Schedule of Events

Homecoming and Family Weekend
Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21:

Open Classes with Students

9 a.m. 

MATH 451: Discrete Morse Theory 

Discrete Morse theory is a branch of mathematics that blends geometry counting ideas and properties in order to study objects which very little structure is known.

10 a.m.

BIO 306: Human Physiology - FULL

This course covers the function of the human body at a molecular, cellular, organ and organism level.

11 a.m.

CHEM 105: General Chemistry - FULL

A study of the principles of chemistry. Topics include structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, inorganic reactions, thermochemistry, and solutions. 

 MATH 311: Analysis I

An introduction to the real number system and set operations; theoretical treatment of supremum, infimum, countability, sequences, limits, continuity, and differentiability. Emphasis on writing mathematical proofs.

STAT 141: Introductory Statistics FULL

 Topics include an introduction to the nature of statistical reasoning, graphical and descriptive statistics, and design of experiments, sampling methods, probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and statistical inference based on confidence intervals and hypothesis tests.

POL 242: Introduction to Comparative Politics - FULL

An introduction to the real number system and set operations; theoretical treatment of supremum, infimum, countability, sequences, limits, continuity, and differentiability. Emphasis on writing mathematical proofs.

Noon 

EDUC 310: Educational Theory and Philosophy

A study in the theories and philosophies that have shaped educational practice and policy, both historically and in current times

 2:30 p.m.

PHYS 310: Astrophysics

Some of the concepts we will explore include: seasonal and geographic changes to the night sky; celestial mechanics; properties and measurement of Electromagnetic Radiation; heat, energy, and thermodynamic systems; exoplanets and planet formation; stellar astrophysics; and techniques in computational astrophysics.

 

Conversations About and Across Difference

Noon - 1 p.m.

Weekly campus “Conversations About and Across Difference” lunches offer opportunities for the entire Ursinus community to practice discussing important issues that affect us in personal ways.

 Attend a special conversation for parents and alumni with one of UC’s favorite professors, Kelly Sorensen, associate professor of philosophy and religion and associate dean of academic affairs. Professor Sorensen will be leading a conversation, “What pundits say and what our own direct experience says about distinctive features of the current generations of college students, and what these features mean for teaching strategies.”

 

Common Intellectual Experience Classes

1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Attend a Common Intellectual Experience (CIE) class tailored to Homecoming and Family Weekend guests. Courses will center on bringing academic inquiry to bear on the four central questions of an Ursinus education: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do?

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. CIE class taught by Dr. Talia Argondezzi, director, writing and speaking program.

“The world is too much with us; late and soon” by William Wordsworth and “London” by William Blake. The English Romantic poets were concerned that modern life was destroying human happiness—and that was two hundred years ago. Have we solved the problems that inspired their poetry?

3:00 - 4:15 p.m. CIE class taught by Dr. Ellen Dawley, professor of biology

Medea by Euripides, written in the 5th Century BC, is a striking exposition of human psychology.  While it may seem an over-the-top tragedy, it rings true on several themes: what men and women want from each other; the joys and disappointments of parenthood.

 

HEART Lab Open House

1 - 3 p.m.

Stop by to learn about the ongoing studies being completed by Health & Exercise Physiology majors at UC. Past studies have included Cardiovascular Health in Division III Athletes, Blood Flow Velocities and Cardiovascular Health and Effects of Yoga on Blood Pressure.

Innovation and Discovery Center Tour

2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tour UC’s brand new 42,500 square foot IDC which houses the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good as well as the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies. Experience first-hand the smart classrooms, idea labs and maker spaces, and see how this facility will support the unique multidisciplinary nature of a UC liberal arts education.

Sculpture Walking Tour

3 p.m.

Ursinus College’s love of art is clear from the moment you step on campus. Join a student-led tour of the sculptures throughout campus and learn the meaning behind this beautiful collection. 

Internships: The Student Experience

3 p.m.

A panel of students will describe their recent internship experiences. Each student will share their internship journey and describe what they learned. Join us to learn about these transformative experiences. 

Chemistry Tea

3:30 p.m.

Connect with chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology majors over tea and refreshments in Pfahler Hall, Room 202. 

Campus Walking Tours

3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Get reacquainted with Ursinus’s campus during your visit. The tours will depart from the Admission Office with an Admission tour guide. 

Center for International Programs Student and Young Alumni Discussion

4 p.m.

Hear from Ursinus graduates as well as current students who have taken advantage of the opportunity to explore the world through study abroad at Ursinus. 

Matthias Schaller: Das Meisterstück

4:30 p.m.

Join Berman Museum director Charlie Stainbeck for a guided tour of the German artist Matthias Schaller’s Das Meisterstück (The Masterpiece). Each photograph documents the paint palettes of legendary artists - Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Natalia Concharova, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, among others. Schaller’s photographs stage a conversation between artists and between media, while providing invaluable insight into each artist’s use of color, organization, of space and facture.

Shabbat Dinner

6 p.m.

Alumni, parents and friends of Ursinus are invited to join us at Hillel House, located off of Main Street and 6th Avenue, for a special community Shabbat Dinner to help kick off weekend festivities and learn more about Jewish Life efforts on campus. We invite you to see our on campus space, take part in traditional blessings and meet students actively involved in the Hillel and Jewish Studies programs.   

Faculty Salon & Reception

6 - 7:30 p.m.                  

Faculty will offer brief vignettes representing their field of expertise in a uniquely engaging format. Enjoy wine and light fare while mingling with members of the Ursinus faculty and the Parents Leadership Council. Sponsored by the Parents Leadership Council.

Grizzly Gala

7:30 - 10:30 p.m. 

Start your weekend off right and get your groove on with fellow alumni, parents, students, staff and faculty at our annual cocktail party. Enjoy wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and fab food all while dancing to the sounds of the Slippery Band. Cocktail attire suggested.

Saturday, September 22:

Lawyer Alumni/ Pre-Law Student Breakfast Networking Event

9:30 a.m.

Get together with fellow and future attorneys over breakfast before the big game!

Admission Event for Legacy Families and Friends

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Join members of the Admission Office for a light breakfast and information session. They will provide tips on how to conduct a successful college search and offer insight into the application process. Open to all UC families with students in high school. To register, please use the following link: https://admission.ursinus.edu/visit/

Admission interviews for seniors are also available at 11 a.m. and noon. To schedule interview appointments, please call 610-409-3200.

Campus Walking Tours

10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Get reacquainted with Ursinus’s campus during your visit. The tours will depart from the Admission Office with an Admission tour guide. 

Innovation and Discovery Center Tour

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tour UC’s brand new 42,500 square foot IDC which houses the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good as well as the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies. Experience first-hand the smart classrooms, idea labs and maker spaces, and see how this facility will support the unique multidisciplinary nature of a UC liberal arts education.

UC Photo Scavenger Hunt

10 a.m. - noon

Test your UC knowledge with this photo scavenger hunt run by UC’s Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) organization.

 Peer Advocates Brunch

10-11:30 a.m.

All current student Peer Advocates along with their families as well as Peer Advocate Alumni are welcome to join Debbie Nolan, Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, at her home to connect over brunch.

Reunion Celebration: Class Reunion Brunch

10:30 a.m. - noon

Blackbox Theater, The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center
Classes of 2018, 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983 and 1978 – reunite with your classmates for memories and mimosas before the big tailgate! Enjoy a buffet-style brunch with alumni from your graduating class.

CoSA: Celebration of Student Achievement

11 a.m. - noon

Learn about what our students are researching! Hear from students who studied abroad, participated in Summer Fellows, students in the FUTURE program and students who are civically engaged.

Ursinus Family Tailgate

Noon - 4 p.m.

All members of the UC Family are invited to the official UC tailgate! Enjoy several different local brews from Sly Fox Brewing Company and a barbecue buffet.

Class and Organization Reunions 
Is your class year or organization celebrating a reunion? We’ll be providing space for you to catch up with your peers while you enjoy Ursinus Family Tailgate!

Cubs Corner

Noon - 4 p.m.

Bringing the cubs? The Cubs’ Corner will have children’s activities, face painting and more! All children’s activities are free.

Sculpture Walking Tour

2 p.m.

Ursinus College’s love of art is clear from the moment you step on campus. Join a student-led tour of the sculptures throughout campus and learn the meaning behind this beautiful collection. 

Café Nia, sponsored by Sankofa Umoja Nia

4 p.m.

Enjoy speakers, music and dance performances from student groups and share a meal.

Catholic Mass, St. Eleanor’s Parish

4:30 p.m.

Ursinus has a long-standing relationship with St. Eleanor’s Parish in Collegeville. They invite the UC community to attend Catholic Mass. 

St. Eleanor’s Parish, 647 Locust Street Collegeville, PA

Coffee House featuring Kendal Conrad ’14

5 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy a cup of coffee while enjoying musical selections by singer-songwriter Kendal Conrad ’14. Kendal has opened for Easton Corbin, performed with Keith Urban, and played the Wells-Fargo Center as well as The White House.

Shuttle to Phoenixville

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Hop on board our shuttle buses to experience nightlife in the surrounding vibrant neighborhood of Phoenixville.

Sunday, September 23:

Catholic Mass, St. Eleanor’s Parish

7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.

Ursinus has a long-standing relationship with St. Eleanor’s Parish in Collegeville. They invite the UC community to attend Catholic Mass. 

Brunch with the President and Academic Dean

11 a.m.

Enjoy a  brunch with President Brock Blomberg and Dr. Mark Schneider in Wismer before departing campus.  

*Please note that this schedule subject to change.

Chapel Service

Noon

Join Reverend Terri Ofori and members of the Ursinus Community for chapel service in the Bomberger Meditation Chapel.