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FAQS FOR HOMECOMING 2018 & 2019

Schedule for 2018 and 2019:

When will Norwich’s bicentennial be celebrated?
The bicentennial celebration will officially begin on campus at Homecoming 2018 (September 12-16) and continue through Homecoming 2019 (September 18-22), culminating with the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash. A number of off-campus events are also planned during that year. Click here for the schedule of off-campus celebrations.

Why are there changes to the traditional homecoming schedule?
Special events and bicentennial commemorations will take place in both 2018 and 2019. These added festivities necessitate that we add a fourth day to the schedule. Some of the events that have traditionally taken place on Friday will be moved to Thursday to accommodate the additions to Friday’s schedule. 

Which events are being moved?
Homecoming 2018
      Moved from Friday to Thursday, September 13, 2018:
               • Joe Sabol Golf Tournament
               • All Volunteer Boards Luncheon
               • Friends of the Kreitzberg Library Annual Meeting
               • Sullivan Museum Associates Annual Meeting
      Moved from Friday dinner to Saturday luncheon, September 15, 2018:
               • 1819 Circle and Old Guard Luncheon

Homecoming 2019
      Moved from Friday to Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Joe Sabol Golf Tournament
               • All Volunteer Boards Luncheon
               • Friends of the Kreitzberg Library Annual Meeting
               • Sullivan Museum Associates Annual Meeting     
      Moved from Thursday dinner to Friday luncheon, September 20, 2019:
               • Board of Fellows Medallion Luncheon
      Moved from Friday dinner to Saturday luncheon, September 21, 2019:
               • 1819 Circle and Old Guard Luncheon

What special events are being added to the schedule?
Homecoming 2018
      Thursday, September 13, 2018:
                • Mack Hall Ribbon Cutting     
      Friday, September 14, 2018: 
               • Inaugural Alumni Dog River Run
               • Release of Citizens & Soldiers, a NU History Book by New York Times Bstselling Author, Alex Kershaw
               • Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Year Kick-Off Party (with Partridge Society recognition)     
      Saturday, September 15, 2018:
               • 1819 Circle/Old Guard Luncheon
               • Non-reunion Class Parties

Homecoming 2019      
       Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting
               • Bicentennial Stairs Honorees Dinner
               • World premiere: History of Norwich documentary
      Friday, September 20, 2019:
               • Alumni Dog River Run
               • Dewey Hall Renovation Ribbon Cutting
               • Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash (with Partridge Society recognition)     
      Saturday, September 21, 2019:
               • 1819 Circle/Old Guard Luncheon
               • Non-reunion Class Parties

What are the “Celebrate 200: All Class Bicentennial Parties” on Friday night?
All alumni, both reunion and non-reunion classes, are invited to the special events on Friday. In 2018, we will launch the final year of our bicentennial countdown with the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Year Kick-Off Party. The culminating event in 2019 is the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash. Similar to the launch of the bicentennial countdown in 2014, these events will take place in Shapiro Fieldhouse and, depending on attendance, may expand to include Kreitzberg Arena and Plumley Armory. 

Will classes be grouped together for the 2019 events that are in multiple venues?
Yes. Though the program will be the same in all locations, classes will be gathered by decade.

Do these events replace class banquets?
No, traditional banquets for reunion classes will still take place on Saturday night.  (Information on locations is in the section under ‘Lodging’)

For classes that traditionally host a ‘welcome party’ at the start of the weekend, we are requesting that those social events take place on the Thursday night of homecoming so that everyone is available to attend the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Year Kick-Off Party in 2018 and the Celebrate 200: All Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash in 2019.

Will the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial parties in 2018 and 2019 replace the Partridge Society luncheon?
Yes. Recognition of donors will be part of the special programming at these events.

What about the Old Guard and 1819 Circle dinner which usually takes place on Friday night?
In 2018 and 2019, this event will be a Saturday luncheon.

What accommodations are being made for the significant increase in attendance?
                Parking: off-site parking will be created in lots in Northfield, Berlin and Montpelier. Shuttle buses will run to/from campus throughout Friday and Saturday.  
                Shuttles: There will be a shuttle from Stowe to campus and back, and a seperate shuttle from Sugarbush to campus and back. 
                Meals: In addition to the special lunches and dinners on the schedule, food trucks will provide diverse options throughout the weekend.
                Seating: portable bleachers and seating will be added for events including Friday’s Review with Retreat, and Saturday’s Alumni Parade and Football game.
                Bathrooms: Port-a-lets and mobile restrooms will be placed around campus.
                Golf carts: A fleet of golf carts will be available to shuttle visitors around campus as needed.

Lodging:

Where will reunion classes be staying/having their banquets?
Homecoming 2018:
     Class of 1968: Norwich has reserved room blocks at properties in Stowe. The Class banquet will take place in the same or nearby location.
                •Stoweflake Resort and Spa: (802) 253-7355
                •Trapp Family Lodge: (802) 253-8511
                •Top Notch Resort: (802) 760-6330
     Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008: Norwich has reserved room blocks at and near the Sugarbush Resort.
     Class of 2013: The class will stay and celebrate in Waterbury.

Homecoming 2019:
Information will be available in the spring of 2018.

What if I’m not in a reunion year?
We expect that most properties in Central Vermont, Sugarbush and Stowe will be filled by Norwich’s reunion classes in 2018 and 2019.  We are planning to reserve additional blocks of rooms for non-reunion classes in Burlington at the properties nearest I-89. These include the Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Double Tree by Hilton and Homewood Suites. If your class is interested in having a specific room block, contact Liz Dohrman to discuss the number of anticipated rooms needed.

Norwich is planning special events on Saturday night for non-reunion classes in Burlington. These tentatively include a dance party at the Sheraton and a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain.

When can alumni begin booking rooms?
For 2018, information on how to book rooms will be sent to reunion year classes in mid-January. Those not celebrating a reunion in 2018 will receive information on how and where to book rooms in February.

For 2019, lodging will be available in the spring of 2018.

Registration:

When will Homecoming registration open?
                 In both 2018 and 2019, online registration for social events and other activities will open on March 1 for reunion classes and April 1 for non-reunion classes
                 Old Guard will continue to have the option of a paper registration

When do reunion classes need to choose their favors?

                 Because registration is opening earlier than in the past, classes need to make decisions on their class favor by no later than January 15 in both 2018 and 2019. 
                 Suggestions and examples of previous items are available through Liz Dohrman.
                 No favor has been chosen for non-reunion classes at this time.

Staff Contact Info:

Old Guard lodging, social events and class gifts: 
          Megann O’Malley via email or at 802.485.2282
          Corey Touchette via email or at 802.485.2115

Lodging and social events for all non-old guard classes:  
          Diane Scolaro via email or at 802.485.2358

Class gifts for 45th, 40th, 35th, 30th, 25th, and 20th year reunion classes: 
          Reed Curry via email or at 802.485.2766
          * Reed will be out on parental leave until earlu July; until then, please contact Brian Baker.

Class gifts for 15th, 10th and 5th year reunion classes:
          Brian Baker via email or at 802.485.2754