The Experience

View the Experience Events calendar here

Frequently Asked Questions About “The Experience”

How many experience credits do I need?

  • A full time day student is required to complete 16 credits before the end of the sophomore year.
  • Transfers who come in as sophomores are required to complete 8 credits by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Transfers who come in as juniors are not required to complete the experience (but we encourage you to attend events anyway!)

How do I get credit for an experience event?

  • You must arrive at the event before it begins and get a card from an experience monitor. Experience monitors WILL NOT hand out cards after the event has begun.
  • After the event is finished, you hand the filled-out card back to the monitor.
  • Monitors will NOT accept cards before the end of the event.

When do I NOT receive experience credit?

  • You will NOT get credit for an event if you arrive after it begins or leave before it ends.
  • You will only receive experience for seeing a show or performance once, even if it is the next year.
  • Students MAY NOT get Experience Credit for events that they participate in (Domino Players cannot get credit for a performance in which they act, direct, or work, orchestra members cannot get credit for events in which they play, etc.).

How does the experience appear on my transcript?

  • Students who complete the events by the end of their sophomore year will receive a “Q” on their transcript.
  • Students who do NOT complete their Experience requirement by the end of the sophomore year will receive an “I” (incomplete) on their transcript.
  • Students who complete the Experience requirements by the end of their junior year will have the “I” replaced by a “Q.”
  • Students who do NOT complete the Experience by the end of the junior year will have the “I” replaced by an “F.” The “F” will not be calculated into the GPA, but will remain permanently on the student’s record.
  • Students who complete the Experience events by the end of their senior year will have Experience listed a second time (as if they took the course a second time) with a “Q.”
  • Students who do not complete the Experience events will not graduate.

How do I know how many experience events I have completed?

  • Your advisor can access a list on IQ Web with the number of events you have completed.
  • Lisa Korecky, the administrative assistant in the CFA, also has a list of how many and which events you have attended.

What if I want to appeal any aspect of my Experience record?

  • Students are rarely (almost never) given exemptions from the experience. If for some reason you feel you must try, you must make a written request by email to the chair of the Experience Committee (John Pankratz – explaining and justifying your request. The email must also be copied to your advisor or it will not be considered. Then, your letter will be distributed to the Experience Committee and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision of the committee within two weeks.

How do I become an experience monitor?

  • In order to become a monitor you must have completed the required number of experience events, then talk to the CFA secretary. It is a paid position.

Calendar of Events

Candide music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur 
Thur.–Sat., Nov. 2-4, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Lentz, additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (based on the satire by Voltaire)Monty Python meets Grand Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire in which a young Candide and his friends, Cunegonde, Paquette, Maximillian, Dr. Pangloss, and an old lady (with one buttock), endure one hilarious catastrophe after another as they journey around the world in search of the meaning of life in this “best of all possible worlds.”

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Nov. 2, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Nov. 3, follows show, Roop Hall

Business of Fashion Forum *
Sat., Nov. 4
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall, $10

Join us for a day of informative sessions and networking with alumni and regional industry leaders in design, merchandising and marketing. Includes lunch and additional break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon with a closing keynote by TBD.

Clinica de Migrantes
November 08, 2017
7 – 9:15 p.m., CFA 235

We will be screening a film called Clnica de Migrantes, which investigates the intersection between immigration and health care through the work of Puentes de Salud, a volunteer-run network of clinics providing preventive care to the Latino community of South Philadelphia. There will be a discussion to follow with faculty and Dr Larson who runs the clinic in Philadelphia.

Liberal Education and Freedom
November 9, 2017
4:30-6 p.m., Wachovia Theater

Mellon Foundation lecture from Professor Roosevelt Montás of Columbia University; he will explore of how the humanities and liberal arts help equip students for their futures.

The French Education System: Cultural Specificities and National Challenges
November 9, 2017
7-8 p.m., CFA 235

Chloe Grosse, visiting instructor of French, will discuss various aspects of the French education system, including how education in France is turned towards Europe and the world (students start learning a foreign language in elementary school, for instance). Additionally, students have to specialize as soon as they graduate from high school and, therefore, select their university according to their career plans. Other points of interest will be the relationship between professors and students and student life at the university.

AAS presents Dynasty Fashion Show
November 11, 2017
8 a.m. – 12 p.m., McMillan Student Center Main Lounge

This event was first created to provide a platform for fashion designers within the Albright community. It is also a show for students who have their own brand to showcase and spread the word about it. The show features performances from students, clubs such as Xion and Carribean Culture Club and outside Greek life. This Fashion show will display school spirit, student fashion, African American culture and student talent which helps bring the African American community closer.

Albright Idol
November 11, 2017
7 p.m., MPK Chapel

Lion Enterprises is hosting their annual Albright Idol artist showcase. The event will feature Lion Enterprises artists performing their original compositions for a panel of music industry professionals.

Mathematics Colloquium
November 14, 2017
4-5 p.m., CCM 100C

Introduction to Knot Theory The event is an academic presentation on Knot Theory. Knot theory is a subbranch of topology which studies how a closed loop can be embedded in three dimensional space. The presenters will explain their research on this very interesting topic.

Understanding Diversity A Community’s Conversation
Wednesday, Nov. 15
4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Join the Council for an Inclusive, Thriving, and Equitable Community for a discussion of racial and ethnic diversity on the Albright campus, in the Reading community, and beyond. This event will include student-led and student-centered activities that focus on opening dialogue about diversity and promoting open conversation that incorporates all points of view.

Facul-tea: Do environmental knowledge and pro-environmental worldviews correlate with pro-environmental behavior?
November 16, 2017
4 – 5 p.m., Gingrich Library Group Study Room A/B

Dr. Brian Jennings will explore the change in environmental knowledge,behaviors and worldviews of three cohorts of Albright students.

Facul-tea: Do environmental knowledge and pro-environmental worldviews correlate with pro-environmental behavior?
November 16, 2017
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., McMillan Student Center, South Lounge, West side

Dr. Brian Jennings will explore the change in environmental knowledge, behaviors, and world views of three cohorts of Albright students.

Big Cat Jazz Concert
Fri., Nov. 17
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Symphonic Band Concert
Sat., Nov. 18
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Albright Horror Story
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 – 5 p.m., Roop Hall
Sunday, November 19th, 2017 – 1 p.m.. Roop Hall
Admission Fee: $7.00 cash/student charge

This year Club Vogue’s Annual fashion show, we invite you for a night of Fashion and Fear. Inspired by the popular television series, American Horror Story, Albright Horror Story is here to show you some spine-chilling style and creepy couture.

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., Nov. 19
3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Jim: The James Foley Story
November 20, 2017
4-6:30 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

A documentary about American photojournalist James Foley, killed by ISIS in 2014, which explores why he chose to dedicate his life to documenting armed conflicts and telling the stories of their victims.

The Rwandan Genocide: A Survivor’s Story
November 28 2017
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.,CFA 235

In 1994, Eugenie Mukeshimana survived the Rwandan genocide by hiding with her infant daughter, who she gave birth to during the genocide. In 2010, she founded the Genocide Survivors Support Network, a nonprofit organization that provides support to genocide survivors and educates communities about genocide. In this public event she will tell her story of surviving the genocide and what this can teach us about justice, forgiveness, gender-based violence, and how we remember and memorialize human rights abuses.

Raman Spectroscopy as a Probe of Single Molecules and Chemical Reactivity
November 30, 2017
4:30-5:30 p.m., Science Center room 256

Glassy materials are a non-crystalline, amorphous materials with a wide variety of technological and practical uses. The frequency with which particular structural units appear varies according to the composition of the glass. Changes in the composition alter the favored structural units and, consequently, alter the physical and chemical properties of the glass. A series of alkali borate and borosilicate glasses was fabricated and their structures were characterized via Raman spectroscopy. Significant structural changes were observed as a function of the alkali modifier. Additionally, the chemical reactivity of these materials was examined by studying their reactivity in the presence of acidic media.

Spain and Catalonia: Where Do They Go from Here?
November 30, 2017
7-8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

Spain is a nation of nations, and the secessionist movement of one of its wealthiest region, Catalonia, has been in the news for much of 2017. Americans may well see a reflection of our own current political environment in Spain’s polarization and division. This interactive talk will provide historical, cultural, linguistic, and administrative context that will lead to a fuller understanding of the unfolding crisis of democracy in Spain.

An Evening with Mr. Bob Button: Mercury and Apollo Programs NASA Administrator
December 5, 2017
4:30 – 6:45 p.m., McMillan Student Center South Lounge, WestAn Evening with Mr. Bob Button: Mercury and Apollo Programs NASA Administrator Mr. Button, will discuss his incredible experiences as a NASA Administrator (Mercury to Apollo Programs), an accomplished pilot, a friend of all eight original astronauts and one of the closest friends of Neil Armstrong.

Sounds of the Season, a Choral Concert
Sat., Dec. 9
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Celebrate the music of the holidays with Albright’s four choral ensembles—Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale.

Joan Linder, Operation Sunshine
Tues., Jan. 23–Sun., April 8, Freedman Gallery (MG & Foyer)

  • Artist Lecture, Thur., Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall
  • Opening Reception, Thur., Jan. 25, 5-7 p.m.

The exhibition highlights Linder’s most recent body of work, which explores toxic waste sites in Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls, New York. Linder’s initial work focused on the Love Cana neighborhood along the Niagara River. During the 1940s, the Hooker Company dumped over 20,000 tons of toxic waste on this 36-square block locale. In 1978, the ill-health of its residents came to light, and subsequently, families were forced out of their homes and the community was demolished. Following a Superfund cleanup, what remains visible is a wasteland of grass-covered mounds surrounded by a chain-link fence. In the exhibition, the drawings expand to include radioactive waste sites in western New York that were a result of the Manhattan Project activity. Linder uses drawing to consider how history can get buried: as artifacts and chemicals in the ground, and as documents in the archive. The act of drawing becomes a way to slow down and pay attention anew to the damage and history that has become hidden in plain sight.

6th Annual Albright Improv Festival *
Sat., Feb. 3
Join us for a day of laughter and learning with improvisational comedy troupes from Yocum Institute, West Chester University, and Drexel University, joined by Albright Improv, along with a very special headliner. The afternoon’s roundtable, “Serious Comedy,” will focus on how comedy can compel us to confront matters of great importance.

  • Workshop, noon–4 p.m., Roop Hall, Green Room
  • Mini-Conference, 4–5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Showcase *, 7 p.m., Roop Hall, $5

Almost, Maine by John Cariani *
Thur.–Sat., Feb. 22–24, 8 p.m., & Sun., Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Matt Fotis
One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., Feb. 22, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., Feb. 23, follows show, Roop Hall

American Landscape, a Choral Concert
Sat., March 3
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

The Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s

Music Industry Interview 
Fri., April 6
8 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall

6th Annual Music Business Forum
Sat., April 7
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Roessner Hall

The sixth annual Music Business Forum will feature presentations with current music industry professionals, including: TBD. Lunch provided. FREE for Albright students and prospective students with advance registration required, $10 all others. Questions? Contact

The Liar by David Ives adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille *
Thur.–Sat., April 12–14, 8 p.m. & Sun., April 15, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre, directed by Julia Matthews.

“All the world’s a lie, and all the men and women merely liars,” so says Dorante, the charming young lawyer who can’t open his mouth without telling another whopper. Dorante quickly sets his romantic sights on the beautiful Clarice, or maybe it’s her best friend Lucrece. Which one is which? And which one is secretly engaged to his best friend? Falsehoods fly in this sparkling French comedy by Corneille, newly adapted by David Ives.

  • Talkback & Reception, Thur., April 12, follows show
  • Albright Improv Show, Fri., April 13, follows show, Roop Hall

Sunday Sinfonia at Albright College
Sun., April 15
3 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Big Cat Jazz Concert
Fri., April 20
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Symphonic Band Concert
Sat., April 21
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Green & Growing: Student Projects in Theatre
Mon., April 30
7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

Emerging Voices from Domino Players Studio
Wed., May 2
7:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre

  • Scripts and project proposals due, February 23
  • Auditions, March 14 and other dates TBD

Albright’s Annual Fashion Showcase *
Sat., May 5
$5/$10 students advance/door, $10/$15 adult advance/door, $25 VIP advance only/reserved seating and private reception

  • Exhibition, 4-5:30 p.m., Roop Hall
  • Runway Show, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wachovia Theatre
  • VIP Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freedman Gallery

Celebrate Spring, a Choral Concert
Sat., May 5
7:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Say farewell to the graduating seniors in Albright Angels, Concert Choir, Mane Men and Women’s Chorale in their final performance of the season.