3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. // Welcome Home
Location: Johnston Complex (Bekins and Holt)
During this period, students, staff, and faculty will welcome you back to Holt and Bekins. Tours of the buildings will be provided by current students. Some faculty will have their doors open for drop-in visits. You can make a name tag for the weekend, and if over 21, we will give you a wristband for the various events. Lawn-based activities will keep the mood light as we start re-connecting and settling back into campus.
5:00p.m. - 6:30 p.m. // Cocktail Reception
Location: New Ann Peppers Lawn
Cost: $20 (walk-ups will be accommodated as possible)
As we move to the new arts complex for the evening’s events, please mix and mingle in our beautiful LEED certified arts center on the south campus. A short walk from complex, Cart Captains will also be available to help those who want or need mobility assistance. Light music will play as we enjoy the landscape and each other’s presence. Passed hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will keep us nourished while we continue to welcome community members to the event. A cash bar is available for those who choose to drink.
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. // Kathryn Green Plenary Panel -- Environment : Johnston Location: Glen Wallichs Theater (also available via live-stream: JOHNSTON RENEWAL 55)
A radical experiment is underway in Johnston. This spring, Professor and former Johnston Director, Kathy Ogren, is teaching a new course, Johnston & The One Wild and Precious Life. She is bringing together students from her three decades of teaching, advocates for experimental education who hold Johnston dear, as well as a group of dedicated current students, to share their experience meeting and learning together across generations, time zones, intellectual pursuits, and more. As the syllabus says, “The seminar opens up a space for Johnstonites past and present to document how JC’s emancipatory education is made possible through curriculum, classes, community, negotiated contracts, co-learning and life-long reflection. Now, perhaps more than ever in its history, Johnston’s advocacy of learning generated through the individua land community dialogue challenges the normative dominance of commodified
education.” With this plenary session, we can begin a weekend-long conversation about Environment: Johnston as we remember it, and as it might be in the future.
9:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. // Porch Party
Location: Bekins Lawn
For many in Johnston, “porch” is both a noun and a verb. A place in front of a building, a space for connection and conversation, and a structure in which integrative living and learning have come together, porch is both a loosely planned adventure and a way to learning beyond the classroom. We’ll have a speaker and an aux cable, light snacks and water, and seats for those who want to take a break from all the action. Save some energy – Saturday is a big day!
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. // Morning Connections
Location: Orton Center
Additional check-in for the Renewal will be available. A “hot cakes buffet” will be provided by the Center, along with coffee, tea, and other morning beverages to get the day going. Maps of campus, a schedule and time to plan a morning of mini-courses (or plan to skip one of them and enjoy time to catch up with friends), and rides to classrooms in Duke, Hall of Letters, and Larsen will be available.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. // Living and Learning in Miniature
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Mini-Seminar A
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Mini-Seminar B
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Mini-Seminar C -- Student Taught Courses: One of the things that makes Johnston education so special is that we empower students to not only take charge of their education but to give back to the community by teaching a course. In these special seminars, taught by current students, they will share with you how they have integrated teaching the community into their own living and learning. Please join them in these exciting learning environments.
12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. // Group Picture
Location: Front of Bekins
On the lawn, steps, or perhaps on the second-floor porch, please join us for our group photo. This will be available to all guests, and the entire Johnston community, digitally after the Renewal.
12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. // It’s a Johnston Block Party
Location: Behind Bekins and Holt Lawn
Cost: $15 (if you would like a meal; walks-up will be accommodated as possible)
After all that learning, many will be hungry! You may choose to spend this time visiting places on campus or going out with your friends. But if you want some block party vibes, we will be the place to be! In the parking lot behind Bekins, we’ll have the In-N-Out truck, tacos, and more! Music will be playing, stations for those interested in various environments who might want to network and connect will be set up, and lawn games out and ready for action.
We’ll have some arts and crafts for children, and plenty of time to relax. Food options include:
Indulge in the iconic In-N-Out Experience! Options include: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese or protein-style burgers. Complete your meal with chips and a drink.
Tacos el Mexicano
Taco Trio: Enjoy three tacos served with rice and beans, and your choice of beverage (horchata or cucumber lime). Meat options: Carne Asada, Al Pastor and Chicken. Vegetarian tacos also available.
Meal options include: pastrami subs, savory BLT’s , loaded tater tots, loaded nacho bites, pulled pork, and boneless wings.
Vegetarian/vegan options available at every stop ensuring everyone can join in the feast!
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. // Portraits by Jeff Wilson
Jeff Wilson ’93 JC will be taking portraits during the block party in Holt. Jeff currently teaches art and design classes in the art department at Redlands. He recently taught a Johnston seminar, Digital Creativity, in which students were challenged to design projects using self-directed practices and then show their work in a gallery presentation.
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. // Activities On and Off Campus
Might you want to watch a film made by Johnston alums? Now’s your chance. Perhaps a trip to the new e-sports arena for a demo and time to game is just what you need. That will be available as well. A campus scavenger hunt is in the works pointing out new features to our local environment. This would also be a great chance to visit with friends, catch up with professors, go out for a coffee, take a trip to an old favorite location, or stop into one of the many new shops, bars, and restaurants in Redlands. This would be a great time, as well, for you to plan your own rogue event on or off campus!
Planned activities include:
MAKER SPACE // Iyan-Barrera-Sandri ’08 ’15 ’24 will give demos of the University’s Maker Space from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. You’ll also be able to pick up a special gift – a Renewal 55 token with your choice of mascot! Many thanks to Iyan-Barrera-Sandri, who graduated with an emphasis in Astrobiology and Science Fiction.
E-SPORTS FACILITY // Interested in gaming? Come visit the new e-sports facility at 2:30 p.m. We have arranged for a demonstration of the new gaming space on campus. Come see what the excitement is all about, sit down, pick up a controller, and game away! The demonstration will begin at 2:30 p.m., but you can visit the space (in what used to be called University Hall) any time during the day.
FILM SCREENING // Join your community members for a screening of Trevor Lincoln’s 2004 film Agent X. Film will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Holt Lobby. Trevor Lincoln is a 2004 Johnston graduate with an emphasis in Music, Film, & Art, where he wrote and directed the feature film Agent X: Genesis as his senior project. He then attended Chapman University, where he earned his MFA in screenwriting and directed the short film Have A Nice Day, which won several student film festival awards. Trevor now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in post-production for various streaming services, while producing his own video content for YouTube and Twitch.
OPEN MIC // In front of Bekins, we’ll have a microphone and an amplifier for those who would like to share their own talents with the community. Perhaps you sing, play an instrument, write poetry, have stream-of-consciousness musings, do improv, or something else. Please feel free to share with others at the live mic, which will be on for the duration of our Activities On and Off Campus time.
SOBER MEETING SPACE // During this time, we have dedicated the Doug Bowman Meditation Room, in Bekins 1, for those who wish to meet and gather in a sober space. A formal meeting has not been planned, but the space is dedicated to both formal and informal gatherings.
VISIT TO THE CHEECH MUSEUM // Did you know comedian Cheech Marin is one of the world’s foremost collectors of Chicano art, and exhibits from his collection live at the Riverside Art Museum? It's true! Take this opportunity to visit The Cheech on Saturday afternoon with other alums. If you'd like to join, purchase a ticket for February 17 (2:30 - 4:45 p.m.) on the museum website: https://riversideartmuseum.org/visit/the-cheech-marin-center-for-chicano-art-culture/. Check in with Maritza Valenzuela ’00 JC regarding carpooling opportunities!
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Break Time
After and early start and so many activities, we’ll all need a break before the evening’s festivities.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Environment: Dinner Location: Orton Center (remarks from the program are available via live-stream: JOHNSTON RENEWAL 55)
Please join us in the Orton Center for our formal dinner. Alum speakers, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Justin Rose, President Krista Newkirk, and Director Tim Seiber will share remarks about the current Johnston environment, including those traditions we continue to cherish and support, and ways in which we might evolve into the future. A coursed meal will begin with a charcuterie board, followed by soup and salad, choices of entrée including chicken, short rib, and braised seitan (vegetarian/vegan), and finishing with a crème brule and maple pana cotta (vegan). A cash bar will be available for those who choose to drink.
We’ll be decorating Orton in an abundance of plants, green linens, and other décor. While there is no dress code for this event, we have been inspired, in part, by William Blake: “When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy/And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;/When the air does laugh with our merry wit,/And the green hill laughs with the noise of it” whose ideas are consonant with our anthem, “as long as your havin’ a good time.” If you feel like it, come dressed in your greens!
Charcuterie board station featuring delicious meats, cheeses, roasted and also pickled mixed vegetables, mixed nuts, and dried fruits.
Harts of Palm Salad Canape
Tomato Glee, Frisée, Parmesan Crisp
Roasted Local Mushroom Bisque
Goat Cheese, House Croutons, Sunflower Micro Sprouts
Coq au Vin Blanc (airline chicken breast braised in white wine) with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and herb roasted winter squash, mushrooms, and pearl onions.
Braised Short Rib, in a Redlands orange demi-glace, with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and herb roasted winter squash, mushrooms, and pearl onions.
Seitan au Vin Blanc (VG) with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and herb roasted winter squash, mushrooms, and pearl onions.
Maple Pana Cotta (VG)
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. // It’s a Dance Party
Location: Casa Loma Room
Please join us for a night of dancing and revelry in the company of community! In the Casa Loma Room, we’ll have student bands, karaoke, and DJs to liven the mood and get party into full swing. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, but there will be no alcohol for sale at this event.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. // Community Meeting
Location: Valencia Room (available via live-stream: JOHNSTON RENEWAL 55)
The Environment: Johnston that we continue to nourish is in many ways deeply connected to the past and present, but it also must have a vision about what to carry through into the future. The University of Redlands has recently announced the acquisition of Woodbury University in Burbank, California. New programs and a new physical campus will become part of the University, and thus, part of Johnston. How can we imagine an intentional living-learning community that spans place? What learning methods and goals must be preserved as the central mission of a Johnston learning experience, and what innovations might be necessary to feed out beloved Johnston as it grows into a wild and different environment? Please help us think about these questions as a community. Of course, other topics that come to mind are up for discussion as well.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. // Memorial Service
Location: Memorial Chapel
Honoring those who we have lost, not just in the years between the 50th Renewal and today, but also in our collective pasts, is an important part of our Renewals. This year, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann ’76 JC and Lorraine Hedtke ’78 JC will host an event that helps us cherish and remember community members who cannot be with us. They will be joined by current Johnston student Angela Bozman ’25, who will play flute arrangements to facilitate our remembrances.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. // Director’s Brunch
Location: Orton Center (remarks from the program are available via live-stream: JOHNSTON RENEWAL 55)
Spanning decades and different iterations of Johnston, many directors of the center have helped steer the community through and into new territories of learning, and new ways of “doing Johnston.” Tim Seiber has asked Yash Owada, Kathy Ogren, Kelly Hankin, and Julie Townsend to share reflections about the Johnston Environment they supported, and what we might hold onto for the next 55 years.
Bill McDonald will also share remarks about directors who are no longer with us. During brunch, we’ll leave the mic “hot” so that community members who wish to can share their thoughts as we wind down our weekend. At the end, Tim Seiber will share thanks and well wishes as we close Renewal 55. For those 21 and over, a champagne and mimosa cash bar will be available.
1:00 p.m. // Celebrating 20 Years of Outdoor Programs
What began as a Johnston Emphasis, the University’s Outdoor Programs celebrates two decades of vibrancy on campus. No organized activities available but here are some suggestions to help us celebrate this important part of the Johnston and University of Redlands student experience.
Outdoor Spaces without Access Fees:
Redlands Transit to Trails:
Metrolink Map (train): https://metrolinktrains.com/rider-info/general-info/maps/
Omnitrans Map (bus): https://omnitrans.org/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules
Morgan Park and Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area:
· Walk from campus to the University Metrolink station
· Take the Metrolink west towards San Bernardino
· Get off at the Baldwin Park stop
· As you leave the station, look at the outdoor artwork at the station by Judy Baca which includes a concrete footpath that represents ceremonial steps performed by the Gabrielino and Chumash Native Americans
· Cross the street at the crosswalk and enter Morgan Park
· Hang out in Morgan Park which has green spaces to play frisbee, have a picnic under a tree, play on the basketball courts, or sit under the shade structure
· If you are feeling like going for a walk, you can walk 2.5 miles to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
· Once in the recreation area, the possibilities are endless; sit on the beach by the water or go for a swim, go for a walk on the bike path around the reservoir, go for a hike on the multiple miles of trails, or go check out the Santa Fe Nature Center to learn more about the surrounding ecosystems, plants, and animals
· Walk back to the Baldwin Park Metrolink station, and take the Metrolink east
· Get off at the University Metrolink stop
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park:
· Walk to the University Station Metrolink
· Take it west towards San Bernardino
· Get off at San Bernardino Depot and transfer to the Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink line heading south towards the Riverside
· Get off at Downtown Riverside and transfer to the 91/ Perris Valley line heading south towards Perris
· Get off at Moreno Valley/March Field
· Walk 0.8 miles to the entrance of Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park (there is no fee)
· Explore the 1500 acres of wilderness including miles of hiking trails, native plants and animals, and the cougar rock formation
· Hike the 3.5-mile Sycamore Canyon Park trail loop or wander around on the trails and make your own hiking route
· Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for jackrabbits!
· Walk the 0.8 miles back to the Moreno Valley/March Field train station
· Take the train to the Downtown Riverside station and transfer to the Inland Empire-Orange County Metrolink line heading towards San Bernadino
· Get off at the San Bernardino Depot stop transfer to the San Bernardino line and take it east toward Mentone
· Get off at the University station and walk back to campus
Santa Clara River Trail and Top Out Climbing Gym:
· Walk to the University Metrolink station and take the Metrolink westbound towards LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the Ventura County line
· Get off at Glendale and transfer to the Antelope Valley line north towards Santa Clarita
· Get off at Santa Clarita
· Cross the street to the Santa Clara River Trail and walk or run as far as you feel like, then turn around
· Walk back towards the Santa Clarita Metrolink station and walk 1.5 miles to the Top Out Climbing Gym
· Pay $12 to go to a yoga class, or $23 to go climbing or bouldering
· Yoga and climb to your heart's desire!
· Walk 1.5 miles back to the Santa Clarita Metrolink station
· Take the Antelope Valley line south and get off at Glendale
· Transfer to the Ventura County line and take it toward LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the San Bernardino line heading east
· Get off at the University Station and walk back to campus
· Walk to the University Metrolink and take it westbound towards LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the Ventura line heading westbound
· Take it to the end of the line and get off at Ventura--Downtown/Beach
· From here the possibilities are endless; walk to Ventura Beach and go for a swim in the ocean or have a picnic in the sand; walk around Marina Park; take pictures and explore Ventura pier
· After a fun day in the sun, walk back to the Ventura--Downtown/Beach stop, and head eastbound towards LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the San Bernadino line heading eastbound
· Take it all the way to the end get off at the University Metrolink stop and walk back to campus
Griffith Observatory and Park:
· Walk to the University Metrolink station and take the Metrolink westbound towards LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the Ventura County line
· Get off at the Glendale station·
· Walk 1.7 miles to Griffith Park and explore all the hiking trails in the area including Glendale Peak 4
· Hike another mile to get to the top of the Griffith Observatory
· Walk back to the Glendale Metrolink station and take it to LA
· Get off at LA Union Station and transfer to the San Bernadino line
· Take it eastbound and get off at the University Metrolink Station
· Walk to the Omnitrans bus stop at the corner of Lugonia and University Street and get on Route 8
· Check their schedule for timing, buses are every 60 minutes: https://omnitrans.org/routes/route-8/
· Get on the bus and take it eastbound towards Yucaipa
· Take the bus to the end of the line and get off at Crafton Hills Community College
· When you get off the bus, turn right onto Campus Drive and walk 0.3 miles to Crafton Hills Trailhead
· Walk around the endless trail system or climb up Zanja Peak with stunning views of the local mountains
· Once you have enjoyed the local foothills, go back to the bus stop at Crafton Hills Community College get on the Omnitrans bus route 8, and take it westbound back to Lugonia and University Street.