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Homecoming and Family Weekend

At Elizabethtown College, Homecoming and Family Weekend is beloved tradition full of celebrations that bring together the Etown flock of alumni, students, parents, family, and friends. Loyal Blue Jays of all ages connect with each other at numerous events throughout the three-day celebratory weekend and enjoy the special connections that only come through our shared Blue and Gray ties. It’s truly a special time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future as “Blue Jays. Always.”

 

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022:

October 14-16, 2022

Events Schedule

Below is a list of fantastic events we have planned for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2022. View a printable version here.

Events Audience Key: AL = Alumni, FM = Family, ST = Current Students, FS = Faculty & Staff

Time Event
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Family StoryWalk “Big Dance”

High Library

Follow the path of pages inside the High Library to read and dance with the characters in Big Dance, a picture book written and illustrated by Aoife Greenham. Coordinated by Assistant Professor of Education and PK-12 New Literacies Dr. Kathryn Caprino and College Librarian and Director of the High Library Sarah Penniman. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
College Store

Brossman Commons

Homecoming and Family Weekend will be kicking into high gear soon! Get your hands on the greatest selection of Etown merchandise before the crowds arrive!

AL / FM / FS / ST

6 – 8:30 p.m.
High Library Escape Room “Escape from Wonderland”

IDEA Lab, High Library

You arrive at the Mad Hatter’s tea party only to discover that the Hatter didn't show and the Red Queen is on her way. Will you be able to escape before the Queen comes for your head? Visit the High Library’s IDEA Lab for an escape room adventure! The escape room will be open in 30 minute time slots throughout Homecoming and Family Weekend. Put together a team of 2-6 people and solve puzzles to find the key to the only safe route out of Wonderland. This program is free. Register here.

AL / FM / FS / ST

8 p.m.
Comedian Jay Black

The KĀV, Brossman Commons

Having headlined comedy clubs across the nation and Europe, Jay Black is world-renown of realm of standup comedy. He's met with equal success on the college market, performing at nearly 1,000 schools across the country, winning the "College Performer of the Year" award once and the "College Comedian of the Year" award three times. For the last ten years, Jay has done a weekly spot on WIP Radio, discussing television, pop culture, and sports.  In 2009, Jay started writing screenplays producing a string of successful projects from 2012's "Paulie" with Paul Sorvino, 2014's "Meet My Valentine" with Scott Wolf, 2016's "Love Always Santa" with Margueritte Morea, and the upcoming "Orchard" with Tiffani Thiessan. Jay also began acting in his projects, with significant supporting roles in both "Meet My Valentine" and "Love Always, Santa." Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Time Event
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Family StoryWalk “Big Dance”

High Library

Follow the path of pages inside the High Library to read and dance with the characters in Big Dance, a picture book written and illustrated by Aoife Greenham. Coordinated by Assistant Professor of Education and PK-12 New Literacies Dr. Kathryn Caprino and College Librarian and Director of the High Library Sarah Penniman. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
College Store

Brossman Commons

Homecoming and Family Weekend will be kicking into high gear soon! Get your hands on the greatest selection of Etown merchandise before the crowds arrive!

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 5 p.m.
Homecoming Parade Float-Building Party

Elizabethtown Fairgrounds

This is when the magic happens! Before the big event on Saturday morning, join in the fun as student groups, faculty, staff, families, and alumni aim to bring the Homecoming Parade float themes to life! Register by calling 800-877-2604 or by emailing alumni@etown.edu by Oct. 7.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 6:30 p.m.
High Library Escape Room “Escape from Wonderland”

IDEA Lab, High Library

You arrive at the Mad Hatter’s tea party only to discover that the Hatter didn't show and the Red Queen is on her way. Will you be able to escape before the Queen comes for your head? Visit the High Library’s IDEA Lab for an escape room adventure! The escape room will be open in 30 minute time slots throughout Homecoming and Family Weekend. Put together a team of 2-6 people and solve puzzles to find the key to the only safe route out of Wonderland. This program is free. Registration required. Register here.

AL / FM / FS / ST

7 p.m.
Mad Cow Improv Homecoming and Family Weekend Show

The KĀV, Brossman Commons

In ways that can only be done by Etown’s very own student improvisational comedy group, this show will get your Homecoming and Family Weekend off on the right foot and have you laughing ’til it hurts! Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

8 – 10 p.m.
Class of 2022 Zero-Year Reunion

Funk Brewing, Elizabethtown, Pa.

’Tis the night before the Class of 2022’s first Homecoming Day as alumni, and it’s time for members to reunite! Reservation only. Event not open to current Elizabethtown students. Register at www.etownalumni.com/2022ZeroYear or contact 800-877-2604 for more information.

AL

8 p.m.
Spoken Artist Kyla Jenée Lacey

The KĀV, Brossman Commons

An accomplished third-person bio composer, the work of Kyla Jenée Lacey has garnered tens of millions of views and she has performed spoken word at more than 300 colleges in more than 40 states. Kyla has also been a finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country, no less than 5 times, and was nominated as Campus Activities Magazine Female Performer of the Year. Her work has been acknowledged by several Grammy-winning artists and poetry viewed more than 50 million times. Kyla’s words have also been featured on protest billboards in multiple countries and she has written for large publications, such as The Huffington Post, BET.com, and the Root Magazine. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Time Event
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Self-Guided Tours of the Bowers Center

Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being

Check out the amenities offered in the brand-new Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being! Facility maps will be available at the check-in desk, and student attendants will be stationed throughout the building to answer your questions. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

8:30 a.m.
Alumni Council Meeting

McCormick Classroom, High Library  

AL

9 a.m.
Blue Jay Softball Alumnae Breakfast

The Nest

Before the big game, join in the fun for an “early bird” breakfast at the new stadium home of Blue Jay Softball! Along with members of the current varsity team, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and chirp about their successes, both on and off the field! Register here. For more information contact Bekah Slattery.

AL / FM / FS / ST

9 - 11 a.m.
Family Homecoming Registration Center and Swag Bag Pickup

Front Terrace, Baugher Student Center

Etown families of current students, it’s time for you to show your Blue Jay spirit with some swag! Register online by Friday, October 7 and a special Etown Swag Bag will be waiting for you at the BSC. Register here. For more information contact the Office of Development.

FM

9:30 a.m.
Eighth Annual Homecoming Blue/Gray Swim Meet

Alumni Pool

Cheer on all-star alumni from the Blue Jay Swimming programs as they suit up with current varsity team members in this annual “blue vs. gray teams” classic. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. Register here. For more information contact 717-361-1137.

AL / FM / FS / ST

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Alumni Author Roundtable Reception

Bowers Writers House

Calling all Blue Jay scribes who love to write, publish, edit, and share their reading and writing! Join fellow alumni for a casual, fun, and interactive roundtable reception during which we will discover ways in which alumni writers can share their work on a variety of levels. Also, enjoy some great snacks and find out how the Bowers Writers House can best serve you individually and as a community. This event is sponsored by the Bowers Writers House. Registration not required.

AL

10 a.m.
Alumni Concert Choir Rehearsal Musser Auditorium

Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

Bring your score and join fellow alumni for the official rehearsal of an all-star group of Blue Jay vocalists as they prepare for the Fall Choral Showcase at 2 p.m.! Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 7. Register here. For more information contact 800-877-2604 or alumni@etown.edu.

AL

 
Blue Jay Softball vs. Alumnae Game

The Nest

Check out the new home for Blue Jay Softball and watch the feathers fly as current varsity team members take on an all-star group of alumnae in this annual softball tradition! Register here. For more information contact Bekah Slattery.

AL / FM / FS / ST

 
College Search and Admission Process Session

Room 114, Hoover Center

If searching for a college is in your near future, this is your opportunity to get the “inside scoop” from Etown’s experts! Intended to provide alumni, families, and pre-college-aged children with exclusive information to consider as they prepare to undertake the process of looking for a college, this session will also include insights about the importance of the high school experience and tips for preparing for the application process. Registration not required. For more information contact 717-361-1400.

AL / FM

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
College Store

Brossman Commons

Homecoming Day isn’t complete without a visit to the College Store! Choose from the latest Fall season Etown gear while supplies last!  

AL / FM / FS / ST

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Family StoryWalk “Big Dance”

High Library

Follow the path of pages inside the High Library to read and dance with the characters in Big Dance, a picture book written and illustrated by Aoife Greenham. Coordinated by Assistant Professor of Education and PK-12 New Literacies Dr. Kathryn Caprino and College Librarian and Director of the High Library Sarah Penniman. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

11 a.m.
27th Annual Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Day Kick-Off

Hickory Lane to Willow Street to Spruce Street to College Avenue

With floats constructed by current students and staff members, live music, alumni celebrating class reunions, local volunteer fire companies, businesses, and loads of candy, this time-honored and beloved Etown tradition—celebrating its 27th consecutive year—is sure to please! At the conclusion of the Parade, President Betty Rider will officially kick of Homecoming Day in front of Raffensperger Alumni House. Can't make it in person? Watch the parade live here!

AL / FM / FS / ST 

 
Blue Jay Men’s Lacrosse vs. Alumni Game

Wolf Field

Watch Blue Jay Men’s Lacrosse alumni grab their cleats, lace up their shoes and sticks, and take on members of the current varsity squad in this not-to-be-missed annual classic! Register here. For more information, contact 717-361-1137.

AL / FM / FS / ST

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Homecoming and Family Weekend Brunch

The Marketplace, Brossman Commons

Enjoy specially prepared Homecoming and Family Weekend delectable delights that can only come from Etown's Dining Services staff! Tickets available at the door, $15.50; $7.75 for ages 3-10. Registration Not Required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 3 p.m.
18th Annual Alumni Oktoberfest Party

Brinser Field

For alumni of all ages, you won’t want to miss one of Etown’s greatest and most beloved Homecoming Day traditions—now bigger than ever! Featuring famously delicious food and drink, new beverage options, memorable alumni class reunions celebrating class years ending in “2” and “7,” and legendary live music. It’s no wonder more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends make this a must-attend event each year! Alumni from the classes below will be celebrating special gatherings!

Class Reunion Details: www.etownalumni.com/reunions

There will be all-you-care-to-eat Oktoberfest fare and, in the tradition of Alumni Oktoberfest Parties of the past, a wide array of themed-beverages—including special offerings from event sponsor Moo-Duck Brewery! Delight in the sounds of live Dutch “old-style” jazz, played to perfection by the Dutchers band, featuring Bruce Campbell ’76 P’08, Tom Pontz ’67, and adjunct professor Faith Shiffer. Admission: Express Check-In Price $25 and $15 for children, ages 3-10; At-The-Door Price $30 and $20 for children, ages 3-10. Event not open to current Elizabethtown students. Enjoy Express Check-In by preregistering and paying online by Friday, Oct. 7. Register here. For more information contact 800-877-2604 or alumni@etown.edu .

AL / FS

Noon – 4 p.m.
Brethren Heritage Festival

Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

Come one, come all—opportunities for family fun abound in this beloved Homecoming tradition! Experience aspects of the past and explore newly refreshed elements to the expanded Young Center facility. Children’s activities, memorable demonstrations, and interactive opportunities will surely add to your Homecoming experience in special ways! Visit the Young Center event page for more information. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

 
Homecoming Fair

Academic Quad (formerly known as "The Midway")

Food, t-shirts, arts, knick-knacks, collectibles, and crafts—if Elizabethtown students and local artisans can think of it, you’ll find them selling it at the Fair! Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 6:30 p.m.
High Library Escape Room “Escape from Wonderland”

IDEA Lab, High Library

You arrive at the Mad Hatter’s tea party only to discover that the Hatter didn't show and the Red Queen is on her way. Will you be able to escape before the Queen comes for your head? Visit the High Library’s IDEA Lab for an escape room adventure! The escape room will be open in 30 minute time slots throughout Homecoming and Family Weekend. Put together a team of 2-6 people and solve puzzles to find the key to the only safe route out of Wonderland. This program is free. Register here.

AL / FM / FS / ST

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Fair Concert Starring D-BO!

Academic Quad (formerly known as “The Midway”)

Get ready, Homecoming Fair attendees! World-renowned musical artist Delonne “D-Bo!” Wilbourn and his band will be creating a one-of-a-kind experience for the Homecoming Fair with award-winning original music and cover songs from genres of all kinds. D-Bo! has been featured on American Idol and The Voice and has won many awards and accolades, including Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands Finalist (Hard Rock Café), Touchtunes Breakout Band Winner, Akadamia Award Winner for Best Album, and 2021 Central Pennsylvania Music Award (CPMA) Winner for Song of the Year. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Drew University

Ira R. Herr Field

The pitch will be popping with Etown men’s soccer pride as the Blue Jays host the Rangers of Drew University in this pivotal Landmark Conference clash! Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

2 p.m.
Fall Choral Showcase

Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

Join fellow Blue Jays, students, families, and friends for the Fall Choral Showcase! The concert features the Concert Choir, Fenice, the College Community Chorus, and the Alumni Choir. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni Award Ceremony

Room 187, Esbenshade Wing, Masters Center

In this exciting annual event, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will present The O.F. Stambaugh Chemistry Alumni Award for 2022 to Bill Bender, Ph.D. ’87! Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Academic School Alumni Reunions

Homecoming Day could never be complete without fun moments and meaningful connections with faculty members and academic areas. See those familiar faces and spaces that helped to make your years at Etown so special! Registration not required.

 
School of Arts and Humanities Alumni Reunion

Winters Alcove, High Library

Programs: Art, English, Graphic Design, History, Modern Languages, Music, and Religious Studies

AL / FS

 
School of Business Alumni Reunion

Room 110, Hoover Center

Programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Data Science, Economics, Finance, Financial Economics, International Business, and Marketing

AL / FM / ST 

 
School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics Alumni Reunion

Bollman Fabrication Laboratory, Esbenshade Wing, Masters Center

Programs: Actuarial Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Information Systems, Mathematical Business, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education

AL / FS 

 
School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) Alumni Reunion, Featuring a Celebration of “Alumni Who Inspire”

Room 110, Hoover Center

Alumni who have graduated from SGPS programs are doing amazing things! Learn all about some impressive Blue Jays and the ways in which they are making positive differences in their careers and communities.

AL / FS / ST

 
School of Human and Health Professions Alumni Reunions

Program Locations Listed Below

  • Room 106, Nicarry Hall – Education (including secondary science education programs and social studies education)
  • Room 360, Esbenshade Wing, Masters Center – Occupational Therapy
  • Room 205, Nicarry Hall – Social Work

AL / FS

 
School of Public Service Alumni Reunions
  • Second Floor, Steinman Center

    • Communications, Digital Media Production, Journalism, Media Analytics and Social Media, and Public Relations

  • Room 201, Nicarry Hall

    • Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Public Health

  • Room 210, Nicarry Hall

    • Criminal Justice and Sociology

AL / FS

 
School of Sciences Alumni Reunion

Masters Mineral Gallery, Masters Center

Programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemistry Laboratory Science, Environmental Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology

AL / FS

3 – 5 p.m.
Theatre and Dance Students and Alumni Celebration

Tempest Theatre, Baugher Student Center

Connecting with fellow performing arts friends in a special place never felt so good! Join current students, alumni, and others for a relaxed and fun time that celebrates the past and present of Etown’s theatre and dance programs and groups!  

AL / FM / FS / ST

 
Mosaic House Open House

Mosaic House (formerly known as the “Rose Garden” House)

Newly renovated and full of energy for the fall semester, experience the Mosaic House and meet some of the students, staff, faculty, and alumni involved with the diversity, equity, and belonging-related educational programming and social events based therein!

AL / FM / FS / ST

4:30 p.m.
Blue Jay Women’s Soccer vs. Drew University, Featuring the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Women’s Soccer 1997 NCAA Final Four Appearance and the Halftime Homecoming Court Presentation

Ira R. Herr Field

In what will surely be a lively Landmark Conference Homecoming clash, the Blue Jays will host the Drew University Rangers! Also, experience history in the making as members of the 1997 team of players and coaches who made it to the NCAA Final Four are celebrated prior to the start of the match, and the College’s Homecoming Court festivities take place in advance of the second half. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

 
Etown Jelly Swatters Ultimate Frisbee Club vs. Alumni Match

Wolf Field

AL / FM / FS / ST

5 – 7 p.m.
Homecoming Jazz Dinner Buffet

The Marketplace, Brossman Commons

Delight in a wide variety of delectable culinary creations while enjoying live New Orleans-style jazz, played to perfection by the Dutchers band, featuring Bruce Campbell ’76 P’08 and adjunct professor Faith Shiffer. Tickets available at the door, $15.50; $7.75 for ages 3-10. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

6 – 7 p.m.
Second Annual Ubuntu Homecoming Gathering

Bowers Writers House

Alumni, faculty, staff, and students of color are invited to renew past ties and create new ones during this special networking event designed to build connections and community across generations of Jays. This event is sponsored by Nexus and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging.

AL / FS / ST

7 – 9 p.m.
Theatre Alumni Reunion

Moo-Duck Brewery, 79 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown, Pa.

Calling all Theatre alumni and friends! What could be better after an amazing day on campus than to continue to fun together at one of Elizabethtown’s most popular gathering spots?  Enjoy good times and great memories together with fellow Jays at Moo-Duck Brewery! This event is sponsored by Encore. For more information visit the Etown Alumni site. Registration not required.

AL / FS

7 p.m.
Hell Of A Book: An Evening with National Book Award Winner Jason Mott

Bowers Writers House

In this keynote Homecoming event, Bowers Writers House is proud to welcome back to campus poet and bestselling author Jason Mott! A National Book Award Winner, Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction Winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee, and Carnegie Medals For Excellence Longlist nominee, Mott has been listed as one of the 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch by Entertainment Weekly. Jason’s debut novel, The Returned, was adapted by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC, and aired on the ABC network under the title “Resurrection.” Jason’s fourth novel, Hell Of A Book, was a Jenna Bush Hager “Read With Jenna” Book Club pick, Carnegie Medals For Excellence in Fiction Longlist selection, a 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist selection, a Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist selection, the 2021 Sir Walter Raleigh Prize for Fiction winner, and the winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

 
Magician Tyler Korso

The KĀV, Brossman Commons

Through laughter and amazement, Tyler Korso aims to offer audiences an escape from the mundane. As a trained Illusionist, Comedian and Circus Performer, this Kansas City entertainer has been honing his act for more than a decade. Blending his unique brand of comedy with dazzling magic, you’ll love watching as he alters your perception of reality. His one-man show “A Man and His Dillusions” has been a featured act from coast to coast and received rave reviews. Having been invited to open for comedians like Tommy Davidson, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, and Carlos Mencia — and presented at events like Planet Comicon and Gencon — it’s no wonder he’s been dubbed “Tall, Dark, and Awesome.”

AL / FM / FS / ST

8 p.m.
11th Annual Homecoming M.V.P. Spectacular, Featuring the Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Awards

Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

When it comes to amazing a cappella harmonies, you can’t get any better than Etown’s very own M.V.P. (Melica, Vocalign, and Phalanx) vocal bands. With an all-star group of alumni announcers and the conferral of the 2022 Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade Award to alumnus Niko Antonellos ’13, you are bound to be amazed, inspired, and delighted! Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Time Event
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Hours

Marketplace, Brossman Commons

Tickets available at the door:

  • Breakfast: 7 – 10:30 a.m., $8

  • Lunch: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., $13

  • Dinner: 4 – 7 p.m., $15.50

AL / FM / FS / ST

10:30 a.m.
Worship Service

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mt Joy St., Elizabethtown, Pa.

Information: www.etowncob.org

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 5 p.m.
Family StoryWalk “Big Dance”

High Library

Follow the path of pages inside the High Library to read and dance with the characters in Big Dance, a picture book written and illustrated by Aoife Greenham. Coordinated by Assistant Professor of Education and PK-12 New Literacies Dr. Kathryn Caprino and College Librarian and Director of the High Library Sarah Penniman. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 6:30 p.m.
High Library Escape Room “Escape from Wonderland”

IDEA Lab, High Library

You arrive at the Mad Hatter’s tea party only to discover that the Hatter didn't show and the Red Queen is on her way. Will you be able to escape before the Queen comes for your head? Visit the High Library’s IDEA Lab for an escape room adventure! The escape room will be open in 30 minute time slots throughout Homecoming and Family Weekend. Put together a team of 2-6 people and solve puzzles to find the key to the only safe route out of Wonderland. This program is free. Register here.

AL / FM / FS / ST

Noon – 8 p.m.
Self-Guided Tours of the Bowers Center

Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being

Check out the amenities offered in the brand-new Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being! Facility maps will be available at the check-in desk, and student attendants will be stationed throughout the building to answer your questions. Registration not required.

AL / FM / FS / ST

1 p.m.
Catholic Mass

Bucher Meeting House, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

AL / FM / FS / ST

5:30 p.m.
Campus Worship Service

Performance Room, Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

AL / FM / FS / ST

Special Note: Elizabethtown College is monitoring the developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and continues to take steps to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Currently our campus has a mask-optional policy. All events are contingent on the state of the pandemic and could be possibly postponed or changed at any time. Click here to view the College’s response and current protocols surrounding campus health and safety.

The Alumni Insurance Program is a generous supporter of our Homecoming & Family Weekend events.

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