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Reunion Back-to-School Classes

If you attended 2017 back-to-school classes and would like the powerpoint presentations from them, contact the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at reunion@davidson.edu.

The information below is from Reunion Weekend 2017. Please check back for updates on Reunion Weekend 2018.

Recapture the heart of the Davidson College experience–time spent learning in the classroom! Hear from fellow alumni, faculty, community members, and other Davidson notables on a wide variety of topics, in numerous formats, designed to satisfy the curiosity and interests of Reunion-goers of all ages.

Please note space is limited in each session.

2017 Back-To-School Offerings

Friday, 1-2 p.m.

Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion
Chambers 1003
Former chemistry professor Jim Martin '57 will discuss his new book, Revelation Through Science. It is written for the educated non-scientist who may be troubled by apparent conflicts between science and religion. After a survey of evidence for belief from fields of astronomy, physics, biology and paleontology, Dr. Martin introduces original material from organic chemistry, cleverly illustrated for your understanding. He concludes that science is not the enemy of faith, but its modern source of revelation.

Farm Tour

Meet at Sloan Music Building Parking Lot 
Walk the fields with farm manager Theresa Allen as she shows you the fresh, naturally grown local produce and beautiful flowers that the college's Dining Services staff use daily. Don't miss this chance to learn all about Davidson's 108-acre farm.

Harry L. Vance Athletic Center Tour
Meet at Vance Lobby, Harry L. Vance Athletic Center
Associate Director of Athletics Scott Applegate will be leading a tour of Davidson’s newest athletic facility, made possible by gifts issued by Samuel and Ann Vance Ginn, in honor of Ann’s father, Harry L. Vance ’26. Space on the tour will be limited to 20 guests. 

An Introduction to Hand Lettering*
Chambers 1027
Join Laney Schenk '12 as she covers the basics of modern hand-lettering techniques, one of this year's most popular art and design trends. We will cover the process behind creating modern lettering, basic tools, composition and lots of practice! This class includes a workbook to keep practicing and the tools you need to expand on your lettering. No experience necessary! Space in this class will be limited to 35 guests. 

Welcome Bach: The WDAV Studio Tour*
Newell House, 423 N. Main St. 
Join us for an inside look at the WDAV station. This tour will include a history of the studio as you visit the Music Library, Edit Suites, the John Clark Performance Studio and the Wilton and Catherine Connor Broadcast Studio.

What's Wrong with Healthcare and What Can We Do to Fix It?
Chambers 2068 
Healthcare spending has gone from nine percent of GDP in 1987 to nearly 18 percent today, but the product we are getting for that enormous investment often doesn't justify the spend. Join Dan Murrey '87 to discuss the forces driving the increasing cost without commensurate quality improvements and consider a number of hopeful developments that just may turn things around. 

Friday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Basketball, Politics and Religion: My Proudest Moments
Chambers 2084
Join Eric Minkin '72, former Davidson basketball player coached by Lefty Driesell and Terry Holland, as he talks about his life-changing experience as a part of the amazing Israeli basketball team that defeated the Russians against all odds for the European Olympics Championship in 1977 amidst incredible international turmoil. ("On the Map", the movie that highlights this amazing moment in history, will be shown in its entirety Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Hance Auditorium.)

Beyond Main St.: Summit Coffee Grows Up
Summit Outpost, Patterson Court
Join Brian Helfrich '07 as he walks through the evolution of Summit Coffee, from the 18-year-old cafe in Davidson to a national coffee roasting and retail operation. Brian will explain how Summit chose to restructure, reorganize and rebrand in the push from Good to Great. The class also will delve into Brian's practical use of his Davidson education, how that applies to work as an entrepreneur, and how Summit is working with Davidson College now to foster a new generation of business leaders.

Campus Tour
Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St. 
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

More Than Child's Play*

Chambers 1062
Join our resident PlayScientist, Dr. Alison Bryant '97 as she takes us on an interactive journey of play today. She will discuss the critical importance of play across the lifespan and the science behind it; what we need to know - as parents, grandparents, and citizens - about the role it takes in learning, development, and healthy living; and how we can best use our ever-present media and technology to play better. 

The Pursuit of Happiness: Why Is It So Darn Hard? 

Chambers 1006
Former Davidson History Department Chair David Shi returns in this multi-disciplinary analysis of the ways Americans over the centuries have defined, pursued, grasped and lost happiness. Listeners will be provoked to consider their own notions of the good life — and perhaps revise them.

Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

An Afternoon with Davidson Athletics: Soccer*
Alumni Soccer Stadium, 405 Ridge Rd. 
Join men's soccer coach Matt Spear '93 at the Charlie Slagle Locker Room in Alumni Stadium. Matt will speak about men's soccer, the team, the recruits, athletics in the Atlantic 10 Conference and his team's 2016 fall season that included a win over Duke. After the talk, those present may play, balls and goals will be provided.

Astronautics 101
Hance Auditorium, Chambers 
Looking for an out of this world experience? Join Tom Marshburn '82 as he shares his experiences as an astronaut and physician, describes living and working in space, and provides a glimpse of the rapidly approaching new frontier of human travel and exploration. 

The Davidson College Campus Sculpture Program

Meet in the atrium of the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center
This back-to-school option is a tour of the college's ever-expanding collection of sculpture on campus with Cort Savage, professor of art, beginning with Auguste Rodin's Jean d'Aire and ending with Jésus Moroles' Spirit Waves Fountain.

Farm Tour
Meet at Sloan Music Building Parking Lot 
Walk the fields with farm manager Theresa Allen as she shows you the fresh, naturally grown local produce and beautiful flowers that the college's Dining Services staff use daily. Don't miss this chance to learn all about Davidson's 108-acre farm.

NFL Capology 101 
Chambers 1003
Numbers play an extremely important role in building an NFL team. A player’s measurements, testing results, stats and on-field production certainly are valuable, but this course will dive into the other numbers game – salary cap management. Capology is the study of the science of salary caps, the rules regulating the total amount of player compensation according to each team. With this course, you will gain a better understanding of key strategies and practices used by NFL teams to manage the salary cap. Under the guidance of Jackie Davidson '02, you will get a hands-on experience of what it is like to be a cap analyst and build an NFL Roster.

Magic of Chemistry*
Wall 335 
Is it magic or science? Come check out all of the wonders of science in this family-friendly back-to-school class led by Prof. Durwin Striplin.

Friday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

An Afternoon with Davidson Athletics: Basketball*
Belk Arena, Baker Sports Complex 
Join men's associate head basketball coach Matt McKillop '06 and assistant coach Will Reigel '12 along with other former and current Wildcat basketball players for an "open gym" in Belk Arena. Talk with members of the men's basketball coaching staff about the team, recruiting and the program's transition to the Atlantic 10 Conference. Bring your children or your basketball shoes to shoot around and have the chance to meet and play with current players on Davidson's team.

Campus Tour
Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St. 
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

Diversity at Davidson: A Q&A with the Director of Multicultural Affairs
Chambers 1046
Join a Director of Multicultural Affairs Dr. Tae-Sun Kim to learn about Davidson's initiatives designed to build and sustain our diverse community. 

The Hub @ Davidson: How YOU Can Get Involved
Chambers 1006
Davidson recently unveiled The Hub @ Davidson, a cutting-edge facility that aims to both connect with and help build a vibrant Lake Norman-area technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship community. Join Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hannah Levinson to learn more about The Hub @ Davidson and how Davidson continues to reimagine a liberal arts education for the 21st century. 

Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Alternative Energy
Chambers 1006
Join Harrison Wellford '62, Chairman of Wellford Energy, for a discussion about alternative energy. Harrison has spent 25 years in the alternative energy and political arenas as a Presidential advisor, policy analyst and advocate, senior executive of clean tech companies, entrepreneur and regulatory and project finance lawyer.

Campus Tour
Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St.  
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

Davidson in the Poet's Eye
Chambers 1062
Professor Emeritus Tony Abbott will read, recite and discuss poems he's written over a 40-year period, all on the subject of Davidson life. The session will begin with an introductory five-minute video filmed on campus this past fall and shown at the Raleigh award ceremony at which Professor Abbott won the N.C. Award in Literature for 2015.

"On the Map" Movie Screening
Hance Auditorium, Chambers 
"On the Map" tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic Massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Eric Minkin '72 was a part of the team and is presenting a Back-to-School class on Friday. 

Superbugs: The Rise of Untreatable Infections and What We Can Do About It
Chambers 1027
Join Dr. Arjun Srinivasan ’92, Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as he discusses his work to prevent healthcare associated infections and improving antibiotic use.   

*While children are invited to all classes, this one is especially kid-friendly.