Global Alumni Reunion 2020 Schedule of Events

Register for Reunion by May 1, 2020.

Friday, May 22, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Exploring Ticino: Valle Verzasca
Departs from Kaletsch Campus Parking Lot

Take part in this Franklin tradition with a visit to the beautiful Valle Verzasca. Arrive via a coach bus and then enjoy a short hike through some of Ticino’s more beautiful terrain. A Ticinese sack lunch will be provided.

Alumni and Friends: $35, Young Alumni: $30, Faculty/Staff: $30

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

State of the University and Global Alumni Reunion Kick-Off
Nielsen Auditorium, Kaletsch Campus

Join President Greg Warden and fellow alumni for the official kick-off to the Global Alumni Reunion weekend. President Warden will discuss the current State of the University and the future of your alma mater.

Free

5:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

Franklin Kids Club Session 1

The Franklin Kids Club is designed to allow alumni to enjoy their weekend while knowing that their children will be entertained by Franklin students and staff. Session 1 includes dinner, t-shirt decorating, and games. Sign-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and you must pick your child up by 9:15 p.m. This is recommended for kids ages 6-16.

Child: $25

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Taste of Switzerland
Kaletsch Campus Lawn

Do you remember the first time you had raclette, polenta, or Gruyère cheese? This informal cocktail-style dinner for alumni, guests, faculty, and staff will feature delicious foods from around Switzerland.

Alumni and Friends: $25, Young Alumni: $15, Child (0-12): $10, Faculty/Staff: Complimentary

Saturday, May 23, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Morning Yoga
Kaletsch Campus Lawn

Enjoy an early morning yoga session to help start day two of Reunion weekend. Limited amount of used mats are available.

Free

9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Franklin Kids Club Session 2

The Franklin Kids Club is designed to allow alumni to enjoy their weekend while knowing that their children will be entertained by Franklin students and staff. Session 2 includes breakfast, outdoor games, picnic lunch, t-shirt decorating, and games. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. and you must pick your child up by 3:15 p.m. This is recommended for kids ages 6-16.

Child: $35

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Professors
Conference Room, Kaletsch Campus

Join Franklin faculty for a continental breakfast on campus and reconnect with professors from your time at Franklin. Professors love to hear about where life has taken their former students. This is also a great opportunity to meet some of our newer Franklin professors at this informal breakfast.

Alumni and Friends: $10, Young Alumni: $5, Faculty/Staff: Complimentary

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Student-Led Campus Tours
Departs outside of Nielsen Auditorium, Kaletsch Campus

Enjoy a walking tour of both Kaletsch and North Campuses. Students will give you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a student at Franklin today.

Free

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sustainable Garden Dedication for Professor Ann Gardiner
Sustainable Garden, North Campus

Join alumni, faculty, and friends as Franklin dedicates the Sustainable Garden in memory of Professor Ann Gardiner.

Free

11:30 a.m.

Faculty-Led Workshop: “Happiness Now and Then”
Nielsen Auditorium, Kaletsch Campus

Join Professor Fabio Ferrari to explore the perceptions of happiness and how they change - sometimes dramatically - from one era to the next, and from one culture to another. See what might be learned through questioning and comparing a few short, excerpted texts and iconic images.

Free

11:30 a.m.

Faculty-Led Workshop: “Italian 101”
Classroom, Kaletsch Campus

Brush up on your conversational Italian in this engaging class.

Free

11:30 a.m.

Faculty-Led Workshop: “Collaborative Leadership”
Lowerre Academic Center Conference Room, North Campus

Led by Franklin’s Dean of Executive Education and Global Outreach, Carlo Giardinetti. In this workshop you will learn about the latest research findings with regards to collaboration and explore how ready you are to become a collaborative leader.

Free

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Resident Advisor and Orientation Mentor Alumni Reception
North Campus Dining Hall

Reconnect with the Office of Student Life and enjoy a reception for former Resident Advisors and Orientation Mentors.

Free

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Aperitivo Alumni Boat Cruise
Depart from Imbarcadero Paradiso

Join us for a cruise around Lake Lugano! The scenery never disappoints and a glass of prosecco in the company of new and old friends is always enjoyable!

Alumni and Friends: $30, Young Alumni: $20, Faculty/Staff: $20

6:30 p.m.

50th Anniversary Gala: “Sustaining the Future”
Hotel Splendide Royal

Celebrate 50 years of Franklin as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and sustain the future during the 50th Anniversary Gala dinner. Enjoy this special evening reminiscing with friends and fellow classmates.

6:30 p.m. Registration

7:00 p.m. Cocktails

8:00 p.m. Dinner and Dancing

Alumni and Friends: $250, Young Alumni: $200

Sunday, May 24, 2020

10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Franklin Kids Club Session 3

The Franklin Kids Club is designed to allow alumni to enjoy their weekend while knowing that their children will be entertained by Franklin students and staff. Session 3 includes arts and crafts, and games. Sign-in starts at 10:30 a.m. and you must pick your child up by 12:45 p.m. This is recommended for kids ages 6-16. Please note: There will be a kids area at the BBQ, but parents must also be in attendance during this time.

Child: $10

11:00 a.m.

Tour Franklin’s Previous Campuses (Cirla, Ferrari, Villa Sassa)
Departs from Kaletsch Campus Parking Lot

Take a trip down Franklin’s memory lane and visit Franklin’s former campuses. Learn about where and how the dream for Franklin University Switzerland began.

Alumni and Friends: $10, Young Alumni: $5, Faculty/Staff: Complimentary

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Franklin Family BBQ
Tent on the Soccer Field, North Campus

Gather at the Soccer Field on North Campus for a fun-filled afternoon of great food, drinks, and your Franklin friends. Bring the whole family to this closing Reunion event.

Alumni and Friends: $15, Young Alumni: $10, Child (0-12): $5, Faculty/Staff: Complimentary

3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lugano Hike to Sasso delle Parole
Depart from Soccer Field, North Campus

Enjoy a hike to Sasso delle Parole in Lugano for fantastic panoramic views of Lake Lugano. This is an easy hike and does not require special hiking gear. Wear comfortable shoes. This hike will be led by Aniello De Lucia, Franklin's Coordinator, Recreational Sports and Student Engagement. You will depart from and return to North Campus.

Free

Reunion Village

Looking to really relive that college experience? Consider staying on campus!

Reunion Village residence hall housing offers value, convenience, and nostalgia. Guest rooms are located on campus. Keep in mind that Reunion Village is student housing. Smoking is not allowed inside, and rooms will have minimal amenities. Parking is extremely limited.

Room rates vary. The costs listed here are full room pricing (not per person, but per room). Check-in is on Friday morning and check-out on Monday. Space is very limited, so please reserve your room as soon as possible. We will continue to update the offerings as rooms are selected.

Register online no later than May 1, 2020.

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