R-MC set to hold weekend events in biggest homecoming celebration since COVID – The Yellow Jacket

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Whether you went home, stayed on campus, or travelled, we at YJ News hope you all had a fantastic fall vacation and are ready to get back to school until Thanksgiving break. With six more weeks to go until the next school break, it’s sure to be a busy semester, but there’s plenty to do with friends and family over the weekends until then.

As Family Weekend looms right behind us, this weekend will be a great time to get together with the YJ community and celebrate coming home. Throughout the weekend, Randolph-Macon will be hosting a variety of activities for all age groups, including an open art exhibit at Pace-Armistead Hall, class reunions, Homecoming FountainFest and, of course, the reunion tailgate throughout the day on Saturday. in the home game against Bridgewater College.

Below are the events scheduled for the weekend.

From the Alumni Relations Office

friday october 14

“New Deal” Art Exhibition

Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Room

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free

Solo art exhibition by ODU art history professor and painter Vittorio Colaizzi

Ujima Gospel Choir Welcome Reception

FoodiO, 101 N. Railroad Avenue

4-6 p.m., free

Alumni and friends of the Ujima Gospel Choir are invited to a welcome reception to kick off the reunion and homecoming weekend. Attendees will gather at FoodiO (formerly Ashland Coffee and Tea), owned by alumni Jamie Grant ’12 and LaChelle Lewis ’12 for light refreshments.

last class

Dollar Tree Room, Brock Commons

4:30 p.m., Free admission, RSVP encouraged

Recently retired professor emeritus of history, Dr. Alpine Jefferson will offer his “final course” at the R-MC. After the “class”, the Noë-Kilgore Prize will be awarded to an outstanding retired faculty member.

Class reunion cocktail party

Birdsong Pavilion, Birdsong Hall

6-8 p.m., $20 per person, RSVP required

30 classes will celebrate reunions and milestones! Heavy appetizers and cocktails will be served in the Birdsong Pavilion overlooking Day Field, followed by live music and dancing at Homecoming FountainFest.

Keeble Observatory

Copley Science Center

7-9pm, free to attend

Time permitting; Students will be on hand to show you the stars.

Homecoming Fountain Festival

Brown Fountain Square

8pm-11pm, Free with Cash Bar and Food Trucks on site, RSVP encouraged

Live music will be provided by Vinyl Headlights, a rock, pop and dance band specializing in music from the 60s to today. Open to all Randolph-Macon supporters!

Saturday October 15

Campus store open

Brock Commons (9am-5pm)

Stop to visit Barclay and buy some new lemon and black clothes before heading to the game and the big old-timer tent.

Mâconnais Mimosas

Homecoming/Reunion Tent, Tailgate Lot next to the Brock Center

9am-10:30am, $10 per person, RSVP required

Come to the Reunion Reunion Tent to visit Society of Alumni Board members, meet Alumni Office staff, and meet friends! A variety of mimosas and light breakfast options will be available.

Ashland Walking Tour

Meet at Brown Fountain Plaza

10am-11am, Free, RSVP required

Join Rosie Shalf ’78 from the Ashland Museum to enjoy a walk along the tracks and learn about the history of the town that R-MC has called home since the college opened its doors over 150 years ago. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and arrive by 9:15 a.m.

Ink, Fire, Beauty book signing

Outside the campus store, Brock Commons

10 p.m.-12:30 p.m., free

Jordan Renee Chappell ’20 will be signing copies of her book, Ink, Fire, Beautyan immersive fantasy tale inspired by centuries of Chinese history and culture that draws readers into an ancient world where a gifted young painter uses ingenuity and determination to challenge the power of a corrupt empire.

Class Reunion Photos

Homecoming/Big Tent Reunion, Tailgate next to the Brock Center

10:30 a.m., free admission

Class photos will be held at HQ Tend for those celebrating class reunions. Nathan Landers ’16, Chief Brewer of the Center of the Universe Brewing Company, will serve a commemorative beer in honor of Washington-Franklin Hall’s 150th anniversary.

Inauguration of the Kirk Kirkland Memorial Bench

Brown Fountain Plaza (Rain Place McGraw-Page Library)

11 a.m.-12 p.m., free access

Friends, family and brothers of Kirk Kirkland ’91 will gather to dedicate a memorial bench.

Everyone is welcome.

Washington-Franklin Hall 150th Anniversary

Franklin Hall, Washington-Franklin Hall

12 p.m.-4 p.m., free

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Washington-Franklin Hall, the oldest brick building on campus. Refreshments will be served with photo viewing from the R-MC Archive while enjoying refreshments in this historic space.

Multicultural Alumni Reunion Kickback

Dalton House, 303 Caroline Street

4 p.m.-6 p.m., Free admission, RSVP required

Join the board members of the Multicultural Alumni Association and continue the celebration. This event will include a DJ, light snacks, wine, beer and other beverages

Tailgates back home

Homecoming/Reunion Big Tent

Tailgate Lot next to the Brock Center

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., RSVP encouraged

Find your friends and reconnect with old classmates at the Big Tent! It will be “REUNION HQ” for those celebrating class reunions and milestones.

Light snacks will be provided with beer and wine available for purchase.

Affinity Tailgates

Smith Tailgate Bundle

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Various Randolph-Macon departments and teams will host tailgate spots and compete for the prize for the fieriest of the Smith Tailgate Lot.

Sunday October 16

Ujima Gospel Choir

Old Chapel, Room 114

9am-10am, free

Ujima alumni will hold an open practice in the Old Chapel for the Randolph-Macon community to join in for singing and the impact of Ujima at the university.

Randolph-Macon IHSA Horse Show

Randolph-Macon Equestrian Center, 12214 Ashcake Road

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join the Randolph-Macon Equestrian Team as we host various Region 4 Zone 4 teams as part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association at our very own Equestrian Center! Various hunting divisions will be competing throughout the day.

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