Alumni gatherings allow former students to reconnect and once again enjoy one another’s company. Alumni have enjoyed several Warrior Adventures over the past three years. Similar activities will be planned in other areas where sufficient numbers of alumni are located. Whenever possible, plan to join us for a Warrior Adventure. Additional adventures will be announced in coming months.
Nearly every week, local news channels report on another milestone in the rebirth of downtown Detroit. If you are interested in witnessing this rebirth first-hand, join us for our Downtown Detroit Walking Tour on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The tour, planned for alumni, their families, and their friends, will begin at 10 a.m. and end with a luncheon at noon. The response to past walking tours has been extremely enthusiastic.
Calvin Moore, a professional tour guide, owner of Seven Point Two Tours, and Rochester College graduate, will lead the 2.5 mile walking tour. You will see recent developments, visit some of Detroit’s great historical spots, and enjoy the city’s renowned architecture. You will visit such sites as the Guardian Building, recently restored David Whitney Building, Campus Martius, Capitol Park, and Grand Circus Park.
Reservation Deadline: September 29, 2017. Only 40 tickets are available. Order early to secure your place!
Alumni, their families, and their friends are invited to experience a women’s volleyball game in the new Garth Pleasant Arena on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the arena mezzanine with Dickey’s barbecue. Following dinner, guests will move to reserved seats in the stands as the Rochester College Warriors take on the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles.
Reservation Deadline: October 4, 2017. A limited number of tickets are available based upon the mezzanine capacity. They will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
Alumni, their families, and their friends will gather with Larry and Lynne Stewart at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday, November 18, 2017, for an afternoon of fellowship and Rochester College basketball. The afternoon will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Alksnis Mezzanine with famous Schnitz Deli box lunches. The Warriors will then face the Aquinas Saints at 3:00.
Reservation Deadline: November 10, 2017.
Experience the magic of Christmas at the 46th annual Holiday Walk of Meadow Brook Hall on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Our event includes a 1:30 p.m. luncheon at the mansion followed by a 2:30 tour of the estate’s elaborately decorated rooms.
“A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929 for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America.” (Meadow Brook website)
Reservation Deadline: November 16, 2017. The Holiday Walk runs nearly one month and is one of Meadow Brook’s most popular events. Order early to secure your place!
Rochester College will host a special evening for alumni, their families, and their friends at AR Workshop on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The event will be held at the AR Workshop location in the Village of Rochester Hills (256 North Adams Road).
With step-by-step assistance from an experienced instructor, each participant will complete a plank, round, or wood box project. At 6:30 p.m., guests will gather for pizza and soft drinks, courtesy of the Alumni Association. The crafting session will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Reservation Deadline: January 11, 2018. A limited number of seats are available. The registration site will be posted soon.
Warriors Basketball & Barbecue
Alumni, their families, and their friends are invited to experience an afternoon of basketball in the new Garth Pleasant Arena on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Two Warrior teams will be facing the Cornerstone University Golden Eagles. The afternoon will begin at 1 p.m. with Dickey’s barbecue in the arena mezzanine, where guests will be able to watch the women’s game. At their leisure, guests will then move to reserved seats in the stands. The men’s game will begin at 3 p.m.
Reservation Deadline: February 3, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available based upon the mezzanine capacity. They will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, Rochester College will host alumni, their families, and their friends on campus for a special night at the spring theatre production of “Into the Woods.” The whimsical musical, written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, brings together famous storybook characters into a rare modern classic.
Prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance, guests will gather in the mezzanine of the new Garth Pleasant Arena at 6 p.m. for Dickey’s barbecue.
Reservation Deadline: April 2, 2018. A limited number of tickets are available based upon the mezzanine capacity. They will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
Members of the Alumni Chorus will present their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Oakland Church of Christ in Southfield, Michigan. Alumni are invited to attend the concert and enjoy visiting with other alumni at a reception following the concert.
Reservation Deadline: April 20, 2018. Please place reservations so an adequate amount of refreshments can be planned.
Previous Warrior Adventures
Day at the Cultural Center
In 2013, alumni and their families visited two renowned attractions in the Detroit Cultural Center. In the morning, participants toured the Detroit Historical Museum at their own pace. After a luncheon catered by Slows BarBQ, participants dispersed to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Four special nights have taken place at Comerica Park. This year, the event included group seating for the game, and the Alumni Association provided food vouchers for participants. The evening ended with a dramatic fireworks presentation.
Detroit Zoo Family Day
On two occasions, alumni and their families have visited the Detroit Zoo. Each day began when the zoo opened. Everyone was able to visit the exhibits on their own until lunch time. Participants then gathered at a tent in the picnic area for lunch before once again visiting the exhibits in the afternoon.
Downton Day at Meadow Brook Hall
Based upon the popular television series Downton Abbey, Meadow Brook Hall hosts Downton Days each winter. Rochester College alumni, their families, and their friends participated in a behind-the-scenes Downton Days tour in 2015. The tour, “A Servant’s Life,” focused on the role of the house staff in a country estate.
Alumni, their families, and their friends gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a 2015 evening of fellowship and Rochester College hockey. The evening included Smokey Bones barbecue and featured the Warriors as they faced the Davenport University Panthers.
Gathering at the Rochester Hills Painting with a Twist, alumni have participated in two Pizza & Painting events. Each evening began with pizza. With step-by-step instruction from an experienced artist, participants then painted a picture of Lake Norcentra at the first event, and the bridge in Lake Norcentra Park at the second.