Time to Celebrate Mountain Day

September 20 2017
Category: Campus Life

On Tuesday, September 19, Elmira College students celebrated Mountain Day. This annual tradition, dating back almost a hundred years, formally kicked off the night before.

Students gathered outside the Admissions House, formerly the President’s House, on Monday evening to sing to President Lindsay and his wife Janna. Students belted out the College’s beloved songs and shared an echoing traditional chant of, “Hey, hey, what do you say? We want a Mountain Day!”

Hearing the roar of the students, President Lindsay declared a Mountain Day for Tuesday.

Mountain Day, initiated in 1918 by Dean Anstice Harris, was originally a day when students, faculty and administrators hiked the East Hill up to Quarry Farm. Today, Mountain Day is more campus-oriented with outdoor activities and games. This year the day also included volunteering and community service projects.

Students, faculty, and administrators cleaned up trails at the Tanglewood Nature Center or the banks of the Chemung River, while others traveled off campus to the Transformation Center to help with the organization’s after-school program.

President & Mrs. Lindsay, along with several students and administrators stayed on campus to volunteer with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. All together the volunteers packed 120 cases, or more than 900 backpacks, full of food for local families.

In addition to the community service projects, students enjoyed the traditional outdoor BBQ picnic, festive music, games, and carnival-style rides. The day came to a thrilling end with the campus community cheering on the Soaring Eagles in a wild back-and-forth women’s soccer game at Campus Field. The purple and gold prevailed in an exhilarating overtime victory over visiting Wells College.