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,

Family Homecoming Registration


FHW 5K Registration

Family Homecoming Weekend Bus

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 till 2 p.m.
Dana dining hall open till 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, post graduate education, and landing the job of your dreams. All welcome.
2-4 p.m.
Miller Library tower tours 
Tour departs from the front steps of Miller Library.
Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 3:45 p.m.)
3 p.m.
  Open house for WMHB 89.7 FM and The Colby Echo
WMHB lobby, basement, Roberts Building
3-4 p.m.
  Career Panel: Environmental Studies
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
4 p.m.
  Science, Technology, and Society 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.” McNally and Fleming tout Beck as “the most important and dynamic meteorologist you have never heard about.”
Room 100, Lovejoy building
4-5 p.m.
  Colloquium talk: Triangulating the figure eight knot complement
The figure 8 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 Building
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 $8 at the door. 
5-8 p.m.
Dining hall dinner
Dana dining hall
Pay $8 at the door.
6:30-8:30
p.m.

Ludy ’21 and Pacy Levine ’27 Memorial Reception and C Club Colby Night Dinner
Parents and alumni welcome
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.
Tickets must be purchased in advance: adults $30, current Colby students $24
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).
Lorimer Chapel

Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early. 
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $5. 
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).
Lorimer Chapel

Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early. 
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $5.
Fixed dotted line

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

Dining hall breakfast
Dana dining hall
Pay $4 at the door. 
8:30 a.m.
  Blue Light 5K Run
5K Registration
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Race begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Colby College welcomes alumni, faculty, staff, and students—as well as the general public—to the Bluye Light 5K Run, held during Family Homecoming Weekend. Join the alumni community in a trail run through Colby's beautiful arboretum. Anyone may participate in this race and we welcome runners of all ages and paces to join the fun.
$15 (pre-registration 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 about 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
10 a.m.-
4 p.m.
  REM Craft Fair
This craft show is a juried exhibit of the work of 70 of Maine's fine artisans.
Champion's Fitness Center, Upper Main Street
10 a.m.-  
5 p.m.

Colby Museum of Art
Audio tours available
Drop in and explore on your own. 
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 and tidbits.
Room 141, Diamond Building
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.-1 p.m.   Family Homecoming Weekend lunch
Roberts dining hall
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $8.
10:30-11:15
a.m. 
  State of the College conversation with President with 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 departs from and returns to the Lunder House 
Tour lasts about an hour and is led by a student tour guide. 
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: Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies Jen Yoder
"Merkel, Putin and Eastern Europe"
Room 141, Diamond Building
Noon
  Field Hockey vs. Hamilton
Bill Alfond Field
Noon
Men's football vs. Hamilton
Seaverns Field, Harold Alfond Stadium 
1:30 p.m.
  Men’s soccer vs. Hamilton
Colby Soccer Field
1-4 p.m.
  Tours of 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 p.m.
Tour of the Colby Museum of Art
Tour begins in the lobby of the museum
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. Museum hours will be posted at registration.
3 p.m.    Alumni of Color Network reception
Pugh Center, Cotter Union 
3-5 p.m.   Miller Library tower tours
Tour departs from the front steps of Miller Library.
Weather permitting. (Last tour starts at 4:45 p.m.)
3:30-4:30 p.m.
  East Asian Studies reception
Room 423, Lovejoy Building
4 p.m.
  Colby Improv performance
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
4 p.m.   Economics, Government, and Global Studies reception 
Atrium, Diamond Building
4-5 p.m.
  President's reception for alumni, parents, faculty, and students
Lobby, 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!
Are you intrigued by Brazilian music, would love to drum like they do in Rio Carnaval, but have no prior musical experience? Then take advantage of this entry-level workshop offered by Samba New York!—New York City's premiere samba performance company! The workshop will begin with a short lecture on the Carnaval samba drumming tradition of Rio de Janeiro, its origins, development, and cultural context. Next, participants will learn the rhythmic structure of samba music and practice playing a simple arrangement as a Bateria—the characteristic percussion ensemble of Rio's famous samba schools. Instruments will be available to participants on a first-come-first-served basis. Instructor Philip Galinsky, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicologist and percussionist specializing in Brazilian music and founder/Director of Samba New York!
Given Auditorium, Bixler Building
5-8 p.m.

Family Homecoming Weekend buffet dinner 
Dana dining hall
Pay $8 at the door. 
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 fresh talents of the class of 2018.
Strider Theater
7:30 p.m.
Samba New York!
One of the foremost Samba groups in the U.S., Samba New York! features percussionists and costumed dancers. 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 question and answer session. Earlier in the day, the Colby community is invited to participate in a special samba percussion master class with Samba New York! director Philip Galinsky and the Samba New York! drummers.
Lorimer Chapel
  Fixed dotted line
Sunday, Oct. 19
8-11 a.m.
  Dining hall breakfast
Pay $7 at the door.
Dana dining hall
10 a.m.-
5 p.m.
  Colby Museum of Art
Audio tours available
Drop in and explore on your own.
10 a.m.-
Noon
  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.
Champion's Fitness Center, Upper Main Street
10:30 a.m.
  German Department Brunch
Fairchild room, Dana dining hall
Pay $7 at the door.
10:30 a.m.
  Catholic Mass
Lorimer Chapel
12-12:30 p.m.
  Ecumenical Christian Service
A brief, thoughtful Ecumenical Christian service of word, song, and prayer. Followed by lunch. All (students, family, alumni, others) 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