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Schedule of Events

A live video stream of the Inauguration ceremony will be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Thursday, October 15

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ursinus Faculty Salon:  Relationships and Experiences
Myrin LIbrary, Ursinus College

Ursinus faculty and staff share personal narratives about relationships and experiences that have inspired them and shaped their lives and their work.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fall Exhibitions Reception
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Enjoy a night at the Berman Museum that celebrates the museum’s current exhibitions and explores dynamic relationships between artistic disciplines with a special performance by students in the Ursinus Theater and Dance Senior Seminar.

Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now

The Berman Museum holds more works by British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914–2003) in its collection than any other institution in North America. Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now juxtaposes Chadwick’s important work with drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs made by a select group of international contemporary artists.

Aftermath: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz

After September 11, 2001, photographer Joel Meyerowitz documented “the pile,” as the Ground Zero site in New York City came to be known, and the courageous people who were working on recovery efforts inside it. Aftermath presents fifty wrenching images from this moving historical record.

On the Brink of Now - 6 p.m.

Ursinus Junior/Senior Seminar students explore relationships and experiences in the Art of Now in a series of dance and theater pieces, staged in the Berman Sculpture Garden and throughout the museum. The student work is produced, directed, and co-choreographed by Ursinus Professor of Dance and Chair of the Theater and Dance Department, Karen Clemente.

Friday, October 16

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Inquiry and Innovation
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center 

Inquiry and innovation are fundamental components of the Ursinus College experience. This session will feature a series of short, dynamic talks by faculty members, students and invited guests to foster campus-wide discussion of inquiry and innovation from a variety of perspectives.

Ursinus welcomes Jamaica Kincaid and Abhi Nemani as featured guests.

Jamaica Kincaid is an award-winning Caribbean American writer whose essays, stories, and novels are evocative portrayals of family relationships and her native Antigua.

Abhi Nemani, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles helped build, launch, and run the national non-profit, Code for America, a technology organization dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century.


Opening Remarks
President Brock Blomberg

Jamaica Kincaid

What About The Elephants? The Value of Asking The Unaddressed Questions
Susanna Throop

Changing the Culture Of Concussions: Multifaceted Approach
Joel Bish

Innovation and Liberal Education: Social Change In Action
Dorinda Ma

Turntables in The Classroom: Reflections On How DJ’ing And Teaching Inform One Another
Ed Onaci

Quiddity, Questioning, Quality: Why Does the Ursinus Experience Matter?
Ed Malandro

Christopher, “The Great Teacher:” Adversity to Inspiration
Lisa Grossbauer

A New Kind of Public Service
Abhi Nemani

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Reception prior to Inauguration
Floy Lewis Bakes Field House

Enjoy a luncheon prior to the installation ceremony. Advance registration is requested.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Installation of Brock Blomberg, 17th President
Floy Lewis Bakes Field House

Brock Blomberg is officially installed as the 17th president of Ursinus College. Advance registration is requested. 

4:00 p.m.

Light Reception

Join the Ursinus community in welcoming President Blomberg on the green outside Floy Lewis Bakes Center


Inaugural Gala

Campus Community and Invited Guests

Saturday, October 17

11:00 a.m.

Homecoming Festivities
Throughout Campus
Check out our full schedule of Homecoming Events

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Model UN Reunion and Tribute to the Hon. Joseph H. Melrose, Jr.

Red Alcove, Wismer Center
Did you know that students at Ursinus have been participating in Model United Nations for 50 years? If you are one of the hundreds of Ursinus students who have served as delegates to NMUN, please join us to celebrate. We will also remember Ambassador Melrose, an invaluable and beloved leader of the program. Advanced registration is requested. 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Reception with Retired Faculty & Staff

President’s House
99 East 9th Avenue, Collegeville, PA

Finish out the day of Homecoming festivities by reconnecting with your former professors and retired staff! Advance registration is requested. 

4:00 p.m.

50th Edition of Lantern Reading and Reception
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Terrace

Literature lovers, join Dr. Jon Volkmer for a reading of The Lantern. Students will be reading their works. Light refreshments offered. Advance registration is requested.

4:00 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Concert
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center 

The Ursinus Jazz Ensemble program will feature a mix of jazz styles, from classic jazz standards to modern and Latin. Included in the program will be an arrangement by senior music major Derek Burtraw, a flugelhorn feature by senior Noah Baker and a jazz drum set “drum off.” Be sure to join us for this free event, no ticket needed!

Sunday, October 18

4:00 p.m.

Alan Morrison Organ Recital
Bomberger Auditorium