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Alumni & Parent Programs

Homecoming and Family Weekend

October 31 - November 2, 2014

Alumni: Register Here
Parents: Register Here

The last day to register online in Wednesday, Oct. 29, by 5 p.m.. Online registrants are given one free meal ticket to Fields Dining Hall.

The last day for refunds is Friday, Oct. 24, by 5 p.m.

We are excited to see you on Palatine Hill for Homecoming and Family Weekend. The following is a tentative schedule of events. A final schedule will be given to you when you arrive and check in. Individual locations on campus will be printed in your check-in information handout.

For more information on area hotels, click here.

For a map of campus, click here.

For information about the Pio Express Shuttle, the complimentary bus from downtown to campus, click here.

Monday, Oct. 27 - Thursday, Oct. 30

Monday, October 27
5-8 pm
SpiderFest, Bodine Hall, First Floor Hallway
Celebrate the creepy crawlies (and the amazing phenomenal biodiversity represented in arachnids!) in the Spider Lab. Learn about venom collection, how spiders catch prey and student work being done on these

Wednesday, October 29
8-10 pm Wednesday Night Concert Series (WNCS) Open Mic featuring alumni performers at Maggie’s Cafe.

Friday, October 31

8:30 am-5:30 pm Check in open for Homecoming and Family Weekend. Located in Campus Information Office, Gate 3.

9 am Campus Tour. Meet at the Manor House to join an admissions tour of the campus and see the college through the eyes of the student-led tour guide! Lasts approximately one hour.

11 am-1:30 pm Lunch, Fields Dining Room
Join your student or relive your college dining experience with a meal in the newly renovated dining hall.

11:30 am Campus Tour. (See description above.)

3-5 pm Department open houses. Stop by a variety of student support services offices to learn about services available to your student. A full list will be available at check in.

3 pm Campus Tour. (See description above.)

3:30 pm Leonardo Padura Lecture “Escribir en Cuba en el siglo XXI/Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century. Leonardo Padura is the most internationally successful Cuban novelist of the revolutionary era and responsible for renovating the Cuban detective narrative in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Spanish with English translation.

5-7 pm Dinner, Fields Dining Room
Join your student or relive your college dining experience with a meal in the newly renovated dining hall. A spooky Halloween-themed experience awaits!

5:30 pm Homecoming and Parents Weekend Shabbat, Holmes Hall, Main Floor Lounge.

Saturday, November 1

 7:30 am-6:30 pm Check in open for Homecoming and Family Weekend. Located in Campus Information Office, Gate 3.

8-10:30 am Parents Council Meeting

9 am Tryon Creek nature walk. See a rain forest in action in the park adjoining campus. It will likely be wet so bring rain gear or take a L&C-provided poncho. Led by College Outdoors staff.

9 am Pioneer College Session I

  • Student-Athlete Career Panel - Alumni talk about how to market the student-athlete experience in the real world.
  • Professor of Religious Studies Paul Powers - “Who Are ‘Islamists’ And What Do They Want?”

10 am Women’s Soccer v. Whitman College.

10:30 am Alumni Swim Meet. Alumni who participated in swim team are invited to compete in an informal meet.

10:30 am Coffee with Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell and Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez. Introduction by President Barry Glassner. Light pastries provided.

11 am-1 pm Brunch

11 am Cross Country Conference at Bush Park

***12 Noon-End of 3rd Quarter 11th Annual Tailgate Extravaganza. A family-friendly event with clam chowder to keep you warm. Mingle in a tent right on the field.****

2 pm Homecoming Game. Pioneers v. Pacific kickoff

5 pm Pioneer College Session II

  • Professor of Biology Kellar Autumn -  “Gecko Physics: Biological inspiration for smart adhesives, climbing robots, and future superheroes.”
  • Center for Entrepreneurship Director Michael A. Kaplan - “45 Minutes in the Deep End of the Pool”. Hear a short introduction about the approach our liberal arts college takes in teaching and developing entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurs.   Then the group will jump in with MAK for a working strategy session, using the Business Model Canvas lens, to act as an “advisory board” and help out one of L&C’s current I+L Seed Fund Teams

5-7 pm Dinner in Fields. Join your student or relive your college dining experience with a meal in the newly renovated dining hall.

6 pm Jim Duncan Retirement Dinner. Celebrate the retirement of Professor of Chemistry Jim Duncan during Homecoming and Family Weekend. Professor Duncan has worked at Lewis & Clark College since 1977. At this event we’ll recognize the impact Professor Duncan has made during his tenure at the college. For more information, click here.

6:30 pm “Food and Finance: a Recipe for the Liberal Arts.” Dinner and presentation. L&C Board of Trustee Tony Abena B.S. ’86 and CEO of Insite Software speaks about his post-college path, including his involvement in the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Venture Competition. Boke Bowl chef Patrick Fleming ’92, and 2013 Venture Competition Finalist Rob Bart J.D. ’14 founding member of Forge Portland, talk about how their experience at Lewis & Clark ultimately led them into Portland’s exciting food scene. Catering provided by Boke Bowl and Bon Appetit. Alumni wines and beer for guests over 21.

8 pm a Capella Performance

Sunday, November 2

 8 am Board of Alumni Meeting

9-11 am Open Prayer and Reflection Time in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

10 am Guided Meditation, “A Meditation on Then and Now.” Led by Jeanne Lilly, Contemplative and Spiritual Life Coordinator.

11 am-1 pm Parent-Student Goodbye Brunch. Parents and/or family members are invited to spend brunch with their student in the campus dining hall. 

12 Noon Careers for Pioneers. Alumni are invited to share professional, life, and education experiences and advice, and meet students who are eager to learn from you and practice their communication and networking skills with a friendly audience. Lunch will be provided.
Learn more and register for Careers for Pioneers here.
Thirty-minute introductory session for students begins at 11:30 a.m.