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Founders Celebration 2022 LogoFounders Celebration is an annual campus-wide event at 蹤獲扦泭honoring the institutions泭origins, commemorating its rich history of scholarship, and continuing its momentum forward.泭This re-imagined celebration combines Homecoming, Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, and Founders Day to create one spectacular week-long schedule of events.

The celebration features traditions and events including:

  • Founders Day Bell RingingJoin this ceremony and gathering of the university community at the Founders Bell outside Rosary Hall. Representatives for the universitys seven decades each ring the bell, initially crafted in 1858the year the universitys namesake, Mother Magdalene 蹤獲扦, passed awayand refurbished with support from the universitys Class of 1967.泭
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards DinnerAttend泭this泭annual reception, established in 1986, that recognizes graduates who have made a difference and highlights their achievements and societal contributions.
  • Athletics EventsCheer on the 蹤獲扦 Wildcats during matches at Karrer Field and Lumsden Gymnasium.
  • Student & Family-Centric EventsEnjoy the Food Truck Rodeo and Music Festival, get some new gear at the Swag Swap泭Night, be "amazed" with mentalist Robert Channing, and try your luck at Casino Night!
  • Trolley Rides to the Historic Village of WilliamsvilleEnjoy free trolley rides up and down Main Street, offering the 蹤獲扦 community a chance to visit, shop, and dine at the many establishments in the historic Village of Williamsville. Stop by to grab tasty treats at the various restaurants and creamery, shop at the quaint boutiques and stores, and view the interconnecting ponds and waterfall at the picturesque Glen Park.

Some events are open to the entire 蹤獲扦 community, while泭some are centered on specific 蹤獲扦 groups. Review the event list below for information on what to expect and who is invited to attend.

Family Pre-Registration

PLEASE NOTE: Founders Celebration 2023 Pre-Registration has ended. However, you are still welcome to attend all of the Founders Celebration events listed below.泭

Schedule of Events

Scroll down for a detailed list and descriptions of each Founders Celebration event. Looking for an abridged printable version of the schedule events? .泭

Sunday, September 24, 2023

蹤獲扦 Soccer
Women's Soccer vs. Lake Erie

11:00 AM

Karrer Field

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Come cheer on the Wildcats as they welcome the Lake Erie Storm to Karrer Field for a non-conference game. This event is free and open to the public - no ticket required. Please be advised that Karrer Field does not have bleacher seating; spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Years of Service
蹤獲扦 Years of Service Recognition Event

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Social Room (formerly the Wick Center)

Faculty, Staff

We are recognizing service to the University! There are more than 50 faculty and staff this year celebrating a service milestone here at 蹤獲扦!泭 All employees are welcome to have ice cream and reminisce in the John R. Yurtuchuk Social Room.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Encouraged - see email sent to all employees

蹤獲扦 Volleyball
Women's Volleyball vs. Roberts Wesleyan

6:00 PM

Lumsden Gymnasium

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Come cheer on the two-time defending East Coast Conference champion Wildcats as they welcome longtime rival Roberts Wesleyan to Lumsden Gymnasium.泭

唬棗莽喧:泭泭Tickets泭are required for entry; tickets are available at no charge to 蹤獲扦 students, faculty and staff who are registered for an 泭general admission tickets are available for purchase using the泭link below ($5 standard admission; $3 senior admission (age 65+); $3 youth admission (age 10 & under).

Registration:

Student Activities Logo
Founders Bingo!

7:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center泭Social Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students

蹤獲扦 Students are invited to join the CAT Team for a fun night and to test their luck at winning some AMAZING PRIZES!!!

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Thursday, September 28, 2023

President Olson and student ringing 蹤獲扦 Bell
Annual Founders Bell Ringing

11:30 AM

Founders Bell

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

Join us for this annual event including welcomes and reflections from various 蹤獲扦 dignitaries and culminates with the ringing of the Founders Bell by various 蹤獲扦 constituents including the President, faculty, student, alumni and 47 bell ringers to represent the founding in 1947.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Students eating lunch in Yurtchuk Student Center Dining Room
Campus-Wide Luncheon

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Dining Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

After the annual Bell Ringing, all 蹤獲扦 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families are welcome to attend the Founders Celebration Luncheon.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Saffrin Square Aerial View
Saffrin Public Square Ribbon Cutting & Reception

1:00 PM

Paul Saffrin Public Square

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Official ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of our new quad, the Saffrin Public Square. 1:00pm ceremony and remarks, followed by light refreshments and cookies.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Distinguished Alumni Award winner
Distinguished Alumni Dinner

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Social Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

Established in 1986, this annual reception recognizes graduates who have made a difference and highlights their achievements and societal contributions.

唬棗莽喧:泭$75

Registration:泭Required

Friday, September 29, 2023

Founders Celebration
Founders Celebration Welcome & Info Desk

3:00 PM-8:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Lobby泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Founders Participants can check-in, get a schedule of the weekend, and ask any questions about upcoming events. Those who pre-registered can pick up their Founders Celebration T-shirts.

TGIF in the Wildcat Den
TGIF: Founders Friday

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Wildcat Den泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families泭

Join us for one of 蹤獲扦's favorite traditions, TGIF!

TGIF is a partnership between various student organizations and the Student Activities Office. The event provides free food and activities every Friday. This special edition, Founder Celebration TGIF, is hosted by Students Veterans Alliance and will feature live entertainment, food, and a specialty cocktail for those who are 21 years old or older (with proper government ID).

Some of the food items available at the event: Loaded French Fry Rar, Build Your Own Slider Bar, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, and more!

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

蹤獲扦 Athletics
Coed Recreational Basketball Tourney

5:00-6:30 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Outdoor Court

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Open to all of the 蹤獲扦 Community, the Founders Day 3v3 Basketball Tournament is a fun opportunity to meet others while competing outside on the hard court for basketball supremacy! Students, parents, siblings (age 14+), alums, faculty, and staff are all welcome!泭

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:

蹤獲扦 Dining Services
蹤獲扦 Favorites Night in the Dining Hall

5:00 PM-7:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Dining Hall泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

This is our traditional student dinner, but for this night we have highlighted some of the food items that students like best. Some of the items available will be: BBQ Ribs, Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos, Mac N' Cheese, and more!

唬棗莽喧:泭Free for students with 蹤獲扦 ID, $10 per guest

Registration:泭Not required, pay at the door

Casino Night
Casino Night

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Social Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Try your luck! 泭Casino-style games played with chips that you can "cash in" for lottery tickets to some terrific prizes! 泭Hosted by Student泭Activities.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Scholarship Gala table setting
Scholarship Gala

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Jazzboline

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Friends of the University

The is our annual scholarship fundraiser which泭provides financial assistance for todays 蹤獲扦 students. 泭Through this event泭and thanks to generous 蹤獲扦 alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends of the University, the dream of achieving a college education becomes a reality for deserving students.泭

唬棗莽喧:泭$250

Registration:Required

Swag table outside Yurtchuk
Swag Swap Night

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Back Patio & Courts泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students

Come down to the YURTCHUK Patio to swap out your old 蹤獲扦 or other college/university clothing for some new 蹤獲扦 threads! 泭We will be taking all types of clothing in good condition so it can be donated to local areas of need and you'll get some new duds; it's a WIN/WIN!泭

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Saturday, September 30, 2023

蹤獲扦 Cares
蹤獲扦 Cares Day

9:00 AM-1:00PM

WNY Community

Students, Faculty, Staff

"The Saffrin Center/Service Learning staff is happy to announce that 蹤獲扦 Cares Day is back! This volunteering opportunity is open to the entire 蹤獲扦 student, faculty, and staff. Please consider donating three hours of your time and talent to help out in Buffalo communities that would benefit from your generosity. Please fill out the form to secure your spot at the preferred location. Sign up will close at 8pm on Monday, September 25."

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:

蹤獲扦 bookstore, various clothing items with 蹤獲扦 on them
Campus Store Open

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Campus Bookstore

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Stock up on your 蹤獲扦 swag! 泭The Campus Store, located in the first level of Duns Scotus, will be open special hours from 10:00am-12:00pm to honor the Founders Celebration!泭

唬棗莽喧:泭N/A

Registration:泭Not required

Founders Celebration Logo
Founders Celebration Welcome & Info Desk

10:00 AM-8:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Lobby泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Founders Participants can check-in, get a schedule of the weekend, and ask any questions about upcoming events. Those who pre-registered can pick up their Founders Celebration T-shirts.

Campus Tour Guide
Family & Alumni Campus Tours

10:00 AM

Rosary Hall start

Students, Alumni, Families

Take this complimentary tour by an 蹤獲扦 tour guide and see all the new and exciting updates around campus!

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

Family each brunch in Yurtchuk Cafeteria
Entertainment Brunch w/Alfie

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Dining Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Enjoy a delicious brunch which features the guitar styling of local legend Alfie Allesandra. 泭Alfie will surprise you with the range of genres he is able to play and will even take requests!泭

This will be our tradtional brunch menu with made-to-order omelettes, cheddar scrambled eggs, loaded cheesy wraps, pancakes, french toast with whipped cream and berries, and more! A mimosa bar for individuals 21 yrs and older (with proper government ID) will also be available.

Cost: Fee for students with 蹤獲扦 ID, $9 per guest

Registration:泭Not required, pay at the door

蹤獲扦 College Seals
Deans List Reception

1:00pm-2:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Social Room

Students, Families

The Founding Deans of the three colleges invite all Dean's List Recipients and their guests to a dessert reception to celebrate academic achievements from the 2022-2023 academic year. All students who earned a 3.5 GPA or above in the fall and/or spring term should RSVP through the email sent to their 蹤獲扦 email address.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭By Invitation Only

Campus Tour Guide
Family & Alumni Campus Tours

1:30 PM

Rosary Hall start

Students, Alumni, Families

Take this complimentary tour by an 蹤獲扦 tour guide and see all the new and exciting updates around campus!

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

蹤獲扦 community posing by trolly getting ready to go to Amherst
Trolley Rides to the Historic Village of Williamsville

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Trolley Pick up at John R. Yurtchuk Student Center泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Enjoy free trolley rides up and down Main Street, offering the 蹤獲扦 community a chance to visit, shop, and dine at the many establishments in the historic Village of Williamsville. Stop by to grab tasty treats at the various restaurants and creamery, shop at the quaint boutiques and stores, and view the interconnecting ponds and waterfall at the picturesque Glen Park.泭

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost for the trolley from 蹤獲扦 to Williamsville

Registration:泭Not required

Student holding tickets for Food Truck Rodeo
Food Truck Rodeo & Music by Alumni, Dan Erickson

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Back Lawn泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Do you like food featuring local restaurants?! Do you like LIVE MUSIC?! Then come to the Yurtchuk Student Center for both!!!

Cost: Free to first 100 family members in attendance, and free to first 300 students in attendance. $12 cost per person after complimentary tickets have been dispersed.

Registration:泭Not required

Robert Channing
Mentalist Robert Channing

6:00 PM-6:45 PM

John R. Yurtchuk Student Center Social Room泭(formerly the Wick Center)

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Come meet the man who already knows what you're thinking... You've seen Robert Channing on America's Got Talent, The Steve Harvey Show, Fox and Friends, and many others. 泭Now, you'll see him tonight at 蹤獲扦! 泭Come for a night with America's foremost mind-reader and supernatural entertainer- !泭

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required

蹤獲扦
Blue Madness

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Lumsden Gymnasium

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Families

Help 蹤獲扦 tip-off the basketball season with this pep rally-style event featuring the 蹤獲扦 men's and women's basketball teams. Meet the teams that have become perennial contenders within the NCAA Division II East Region. Contests, giveaways and special performances are included in this event that has become a staple of 蹤獲扦's fall calendar.

唬棗莽喧:泭No Cost

Registration:泭Not required