The Gatton Academy 10-year celebration will take place August 19-21, 2017. In the spirit of our 10-year anniversary, we have created 10 events for our alumni and their guests to enjoy throughout the weekend!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

1. Alumni Class with Professor Rutledge

Relive a Harlaxton day with Professor Rutledge (bow tie included).  You’ll need to have done your reading before class starts.  The assignment?  Western Kentucky’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren’s short-story “Blackberry Winter.”

In classic Harlaxton tradition with a Kentucky twist, the day’s reading will be discussed in class, followed by a field trip to bring the story to life.  You’ll journey down the halls of Cherry Hall, visiting the Robert Penn Warren room and meeting Dr. Mary Ellen Miller (who has taught at WKU longer than any other faculty member).  She helped start the Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies.  Then, you’ll venture on down to the Kentucky Library with Prof. Rutledge to visit the Center, complete with all of Robert Penn Warren’s original materials, including the furniture from his office.  It’s as if he might walk in and pen a new story.

Time: Saturday, August 19 | 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: Cherry Hall and on-campus literary field trip
Limit 30 Alumni
Cost: $5

2. Alumni Class with Claus & Uta

Title: CPS Theater?
Prerequisite: Must have taken advanced computational problem solving and must have interest in poking fun & laughing.

Abstract: CPS is a unique class and in this session we want to remember and capture some of this uniqueness. We (the instructors) start the session with a comedy-sketch of our favorite CPS stories. Consider this the warm-up for the main part of the session: We ask you to work in groups and to come up with your own CPS comedy sketches – and perform them in the end.  No acting skills required – and you don’t even have to remember your lines – reading them off a paper is perfectly fine.

Time: Saturday, August 19 | 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Location: Florence Schneider Hall-Great Hall
Limit: 30 Alumni
Cost: $5

3. Tim Talk
Dr. Tim Gott, Gatton Academy’s first Director, is coming back and has a Tim Talk with him! Whether you’re an “old” alumni or a “new” alumni, you won’t want to miss the wise words of Tim Gott.

Time: Saturday, August 19 | 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Location: Florence Schneider Hall-Great Hall
Cost: Free

4. Welcome Reception
Would it be a true anniversary celebration without a welcome reception? Join us at the newly expanded Florence Schneider Hall for a welcome reception with special guest speakers.

Time: Saturday, August 19 | 4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Location: Florence Schneider Hall-WKU
Cost: Free

5. Class Reunion Dinner
So it’s been a few years and you lost track of your neighbor four doors down from you on the third floor, well now is the perfect time to catch up with your graduating class! With the help from individuals from each graduating class, we will a have class reunion at restaurants across Bowling Green. Class Committees and one Gatton staff member will provide you with more details!

Time: Saturday, August 19 | 6:00 PM
Location: varies per class
Cost: Free
Guests will be required to purchase their own food and drink at the event.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 

6. Gatton Gives Back
Still working on your 60 hours of service to graduate with honors? Ha..only kidding. In the words of Dr. Pokey Bowen, “What are you doing, if you aren’t giving back?” Gatton Gives Back is our first ever alumni service project. Volunteer Sunday afternoon for a few hours and give your time back to the Gatton Academy.

Time: Sunday, August 20 | 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Location: Lost River Cave
Cost: Free

7.Nostalgia Hour
You know you went to the Gatton Academy when…I will let you finish that sentence during Nostalgia Hour. Hang out back on-wing.  Reconnect with your space and your memories while participating in wing activities with the grandjuniors who live on your hall today.  Explore the Common Areas you loved.  Don’t worry there are no curfew checks this hour!

Time: Sunday, August 20 | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Location: Florence Schneider Hall-WKU
Cost: Free

8. Audio Archives
Leave a little bit of history and your legacy behind with our Audio Archives. All day on Sunday, you will have the opportunity to record a message, memory, or your wise words of wisdom to be archived and heard by students for years to come. We like to imagine your great-great-great grandchildren listening to these stories one day.. 

Time: Sunday, August 20 | 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Location: Florence Schneider Hall-WKU
Cost: Free

9. Alumni Prom (Listed as Gatton10 Celebration Dinner on Registration)
Put on your dancing shoes! It’s going to be like 2012 Prom! In order to promptly celebrate 10 years of infinite opportunities, the Gatton Academy will be hosting a formal 10-year celebration dinner, followed by dancing throughout the evening for all alumni and their guests. Don’t forget to request your favorite songs!

DJ Song Request

Time: Sunday, August 20 | 6:00 PM
Location: Knicely Center
Cost: $40
(Registration for this event includes meal for the evening, music, photo booth, and cash bar.)

Monday, August 21, 2017

10. Solar Eclipse Festival


Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event! Our solar eclipse festival will feature special guest speakers, live music, food trucks, and much more! The actual solar eclipse will take place around 1:30 PM. All parents, family, and friends are invited to this event!

Time: Monday, August 21 | 10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Location: South Union Shaker Village (15-minute drive from WKU campus)
Cost: $20
(Registration for this event includes admission onto the grounds and museum, a prime location to view the solar eclipse, live music, games, and more. Food trucks will be available for food and drink purchase)

Note: Children 5-years-old and under are free! When you register, just put their name in the “Notes to the Coordinator” section.