Founder’s Day

Since 1947, a day has been set aside to recognize Roger W. Babson, founder and first president of Babson College, and his passion for education, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

Founder's Day 2014 took place on Thursday, April 10. Thanks to the Babson Community members that came out to celebrate and made the day a great success!


9–10 a.m. Founder’s Day Coffee
Knight Auditorium
Come join President Healey and the community as we kick-off Founder's Day 2014 over coffee. While there, check out the Roger Babson's Traveling Museum and other historical memorabilia.
10–11 a.m. Babson Historic Landmarks Tour
Babson Campus
Did you know Roger Babson was buried on our campus? Have you seen the famous Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree? Do you know the story behind the Babson Globe? Join Carol Hacker, Vice President, Babson Alumni and Friends Network, as she leads a historic landmarks tour around campus. Tours will leave from the front steps of Knight Auditorium immediately following the coffee.
10 a.m.–Noon Community Service Activity
Needham/Wellesley Room
Head to Olin Hall to give back! Spend some time with fellow community members to make a difference by helping Cradles to Crayons provide children with some of the most important basics of life, including clothing, school supplies, toys, and more.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Community Lunch
Trim Dining Hall
Who doesn't love Trim lunch? Grab your friends and colleagues and head to the Dining Hall for lunch on Babson! While there, check out the tribute to how Roger Babson carried out his guiding principle throughout his life journey.
Noon–1:30 p.m. Diversity Matters Panel
Trim Faculty Dining Hall
Come hear perspectives from a panel of gay and lesbian Babson staff members who will reflect on their own personal experience as members of the LGBTQ community. The panel will be moderated by Marjorie Feld.
Noon–2 p.m. The Buck Starts Here: The Importance of Philanthropy at Babson College
Trim Dining Hall and Olin Hall
Celebrate a culture of philanthropy at Babson! Spin the wheel to win prizes and learn how donor support enriches student life and strengthens the Babson community.
Noon–2 p.m. #Babson2014: Where Are You Going Post Graduation?
Trim Dining Hall and Olin Hall
Undergraduate students, tell CCD where you've decided to go! We want to know your post-graduation plans; whether it's a fantastic job, graduate school, or any other exciting adventures. All participants get a T-shirt to wear proudly around campus.
2–3:30 p.m. #GotBars Student Art Exhibit
Glavin Chapel
Stop by and view this engaging art exhibit. The mission of the #GotBars photo shoot is to captivate the individuality that we all have-we cannot be put into cookie cutter ideas, stereotypes, and perceptions that limit our dreams, freedom, and humanness. We are using photography as a medium to spark a dialog about this because the still motion of photographs gives room for rich interpretations that can transcend into rich conversations; thus, making the conversation about race more relatable, interactive and engaging.
12:30–6 p.m. B.E.T.A. Challenge Finals
Olin 120
The Blank Center's B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®) Challenge recognizes major milestones Babson businesses have achieved by taking action. Winners of the graduate, undergraduate and alumni B.E.T.A. Challenge will each win a grand prize of $20,000 in cash plus "services in kind" donations from corporate sponsors respectively. In addition, $2,500 is awarded to the two other finalist ventures in each of the three competitions. The presentations will take place in Olin 120, followed by the awards ceremony in the Needham/Wellesley Room.
6–8 p.m. Beaver Bowl
Roger's Pub
Show off all the Babson historical knowledge you gained throughout the day at Babson’s annual Beaver Bowl! What did Babson College used to be called? What was the name of Babson’s first pub and where was it located? How well do YOU know your Babson trivia? Grab a team and find out! Compete for fabulous prizes and the chance to be crowned the 2014 Beaver Bowl Champions! Sponsored by Student Government Association.

Schedule is tentative and is subject to change.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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