 Quail Street, Albany
Professor Barley’s (formerly the Lamp Post) is closing to the public, so join us for an exclusive UAlbany party for recent grads (2002-2012). Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, free pool and darts, and more -- all for just $5! And, get your team ready to win great prizes at the second annual GOLD Trivia Contest. Registration required. Cost: $5.

8:00 pm
New York State Writers’ Institute
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, and major American novelist Paul Auster will talk about their friendship and their soon-to-be-published body of letters to each other. The correspondence began in 2008 when Auster proposed an ongoing dialogue on any subject — “Let’s strike sparks off each other.” A collaborative meditation on a myriad of topics, the letters will be published as Here and Now in 2013. Coetzee, the first to win the Booker Prize twice, is the author of a number of novels regarded as classics of contemporary world literature, includingSummertime (2009), Slow Man (2005), Elizabeth Costello (2003), Disgrace (1999), The Master of Petersburg (1994), Life & Times of Michael K (1983), and Waiting for the Barbarians (1980).

8:00 p.m.
Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos House


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd Floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.

9:00 a.m.
Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Run/2.5K Walk and Little Dane Dash

Tailgate Tent
Join us for the Alumni Association's Annual Homecoming 5K Run/2.5K Walk and Little Dane Dash. Proceeds benefit UAlbany Cancer Research Center's Fund for Memory and Hope. Timing chips, prizes & giveaways, event is open to all. Registration and Details.
Event sponsors: Regeneron, Krackeler Scientific, First Niagara, Honest Weight Food Co-op

8:30–10:00 a.m.
Welcome Back/Half-Century Club Breakfast and Class of 1962 Induction
SEFCU Hall of Fame Room
Join fellow alumni and guests and celebrate with the Class of 1962 as they are inducted into the Half-Century Club. Hear President George Philip ’69, ’73 provide an update on the University. Registration required. Cost: $5.00/person.

10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Orthodox Services

Chapel House

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Farmers' Market – Go Green Initiative

Tailgate tent on back lawn of Science Library
Visit the farmer’s market and sample products from several local farms around the Capital Region. Fresh baked goods, vegetables, fruits, cider, cider doughnuts and homemade jams are among the items offered.

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sorority Coffee Hours

Alumni House
Beta Zeta
Chi Sigma Theta
Gamma Kappa Phi
Kappa Delta
Registration required. Free.

11:00 a.m.
Alpha Pi Alpha Presentation
APA Tailgate Tent, Back lawn of Science Library, Uptown Campus
Fraternity members are invited to a special presentation of the APA history to George Philip ’69, ’73, fellow APA brother and president. Registration required. Alumni and their guest (Limit 1) will receive free food and drink vouchers and football tickets.

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour

Art Museum
Registration required. Free.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Touchdown Tailgate

Tailgate tent area on back lawn of Science Library
Get into the spirit, enjoy food and fun with other Great Danes fans under the big top. Family fun activities include photo booth, pumpkin painting, student performances, face painting and music. Receive free food and drink vouchers if you preregister (alums only). Free parking in the Dutch Quad lot; $5.00 in the SEFCU lot. Registration required. Reunion classes, GOLD, will have reserved tables at the tailgate tent.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
School of Business Alumni Homecoming Tailgate
Tailgate Tent area on back lawn of Science Library
Come network with fellow UAlbany Business School alumni and Great Danes fans – share your business card and learn about the new building, increased student opportunities, the School’s enhanced national and international reputation, and much more. Receive a free School of Business T-shirt and free food and drink tickets. Look for the School of Business constituency group under the big tent. Registration required.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Football Alumni Tailgate

Tailgate Tent area on back lawn of Science Library
Join fellow football alumni, share the excitement and spread the spirit as we rally around our Great Danes team.  Receive free food and drink tickets (alums only).  Special tables with be reserved for the group.  Registration required.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Chapel House Cookout

Chapel House Interfaith Center Free.

NCSC Induction

Campus Center Ballroom

12:30 p.m.
Shabbat Lunch

Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center

12:30 p.m. - Game End
Football Alumni Hospitality Tent

University Field Stadium Area, West End Zone
Get in the spirit and excitement! Join fellow football alumni as they rally around and cheer on the Great Danes to victory. Hear Coach Bob Ford for a pre-game pep talk at 12:45 p.m. Cost: Free food and two drink tickets for preregistered alums, Guests - $10.00. Registration required.

1:00 p.m.
UA Men’s Rugby

Intramural Field

1:00 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. St. Francis

University Field
Show your true colors! Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. Registration required. Cost: $12 reserved seating, $10 general admission seating, $3 kids 2-12.

1:00–1:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour
Art Museum
Registration Required. Free.

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Presidents’ Legacy Reception

Science Library, Standish Room
Legacy families -- families with more than one generation of alumni or a current student whose parent or grandparent is an alum -- are invited to this informal reception hosted by University President George Philip '69, '73 and Alumni Association President Canon Kay Hotaling '67, '70. Registration required. Free.

 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Class of 1962 Cocktail Reception

Ballroom - Western Turnpike Golf Course,
2350 Western Ave Guilderland, NY 12084

7:00-10:00 pm
Class of 1962 Reunion Buffet Dinner

Ballroom - Western Turnpike Golf Course,
2350 Western Ave Guilderland, NY 12084
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner.
Registration required. Cost: $50/person.

7:00–11:00 p.m.
Great Danes Great Bash
The Washington Tavern, 250 Western Avenue, Albany
Alumni are invited to mingle and reminisce at this popular UAlbany watering hole. Enjoy heavy appetizers and beverages. Registration required. Cost: $5.

  7:00 p.m.
The World Within Reach Speaker Series
featuring Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons shares his story about his success
as cofounder of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam,
and clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture,
and American Classics.
Registration required. Free.


2:00 p.m.
Field Hockey

Alumni Turf Field

2:00 p.m.

PE Gymnasium

2:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer
Off Campus Location TBD

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Class of 1962 Farewell Breakfast

Poolside Room, Best Western Sovereign Hotel 1228 Western Avenue, Albany
Here's your chance to say farewell until the next reunion. Cost: Free for hotel guests, $6/person for non-hotel guests. Registration required.

Class of 1957 Reunion Brunch

Milne 200 Downtown Campus
Enjoy brunch at the lovely Milne Room and say your goodbyes for now . . . until the next reunion! Registration required. Cost $20 per person.

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

Alumni House

10:30 p.m.–Noon
Omicron Delta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Join faculty, staff and students as they are inducted into the UAlbany Chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Reception to follow in the adjacent Futterer Lounge.

11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Jazz Brunch
All Quads
Start your day with brunch while enjoying the lively sound of jazz. Enjoy made-to-order omelets, carving station, a salad bar with fresh fruit, specialty pastries and desserts, and much more. Cost: $9.75 plus tax (UAlbany students with Meal Plan – swipe for entrance)

5:00 p.m.
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Worship and Sunday Supper

Chapel House Interfaith Center

6:45 p.m.
Catholic Mass Campus Center

Assembly Hall
Sponsored by the UAlbany Newman Association


Gamma Delta Chi (GDX) Reunion

Friday, October 12

Time and Venue TBD
Welcome Reception

Saturday , October 13

11:00-1:00 p.m.
Touchdown Tailgate

Tailgate Tent Area – back lawn of Science Library
Special tables will be reserved for the GDX fraternity.

Time TBD
GDX Reunion

Western Turnpike Golf Clubhouse

Sunday, October 14

11:00a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Jazz Brunch
Colonial Quad

Enjoy the slideshows from previous years below.

 Homecoming/Fall Festival 2010

1970 40th Class Reunion Slideshow

1960 50th Class Reunion Slideshow

Slideshow of Homecoming 2009

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