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Friday, October 20
7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Book Club Café Open
Upjohn Library Commons
 
 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kalamazoo College Bookstore Open
Shop the large inventory of Kalamazoo College clothing, gear and memorabilia. Visit the bookstore online to purchase K gear before homecoming.
Lower Level, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Richardson Room Deli Open
Second Floor, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
11:00 am - 11:40 am
Community Reflection - Connecting Mind and Heart
Alumni Matt Thieleman ’07 and Karman Kent ’07 reflect on their journeys from K students to professionals in the world. Come reflect on the need to follow your own path, decipher your own values, and connect the mind and heart in your daily life. Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Office of Alumni Relations.
Stetson Chapel
 
 
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Homecoming Registration Table Open
Pick up your registration packet, nametags and schedule of events at the Homecoming registration table.
Atrium, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Biology Reflections Seminar
Please join biology faculty, alumni and current students for the fourth annual Reflections and Connections gathering, established in honor of Professor Paul R. Sotherland during his 30th year at the college. We will share highlights of happenings within the Biology Department in recent years and hear from biology alumni as they reflect on their K experience and beyond. Following this event, we will adjourn to join in the Connections Reception in Hicks hosted by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) where you can rekindle old connections and forge new ones across generations of biologists. For additional information, please contact Professor Binney Girdler at 269-337-5977.
Room 226, Dow Science Center
registration required
 
 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
K-Talk: Leveraging K Connections to Incorporate Mindfulness into Higher Education
How does the College’s “More in a Lifetime” tagline play out for engaged alumni? Matt Thieleman and Karman Kent ('07) have a powerful example. Thanks to their K connection, the two teamed up to create a much-needed program for college students. They'll touch on how they shaped the direction of their professional lives to be of service to others, and share advice on how others can do the same. Karman will also discuss the importance of self-care for college students and Matt will lead meditations designed to help us live our best lives today and tomorrow. Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB) Professional Networking Committee.
Room 103, Dewing Hall
registration required
 
 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Homecoming Connection Reception
Please join students, alumni professionals, faculty and staff at an informal networking gathering. Come prepared to share the story of your own career path, listen and learn from others' work experiences, and explore professional possibilities both local and global. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and all are welcome. Attendees over 21 may enjoy an alcoholic beverage with proper identification. This is a great opportunity to network and make professional connections. Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB).
Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
 
 
6:00 pm
Homecoming Volleyball Game
Kalamazoo College vs. Calvin College. For game day information please visit hornets.kzoo.edu/sports/wvball/gameday.

*Wear your orange and black to the game.

Anderson Athletic Center
 
 
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Alumni of Color Reception
Join us for an opportunity to meet and network with current K students and alumni of color. Learn about initiatives of the ACSJL and the Intercultural Center and demo a new mentoring platform that will support connections between K students and alumni of color. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL), The Office of Alumni Relations, and the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).
CCPD Resource Room, Dewing Hall (first floor)
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 1972 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at the University Roadhouse to kick-off your reunion weekend! Space is reserved downstairs for the Class of 1972.
University Roadhouse, 1332 West Michigan Avenue (downstairs)
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 1982 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 35th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) on campus. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens. $35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


7:00 pm
Class of 1987 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Bell's to kick-off your reunion weekend!

Note: Bell’s does not take reservations and tables can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 1992 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Bell's to kick-off your reunion weekend!

Note: Bell’s does not take reservations and tables can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 1997 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Bell's to kick-off your reunion weekend!

Note: Bell’s does not take reservations and tables can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 2002 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Bell's to kick-off your reunion weekend!

Note: Bell’s does not take reservations and tables can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
7:00 pm
Class of 2007 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Bell's to kick-off your reunion weekend!

Note: Bell’s does not take reservations and tables can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alumni Association Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception
Join us to honor the award recipients for 2017. Distinguished Service Award: Phillip Carra ’69 (in absentia), Distinguished Achievement Award: William DeGrado ’77, Weimer K. Hicks Award: Gail Griffin, Young Alumni Award: Steven Yeun ’05 (in absentia) and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards: Elizabeth Garlow ’07 (Women's Swimming), Kim Hartman ’03 (Women's Soccer), Nick Lachapelle ’00 (Football), Judsen Schneider ’03 (Men's Swimming), 1985 Men’s Tennis Team and 1995 Volleyball Team.
Dalton Theatre, with reception in Lobby, Light Fine Arts Building
registration required
 
 
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Class of 1977 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering in the Humphrey House Lounge on campus to kick-off your reunion weekend! BYOB and snacks.
Lounge, Humphrey House
registration required
 
 
8:00 pm
Class of 2012 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Shakespeare's Pub to kick-off your reunion weekend! Space is reserved in the back room for the Class of 2012.
Shakespeare's Pub, 241 East Kalamazoo Avenue (back room)
registration required
 
 
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
1833 Society for Young Alumni Gathering
Members of the 1833 Society for Young Alumni are cordially invited to a happy hour. While this event is by invitation only, alumni of the last fifteen years have an opportunity to become members of the 1833 Society for Young Alumni during Homecoming and Reunion festivities or at any time throughout the year. If you have questions or would like more information about the 1833 Society for Young Alumni, please contact Caitlin Kuhn, Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving, Kalamazoo College Fund at 269.337.7294 or ckuhn@kzoo.edu.
Casa Bolero, 116 Portage Street - By Invitation Only. Please RSVP to Jennifer DiGiuseppe at 269-337-7236 or jdigiuse@kzoo.edu.
 
 
Saturday, October 21
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hornet Hospitality in Hicks
Stop by the Weimer K. Hicks Center to enjoy light refreshments, connect with classmates and learn about "alumni bites" beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Alumni Association Executive Board (AAEB).
Lower Level and Second Floor, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Homecoming Registration Table Open
Pick up your registration packet, nametags and schedule of events at the Homecoming registration table.
Atrium, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
8:00 am
Class of 1967 Breakfast
Enjoy a catered breakfast with your classmates in the Light Fine Arts Building.$15/person
Lobby, Light Fine Arts Building
registration required
$15/person
$15/person


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


8:00 am - 9:00 am
Homecoming 5K Run/Walk
Begin your day at the 13th Annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk. Open to all ages and fitness levels, the run/walk is a wonderful way to see campus and the neighborhood. Pre-registered participants will receive a complimentary, commemorative 5K T-shirt designed by Tanush Samson ’19! Shirts are limited to the first 300 registrants. Race day check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. and race results will be posted online following Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. This event will take place rain or shine.
Begin in front of Hoben Residence Hall
registration required
 
 
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Class of 1967 Lounge
Join your classmates in Humphrey House Lounge to reconnect and relax throughout the day.
Lounge, Humphrey House
 
 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Class of 1977 Lounge
Join your classmates in Dewing Hall to reconnect and relax throughout the day.
Room 206, Dewing Hall
 
 
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Class Agent and AAEB Gathering
Calling all class agents and AAEB members! Here’s your chance to finally put faces to names and meet your fellow K leadership volunteers while sharing light refreshments. A short presentation will begin at 9:10 a.m. Come prepared to share your K story as an alumni volunteer.
Richardson Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
 
 
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Open house at the Fitness and Wellness Center
Visit the new Fitness and Wellness Center and see how our past has contributed to the future of today’s student. The new 30,000 square foot two-level structure will be open for tours, with the President’s Student Ambassadors on hand to welcome and answer questions about the new facility and its impact on current Hornets.
Fitness and Wellness Center
 
 
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Intercultural Center Open to Alumni
Stop by as your schedule allows to see the Intercultural Center space. The Intercultural Center in Hicks is the home for Intercultural Student Life programs, initiatives and dialogues that center the lived experiences and voices of minoritized students. The space is reserved for students, and strives to cultivate community, cultural exchange, and celebrate our many differences while affirming our shared interconnections. The space is always open to students, so don’t be surprised to find current students meeting, studying, relaxing, or playing music as you stop in. We encourage you to engage in dialogue with them. The director for Intercultural Student Life will be available in the Intercultural Center from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. if you would like to learn more about Intercultural Student Life and ways to get involved. Refreshments will be available at the hornet hospitality tables to enjoy at the Intercultural Center during that time.
Room 110, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Kalamazoo College Bookstore Open
Shop the large inventory of Kalamazoo College clothing, gear and memorabilia.Visit the bookstore online to purchase K gear before homecoming.
Lower Level, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
9:30 am
Volleyball Alumnae Odds vs. Evens Game
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and bagels in the lobby. For additional information, please contact Coach Jeanne Hess by email at jhess@kzoo.edu, by the Kalamazoo College Volleyball Facebook page or by twitter @Jeanne_Hess. All volleyball alumni are welcome to participate in the madness, regardless of age, surgical repair, or pregnancy status!
Anderson Athletic Center
registration required
 
 
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Book Club Café Open
Upjohn Library Commons
 
 
10:00 am
Class of 1967 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1967 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 10:00 a.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
10:00 am
Softball Alumni Game
All Kalamazoo College softball alumni are invited to play in an alumni slow pitch softball game. Bagels and coffee will be available at the field beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the game starting at 10:00 a.m. Come on out and enjoy time together and show off your skills! Members of the current team will also be present so everyone can get to know each other better! For more information contact Coach Kelli Duimstra at duimstra@kzoo.edu.
Softball Field, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
registration required
 
 
10:00 am
Baseball Alumni Softball Game
Calling all former Kalamazoo College Baseball Players. Please join us for a softball alumni game on Woodworth Field. This event will allow alumni of all ages to participate and engage back with the baseball program. Depending on the number of players, the event will either pit current Kalamazoo players and coaches vs. Alumni or Alumni vs. Alumni. Come out and enjoy time together. For more information, please contact Coach Mike Ott at mott@kzoo.edu.
Woodworth Field, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
registration required
 
 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Guided Campus Tour
Visit a mix of nostalgic and new highlights of campus with our Office of Admission student tour guides. The Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex will not be included on this tour.
Begin at Red Square between Mandelle & Dewing Halls
registration required
 
 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Men's Soccer Alumni Gathering
Please join Coach Lumumba Shabazz and the K Men’s Soccer Team for a continental breakfast in the cafeteria. For additional information, please contact Coach Shabazz at Lumumba.Shabazz@kzoo.edu.
Welles Dining Hall, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
 
 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Women's Soccer Alumni Gathering
Please join Coach Bryan Goyings and the K Women's Soccer Team for a continental breakfast in the Hornets Suite. For additional information, please contact Coach Goyings at bgoyings@kzoo.edu.
Hornets Suite, Kalamazoo College Field House
registration required
 
 
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Varsity Tennis Alumni Gathering
All former varsity men’s and women’s tennis players are invited to attend the annual alumni gathering at the Markin Tennis Center. For additional information, please contact Coach Mark Riley at mark.riley@kzoo.edu or Coach Mark Murphy at mark.murphy@kzoo.edu.
Markin Tennis Center
registration required
 
 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Homecoming Photo Booth
Have your photo taken with fellow alumni, family or friends at Homecoming! The photo booth will be available under the orange tent by Mandelle Hall on the Quad. You can be as goofy or as serious as you want! It's your call! Find your photo to view, save, or print as a keepsake after Homecoming at K Alumni Relations Facebook page. *rain site - Hoben Hall Lounge
on the Quad by Mandelle Hall
 
 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A.M. Todd Rare Book Room
Enjoy an exhibit entitled “Rome the Eternal,” featuring important resources from the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room collection.
Room 329, Upjohn Library Commons
 
 
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Richardson Room Deli Open
Second Floor, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
10:15 am
Class of 1972 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1972 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 10:15 a.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
10:30 am
Class of 1977 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1977 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 10:30 a.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Departmental Receptions
Visit with current faculty, staff, and your favorite professors from days-gone-by. Lower Level: Sciences and Mathematics Second Floor: Fine Arts, Humanities and Languages Third Floor: Interdisciplinary, Social Sciences and Physical Education.
Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
 
 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Outdoor Fun with the Fresh Food Fairy
Teacher and food enthusiast, Hether Frayer will be visiting us as the Fresh Food Fairy on the Quad by Mandelle Hall. Express yourself and enjoy playing with colorful hula hoops, bubble wands and sidewalk chalk. Create a pedal powered smoothie or a slinky apple to take away as a special treat. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. *rain site - Hoben Hall Lounge
on the Quad by Mandelle Hall
 
 
11:00 am
Alumni Swim Team Meet
All former K swimmers are invited to meet at the natatorium for an alumni swim meet. For additional information, please contact Coach Jay Daniels at jdaniels@kzoo.edu.
Kalamazoo College Natatorium
registration required
 
 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cirque du K Performance
Watch an aerial acrobatics performance by Cirque du K, the official circus club at Kalamazoo College. *rain site - Hoben Hall Lounge
on the Quad
 
 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open house at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Visit the new Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL), the world's first purpose-built structure for social justice leadership development, and see how students are forwarding the movement for social justice at K and beyond. The center will be open for tours, with the ACSJL’s Student Fellows on hand to guide you through the building and answer questions about the facility and its impact on current Hornets.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
 
 
11:00 am - 1:15 pm
Homecoming Picnic
Enjoy lunch on the Quad with your class! Lunch will include grilled aloha chicken – chicken breast with a sweet terriyake glaze, pineapples, and scallions, pulled pork with local grilled peaches and basil, vegan malibu burgers, fresh roasted sweet corn with basil and parmesan, german potato salad, cranberry cornbread, and local Michigan apple crisp for dessert. Gluten free sandwich buns will be available at the picnic. $12/adult
$6/K student without a meal plan
$6/child (ages 12 and under)
tent on the Quad
registration required
$12/adult$6/K student without a meal plan$6/child (ages 12 and under)
$12/adult
$6/K student without a meal plan
$6/child (ages 12 and under)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


11:30 am
Class of 2012 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 2012 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 11:30 a.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Hornet Spirit Shuttle to and from the Kalamazoo College Field House
Ride the official K bus to the Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex to cheer on your Hornets as they play the Britons (women’s soccer), Knights (men’s soccer), and Bulldogs (football). The shuttle will run every twenty minutes and will loop back to Red Square on Academy Street. Please look for the shuttle signs for pick up and drop off in front of Red Square on Academy and in front of the Field House. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are all welcome!
Catch the K bus in front of Red Square (between Mandelle and Dewing Halls) to the Field House or in front of the Field House back to main campus
 
 
11:45 am
Class of 2007 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 2007 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 11:45 a.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
12:00 pm
Class of 2002 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 2002 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 12:00 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
12:00 pm
Homecoming Women's Soccer Game
Kalamazoo College vs. Albion College. For game day information please visit hornets.kzoo.edu/sports/wsoc/gameday.

*Wear your orange and black to the game.

MacKenzie Field, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
 
 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Making Major Connections: Sophomores Share Lunch with the Class of 2007
Members of the Classes of 2007 and 2020 are invited to share an informal lunchtime conversation about the big decisions facing sophomores. Members of the Class of 2007 will offer their perspectives on how their majors (and other K-Plan decisions) led to various career opportunities. Sophomores will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from ten-year-out graduates. Free lunch (same picnic fare as served on the Quad) for all members of these two classes provided by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).
Stone Room, Weimer K Hicks Center (enter through the door nearest the Chapel)
registration required
 
 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What I Wish I'd Known My Senior Year at K: Advice from the Class of 2012
Members of the Classes of 2012 and 2018 are invited to come together for an informal lunchtime conversation about how to make the most of a senior year at K. Members of the Class of 2012 will offer their perspectives on what classes they wish they had taken, what skills they wish they'd developed, what experiences they should have sought out while still at K. Seniors will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from recent graduates. Free lunch for all members of these two classes provided by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD).
Hornets Suite, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
registration required
 
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Emeriti Club Gathering
Emeriti alumni are invited to attend a luncheon that honors class years prior to 1967. The program will include an Emeriti Club Leadership Council update, given by the current President, Sally Padley ’62. After lunch, a plaque will be presented to the 2017 Citation of Merit Award recipient, William Venema ’59. Merrymaking and leading the group in song is encouraged.

Off campus parking and a shuttle service will be available at 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. from St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish (421 Monroe Street) to the Weimer K. Hick’s Center. Please note that this shuttle service is for the luncheon only. Cars will need to be removed from the parking lot by 3:00 p.m. to allow church members space to park for their evening service. $25/person
Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center - Off campus parking and a shuttle service will be available from St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish (421 Monroe Street) to Hicks.
registration required
$25/person
$25/person


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


12:15 pm
Class of 1982 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1982 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 12:15 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
12:30 pm
Class of 1987 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1987 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 12:30 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
LandSea Alumni Gathering
Join fellow LandSea alumni and current students for a gathering in Dewing Commons with the Director of the LandSea Program, Jory Horner. Meet the current organizers, as well as other alumni, and compare adventures.
Commons, Dewing Hall
registration required
 
 
12:45 pm
Class of 1992 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1992 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 12:45 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
1:00 pm
Class of 1997 Reunion Photo
Say Cheese! The Class of 1997 will have a reunion photo taken inside of Stetson Chapel at 1:00 p.m.
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Theatre Arts Alumni Reception
Enjoy a meet and greet with Theatre Arts alumni and faculty. For additional information, please contact Laura Livingstone-McNelis '89 at 269-337-7130.
Lobby, Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
registration required
 
 
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Story Zoo - Record a Meaningful K Memory
All alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the Cavern Fire Circle to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and to record a meaningful K memory.

For example: What class or professor or coach meant the most to you? Which students are unforgettable and why? What experience was the most fun?...the most difficult?...the most gratifying?...the most important to your life after K? Which experiential opportunities (study abroad, career service, SIP, others) still resonate, and why? What occurrence that perhaps seemed so insignificant at the time turned out to have made a big difference in your life?

Come prepared to tell a 2-3 minute story about some aspect of your K experience. Individual or group stories are welcome!

*rain site - Production Studio, Upjohn Library Commons

Cavern Fire Circle, next to Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Remembering Con
In one of his early poems ("August: The Park") Con Hilberry describes a boy roosting on a bench-back, "awkward and guileless as a turkey," smirking at girls, "his face homely and long, his hair red like my own." And with that "like my own" Con is suddenly the boy, "a camel among mares, stupefied by the easy wit, the bare shoulders...unable to leave, unable to put in one fitting word." And just as suddenly Con is no longer the boy, "the roost now is his, and I can say no spell to charm him off that limb / nor even tell whether a grace of words--smooth plumes that soon may cover his ungainliness--demands more honor than the turkey's grip, the long-faced grin, this misery."

The late Con Hilberry, former poet laureate of Kalamazoo College, is sorely missed. There are rooms in poetry for all of us, he believed, power in the imagination to vault the boundary of the self, and poetry (as well as honor) in all things, including the misery of adolescent ungainliness. So let's hoist a poem in toast to Con. Bring and read your favorite Con poem--or simply listen to others read their favorites--at this tribute facilitated by Professor Emerita of English Gail Griffin and some of Con's former students and current poets.
Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
registration required
 
 
2:00 pm
Homecoming Football Game
Kalamazoo College vs. Adrian College. For game day information please visit hornets.kzoo.edu/sports/fball/gameday.

*Wear your orange and black to the game.

Angell Field, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
 
 
2:30 pm
Homecoming Men's Soccer Game
Kalamazoo College vs. Calvin College. For game day information please visit hornets.kzoo.edu/sports/msoc/gameday.

*Wear your orange and black to the game.

MacKenzie Field, Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex
 
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Guided Campus Tour
Visit a mix of nostalgic and new highlights of campus with our Office of Admission student tour guides. The Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex will not be included on this tour.
Begin at Red Square between Mandelle & Dewing Halls
registration required
 
 
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Historic Campus Tour with Arthur H. Miller '65
Join Art Miller ’65, Emeritus Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections at Lake Forest College, on a historical building tour of campus. Learn about K’s campus planning and architecture focusing on the 1920s and 1930s, with special attention to President Allan Hoben’s and Florence Robinson's (K 1908) visions and landscape ideals. Architects include NYC's Aymar Embury II (Hoben Hall, Harmon Hall, and Stetson Chapel) and Detroit's Albert Kahn (Trowbridge Hall), as well as Chicago-based Howard Van Doren Shaw (Humphrey House). The tour will highlight the educational and design ideas of these architects.
Begin in Red Square between Mandelle and Dewing Halls
registration required
 
 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Psychology Alumni Gathering
Psychology Alumni Department Cookout at Homecoming returns for 2017! We are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be graciously hosted by K alums Dr. Sally Warner Read ’08 and Courtney Read ’08 at their home [1548 Henderson Drive—easy walking distance from campus and the football field]. Food and beverages provided!
1548 Henderson Drive
registration required
 
 
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Growing Food Justice on Campus and in the Community
Join the Just Food Collective (JFC) for a conversation about the importance of building more just, local and sustainable food systems, and learn about the work that K faculty, students, staff, and alumni are doing to foster change. Policy advocates, writers, restaurateurs and brewers, health and nutrition professionals, farmers, students and scholars will share their perspectives –and we invite yours.

Students active in JFC will discuss their efforts to create a Hoop House on campus. We’ll serve local food, and renowned local libations will be available for those over 21.

The Just Food Collective is program of the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement. It began ten years ago in “Cultivating Community,” a First Year Seminar taught by Professor of English Dr. Amelia Katanski ’92. Larry Bell ’80, sponsors JFC.
Lounge, Humphrey House
registration required
 
 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception for 1833 and Stetson Societies, the Hornet Club and President's Parents Leadership Circle
Members of the 1833 and Stetson Societies, the Hornet Athletic Association Hornet Club, and President’s Parents Leadership Circle are cordially invited to a wine and cheese reception at the Field House. While this event is by invitation only, alumni, parents, and friends have an opportunity to become members of these giving societies during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend or at any time throughout the year. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Laurel Palmer, Director, Kalamazoo College Fund at 269.337.7282 or lpalmer@kzoo.edu.

The Hornet Spirit Shuttle will be available until 5:30 p.m. Pick up and drop off locations are in front of Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex and Red Square (between Mandelle and Dewing Halls) on Academy.

Hornets Suite, Kalamazoo College Field House - By Invitation Only. Please RSVP to Jennifer DiGiuseppe at 269-337-7236 or jdigiuse@kzoo.edu.
 
 
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Student Film Festival
Enjoy a showcase of student films from K’s introductory and advanced documentary film production classes. The films, which cover a variety of styles and subjects, will be followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers. Some films may contain adult content and language.
Room 103, Dewing Hall
registration required
 
 
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Guided Campus Tour
Visit a mix of nostalgic and new highlights of campus with our Office of Admission student tour guides. The Kalamazoo College Athletic Field Complex will not be included on this tour.
Begin at Red Square between Mandelle & Dewing Halls
registration required
 
 
5:00 pm
Class of 1967 Memorial
Stetson Chapel
registration required
 
 
6:30 pm
Class of 1967 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 50th reunion and induction into the Emeriti Club. Dinner, beer and wine will be served in the Banquet Room on campus. $50/person
Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
$50/person
$50/person


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6:30 pm
Class of 1972 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 45th reunion. Dinner, beer and wine will be served in the Stone Room on campus.$50/person
Stone Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
$50/person
$50/person


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


6:30 pm
Class of 1977 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 40th reunion. A casual buffet will be available at the Park Club. Cash bar. $50/person
Park Club, 219 West South Street
registration required
$50/person
$50/person


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6:30 pm
Class of 1982 Informal Gathering
The Class of 1982 will kick-off the evening at Bell’s and check out the Old Dog Tavern, Hop Cat, and Water Street Coffee Joint for dessert and coffee.

Note: Tables can be reserved at these venues on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting at Bell's Eccentric Café, 355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
registration required
 
 
6:30 pm
Class of 1987 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 30th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in the Olmsted Room on campus. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens.$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)
Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


6:30 pm
Class of 1992 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 25th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in the Hornets Suite at the Field House. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens.$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)
Hornets Suite, Kalamazoo College Field House
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


6:30 pm
Class of 1997 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 20th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in the Light Fine Arts Lobby on campus. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens. $35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)
Lobby, Light Fine Arts Building
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


6:30 pm
Class of 2002 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 15th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served in Balch Lobby on campus. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens.

After-party is at Waldo's! $35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)

Lobby, Nelda K. Balch Playhouse
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


6:30 pm
Class of 2007 Reunion Celebration
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 10th reunion. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) on campus. Each guest will receive 3 complimentary beer/wine tokens. $35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
registration required
$35/adult$15/child (ages 5-12)
$35/adult
$15/child (ages 5-12)


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


7:00 pm
Class of 2012 Reunion Celebration
13 spots left!
Enjoy the company of your classmates as you celebrate your 5th reunion. There will be an open bar at the Green Door from 7-10 p.m. and generous donors from your class will provide food catered by the Organic Gypsy (owned by Bridgett Blough ’08). $30/person
Green Door Distilling Co., 429 East North Street
registration required
$30/person
$30/person


How many of the meals are vegetarian?


7:00 pm
Class of 2017 Informal Gathering
Please join your class for an informal gathering at Shakespeare's Pub. Space is reserved in the back room for the Class of 2017 and appetizers will be served as a welcome to the Alumni Association.
Shakespeare's Pub, 241 East Kalamazoo Avenue (back room)
registration required
 
 
11:00 pm
Monkapult Show
Enjoy a show by K’s improvisation troupe, Monkapult. Seating is limited and (free) tickets will be offered at the door starting at 10:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, please contact Laura Livingstone-McNelis '89 at 269-337-7130.
Connable Recital Hall, Light Fine Arts Building
 
 
Sunday, October 22
8:00 am
Class of 1967 Breakfast
Join your classmates for breakfast and goodbyes in the Stone Room.$15/person
Stone Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center
registration required
$15/person
$15/person


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9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kalamazoo College Bookstore Open
Shop the large inventory of Kalamazoo College clothing, gear and memorabilia.Visit the bookstore online to purchase K gear before homecoming.
Lower Level, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Lillian Anderson Arboretum Guided Nature Walk with Professor Binney Girdler and K Students
Kalamazoo College’s Lillian Anderson Arboretum comprises 140 acres of marsh, meadow, pine plantation and second-growth deciduous forest in Oshtemo Township. Not only is it a site for active research and ecological monitoring, it’s a grand place for a Sunday stroll. Join Binney Girdler, Professor of Biology and Director of the Lillian Anderson Arboretum, and students from K's First Year Seminar "Roots in the Earth" for a tour of this naturally beautiful location, and learn about our new off-the-grid education pavilion named after Dr. H. Lewis Batts, Jr. ’43 and Jean M. Batts ’43. We will meet at the Oshtemo Township Park (7275 W. Main Street), just east of our property. If possible, please bring a water bottle.
Lillian Anderson Arboretum, 1.8 miles west of the intersection of M-43 (West Main Street) and US 131 in Oshtemo Township - Meet at the Oshtemo Township Park!
registration required
 
 
9:30 am - 11:30 am
K Alumni Reception and Mass
St Tom’s invites all Kalamazoo College alumni to join St. Tom’s K faculty, staff, students, and parishioners for Mass to close out your reunion weekend celebrations. Meet our new pastor, Father Dan Hyman. Tour the new church facility and join the parish in the Social Hall following Mass for a reception with light refreshments. We look forward to reconnecting with those who worshiped at St. Tom’s as students.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Mass

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Reception.

 
 
11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Hicks Center Cafeteria Open
Enjoy brunch in the cafeteria.
Welles Dining Hall, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
K Alumni Reception and Mass
St Tom’s invites all Kalamazoo College alumni to join St. Tom’s K faculty, staff, students, and parishioners for Mass to close out your reunion weekend celebrations. Meet our new pastor, Father Dan Hyman. Tour the new church facility and join the parish in the Social Hall following Mass for a reception with light refreshments. We look forward to reconnecting with those who worshiped at St. Tom’s as students.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Mass

12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m. - Reception.

 
 
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Book Club Café Open
Upjohn Library Commons
 
 
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Richardson Room Deli Open
Second Floor, Weimer K. Hicks Center
 
 

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