Schedule of Events - Parents and Family Weekend October 4-6, 2019

Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us on campus for the 65th annual Parents and Family Weekend. We hope you enjoyed your time here and we look forward to you joining us next year.

Parents and Family Weekend 2020 is scheduled for September 25-27, 2020. 
Dates beyond 2020 have not yet been finalized, but will be posted on this page as soon as they are set.

Attire for the weekend is informal.

Below is a sample Parents and Family Weekend Schedule of Events from 2019. Please note that the schedule is subject to change for 2020.

Updated 9/26/2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

7 - 8 p.m.  **NEW**
Contact Presents: An Evening with Mike Henry '88
Keller Theater, Lenfest Center
Join the Contact Committee for our annual Parents and Family Weekend guest speaker event! One of Washington and Lee's most notable graduates, Mike Henry is best known as the voice of Family Guy's Cleveland Brown and as Executive Producer of The Cleveland Show. 

Tickets are free, but required. Up to four (4) free tickets per person can be claimed in the Commons Atrium on Monday 9/30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., Tuesday 10/1 from 7:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., and Wednesday 10/2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019

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

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

University Library Book Sale
Leyburn Library, Main Floor
Students, their families, and other members of the University community are invited to expand their personal libraries at the annual Washington and Lee University Library book sale. Sale starts at 4 pm Thursday, October 3rd and ends when all books are gone.

Hardbacks are $5/Paperbacks are $1/Some items priced separately.
Cash, check, General debit/charge accepted - No credit cards (ATM machine in Elrod Commons)

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

History Department Open House
Newcomb Hall, Lawn (outside)
Enjoy coffee and donuts with the History Department and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program!

9 a.m. - Noon  **NEW**
Lifelong Learning - Opportunities for W&L Parents and Families
Early Fielding #129
Stop by the Office of Lifelong Learning to discover all the exciting on campus and travel programs that are available to parents, families, and friends of W&L. Come by to pick up a catalog of current offerings and get a sneak peek of what's to come!

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Financial Aid Conferences
Office of 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
Pick up your registration packet and name tags. Your student may pick up your packet for you.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lee Chapel and Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours are given throughout the day in the auditorium on a rolling basis. A museum is housed in the lower level and includes Lee's office; an exhibition entitled Building and Rebuilding a Nation, which traces the contributions to education that George Washington and Robert E. Lee made; a changing exhibition; and a museum shop.

9:30 - 11 a.m.
Coffee and Sweets
Science Center, Great Hall
Please stop by for a quick cup of coffee.
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reeves Collection of Ceramics Open House
Reeves Center
Discover the Reeves Collection of Ceramics with staff from University Collections of Art and History (UCAH). The collection, now containing more than 3,000 pieces, ranges from 4,000-year-old Chinese pots to contemporary bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony. On Friday, check out what's on display and participate in a handling session of genuine and fake objects. Continue your education and preserve your experience by picking up one of the "50 Treasures" catalogs. Catalogs are available for purchase at the Lee Chapel Museum Shop.

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
PHYSICS FEST
Science Center, Howe 208
Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Children of Alumni Luncheon (by invitation only)
Hotchkiss House
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Global Learning and Study Abroad at Washington and Lee
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
This session will provide an overview of opportunities for global learning and how it may relate to a student's overall W&L education. A student panel will share what they gained through their experiences abroad.

1 - 3 p.m.

Biology Department Open House
Science Center, (adjacent to Howe Hall), third floor in front of elevators

1 - 3 p.m.

Neuroscience Program Open House
Science Center, IQ Center 202A

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Journalism and Mass Communications Open House and Reception
Reid Hall, Room 207 - Rowe Lounge

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Open House
Science Center, Science Addition 3rd floor Lounge

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Summer Research Scholars Student Presentations and Poster Session
Leyburn Library, Main Floor
Sponsored by the Provost's Office and Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Shepherd Program Open House
Mattingly House, Room 201
Get Involved: Learn about our many local, domestic, and international internships as well as our minor in poverty and human capability studies from current students, staff, and faculty at the Shepherd Program's Open House.

2 - 2:45 p.m.
Fraternity Q&A
Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101
Members of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) will discuss information on fraternity life at Washington and Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.

2 - 3 p.m.
Environmental Studies Program Open House
Science Center, Great Hall

2 - 3 p.m.
Geology Department Open House

Science Center, Great Hall

2 - 3:30 p.m.
English Department Open House
Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
An English department open house featuring students' summer research and internships.

2 - 3:30 p.m.
Philosophy Department Open House
Washington Hall, 3rd Floor

2 - 4 p.m.

Special Collections Open House
Leyburn Library, Special Collections, Boatwright Room, Lower Level 1
Open House showcasing a selection of University treasures from the Special Collections vault, including iconic George Washington and Robert E. Lee documents.

2 - 4 p.m.
Cognitive and Behavioral Science Open House
Parmly Hall, Computer Lab P225
Light refreshments will be available.
Sponsored by the Cognitive and Behavioral Science (formerly Psychology) Department

2 - 4:30 p.m.

Appointments with Faculty and Administration
Individual Offices
Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, to schedule appointments.

2:15 - 3 p.m.
Sorority Q&A
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Members of the Panhellenic Council will discuss information on sorority life at Washington and Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Africana Studies Open House
Tucker Hall, 3rd floor


2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  **NEW**
Lifelong Learning - Opportunities for W&L Parents and Families
Early Fielding #129
Stop by the Office of Lifelong Learning to discover all the exciting on campus and travel programs that are available for parents, families, and friends of W&L. Come by to pick up a catalog of current offerings and get a sneak peek of what's to come!

3 - 4 p.m.

Middle East and South Asian Studies Open House
Tucker Hall, 2nd floor

3 - 4 p.m.

Religion Department Open House
Tucker Hall, 2nd floor

3 - 4 p.m.

Williams School Open House
Terrace in front of Huntley Hall (weather permitting)
Rain location: Peppers Room, Huntley Hall
Please join Williams School faculty for an open house. Light refreshments will be served.
This Open House will include all four Williams School departments: economics, politics, business administration, and accounting.

3 - 4 p.m.

Reception for Johnson Scholars and their families (by invitation only)
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Sponsored by the Johnson Program

3 - 4 p.m.

Sorority Open House
Frank Parsons Way
Parents and families are welcome to visit the Panhellenic sorority houses as they will be open for visitors.

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Fellowships and Opportunities Information Session
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
A brief introduction to the wide variety of external fellowships and opportunities available to students.

4 - 5 p.m.

"What We Did Last Summer"
Chavis Hall, Foyer and Room 105
Presentation by students of the results of their summer research work in Mathematics.
Refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Foyer. Talks at 4 p.m. in Chavis 105

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Parents and Family Weekend Open House
Lee House
President Dudley invites you and your family to join him for the Parents and Family Weekend Open House. Join us and take a step back in history as you stroll throughout the first floor. Lee House docents will share with you how the Lee family used Lee House, tell a few stories, and answer your questions. Peek into Traveler's stall and enjoy punch and cookies on the terrace with the president. We look forward to seeing you.

5 - 6 p.m.

A Taste of Asia
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Please join the faculty of EALL for a "Taste of Asia" reception.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Parents Leadership Council Fall Reception (by invitation only)
Evans Hall
Sponsored by University Development

6 - 7 p.m.

Shabbat Dinner
Hillel House
Join W&L Hillel for Shabbat dinner! All are welcome.
RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

7 - 9 p.m.

Swing for a Cause
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
WLU Swing Dancers will teach people how to swing. Parents are welcome to attend.
Sponsored by the W&L chapter of Amnesty International

8 - 11 p.m.

Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert and Reception
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
Come kick off the choral season at W&L with the University Singers, Men's Glee Club and Cantatrici. The concert will feature the Lexington debut of several of conductor Shane Lynch's new compositions along with choral favorites by Dan Forrest, Moses Hogan and others. Movements from Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard also will be featured as a preview of the March performance of the entire work by the University Singers in Lexington and at other venues across the United States. Regarded as one of the most important recent works, Considering Matthew Shepard will enthrall and move audiences with its depth, compassion and beauty of this tragic story. The evening will close with the W&L tradition, Shenandoah. Reception to follow.

Tickets are free, but required and available only to current W&L students and families.
Tickets are available Monday, September 9. Contact the Box Office at (540) 458-8000 to reserve tickets.

8 p.m. - Midnight

Friday Underground
ARC (Arts, Recreation, and Culture) House, 205 East Washington Street
A new W&L tradition. Join us for free food and specialty coffee drinks, great conversations, and live entertainment featuring student artists.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

8:30 - 10 a.m.

The President's Society Breakfast (by invitation only)
Evans Hall
Sponsored by University Development

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

SABU Breakfast for Parents and Family Members (by invitation only)
Sankofa House, 11 North Jefferson Street

9 - 10:30 a.m.  **NEW**
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Parents Weekend Breakfast
Gaines Rotunda
Join InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for a homemade breakfast and time of fellowship. Get to know the members of our community and their families and learn more about our mission to have every student come to know Christ. Everyone is welcome!

9 - 11 a.m.

Appointments with Faculty and Administration
Individual Offices
Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, for appointments.

9 a.m. - Noon

Registration (continues)
Elrod Commons, Living Room

9 a.m. - Noon

Outing Club Hike of Back Campus
Meet outside Duchossois Tennis Center (light rain or shine).
Wear weather-appropriate clothing.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lee Chapel and Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours are given throughout the day in the auditorium on a rolling basis. A museum is housed in the lower level and includes Lee's office; an exhibition entitled Building and Rebuilding a Nation, which traces the contributions to education that George Washington and Robert E. Lee made; a changing exhibition; and a museum shop.

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium
Science Center, Science Addition 214
The Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium showcases faculty summer research conducted with summer Lenfest Grants.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Reeves Collection of Ceramics Open House
Reeves Center
Discover the Reeves Collection of Ceramics with staff from University Collections of Art and History (UCAH). The collection, now containing more than 3,000 pieces, ranges from 4,000 year-old Chinese pots to contemporary bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony. On Saturday, check out what's on display and participant in a handling session of genuine and fake objects. Continue your education and preserve your experience by picking up one of the "50 Treasures" catalogs. Catalogs are available for purchase at the Lee Chapel Museum Shop.

10 a.m. - Noon

Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
Watson Pavilion, Senshin'an Tea Room
Observe a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony by W&L Chanoyu Tea Society students. The theme of this year will be "Kakehashi" or "Bridge" to commemorate the W&L invitation study trip to Japan this past February 2019. Enjoy traditional sweets and a bowl of whisked "matcha" tea. Stop by the Senshin'an Japanese Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion at the Tucker Hall end of the Colonnade anytime between 10 am and 12 noon.

Demonstrations will begin at 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.

There will be special origami ornament door prizes!
Co-sponsored by the Department of EALL and the EAS Program

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Brunch in the Marketplace
Elrod Commons, Marketplace
No tickets necessary; pay at the register.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

President's Address
Lee Chapel
President William C. Dudley

11 a.m.

Women's Field Hockey
Artificial Turf Field
Washington and Lee vs. Roanoke

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Carnival on Cannan Green
Cannan Green
Featuring lawn games, a bounce house, free pizza and informational booths.

Noon

Women's Soccer
Alston Parker Watt Field
Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry

1 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
Duchossois Tennis Center
Washington and Lee vs. Randolph

1 - 4 p.m.
Mock Convention Silent Auction and Football Tailgate
Law School Pavilion
Join the Mock Convention 2020 team for a silent auction and memorabilia sale as they get ready for Convention Weekend this upcoming February!
Ice cream provided; contact kgoodwin@wlu.edu to register your group.

3 p.m.

Men's Soccer
Alston Parker Watt Field
Washington and Lee vs. Emory & Henry

3 - 4 p.m.

Uncovering Forgotten Chapters in W&L's History
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Join the inaugural director of Institutional History for an illustrated talk that reveals forgotten founders, archaeological artifacts, architectural achievements, and time-honored traditions. Bring questions and stories to add to our understanding of this interesting, multi-century history.

4 p.m.

Football
Wilson Field
Washington and Lee vs. Ferrum

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

A Cappella Concert
Lee Chapel (doors will open at 5 p.m.)
Featuring Southern Comfort, JubiLee, and General Admission
Tickets are free but required. A table will be set up in Elrod Commons the week before Parents and Family Weekend. Students are asked to stop by and get enough tickets for everyone attending in their party.

8 - 9:30 p.m.

Parents and Family Weekend Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
Enjoy the University Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble as they present a combined concert as part of Parents and Family Weekend 2019. No tickets are required.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10 a.m. - Noon
Hillel Bagel Brunch
Hillel House
Stop by the Hillel House for a bite to eat before you hit the road. Everyone is welcome!
RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

1 - 5 p.m.

Lee Chapel and Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours are given throughout the day in the auditorium on a rolling basis. A museum is housed in the lower level and includes Lee's office; an exhibition entitled Building and Rebuilding a Nation, which traces the contributions to education that George Washington and Robert E. Lee made; a changing exhibition; and a museum shop.

Special Events and 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 W&L's peer educators and Traveller. 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 and Department of Public Safety, Division of Student Affairs.

Staniar Gallery, Wilson Hall

Art Exhibit: Ida Floreak - "Punctuated Evolution"
Punctuated Evolution presents a combination of photorealistic paintings and abstract drawings by New Orleans-based artist Ida Floreak. Bones, leaves, insects and other artifacts of the natural world are carefully rendered and composed on her canvases to create poetic studies of the beauty inherent in the natural world. Her recent series of non-representational drawings rely more on instinct than observation. Moving between controlled, realistic painting and loose, abstract drawing, Floreak is exploring artistic relationships between the scientific and mystical, knowledge and intuition. Floreak holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied painting and scientific illustration.

Lykes Atrium and Second Floor Hallway
Drawing Italy
Student projects from Kathleen Olson's spring 2019 class abroad.

The Staniar Gallery and Lykes Atrium will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday.

University Store

Located in the Elrod University Commons
Parents and Family Weekend Hours:

Thursday, October 3, 2019: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, October 4, 2019: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2019: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 6, 2019: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Attire for the weekend is informal.