Reunion Weekend Schedule

From Convocation and Alumni College to class dinners, dancing, strolling around Granville, and catching up with old friends, Reunion Weekend is an action-packed weekend for all!

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  • Alumni College Classes – All the fun of learning — without the tests! Get back into the classroom to learn from Denison faculty and alumni.
  • Alumni Convocation – A time-honored Reunion tradition, where we celebrate Denison’s past, present, and future; Alumni Citation recipients; and Class Reunion gifts.
  • Alumni Citations – The highest honor Denison bestows upon its distinguished alumni recognizes outstanding contributions to the professional, civic, business, or religious life of the nation, and to the advancement of the college.

A Reunion Weekend schedule is listed below.

Please revisit this page as Reunion draws near for more details and updates.

Please note that events for the Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 50th Reunion begin on Wednesday, June 1.

Times and locations listed are tentative and may change!



Activities offered and offices open during Reunion Weekend


The Office of Admission team will be available on Friday to answer your questions about applying to Denison. Stop by the fifth floor of the Burton D. Morgan Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up admission materials for your favorite prospective Denisonian. To schedule a formal individual interview or campus tour in advance, please call 740-587-6276.

The Knowlton Center team will be available on Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to answer your questions regarding how we support Denison students and recent graduates. Our career framework is a powerful combination of people, programs, employers, and alumni — like you! Please stop by the Knowlton Center located on the main floor of Burton D. Morgan Center to learn more.

William Howard Doane Library Lab. Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday); Fellows Hall Lab. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday).

Slayter Hall second floor. Hours: Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Parking Garage, Office 105 (P1 / Visitor Parking Level); Hours: Open 24/7, phone (740) 587-0810.

Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday).

Take a self-guided hike; Hours: Wednesday through Sunday: dawn to dusk

  • Recreation areas, including the new Crown Fitness Center, basketball, racquetball, squash, and tennis courts. Hours: Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Trumbull Aquatic Center – Pool open swim hours Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., from noon to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Slayter Hall second floor.

At the Red Frame Lab, students examine problems and develop solutions. They work with professional staff and entrepreneurs-in-residence on assignments, issues, and questions. They develop skills for life, for every graduate and professional program, and for every nonprofit or place of business.

Stop in and see for yourself during our open house, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Limited shuttle service is provided between campus and the Granville Inn, the Buxton Inn, Cherry Valley Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott-Newark. Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Shuttle service from John Glenn International Airport is available free of charge and will be departing the airport at the following times:

  • Wednesday, June 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 2 at Noon and 5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3 at Noon and 5 p.m.

Shuttles departing Denison to John Glenn International Airport will depart from the Burton D. Morgan Circle at the following times:

  • Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 5 at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

For transportation outside of these times we suggest using Uber or a taxi service.

Friday:

7 p.m. Granville Here and Now Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
(step meeting, discussion, open meeting)
United Church of Granville Annex
119 W Broadway
Granville, OH 43023

7:30 p.m. Granville Eye Opener Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous
(rotating format, open meeting)
Lake Hudson
1000 Old River Rd
Granville, OH 43023

Saturday:

2 p.m. Friends of Bill
Shepardson College Room, Slayter 4th Floor
For questions, text Holly at 646-334-1024

6:30 p.m. Granville Fourth Dimension Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
(discussion, open meeting)
First Presbyterian Church
110 W Broadway
Granville, OH 43023



Wednesday - June 1, 2022


Schedule Time Location & Details

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Check-In Center Open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Rooms 216 and 218

Make the Reunion Check-In Center your first stop when arriving on campus. Pick up your weekend registration packet, which will include your name badge, meal and event tickets, room key (if staying on campus), an updated weekend schedule, messages, and more.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Hospitality Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Second-Floor Atrium

Relax and catch up with old friends and new; meet members of this year’s Student Crew and learn why it’s still a great time to be a student at Denison. Refreshments, a message board, and class sign-in sheets will be on display.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

50th Reunion Informal Class Gathering Spaces:

An informal gathering space to meet with your classmates.

1970 – Talbot Hall Room 229

1971 – Memorabilia Room, Burton D. Morgan Center Room 315

1972 – Silverstein Hall Social Space, Slivies ground floor cafe

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Welcome Gathering

Join your classmates for hors d’oeuvres and drinks at this casual welcome reception. Location: Moon Hall


Thursday - June 2, 2022


Schedule Time Location & Details

7 a.m.- 9 a.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Breakfast, Slayter Hall, First Floor

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Check-In Center Open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Rooms 2016 and  218

Make the Reunion Check-In Center your first stop when arriving on campus. Pick up your weekend registration packet, which will include your name badge, meal and event tickets, room key (if staying on campus), an updated weekend schedule, messages, and more.

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion
Hospitality Center open
, Burton D. Morgan Center, Second-Floor Atrium

Relax and catch up with old friends and new; meet members of this year’s Student Crew and learn why it’s still a great time to be a student at Denison. Refreshments, a message board, and class sign-in sheets will be on display.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

50th Reunion Informal Class Gathering Spaces:

An informal gathering space to meet with your classmates.

1970 – Talbot Hall Room 229

1971 – Memorabelia Room, Burton D. Morgan Center Room 315

1972 – Silverstein Hall Social Space

8 a.m. – noon

Class of 50th Reunion Golf Outing, (weather permitting) Denison Golf Club at Granville (formerly the Granville Golf Course) ($).

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Guided Tours of:

  • Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts
  • Hoaglin Wellness Center

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

50th Reunion Discussion, Herrick Hall

The BSU and the Black Student Demands of the 1960s and 1970s: A Prelude to Diversity at Denison Today

The panel discussion will review the history of the Black Student movement at Denison, and the decades-long efforts to create a more diverse campus.  With the perspectives and documentation of many efforts over the generations, this discussion will highlight the progress made toward greater diversification at Denison since 1970; address the degree to which the Black Student Demands of the early 70s have been met; and present the “Denison Forward” recommendations for improving and expanding on those calls for change made more than 50 years ago.

noon

Class of 1970 50th Reunion
Class Lunch and Q&A with President Weinberg,
Curtis Dining Hall, Provost Dining Room

Enjoy hearing from President Weinberg and then lunch and conversation with your classmates.

noon

Class of 1972 50th Reunion Class Lunch, Huffman Dining Hall

Enjoy lunch and conversation with your classmates.

noon

Class of 1971 50th Reunion
Class Lunch and Q&A with President Weinberg, 
Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall

Enjoy lunch and conversation with your classmates and then hear from President Weinberg.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

50th Reunion Discussion, Herrick Hall

Current Events: The Ukrainian/Russian conflict with Bob Service

Robert Robert ServiceService, a noted Russian historian and political commentator, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His research interests concern Russian history and politics in all its aspects, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Service was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize for his biography Trotsky (Harvard University Press, 2009).

His most recent publication is Russia and Its Islamic World (Hoover Institution Press, 2017). 

Service holds an MA in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and an MA and a PhD in government from the University of Essex.

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

50th Reunion Discussion, Herrick Hall

The Changing Environment for Women at Denison

This program will discuss the evolution of the experiences and changing environment for women at Denison University since our 50th reunion classes graduated. Through historical records and perspectives from faculty and graduates alike, this session will explore how the curriculum and the advent of the women’s studies program has impacted the success of female graduates over the decades. In addition, this session will uncover how Title IX and career launch resources like the Knowlton Center and Denison Edge have had a significant influence on Denison  women both while on campus and in their post-graduate careers.

Join esteemed alumni and faculty as they address these pertinent issues. Learn how women across the generations have utilized their liberal arts education to become leaders in their fields, while also confronting the ongoing challenges for women in the workplace

5 p.m.

Class of 1970 Memorial Service

Herrick Hall

5:30 p.m.

1970 50th Reunion
Class Celebration Reception and Dinner

Curtis Dining Hall, Provost Dining Room

5:30 p.m.

1972 50th Reunion
Class Celebration Reception and Dinner

Huffman Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.

1971 50th Reunion
Class Celebration Reception and Dinner

Slayter Hall, Third Floor

8:30 p.m.

50th Reunion After Dinner Gathering, Reese~Shackelford Common Tent

A chance for those celebrating their 50th Reunion to come together and mingle with entertainment.


Friday - June 3, 2022


Schedule Time Location & Detail

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion
Breakfast, 
Slayter Hall, First Floor

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reunion Check-In Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Rooms 216 and 218

Make the Reunion Welcome Center your first stop when arriving on campus. Pick up your weekend registration packet, which will include your name badge, meal and event tickets, room key (if staying on campus), an updated weekend schedule, messages, and more.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Reunion Hospitality Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Second-Floor Atrium

Relax and catch up with old friends and new; meet members of this year’s Student Crew and learn why it’s still a great time to be a student at Denison. Refreshments, a message board, and class sign-in sheets will be on display.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

50th Reunion Informal Class Gathering Spaces:

An informal gathering space to meet with your classmates.

1970 – Talbot Hall Room 229

1971 – Memorabelia Room, Burton D. Morgan Center Room 315

1972 – Silverstein Hall Social Space

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Photo Booth open, Slayter Hall, First Floor

Gather your friends for a special reunion photo opportunity!

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Down Hill and Danishes for the Arts, Momomoy Patio Tent

A chance for those that were involved in the Arts from choirs, dance, theatre or visual arts, to gather and share stories of thier time spent down hill. For questions please email Emily Evans Slaven ’72 

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Guided Tours of:

  • Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts
  • Hoaglin Wellness Center

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The DNA of Denison Today and Tomorrow, Herrick Hall

A panel discussion and Q&A with Denison senior staff members.

Today’s students are a diverse, eclectic group, but their DNA is anything but random. This panel will explore how Denison thrives in an ever-increasingly challenging landscape. What’s the formula for how Denison students are selected today? What competitive forces does the University confront and anticipate? How is Denison’s financial model different and better than other schools? What is student life today and where is it headed?

noon

Class of 1972 50th Reunion
Class Lunch and Q&A with President Weinberg, 
Curtis Dining Hall, Provost Dining Room

Enjoy lunch and conversation with your classmates and hear from President Weinberg.

noon

Classes of 1970 and 1971 50th Reunion Class Lunch, Reese~Shackelford Common Tent

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

50th Reunion Discussion, Herrick Hall

Addressing the Dual Challenge

The world faces two important challenges. Affordable and reliable energy for all global citizens, and protecting the environment, including the land, air, water and atmosphere. The developed world, led by Western Europe and the United States, seeks clean energy, focused mainly on climate. Developing economies like Latin America and parts of Asia have a massive energy appetite that requires reliable energy. Emerging economies, such as Africa and parts of SE Asia need cheap energy. The Dual Challenge is not simple, but it is solvable if we understand and address energy security; scale of demand; physics of energy; distribution of energy resources; life cycle environmental impacts of energy; and global stages of economic growth.

Scott Tinker

Speaker:

Scott TinkerDirector, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

50th Reunion Discussion, Herrick Hall

Diversity of Thought and Speech on Campus with Dr. Adam Davis and Dr. Margot Singer

Dr. Adam Davis and Dr. Margot Singer will engage in conversation about why they believe liberal arts students need to be exposed to a diversity of thought and perspectives as part of their liberal education.  Universities have long served as laboratories for free inquiry, spaces for students to figure out what is and isn’t true (and how to arrive at such conclusions). Davis and Singer will reflect on the challenges to higher education posed by “cancel culture,” including the chilling effect that fear of social ostracism can have on college students’ intellectual inquiry and exploration. Come find out more about how the Lisska Center for Intellectual Engagement has been promoting civil dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas on campus, helping prepare students for a life of democratic citizenship. 

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Reunion 2022 Keynote Address (Open to All Classes)

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks: From Strength to Strength, Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.

Dr. Arthur Brooks

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

President’s 50th Reunion Reception with Arthur C. Books, Slayter Hall, Third Floor

A chance to meet Dr. Brooks and purchase signed copies of his book, From Strength to Strength.

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Reception for Former Denison Athletes, Varsity & Club, Mitchell Center, Lobby

The Director and President of the Varsity D Association, Director of Athletics, and coaches will be in attendance.

6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Welcome Picnic, Reese~Shackelford Common (Rain site: Slayter Hall)

All alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends are welcome for dinner, dancing, and more. Entertainment starts at 8 p.m. Bar closes at 11 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Post-50th Classes Dinner, Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall

6:30 p.m.

Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion Class Dinner, Curtis Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.

Classes of 1986, 1987, and 1988 35th Reunion Class Dinner, Lamson Lodge

9:30 p.m.

Fireworks, Reese~Shackelford Common

Watch the night sky light up from the Campus Common.


Saturday - June 4, 2022


Schedule Time Location & Details

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Breakfast, Slayter Hall, First Floor

7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Photo Booth open, Slayter Hall, First Floor
Gather your friends for a special Reunion photo opportunity!

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Reunion Check-In Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Rooms 216 and 218

Make the Reunion Welcome Center your first stop when arriving on campus. Pick up your weekend registration packet, which will include your name badge, meal and event tickets, room key (if staying on campus), an updated weekend schedule, messages, and more.

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Reunion Hospitality Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Second-Floor Atrium
Relax and catch up with old friends and new; meet members of this year’s Student Crew and learn why it’s still a great time to be a student at Denison. Refreshments, a message board, and class sign-in sheets will be on display.

8 a.m.

5K Fun-Run-Walk, start from the Burton D. Morgan Center Plaza (weather permitting). Self guided, maps of the course will be available in Registration and signs will posted to guide you through the route.

8 a.m.

Bird Walk at the Biological Reserve, guided tour starting from the Bio Reserve parking lot (weather permitting). Shuttles available and will be leaving from the Burton D. Morgan Center Plaza at 7:45 a.m.

8 a.m. – noon

50th Reunion Informal Class Gathering Spaces:

An informal gathering space to meet with your classmates.

1970 – Talbot Hall Room 229

1971 – Memorabelia Room, Burton D. Morgan Center Room 315

1972 – Silverstein Hall Social Space

9 a.m.

Citation and Alumni Leadership Breakfast (invitation only)

10:30 a.m.

State of the College Address and Convocation, Swasey Chapel

President Weinberg gives an engaging update on Denison’s recent successes and very bright future, followed by a time-honored reunion tradition, where we celebrate citation recipients and reunion gifts. Click or tap here for a list of current and past Alumni Citation recipients.

Adam Weinberg holding a microphone while speaking

noon

Parade of Classes, from Swasey Chapel to the Reese~Shackelford Common

noon

All-Class Lunch, Reese~Shackelford Common (Rain Site: Mitchell Center Fieldhouse)

noon

Class of 1970, 1971, and 1972 50th Reunion
Luncheon
, Curtis Dining Hall, Provost Dining Room

Join classmates for a private lunch to cap your 50th Reunion – and to make plans to see each other soon!

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Informal Class Gatherings

2006-2007-2008: Bancroft Field

2016-2017: East Quad in Front of East Hall

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Fraternity and Sorority Open Houses

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Alumni College Classes:

Narrating Resilience Across Life Spans, Dr. Laura Russell, Associate Professor & Chair of Communication,  Talbot Hall Room 210

Human life presents many unplanned twists and turns filled with uncertainty. We can be certain that no one escapes this world without facing adversity of some kind. How do we dig deeply into life’s surface to illuminate its innermost virtues for living well under any conditions? What are some practical ways that we can examine our lives to reveal our greatest strengths and surrounding resources for thriving? How do we encourage others when struggles arise? These questions guide the central aims of this class session. As we explore the meaning of resilience through life stories, we will learn a phenomenological approach to viewing circumstances with new eyes. The class will begin with an open discussion about what resilience means and the different ways it can be interpreted. We will then use a hands-on timeline technique to uncover possibilities for future growth (whether in our personal lives or in our service to others).

Don’t They Teach Recreational Mathematics Anymore?, Dr. May Mei, Associate Professor & Chair of Mathematics,  Talbot Hall Room 212

In the Doctor Who episode “42,” our heroes have forty two minutes to save an exploding ship by passing through a series of doors, each of which is guarded with a question – essentially a game of high-stakes pub trivia. “Don’t they teach recreational mathematics anymore?” the Tenth Doctor laments after having to explain that “Any number that reduces to one when you take the sum of the squares of its digits and continue iterating until it yields one is a happy number. Any number that doesn’t isn’t.” Fear not, Doctor! Ostensibly, this class will explore some properties of happy numbers. But through this exploration we hope to interrogate the notion of “usefulness” and illustrate the ways in which we find joy.

Ketcham Vineyards Wine Tasting, Allie Fuleky Ketchum ’97,  Burton D. Morgan Center Knobel Hall (class will run until 3:30 p.m.)

Allie will pour a few of her favorites including Viognier, two different Pinot Noirs and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Allie will discuss the organic and sustainable farming practices used at Ketcham Vineyard. She will also share her knowledge of pinot noir clones, the growing cycle of the grapes and the process of harvesting, along with aging and bottling the wines. Most importantly, Allie is looking forward to sharing a few glasses and her passion for wine with fellow Denison Alumni.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Denison Pride gathering for LGBTQ Alumni, Friends, Students, and Allies, Burton D. Morgan Center, Faculty Common Room

Remarks and discussion starting at 3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Alumni College Classes:

10,000 Acres: Arrowheads, Wheatfields, Stripmining, Giraffes: The Story of the Land Doug Swift, Visiting Assistant Professor of English/Journalism,  Talbot Hall Room 210

The Wilds is the largest endangered species preserve in North America. Before that it was strip mined for coal. Before that it was a farming community. One segment was one of the earliest settlements of free Blacks, and they were a party to some of this country’s earliest suits for rights to education and voting. Before that, of course, this was land inhabited by native Americans. In the earliest period, it was inhabited by the “Moundbuilders,” one of the great civilizations in history. By focusing on how all these communities of people have shared this same small patch of ground–about 10,000 acres–we hope to shed some insight on the human relationship with land and nature.

Diversity in American Roots Music, Adam Schlenker, Studio Instructor,  Talbot Hall Room 212

How the blending of cultures in Appalachia led to the creation of Bluegrass and commercial country music. Regarded as a segregated, male dominated genre for decades, a closer investigation will show that from the beginning, the influence of African American culture and women on American Roots Music cannot be overstated. Currently, the music is experiencing another cross-cultural boom, but what causes might explain the segregated, male dominated middle period of this music?

6 p.m.

Class Dinners

  • Class of 2021, Reese~Shackelford Common Tent
  • Class of 2016 & 2017, Reese~Shackelford Common Tent
  • Classes of 2011 & 2012, Moon Hall
  • Classes of 2006, 2007, & 2008, Mitchell Center Lobby
  • Classes of 2000, 2001, & 2002, Silverstein Hall Social Space
  • Classes of 1996 & 1997, Lamson Lodge
  • Classes of 1986, 1987, 1988, Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts
  • Classes of 1981 & and 1982, Huffman Dining Hall, Presidents’ Dining Room
  • Classes of 1975, 1976, 1977, Slayter Hall, Third Floor
  • Classes of 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Desserts & Dancing, Reese~Shackelford Common Tent
All alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends are invited to enjoy wonderful desserts and dancing. (Bar closes at 11 p.m.)


Sunday - June 5, 2022


Schedule Time Location & Details

6:30 a.m. – noon

Reunion Check-Out Center open, Burton D. Morgan Center, Rooms 216 and 218
If you stayed on campus, please drop your linens in the designated baskets in each dorm and return your room key.

7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Photo Booth open, Slayter Hall, First Floor
Gather your friends for a final Reunion photo opportunity!

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Grab N’ Go Breakfast, Slayter Hall first floor

noon

RESIDENCE HALLS CLOSED!
All room keys must be returned to the Check-Out Center before noon.


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