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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.