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.

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.



Registration for Parents & Family Weekend 2016 is now open! 

Deadline to register is Friday, September 23, 2016



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 8/20/16.



Friday, September 30, 2016

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

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Open House and Reception
Great Hall in the Science Center
Please join the Physics and Engineering faculty for coffee and sweets.
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Solar Observing (weather permitting)
In front of the Science Center
Have you ever seen a solar prominence?  Stop by and see the sun through our hydrogen-alpha solar telescope.
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

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.

12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Open House & BBQ Lunch
Science Center, Howe Hall A218
Sponsored by the Geology Department.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Alumni & Children of Alumni Lunch (by invitation only)
Hotchkiss House
Sponsored by the Office of Alumi Affairs

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Center for Global Learning
Sponsored by the Center for International Education

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Science Center (adjacent to Howe Hall), Third Floor in front of elevators
Sponsored by the Biology Department

1:30 p.m. - 2 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. - 3 p.m. | Summer Research Scholar Student Presentations
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Science Center, Great Hall
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program

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

2 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Sociology & Anthropology Honors Society Induction
Newcomb Hall
Sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Sociology & Anthropology Alumni on Jobs after Graduation
Newcomb Hall
Sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department

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

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Newcomb Hall, Front Hall
Sponsored by the Departments of History, Sociology & Anthropology, Teacher Education, East Asian Studies, and Africana Studies.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House   
Washington Hall, 3rd floor
Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Elrod Commons, Room 214
Sponsored by the Religion Department

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Leyburn Library, Special Collections Boatwright Room, Lower Level 1
Tom Camden '76 will showcase some of W&L's cornerstone documents as well as some of our most unusual and exciting treasures.
Sponsored by the University Library's Special Collections

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Appointments with Faculty and Administration
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.
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. | Fraternity Q&A
Hillel House, Multipurpose Room (First Floor, #101)
Fraternity leaders, along with Student Affairs staff, will be available to answer general questions.  Session is geared toward parents of first-year students.
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

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

3 p.m. - 3:30 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, both during their undergraduate careers and after.
Marcia France, Associate Dean of the College

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Pre-Law Advising
Elrod Commons, Career Development Office, Third Floor
Meet W&L's Pre-Law Advising Team.  Interested in learning what advising services W&L officers to students considering a legal career?  Join Lorri Olan, JD, Associate Director of Career Development and Pre-Law Advising Coordinator, for an overview of Pre-Law programs and services.
Sponsored by the Pre-Law Advising Program.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Johnson Scholars Reception (by invitation only)
Washington Hall, Foyer
Reception for Johnson Scholars and their families.
Sponsored by the University Provost's office.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House & Reception
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, Great Hall
Sponsored by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Open House
Center for Global Learning, Global Discovery Laboratories
Sponsored by the Global Discovery Laboratories and the Office of the Dean of the College

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Competition Entries
Leyburn Library, Main Floor Exhibition Space
Stop by to check out W&L students' submission for the Cessna/Ratheon Missile Systems Student Design/Build/Fly Competition.  Physics and Engineering students and faculty will be on hand to discuss their entry in the competition and they will explain how students can participate in future competitions! This exhibit is part of the University Library's co-curated exhibit series--an attempt to highlight exciting curricular projects, research, and other student work in the library.  Refreshments provided.
Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Engineering and The University Library.

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.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | A Taste of Asia
Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Please join the faculty of EALL for a "Taste of Asia" reception in our new home in the Center for Global Learning.
Sponsored by the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department

4:30 p.m | Tailgating
Cannan Green
Music and food provided by the Generals' Activities Board (GAB).  Email kgoodwin@wlu.edu to register your group.  Tents and tables are available for registered groups.
Sponsored by Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs

4:40 p.m - 5:30 p.m. | "What I Did Last Summer" - 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 Robinson Hall Foyer.  Talks at 4:40 p.m. in Robinson Hall 105.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.

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 by no later than the close of business on Friday, September 23th.

6:30 p.m. | Football
Wilson Field
Washington and Lee v. Emory & Henry

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.  Reception following concert.
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.
Sponsored by the Music Department.

9 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Choral Concert Reception
Lenfest Center, Lykes Atrium (just outside the Wilson Concert Hall)
Sponsored by the Music Department.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Session for First-Generation Parents   NEW!!
Elrod Commons, Room 214
More information to follow.

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Appointments with Faculty and Administration
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. - 4 p.m. | Open House at the Reeves Center
Reeves Center
In addition to viewing the galleries and seeing the temporary exhibit "Washington in Glory: Commemorating the First President on English Creamware," visitors will have a rare opportunity to handle ceramics from the collection and to see how curators distinguish between genuine and fake objects.
Sponsored by the University Collections of Art and History.

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

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

11 a.m. | Women's Volleyball
Warner Center
Washington and Lee vs. Virginia Wesleyan

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

12 p.m. | Women's Soccer
Alston Parker Watt Field
Washington and Lee vs. Randolph

2 p.m. | Women's Field Hockey
Artificial Turf Field
Washington and Lee vs. Virginia Wesleyan

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

3:30 p.m. | Women's Volleyball
Warner Center
Washington and Lee vs. Marymount

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Athletic Department Drop-In
Warner Center Lobby
Sponsored by the W&L Athletics Department

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Office of Diversity and Inclusion Parents' Dinner
Evans Hall
Please RSVP here by noon on Friday, September 23.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs

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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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.

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, September 30, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.



MCCARTHY GALLERY, HOLEKAMP HALL
TBA



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, September 30, 2016         9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (closing early due to classes)
          Saturday, October 1, 2016           9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


STANIAR GALLERY, WILSON HALL
Art Exhibit: Decade: Staniar Gallery's 10th Anniversary Exhibition

When the Department of Art and Art History moved to the newly constructed Wilson Hall in 2006, Staniar Gallery opened its doors with generous funding from distinguished Washington and Lee alumnus Burt Staniar. With a mission to serve as a pedagogical exhibition space, Staniar Gallery has hosted over 70 shows in its first decade, enabling students to understand art in its cultural contexts. In addition to presenting contemporary and art historical works, the gallery provides programming to enhance the University's liberal arts curriculum. To commemorate the tenth anniversary, the gallery presents a group exhibition featuring recent works by Studio Art Faculty and Washington and Lee alumni who studied art in Wilson Hall and Staniar Gallery.

The exhibit will run from September 30 through October 28, and is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 30, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Parents and Family Weekend Annual Book Sale

Students, parents, and other members of the University community are invited to expand personal libraries at the annual Washington and Lee University Library book sale during Parents' and Family Weekend.  Sale starts Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 4 p.m. for those arriving early. 

Open to W&L faculty, staff, & students 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  (University ID required to open doors 10:00pm - 6:00am.)  Open to the general public 7 days a week, 6:00am to 10:00pm.



UNIVERSITY STORE

Located in the Elrod University Commons.
Parents and Family Weekend hours:

Friday, September 30, 2016 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



WILLIAMS GALLERY, HUNTLEY HALL
TBA



ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL