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 and Family Weekend 2016 is now closed.  Parents and families who have not pre-registered may register in person by stopping by the registration tables in the Elrod Commons Living Room.  (See Schedule of Events for registration hours.)


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 9/26/16.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

7 p.m. | Contact Presents: An Evening with Daymond John NEW!!!
Lee Chapel
Daymond John is an incredibly successful entrepreneur, and one of the stars of the Emmy award winning series, Shark Tank. He is the CEO of The Shark Group, the founder and CEO of FUBU (a clothing brand he started from scratch in his garage), and the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. For more information on Mr. John, visit his website: DaymondJohn.com. Tickets are free, but required. Information on ticket distribution will be posted on the Contact Committee's Facebook page. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Contact Committee

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

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

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.
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

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. | Open House & Reception
Reid Hall 207
Sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House NEW!!
Parmly Hall 229
Sponsored by the Psychology Department

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. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House (by invitation only) NEW!!
Sydney Lewis Hall, Moot Court Lobby
Law alumni with children attending Washington and Lee are invited to attend an open house with Dean Brant Hellwig.
Sponsored by the School of Law.

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

2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Sociology & Anthropology Alumni on Jobs after Graduation
Newcomb Hall
Sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department

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

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House and Tours of the Global Discovery Laboratories and the Center for Global Learning NEW!!
Center for Global Learning and Global Discovery Laboratories
Sponsored by the Center for International Education, the Global Discovery Laboratories and the Dean of the College. Joined by German/Russian and Romance Language Departments.

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
Sponsored by the Office of the 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. - 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 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Alpine Tower Climb NEW!!!
Alpine Tower, Back Campus
Email outing@wlu.edu with questions or to RSVP.
Sponsored by the Outing Club

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. | Parents Leadership Council Fall Reception (by invitation only) NEW!!
Belfield
Sponsored by University Development.

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. | Community Dinner   NEW!!
Culinary Theme House, 11 North Jefferson Street
The Campus Unity Initiative is excited to offer dinner to the first 150 (approximately) members of the W&L community in celebration of Parents and Family Weekend (dinner will be served until the food runs out).  Menu includes fennel and barley risotto (vegan); baked salmon with pollen crust as well as a chicken option (TBD); kale, sweet potato, and quinoa salad with champagne vinaigrette; wilted spinach and arugula or garlic hasselbeck potatoes; and dessert (TBD).
Sponsored by the Campus Unity Initiative (CUI).

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.

8 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Friday Underground NEW!!
ARC (Arts, Recreation, and Culture) House, 205 E Washington Street
A new W&L tradition: Friday Underground is a weekly coffeehouse event at ARC. Join us for free food and specialty coffee drinks, great conversations, and live entertainment featuring student artists.
Sponsored by Friday Underground.

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

8:30 a.m. | The President's Society Breakfast (by invitation only) NEW!!
Evans Hall
Sponsored by University Development.

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Breakfast for Parents and Family members (by invitation only) NEW!!
Chavis House, 10 Lee Avenue
Sponsored by SABU (Student Association for Black Unity)

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. | Outing Club Hike NEW!!!
Email outing@wlu.edu with questions or to RSVP. Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Sponsored by the Outing Club

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium NEW!!!
Science Center, Science Addition A114
Interested in finding out what your professors were up to this summer? The Lenfest University-Wide Colloguium showcases faculty summer research conducted with summer Lenfest Grants. This event invites the larger university community to learn and discuss the valuable research that faculty do throughout the year.
Presentations will be scheduled in a lightening round format. There will be two sessions: 9-10:30 a.m. and 11-12:30 p.m. and a coffee break in-between.
Bring your family and friends and learn what faculty do outside of the classroom! It's a great opportunity to join the different intellectual conversatons that faculty engage in when they aren't in class.

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 - 1 p.m. | Information Session for Parents of First-Generation Students REVISED!!
Elrod Commons, Room 214
Is your child the first one in your family to attend college? If so, you (and they) may have questions as they navigate their next four years. Members of the Student Affairs staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight for first-generation parents of W&L students.

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

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | A Cappella Concert NEW!!
Lee Chapel (doors will open at 5 p.m.)
Featuring Southern Comfort, JubiLee and General Admission.
Tickets are free but required.

7 p.m. - 12 p.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Dinner REVISED!!
Evans Hall
The amazing buffet dinner will feature international and American cuisine, and is FREE to all students, family members, faculty and staff. To enhance your dining experience, there will be entertainment including a fashion show presented by our multicultural student organizations. Immediately following dinner is a dance party so that you may continue the fun and fellowship until midnight.
Admission and dinner is FREE.  Advance RSVP was required and registration is now closed.
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 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.

LEE CHAPEL, MUSEUM and GIFT SHOP - OPEN VISITATION & TOUR

DateHours
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.

REEVES CENTER

Founded in 1967 with a gift of ceramics from alumnus Euchlin Reeves and his wife, the painter Louise Herreshoff, the Reeves Collection contains ceramics made in Asia, Europe, and the Americas between 1500 and today.

These fragile yet durable objects tell stories of design, technology, and trade, and illustrate how people drank, dined and decorated their homes over the past five centuries.

The 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 Herreschoff Reeves (1876-1967) and a Japense tea room.

DateHours
Friday, September 30, 2016 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.

DateHours
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
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

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 4:00 PM, for those arriving early.  Hardbacks are $5 each, with paperbacks priced at $1 each.  Some items will be priced separately.

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

UNIVERSITY STORE

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

DateHours
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.

WATSON PAVILION

Exhibit:  "Washington in Glory: Commemorating the First President on English Creamware"

George Washington is perhaps the most famous and revered American of all time, rightly known as the father of his country, the commander in chief who won the Revolution, the president of the Constitutional Convention, and the first president of the United States.

Americans showed their reverence for Washington by commissioning paintings, prints, and objects decorated with his image. Among these works were inexpensive English-made jugs and bowls whose imagery glorified Washington's military exploits, his political leadership, and his character.

The exhibit will be on display through November.

DateHours
Friday, September 30, 2016 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WILLIAMS GALLERY, HUNTLEY HALL

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

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.

DateHours
Friday, September 30, 2016 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL