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.
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.
Witnessing first-hand the rebirth of Detroit, alumni participated in a Downtown Detroit Walking Tours in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Led by Calvin Moore, a professional tour guide, owner of Seven Point Two Tours, and Rochester College graduate, the tours included some of Detroit’s great historical sites and renowned architecture. Following the two-hour tours, participants ate lunch at American Coney Island.
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.
Experiencing the magic of Christmas, alumni, their families, and their friends enjoyed the annual Holiday Walk of Meadow Brook Hall in 2016 and 2017. The event included a luncheon and tour of the mansion’s elaborately-decorated rooms. Meadow Brook is one of the largest and finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America.
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.