50 Years of Women Celebration

Thursday, October 31

1:30 p.m. Nature Journaling with Mary Priestley, C’72. Meet in the Quad.

3 p.m. Campus Driving Tour. Meet shuttles in front of the McGriff Alumni House.

5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet Kickoff reception. Harris Commons of Spencer Hall.

Friday, November 1

8 a.m. Dedication of a plaque honoring 50 Years of Woman. Light Breakfast included.

9 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversations with alumnae and current students. Network and learn from graduates about career paths and other helpful tips for life after Sewanee. Convocation Hall. Sponsored by the Career Center.

10:30 a.m. The Office of Civic Engagement hosts a celebration of alumnae dedicated to service. Come hear from a panel of women in the nonprofit field about how their Sewanee education has prepared them to have a heart of service. Guerry Auditorium.

11:30 a.m.  Screening of “Mine 21”, a short documentary about a deadly coal-mine explosion that took place in the region in 1981. The film follows Kelsey Arbuckle, C'19, and Alexa Fults, C'21, both from Grundy County and students at Sewanee at the time of filming, as they find out more about this event. The disaster took place in Whitwell, Tenn., on Dec. 8, 1981, and took the lives of 13 miners. The effect in Marion and Grundy counties was tragic. The documentary is directed by Sewanee alumnus Stephen Garrett and produced by professor Chris McDonough.

2:30 p.m. Sewanee Women Today. Hear from current students and female faculty members about life on campus in 2019. Women’s Center, Mary Sue Cushman Room.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Women’s and Gender Studies Reception and Wick Reunion, honoring the work of Professor Julie Berebitsky. Women’s Center living room.

4:30 p.m. All Saints’ Day service. All Saints’ Chapel.

8 p.m. 50 Years of Women Concert featuring Grammy-winning artist Amanda Shires, L’17. Guerry Auditorium. 

Saturday, November 2

7 a.m.  Sunrise Yoga at the Cross

10 a.m. – noon  Gallery Walk 

Diedrick Brackens' "Allegiance," University Art Gallery

“50 Years of Women at Sewanee,” Museum Gallery, Archives and Special Collections

Alumnae Artists Showcase

11 a.m. Women of the Decades. Come hear reflections from alumnae throughout the years. Gailor Auditorium.

1 p.m. Homecoming Parade. Join the walk with other alumni from the tailgate party to the football field. Instead of classes, we’ll organize by affinity groups. EQB Award winners, 50 Years of Women, and more! Follow the marching band in front of the McGriff Alumni House.

4 p.m. Alumnae Choir Rehearsal and Reception. Did you sing in the choir at Sewanee or sing at your home church? Or just want to sing? Join other alumni for a quick rehearsal for Sunday’s service in All Saints’ Chapel. Meet in the choir room in the basement of Carnegie Hall.

6:15 p.m. 50 Years of Women Gala. The featured event of the weekend to celebrate the admission of women to Sewanee 1969. Keynote speakers, Linda Mayes, C’73, and Meredith Walker, C’91. The Sewanee Inn.

Sunday, November 3

9:30 a.m. Memorial service for alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members in St. Augustine’s Chapel (within All Saints’).

11 a.m. Holy Eucharist at All Saints’ Chapel. Alumnae choir featured.