Family and Alumni Weekend : Schedule

1 – 8 p.m.
Registration & Hospitality
Hosted by the Alumni Association
Hamilton Hall Lobby (320 S. Broad Street)
Let us know that you have arrived and received your free Family & Alumni Weekend Gift. Enjoy the musical stylings of one of our many ensembles starting at 4 p.m. and continuing until The President's Reception.

  • Tours available between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • UArts Bookstore (located on 13th Street between Pine and Spruce) will be open until 7 p.m.

4 – 6 p.m.
Residence Hall Hospitality Center
Parents/family only
All Residence Hall Lobbies
For those parents and families whose students live in on-campus housing, there will be members of the Student Life team in each lobby ready to provide information, directions and food.

4 – 7 p.m.
Photo Booth open
Hamilton Hall Lobby (320 S. Broad Street)
Come to the Hamilton Hall Lobby to get a free, professional photo of you and your family for Family Weekend 2013 memories.  Will complement your free gift! 

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
President's Reception
Solmssen Court in Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad Street)
Join University President Sean Buffington along with faculty and staff for a welcoming reception featuring the MakingIT Exhibition, heavy hors d'oeuvres, UArts performances and much more. This is a great opportunity to interact with some of the professors and administrators who have been working with your student, and reconnect with other Young Alumni.

7:30 p.m.
Theater Presentation: Spring Awakening (ALL SPACES FULL as of 10/14/13)
by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik
Arts Bank Theater (601 South Broad Street)
Directed by Brind School faculty member 

8 p.m.
At the Movies: Monsters University
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Alumni Association
Levitt Auditorium
Join us for a spectacular cinematic experience as we watch Monsters University (2013), selected by our students, on the big screen.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Registration & Hospitality
Hosted by the Alumni Association
Hamilton Hall Lobby (320 South Broad Street)
If you have not already checked in, stop by Hamilton Hall and let us know that you have arrived. Receive your free Homecoming & Family Weekend Gift. Continental breakfast will be served for all guests who want to mingle. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., stop by Hamilton Hall for a rotation of musical performances by various UArts ensembles. 

  • Tours available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • UArts Bookstore will be on site to sell souvenirs and gifts

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A Day in the Life of… (ALL SPACES FULL as of 10/14/13)

Ever wonder what it is like to be an artist? Or a musician? Or dancer? Want to know what a studio is like for your son/daughter? Come join us for interactive college workshops where you will learn from actual professors what is is like to be a student artist at UArts.

  • Crossover Voice Workshop with Liz Ross Radigonda and Mary Ellen Desmond
    Faculty, School of Music
    Caplan Center, 17th floor
    During this session, presenters will share how musicians need to be versatile and sing/perform for various genres.  This is what students at UArts learn.  Demonstrations of various styles will take place, along with the help of some of our talented students.
    Elizabeth Ross is a Senior Lecturer and member of the voice faculty at the University of the Arts. Along with voice lessons, Ms. Ross runs a vocal ensemble and teaches a section of freshman musicianship.  For four years she was a member of the Holiday Pops Festival Chorus, which performs with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and was a member of the Music Group of Philadelphia, under the direction of Sean Deibler for two. She had the pleasure of singing with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, performing with such notables as Howard Shore and Gilbert Levine.  She has performed in the Philadelphia area with various jazz quintets and has performed in Cabarets. Ms. Ross has her own jazz quintet she performs with regularly.
    Mary Ellen Desmond is a Senior Lecturer and member of the voice faculty at the University of the Arts since 2007.  Mary Ellen Desmond has been performing professionally as a vocalist in the Philadelphia area for twenty plus years, while accepting occasional invitations to perform in Japan. In July of 2012, JazzTimes magazine described her as " a confident, musical, swinging stylist who is simply a joy to hear" (Bruce Klauber). Classically trained, she is recognized as a crossover artist covering a variety of styles and repertoires with a primary focus on jazz.  Her debut CD recording, Darn That Dream, was chosen as a 1998 Top Ten Critics' Pick inCadence Magazine. Her second release , A Tribute to Peggy Lee & Rosemary Clooney, was recorded with Philadelphia vocalist Meg Clifton Mitchell, and granted them the opportunity to be the opening performers for Linda Ronstadt at The Annual Rosemary Clooney Music Festival in Ms. Clooney's home town of Maysville, KY in 2004.
  • Acting with Jennifer MacMillan, BFA'06 (Acting)
    Terra Hall, 605
    Participants will get to experience the world of acting as our students do each term through the instruction of one of our most gifted faculty members.
    Jennifer MacMillan, a 2006 graduate of University of the Arts, is a working actor, director, producer and theater educator. She teaches privately in addition to teaching undergraduate acting classes, including acting for non-majors, and has been teaching improv, business of theater and audition techniques for the UArts Saturday and Pre-College Institutes since 2005. Recent favorite Philadelphia credits include The Exit Interview with InterAct Theater Company, House of Blue Leaves with Isis Productions, How to Disappear Completely with Luna Theater Company and Overexposed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. 
  • Movement Exploration with Connie Michael
    Assistant Professor, School of Dance
    Assistant Dean, Division of Liberal Arts

    Terra Hall, 207 or 405
    This participatory session is designed for all ages to engage in a shared movement workshop. Participants will explore movement concepts through short movement activities and have brief discussions throughout. Comfortable clothing to move, socks and a curiosity are all that is required.
    Connie Michael is an assistant professor at the University of the Arts serving as Foundation Series Coordinator and lecturing in Dance Studies. Michael has taught at the School of Dance for over 24 years. Most recently, she has returned from as sabbatical where she performed in India, Malta and England in American Improvisational Belly Dance. She also completed a Master's in Art at Liverpool in Dance Theater Practice. Her strengths in dance studies lie in the areas of Dance Education and Pedagogy and Arts Education.
  • Rediscover Color Workshop with Michele Kishita BFA’97 (Painting), MFA'10 (Painting)
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, CAMD, Writing, UCC
    Anderson Hall, TBD
    In this one hour workshop you will rediscover yourself through the colors of your everyday life, such as your home, clothing, and car.  We will look at the historic and symbolic meanings behind your favorite colors, as well as the color of your personality.  At the end of the workshop you will make color buttons that best represent you.  
    Michele Kishita is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Writing Department, Core, and UCC, a Lecturer in the English as Second Language Institute, an Academic Advisor in Student Affairs, and Chair-Elect of the Alumni Council at the University of the Arts.  She has taught a diverse population ranging from elementary school students to adults, including two years teaching English in Japan.  Michele worked as Associate Specialist of Japanese Prints at Samuel T. Freeman & Co., where she identified, translated, catalogued, and appraised Japanese prints. She is a painter who has been featured in Studio Visit magazine and has exhibited in various galleries on the East Coast and internationally at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates.  Michele holds an AST ‘92 in Graphic Design from Hussian School of Art and a BFA ‘97 and MFA ‘10 in Painting from the University of the Arts.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in Terra Hall
Terra Dining Hall, Terra Hall (211 South Broad Street) 
Families and alumni are welcome to join us in the main dining hall for a special lunch.  Costs for families and alumni are covered as part of the weekend.

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Golden Arts Reunion

CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street)

Members of the class of 1963 and prior are invited to return to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion and re-connect with classmates. Join us for lunch with your classmates and receive a special UArts gift to remember this milestone. Lunch will conclude with a tour of campus. $30/person or $50/couple.

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Career Panel Discussion & Dessert Reception
Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Terra Hall, 17th Floor (211 South Broad Street)
If you are curious what UArts alumni do after graduation, then listen to this panel of recent grads as they share their work as entrepreneurs and artists (featured below). Stay after the discussion to meet and mingle with the panelists in the Caplan Lobby. Food and beverages provided.

  • Megan Nicole O’Brien BFA '05 (Applied Theater Arts) – Co-Founder and Resident Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company -
  • Charlie Heim BM '08 (Instrumental Performance) – Active Performer and Music Educator –
  • Timothy J. (TJ) Walsh BFA '07 (Graphic Design) – TJ is an art director, designer, painter, curator, creative strategist and Catalyst –
  • Patrick Tumblety BFA '07 (Film/Digital Video) with a concentration in Creative Writing – Freelance filmmaker/video journalist/editor/photographer/writer. Notable gig: working for the US Olympic Committee broadcasting/creating content for the 2012 Warrior Games and London Paralympic Games -
  • Sara Bakken BFA '07 (Crafts: Glass/Fiber) Award-winning artist with work in numerous exhibitions and private collection. Also teaches glass fusing, jewelry & fibers classes.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Open House with the Deans
Admissions Visitor Center, Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street)
Meet and mingle with parents of current UArts students as they share about how their student navigated his/her first year and beyond.

3:30 p.m.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Induction Ceremony
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall (411 South Broad Street)
Honored guests and their families are invited to the annual induction ceremony of this great organization.

8 p.m.


Music Ensemble Showcase
Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Terra Hall, 17th Floor (211 South Broad Street)

Come join us for a musical showcase featuring a selection from some of the many vocal ensembles at UArts.


Senior Dance Concert (ALL SPACES FULL as of 10/14/13)
UArts Dance Theatre at the Drake (1512 Spruce Street, entrance on Hicks Street).

Come see some of our talented Dance students show their stuff in this special event being performed specifically for Family & Alumni Weekend.


7:30 p.m.
Theater Presentation: Spring Awakening (ALL SPACES FULL as of 10/14/13)

by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik
Arts Bank Theater (601 South Broad Street)
See event description listed above for Friday, October 18. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis (based on date of online registration).

10 a.m.
Breakfast Bar in the Sukkot Hut

Furness Courtyard, Furness Hall (1499 Pine Street)

Before departing for home, parents, families and students are invited to attend a meal with Rabbi Daniel Grodnitsky, director of the Chabad Jewish Center for Students of the Arts. Students of all faiths are invited to attend.
Sukkot is a Jewish holiday beginning at sundown September 18 and running through September 25. During this festival, followers erect a hut with a roof of branches to symbolize living in the desert. Families and friends will visit the hut and join us for a traditional Jewish breakfast. The University provides an online directory of various other religious sects and denominations

11:00 a.m.
Retirement Celebration for Dr. Donald Chittum 
Location TBD 
School of Music alumni and friends are invited to a retirement celebration in honor of long-time faculty member Donald Chittum.  Please RSVP to RSVP required.