Schedule of Events 2016

September 30-October 2, 2016

Please join us for Washington and Lee's 62nd annual Parents & Family Weekend celebration when we honor the parents and families of our students. The weekend will combine informational and recreational activities, giving parents the opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, review campus life, and participate in social events.

A preliminary Schedule of Events for Parents and Family Weekend 2016 will be available and posted to this site by early August 2016.  However, to get an idea what the weekend has to offer, take a look at the 2015 schedule below.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents & Family Weekend 2017 is scheduled for October 6-8, 2017.  Dates beyond 2017 have not yet been set. They will be posted to this website as soon as they are finalized.



ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL

The Parents and Family Weekend Schedule of Events is subject to change. Check back often for updates and upon arriving in Lexington, please check in at the Elrod Commons Living Room to register and receive a copy of the latest schedule and special notices.

Last updated on 9/30/15.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

5 p.m. | "The Future of Higher Education in America" by David Brooks
Lee Chapel
Author and New York Times columnist, David Brooks is a keen observer of the American way of life and a penetrating analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.  He is a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR's All Things Considered.  He is currently teaching a course at Yale University and holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, Occidental College, among others. In 2010, Brooks became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Tickets are not required.

Friday, October 2, 2015

8 a.m. | Classes Begin
Parents are welcome to join students in the classroom.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Coffee and Open House
Great Hall in the Science Center
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | ITS Open House
ITS Information Desk in Leyburn Library
Pick up a free screen wipe for your smart phone and ask about technology services for students.
Sponsored by Information Technology Services

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Financial Aid Conferences
Financial Aid, 23 University Place
Financial Aid Officers will be available for 15-minute appointments.  Appointments must be made in advance through the Financial Aid website or by calling Martha Rowsey at (540) 458-8717.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Registration
Elrod Commons, Living Room

Stop by the registration table, meet other parents, enjoy refreshments and pick up your registration packet and name tags. Your student may pick up your packet for you.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Mock Con 2016 Silent Auction     NEW!!
Elrod Commons, Living Room
Help support a beloved W&L tradition at Mock Convention's Parent's and Family Weekend Silent Auction. The auction will feature original artwork, local gifts, Mock Con memorabilia, and more, with proceeds directly benefiting Mock Convention. Bidding will continue at the Mock Convention Tailgate, where parents can learn more about this unique experience.

9:05 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Physics Fest
Science Center, Howe Hall A114
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Elrod Commons, Room 301
Career Development

10:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. | Physics Fest
Science Center, Howe Hall A114
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Open House & BBQ Lunch
Science Center, Howe Hall A228
Sponsored by the Geology Department.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Student Affairs Report to Parents, Current Happenings at W&L
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Sidney Evans, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Division of Student Affairs staff.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Study Abroad Presentations
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Summer Research Scholar Student Presentations 
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House    NEW!!
Mattingly House, Room 201
The Shepherd Program

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | University Registrar Appointments     REVISED!!
Early-Fielding
The University Registrar will be available for 15-minute appointments. Please email registrar@wlu.edu with a preferred time.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House & Reception
Reid Hall 207
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Parmly Hall 229
Psychology Department

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Science Center
Biology Department

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Tucker Multimedia Center, Tucker Hall 408
Modern Foreign Languages

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House 
Newcomb Hall
The History Department, Sociology & Anthropology Department, Teacher Education and Education Policy, East Asian Studies and Africana Studies, invite you to our Open House.  Come to our front hall where we'll have cider and snacks and signs to the offices of faculty who look forward to visiting with you.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House    REVISED!!
Elrod Commons, Room 114
Philosophy and Religion Departments

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House (with refreshments)
Leyburn Library, Special Collections, Lower Level 1
The Special Collections Division of Leyburn Library houses some of the University's most extraordinary treasures.  On display, with ongoing commentary by Tom Camden '76, Head of Special Collections, will be original documents related directly to George Washington and Robert E. Lee as well as rare books showcasing early printing, beautiful artwork and startling provenance.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Appointments with Faculty and Administration   REVISED!
Individual Offices
Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, to schedule appointments.

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Sorority Q&A
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Sorority leaders, along with Student Affairs staff, will be available to answer general questions.  Session is geared toward parents of first-year students.

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Fraternity Q&A
Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium
Fraternity leaders, along with Student Affairs staff, will be available to answer general questions.  Session is geared toward parents of first-year students.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House     NEW!!
Science Center, Parmly 407
Computer Science Department

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
English Department

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Fellowships and Opportunities Information Session
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
This session will provide students and parents with a brief introduction to the wide variety of external fellowships and opportunities available to students, both during their undergraduate careers and after.  It will also highlight resources available on campus for helping students identify opportunities and prepare competitive applications.

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | "What W&L History, Sociology and Anthropology graduates are doing with their degrees"           NEW!!
Newcomb Hall, Room 122
A presentation by John Jensen, Director of Career Development and Associate Dean of Students.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Presidential Search Update  NEW!!
Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium
Secretary of the University and Presidential Search Committee member Jim Farrar, Jr. '74 will provide an update on the presidential search.  Other members of the search committee will participate as schedules allow.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Johnson Scholars Reception
Washington Hall, Foyer
Reception for Johnson Scholars and their families (by invitation only).

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Science Center, Great Hall
Department of Neuroscience

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Huntley Hall, Larry and Fran Peppers Room, Reading Room 219
Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Sorority Open House
Frank Parsons Way
The Panhellenic Council invites all first-year women and their parents to tour the sorority houses.  Families are free to enter the houses for a self-guided tour.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Open House
Science Center Addition, 3rd Floor Lounge
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Global Learning and Study Abroad at Washington and Lee
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
This session will focus on W&L's global learning initiative and highlight new thinking about experience abroad for students and how it may relate to their overall W&L education.

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | President's Open House
Lee House
Please join President and Mrs. Ruscio for an open house and reception for first-year and transfer students and their parents.

4:40 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | "What I Did Last Summer" - W&L Math Students Present Summer Research
Robinson Hall Foyer and Room 105
Brief reports will be given by students on their summer work in Mathematics.  All are invited to attend.  Refreshments at 4:20 p.m. in the Robinson Hall Foyer.  Talks begin at 4:40 p.m. in Robinson 105.
Department of Mathematics

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. | A Taste of Asia
East Asian Language Center, The Red House 2
Join us for Chinese and Japanese appetizers
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Shabbat Services and Dinner
Hillel House
W&L Hillel sponsors a Shabbat Service and dinner once a month that is open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Lexington/Rockbridge community. The service begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will immediately follow. Please RSVP to hillel@wlu.edu or (540) 458-8443 by no later than the close of business on Monday, September 28th. More information can be found on our website: http://www.wlu.edu/hillel.
This program is generously sponsored by Stacey and Andrew Reibach '87, P '18.

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Parents Leadership Council First Year Reception (by invitation)
Evans Dining Hall
Sponsored by University Development

6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Parents Leadership Council Welcome Back Reception (by invitation)
Evans Dining Hall
Sponsored by University Development

7 p.m. | Commons Movie
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
"Inside Out" (2015)
Free Admission.  Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and John W. Elrod University Commons.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. |  Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
The University Singers, Men's Glee Club, and Cantatrici will perform a varied repertoire of choral music under the direction of Dr. Shane Lynch.
Tickets are free, but required and available only to current W&L students and families.  Contact the Box Office at (540) 458-8000 to reserve tickets.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. | The President's Society Breakfast (by invitation)
Evans Dining Hall
Sponsored by University Development.

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Appointments with Faculty and Administration    REVISED!!
Individual Offices
Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, for appointments.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Registration
Elrod Commons, Living Room
Pick up your registration packet and name tags. Your student may pick up your packet for you.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Financial Aid Conferences
Financial Aid, 23 University Place
Financial Aid Officers will be available for 15-minute appointments. Appointments must be made in advance through the Financial Aid website or by calling Martha Rowsey at (540) 458-8717.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lenfest Colloquium   REVISED!!
Science Center, Howe Hall A214
Did you know teaching is only one part of your professors' jobs? Do you want to learn about what your professors do OUTSIDE the classroom? Research is a large part of being a professor - the Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium showcases faculty summer research conducted with summer Lenfest Grants.

This year during Parents and Family Weekend, W&L will host the first inaugural W&L Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium.

The first session will take place on Saturday, October 3, 9 am-12 pm. Each hour will be a different theme with faculty from all over the university. For example, learn about cemeteries, Satan, and spiders at 9 am with "Unearthing the Spooky." This will be followed up with "Re-Vision: Transformations" talks on drones, humor, and recreating democracy at 10 am. Finally, end with exploring different places and time with "Time Travel" at 11 am! There will also be a second session on Saturday, October 10, 9 am-10:30 am with speakers discussing learning math, Hamlet, conservation, paleontology, and promoting egalitarianism in organizations!

Come learn and discuss the work that your faculty members do throughout the year. Refreshments will be provided. In order for us to best estimate how much food to order, please RSVP at: https://managementtools3.wlu.edu/WLUForms/WLU/Default.aspx?Form=770.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House at the Reeves Center
Reeves Center
The Reeves Center houses one of the finest collections of historic ceramics in the nation, showcasing pieces that belonged to George Washington and Robert E. Lee, as well as pieces that illustrate the history of ceramic design, technology, and trade. Join Ron Fuchs II, the curator of the Reeves, to view and handle pieces from the collection, including comparisons between genuine and fake objects.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Student Recitals
Wilson Concert Hall
Featuring student performers from the Applied Music Studios of Washington and Lee.
Tickets are not required.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations 
Senshin'an Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion
Stop by for as long as you like to observe ongoing demonstrations of a traditional tea ceremony.  Sweets and tea will be served.
Demonstrations by W&L Students in the Chanoyu Tea Society.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Outing Club Hike
Meet in front of Early-Fielding
No registration.  Wear weather appropriate clothing.
Sponsored by the Outing Club

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | President's Report to Parents
Lee Chapel
Kenneth P. Ruscio '76

11:00 a.m. | Women's Soccer
Alston Parker Watt Field
Washington and Lee vs. Lynchburg

11:00 a.m. | Tailgating
Law School Lawn (Rain location: The Student Activities Pavilion)
Music and food provided by GAB.  Email kgoodwin@wlu.edu to register your group.  Tents and tables are available for registered groups.

11:00 a.m. | Mock Con Tailgate and Silent Auction   NEW!!
Law School Lawn (Rain location: The Student Activities Pavilion)
Help support a beloved W&L tradition at Mock Convention's Parent's and Family Weekend Silent Auction. The auction will feature original artwork, local gifts, Mock Con memorabilia, and more, with proceeds directly benefiting Mock Convention. Bidding will continue at the Mock Convention Tailgate, where parents can learn more about this unique experience.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch in the Marketplace
Marketplace in Elrod Commons 

1 p.m. | Football
Wilson Field
Washington and Lee vs. Guilford

1 p.m. | Women's Field Hockey
Artificial Turf Field
Washington and Lee vs. Lynchburg

3 p.m. | Men's Soccer
Alston Parker Watt Field
Washington and Lee vs. Guilford

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | A Grandparent Tea
Elrod Commons, Room 114 (Outing Club Room)
A special welcome reception for W&L grandparents.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | A Cappella Concert     REVISED!!
Lee Chapel
Featuring Southern Comfort, JubiLee, Washingtones, and General Admissions.  Tickets are free but required.  Tickets will be distributed in Elrod Commons from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. all week beginning Monday, September 28.  Ticket holders should plan on arriving at the concert by no later than 5:50 pm.  At that time, empty seats will be given to people on the wait list.  (UPDATE:  As of this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 30), all tickets for the concert have been distributed.  However, anyone wishing to attend the concert should arrive at Lee Chapel by 5:50 pm.  Empty seats will be given to those waiting on a first come, first serve basis.)

7 p.m. | Office of Diversity and Inclusion Parents' Dinner
Evans Dining Hall
Please RSVP here by noon on Friday, September 25.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs

7 p.m. | Commons Movie
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
"Inside Out" (2015)
Free Admission.  Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and John W. Elrod University Commons.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
Concert featuring W&L instrumental ensembles.
Free event, no tickets required.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Bagel Brunch 
Hillel House
Washington and Lee Hillel welcomes W&L parents and families who are interested in Jewish Life on campus, to join us for bagels and lox in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. Reservations are not required. More information can be found on our website: http://www.wlu.edu/hillel.
This program is generously sponsored by Eric White & John Zamoiski '74

2 p.m. | Commons Movie
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
"Inside Out" (2015)
Free Admission. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and John W. Elrod University Commons.


SPECIAL EVENTS & EXHIBITS

JOHN W. ELROD UNIVERSITY COMMONS LIVING ROOM
Please stop by the display in the Elrod Commons Living Room to see the programming activities of the LIFE peer health educators, SPEAK, SHAG, Active Minds, Traveller, Campus Community Coalition, and Peer Counselors. These groups work to enhance the efforts of the Division of Student Affairs in promoting a safe campus environment. Sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion, Division of Student Affairs.

LEE CHAPEL, MUSEUM and GIFT SHOP - OPEN VISITATION & TOUR
         
Friday, October 2, 2015        9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
         
Saturday, October 3, 2015    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
          Sunday, October 4, 2015      1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

MCCARTHY GALLERY, HOLEKAMP HALL
Art Exhibit: Cleveland Morris 
"Moments and Millennia: Drawings from Rome"

A collection of new work by Cleveland Morris created specifically for the McCarthy Gallery during his visit to Rome in the spring of 2015.  For more information, click here

Morris is an artist and teacher, living in Staunton, Virginia.  He exhibits frequently in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  This exhibit marks his fourth show at the McCarthy Gallery.

The exhibit will run from September through December, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
          Friday, October 2, 2015         9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


MOCK CONVENTION 2016

Stop by the Mock Convention 2016 Information Table, participate in the Silent Auction and preview the coming 2016 convention cycle. Memorabilia will be available for purchase.
          Friday, October 2, 2015         9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                           Elrod Commons

Parents and family members are also invited to stop by the Mock Convention 2016 Tailgating Tent. Memorabilia will once again be available for purchase and the winners of the Silent Auction will be announced.
           Saturday, October 3, 2015    11:00 a.m.                                        Law School Lawn

To learn more about all of Mock Convention's traditions and ways to get involved, please visit the Mock Convention 2016 website at http://www.mockconvention.com.

REEVES CENTER

The Reeves Center displays Washington and Lee's ceramics collection, which spans over 4,000 years of human history. The collection includes ceramics from Asia, Europe and America, and is especially rich in Chinese export porcelain made for the American and European markets between 1600 and 1900.

The Reeves Center is located in an 1842 house and in the Watson Pavilion. In addition to the ceramics collection, the Reeves Center houses the paintings of Louise Herreshoff Reeves (1876-1967) and a Japanese tea room.

The Reeves Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and other times by appointment.
          Friday, October 2, 2015         9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (closing early due to classes)
          Saturday, October 3, 2015     9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

STANIAR GALLERY, WILSON HALL
Art Exhibit: "The Sun That Never Sets" by Paul Ryan

As an abstract painter, Paul Ryan's studio practice combines a natural attentiveness to formal problems with a reflective consideration of conceptual ideas. In his new work he is developing a visual vocabulary derived from the forms of everyday commercial packaging-the unfolded shapes of the cardboard cartons and containers that hold the stuff of our necessities and desires, and the eccentric visual structures that occur when their silhouettes are combined within the picture plane. Ryan is equally interested in the conceptual implications of his source material, which have inherent associations with desire, exchange, acquisition, and consumption--activating the paintings as visual metaphors for the operations and effects of late capitalism.

Paul Ryan is a painter and art critic living and working in Staunton, Virginia where he is a Professor of Art at Mary Baldwin College. He has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine since 1990 and is represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

The exhibit will run from September 7 through October 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
          Friday, October 2, 2015          9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
          Saturday, October 3, 2015      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
          Sunday, October 4, 2015        9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Parents and Family Weekend Annual Book Sale
"I never feel lonely if I've got a book - they're like old friends. Even if you're not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they're part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life." Emilia Fox

Please visit the annual University Library book sale in Leyburn Library and allow us to add to your history. You may find treasures that will reflect on your journey through life.  This year's sale will begin on Thursday, October 1st, at 4:00 p.m. on the main floor of Leyburn Library. Stop by and browse (or purchase) to your heart's content. Who knows what treasures you might find.

(Acceptable forms of payment - cash, check, General debit/charge. Credit cards will not be accepted, however there is an ATM machine in Elrod Commons the building next to ours.)

UNIVERSITY STORE
Located in the Elrod University Commons.
Parents and Family Weekend hours:
          Friday, October 2, 2015        8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
          Saturday, October 3, 2015    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
          Sunday, October 4, 2015      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WILLIAMS GALLERY, HUNTLEY HALL
Art Exhibit: Photographs by Christa Bowden, Washington and Lee Associate Professor of Art
"Maternal instincts: a selection of work from the Scanner Obscura and Roots & Nests projects."

Christa Bowden was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. She earned her MFA in photography from the University of Georgia and a BA in photography and film from Tulane University. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Washington & Lee University, where she started the program in photography in 2006. She has been the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and a nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. She has exhibited throughout the United States in both group and solo shows. Her work has been included in numerous photography blogs and artist indices, including Plates to Pixels, Light Leaked, and Art Photo Index, and highlighted as an Editor's Pick by LensCulture Contemporary Photography. Her work also appears in the recently published Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers, as well as Exploring Color Photography by Robert Hirsch. She is currently the Southeast region chair for the Society for Photographic Education, and lives in Lexington, Virginia.

The exhibit will run from September 11 through December 11, 2015.
          Friday, October 2, 2015         9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL