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Alumni Weekend | June 8-11, 2023

Photo Recap

Alumni Weekend 2023

Alumni Award Recipients 2023

2023 Outstanding Scots Ceremony

Schedule of Events

Printable Schedule of Events (pdf)

Thursday, June 812:00 pmWelcome & Check-InPick up name tags, event tickets, and a schedule of eventsGault Alumni Center
12:00 pmGolf cart service beginsLowry Center
2:00-4:00 pmWooster Alumni Volunteer Experience (WAVE)Updates and trainings for Wooster's volunteersRuth W. Williams Hall of Life Science – Room 045
5:00 pmPresident's Reception for WAVECelebrating Wooster's volunteersScheide Music Center, Noble Atrium
5:00 pmDinnerExperience the new servery in LowryLowry Center Dining
6:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
7:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Friday, June 97:00 amRegistration & Alumni Weekend HQ opensGault Alumni Center
7:00 amGolf cart service beginsLowry Center
7:00-9:00 amAll Alumni BreakfastLowry Center Dining
9:00 am-1:30 pmClass of 1968 Tour of Amish Country and LunchTour of Amish Farm, followed by lunch at Mrs. Yoder's; Bus departs from Babcock Circle at 9:00 am
9:15 amCampus Tours: Highlights of WoosterSee Wooster's newest building projects, find the giant Tootsie Roll, check out the room with the rainbow lights, all while learning about new College programs and initiativesMeet in front of Lowry Center (golf carts available)
10:30 amCampus Tours: Highlights of WoosterSee Wooster's newest building projects, find the giant Tootsie Roll, check out the room with the rainbow lights, all while learning about new College programs and initiativesMeet in front of Lowry Center (golf carts available)
11:00 amClass of 1973 Remembrance of Classmates & Dedication of Lowry Center SpacesNorth side of Lowry Center, outside near the Lockhart Fountain
11:30 am-1:30 pmClass of 1973 Progressive Lunch Appetizers, entrees, and desserts in three different locations!Kauke Hall, second floor commons; Ruth Williams Hall, Knowlton Commons; Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
11:30 am-1:30 pmLunch for All AlumniLowry Center
1:30-2:45 pmAlumni College Session I1) Tips for a Successful College Search, hosted by Wooster's Office of Admissions and Beverly Brooks '08 | Lowry Center – Room 201

2) El-Perú Waka': Twenty Years of Research at a Maya Center: Documentary and Discussion with Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr, Archeology | Lowry Center, The Alley (ground floor)

3) Black Digital History Project and Panel Discussion, presented by The College of Wooster Libraries and the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement | Andrews Library – CoRE Cube

4) Medical Advances for Baby Boomers and Their Families, a panel hosted by the Class of 1973, ft. Dr. Diane Jorkasky '73 and Dr. William Steiner '73 | Scheide Music Center, Gault Recital Hall

5) Maria Sexton: A Bridge to Competitive Athletics in Higher Education, Brenda L. Meese '75, faculty emerita | Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science – Room 060
Various Locations
2:00-4:00 pmClass of 1968 Small Group DiscussionsLowry Center – Room 202
3:00-4:15 pmAlumni College Session II1) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Wooster: Then and Now, a panel hosted by the Class of 1973 | Scheide Music Center, Gault Recital Hall

2) The Impact of Title IX on Women's Athletics through the Decades, a panel hosted by the Coalition to Celebrate Title IX in Athletics | Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science – Room 060

3) Behind the Scenes at the CW Art Museum, Dr. Marianne Wardle, College of Wooster Art Museum | Ebert Art Center (north entrance)

4) The Crisis Rhetoric of U.S. Presidents, Dr. Denise Bostdorff, Communication Studies | Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science – Room 045
Various Locations
4:30 pmFriends of Bill W. MeetingKauke Hall – Room 142
4:30 pmWelcome Home Happy HourThe Oak Grove
6:00 pmScots Forever Dinner with Interim President Wayne WebsterFor the Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, and other alumni who have already celebrated their 50th reunions!Kittredge Dining Hall
6:00-7:30 pmAlumni Summer Picnic (Dinner)All alumni from the 5th-45th classes are welcome!Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
6:30 pm50th Reunion BBQEnjoy a casual, first evening supper together. Vegan options included.Douglass Quad Tent (near Ebert)
8:00 pmReception Celebrating the Women's Athletic Narrative at WoosterCatch up with teammates and see the gym, track, and swimming pool that predate The Scot CenterEbert Art Center, second floor gallery
9:00 pmSocial Time in Class LoungesEnjoy time with classmates in your designated loungeResidence Halls
6:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
9:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Saturday, June 107:00 amRegistration & Alumni Weekend HQ opensGault Alumni Center
7:00 amGolf cart service beginsLowry Center
7:30-9:30 amAll Alumni BreakfastLowry Center Dining
9:30 amCelebration of Wooster1) 9:30 am - Conversation with the President | Lowry Center – Allen Commons (upper level)

2) 10:30 am - Outstanding Scots Ceremony - Join us as we recognize our alumni award recipients: Beverly Brooks '08, Steve Gault '73, Ed Gilbert '73, Jennifer Haverkamp '79, and Laura Tuennerman '88 P'22 (McGaw Chapel)

3) Walk of Reunion Classes (Departs from McGaw Chapel to Lowry Center)
11:45 am-1:30 pmCelebration of Wooster LuncheonOpen to all classes, following the Walk of Reunion ClassesLowry Center Dining and Burden Family Patio
12:00-5:00 pmPhoto BoothGather your friends and capture the fun of the reunion!Lowry Center, Brush Lobby
12:30 pmClass of 1953 Luncheon at Downtown Wooster's Broken Rocks CaféTransportation will be provided at the conclusion of the Walk Through the Arch (at Lowry Center)
1:00 pmGolf ScrambleOpen to all classes, hosted by the Class of 1983 (pay on site)L.C. Boles Memorial Golf Course
1:30 pmDedication of the Lockhart Fountain, given in memory of Dan F. Lockhart '74North Side of Lowry Center
2:00 pmClass-specific eventsClass of 1968: Hootenanny 2.0, 2:00 pm | Scheide Music Center, Gault Recital Hall

Class of 1973: Social at Troutman Vineyards, 2:00 pm (bus departs Babcock Circle at 1:30 pm and leaves Troutman at 4:00 pm)

Class of 1978: Tour of Lincoln Way Vineyards (meet at Luce Hall)

Class of 2003: Gathering at Muddy's (335 E. Liberty Street)

Other classes are welcome to plan their own activities throughout the afternoon
2:00-5:00 pmAfternoon Carnival for All AlumniIce cream novelties, soda, water, yard games, and music will be present throughout the afternoon

2:00-3:00 pm – Black & Gold Bingo

3:00-4:00 pm – Paint Your Wooster "W" (limited to the first 30 participants)

3:00-4:30 pm – The Amazing Tartan Race (scavenger hunt) | Start your race at Black & Gold Lounge Tent by 4:00 pm
Black & Gold Lounge Tent (in front of the Scot Center)
2:30 pmRemembering Our Pioneer Coaches: Ginny Hunt, Nan Nichols, and Maria SextonAmphitheater between Lowry and the Scot Center
3:00 pmClass of 1953: Zoom with Remote ClassmatesLowry Center, Room 202
3:00 pmClass of 1988 | Lessons at 56: Humorous Reflections from classmates Graham Rayman and Brian LambKauke Hall, Room 136
3:00-5:00 pmReunion for Second Section MembersBornhuetter Pavillion
3:00-5:30 pmClass of 1978 Artists and Writers ShowLuce Hall
3:30 pmMeet and Greet with Wooster Coaches and W Association Board MembersEnjoy time to connect with current Wooster coaches and members of the W Association BoardScot Center Lobby
4:00 pmHappy Hour for Posse AlumniLowry Center, Allen Commons (upper level)
4:00 pmFriends of Bill W. MeetingKauke Hall – Room 142
4:30 pmClasses of 1983 and 1988: Beer Tasting with Andy Tveekrem '85 of Market Garden BreweryLowry Center, The Alley
5:00-6:00 pmCelebrating Your Generosity: President's Reception for the Wooster Fund Leadership Circle, Members of the 1866 Society, and the Benefactor SocietyBy invitation onlyRuth W. Williams Hall of Life Science, Knowlton Commons
5:00 pmHappy Hour for BIPOC AlumniLowry Center, Allen Commons (upper level)
6:00 pmHappy Hour for LGBTQ+ AlumniLowry Center, Allen Commons (upper level)
6:00 pmClass of 1973, 50th Reunion Class PhotoKauke Hall, North Steps
5:30-7:00 pmAll-Alumni DinnerDinner for all alumni | Don't see a specific dinner listed below for your class? Join us in Lowry and make new friends!Lowry Center Dining
6:00 pmClass of 1963Home of Reggie Williams '63, Wooster (shuttle departs from behind Gault Manor at 5:45 pm)
6:00 pmClass of 1968Broken Rocks Café (123 E. Liberty Street)
6:00 pmClass of 1978Coccia House Pizza PartyLuce Hall, Multipurpose Room & Outdoors
6:30 pmClass of 1973: 50th Reunion Celebration with the PresidentSocial Hour starting at 6:30, Dinner at 7:30, and remarks from Interim President Webster at 8:15 pmKittredge Dining Hall
6:30 pmClass of 1998Social Hour & DinnerEbert Art Center, second floor gallery
6:30 pmDinner for the Coalition for the Celebration of Title IXCoccia House pizza, sides, and non-alcoholic drinks provided, BYOBThe Scot Center | James A. Wilson Governance Room (lower level)
7:30 pmOhio Light Opera presents "Camelot"Alumni are welcome to attend a behind-the-scenes tour in Freedlander Theatre, beginning at 6:45 pm. Tickets for the performance are required.Freedlander Theatre
8:00 pmJump & Jive with DJ JudiMusic, dancing, appetizers, bar, and a few surprises! Lowry Center, Burden Family Patio
5:00 pmAlumni Weekend HQ closesGault Alumni Center
10:00 pmGolf cart service ends
Sunday, June 117:00 amAlumni Weekend HQ opensPlease return your residence hall keys and your nametag holders to the Gault Alumni Center before you depart campusGault Alumni Center
7:00 amGolf cart service beginsLowry Center
7:00-9:00 amFarewell BreakfastLowry Center Dining
11:00 amFinal Check Out of Residence HallsReturn residence hall keys and say farewell to Wooster...for now!
11:00 amAlumni Weekend HQ closes and golf cart service endsGault Alumni Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Reservations & Fees

Who can attend Alumni Weekend? 

All alumni, regardless of class year, and their families, are welcome to return to campus. Class years ending in 3 and 8 will have special recognition. We are also proud to celebrate the success of women’s athletics at Wooster, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

When is the reservation deadline? 

The reservation deadline is May 26, 2023

How do alumni register for the weekend?

Register online at the top of this page. The all-inclusive package pricing option includes on-campus housing and eight meals. If you cannot attend everything or do not need on-campus housing, you may choose the á la carte registration instead.

How much does it cost to attend Alumni Weekend? 

The all-inclusive package is $190 through April 30, and then it increases to $225 on May 1. Á la carte pricing varies depending on your selections. The fees for the weekend cover direct costs of food and beverages. The College is eager to welcome back alumni and happily underwrites most expenses.

Weekend Activities

Why aren’t there as many class-specific events as I remember from past reunions? 

For many years, Wooster’s Alumni Weekend included at least three class-specific events throughout the weekend, which is no longer logistically possible or financially sustainable. However, many of our alumni still expect their class to have several of their own events.

We have been moving toward celebrating more “all alumni” events at Alumni Weekend to be a more inclusive celebration for all. All the reunion classes have been offered Saturday afternoon as “their time” to plan class-specific activities. Some groups have planned more than others.

What attire is most fitting for Alumni Weekend? 

Our guests are encouraged to dress casually for the weekend. Of course, wearing Black & Gold or MacLeod tartan is always acceptable.

Will alumni get to hear from the College President? 

Yes! Interim President Wayne Webster will address the alumni on Saturday morning during the Celebration of Wooster’s first event, the Conversation with the President. Dr. Webster is also hosting a few special events and will be an active participant in the weekend overall.

Will the pool, fitness center, and gym be available during the weekend? 

We welcome alumni to use the facilities of the Scot Center. Hours of operation are somewhat limited in the summer and will be listed in the updated schedule we distribute at Alumni Weekend check-in. The pool is usually closed for the summer.

On-Campus Housing

Can alumni reserve a room on campus after the May 26 reservation deadline?

Unfortunately, no. We are given access to a limited number of rooms and linen packs, and we must stick to the May 26 deadline.

Do alumni get placed with roommates in on-campus lodging?

No. We will not assign you a roommate for the weekend unless two friends request to stay together.

What are the restroom arrangements like in the residence halls?

Most halls have two large restroom facilities per floor. Rooms with private bathrooms are not available. Many of the restrooms at Wooster are gender-neutral, though some are still tagged as “men” or “women.” We encourage folks to use the facilities that align with their own identities.

What are the on-campus housing amenities?

Please remember that residence hall rooms are sparsely furnished. Rooms are furnished with two twin beds (unbunked); one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, one blanket, one pillow and pillowcase per bed; two towels and washcloths per person; desks, dressers, and trash cans. Linens are supplied once, at the start of the weekend, but not replaced throughout.

Many items that are standard in hotel rooms are NOT provided in the residence halls, such as: irons, ironing boards, hangers, alarm clocks, hairdryers, coffee makers, televisions, mini-refrigerators, shampoo and other toiletries, fans, air conditioning, telephones, mattress pads, tissues, and night lights.

When do alumni need to check out of the residence halls?

Check-out is at 11 a.m. on Sunday for all guests. Swipe access cards and name tag badges should be returned to the Gault Alumni Center before guests leave campus.

Food & Beverages

What food options will be available at events? 

When planning event menus, we offer a great variety so that all guests will have plenty to eat. Vegetarian/vegan options are available at all events. If you have a serious food allergy, we ask that you specify this on your reservation form. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Will alcohol be served on campus?

Beer and wine are commonly served at Alumni Weekend events in the evenings. Non-alcoholic beverages are always available at events.

Activities for Children

Young Scots are welcome to attend with their families, and there will be some carnival-type experiences on Saturday afternoon that may be appealing to children aged 7 and older. Childcare is not provided.

Travel & Parking

What is the best way to get from Cleveland Hopkins Airport or Akron-Canton Airport?

Car rentals are offered at both airport locations, as well as taxis and the rideshare options Uber and Lyft. The College will not offer a shuttle service.

Where can alumni park on campus? 

Alumni and guests are welcome to park in any legal parking space on campus, whether they are marked for visitors, staff, or students. Wooster’s Office of Safety & Security will ticket vehicles that are parked illegally (e.g., in a handicapped spot without a pass, in a fire lane, etc.). Please also note that city ordinances are in effect for street parking.

Will golf carts be available for alumni?

Golf carts, driven by trained College of Wooster students and staff, will be available throughout the weekend to help guests in getting around campus.

Arrival on Campus

Where should I go first when I arrive at Wooster? 

Alumni should come to our Alumni Weekend HQ at the Gault Alumni Center. There, they will receive name tags, tickets, an updated schedule, and swipe card keys for on-campus lodging.

Check-in hours are:

  • Thursday | Noon-6:00 pm
  • Friday | 7:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Saturday | 7:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sunday | 7:00 am-Noon

If alumni arrive after the HQ is closed, can they still pick up their room keys?

After HQ is closed each night, room keys are available at the Office of Safety and Security, located in the Culbertson/Slater House complex on Wayne Avenue, across from Kittredge Dining Hall and Wagner Hall.

Where can I find information on transportation, lodging, and dining in the Wooster area?

Our staff has compiled a helpful list of transportation options from the airport, along with places to stay and eat in the Wooster area if you plan on lodging off campus.

More questions?

Contact the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement at 330-263-2533.