Homecoming - Family & Reunion Weekend


Online registration for Homecoming events has closed.

If you haven't registered for GOLD Reunion at Pearl Street Pub ($10/person) or Great Danes Great Bash at WT's ($5/person) but still wish to attend, you may pay at the door.

All packages for the Great Dane Pre-Game are sold out, but game tickets may still be available.
To inquire about football game tickets only, please contact UAlbany Athletics Ticket Office by calling 518-442-DANE.

For information regarding event check-in, ticket pick-up, and to view an event / parking location map of campus, click here.

 


Below is a key guide to help you decide which events may interest you.

 Alumni     Families     Reunions     Invitation only

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing
University Library, 2nd floor 
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.   

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Reception Celebrating Student Scholarships

Assembly Hall, Campus Center
Join President Jones, Foundation Board members, and student scholarship recipients for a private reception which thanks our donors for putting The World Within Reach for our students. This private reception precedes the Reaching Higher, Achieving More luncheon (details below). Registered reception guests who also register for the luncheon will be treated to reserved seats.  Registration for this invitation-only reception required. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Reaching Higher, Achieving More Luncheon
featuring Marc Guggenheim ’92
Campus Center Ballroom 
This annual luncheon showcases the remarkable career paths of some of UAlbany’s most notable graduates. This year, we are excited to welcome Hollywood writer and producer Marc Guggenheim ’92 as our featured speaker. You’ll be sure to recognize his large body of work including Eli Stone, Law & Order, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Green Lantern, Call of Duty 3, and CW’s Arrow.  Following the luncheon, join Marc for a book signing of his novel, Overwatch. Registration Required. Free lunch.
   

2:00 p.m.
University Libraries’ Preservation Department Naming Ceremony & Reception

Barnes & Noble Reading Room, Ground Floor of the Science Library
Join the UAlbany Family as we name the Libraries’ Preservation Department in honor of the late Alice Hastings Murphy ’40, whose $2.2 million gift will enhance the Libraries’ capacity to support innovative scholarly research by both faculty and students. Hastings Murphy's impressive library career spanned decades and, even upon retirement, she remained actively involved with the Friends of the Libraries. This event will feature Susan H. Hildreth M.L.S. ’73, appointed by President Obama to serve as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Registration Required. Free.    

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Moot Court Demonstration

Alumni House
See students in action in a courtroom-like setting as they prepare for the National Moot Court Competition. Sponsored by the nationally ranked School of Criminal Justice and the UAlbany Lawyers Alumni Association.  Registration required. Free.   

4:00–4:30 p.m.
Tour of The RNA Institute

Meet in front of the Room 1143, 1st Floor of Life Science Research Building, 2nd Floor of Life Science Research Building. 
Come see how The RNA Institute is advancing research at University at Albany. Learn how Institute scientists are developing technologies for RNA science and enabling the development of novel RNA therapies that can have a positive impact on human health. Registration required. Free.
  

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Welcome Wine-Tasting Reception
LC Lobby
Please join us for a wine-tasting experience and discover a fine selection of New York wines while you connect with fellow alumni, UAlbany families and friends overlooking the newly renovated Main Fountain Area. Registration required. Free. 
(Limit 1 guest)   

7:00-9:00 pm.
The Rockefeller College Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series presents
Cold War or Co-Existence? A Panel Discussion on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
University at Albany Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (2nd Floor)

Please join us for an informative and insightful conversation on the crisis between Russia and Ukraine with featured alumni panelists Colin Cleary ’86, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State and Interagency Fellow in Residence, United States Institute of Peace, Lawrence Korb PhD ’69, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and Rey Koslowski, Associate Professor of Political Science.   The conversation will be moderated by veteran political journalist and writer Susan Milligan ’84, followed by a question and answer period with the audience.  Reception to immediately follow. 
Registration is encouraged, but not required. Free  


7:00 p.m.
Born this Way: A Musical Revue
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Rock and Roll meets Broadway in an entertaining and thoughtful examination of diversity in America. This original production will feature music from Broadway’s most popular musicals and contemporary rock songs, for a thrilling and entertaining journey. Advance Sales: $10 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff /$15 general public. Day of Show Tickets: $15 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff / $20 general public. Purchase tickets here.    

7:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student Shabbat Services

The Interfaith Center
Reform, Conservative
Shabbos House
Orthodox

7:30 p.m.
Class of 1964 Meet and Greet

Chat’s Lounge, Albany Marriott Lobby, 189 Wolf Rd.
Kick off your reunion weekend with an informal meet and greet. Here’s your first real chance to reconnect with your classmates after so many years. Registration required. Cost: Cash Bar


7:30-9:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Meet and Greet

Residence Inn Marriott Lobby
Kick off your reunion weekend with an informal meet and greet. Here’s your first real chance to reconnect with your classmates after so many years. Munchies and beverages will be available. Registration required. Cost: Free
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8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner

Shabbos House Sukkah
Registration required. Free.   

8:00 p.m.
GOLD Goes to Pearl Street Pub

Pearl Street Pub, 1 Steuben St, Albany
An exclusive UAlbany party for recent grads (2004-2014). Enjoy a DJ, karaoke, photo booth, trivia contest, drink ticket and great late-night food – all for just $10. And, get your team ready to win great prizes at the fourth annual GOLD Trivia Contest. Registration required. $10.
  


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing
University Library, 2nd Floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.
   

8:30–10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                   
Welcome Back/Half-Century Club Breakfast and Class of 1964 Induction
                                                                                                               
SEFCU Hall of Fame Room 
Start your day with UAlbany alumni and families at a breakfast buffet!  Hear President Robert J. Jones provide an update on the University and celebrate as the Class of 1964 is inducted into the Half-Century Club. Registration required. Cost: $5.00/person.
   

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Interfaith Center Open House
 
Chapel House Interfaith Center
Free.   

10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Prayers

Shabbos House
Free.   

10:30 a.m.–Noon
Sorority Coffee Hour

Alumni House
Beta Zeta, Chi Sigma Theta, Gamma Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta, Phi Delta, Psi Gamma, Sigma Al¬pha, Sigma Phi Sigma, APA, KB, Potter Club, SLS and Theta Xi Omega. Join your sorority sisters and fraternity brothers for coffee and conversation. Shuttle service is available from SEFCU Arena to the Alumni House. Registration required. Free.  

11:00–11:45 a.m.
University Art Museum Tour
Join members of the museum staff for an informal gallery tour of the current exhibition. 
Registration Required. Free.   


11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
Campus Bus Tour

Tailgate Tent Area

Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Residential Life Reunion
Join fellow Res Life alums at this exciting first annual alumni reunion. Reminisce the good ol’ days of late night duty calls, door tag making and programming proposals. The weekend kicks off with a gathering at a tent overlooking Indian Pond at Liberty Terrace. Warm cider and cider doughnuts will be served.  Tours of the LEED certified apartment complex Liberty Terrace at 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. will follow. Res Life will also gather at the Great Dane Pre-game at 1:30 p.m. (separate registration). We guarantee that you’ll have a great time with old friends! For details, visit ResLife.  Registration required. Cost: Free.


12:00-1:00 p.m.
Presidents’ Legacy Reception

Hall of Fame Room, SEFCU Arena
Legacy families -- families with more than one generation of alumni or a current student whose parent or grandparent is an alum -- are invited to this informal reception hosted by University President Robert J. Jones and Alumni Association President Timothy Murphy '77Registration required. Free.
 
 
12:30 p.m. 
Campus Bus Tour

Tailgate Tent Area

12:45 p.m.
Lunch at Shabbos House

Shabbos House Sukkah 
  

12:30-1:45 p.m.
Class of 1964 Buffet Lunch (Optional)
Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave.
Enjoy a nice buffet lunch at Washington Tavern, affectionately called “The WT”, a popular meeting place for all downtown alums. Registration required. Cost: $15/person. 


1:00–3:00 p.m. 
Cornerstone Protestant Ministry Chapel House Cookout

Chapel House Interfaith Center
Free.   

1:00–1:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour

Art Museum 
Registration Required. Free.
    

 Featured Event                     
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Great Dane Pre-Game

Adjacent to Bob Ford Field
Get into the spirit before watching UAlbany take on Richmond in the Homecoming game! Enjoy a lunch buffet, live music featuring the Bad Chaperones and family fun activities with other Great Danes fans.  Package include lunch buffet, t-shirt and football game ticket.  A $40 value.  Must register by Oct.1 to receive a commemorative t-shirt. Free parking.  Registration required. Cost $20, $5 for children 12 and under.   
Reunion classes, School of Business alums, Rockefeller alums, Residential Life alums, Sorority and Fraternity alums and GOLD will have reserved tables. 

Great Dane Pre-Game bus from NYC to Albany is just $5.  Bus will depart from mid-town Manhattan at 9 a.m. to arrive on campus around noon, and depart campus for return to NYC 1/2 hour after end of the football game.


1:00-3:30 p.m.
1844 Society Tent at the Great Dane Pre-Game

Adjacent to Bob Ford Field 
While at the Homecoming Pre-Game party, members of our donor societies can visit our exclusive 1844 Tent and enjoy champagne, desserts, and specialty coffees. Casual attire is welcome; UAlbany gear is encouraged!  See above for information on purchasing the full pre-game package. Registration for this invitation-only tent required. 


3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game vs. Richmond

Bob Ford Field
Show your true colors!  Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. Registration required. Cost: $15 Upper Reserved seating, $10 general admission seating, $3 kids 2-12.   

2:00 p.m
Born this Way: A Musical Revue

UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Rock and Roll meets Broadway in an entertaining and thoughtful examination of diversity in America. This original production will feature music from Broadway’s most popular musicals and contemporary rock songs, for a thrilling and entertaining journey. Advance Sales: $10 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff /$15 general public. Day of Show Tickets: $15 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff / $20 general public. Purchase tickets here.    

2:00-3:00 p.m.
UAlbany Downtown Campus Walking Tour

Downtown Campus
See some of your old haunts and reminisce with alumni during this tour of the various buildings on the downtown campus. Brian Keough, of the Special Collections and Archives, will host the tour. Tour starts at Draper Hall entrance. Parking is available at Thurlow Terrace on Western Ave. Registration required. Free. 
   

3:15-4:00 p.m.
Pierce Hall Tour 

Alumni Quad, Downtown Campus
Visit one of your old residence halls and relive your memories when NYSCT was home away from home.
Registration required. Free For reunion classes only.  

CLASS OF 1954 REUNION EVENT!

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1954 Cocktail Reception

Albany Marriott Ballroom Foyer, 189 Wolf Rd., Albany
Registration required. Free if attending reunion dinner. $10/person for reception only. Cash bar 
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Class of 1954 Reunion Dinner
Albany Marriott Ballroom
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Registration required. Cost: $40/person.



CLASS OF 1959 REUNION EVENT!

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Cocktail Reception

Dante Room at Treviso, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Avenue Ext.
Registration required. Free if attending reunion dinner. $10/person for reception only. Cash bar
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Class of 1959 Reunion Dinner

Dante Room at Treviso, Italian-American Community Center 
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Registration required. Cost: $45/person.

 

CLASS OF 1964 REUNION EVENT!

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1964 Cocktail Reception 
Albany Marriott Ballroom Foyer, 189 Wolf Rd.
Registration required. Free if attending reunion dinner. $10/person for reception only. Cash bar.
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Class of 1964 Reunion Dinner

Albany Marriott Ballroom 
Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner.
Registration required. Cost: $50/person.



6:00-8:00 p.m.
Newman Catholic Association Dinner

Chapel House Interfaith Center
Free.   

7:00–10:00 p.m.
Great Danes Great Bash
 

The Washington Tavern 
250 Western Avenue, Albany 
Alumni are invited to mingle and reminisce at this popular UAlbany watering hole. Enjoy heavy appetizers and beverages. Cost: $5  

Classes of 2004, 1989 and 1974 Reunion Event

Great Danes Great Bash 
7:00–10:00 p.m.
The Washington Tavern 
250 Western Avenue, Albany
Join your fellow alums at this favorite college hangout and remember the good ‘ol days. Registration required. Cost. Free for reunion alums only. Guests: $5
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7:00 p.m.
Born this Way: A Musical Revue

UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Rock and Roll meets Broadway in an entertaining and thoughtful examination of diversity in America. This original production will feature music from Broadway’s most popular musicals and contemporary rock songs, for a thrilling and entertaining journey. Advance Sales: $10 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff /$15 general public. Day of Show Tickets: $15 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff / $20 general public. Purchase tickets here.    




SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12


8:30-10:00 a.m. 
Class of 1964 Happy Trails To You…‘Til We Meet Again Breakfast
The Marketplace, Albany Marriott
Here’s your chance to say goodbye for now ‘til our next reunion.
Registration required. Cost: On Your Own 

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Class of 1954 Farewell Breakfast

The Marketplace, Albany Marriott
Here’s your chance to say farewell until the next reunion. Registration required. Cost: Free for alumni.  Guests pay on their own. 

8:30-10:00 a.m. 
Class of 1959 Farewell Breakfast

Residence Inn Marriott
Here’s your chance to say goodbye for now ‘til our next reunion. Complimentary breakfast available. Registration required. Cost: Free. 


9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting
Alumni House

10:30 p.m.–Noon
Omicron Delta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
Join faculty, staff, and students as they are inducted into the UAlbany Chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Our honorary inductee this year will be Coach Abe. Friends, colleagues and athletes are welcome to join the ceremony. Reception to follow in the adjacent Futterer Lounge.  

2:00 p.m
Born this Way: A Musical Revue
UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Rock and Roll meets Broadway in an entertaining and thoughtful examination of diversity in America. This original production will feature music from Broadway’s most popular musicals and contemporary rock songs, for a thrilling and entertaining journey. Advance Sales: $10 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff /$15 general public. Day of Show Tickets: $15 for students, senior citizens, and UAlbany faculty & staff / $20 general public. Purchase tickets here.    



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