Homecoming Alumni Weekend



Thursday, September 14

7:00 pm – Art Opening – Student and Alumni Photography Show/ Wine and Cheese Reception B .K .Smith Gallery

8:00 pm – Joe Augustine Trio – Performing Arts Series - $20 – C. K. Rickel Theater

Friday, September 15

10:00 Registration – Holden Center

10:30 – 11:30 – Campus Tours – Holden Center

12 noon – Golden Anniversary Luncheon - $20 for guests and non-50th reunion alums.  Steele  Mansion, Mentor Ave, Painesville

2:00 – 3:00 – Campus Tours – Holden Center

2:30 – “Women Outward Bound” documentary – Dickinson Auditorium

5:00 – Beer and Wine Social – B. K. Smith Gallery - $10

5:30 – 7:00 – Clam Bake – B. K. Smith Gallery - $40

Recognizing the 25th Reunion Class ( 1992)

8:00 – A Celebration of Life – Honoring late Professor of Theater Arts, Jake Ruffli – C.K. Rickel Theater

9:00 – Fine Arts and Friends Social – B. K. Smith Gallery

9:00 – 12:00 – Young Alumni Event - Red, Wine and Brew,  Mentor- $10 ( cash bar)

Recognizing the 10th Reunion Class (2007)

Saturday, September 16

9:00 - Mrs. Weaver’s Bacon Breakfast – Social Parlor - $10

10:00 – What is this new “Empowerment “curriculum? –Social Parlor

11:30 – VIP Tailgate  -  inside the Jack Britt Stadium - $10

1:00 – Football Game (ticket included in VIP Tailgate price)

2:00 – Book Discussion by author Holly Fitzgerald  ’67 – Dickinson Auditorium, Austin Hall

4:00 – 5:00 – Organ Concert – Morley Music Building

6:00 – Cocktail Party/NAB Awards/President Posler/Class Pictures -

The Victor Manor House - $35.00

Sunday, September 17

Celebration of horsemanship at LEC – Laddy Legacy/ Gretchen Singleton

9:30 - Breakfast with the horses - EQ Center - $10

10:30 – Presentation – Therapeutic Riding Major/Western Riding Program – EQ Arena

Thursday, September 14


Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

B.K. Smith Gallery, Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts

Please join the National Alumni Board for a wine and cheese reception celebrating the opening of Homecoming Alumni Weekend and the Student and Alumni Photography Exhibit.

Current Lake Erie College students and alumni were invited to submit their own photos that capture their LEC experience, whether they of be buildings, people, events, games, Stormy, the equestrian center, or other subjects. Photos may be vintage or recent, taken on film or digitally produced. Students who submitted photo entries are eligible for a variety of prizes, including a $100 gift certificate for the photo judged “best photo” in respect to its composition, lighting, focus and impact. The photo judged “Most LEC Spirit” will receive a $50 gift certificate. A "Best Alumni Work" award will also be presented.

C.K. Rickel Theater, Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Concerts begin at 8 p.m.

Joe Augustine brings his renowned trio to Lake Erie College for a magical and memorable evening of premier live jazz! Featuring Dave Morgan on bass and Jim Rupp on drums.

The Joe Augustine Trio has been critically acclaimed as "an unforgettable and musically spiritual experience." Joe's masterful arrangements showcase the Trio's hard swingin' style. The audience for this special concert will be given a rare, up-close opportunity to witness their remarkable interplay and energy.

During this concert of the Lake Erie College Performing Arts Series, the Trio will be performing works from The Great American Songbook, a compilation of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards of the 20th Century. Compositions by immortals such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hart will be featured.

In this intimate setting, Joe will relate his personal narratives about the compositions, the composers and their overall contributions to great American music.

Friday, September 15


10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Arthur S. Holden Center

Stop by and pick up your folder, visit with students and fellow alumni, and enjoy snacks and beverages.

The Golden Anniversary Luncheon

12 noon
Steele Mansion (formally Mentor House), across from the College on Mentor Avenue.

President Posler will host the Class of 1967 for a special 50th Anniversary luncheon in the main dining room of the Steele Mansion.

Although the luncheon will celebrate the Class of 1967, all alumni  Although the luncheon is to celebrate the Class of 1967, all alumni are invited to attend for a cost of $20. 

Women Outward Bound - Change of Venue – Coe Conference Room in the Arthur Holden Center

A documentary by Maxine W. Davis

It was tough. It was beautiful. It changed these girls in 1965 forever.

This documentary follows the first group of young women who broke the all-male barrier and participated in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound Wilderness School. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed these 24 women … and history…forever.


Best Youth Adventure – Paddle Canada’s Waterwalker Film Festival -2017
Best Documentary - Reel Paddling Film Festival (Palmer Rapids, Ont.)-2017
Honorable Mention - Big Water Film Festival (Ashland, Wis.) -2016
Best Feature Documentary - Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) -2016
Best Feature - Maine Outdoor Film Festival (Portland, Maine) -2016
Best Film - Milwaukee Women's Film Festival (Milwaukee, Wis.) -2016
Best Historical Documentary - Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Beverly Hills, Calif.) -2016

We owe special thanks to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival for loaning “Women Outward Bound “to the College for this showing and to Liz McMahon ’74 for recommending it for Alumni Weekend.

Beer and Wine Social

B. K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts - $10

Join your classmates and alumni for a social hour including wine, beer and munchies!

Clam Bake

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
B. K. Smith Gallery - $40

A fall tradition! Enjoy a dozen clams, New England clam chowder, chicken, sweet potatoes, corn and coleslaw plus beverages and dessert in a farm-to-table setting.

We will be honoring the 25th reunion class of 1992 at the dinner—so come cheer them on!

A Celebration of Life: Honoring the Late Professor of Theater Arts, Jake Rufli

Professor Emeritus and Sesquicentennial Fellow, Jake Rufli, will be celebrated and honored by former students and colleagues in the C. K. Rickel Theater at 8:00 pm. on Friday, September 15. Jake’s passion for theatre, education, and students carried well beyond Lake Erie College - he was a member of Actors Equity and AFTRA, a leader of the Ohio Community Theatre Alliance, served on the Program Committee of Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland (now the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning), and a director and/or advisor to theatre groups, directors, and young artists throughout NE Ohio and beyond. After retirement, Jake's life adventure took him to New York City, where he immersed himself in off-Broadway theatre and refreshed his zest for new work and new artists. His influence is reflected in the lives and careers of his many students, some achieving national or regional fame on the stage and in film, but most proud to achieve what Jake had modeled every day: "To participate with passion.”

Fine Arts and Friends Social

Immediately following the Celebration of Life
B. K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts

Young Alumni Event

Red, Wine and Brew in Mentor, Ohio - $10

Whether you are young in body or in spirit, this is a great event with plenty of appetizers and a cash bar! We will recognize the Class of 2007 on their 10th Reunion. Come hang out and have a great time!

Saturday, September 16

Mrs. Weaver’s Bacon Breakfast

Louise Price Social Parlor. - $10

Anyone who has ever had Mrs. Weaver’s bacon craves it! Covered in maple syrup, brown sugar and walnuts and baked to a perfect crispness—the best bacon ever! Come enjoy a light breakfast in the beautiful Louise Price Social Parlor.

VIP Tailgate

11:30 a.m.
Jack Britt Memorial Stadium – Kiwanis Recreation Park

Who are VIPs? Our alumni! Join us for a special tailgate party inside the Jack Britt Stadium! Enjoy hot dogs, a variety of burgers, chips, and, of course, beer! Tailgating begins at 11:30 a.m.–make sure you get your VIP pass at check in – it includes the football game.

Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios

By Holly FitzGerald ’67

2 p.m.
Dickinson Lecture Hall, Austin Hall

Books available for purchase/signing

A stunning debut; a Vintage Departures original publication. This is the ultimate survival story; a wild ride—the wildest—down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin; a true and thrilling adventure of a young married couple who survive a plane crash only to later raft hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia, ending up in a channel to nowhere, a dead end so flooded there is literally no land to stand on. Their raft—a mere four logs—separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim.

Holly FitzGerald and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip, their plane crash-lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.

On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe, through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, their only choice is clear: to continue on, despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, the sounds of encroaching predators at night. Without food or means of communication, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, the author and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river, their only hope for survival, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, to somehow, miraculously hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town, before it is too late…

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 30, 2017

Sunday, September 17

Breakfast with the Horses

9:30 a.m.
George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center and Arena

Enjoy a light breakfast while watching our students demonstrate dressage and hunter/jumper riding in the main arena. Meet the dean and faculty of the program, and see the architect’s renderings of our new western arena.

After breakfast, go into the arena to hear presentations on the two newest programs in the School of Equine Studies.