Schedule of Events

In celebration of Wells and the inauguration of Dr. Gibralter as our 19th President.
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In keeping with the commitments to sustainability—in all areas—by Wells College and President Gibralter, the inauguration is designed to make responsible use of human, environmental and financial resources. Thus, a simple schedule of four events highlights Wells' unique attributes and frames the celebration.

Sustainability and Civic Engagement

The Academic Experience

12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 14
An afternoon for learning opens with a talk by Paul Rogat Loeb, author of the College's common read "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and hope in troubled times." This presentation will be followed by a moderated panel discussion focusing on issues of sustainability and civic engagement. The panel, moderated by Professor of Environmental Science Niamh O'Leary, will be Jonathan Gibralter, President; Susan Tabrizi, Associate Professor of Political Science; Marian Brown, Director of the Wells Center for Sustainability and the Environment; Meg Flaherty, Director of Campus Life; and Jamila Walida Simon '01, NYS 4-H Civic Engagement Specialist with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

Following the discussion, a student poster session will offer the opportunity for exploring related topics and areas of individual interest and research—taking place during the Wells tradition of Tea Time.
Located in the Learning Commons of Long Library, the atrium of Stratton Hall, and the second floor Centers in Zabriskie Hall.

Hands in Action

Community Service Activities

9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15
Work side by side with students, faculty, staff, alumnae and alumni and guests in a variety of hands-on, indoor and outdoor community service projects that embody the spirit of sustainability across the Wells community.

  • Planting around the Main Building Courtyard
  • Campus Clean-Up around the many walking trails around campus
  • Halloween crafts for local children in the Sommer Center, Smith Hall

Check-in and project sign-up will be located in the Sommer Center, Smith Hall.

Installation Ceremony

Inauguration of Jonathan Gibralter as President of Wells College

1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, October 15
The formal installation ceremony features the traditional Wells Fargo stagecoach, academic procession, delegates, alumni class representatives, greetings and special presentations. Ceremony takes place outdoors at Macmillan Hall Circle.

A Taste of Wells

Farm-to-table community Celebration dinner

4 – 6 p.m. Saturday, October 15
The entire Wells community comes together for a locally-sourced, sustainable dinner to welcome Jon and Laurie Gibralter and their family as we celebrate all that is Wells. All are warmly invited. Please help us prepare by responding through our online form. Ryerson Commons, Dining Hall. Main Building.

Additional Information

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