Schedule of Events 2018

Registration for Parents and Family Weekend 2018 is now closed.

If you did not have an opportunity to register online before the September 14th deadline, please stop by the registration table in Elrod Commons (see Schedule of Events) when you arrive on campus.

NEW!!!  Parents and Family Weekend 2019 is scheduled for October 4-5, 2019.  Dates beyond 2019 have not yet been finalized, but will be posted on this page as soon as they are set.


Please join us for Washington and Lee's 64th annual Parents & Family Weekend celebration on September 28-29, 2018, 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.


September 28-30, 2018

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.


Updated 9/17/2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5 p.m. | Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Professor Anthony Appiah
Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons
The Mudd Center for Ethics kicks off its year-long series on “The Ethics of Identity” with keynote speaker Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. One of the leading public intellectuals of our time, Professor Appiah has written over a dozen books on topics ranging from cosmopolitanism, to the political morality of race, to the role of thought experiments in ethics. Professor Appiah currently writes “The Ethicist” column in the New York Times Magazine, and he has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the National Humanities Medal in 2012. In his keynote lecture, he will return to some of the themes he discussed in his award-winning book The Ethics of Identity (Princeton, 2005) and in his most recent BBC Reith Lectures on “Mistaken Identities.”
Sponsored by the Mudd Center for Ethics

7 p.m. | Contact Committee Speaker - Captain Scott Kelly   NEW!!!
Lee Chapel (Doors will open for seating at 6:30 p.m.)
Contact Committee is proud to announce that the Parents and Family Weekend 2018 speaker is astronaut Scott Kelly.  Captain Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain.  A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS.  In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

Contact will be distributing tickets in Elrod Commons on Monday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 25, from 7:45-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Tickets are guaranteed on Monday and Tuesday at the start of each session.  Be sure to have your student stop by for tickets before they are all gone.  Tickets are free, but required. 
Sponsored by the Contact Committee

Friday, September 28, 2018

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

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Visit a Friday Morning Class
Tucker Hall, Classroom 24
Introduction to Latin (Professor Benefiel)
Grammar, vocabulary, and the building blocks of the Latin language.
Sponsored by the Classics Department

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. - 4 p.m. | 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 and Saturday, 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.
Sponsored by the University Collections of Art and History

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.

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

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | PHYSICSFEST
Science Center, Science Addition 114
Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Visit a Friday Morning Class
109 South Jefferson Street, Room 201
Elementary Ancient Greek (Professor Michael Laughy)
Learn ancient Greek through the study of classical literature and biblical passages.
Sponsored by the Classics Department

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Children of Alumni Luncheon (by invitation only)
Hotchkiss House
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs

12 p.m. - 12:45 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 highlights new thinking about experience abroad for students and how it may relate to their overall W&L education.

12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Refreshing Drinks and Snacks
Great Hall in the Science Center
Please stop by for a refreshing drink and snack.
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. |  PHYSICSFEST
Science Center, Science Addition 114
Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering 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. - 2:30 p.m. | Open House & Reception
Reid Hall, Room 207 - Rowe Lounge
Sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Science Addition, 3rd floor lounge
Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Summer Research Scholars Student Presentations     REVISED!!
Leyburn Library, Main Floor
Sponsored by the Provost's Office and Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Science Center, IQ Center 202A
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Tucker Hall, 3rd floor
Sponsored by the Romance Languages Department

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Mattingly House, Room 201
Please join the Shepherd Program faculty and staff to learn more about the program.
Sponsored by the Shepherd Program.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Tucker Hall, 3rd floor
Sponsored by Africana Studies

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

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House    REVISED!
Science Center, Great Hall
Sponsored by the Geology Department

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Payne Hall, Mason Taylor New Room
Sponsored by the English Department

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Washington Hall, 3rd floor
Sponsored by the Philosophy 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 p.m. | Ice Cream Social
Newcomb Hall, Lawn (outside)
Sponsored by the Department of History

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Parmly Hall, 2nd floor
Light refreshments will be available.
Sponsored by the Psychology Department

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 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. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Tucker Hall, 2nd floor
Sponsored by the Religion Department

3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Fellowships and Opportunities Information Session
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
A brief introduction by Associate Dean of the College, Gwyn E. Campbell, to the wide variety of external fellowships and opportunities available to students, both during their undergraduate careers and after.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Outside Williams School (weather permitting).  Rain location: Huntley Hall, Larry and Fran Peppers Room
Light refreshments
Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Reception for Johnson Scholars       NEW!!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Reception for Johnson Scholars and their families.
Sponsored by the Johnson Program

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.

4 p.m. - 5 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 3:40 p.m. in Robinson Hall Foyer.  Talks at 4 pm in Robinson Hall 105.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics

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

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. | A Taste of Asia     REVISED!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Please join the faculty of EALL for a "Taste of Asia" reception.
Sponsored by the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Bike Shop Cafe Rides    NEW!!
Sustainability House, Blue Bike Shop
Borrow a free bike from the Blue Bike Shop and enjoy a ride.  Refreshments and music follow afterwards.  Questions?  Email outing@wlu.edu.
Sponsored by the Outing Club, Sustainability Program and Blue Bike Program.

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

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Shabbat Dinner
Hillel House, Lawn
(Rain location: Hillel House)
W&L Hillel invites everyone to join us for Shabbat Dinner at the Hillel House. Weather permitting, we will gather on the Hillel lawn, near our Sukkah to welcome Shabbat with a brief service before we eat.  Please RSVP to hillel@wlu.edu by no later than the close of business on Friday, September 21st.
Sponsored by Hillel.

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Swing for a Cause   NEW!!!
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 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
Come kick off the choral season at W&L with the University Singers, Men's Glee Club and Cantatrici in the first concert under the direction of guest conductor Morgan Luttig '14. Following pieces performed by Cantatrici and the Men's Glee Club, the combined women of the W&L choral program will perform the haunting Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo, and the combined choral program men will join to perform Cover Me with the Night by Andrea Ramsey. The University Singers will premiere pieces from their upcoming Scotland tour program, including a new composition, Peace Song (Beatitudes) by Tim Brent. The concert will round out with a combined arrangement of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, a bluegrass tune to bring a bit of the Shenandoah Valley to parents and family in the audience.
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

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Parent and Family Weekend Choral Concert Reception   NEW!!!
Lenfest Center, Lykes Atrium
Sponsored by the Music Department

8 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Friday Underground
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

Saturday, September 29, 2018

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

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Breakfast for Parents and Family Members (by invitation only)  NEW!!!
Sankofa House, 11 North Jefferson Street
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 (continued)
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 of Back Campus      NEW!!!
Outside Duchossois Tennis Center (light rain or shine)
EmaiI outing@wlu.edu with questions or to RSVP.  Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Sponsored by the Outing Club.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | 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 and Saturday, 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.
Sponsored by the University Collections of Art and History

9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium   NEW!!!
Science Building, Science Addition 214
Interested in finding out what W&L professors were up to this summer? Come to find out what your professors do outside of class and the rich world of research to which W&L faculty contribute - you'll definitely learn something new!  The Lenfest University-Wide Colloquium 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.  To learn more, follow the link
to: http://www.wlu.edu/provost/initiatives/the-lenfest-university-wide-colloquium.
Sponsored by the Provost's Office.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
Watson Pavilion, Senshin'an Tea Room
Observe a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony by W&L Chanoyu Tea Society students.  Enjoy traditional sweets and a bowl of whisked "matcha" tea.  Stop by the Senshin'an (Clearing-the-Mind Abode) Japanese Tea Room in the Watson Pavilion at the end of Colonnade anytime between 10 am and 12 pm during ongoing demonstrations.
Sponsored by the Chanoyu Tea Society.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Brunch in the Marketplace   NEW!
Marketplace, Elrod Commons
No tickets necessary; pay at the register.  Total cost including taxes is $10.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | President's Address
Lee Chapel
President William C. Dudley

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Mock Convention Tailgate    REVISED!!
Law School Lawn
Join parents, family, friends, and the Mock Convention leadership team for a free barbeque lunch.  The event will include a Silent Auction with many can't-miss items, benefitting the 2020 Mock Convention.
Sponsored by 2020 Mock Convention.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Conversations with Dean Hill    NEW!!!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

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

1 p.m. | Football
Wilson Field
Washington and Lee vs. Randolph-Macon

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

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

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 Admissions
Tickets are free but required.

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Office of Inclusion and Engagement Reception    NEW!!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Please join the Office of Inclusion and Engagement for a reception with light refreshments and fellowship. This is an awesome opportunity to meet, mix, and mingle with our students and their families as well as enjoy the beautiful ambience of the Ruscio Center for Global Learning.  Immediately following the reception, we will gather at Evans Hall to continue the evening of celebration with at the OIE dinner for those families who RSVPd and the dance party, which is open to all.
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, Division of Student Affairs

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Dinner   UPDATED!!!
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.  Admission and dinner is FREE.
Unfortunately, our seating is limited and we have already reached capacity so registration is now closed.  If you'd like to be added to the wait list, please contact Dean Tammy Futrell at tfutrell@wlu.edu or at (540) 458-8766 .  If you have already registered for the event but your plans change, please notify Dean Futrell no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, so we can extend an invitation to the next person on the wait list.
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, Division of Student Affairs

8 p.m. | Instrumental Ensemble Concert
Lenfest Center, Wilson Concert Hall
Join the University Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra, and University Wind Ensemble as they perform a combined concert as part of Parents and Family Weekend 2018.
Free event, no tickets required.

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Dance Party
Evans Hall
Put on your dancing shoes and come enjoy the fun and fellowship!
Free event, No RSVP required.
Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, Division of Student Affairs

9 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Casual Game Night    NEW!!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
Sponsored by The Hub


Sunday, September 30, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Bagel Brunch
Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101
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.
Sponsored by Washington and Lee Hillel



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 & TOURS

Lee Chapel and Museum is open for tours Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the auditorium are offered on a rolling basis throughout the day. Visitors can explore the museum on the lower level to learn more about our two namesakes.

DateHours
Friday, September 28, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 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 Japanese tea room.

DateHours
Friday, September 28, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


STANIAR GALLERY, WILSON HALL

Art Exhibit: Sheryl Oring - "Writer's Block"
The centerpiece of Sheryl Oring's exhibition is a series of sculptures in which the artist has enclosed hundreds of typewriters from the 1920s and 30s in sculptural boxes made of rusty construction steel. By "caging" the typewriters, Oring symbolically takes away the writer's means of expression as a metaphor for censorship, asking viewers to consider their own ideas about freedom of speech. "Writer's Block" premiered on Berlin's Bebelplatz, site of that city's Nazi book-burning, on the 66th anniversary of the 1933 event that destroyed the works of authors ranging from Nelly Sachs and Else Lasker-Schaler to Bertolt Brecht and Arnold Zweig. Oring's work has been shown at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai; Encuentro in São Paolo, Brazil; Art Prospect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Jewish Museum Berlin; Bryant Park in New York; the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA; the Boston Public Library; and the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago. She is based in Greensboro, NC where she is an Associate Professor at UNC.

The exhibit will run from 9 a.m. on September 1 through 5 p.m. on September 30, 2018, and is free and open to the public.


LYKES ATRIUM, WILSON HALL

Art Exhibit: The Unfreedom of Expression
Artworks from the Augusta Correctional Center


UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

2018 Parents and Family Weekend Book Sale
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

Students, parents, 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 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th and runs through the weekend.  Hardbacks are priced at $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.


"Mock Con Through the Years" Exhibit
Leyburn Library, Main Floor

Student leaders of W&L's own Mock Convention have curated an interactive & historical exhibit on Leyburn's Main Floor in anticipation of the upcoming 2020 Convention.  Please stop by to explore the history of one of W&L's greatest traditions!


UNIVERSITY STORE

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

DateHours
Thursday, September 27, 2018 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, September 28, 2018 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL