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2019 Reunion Events Schedule

Campus Resources

Welcome Center
Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House
The official check-in location for the weekend. Stop in if you have any questions about your weekend registration. Lost and found is also located here.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

Wildcat Pit Stop
Carole and Marcus Weinstein Center, Duke Residence Hall
In a hurry? Stop by to grab water or reunion information. Need to slow down? Sit, visit with friends and enjoy the air conditioning!
Friday: 1 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 8 to 11 a.m.

Gallery Open  
Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center (VAC)

Stop by and view the latest exhibits: the Smith Gallery will feature a group show of art majors from the Class of 2020 and the Van Avery Gallery will feature an exhibition entitled Recent Acquisitions.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 4 p.m.

Joshua T. Harris '94: A Common Man with an Uncommon Desire to Succeed
Hamilton W. McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center
Visit Davidson's newest academic building and take time to view artwork by the late Josh Harris '94. The exhibition showcases paintings completed during Josh's time at Davidson and in the following years before he enlisted as a Navy SEAL. Josh died for his country August 30, 2008 during a SEAL Team mission on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The exhibit is open for all Reunion guests.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oasis
Chaplain's Office, 4th Floor Alvarez College Union
You are invited to visit The Oasis, a reflection, meditation and prayer space provided by the Chaplain's Office.
Friday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 7 

50th Reunion Opening Session and Lunch
Check-in begins at 9 a.m.; Program 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Members of the Class of 1969 are invited to join classmates for this special session to kick off their 50th Reunion. 

Lunch in Town
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Alumni and their families are invited to enjoy one of the many local eateries. View list of local businesses and discounts.

Back-to-School Classes and Tours
1 to 3:15 p.m.
Various Locations
Recapture the heart of the Davidson 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 pique the curiosity and interest of Reunion-goers of all ages. View list of classes, times and locations.

Game Changers Panel
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center
This interactive program features a few Davidson College Game Changers. Hear from just a few of the incredible alumni highlighted during the current Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign.
Our panelists are:

  • Renier Brentjens ’89, Director, Cellular Therapeutics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Laurie Ballenger '89, General Counsel & Secretary, The Donohoe Companies
  • Jim Fuller ’64, Attorney and former NC Court of Appeals Judge
  • Andrew Lovedale ’09, Founder,  Access to Success

Director of Parent Giving, Chris Alexander, formerly the director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, will moderate.

Learn about their remarkable careers and how their Davidson experiences prepared them to be pioneers in their fields and make a real difference in their communities and around the world. Read more Game Changers stories. 

Academic Departments/Faculty and Center for Career Development Open House
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union
Join us to connect with current and retired faculty and administrators from various academic departments. While there stop by to meet the team in the Center for Career Development and learn about the numerous ways the team is supporting Davidson students and early career alumni on their professional journeys. 

A Celebration of Giving (Invitation Only) 
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mauzé Terrace, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center

Rain Location: Hamilton W. McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center
Members of the Ne Ultra Society honoring leadership giving and the Maxwell Chambers Society honoring planned giving are invited to attend this special reception.  Invitations will be mailed to members of these giving societies. 

Camp Reunion
6 to 10 p.m.
Lake Norman YMCA (21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius) 
Camp Reunion will be hosted by the Lake Norman YMCA and will provide dinner and a variety of activities for children and teenagers ages 0-14.  Visit Children's Activities and Childcare for more information.

Shabbat Services
6 to 7 p.m.
Temple Kol Tikvah (605 South St.)
Join Temple Kol Tikvah and the entire Lake Norman Jewish Community in Friday evening Shabbat services. 

5th - 35th Reunions BBQ Dinner
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Vail Commons and Patio
Join other reunion classes to enjoy delicious barbeque and an open beer and wine bar at this casual celebration. Find classmates near your class banner!

40th - 60th Reunions Class Dinners
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The class dinner is the highlight of Reunion Weekend. Come ready to reminisce, participate in the class photo and enjoy a special evening with classmates. Open bar included. 

  • Class of 1959: Red Ventures, Harry L. Vance Athletic Center
  • Class of 1964: 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
  • Class of 1969: Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
  • Class of 1974: Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Centre
  • Class of 1979: Nisbet Lobby, Baker Sports Complex

All-Reunion Late-Night Hangout (featuring live music)
Vail Commons and Patio
9 p.m. to Midnight
Bring your classmates and spend time catching up while enjoying music and hanging out with friends. Beer and wine will be available.

Saturday, June 8

Alumni Cake Race
8 a.m.
Baker Sports Complex Plaza
Rain Plan: Cancelled

Join in this family-friendly tradition for a 1.6 mile run around campus. Cakes will be awarded to the top runners!

Celebration of Jerry Putnam and the Putnam Endowed Biology Fund
8-9 a.m.

Hamilton W. McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center
Join us to celebrate the establishment of the Dr. Jeremiah L. Putnam Endowed Biology Fund! We welcome alumni to toast to Jerry's career, retirement, and the legacy of this new fund-- that was made possible by the fundraising efforts of his grateful students.

Various Class Gatherings
Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Several classes have activities planned by their reunion committees. Refer to your class-specific schedule provided in your Welcome Center packet for more information.

  • Class of 1969 Memorial
    9-10:15 a.m.
    Lingle Chapel, Davidson College Presbyterian Church
  • Class of 1979 Memorial and Meeting
    9-10:15 a.m.
    Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center (Old 900 Room)
  • Class of 1984 Breakfast
    8:30-10:15 a.m.
    Home of Jeff and Cambria Melton Nielsen '84 (212 N. Downing Street, Davidson)
  • Class of 1989 Champagne Brunch
    8:30-10 a.m.
    Home of George '87 and Barbara Matheny Guise '89 (105 College Drive, Davidson)

Davidson College Labyrinth: 10th Anniversary Celebration
9 to 10 a.m.
Labyrinth, In Hobart Park (behind the athletic field scoreboard, between Faculty Drive and Baker Drive)

Rain Location: Cancelled
Everyone is invited to celebrate the Davidson College Labyrinth turning 10-years-old! Come enjoy a quiet, meditative walk on the labyrinth, learn more about its use as a meditative tool, and its history and role in the Davidson community. If you have a personal connection and/or want to learn more about how you can get involved in the celebration, please email Lauren Cunningham '09.

Campus Tours
9 to 10 a.m.
Select one of the many tours offered highlighting various parts of the Davidson College campus. 

Shabbat Services
9:30 a.m. to Noon
Temple Kol Tikvah (605 South St.)
Join Temple Kol Tikvah and the entire Lake Norman Jewish Community for Saturday morning Tanach study. 

Avant Garde Check-in
10 to 10:30 a.m.

Behind Elm Row, Near the Old Well
Rain Location: 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Members of the Avant Garde (those celebrating their 55th Reunion and beyond) are encouraged to check-in prior to attending any activities.  

Academic Building Visits
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tour the open academic buildings. Chambers Building, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, E.H. Little Library, Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Watson Life Sciences (Baker-Watt Science Complex) and Sloan Music Center (formerly the Student Union and library) will be open to explore. Please note that some of the classrooms will be locked due to set up for academic summer camps or safety rules. 

Remembrance Ceremony at War Memorials
10:30 to 11 a.m.
Behind Elm Row, Near the Old Well 

Rain Plan: 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Join us as we honor deceased alumni veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.  

A Conversation with President Carol Quillen
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Join us to hear from President Quillen about key college initiatives and updates. A time for Q&A will follow her remarks.

Avant Garde Lunch and Induction Ceremony
12:30 to 2 p.m. 
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Those celebrating their 55th Reunion and beyond are invited for a lunch and induction ceremony for new members of the Avant Garde.

5th Reunion Meetup at the Lake
UPDATE: The Lake Campus is open and attendees MUST park in a parking space. Classmates have the option of enjoying either the Lake Campus or the rain location, Boatyard Eats.
12:30 to 5 p.m.
Lake Campus 
(152 Lake Campus Drive)
Rain Plan: Meet up at BoatYard Eats (18418 Statesville Road, Cornelius)
Grab some food at your favorite local eatery, bring it along with you and come enjoy an afternoon of fun at the Lake Campus! 

10th - 50th Reunions Picnic and Lawn Party
12:30 to 2 p.m. 
Chambers Lawn
Rain Plan:
Baker Sports Complex
Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of food and fun on the lawn. You can purchase lunch through reunion registration or bring your own. Check out the activities, including bounce houses, snow cone machines and games. Look for your class reunion banner!

Service Project: Give a Kid a Birthday
12:30 to 2 p.m. 
Chambers Lawn
Rain Plan:
Baker Sports Complex
Let’s make a child’s birthday party extra special! Come by the tent at the Picnic and Lawn Party to pack birthday bags for Bright Blessings, an organization that works to throw birthday parties for homeless and impoverished children living in the greater Charlotte area.

Various Class Gatherings
Beginning at 2:15 p.m.
Several classes have activities planned by their reunion committees. Refer to your class-specific schedule provided in your Welcome Center packet for more information.

  • Class of 1974 Trivia Competition
    2:15-3:45 p.m.
    The Hurt Hub (Across Main Street, next to Brickhouse Tavern)
  • Class of 1979 Gathering with Freshman Hallmates and Counselors
    3:15-4:30 p.m.
    Icehouse (416 S. Main Street, Davidson)
  • Class of 1984 Social Gathering
    2:30-4:30 p.m.
    Carrburritos (445 S. Main Street, Davidson)
  • Class of 1989 Band Party
    2:15-4:30 p.m.
    Summit Outpost (120 Patterson Court Circle)
  • Class of 1994 Memorial, followed by a Social Gathering
    2:15-4:30 p.m.
    Wall Academic Center Hamilton W. McKay Atrium and Brickhouse Tavern (209 Delburg Street, Davidson)
  • Class of 1999 Social Gathering
    2:15-4:30 p.m.
    Summit Coffee (128 South Main Street, Davidson)
  • Class of 2004 Family Frolics
    2:15-4:30 p.m.
    Grassy area at Former Covington Tennis Courts (across from Rusk Eating House and Kappa Alpha Order)

    Rain Plan: Sprinkle Room (4th Floor), Alvarez College Union
  • Class of 2009 Social Gathering
    2:15-4:30 p.m.
    Mandolino's (208 S. Main Street, Davidson)

Back-to-School Classes and Tours
2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Recapture the heart of the Davidson experience-time spent learning in the classroom. Come hear from fellow alumni, faculty, community members and other Davidson notables on a wide variety of topics, in numerous formats, designed to pique the curiosity and interest of Reunion-goers of all ages. View list of classes, times and locations.

Alumni of Color Reception
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Black Student Coalition House, Patterson Court
Join alumni and other members of the campus community to explore one of our crucial spaces. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be served. 

Gay-Straight Alumni Network of Davidson (GSAND) Reception
5 to 6 p.m.
Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice, Patterson Court (formerly the Multicultural House)
Join college staff and other members and allies of the LGBTQ community at Davidson. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be served.

Camp Reunion
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Lake Norman YMCA (21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius) 
Camp Reunion will be hosted by the Lake Norman YMCA and will provide dinner and a variety of activities for children and teenagers ages 0-14.  Visit Children's Activities and Childcare for more information.

40th - 50th Reunions BBQ Dinner
7 to 10 p.m.
Vail Commons and Patio
Join other reunion classes to enjoy delicious barbeque, an open beer and wine bar and music at this casual celebration. Find classmates near your class banner! 

5th - 35th Reunions Class Dinners
7 to 10 p.m.
The class dinner is the highlight of Reunion Weekend. Come ready to reminisce, participate in the class photo and enjoy a special evening with classmates. Open beer and wine bar included.

  • Class of 1984: Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union
  • Class of 1989: Nisbet Lobby, Baker Sports Complex
  • Class of 1994: Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Centre
  • Class of 1999: Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
  • Class of 2004: 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
  • Class of 2009: Tent @ Martin Lawn
  • Class of 2014: Tent @ Old Covington Tennis Courts

All-Reunion After-Party (featuring a DJ)
10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Vail Commons and Patio
The party is just getting started! Continue celebrating at this festive event featuring dancing and a lounge for those wishing to enjoy both music and conversation with classmates. Includes open beer and wine bar.

Sunday, June 9

Farewell Brunch
9 a.m. to Noon
Vail Commons
Visit Vail Commons to finish your weekend with a traditional Sunday brunch.

Worship Services
11 a.m.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Elizabeth Franklin Keeler ’89, Assistant to the Rector, Christ Church, Georgetown, Washington, DC,
will serve as the Guest Preacher.
See more information on area houses of worship

On-Campus Housing Check-Out Deadline
Noon
Residents must be out of their rooms and have returned their keys and CatCards through the drop boxes in their residence hall lounges, at the Welcome Center or in Vail Commons.