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Homecoming & Family Weekend

Save the Date for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2024!

September 27-28, 2024

 

This year's Homecoming planning and preparation is in full swing.

Come down to the campus to celebrate class reunions, department reunions, tailgates, athletic events, food trucks, the 5K, family fun time, the Homecoming parade, and many other annual events! Don't miss Taste of Beaver County, where Alumni and friends enjoy a state-of-the-art selection of some of the best food and drink that ten Beaver County restaurants have to offer at the Class of 2020 Pavilion with a backdrop of live music.

Homecoming weekend will again feature our Historical Campus Tour, featuring historic photos of campus and an AI-generated historical tour narrated by Geneva's founder, John Black Johnston, through our brand-new Geneva Tour app. Be on the lookout for the posted QR codes around campus!

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Receive a 10% discount for all registrations in the month of July.

Homecoming Galleries

Check out all of the Homecoming festivities by visiting our Flickr account!

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2024 Homecoming Schedule

Wednesday, September 25

All Week

Geneva Spirit Week

The week leading up to Homecoming has been designated Spirit Week. Show off your Geneva pride by wearing gold and white! Whether you’re on campus or hundreds of miles away, show your school spirit on social media. Be sure to ‘like’ Geneva College on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @genevacollege with the hashtag #GenevaSpiritDay.

12-1 p.m.

Geneva Trivia

Alex's Dining Hall

Join us on campus for Geneva Trivia. Guaranteed you will learn something new! Additional details coming soon. 

Thursday, September 26

5:30-9 p.m.

Annual Bitar Memorial Lecture Series Events

5:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner – Benedum Room
7 – 8 p.m. Lecture Series – Skye Lounge

Additional information about the Bitar Lecture Series is forthcoming.

The Dr. Byron I. Bitar Memorial Lecture in Philosophy was endowed by the William C. Kriner Family in memory of Geneva College′s beloved professor of a quarter-century, in order to continue his legacy and vision for philosophy. The Lecture was inaugurated in 2004, a year after Dr. Bitar′s untimely death. 

Friday, September 27

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Campus Store Open

Geneva College Campus Store, Student Center

Browse a wide variety of Geneva College clothing, accessories and other spirited items. Alumni receive a 10% discount. 

10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Alumni Registration and Hospitality Tent

Outside of Alexander Hall

Check in and receive your official Homecoming credentials. Stop by to pick up your schedule, nametag, and some Geneva giveaways while you mingle with fellow alumni and friends.

10:10 a.m.

Annual Bitar Memorial Lecture Series Events

Skye Lounge

Additional information about the Bitar Lecture Series is forthcoming.

The Dr. Byron I. Bitar Memorial Lecture in Philosophy was endowed by the William C. Kriner Family in memory of Geneva College′s beloved professor of a quarter-century, in order to continue his legacy and vision for philosophy. The Lecture was inaugurated in 2004, a year after Dr. Bitar′s untimely death. 

11 a.m.-12 p.m

Key Moments in Geneva's History

West Reading Room, McCartney Library

Join us for a discussion of important events happening on campus since 1848 when the College was founded. Presented by Archival Librarian, Kae Kirkwood '83. All alumni are welcome to attend, and we hope our Golden Grads will do so.

12:30 p.m.

Golden Grads Reunion Luncheon

Benedum Room, Alexander Hall

See who's coming

David Howard '74

John Iben '64

Romaine (Jesky) Jesky-Smith '74

Shirley (Langford) Kilpatrick '74

Bonnie (O'Neill) Meyer '74

Dennis Meyer

*registration required

2-4 p.m.

Campus Tours for Alumni

Departing from Alexander Hall

Current students will be available to show you around campus. Whether it’s been 5 years or 50 years since you’ve stepped foot on campus, there are always new things to see! Visiting as a prospective student? Sign up for a tour of campus; we can't wait to see you!

*registration encouraged

*Golf carts will be available to assist those needing a riding tour.

5-6 p.m.

Alumni Connection Reception

Benedum Room, Alexander Hall

This interactive time will allow for alumni to meet up with their classmates prior to the Alumni Awards Dinner. Light refreshments will be provided.

 6-8 p.m

Annual All Alumni Awards Dinner

Alex's, Alexander Hall

See who's coming

Jean (McFarland) Carson '78

Kenneth Carson '79

Douglas Estella '79

Janet (Sheetz) Estella '78

John Iben '64

Timothy Johnson '19

Bonnie (O'Neill) Meyer '74

Dennis Meyer

Michael Parkinson '19

Nancy Rocereto

Paul Rocereto '69

Dale Russell '81

Mark Sampson '93

Sharon Sampson

Celebrate Geneva College’s past as we look ahead to the future during this event. Noteworthy alumni will be recognized with various alumni awards, including the Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Award, and Young Alumni Award.

*registration required

This year's awardees will be posted soon.

 

7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball vs. Franciscan

Metheny Fieldhouse

Cheer on the Golden Tonadoes!

8-9:30 p.m.

Observatory Open House

John Paul Schaefer Memorial Observatory (located on the first-base side of the baseball field)

This event will take place in both clear skies and cloudy weather.

Activities include:     

  • Tour the observatory
  • Via software, see the sky on the night of your birth.
  • See the observatory in action. (Weather permitting)
    • Star gaze via small and large telescopes. (Weather permitting)

*Baseball Field Location: The address is Beaver Falls Ballpark #2, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, and it is located just off the corners of 33rd street and 6th Avenue on College Hill.

9:30-11 p.m.

Student Bonfire & Car Smash

Pearce Overlook

Hosted by Geneva College Student Government (GCSG). 

Saturday, September 28

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:15 a.m. Start

5K and 1-Mile Fun Walk

Merriman Athletic Complex Track & Field

Each participant will receive a participation medal. Prizes will be awarded for men's and women's first, second, and third places. 

7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Alumni Registration and Hospitality Tent

Old Main Lawn

Check in and receive your official Homecoming credentials. Stop by to pick up your schedule, nametag, and some Geneva giveaways while you mingle with fellow alumni and friends.

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Presidential Pancake Breakfast

The Brig, Student Center

Enjoy President Troup’s homemade pancakes! This event benefits Geneva College Athletics.

*registration required

8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Campus Store Open

Lower Level of Student Center

Browse a wide variety of Geneva College clothing, accessories and other spirited items. Alumni receive a 10% discount!

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Estate Planning Seminar

PDR, Alexander Hall

Presented by Michael W. Nalli, Esq. ’95, this hour-long seminar focuses on key elements of a thorough estate plan and pitfalls to avoid.

*registration encouraged

9 a.m. Line Up

10 a.m. Start

Homecoming Parade

Downtown Beaver Falls to Geneva College Campus

More Information

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family Fun Activities, Yard Games, and Food Vendors 

Bring your future Geneva grads to the family zone for fun activities, including a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, and family friendly activities. Enjoy food from local food truck vendors and a variety of fun for all ages. Prices vary per vendor.  

Alumni Council (Oram's)

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

English Club Book Sale

McCartney Library

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Genevans Concert 

John White Chapel, Old Main

 12:15 p.m.

New Song Concert

Steps of Alumni Hall (Rain location: Skye Lounge)

This student ensemble is led by Lindsay (Brothers) Shaffer ’11.

 TBD

Eight Bells Concert

John White Chapel

Lunch, rehearsal, and concert (more details forthcoming)

See who's coming

David Hartzell '72

Thomas Hinkelman '95

Donald McBurney '68

Dale Russell '81

Adrian Wright '05

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Alumni Authors Book Signing

West Reading Room, McCartney Library

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Class Reunions

Various Locations

  • 1964 (60th) See who's coming

    John Iben '64

  • 1974 (50th) See who's coming

    Judith (Story) Heinzl '74

    Randy Heinzl

    David Howard '74

    Romaine (Jesky) Jesky-Smith '74

    Shirley (Langford) Kilpatrick '74

    Bonnie (O'Neill) Meyer '74

    Dennis Meyer

  • 1979 (45th) See who's coming

    Kenneth Carson '79

    Douglas Estella '79

    Janet (Sheetz) Estella '78

  • 1984 (40th) See who's coming

    Information coming soon

  • 1989 (35th) See who's coming

    Christopher Fox '89

  • 1994 (30th) See who's coming

    Timothey Clemens '94

  • 1999 (25th) See who's coming

    Joshua Wilsey '99

  • 2004 (20th) See who's coming

    Rebecca (Collmus) Koether '04

  • 2009 (15th) See who's coming

    Case Beegle

    Coltyn Beegle

    Cooper Beegle

    Kelly (DeFilippo) Beegle '09, M.Ed. '11

    Mike Beegle

    Adalyn Nelson

    Alden Nelson

    Anderson Nelson

    Andrew Nelson '09

    Andrew Nelson

    Ashley (Luciano) Nelson '09

    Autumn Nelson

    Lee-Anna Upperman '09, MAHE '11

  • 2014 (10th) See who's coming

    Kyle Beckhusen '14

    Molly (Lyon) Beckhusen '14

    Jonathan Cerha '14

    Mary (Kinch) Cerha '14

    Lindsee (Clark) Harrell '14

    Madison Harrell

    Nicholas Harrell

    Sarah Hutcheson '14

    Charis Shipley

    John Shipley '14

    Courtney (Verlinde) Stewart '13

    Hudson Stewart

    Noa Stewart

    Scott Stewart '14

  • 2019 (5th) See who's coming

    Taylor Campbell '19

    Hannah (Lucas) Hepner '19

    Nathanael Hepner '19

    Timothy Johnson '19

    Torre (Fahrny-Klaphake) Johnson '19

    Michael Parkinson '19

1-2:30 p.m.

Department Reunions

More information forthcoming

2:30 p.m.

Homecoming Court & Pre-Game Activities

Reeves Field  

Geneva College's Student Veteran Association will present the Colors and the homecoming king and queen will be crowned.

3 p.m.

Football Game vs. Case Western Reserve University

Reeves Field

The campus store will have a pop-up store at the stadium - alumni receive a 10% discount. 

5:30-7 p.m.

Post-Game Tailgate on Old Main Lawn

Enjoy a tailgate-themed buffet dinner following the football game. Dinner will be served from Old Main Lawn with ample seating for you to enjoy time with alumni and friends.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Taste of Beaver County

Class of 2020 Pavilion

Enjoy a selection of the best food and drink that Beaver County has to offer with stations from local restaurants and bakeries, while enjoying live music!  

*Advance registration encouraged - this is a ticketed event - $15 per person. 

7-9 p.m.

1974 Class Reunion Dinner

Frank G’s Restaurant – Bridgewater, PA (private room)

See who's coming

Judith (Story) Heinzl '74

Randy Heinzl

David Howard '74

Romaine (Jesky) Jesky-Smith '74

Shirley (Langford) Kilpatrick '74

Bonnie (O'Neill) Meyer '74

Dennis Meyer

Enjoy an evening of memories with old friends

 8-9:30 p.m.

Observatory Open House

John Paul Schaefer Memorial Observatory (located on the first-base side of the baseball field)

This event will take place in both clear skies and cloudy weather.

Activities include:     

  • Tour the observatory
  • Via software, see the sky on the night of your birth.
  • See the observatory in action. (Weather permitting)
    • Star gaze via small and large telescopes. (Weather permitting)

*Baseball Field Location: The address is Beaver Falls Ballpark #2, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, and it is located just off the corners of 33rd street and 6th Avenue on College Hill.

Homecoming T-Shirt

2024 Homecoming T-Shirts

The t-shirt for Homecoming 2024 features a new design with the Geneva Homecoming logo. We have selected Gildan Softstyle Tees so you can represent Geneva with style and comfort. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for purchase at the registration tent.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@geneva.edu or 724.847.6590.