Schedule of Events 2017

Thank you to all W&L parents, family members and friends who joined us for P&FW 2017.  We hope you enjoyed your time on campus and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Parents Weekend 2018 will take place on September 28-29.  A schedule of events will be posted on this page starting in early to mid-August.  In the meantime, the 2017 schedule can be used as an example of the types of events that normally take place over the weekend.

Dates beyond 2018 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.


October 6-8, 2017

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 10/4/2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7 p.m. | Contact Committee Presents: An Evening with Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci  REVISED!!!
Lee Chapel
Though perhaps best-known for his tenure (10 days) as White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci is an award-winning investor, entrepreneur, lawyer, and author. The son of a construction worker, Scaramucci got his start in finance at Goldman Sachs after graduating from Harvard Law School. He spent 7 years at the firm before venturing out on his own, co-founding both the investment partnership Oscar Capital Management in 1996 as well as the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital in 2005.  Tickets are free, but required.  As of October 3, all tickets have been distributed. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Have questions or concerns?  The Contact Committee invites you to "like" their Facebook page for details and updates.
Sponsored by the Contact Committee.

Friday, October 6, 2017

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

8:30 a.m. - 11:15 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 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

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.

9:05 a.m. - 10 a.m. | PHYSICSFEST   REVISED!!
Science Center, Science Addition 114
Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

10:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. |  PHYSICSFEST   REVISED!!
Science Center, Science Addition 114
Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Summer Research Student Presentations  REVISED!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
"Minority voting rights and the Voting Rights Act in Virginia"
Ben Decembrino '19, Kiki Spiezio '18, Ethan Fischer '20 and Bancks Holmes '19
Center for International Education summer research student presentations.
Sponsored by the Center for International Education and the Global Discovery Laboratories

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

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Summer Research Student Presentations    REVISED!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
"STEMito: Summer Science Camp for primary school students in Monterrey"
Angel Vela de la Garces '18
Center for International Education summer research student presentations.
Sponsored by the Center for International Education and the Global Discovery Laboratories

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Global Learning and Study Abroad at Washington and Lee   NEW!
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.

12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. | Summer Research Student Presentations   REVISED!
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium
"Religious shrines and the Environment in Korea"
Jiwon Kim 
'20 and Tiffany Ko '20 
Center for International Education summer research student presentations.
Sponsored by the Center for International Education and the Global Discovery Laboratories

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Open House
Science Center, Science Addition A213
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. - 2:30 p.m. | Open House & Reception
Reid Hall, Room 207 - Rowe Lounge
Sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 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
Leyburn Library, Main Floor
Sponsored by the Provost's Office

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House
Mattingly House, Room 201
Learn more about our program and help us celebrate our 20th anniversary!
Sponsored by the Shepherd Program.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Open House   REVISED!!
Science Center, Science Addition, IQ Center, 1st floor
Sponsored by the Neuroscience Program

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House and Poster Session
Newcomb Hall Lounge, First Floor
Featuring Student Summer Research
Sponsored by the Sociology & Anthropology Department

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Open House
Newcomb Hall, Front Hall
Sponsored by the Departments of History and East Asian Studies

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
Parmly Hall, 2nd floor
Light refreshments will be available.
Sponsored by the Psychology Department

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Tucker Hall, 3rd floor - Room 318
Sponsored by the Romance Languages 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 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
Tucker Hall, Room 318
Welcome to Africana Studies at W&L
Sponsored by Africana Studies

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    NEW!
Sydney Lewis Hall, Moot Court Lobby
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Dean Brant Hellwig and the School of Law

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.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

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. - 3:30 p.m. | Pre-Law Information Session   REVISED!
Elrod Commons, Chavis Board Room (#206)
Sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Office

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Reception for Johnson Scholars
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. | Open House
Elrod Commons, 3rd floor
Sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Office

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House
Outside (weather permitting).  Rain location: Huntley Hall, Larry and Fran Peppers Room
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.

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. | "What I Did Last Summer" -- Math Students Present Summer Research    REVISED!
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.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Remembering Professor J.D. Futch, III     NEW!!
Newcomb Hall, Room 122
Please join members of the History department to share some stories and remember J.D. Futch III, Professor of History Emeritus who taught at Washington and Lee University for 46 years until his retirement in 2008.
Sponsored by the History Department

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Parents Leadership Council Fall Reception (by invitation only)
Evans Hall
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 29th.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 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.
Sponsored by the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department

7 p.m. | Commons Movie  REVISED!
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Baby Driver (R)
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
Come kick off the choral season at W&L with the University Singers, Men’s Glee Club, and Cantatrici. The concert will begin with the combined forces of all the choirs performing conductor Shane Lynch’s newest work for triple choir. Cantatrici will follow with several works including Ola Gjeilo’s masterful Northern Lights, and then the Men’s Glee Club will take the stage and mesmerize with Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody amongst other works. The Rhapsody will feature Dana Gary ’18 in the daunting and amazing female solo. The centerpiece of the program will be the University Singer’s performance of Dan Forrest’s brand new setting of Abide, based on the traditional Abide with Me hymn and the poetry of Jake Adam York. York, known for his collections of poems elegizing the Civil Rights movement’s leaders and martyrs, had this incredible poem chosen by the U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey as representative of his finest work. Masterpieces by Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Burchard, Shawn Kirchner, and a special joint arrangement by Lynch and Joshua T. Harvey of Abide With Me will round out the evening, finally closing with the W&L tradition, Shenandoah. 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
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, October 7, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 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)
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
Outside Early-Fielding (light rain or shine)
Email outing@wlu.edu with questions or to RSVP.  Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Sponsored by the Outing Club.

9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Information Session for Parents of First-Generation Students
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.

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 green 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. - 12 p.m. | Brunch & Tailgating
Law School Lawn
Email kgoodwin@wlu.edu to register your group.  Tents and tables are available for registered groups.  Buffet brunch available for everyone free of charge.
Sponsored by Student Activities, Division of Student Affairs

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Brunch in the Marketplace     REVISED!!
Marketplace, Elrod Commons
No tickets necessary; pay at the register. Total cost including taxes is $10.47.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Open House   NEW!!
Reeves Center
Help celebrate the Reeves Center's 50th anniversary and grand re-opening after six months of renovations.
Sponsored by the University Collections of Art and History

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

12 p.m. | Football
Wilson Field
Washington and Lee vs. Washington University of St. Louis

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

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

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

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Swing for a Cause    NEW!
Village Pavilion (next to the Law School)
WLU Swing Dancers will teach people how to swing.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Bring card or cash to make donations to UNICEF's collection for the Muslim refugees and victims of genocide in Myanmar.  Sweet Treats of Lexington has agreed to give 25% of their profits on Friday and Saturday to this cause and Amnesty International will match up to $200 for each dollar donated.
Sponsored by the W&L chapter of Amnesty International.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | A Cappella Concert         NEW!
Lee Chapel (doors will open at 6 p.m.)
Featuring Southern Comfort, JubiLee, and General Admission.
Tickets are free, but required. They will be distributed by members of the three a cappella groups on October 4 & 5 in Elrod Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until all tickets are gone.

7 p.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Dinner
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.  Registration is now closed since we have reached capacity for the event.

Seating is limited and each year the dinner has a wait list, so please notify Dean Tammy Futrell at tfutrell@wlu.edu or at (540) 458-8766 by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, if your plans change and you are no longer able to attend.  You may also contact Dean Futrell if you would like to be added to the wait list.
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Student Affairs

7 p.m. | Commons Movie    REVISED!
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Baby Driver (R)
Free Admission.  Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and John W. Elrod University Commons.

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Parents and Family Weekend Instrumental Concert
Wilson Hall/Concert Hall
Concert featuring the University Wind Ensemble, University Jazz Ensemble, and University Orchestra.
Free event, no tickets required.

8 p.m. - 11 p.m. | The Hub     NEW!!
Culinary House (Basement), 11 N. Jefferson Street
Unleash your inner rockstar by joining the Hub over Parents Weekend! We'll feature a fun-filled night of karaoke with your parents and our W&L Community.  Free pizza, wings, hot/cold beverages will be provided.  Pool, ping-pong, cards, and foosball are also available.  Everyone has a song in their heart, we give you an opportunity to sing it!  Contact Joy Nish '20 (nishj20@mail.wlu.edu) for more information.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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

2 p.m. | Commons Movie    NEW!
Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater
Baby Driver (R)
Free Admission.  Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.



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, October 6, 2017 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 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, October 6, 2017 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

STANIAR GALLERY, WILSON HALL

Art Exhibit: Anna Hepler "Hard-wired"

Anna Hepler conducts non-thematic experiments in ceramic, wood, metal, and paper, both hand-held and monumental.  Allowing each new piece to be informed by the last, Hepler coordinates a series of mutations that turn a collage into a woodcut, a woodcut into a print, a carved woodblock into a sculpture, and a wooden sculpture into a clay form.  She portrays folded, slumped, stacked or intertwined forms in which one material looks or behaves like another.  Wood slats mimic hanging rope; woodblocks resemble animal hides; drypoint etchings simulate scraps of cloth; ceramics appear to be made of steel; and wire sculptures drape and flow like fabric.  Hard-wired presents recent work from Hepler's exploration into the language of visual perception, its illusions, its grammar of depth, surface, and edge, and the impressions that are gathered when certainty is lost.

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

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, October 5, 2017, 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, October 6, 2017 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

ATTIRE FOR THE WEEKEND IS INFORMAL