Join us for Allegheny’s Blue & Gold Weekend: A Homecoming & Family Celebration!

Blue & Gold Weekend is Allegheny’s celebration of the Gator community — including alumni, parents & families, students, faculty, staff, and friends. In lieu of separate Homecoming and Family Weekends, we have now combined those celebrations into one!


Schedule

We have a fun and action-packed weekend planned — whether you’re here for the first time or reliving the good old days. There’s something for everyone!

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Getting Around

New to our campus? Haven’t been here in a while? View our special map that showcases all of the events on and around campus during Blue & Gold Weekend.

Blue & Gold Weekend Map

Directions, Hotels, & Restaurants

Our Visitor’s Center website has you covered: driving directions, local hotels and B&Bs, restaurants, downloadable maps, and much more!

Visitor’s Center

Schedule

Friday, November 1

Time Event
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wise Sport and Fitness Center Open

Wise Sport and Fitness Center

Blue and Gold Weekend guests who wish to use the Wise Center while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Campus Center Lobby.

7:30 am - 3:00 am

McKinley’s Food Court Open

McKinley's Food Court, Henderson Campus Center

À la carte — cash, check or credit/debit cards accepted

12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Game Room Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

Game Room will be open! Enjoy games or visit The Craft Corner to make Gator Bead Keychains.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Merriman Bookstore Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

The Bookstore will be open for all of your Gator Spirit needs!

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Blue & Gold Pep Rally

Lobby, Henderson Campus Center

Come meet and cheer on the Fall Gator Sports Teams. Enter the Minute to Win It competition for a chance at a Market House gift card.

4:00 pm - 2:38 am

“The Loop” Hotel Shuttle

Meadville, PA

The Loop will be available to Blue & Gold Weekend guests. Let the driver know when you board if you wish to be dropped off at Meadville hotels.

Website: CATA Website

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Parent & Family Check-In

Lobby, Henderson Campus Center

Parents and family members should stop by check-in to get your meal ticket for the TailGator and other materials. Alumni will check in at the TailGator at Robertson Athletic Complex.

5:00 pm

Shabbat Dinner

Jewish Community Center, 379 Park Avenue, Meadville

Sponsored by Allegheny Hillel

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner in Brooks Dining Hall

Brooks Dining Hall

Cost: $9 (cash or check accepted for guests without a meal plan)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadville Council on the Arts presents October Evening (closing event)

Heeschen Gallery, Meadville Market House, 910 Market Street, Meadville

MCA sponsors the October Evenings Juried Exhibit and the Regional Juried Photo Show. This evening marks the close of the show and interested Blue and Gold guests and invited to attend the closing event.

7:00 pm

Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn State Behrend

James H. Mullen, Jr. Arena, Wise Sport and Fitness Center
7:00 pm

The Competition of the Muses (Formerly Greek Sing)

Shafer Auditorium, Henderson Campus Center

Enjoy choreographed songs, singing, lip-syncing and short acts performed by members of Allegheny’s fraternities and sororities. This is family friendly and, whether you’re Greek or not, a fun Allegheny tradition.

7:30 pm

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Meadville Community Theatre, 400 North Main Street, Meadville (The Odd Fellows Building, on Allegheny campus)

Presented by Meadville Community Theatre, And Then There Were None is the classic murder mystery by the inimitable Agatha Christie, about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island. Slowly, they are picked off by a murderer among their number, following along to the verses of a children’s nursery rhyme.

Directed by local director Katie Wickert, and ably acted by an incredible cast from the local area, And Then There Were None promises to leave you guessing until the very end.

Tickets: mctbackstage.com or (814) 333-1773
Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Blue & Gold Carnival

Lobby, Henderson Campus Center

Enjoy popcorn, cotton candy, Make A Gator event, games and more!

Saturday, November 2

Time Event
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meadville Market House Open

910 Market Street, Meadville

Visit the historic Meadville Market House in Downtown Meadville, home to local vendors such as Market House Grille, Zest Kitchen and Pantry, and Save Room for Dessert. Fondly dubbed the “Heart of Meadville” as it is the destination of choice for local produce, eggs, meat, home-baked goods, local organic goods, gourmet goods, and artisan crafts.

Website: https://meadvillemarkethouse.org

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Parent & Family Check-In

Lobby, Henderson Campus Center

Parents and family members should stop by check-in to get your meal ticket for the TailGator and other materials. Alumni will check in at the TailGator at Robertson Athletic Complex.

9:00 am - 3:00 am

McKinley’s Food Court Open

McKinley's Food Court, Henderson Campus Center

À la carte — cash, check or credit/debit cards accepted

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Conversation with the President

Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

Meet and welcome Allegheny’s 22nd President, Dr. Hilary Link. President Link will host this informal question and answer session.

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wise Sport and Fitness Center Open

Wise Sport and Fitness Center

Blue and Gold Weekend guests who wish to use the Wise Center while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Campus Center Lobby.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Merriman Bookstore Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

Special Hours: The Bookstore will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for all of your Gator Spirit needs!

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Allegheny Gateway Open House

Allegheny Gateway, Pelletier Library

Administrative staff working in the Gateway will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about Gateway programs and offerings. These include: study away and experiential learning seminars; undergraduate research; internships; civic and community engagement; pre-professional advising and programs; and political participation.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Alpha Delta Pi Tailgate

Robertson Athletic Complex

Join the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi for a tailgate before the game.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Phi Beta Sigma Tailgate

Robertson Athletic Complex

Join the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma for a tailgate before the game.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Blue & Gold Photo Tent

Next to the TailGator, Robertson Athletic Complex

Show your Gator Spirit and get ready for the game with Gator tattoos, photos, etc.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

TailGator Luncheon

Robertson Athletic Complex

All students, alumni, families, and friends are welcome to the TailGator Luncheon before the football game. No charge for guests without a meal plan. One Brooks swipe for students.

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Theta Chi Pig Roast

Theta Chi House, 388 North Main Street, Meadville

Theta Chi welcomes all alumni brothers and families to join the current undergraduate brothers for our annual Pig Roast.

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Athletic Department Merchandise and Memorabilia Yard Sale

Robertson Athletic Complex
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Innovation Center Open

Doane Hall of Art

The Allegheny College Laboratory for Innovation and Creativity (ALIC) houses cutting edge technology for use across academic areas, including: a twenty-five station computer lab designed for game development, photo editing, video editing, GIS, 3D design and graphic design; and a Fabrication facility containing 3D printers, CNC machine, laser cutter, robotics/electronics development tools. ALIC is an Allegheny Community-wide resource designed to help students, faculty and staff move their ideas from concept to prototype.

12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Game Room Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

Game Room will be open! Enjoy games or visit The Craft Corner to make Gator Bead Keychains.

12:30 pm

Blue & Gold Student Giveaway

Inside the stadium, Robertson Athletic Complex

The first 500 students receive a Blue & Gold giveaway — come check it out!

1:00 pm

Football vs. Hiram College

Frank B. Fuhrer Field, Robertson Athletic Complex
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Speculative Geographics

Allegheny Art Gallery, Doane Hall of Art

Speculative Geographies incites shifts in perspective: from the human body to the environment, from the present to a hypothetical future or alternate reality. In an era defined by both new technologies and climate change, we increasingly understand ourselves as participants in a vast network of nonhuman relations. Artists Andrew Erdos, Yasue Maetake, and Barry Underwood visualize those networks. Mountainous glass sculptures by Erdos evoke topographies from another time or from some other planet. Conjuring hybrid plant-animals or fantastical structures, Maetake’s constructions in fiber, bone, metal, and resins could populate extraterrestrial terrain. Barry Underwood transforms recognizable landscapes through light and sculptural installations, making long-exposure photographs that appear otherworldly and animated by their own mysterious life-force. From the vantage point of an increasingly precarious present, Speculative Geographies envisions possible realities in which humans may or may not play a role.

2:00 pm

Women’s Field Hockey vs. Ohio Wesleyan University

Robertson Athletic Complex
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Diversity & Inclusion Reception

IDEAS Center & Skylight Lounge, Third Floor, Henderson Campus Center

The Office of Institutional Diversity and the IDEAS Center invites you to meet and connect with alumni, families, current students, and Allegheny College staff and faculty. Join us to celebrate and learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the College, and enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks.

4:00 pm - 2:38 am

“The Loop” Hotel Shuttle

Meadville, PA

The Loop will be available to Blue & Gold Weekend guests. Let the driver know when you board if you wish to be dropped off at Meadville hotels.

Website: CATA Website

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dinner in Brooks Dining Hall

Brooks Dining Hall

Cost: $9 (cash or check accepted for guests without a meal plan)

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Faculty Lectures

See below for locations

Join one of Allegheny’s faculty for a lecture on a range of engaging topics.

Presenter: Becky Dawson, Assistant Professor of Biology and Global Health Studies
Title: Measles, Ebola, and Zika: Investigating Disease Outbreaks in the 21st Century
Description: This session will highlight the art and science of conducting a disease outbreak investigation; focusing on the diseases that have emerged/re-emerged in recent years. We will discuss how diseases spread, the definition of an outbreak, and the work done by disease detectives to understand what is causing illness throughout the world. This session will conclude with a measles outbreak investigation simulation — participants will play the roles of individuals exposed to measles and the disease detectives who are investigating a potential outbreak. Don’t miss out on this infectiously fun session!
Location: Room 239, Carr Hall

Presenter: Matthew Ferrence, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English
Title: Appalachia North: Our Region and Our Metaphor
Description: A discussion about the cultural/geographical region of Appalachia, a place many Pennsylvanians don’t recognize as theirs. In discussing his recent memoir (Appalachia North), which addresses both the region and his journey through brain surgery, Professor Ferrence will offer thoughts on erosion, reclamation, and the recovery of place and self.
Location: Room 206, Henderson Campus Center

Presenter: Jamie Lombardi, Jr., Professor of Physics
Title: A Brief Tour of the Universe
Description: Come explore the cosmos and learn your way around the night sky. We present stunning celestial imagery with the help of our new fulldome projector, and then we project the stars overhead to show the night sky as it appears from various places on Earth. We finish by reviewing some of the stars, planets, and constellations that are easily visible this winter, so that you can head home with knowledge connecting you to the sky above.
Location: Room 121 (Wible Planetarium), Carr Hall

Presenter: Eric Pallant, Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Science & Sustainability
Title: The Science of Climate Change Explained so Clearly and Definitively Even Your Crazy Uncle Would Have to Concede
Description: In 20 minutes learn all the science you need to fully understand climate change. In 10 more minutes we’ll debunk every claim made by climate deniers. Come prepared with every explanation your climate denying uncle (or friend or relative) has ever tried on you. Leave prepared for this year’s Thanksgiving argument!
Location: Room 238, Carr Hall

Presenter: Byron Rich, Assistant Professor of Art, Director of Art, Science and Innovation
Title: Art and Science Collaborations — Innovation Beyond Aesthetics
Description: Professor Rich will discuss how artists and scientists work together to produce scientifically and culturally important research across disciplines. By using examples from art history and contemporary practice, he will demonstrate that art/science collaborations are more than just aesthetic representations of scientific principles, and can instead produce unexpected results.
Location: Room 302, Henderson Campus Center

Presenter: Beth Watkins, Professor of Communication Arts and Theater
Title: Working from Scratch: Students Devising Theatre
Description: Devising theatre means creating a performance without an existing script. Allegheny students have learned to create original performances while drawing on their liberal arts training in critical thinking, research, and experimentation. Professor Watkins will explore various processes and share examples from recent student work.
Location: Room 203, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

Presenter: Rachel Weir, Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics
Title: How to Talk to Your Kids about Math
Description: For many people, mathematics courses feel like insurmountable barriers. In this talk, Professor Weir will share research that shows how societal and personal beliefs about math and mathematical ability can affect achievement and participation and we will discuss strategies for countering these beliefs.
Location: Room 303, Henderson Campus Center

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

President’s Reception

Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall

Join Allegheny College President Hilary L. Link and representatives from various college offices for this special Blue & Gold Weekend gathering.

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Allegheny Community Contra Dance

Concourse Level (Main entrance to James H. Mullen, Jr. Arena), Wise Sport and Fitness Center

Contra is danced to live music provided by TOPPISH — our local, Irish dance band. Contra is community dancing, something like square dancing, Scottish dancing, and Irish ceili dancing all rolled into one. No previous experience required! All dances are taught — newcomers should arrive at 7:00 pm for a free lesson; dancing begins at 7:30. Students, Blue & Gold Weekend guests, and families are all most welcome. Tennis shoes or dance shoes recommended. Come on out and shake a leg!

Cost: $10 for adults; students and children are free

7:00 pm

Chris Jones, Hypnotist

Lobby, Henderson Campus Center

chrisjones (one word) is one of the newest and most energetic performers in the college market. chrisjones has been taking his insane hypnosis show to high schools and universities across the country. Giving the audience an incredibly interactive show, his hypnosis show allows your students to become the stars! chrisjones offers a performance unlike any other and guarantees to work with your event planners to draw the biggest audience possible.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poetic Evenings

Gardner Theater, Meadville Market House, 910 Market Street, Meadville

Sponsored by the Meadville Council on the Arts, Poetic Evenings is held the first Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Gardner Theatre on the second floor of the Market House. Open to any form of poetry such as rap, spoken word, original poems, and other readings. Light concessions available for purchase. Suggested donation for entrance $5 benefits the MCA and its many programs. Blue and Gold guests are invited to join.

For more information, email Dan Hunter at deliraddish@gmail.com

7:30 pm

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Meadville Community Theatre, 400 North Main Street, Meadville (The Odd Fellows Building, on Allegheny campus)

Presented by Meadville Community Theatre, And Then There Were None is the classic murder mystery by the inimitable Agatha Christie, about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island. Slowly, they are picked off by a murderer among their number, following along to the verses of a children’s nursery rhyme.

Directed by local director Katie Wickert, and ably acted by an incredible cast from the local area, And Then There Were None promises to leave you guessing until the very end.

Tickets: mctbackstage.com or (814) 333-1773
Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors

Sunday, November 3

Time Event
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

DHOP (Delta House of Pancakes)

Schultz Banquet Hall (formerly South Hall)

DHOP is Tri Delta’s annual fundraising event for their philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For $5 you can get all you can eat blueberry, chocolate chip, plain or gluten free pancakes! We will also have sausage, fruit, coffee, water, and juice. We will have team pancake eating contests. Food will stop being served at Noon.

Cost: Buy tickets at the door for $5

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Merriman Bookstore Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

Special Hours: The Bookstore will be open for all of your Gator Spirit needs!

9:00 am - 12:00 am

McKinley’s Food Court Open

McKinley's Food Court, Henderson Campus Center

À la carte — cash, check or credit/debit cards accepted

9:30 am

Catholic Mass

Ford Memorial Chapel

Catholic Campus Minister Fr. Jeff Lucas celebrates Mass at this special early time, so families and alumni can worship with us before traveling home.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Spiritual and Religious Life Brunch

Tillotson Room, Tippie Alumni Center at Cochran Hall

Families and alumni are invited to gather for brunch any time between 10:00 am and 11:30 am.

10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Wise Sport and Fitness Center Open

Wise Sport and Fitness Center

Blue and Gold Weekend guests who wish to use the Wise Center while visiting campus can pick up a Guest Pass from the Parent and Family Check-In table in the Campus Center Lobby.

11:00 am

Chapel Service

Ford Memorial Chapel

Chaplain Jane Ellen Nickell leads this service, which will include Holy Communion.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ladies Day Out in Downtown Meadville

Downtown Meadville

Ladies Day Out is a fun day of shopping in Downtown Meadville. This is the fifth year, and last year nearly three hundred shoppers kicked off their holiday shopping with local retailers. Refreshments, door prizes, specials. Each business offers something different.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brunch in Brooks Dining Hall

Brooks Dining Hall

Cost: $7.75 (cash or check accepted for guests without a meal plan)

12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Game Room Open

Second Floor, Henderson Campus Center

Game Room will be open! Enjoy games or visit The Craft Corner to make Gator Bead Keychains.

2:00 pm

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

Meadville Community Theatre, 400 North Main Street, Meadville (The Odd Fellows Building, on Allegheny campus)

Presented by Meadville Community Theatre, And Then There Were None is the classic murder mystery by the inimitable Agatha Christie, about a group of people with secrets to hide trapped on a remote island. Slowly, they are picked off by a murderer among their number, following along to the verses of a children’s nursery rhyme.

Directed by local director Katie Wickert, and ably acted by an incredible cast from the local area, And Then There Were None promises to leave you guessing until the very end.

Tickets: mctbackstage.com or (814) 333-1773
Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dinner in Brooks Dining Hall

Brooks Dining Hall

Cost: $9 (cash or check accepted for guests without a meal plan)