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 a number of events and activities during the weekend including our showcase guest speaker, W. Kamau Bell.  We invite you to join us November 6 & 7, 2015, together with the entire Daemen College community and participate in the festivities.   

Detailed information will be mailed out to students' families in September, with information also posted to our website.  We look forward to seeing you in November!

- The 2015 Homecoming & Family Weekend Committee

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 6, 2015 

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, 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.

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: PAGEANT

An all-time favorite MusicalFare production returns to the stage!  This howlingly hysterical musical is a send-up of beauty pageants where the audience gets to vote on a different winner every night as the six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse.  The female contestants: Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas are all clearly played by men…body hair and all!

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.

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 7, 2015

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

Brunch & Market Walk
Enjoy this lively buffet-style brunch featuring live musical entertainment.  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).

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:  PAGEANT

An all-time favorite MusicalFare production returns to the stage!  This howlingly hysterical musical is a send-up of beauty pageants where the audience gets to vote on a different winner every night as the six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse.  The female contestants: Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas are all clearly played by men…body hair and all!

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.

5:30 - 7:30 PM;  Wick Dining Room

An Afrikan Amerikan Festival! 

The evening begins with a festive promenade of themed food stations featuring both native African and African American cuisine, while sampling fine wines, ales, and lighter beverages to musical performances by Drea D'Nur and Verse, and the The Saakumu Dance Troupe of Ghana.

Tickets for An Afrikan Amerikan Festival are only $7.50 presale by November 4; 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).

7:30 PM;  Wick Dining Room

GUEST SPEAKER:  "The W. Kamau Bell Surve:  Ending Racism in About an Hour"

 

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, his weekly half-hour FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, premiered in August 2012 and became a critically acclaimed but criminally short nightly show in September of 2013 on FX’s new comedy network FXX. The NY Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”

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!  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, 2015 (4:00 PM EST).

 

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