Join us in October, along with more than 1,000 alumni, parents, and friends of Colby who will return to Mayflower Hill for Family Homecoming Weekend. Family Homecoming Weekend offers academic events, athletic games, and performances open to the general public. Most events are free of charge. To register for Family Homecoming Weekend,

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Schedule of Events: Oct. 17-19, 2014

This is a tentative schedule. Check back frequently for updates.

#ColbyHome

Friday, Oct. 17
8 a.m.-9
p.m.

Registration and information desk open
Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
8 a.m.-5
p.m.

Selected classes open for visitation
Schedule available at the registration desk.
9 a.m.
Campus tour
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 
10 a.m.
  Campus tour
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 

10 a.m.-
5 p.m.
  Colby Museum of Art open hours
Audio tours available.
Drop in and explore on your own.
11 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Dining hall lunch
Foss and Roberts dining halls open until 2 p.m. Dana dining hall open until 3 p.m.
Pay $7 at the door
Noon-
5 p.m.
  Wine tour and tasting at Tree Spirits in Oakland
Meet Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74 at their winery and distillery five minutes from campus.
Route 23, Oakland
1 p.m.   Campus tour
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 
1-4 p.m.
  Tours of Miller Library Special Collections
Special Collections houses Colby's rare books, literary manuscripts, and College archives. The Special Collections tours will be complemented by Colbiana displays throughout the main floor of Miller Library.
Special Collections, Miller Library
1-5 p.m.
  Open hours for Dean of Students and Campus Life offices
Eustis Administration Building and Cotter Union
2 p.m.
  Campus tour
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide.

2-3 p.m.   Career Center panel: What can CC do for you?
Meet with Career Center staff to learn about new and exciting resources and opportunities related to internships, postgraduate education, and landing the job of your dreams. All welcome.
Room 122, Diamond Building
2-4 p.m.
Miller Library tower tours​
Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 3:45 p.m.)
Tour departs from the front steps of Miller Library.
2-3 p.m.    Career Center panel: What can CC do for you?
Meet with Career Center staff to learn about new and exciting resources and opportunities related to internships, postgraduate education, and landing the job of your dreams. All welcome.
Room 122, Diamond Building
3 p.m.
  Open house for WMHB 89.7 FM and the Colby Echo
WMHB lobby, basement, Roberts Building
3-4 p.m.    Tour of the Colby Museum of Art
Tour begins in the William D. Adams Gallery.
Limited to 20 people. Sign up for the tour at the registration desk in Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. The museum will also be open to drop in and walk through on your own.
3-4 p.m.
  Career panel: Environmental studies
Please join Brandon Kulik ’76, Carol White ’79, Cait Cleaver ’06, Emmie Theberge ’08, Sarah Sorenson ’11, and Steve Erario ’10 as we talk about how environmental studies at Colby brings life to the outside world
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
3:30 p.m.    Science, Technology, and Society Program reception
Outside of Room 100, Lovejoy Building
4 p.m.
  Science, Technology, and Society Program talk: Jim Fleming and Lou McNally
Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Jim Fleming and Emmy-winning broadcast meteorologist Lou McNally will give a lecture titled “Anne Louise Beck (1896-1982): Bringing Bergen Weather Forecasting to the United States.”
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
4-5 p.m.
  Colloquium talk: Triangulating the figure-eight knot complement
The figure-eight knot is one of the simplest knots, but like many more complicated knots, it can be used to do some interesting geometry. Oklahoma State University assistant professor Henry Segerman will describe how the negative space around the knot can be decomposed into two tetrahedra. Time permitting, the computer program SnapPy will be used to show how to calculate lots of interesting information about knots.
Room 201, Davis Science Center
4:15-5:30
p.m.

It's more than a room—It's a residential experience
What halls are available? How do students navigate through room draw? What is a community advisor? Staff members from the Office of Campus Life will answer these questions and more.
Room 122, Diamond Building
5-7 p.m.
Dining hall dinner
Foss and Roberts dining halls
Pay $9 at the door. 
5-8 p.m.
Dining hall dinner
Dana dining hall
Pay $9 at the door.
6:30-8:30
p.m.

Ludy ’21 and Pacy Levine ’27 memorial reception and C Club Colby Night Dinner
The 111th Colby C Club Dinner will feature the presentation of the C Club Person of the Year award to Bill Alfond ’72 and The Carl E. Nelson Award to Mark Serdjenian ’73. Parents and alumni welcome.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $30 ($24 for students).
Page Commons Room, Cotter Union
7 p.m.
The Early Show, first a cappella concert
Performances by the Colby a cappella groups Colby Eight, Colbyettes, Blue Lights, Megalomaniacs, Sirens, EVE, and Mayflower Chill.
Seating is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance, $5. 
Lorimer Chapel
9 p.m.    Family Homecoming Weekend welcome reception
Marchese Blue Light Pub, Cotter Union 
9 p.m.

The Late Show, second a cappella concert
Performances by the Colby a cappella groups Colby Eight, Colbyettes, Blue Lights, Megalomaniacs, Sirens, EVE, and Mayflower Chill.
Seating is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance, $5.
Lorimer Chapel

Fixed dotted line

Saturday, Oct. 18
7-11
a.m.

Dining hall breakfast
Pay $5 at the door. 
Dana Dining Hall
8:30 a.m.
  Blue Light 5K Run
Registration begins at 8 a.m., race begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Colby College welcomes alumni, faculty, staff, students and the general public to the Blue Light 5K Run through Colby's beautiful arboretum. 
$15 (preregistration is required)
Gould Music Shell field (next to the baseball field and behind the observatory)
8 a.m.-
2 p.m. 
  Registration and information desk open
Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center 
9 a.m.
  Outing Club hike up Mount Phillip
A 45-minute hike that’s a 20-minute drive away. The hike is short and gentle and offers great views of the Belgrades—a great opportunity to show parents what the area around Colby is like.
Departs from the Outing Club office, Mary Low Hall
9:45-10:30
a.m.
  Faculty lecture: Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics and Director, Center for the Arts and Humanities Kerill O’Neill 
"Migrations: the 2014-15 Humanities Theme"
The Center for the Arts and Humanities uses an annual theme to engage the community in a rich, deep conversation about one topic through exhibits, speakers, performances, and course work. We highlight the perspective humanities can bring to the chosen theme while actively encouraging participation from all parts of the community on and off campus. The results have been fantastic.
Room 122, Diamond Building
9:45-10:30
a.m.
  Colloquium talk: Rep-tiles, fractal curves, 3D printing, and the fourth dimension
This talk explores the mathematical ideas behind the Mathematics and Statistics Department's new artwork. Its design uses "rep-tiles," shapes that can be subdivided into smaller copies of themselves. A space-filling, fractal curve can be defined by visiting the centers of the tiles in a carefully chosen order. The same kinds of mathematical ideas can be used to make beautiful 3D printed sculptures. Oklahoma State University assistant professor Henry Segerman will also discuss stereographic projection and show how we can use it to make sculptures of four-dimensional objects.
Room 141, Diamond Building
9:45-10:30
a.m.

Life outside the classroom: Navigating new territory 
As parents travel the path with their first-year students, we would like to provide additional stepping stones and resources for student success. Please join an informative panel for tips.
Room 141, Diamond Building

10 a.m.-
noon  ---NOTE NEW TIME

 

Hillel bagel breakfast
Hillel Room, Pugh Center, Cotter Union

10 a.m.   Campus tour
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 
10 a.m.-5 p.m.    Colby Museum of Art open hours
Audio tours available.
Drop in and explore on your own.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.   Family Homecoming Weekend lunch
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $8.
Roberts dining hall
10:30-11:15
a.m. 
  Conversation with President David A. Greene
All welcome
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
11 a.m.-1:30
p.m.
  Family Homecoming Weekend BBQ
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $18.
Tent behind Roberts Building
11 a.m.
  Women’s soccer vs. Hamilton
Colby Soccer Field
11 a.m.
Campus tour 
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 
Tour departs from and returns to the Lunder House.
11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
  Opportunities to study off campus
Panel discussion presented by the Office of Off-Campus Studies.
Room 122, Diamond Building
11:30 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
 

Faculty Lecture: Jen Yoder, Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies
"Merkel, Putin, and Eastern Europe."
German-Russian relations under Merkel and Putin regarding the Ukraine crisis are interesting. The two leaders have spoken dozens of times since the crisis began, and Eastern European countries, especially Poland and the Baltic states, look to Merkel to lead efforts to resolve the crisis and ensure stability in the region. What is next for the two countries and Europe moving forward? 
Room 141, Diamond Building

Noon
  Field hockey vs. Hamilton
Bill Alfond Field
Noon
Men's football vs. Hamilton
Seaverns Field, Harold Alfond Stadium 
Noon-5 p.m.
  Wine tour and tasting at Tree Spirits in Oakland
Meet Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74 at their winery and distillery five minutes from campus.
Route 23, Oakland
1:30 p.m.
  Men’s soccer vs. Hamilton
Colby Soccer Field
1-4 p.m.
  Miller Library Special Collections Open House
Special Collections houses Colby's rare books, literary manuscripts, and College archives. The Special Collections tours will be complemented by Colbiana displays throughout the main floor of Miller Library.
Special Collections, Miller Library
3-4 p.m.
Tour of the Colby Museum of Art
Tour begins in the William D. Adams Gallery.
Limited to 20 people. Sign up for the tour at the registration desk in the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. The museum will also be open to drop in and walk through on your own.
3 p.m.    Alumni of Color Network reception
Pugh Center, Cotter Union 
3-5 p.m.   Miller Library tower tours
Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 4:45 p.m.)
Tour departs from the front steps of Miller Library.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
  East Asian Studies Department reception
Room 423, Lovejoy Building
4 p.m.
  Colby Improv performance
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
4 p.m.   Economics, Government, and Global Studies departments reception 
Atrium, Diamond Building
4-5 p.m.
  President's reception for alumni, parents, faculty, and students
William D. Adams Gallery, Colby Museum of Art
4-5 p.m.
  English Department reception
Room 220, Miller Library
4-5 p.m.
  History Department reception
Bobby Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union
5-6 p.m.
  Samba drumming workshop by Samba New York!
Take advantage of this entry-level workshop offered by Samba New York!—New York City's premier samba performance company. Instruments will be available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructor Philip Galinsky is an ethnomusicologist and percussionist specializing in Brazilian music and founder/director of Samba New York!
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center 
5-8 p.m.

Family Homecoming Weekend buffet dinner 
Pay $9 at the door. 
Roberts dining hall
6-8 p.m.
Colby Alumni Family Legacy Dinner
(by invitation only)
Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center 
7:30 p.m.
Colby on Stage
This high-energy variety show features performances from student clubs, a preview of coming attractions from the Theater and Dance Department’s main-stage season, the popular First Year Dance choreographed by Sara Gibbons ’15, and the talents of the Class of 2018.
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
7:30 p.m.
Samba New York!
The concert will also include a Brazilian dance lesson and demonstration, a short introductory lecture on samba and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval, and a Q&A session.
Lorimer Chapel
  Fixed dotted line
Sunday, Oct. 19
8-11 a.m.
  Dining hall breakfast
Pay $7 at the door.
Dana dining hall
Noon-
5 p.m.
  Colby Museum of Art open hours
Audio tours available.
Drop in and explore on your own.
10 a.m.-
noon NOW SATURDAY
  Hillel bagel breakfast
Hillel Room, Pugh Center, Cotter Union
10 a.m.-
3 p.m.
  REM craft fair
This craft show is a juried exhibit of the work of 70 of Maine's fine artisans.
Champions Fitness Club, Upper Main Street
10:30 a.m.
  German Department brunch
Pay $7 at the door.
Fairchild Room, Dana dining hall

10:30 a.m.
  Catholic Mass
Lorimer Chapel
Noon-12:30 p.m.
 

Ecumenical Christian service
A brief, thoughtful ecumenical Christian service of word, song, and prayer. Followed by lunch. All are warmly welcomed.
Lorimer Chapel

Noon-5 p.m.   Wine tour and tasting at Tree Spirits in Oakland
Meet Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74 at their winery and distillery five minutes from campus.
Route 23, Oakland