Homecoming & Family Weekend

HOMECOMING & FAMILY WEEKEND is the time for students, family, alumni, and faculty to come together to mix and meet, and share in the ever changing experience of Daemen College.  This year we will be featuring several showcase events and activities during the weekend.  We invite you to join the entire Daemen College community this weekend and participate in the festivities.

We hope you will join us November 7 & 8 to enrich your connection with the college community.  Let's celebrate this great little place called Daemen College and the people who have helped to get us where we are today.   We look forward to seeing you in November!

- The 2014 Homecoming & Family Weekend Committee

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 7, 2014 

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM;  Wick Center Cyber Café

Wildcat Welcome TGIF!
A warm "Wildcat Welcome" to our entire Daemen family to this TGIF gathering featuring some Buffalo-themed favorites, including live music by Daemen's own Jeremy Hall and his Ten Cent Howl duo, finger foods, and a selection of fine wines and frothy ales to sample.  We’ll also have a Photo Booth and other attractions, just for the fun of it!  A great chance for students, faculty, families, and alumni to have some fun and meet and greet.   Free Admission.  Hosted by the Daemen College Alumni Ambassadors.

6:30 PM - Cocktails;  Wick Center Social Room
7:00 PM - Dinner

Distinguished Alumni Dinner!
Reserve your seats for this dinner that recognizes several outstanding alumnae/alumni, and also get to meet and mingle with the Presidents of Daemen’s student organizations.  Presale tickets only -- contact the Alumni Relations Office (716-839-8212) for tickets and information.

7:30 PM;  Wick Center Alumni Lounge

Poetry Read!
A new publication edited by Patricia Tansey will be in bookstores soon--an anthology of WNY Poets. Daemen alumni Christina Wos Donnelly and Geoff Gatza, along with professor Peter Siedlecki are included, and there will be readings from some of their works.  Admission is free, but please RSVP at the reservation link on this page.

8:00 PM;  Lumsden Gym

Women's Basketball Exhibition
Come cheer on the women's basketall team in their first exhibition game of the season in our home gym.  Let the Wildcats out of the cage!

8:00 PM;  MusicalFare Theatre

MusicalFare Theatre Presents:

It was a time when Lenox Avenue dives in Harlem were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is the acclaimed Broadway musical revue featuring Fats Waller music of the 1920s and 30s.  Five performers present an evening of rowdy, rollicking, finger-snapping songs that capture the moods of uptown clubs and downtown Tin Pan Alley. 

Call (716) 839-8540 to make your ticket reservations directly with MusicalFare Theatre.  {Ask for the $5 Homecoming & Family Weekend discount off the regular admission cost of $42.}  Tickets are just $15 for high school and college students.
- MusicalFare Theatre on campus

9:00 PM;   Wick Backyard Firepit

Backyard Campfire
Come enjoy the warmth of a campfire, some hot cider, and donuts, while listening to some unplugged acoustic entertainment.  Hosted by Daemen's Greek organizations.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

10:15 AM;  Wick Center Lobby

Wellness Walk
Bring your walking shoes and sign up to start the day with an invigorating walk with members of Daemen’s Health & Wellness Club.   Sign up for either the 5K neighborhood walk, or the 2K on-campus loop.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM;  Wick Center Dining Room

Acoustic Bluegrass Brunch & Market Walk
Enjoy this lively buffet-style brunch featuring musical entertainment by The Pointless Brothers Bluegrass Band, and the incredible illusions of Garrett Thomas.  Several of Daemen’s student organizations, artists, and hobbyists will also have booths and displays set up in a city-style marketplace for your perusal and patronage.  

Tickets for the brunch are only $5.00 presale by November 5; or $6.50 cash-at-the-door.  Current resident students do not need to buy a ticket  {part of board plan}; children under 5 years old are free. Make reservations online (see below).

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Brunch Wick Center Dining Room,
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Meeting: Wick Center Executive Board Room

DC/RHC National Alumni Association Open Meeting
All graduates are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, hosted by the National Board of Governors and the Buffalo Chapter Council.  We will begin at the Entertainment Brunch followed by the meeting in the Executive Board Room. This meeting is also the official installation of the National Board of Governors and the Buffalo Chapter Council.  Our topic is on Leadership and Mentoring, featuring our guest speaker Director of Career Services Maureen Millane, PhD, MBA. The brunch is included for all alumni attending the meeting. Additional guest tickets are available for $5. Please call 716-839-8212 or rsvp@daemen.edu to register.

2:00 PM;  Lumsden Gym

Annual Alumni Women's Basketball Exhibition
Whether a Wildcat or Warrior fan, our alumni players prove that the Daemen spirit stays strong at any age.   Come see our alumni players take on the current student team.

2:00 - 3:00 PM;  Wick Center backyard

Car Decorating Contest!
The annual Homecoming Car Decorating contest will again award $200 to the student group (any group of three or more students) with the best decorated car.  The Student Association Senate will select the winning student group  -- Judging will be based on creativity, craft, design, and overall appeal.   Organizations can sign up in the Student Activities Office, and each entering organization is eligible for up to $25 in decorating supplies (see the Director of Student Activities of details.)

3:00 - 3:50 PM;  Wick Center Alumni Lounge

OPEN LECTURE: Hops and Beer Chemistry
Professor Nicholas Bizier worked for several years as research chemist for the world's largest hops producer and is offering a glimpse into the intriguing science in the art of craft beers.   Admission is free, but please RSVP at the reservation link on this page.

4:00 PM and 8:00 PM;   MusicalFare Theatre (on campus)

MusicalFare Theatre Presents:

It was a time when Lenox Avenue dives in Harlem were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is the acclaimed Broadway musical revue featuring Fats Waller music of the 1920s and 30s.  Five performers present an evening of rowdy, rollicking, finger-snapping songs that capture the moods of uptown clubs and downtown Tin Pan Alley. 

Call (716) 839-8540 to make your ticket reservations directly with MusicalFare Theatre.  {Ask for the $5 Homecoming & Family Weekend discount off the regular admission cost of $42.}  Tickets are just $15 for high school and college students.
- MusicalFare Theatre on campus

5:30 - 7:30 PM;  Wick Dining Room

An Aussie Affair!
The evening begins "down under" with various themed food stations while sampling fine wines, ales, and lighter beverages to the musical accompaniment of  The Hot Club of Buffalo -- WNY's premier Gypsy Jazz ensemble!  

Tickets for the An Aussie Affair are only $7.50 presale by November 5; or $9.25 cash-at-the-door.  Current resident students do not need to buy a ticket {part of board plan}; children under 5 years old are free.  Make reservations online (see below).

6:00 - 7:30 PM;  Wick Center Alumni Lounge

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska The Other Side of the Coin: The Righteous Among the Nations of the World
Dr. Annamaria Orla-Bukowska is a social anthropologist in the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her specialization is Polish Christian-Polish Jewish relations in the 20th various departments of the Jagiellonian but also for the postgraduate programs at the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and The Graduate School for Social Research in Warsaw. Among other places, she has guest lectured in the USA, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Greece, Australia, and Israel.

7:30 PM;  Wick Dining Room

"I Hate Rabbits" with James Galea
This second phase of the evening features the incredible stage show by world-renowned Australian magician James Galea.  He has mesmerized hundreds of audiences across the country and now he's coming to spend a hypnotically entertaining evening at Daemen!  Admission is free.

9:00 PM - 11:30 PM;  Wick Social Room

Casino Night
We slide the party next door to our Social Room transformed into a dazzling Casino Cabaret with live musical entertainment featuring Bentlee Gavin Wright!  Admission is free, and a stack of playing chips is $5.    Try your hand at casino-style games played with chips that get "cashed-in" for lottery tickets to some terrific prizes!   Hosted by Lambda Chi Iota sorority.

Reservations accepted through November 5, 2014 (4:00 PM EST).

 

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