Centennial Founders Day



The campus community celebrated the College’s 100th birthday in style on April 5, 2011, Founders Day!

Centennial Founders Day Schedule of Events

Founders Day Keynote Historical Lecture
"Refocusing Our Lens: The Founding of Connecticut College in Historical Context"
1:15-2:15 p.m.
Linda Eisenmann ’75 P’03’07, professor of history and provost at Wheaton College, brings to life the history of Connecticut College – its founding and key milestones – and its place in the history of higher education.
Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Ceremonial Ringing of Harkness Chapel Bell
2:15-2:30 p.m.
The historic Harkness Chapel Bell, inscribed “Great is truth and mighty above all things,” rings 100 times in honor of the College’s Centennial.

Centennial Photograph
2:15-2:45 p.m.
The College community – everyone who can be there – gathered for a group photograph. The goal: capture a commemorative photograph of the community posed in the shape of the number "100."
Tempel Green

Centennial Founders Day Tea/Birthday Party
3-5 p.m.
Celebrating the College’s 100th birthday and tradition of academic excellence – emeriti faculty were special guests. Brief remarks by President Lee Higdon and Trustee Connie Gemmer ’80 P’10. Performance by student improv group N2O. Chamber Choir debuted the new Centennial Song!
1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Centennial Founders Day Dinner
5-8 p.m.
Connecticut College students and other members of the community joined for this celebratory dinner featuring a special menu, festive decorations and birthday cake.
Harris Refectory (dinner included in student meal plan; guests are $11)

Great Beginnings Centennial Concert: Shake the Baron
8-9:30 p.m.
Shake the Baron, “The most rowdy, floor-stomping songsmiths ever to emerge from Connecticut,” featured guitarist/vocalist Andrew Oedel ’10, drummer Matt Addison ’10, bassist Max Currier ’10 and guitarist Jon Markson ’12.
1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams