Homecoming 2019—All Alumni Schedule         REGISTER NOW! 

We have the schedule in calendar format, too.

The registration desk at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue will be open Thursday, noon–6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.– 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon.

Homecoming events are open to all registered guests. We’ve highlighted some events celebrating 50 Years of Women at Sewanee with italics. All are welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 31

8 a.m. Rotary breakfast meeting at the Sewanee Inn. For all alumni Rotarians—join the local club for their regular meeting.

8:30 a.m. Morning prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Faces of Sewanee, an ongoing exhibition of student-made portraits from ART 291: Topics in Contemporary Painting. Students actively engage in the conversation about representation on campus, particularly with regards to tradition, history, legacy, and storytelling as understood through portraiture. Featuring 18 portraits of Sewanee community members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) by students. Learning Commons, duPont Library.

8–9:30 a.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Office of Financial Aid open hours. Parents of high school students, are you struggling with the acronyms of financial aid as your students plan their college career? The Office of Financial Aid is open to answer your questions. We can explain the aid application process at Sewanee and share our knowledge of the process in general, in case you are looking at other colleges and universities. Fulford Hall.

9:30 and 11 a.m. Back to the classroom. Dust off your gown and join current Sewanee students as alumni are invited to sit in on one of the regularly scheduled academic classes. Class schedule will be available at McGriff Alumni House.

Noon–6 p.m. Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming gift!

Noon–6 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

1–5 p.m. Exhibition. Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester, 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

1:30 p.m. Nature journaling with Mary Patten Priestley, C’72. Meet in Spencer 151.

1:30–3 p.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

3 p.m. Campus driving tour. Enjoy a narrated tour of old and new places on campus from the comfort of a touring van. Check out the places you’ll want to return to during the weekend to explore in more detail. Meet at McGriff Alumni House.

4 p.m. Evening prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

4–5:30 p.m. A Musical Homage to Women. In honor of the 50 years of Women celebration, curators will be playing selections featuring women artists: singers, musicians, composers, and songwriters. All genres and requests welcome! Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

5:30–6:30 p.m. Sirens of Song: The Women of Opera. The women of opera have always dazzled with their voices, just as their onstage characters meet with spectacular demise. Come hear about the role of female characters in opera’s standard repertory and contemplate why their stories often culminate in death. Featuring scenes from Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Tosca, Salome, and more! Hosted by Dr. Kerry Ginger of the Music Department. Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

5:30 p.m. Meet and greet welcome home reception. Come see friends and professors at this gathering that kicks off the weekend. Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

7:30 p.m. Movie. Spiderman: Far from Home. Sewanee Union Theatre.

8 p.m. The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Halloween concert. Guerry Auditorium.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

Friday, Nov. 1

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming gift!

8 a.m. Dedication of the plaque honoring 50 Years of Women at Sewanee. Light breakfast included. Walsh-Ellett patio.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Faces of Sewanee, an ongoing exhibition of student-made portraits from ART 291: Topics in Contemporary Painting. Students actively engage in the conversation about representation on campus, particularly with regards to tradition, history, legacy, and storytelling as understood through portraiture. Featuring 18 portraits of Sewanee community members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) by students. Learning Commons, duPont Library.

Gown library collection. The Order of the Gown has started a “gown library” for members who cannot afford the gowns sold at the bookstore. The OG is also looking for alumni willing to hand down their gowns and pass on one of Sewanee’s best traditions! If you want to put your old gown to good use, please donate it to the gown library. Feel free to include a note with your contact information or sharing what your gown means to you, so that the student who receives it will be able to thank you directly. Donation drop will be at the Homecoming registration desk all weekend in McGriff Alumni House.

8 a.m.–6 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home.

8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m. Back to the classroom. Dust off your gown and join current Sewanee students as alumni are invited to sit in on one of the regularly scheduled academic classes. Class schedule will be available at McGriff Alumni House.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Exhibition: Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester, 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

9–10:30 a.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Office of Financial Aid open hours. Parents of high school students, are you struggling with the acronyms of Financial Aid as your students plan their college career? The Office of Financial Aid is open to answer your questions. We can explain the aid application process at Sewanee and share our knowledge of the process in general, just in case you are looking at other colleges and universities. Fulford Hall.

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.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Ralston Listening Room open house. Come listen to your favorite songs or let the curators surprise you. Enjoy the world’s finest audio components surrounded by thousands of LPs and CDs from the personal collections of Father William Ralston and Dr. Charles Harrison. Second floor, duPont Library.

10:45 a.m. The Office of Civic Engagement hosts a celebration of alumnae and students dedicated to service. Come take a gallery walk of posters where students will describe their projects of community engagement and hear from alumnae (onsite and via video) and current students about their work to make the world a better place. Convocation Hall.

11:45 a.m. Screening of "Mine 21," a short award-winning documentary about a deadly coal mine explosion that took place in Whitwell, Tennessee, in 1981. The film follows Kelsey Arbuckle, C’19, and Alexa Fults, C’21, both from Grundy County, as they find out more about this event, which took the lives of 13 miners. The effect in Marion and Grundy counties was tragic. The documentary was directed by Stephen Garrett, C’01, and produced by Sewanee Professor Chris McDonough. Q&A with Linda Mayes, C’73, and McDonough to follow screening. Convocation Hall.

1 p.m. The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation with Dr. Woody Register, C’82, professor of history. Come learn about the project that seeks to understand the impact of slavery and slavery’s legacies on the University’s founding and first century of operation. Gailor Auditorium.

1 p.m. Celebrating International Women: Join the Office of Global Citizenship in the Tower Room in McClurg to meet with women who are current international students and to see posters of what some of our past international women are doing. We may have a special international guest. We look forward to welcoming alumni and those interested in where in the world Sewanee international grads go! 

1–2:30 p.m. Alumni hike on the Caldwell Rim Trail along the upper reaches of Lost Cove. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Bob Stewman Road. (Turn left on Lake O’Donnell Road, turn right on Bob Stewman Road, and go to the end for parking). Guided by favorite professors.

1–3 p.m. Celebrating women in health care. In honor of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Sewanee, the Sewanee Health Professions Society (SHPS) and the Sewanee Multicultural Health Society (SMHS) invite alumni and their family and friends to a meet-and-greet reception celebrating women in health care. SHPS and SMHS are student-led pre-health organizations. Representatives from both SHPS and SMHS will be in attendance and look forward to meeting alumni. Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

1:30 p.m. World War II from Resistance to Liberation, a talk by Dr. Harold J. Goldberg, David E. Underdown Distinguished Professor of History. In July 2020, he will lead an alumni tour to visit World War II sites in Europe (new.sewanee.edu/alumni). Come learn more about the trip. Torian Room, second floor, duPont Library.

1:30–3 p.m. Campus tour and information session for high school students and families. As a Sewanee alumnus or alumna, you know a great deal about the University, but if you have college-bound children attending Homecoming with you, plan to attend one of the campus tours and information sessions sponsored by the Office of Admission. Save your space by visiting admission.sewanee.edu/visit/on-campus-visits.

2–4 p.m. University and Sewanee cemeteries tour “Shoulders We Stand On,” led by James Gipson, C’66, Sewanee historian. Meet at the cemetery gate across from Stirling’s Coffee House on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Kennerly Lane.

2:15–3:30 p.m. Sewanee Women Then and Now. Bairnwick Women’s Center and the Women of Sewanee Facebook group host a panel of current students and alumnae who will offer their thoughts and experiences on what it has been like to be a woman at Sewanee, then and now. Mary Sue Cushman Room, Bairnwick Women’s Center.

3 p.m. Fourth annual Frisbee golf tournament. Meet at the 19th hole, McGriff Alumni House, to play the Manigault Park course. Tournament celebration to follow.

3:30 p.m. Department of Mathematics & Computer Science alumnae panel. Women math and computer science majors talk about their experiences and careers after Sewanee. Woods Labs, Room 121.

3:30 p.m. The road to the Rhodes and beyond with Rhodes Scholar alumnae Ramona Doyle, C’81; Jennifer Michael, C’89; Anne Jones, C’98; and Katharine Wilkinson, C’05; moderated by Ellen Goldey, C’84, vice president for academic affairs at Centre College. Torian Room, second floor, duPont Library.

3:30–6 p.m. Wine and cheese reception for Snowden alumni, family, and friends. Snowden Hall atrium.

4 p.m. Carillon tour in historic Shapard Tower. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sewanee campus with this informative tour.

4 p.m. Evening prayer at St. Augustine’s Chapel.

4:30 All Saints’ Day service. The Rt. Rev. Kathryn McCrossen “Kai” Ryan, C’86, recently ordained as 11th bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Texas, will preach. All Saints’ Chapel.

4:30–7 p.m. Women’s and Gender Studies reception and Wick reunion, honoring professor Julie Berebitsky. Mary Sue Cushman Room, Bairnwick Women’s Center.

5:30 p.m. White and Pink Ribbon Societies party for society alumnae and members. Spencer Hall Atrium.

5:30–7:30 p.m. Decades reception. Find your friends at the decades tables and enjoy a drink before the concert! The alumni tent, next to McGriff Alumni house.

6 p.m. Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Sewanee Inn. RSVP required.

6:30 p.m. Red Ribbon Society initiation, followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the home of Bill Harper, C’78.

7 p.m. SAS Players present Babka without Borders. McCrory Hall, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School.

7:30 p.m. Movie. Spiderman: Far from Home. Sewanee Union Theatre.

8 p.m. 50 Years of Women concert featuring Grammy-winning artist Amanda Shires, L’17. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, as well as in a duo with Rod Picott. Shires has released six solo albums, most recently To The Sunset in 2018. In 2019, she joined country music group The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby. Guerry Auditorium. Tickets provided in your Homecoming packet.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

9 p.m.–midnight All alumni dance with live music by Entice at the alumni tent next to McGriff Alumni House. Dance the night away at this popular event! You won’t want to miss the brass section of this fantastic band!

Saturday, Nov. 2

8 a.m. Fun run for alumni beginning at McGriff Alumni House. Start the day with a 5K to the Cross and back.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Faces of Sewanee, an ongoing exhibition of student-made portraits from ART 291: Topics in Contemporary Painting. Students actively engage in the conversation about representation on campus, particularly with regards to tradition, history, legacy, and storytelling as understood through portraiture. Featuring 18 portraits of Sewanee community members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) by students. Learning Commons, duPont Library.

 

8 a.m.–noon Registration at McGriff Alumni House on Georgia Avenue. Make this your first stop on the Domain for Homecoming. Pick up your registration packet with your nametag, a schedule of events, list of attendees, maps, and Homecoming gift! Pick-up for pre-registered alumni will be self-serve after noon.

8 a.m.–9 p.m. Hospitality center at McGriff Alumni House. Hang out between events or just drop in to relax during the day. We’ll have refreshments, restroom facilities, and a great atmosphere to make you feel right at home. We’ll have the national football games showing, so hang out here between events.

8:30–10 a.m. Breakfast, McClurg Dining Hall. Join fellow alumni for breakfast. Your nametag serves as your ticket. Enjoy breakfast as the students do!

9 a.m. Mountain Goat Trail Parkrun. Come join new friends in a timed 5K event on the Mountain Goat Trail. Dogs are welcome. Please register at parkrun.us/register, print the barcode, and meet in Pearl’s parking lot, 15344 Sewanee Highway.

9:30 am Celebrating 50 Years of Women—The Evolution of Support. Gailor Auditorium.  Sponsored by the Women of Sewanee Group.

10 a.m.–noon Ninth annual Campus Gallery Walk. Diedrick Brackens’ Allegiance in the University Art Gallery, Mary Stuart Hall’s Sympathetic Dissonance in the Carlos Gallery of the Nabit Art Building, the legacy of women at Sewanee with Skirts and Gowns in the Museum Gallery of William R. Laurie Archives and Special Collections, and the Alumnae Arts Showcase in Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Ralston Listening Library open house. Come listen to your favorite songs or let the curators surprise you. Enjoy the world’s finest audio components surrounded by thousands of LPs and CDs from the personal collections of Father William Ralston and Dr. Charles Harrison. Second floor, duPont Library.

10:30 a.m. Help Trey Greer, C'84, "Smash the Millsaps Majors" with his pumpkin flinging trebuchet. University Farm on Breakfield Road.

10:30 a.m. Softball alumnae game. Tiger Field.

11 a.m. Decades panel. Come hear from alumnae from each decade spanning the 50 years. Moderated by Professor Virginia Ottley Craighill, C’82, and featuring alumni Genye Hawkins, C’74; Mary Hance, C’75; Jess Baumhauer Hill, C’81; Kate Belknap-Burchak; C’83; Charlotte Thomas Riddle, C’91; Beth Rowe Lewis, C'97, Rosilyn Rayborn, C’04; La’Toyia Slay, C’11; Brittany Macon, C’14; and Bronte Goodhue, C’15. Gailor Auditorium.  

11 a.m. Women’s field hockey vs. Centre College. Puett Field.

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Kappa Omega Sorority 20th anniversary birthday brunch. KO House, 205 Mississippi Ave., Unit 3.

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Delta Tau Delta alumni lunch, Delt House.

11:30 a.m. EQB Awards Brunch. Convocation Hall. RSVP required.

11:30 a.m. Pre-game tailgate party and affiliate party. WUTS? Proctor? Athlete? Choir? Lived in Hunter? Etc.! Come gather at the affiliate party with others with similar experiences and share stories. Alumni Homecoming tent, Georgia Avenue.

Noon Carillon concert, Shapard Tower. Watch on a big screen TV below the tower as you enjoy the musical performance.

Noon–2 p.m. Kappa Delta annual alumnae brunch, EQB Building (next to McClurg Dining Hall).

Noon–4 p.m. Exhibit. Diedrick Brackens’ Allegiance. University Art Gallery.

12:45 p.m. Group photo. Let’s document the weekend that celebrates 50 Years of Women at Sewanee. Meet at the bleachers by the alumni tent, next to the McGriff Alumni House.

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 McGriff Alumni House.

1–3 p.m. IONA Art Sanctuary open house. Professor emeritus Ed Carlos opens his studio gallery for all alumni. Turn onto Route 56-S (Sherwood Road) and go 2.8 miles. Turn right on the second Garnertown Road.

1–5 p.m. Exhibition. Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester, 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

1:30 p.m. Homecoming football game vs. Millsaps College. Hardee-McGee Field.

1:30 p.m. The concession stand at the football field is run by Housing Sewanee Inc.—Sewanee’s version of Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds go directly to purchase building materials for client homes. Please stop by during Homecoming and buy a delicious hot dog and drink.

1:30 p.m. YSR Club hospitality tent. Stop by the YSR Club tent during the football game and learn the exciting news about athletics at Sewanee.

2 p.m. Campus bike ride, led by Woody Deutsch, C’72. Enjoy a unique view of campus by bike. Woody, of Woody’s Bicycles, will lead the group. Bring your bike or contact Woody’s Bicycles at 931.598.9793 to rent one for this event. Meet at Woody’s Bike Shop, 90 Reed’s Lane (next to Shenanigan’s).

3 p.m. Women of Sewanee Facebook Group meeting. Meet alumnae of this 3,000+ member group and collaborate on the mission and goals. Get swag! Torian Room, second floor, duPont Library.

3 p.m. LGBTQ+ alumni reception, hosted by Spectrum. The Queer and Ally House, #3 Georgia Avenue Townhouses.

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 alumnae for a quick rehearsal for Sunday’s service in All Saints’ Chapel. Reception to follow. All Saints’ Chapel.

4 p.m. Tour of Breslin Tower, hosted by the Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers. With a football win, you will be able to catch the bells ringing. This is a wonderful and unique part of Sewanee’s history and tradition.

4:30 p.m. Sewanee Men's and Women's Soccer hosts SAA Conference quarterfinals. Puett Field.

4:30–7 p.m. All alumni post-game barbecue at McGriff Alumni House with live music by Men of Soul, with Towson Engsberg, C’84, on drums. Alumni rate this as a highlight of the weekend.

5 p.m. Kappa Sigma alumni reunion. William R. Laurie Archives and Special Collections.

6 p.m. Class of 1964 reunion party at the home of Bill, C’64, and Jeanie Rue.

6:15 p.m. Cocktail reception and gala. Program honoring the milestone 50 years including keynote addresses by Linda Mayes, C’73, and Meredith Walker, C’91, and a special video salute to 50 years of coeducation on the Mountain. Reception music provided by Bazzania. The Sewanee Inn. RSVP required.

7:00 p.m. Sewanee Men's and Women's Soccer hosts SAA Conference quarterfinals. Puett Field.

7 p.m. SAS Players present Babka without Borders. McCrory Hall, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School.

7:30 p.m. Movie. Spiderman: Far from Home. Sewanee Union Theatre.

8–10 p.m. The Cordell-Lorenz Observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. Use the stairs on the third floor of Carnegie Hall to access the roof.

9:30 p.m. Jazz Coffee House J.D. Warren and the Rudiments Featuring Vocalist Dermel Warren C’ 03.  Ayres Multi-Cultural Center. 14 Willie Six Road.

 

Sunday, Nov. 3

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist at All Saints’ Chapel.

8:00 a.m. Yoga with Sarah Coke King C’83. BYO mat. The Cross. 

8 a.m.–1 p.m. Enjoy Sunday brunch at McClurg Dining Hall. Your nametag gets you in.

8 a.m.–3 p.m. Tennessee State Interscholastic Cycling League Championships. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School.

9:30 a.m. Memorial service for alumni, 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.

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Gamma Tau Upsilon pancake breakfast fundraiser, the Social Lodge, Georgia Avenue.

1:30 p.m. Carillon tour in historic Shapard Tower. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Sewanee campus with this informative tour.

2–5 p.m. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee admission open house. The open house is the perfect opportunity to learn more about SAS and the admission and financial aid process. The day will include a class sampler, campus tours, and an information session. Register today or contact the Admission Office for more information. St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is a private, co-educational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades 6–12. We challenge our students to fulfill their greatest potential while helping them to cultivate lives of balance and joy.

4 p.m. SAS Players present Babka without Borders. McCrory Hall, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School

6 p.m. Tribute to Jessye Norman, H’84, the award-winning dramatic soprano who died Sept. 30 at the age of 74. She was one of the rare African American singers to attain worldwide stardom in the opera world and her passionate soprano voice won her five Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Come listen to some of her greatest recordings on a state of the art sound system. Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

6:30 p.m. Growing in Grace. All Saints’ contemporary worship service with an informal Eucharist in All Saints’ Chapel. Dr. Virginia Craighill, C’82 and professor of English, will speak. In addition to teaching in the English department and for FYP (the Finding Your Place first-year program), Dr. Craighill oversees the writing tutors and fellows and the Sewanee Purple. Truly the epitome of a Sewanee woman, Dr. Craighill will share about a person in her life who has affected her deeply at this informal church service.

Special Reunion Celebration – 50 Years of Women      

Thursday, Oct. 31

1 –5 p.m. Exhibition. Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

1:30 p.m. Nature journaling with Mary Patten Priestley, C’72. Meet in Spencer 151.

3 p.m. Campus driving tour. Enjoy a narrated tour of old and new places on campus from the comfort of a touring van. Check out the places you’ll want to return to during the weekend to explore in more detail. Meet at McGriff Alumni House.

4–5:30 p.m. A Musical Homage to Women. In honor of the 50 years of Women celebration, curators will be playing selections featuring women artists: singers, musicians, composers, and songwriters. All genres and requests welcome! Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

5:30–6:30 p.m. Sirens of Song: The Women of Opera.The women of opera have always dazzled with their voices, just as their onstage characters meet with spectacular demise. Come hear about the role of female characters in opera’s standard repertory and contemplate why their stories often culminate in death. Featuring scenes from Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, Tosca, Salome, and more! Hosted by Dr. Kerry Ginger of the Music Department. Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

5:30 p.m. Meet and greet welcome home reception. Come see friends and professors at this gathering that kicks off the weekend. Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

Friday, Nov. 1

8 a.m. Dedication of the plaque honoring 50 Years of Women. Light breakfast included. Walsh-Ellett patio.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m.) Exhibition. Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

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.

10:45 a.m. The Office of Civic Engagement hosts a celebration of alumnae and students dedicated to service. Come take a gallery walk of posters where students will describe their projects of community engagement and hear from alumnae (onsite and via video) and current students about their work to make the world a better place. Convocation Hall.

11:45 a.m. Screening of "Mine 21," a short documentary about a deadly coal mine explosion that took place in Whitwell, Tennessee, in 1981. The film follows Kelsey Arbuckle, C’19, and Alexa Fults, C’21, both from Grundy County, as they find out more about this event, which took the lives of 13 miners. The effect in Marion and Grundy counties was tragic. The documentary was directed by Stephen Garrett, C’01, and produced by Sewanee Professor Chris McDonough. Q&A with Linda Mayes, C’73, and McDonough to follow screening. Convocation Hall.

1–3 p.m. Celebrating women in health care. In honor of the 50th anniversary of coeducation at Sewanee, the Sewanee Health Professions Society (SHPS) and the Sewanee Multicultural Health Society (SMHS) invite alumni and their family and friends to a meet-and-greet reception celebrating women in health care. SHPS and SMHS are student-led pre-health organizations. Representatives from both SHPS and SMHS will be in attendance and look forward to meeting alumni. Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

1 p.m. Celebrating International Women: Join the Office of Global Citizenship in the Tower Room in McClurg to meet with women who are current international students and to see posters of what some of our past international women are doing. We may have a special international guest. We look forward to welcoming alumni and those interested in where in the world Sewanee international grads go! 

2:15–3:30 p.m. Sewanee Women Then and Now. Bairnwick Women’s Center hosts a panel of current students and alumnae who will share their experiences and offer their thoughts on what it has been like to be a woman at Sewanee, then and now. Mary Sue Cushman Room, Bairnwick Women’s Center.

3:30 p.m. The road to the Rhodes and beyond with Rhodes scholar alumnae Ramona Doyle, C’81; Jennifer Michael, C’89; Anne Jones, C’98; and Katharine Wilkinson, C’05, moderated by Ellen Goldey, C’85, vice president for academic affairs at Centre College, Torian Room, second floor, duPont Library.

4:30 p.m. All Saints’ Day service. The Rt. Rev. Kathryn McCrossen “Kai” Ryan, C’86, recently ordained as 11th bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Texas, will preach. All Saints’ Chapel.

4:30–7 p.m. Women’s and Gender Studies reception and Wick reunion, honoring professor Julie Berebitsky. Mary Sue Cushman Room, Bairnwick Women’s Center.

5:30 p.m. White and Pink Ribbon Societies party for society alumnae and members. Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

5:30–7:30 p.m. Decades reception. Find your friends at the decades tables and enjoy a drink before the concert! The alumni tent, next to McGriff Alumni house.

8 p.m. 50 Years of Women concert featuring Grammy-winning artist Amanda Shires, L’17. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, as well as in a duo with Rod Picott. Shires has released six solo albums, most recently To The Sunset in 2018. In 2019, she joined country music group The Highwomen alongside Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. Guerry Auditorium. Tickets provided in your Homecoming packet.

Saturday, Nov. 2

7:30 a.m. Yoga with Sarah Coke King, C’83, BYO mat. The Cross.

9:30 am Celebrating 50 Years of Women—The Evolution of Support. Gailor Auditorium.  Sponsored by the Women of Sewanee group.

10 a.m.–noon Ninth annual Campus Gallery Walk. Diedrick Brackens’ Allegiance in the University Art Gallery, Mary Stuart Hall’s Sympathetic Dissonance in the Carlos Gallery of the Nabit Art Building, the legacy of women at Sewanee with Skirts and Gowns in the Museum Gallery, William R. Laurie Archives and Special Collections, and the Alumnae Arts Showcase in Harris Commons, Spencer Hall.

10 a.m.–noon Kappa Delta annual alumnae brunch, EQB Building (next to McClurg Dining Hall).

10:30 a.m. Softball alumni game. Tiger Field.

11 a.m. Decades panel. Come hear from alumnae from each decade spanning the 50 years. Moderated by Professor Virginia Ottley Craighill, C’82, and featuring alumni Genye Hawkins, C’74; Mary Hance, C’75; Jess Baumhauer Hill, C’81; Kate Belknap-Burchak; C’83; Charlotte Thomas Riddle, C’91; Rosilyn Rayborn, C’04; La’Toyia Slay, C’11; Brittany Macon, C’14; and Bronte Goodhue, C’15. Gailor Auditorium.

11 a.m. Women’s field hockey vs. Centre College. Puett Field

11 a.m–1 p.m. Kappa Omega Sorority 20th anniversary birthday brunch. KO House, 205 Mississippi Avenue, Unit 3.

11:30 a.m. Pre-game tailgate party and affiliate party. WUTS? Proctor? Athlete? Choir? Lived in Hunter? Etc.! Come gather at the affiliate party with others with similar experiences and share stories. Alumni Homecoming tent, Georgia Avenue.

12:45 p.m. Group Photo. Let’s document the weekend that celebrates 50 Years of Women at Sewanee. Meet at the bleachers by the alumni tent, next to McGriff Alumni House.

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 McGriff Alumni House.

1–5 p.m. Exhibition. Skirts and Gowns: Celebrating the Legacy of Women at Sewanee. Curated by Introduction to Museum Studies students from Easter semester, 2019. The Museum Gallery at the William R. Laurie University Archives and Special Collections.

2 p.m. Campus bike ride, led by Woody Deutsch, C’72. Enjoy a unique view of campus by bike. Woody, of Woody’s Bicycles, will lead the group. Bring your bike or contact Woody’s Bicycles at 931.598.9793 to rent one for this event. Meet at Woody’s Bike Shop, 90 Reed’s Lane (next to Shenanigan’s).

3 p.m. Women of Sewanee Facebook Group meeting. Meet alumnae of this 3,000+ member group and collaborate on the mission and goals. Get swag! Torian Room, second floor, duPont Library.

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 alumnae for a quick rehearsal for Sunday’s service in All Saints’ Chapel. Meet in the choir room in the basement of Carnegie Hall. Reception to follow.

6:15 p.m. Cocktail reception and gala. Program honoring the milestone 50 Years including keynote addresses by Linda Mayes, C’73, and Meredith Walker, C’91, and a special video salute to 50 years of coeducation on the Mountain. Reception music provided by Bazzania. The Sewanee Inn. RSVP required.

9:30 p.m. Jazz Coffee House J.D. Warren and the Rudiments Featuring Vocalist Dermel Warren C’ 03.  Ayres Multi-Cultural Center. 14 Willie Six Road.

Sunday, Nov. 3

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

11 a.m.–2 p.m. Gamma Tau Upsilon pancake breakfast fundraiser, the Social Lodge, Georgia Avenue.

6 p.m. Tribute to Jessye Norman, H’84, the award-winning dramatic soprano who died Sept. 30 at the age of 74. She was one of the rare African American singers to attain worldwide stardom in the opera world and her passionate soprano voice won her five Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Come listen to some of her greatest recordings on a state of the art sound system. Ralston Listening Room, second floor, duPont Library.

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