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Big Red Weekend 2018

Big Red Weekend is a special opportunity for all members of the extended Denison family to visit campus each fall. Join us on “the Hill” for what may be the most beautiful time of year in Granville.  We’ll be welcoming 1,000-plus alumni, parents, other family members, and friends to campus for this traditional celebration of all things Denison!

Among the many highlights are a presentation by President Weinberg about Denison’s recent successes and what’s new and exciting at the college, career networking opportunities sponsored by the Knowlton Center, numerous varsity and club sport contests, a cappella and musical theatre concerts, programs about new curricular and co-curricular initiatives at Denison, a BBQ lunch on the campus common and a food truck dinner by the stadium, and much, much more!

You can view the entire 2018 Big Red Weekend Schedule of Events. Also, find out more about local accommodations and special Big Red Weekend airport shuttles.

View more detailed information about the Denison Black Alumni Association Reunion Weekend.

View more detailed information about the Denison Ice Hockey Alumni Weekend.

View more detailed information about the Big Red Swimming & Diving Alumni and Family Weekend.




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Denison Ice Hockey Alumni Weekend

Join former team members and Coach Jeff German for a weekend of alumni drafts, games, and festivities. The Denison Ice Hockey Alumni Weekend is back again and coincides with Big Red Weekend on September 28-30, 2018.

This is your chance to assist in strengthening the program as they take the ice for the first time in the CHE — College Hockey East. So grab your gear, buy that new $400 stick, and make plans to join your former teammates back in Granville.

You can see the weekend’s fun and engaging schedule below. There will be plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones, as well. You won’t want to miss this special weekend.

Friday, September 28

5:30 p.m.

Happy Hour at the Granville Inn

7 p.m.

BBQ and gathering for alumni at the home of Former Head Coach, Seth Patton


Saturday, September 29

11 a.m. – noon
Ice Hockey Alumni Committee Meeting
Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 220

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Game
Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena in Newark

8 p.m.
Denison vs. Pitt-Greensburg
Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena in Newark


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Denison BAA Reunion During Big Red Weekend,”

Join us back on “”the Hill”” to celebrate the Reunion of the Denison Black Alumni Association!

It will be a weekend full of celebration and friendship.

Some highlights include:

Friday, September 28

  • 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Registration in the Burton D. Morgan Center atrium
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Meeting with Black Student Union in the BSU Lounge in Smith Hall
  • 5 – 10 p.m.: Child care available (reserve in the registration process)
  • 7 p.m.: Welcome mixer for students, parents, and alumni in Slayter Hall, third floor

Saturday, September 29

  • 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Registration in the Burton D. Morgan Center atrium
  • 9 – 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast in the Board Room in Barney-Davis Hall
  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Black Alumni Association Business Meeting in the Board Room in Barney-Davis Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Meet and greet with Black Caucus in the Board Room in Barney-Davis Hall
  • 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: BBQ with Black Student Union and La Fuerza Latina at Moshier-Huchison House, North Quad
  • 8 p.m. – Socialize at PINS Mechanical Co. in Columbus

Sunday, September 30

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Denison Swimming & Diving Events During Big Red Weekend

Whether you’re a new member of the Denison Swimming & Diving family or a seasoned veteran, Big Red Weekend offers something for everyone. In addition to the many Big Red Weekend activities offered around Denison’s campus, swimming and diving has its own calendar of events that includes a Parent and Alumni Reception, the Annual Family and Alumni Meet, and the Swimming & Diving Recognition Reception and Hall of Fame Induction.

All around, it’s a great chance to connect with friends, teammates, and parents and build a relationship with the current program. Don’t wait! Mark your calendars, register online, and make your travel and hotel reservations today!

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 28, 2018

5 – 7 p.m.

  • Swimming & Diving Parent/Alumni Reception – The Granville Inn. We will enjoy the fall colors in a festive atmosphere. We’ll be in the Inn’s carriage house and outdoor courtyard (dress for the weather). Get ready for a fun evening! Door prize drawing for those who have registered by September 7! Cost is $27.50 per person.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9 – 9:45 a.m.

  • Swimming & Diving Parents Meeting with Gregg Parini and Coaching Staff – Mitchell Center, All-American Room

9:45 a.m.

  • National Championship banner unveiling – Trumbull Aquatics Center

10 a.m.

  • 9th Annual Alumni and Family Swimming & Diving Meet – Trumbull Aquatics Center

12:15 p.m.

  • Swimming & Diving Recognition Reception and Hall of Champions Induction – Provost’s Dining Room in Curtis Dining Hall. This year we honor Sara Spears ’91, Bryce Peterson ’07, and Stephen Julka ’08.

2:15 p.m.

  • Swimming & Diving Group and Individual Photo Session – Curtis Hall Lawn

5 – 8 p.m.

  • Open House for Parents, Alumni, and Family at the Home of Alice and Gregg Parini, 2409 Loudon Street, Granville. Please be sure to RSVP for this event when you register. Not open to current students.

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Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game During Big Red Weekend ,”

Join us back in Granville for our Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game during Big Red Weekend!

Come back to “the Hill” and show us your stuff!

If you are planning to return to campus for Big Red Weekend on September 28-30, 2018, we hope you will join us at any or all of the women’s lacrosse alumnae events listed below.

We are looking to kickstart an annual tradition of gathering women’s lacrosse alumnae every fall during Big Red Weekend, and we hope to build the event a bit each year.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 28, 2018

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Lacrosse Practice – Lamson Field. Come and watch your Big Red women’s lacrosse team in action.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Alumnae Game – Lamson Field. Dust off your old cleats and lax stick and join us for our practice! Join in on drills and scrimmage opportunities as much or as little as you’d like. We have spare goggles and a few extra sticks if needed. We hope you’ll join us!

10:30 a.m. – Tailgate Brunch – Lamson Field. Join our current players and families for a relaxed brunch following the Alumnae Game. (Rain site: Varsity D Room in the Mitchell Center)

5 p.m. – Coaches Social Hour – Moe’s Original Bar B Que. Join Head Coach Amanda Daniels and Assistant Coach Maddie Coleman at Moe’s for an informal social hour. Moe’s is located at 128 East Broadway in Granville. (Food and drink are not included.)

We hope you can join us for all the fun!

Please let us know if we can expect you by registering.

Go Big Red!

Please contact Coach Amanda Daniels with any questions at or 740-587-5664.

DUwop 10-Year Anniversary Celebration,”

A Decade of DUwop

It’s our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, and you’re invited!

Coming back to Granville for Big Red Weekend? Reconnect with fellow DUwop alumni and meet the current members while celebrating our 10-year anniversary!

We hope you can join in on all the fun!

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 28

8 p.m. – Big Red Weekend A Cappella Concert in Swasey

Saturday, September 29

2 – 3:30 p.m. – Alumni Rehearsal in Swasey

6 p.m. – DUwop alums and current student members will gather at a Granville eatery to socialize and have dinner together. (Individuals will be responsible for their own checks.)

Art Your Way Gallery Show,”

Art Your Way, a project of You Will Rise, is hosting their first gallery show at Wild Goose Creative this September 30th 12-2PM. This collection of work will highlight the mentor based workshops where high school students worked one-on-one with a creative professional in their field.

Students from the workshops will be present to talk about their work and awards will be given at 2:30 pm.

This show is part of the Columbus Open Studio and Stage Weekend. Pieces will be for sale.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Capital University Black Alumni Network Family Reunion ,”

Join us at homecoming this year for the first ever ‘Black Cap Family Reunion’ weekend!


Friday September 28, 2018

Kick off the weekend by reconnecting with old classmates and enjoy the opportunity to meet other alumni!

  • Alumni Meet and Greet: Avalon Dance Club & Lounge 6-9PM


Concluding the meet and greet, join us for a night out at Callahan’s Columbus. Registration for the weekend will place you on a list for admission. This is a 21+ up event. Please drink responsibly.

  • Family Reunion Party: Callahan’s Columbus 9PM-2AM



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Alumni will get a chance to hear from the faculty of Capital Univesity as it relates to the current affairs of Capital and the state of the University’s minority students at the ‘State of the Family’ event.

  • State of the Family: Capital University 9AM-11:30AM


Get fired up and ready to cheer on our Cap Crusaders against Baldwin Wallace at the Black Cap Fam Tailgate. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Black Cap Fam Tailgate: Capital University Alumni House 11:45AM-1:15PM


Concluding the game, join us for food and fun at the Alumni of Color Cookout.

  • Alumni of Color cookout: Schaaf Lawn


Come crawl with us at some of the best bars in downtown Columbus beginning at 9:30pm.  This is a 21+ up event. Please drink responsibly.

Alumni Bar Crawl Venues:

  • The Pelican Room
  • The Walrus
  • Hadley’s Bar & Kitchen
  • Mickey’s Late Night Slice
  • 16 Bit Bar & Arcade

Sunday, September 30, 2018




  • Black Cap Fam Kente Print T-Shirt
  • Admission to Family Reunion Party

*10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Captial University.



If you have any questions or concerns please email

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“Walking Into Fall – “”Paint & Sip”””,”

Would you love an evening of sipping wine enjoying great food with old friends and new acquaintances all while creating a wonderful masterpiece? Of course you would!! Now you can in a Paint Sip and Dip class taught by Columbus’’ renowned artist Jamika! This event is hosted by and at Serenity Beauty Bar by Robin, located at 470 South Yearling Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213, Saturday September 29 from 7-10. No art experience necessary. All materials included.  Tickets on sale now $35 per person. Space is limited so get your spot now.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the “”Buy Now”” link above. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to help Trey and Hannah who while being good samaritians were involved in a terrible accident last weekend.

Time Apart 2018,”

Setting a “”Time Apart”” to be with other women for a weekend full of fabulous speakers, awesome worship, fun and prizes, individualized application sessions, laughter, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Tentative Schedule Time Apart 


  • 5:00p Registration, coffee shop and exhibitor booths open
  • 6:15p Auditorium doors open
  • 7:00p Main session w/Rebekah Lyons & Matthew James Mason Worship
  • 9:00p Late night fun


  • 8:15a Doors, exhibits and coffee shop open
  • 9:00a Main session w/Rebekah Lyons, LIFE Offering & Matthew James Mason Worship
  • 11:00a Lunch (See lunch options to plan for your group!)
  • 12:00p-12:45p First breakout session
  • 1:00p-1:45p Second breakout session
  • 2:00p-2:45p Third breakout session
  • 3:00p Event dismissal

PLEASE NOTE: In order to meet everyone’s dietary specifications and to avoid registration price increase, this year’s lunch is on your own! CLICK HERE to see a list of 30+ restaurants within a half mile of the conference location.

CLICK HERE to see a full list of breakout sessions and session descriptions.

Hotel information is as follows:

Columbus Marriott Northwest


5605 Blazer Pkwy
Dublin, OH 43017

Book online: CLICK HERE!



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POWER: Creative Control Fest 7,”

Join us for POWER: Creative Control Fest 7 and learn about how creatives like you are helping change the course in expanding industries! Creative Control Fest is a multi-day creative conference that centers creatives of color who are a part of the growing creative class. Through presentations, workshops, networking and other annual events, CCF participants gain exposure, make job referrals, and galvanize resources while developing an important sense of belonging to the Midwestern creative class.

See Full Schedule HERE.

This year’s conference is headlined by Writer and Hip-Hop Feminist Joan Morgan (author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, She Begat This: Twenty Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill) and Kim Blackwell (brand expert and CEO of PMM Promotions) along with a strong cast of creatives, entrepreneurs, and thinkers.

“Our understanding of power is often limited to politicians or leaders of institutions,” says co-founder Corey Favor. “We want the audiences with which we engage to understand their power and how they can use it to make a lasting impact.”

CCF and event partners will engage attendees using the framework of POWER with the Artist Production Development Workshop Series (APDW) facilitated by Suzan Bradford, General Manager of the Lincoln Theatre. The workshops focus on issues of production planning, staging, marketing and advertising, and legalities that performing artists will likely encounter in their respective industries. The weekend will also include wellness activities craftily curated for student and professional creatives from all disciplines.

The CCF7: POWER partners include: Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Foundation, Columbus College of Art and Design, Lincoln Theatre Association, Upper Cup Coffee Co., Blockfort Gallery and Studios, and Artfluential.


In 2012, Creative Columbus conducted a study of the creative industries in Columbus, Ohio. They found that Columbus was home to more than 50,000 painters, writers, designers, and creatives who earned more than $3 billion in revenues. Since that study, there has been quite a bit of attention paid to developing a more diverse and inclusive creative class. However, despite our best efforts, women are less likely to report seeing someone who looks like them in their creative fields, while creatives of color are more likely to report experiencing barriers to access and necessary tools.

But numbers don’t lie. Three of every four creatives agree that they won’t work for a company that they believe doesn’t take diversity seriously. Nine out of ten creatives say a diverse workforce should be a priority for the creative industry. That’s power. And while creative industries are changing, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Join Us!

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Outdoor Inclusive Adventures 2018,”

*** RESCHEDULED due to weather. Rain date for OIA 18 is now Sunday, September 30th! ***

DID YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE ORIGINAL 9/9 date but need to CANCEL or UPDATE your registration? .
We appreciate attendees taking the time to update their order, and if you can’t attend, it’s easy to cancel your registration from your Eventbrite account. Just log in to Eventbrite, Go to the Tickets page, and locate your order. Click your order to view order details, and then select “”Cancel Order”” to cancel your registration. If you are having difficulties, you may also email Amanda at for manual updates/cancellation.

NEW TO OIA? Welcome! Register by clicking the “”register”” link to your right.




Dear Outdoor Inclusive Adventure Attendees –

This message is to inform you that Sundays event has been cancelled, due to severe weather impact from Tropical Storm Gordon. The safety of attendees, volunteers, and staff always comes first. But don’t fret! We are working with our partners in hopes of scheduling a rain date in the coming weeks. We will announce the rescheduled OIA 18 date via ECRN+’s Facebook page ( ) and via email to registered attendees. Stay tuned!

As always, thank you so much for your support. It’s an honor to serve you and we wish you and your loved ones a safe, dry, and fun weekend!

– OIA Team



Welcome to the 3rd annual ‘Outdoor Inclusive Adventures!’  #OIA18

Join us to get outdoors, get active, and PLAY! Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, YMCA of Central Ohio (ECRN+), along with American Kayaking Association are hosting a day of fun and inclusive activities for the whole family! Children and youth with disabilities, delays, or special needs, along with their family, friends, and neighbors are invited! We also welcome people of all abilities (those with and without special needs/disabilities) to Prairie Oaks Metro Park to join us for outdoor fun, physical activity, and networking!


Highlights and Activities Planned:


  • Kayaking – Trained volunteers and instructors from the American Kayaking Association. Scheduled boating slots will be every 30 min, and available to sign up on a first come, first served basis. You’re welcome to sign up for a slot later in the day, do other activities and return at your appointment time to reduce your waiting in line. NOTE: Priority scheduling will go to families of children with disabilities as this is the primary community this event is aiming to support. More paddling opportunities are offered year around with Metro Parks or AKA, please visit their website for details.
  • Fishing – Instruction will be provided by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. Fishing supplies are provided.
  • Meet Therapy horses from Stockhands Horses for Healing. Feed, lead, and interact!
  • Hot dog lunch and light refreshments from ECRN+ and partners
  • Family Hike and Creeking – Creeking supplies are provided. Hike and creeking on your own. 
  • Live reptiles and amphibians from Metro Parks
  • Nature craft and interactive display from Metro Parks
  • Lawn games and sensory play
  • Touch a Truck and Meet ‘n’ Greet with local First Responders*-  (Norwich Township Fire Department + Hilliard Division of Police (dependent on emergency calls)
  • Character Meet ‘n’ Greet* with The Royals Project* (hours TBA) 
  • A Gaga Pit, Giant Connect Four, and more fun provided by the YMCA Fun Factory!
  • Chance to win a door prize! – Every family that checks in at the Welcome Area will receive a free ticket for a chance to win a door prize! Want extra chances to win a door prize AND help strengthen your community? When you donate a gift of any amount to ECRN+ between 8/30 and 9/30 you can receive bonus door prize tickets! Simply show your receipt of donation to a Staff/Volunteer at the Door Prize table or email abiel@ymcacolumbus,org prior to 2pm on 9/9. For full info, rules, and door prize listing, please visit our facebook album by clicking here.

* indicates the activity has limited hours

Please note: Activities are subject to change. All activities except Kayaking are available on a first come, first served basis. 


Darby Bend Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park
2755 Amity Road, Hilliard, OH 43026

Please note, our meetup point is NOT in the main park. Google Maps or your GPS may take you just down the road from the entrance to our meetup.

Click here for step by step directions to the entrance of the Park 

Driving Directions:
From I-270, take I-70 west to the West Jefferson/Plain City exit. Turn right onto Plain City-Georgesville Road/State Route 142. Go about 2.25 miles to Lucas Road (passing the main park entrance) and turn right. Go across Big Darby Creek and turn right at the stop sign onto Amity Road. Entrance is about 0.5 miles on right.


• No experience is required! Activity supplies will be provided.

• Parents/Guardians must stay with their child (or adult in need of care) at all times. We encourage family participation!

• In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Many individual activities are weather dependent. Please check (you don’t need to have a facebook profile to see our public posts) or call 614.835.6073 the day of the event for the latest updates.

• We recommend everyone wear sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)

• Due to the health and safety of our participants, this event is strictly a NO SMOKING event.

• Restrooms are available but do not have running water.

• Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes ideal for the weather

• If Canoeing/Kayaking or Creeking, please wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet along with a change of clothes and a towel, as you desire.

• This is an outdoor event and you will need to either bring/wear bug spray. Make sure you do tick checks as well.

• OIA 18 is an “”open-house”” style format. Feel free to arrive and leave on a schedule that best fits your family!

• The park does NOT have running water. Please bring what you need (preferably in a reusable bottle).


INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Amazing volunteers are key to the success of OIA! Please email Cassie Kranz at for more information or to sign up!


DID YOU KNOW that OIA and ALL of ECRN+’s monthly family events are provided at no-cost ? We rely on grants and donations from folks who share our love for strengthening families who have children with special needs.

Join us in helping kids and families flourish in our community, Delight us with a tax deductible gift of any amount:  ♥  All proceeds raised from your gift will directly benefit children with delays, disabilities, or special needs along with their families.

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