Friday, October 6
Dawn to Dusk Self-Guided Tour of the Arboretum
The Arboretum was established in 1931 and is owned and operated by Connecticut College. This self-guided tour, which begins at the notice board just inside the Williams Street entrance of the Arboretum, is an introduction to the 25-acre collection of trees and shrubs native to eastern North America, and to some of southern New England’s common biological communities. The main trail is approximately two miles long and should take about one hour to complete at a leisurely pace. To download a self-guided tour brochure, please click here. Enjoy your walk and please remember not to collect anything so that plants and animals are available for those who follow!
Arboretum, Williams Street, New London, Connecticut
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Unity House 50th Celebration Exhibit
Experience Unity House's transformative 50-year journey, catalyzing monumental community change. Explore its origin, pivotal milestones, and profound impact as a beacon of unity, diversity, and progress. Join us in celebrating a legacy that has shaped lives and empowered generations.
First Floor Exhibition Area, Charles E. Shain Library
9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Campus Tours
Accompany a student admission tour guide on a 75-minute walking tour of our beautiful arboretum campus. Learn about new campus improvements and see buildings and structures that are hallmarks to generations of alumni. Please reserve your spot in advance by clicking here.
Office of Admission, Horizon House
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Katherine Yaochen Du: I Am Listening Anyway
Beginning from early paintings that probe the artist’s personal and familial history, this exhibition tracks a journey of form-finding that leads the artist towards her ongoing project of locating the complex origins of Chinese-American identity. Research and process on display reveal that for Du, answering this call involves the act of embodying what cannot be found. The exhibition culminates in The Robert Browne, a walk-in cyclorama that immerses the viewer in a story of colonial resistance that took place aboard a 19th-century Connecticut ship. Katherine Yaochen Du joined Connecticut College in 2022 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art. She teaches 2D Fundamentals, Drawing, and Painting courses. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MFA from Yale University.
Joanne Toor Cummings Gallery and Gallery 66, Cummings Arts Center
Noon – 8 p.m. Registration & Welcome Center
Check in at the Registration Desk for important information about this weekend's festivities.
Information Desk, College Center at Crozier-Williams
12:30 – 8 p.m. Men’s Ice Hockey Golf Outing
Please join Men's Ice Hockey alumni for a golf outing at Old Lyme Country Club. Groups will tee off at 12:30 p.m., with dinner to follow. Registration includes 18 holes of golf and dinner. Please click here to register.
Old Lyme Country Club
1 - 3 p.m. LGBTQIA+ Open House
Gender & Sexuality Programs welcomes all alumni and families to visit the LGBTQIA+ Center to learn about current initiatives and celebrate our 15th anniversary. Stop by our Open House to learn more! If you have any questions send us an email at LGBTQIA@conncoll.edu.
LGBTQIA+ Center, Burdick House
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. First-Year Seminar: Family Stories, Cultural Histories
Join Professor Julie Rivkin, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American Studies Professor of English, for a condensed version of her First Year Seminar, Family Stories, Cultural Histories.
Charles Chu Reading Room, Charles E. Shain Library
3 – 4:30 p.m. Summer Science Research Institute Poster Session
Learn about the exciting research done by Conn students during the 2022 Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI), the funded summer research program for natural science students at Conn. Conn students and faculty will be present to describe their research in physics, biology, computer science, psychology, chemistry, botany, and environmental science. Sponsored by the SSRI and the Academic Resource Center.
1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Unity House Workshop: Join the H.E.R.D.
The H.E.R.D. (Helping Emphasize Real Dreams) BIPOC Mentorship program is a comprehensive program designed to bridge the gap between alumni and current students from marginalized communities. Learn more about this impactful program at a casual meet-and-greet with H.E.R.D. mentors and mentees, facilitated by Justin Mendillo '18, Director of Gender & Sexuality Programs and Saveena Dhall '94, Vice President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Charles Chu Reading Room, Charles E. Shain Library
6 p.m. Prism Concert: An Ensemble Sampler
A Fall Weekend Concert featuring the Connecticut College Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. This concert is free and open to the public.
Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center
6:30 p.m. Pizza Shabbat Dinner
Join us for blessings and dinner in the Sukkah as we welcome Shabbat and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Everyone is invited! Sponsored by Connecticut College Hillel & Zachs Hillel House.
Zachs Hillel House
7 p.m. Women's Volleyball vs. Middlebury College
The CC Camels will take on the Middlebury Panthers in Luce Fieldhouse, with a special half-time ceremony celebrating 50 years of the Women's Volleyball Program at Conn.
Luce Fieldhouse & Hall of Fame Room
7:30 p.m. A Cappella Showcase
A performance highlighting one of the College’s oldest traditions. Tickets are not required; seating is abundant.
Tent on Tempel Green
7:30 p.m. Ophelia (Run Amok)
In the spirit of Charles Ludlum’s Ridiculous Theater, an ensemble of women, all named Ophelia, stage a radical remix of William Shakespeare’s excessive tragedy, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. By running amok, they decenter the flailing solipsistic prince from his own no-win all-lose narrative and use Shakespeare’s word-play and theatrical devices to reimagine a new and surprising active role for Ophelia in the rotten state of Denmark. Conceived and directed by Kenny Prestininzi, Associate Professor of Theater.
Tickets: $10; Seniors, Students, CC Faculty & Staff: $5
Tansill Theater, Hillyer Hall