Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Parents & Family Weekend

September 30 & October 1

An official program will be available at Check-in on Friday and Saturday. Updates and highlights will also be posted on the Wheaton College (MA) Parents Facebook page. Not a member? Join today!

CLOSED - Still Want to Attend the weekend?

Come to Check-in( Friday or Saturday) & we will help you make a plan for the weekend.


9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classes Open for Families

9:30-10:20 a.m.
French 201  - Watson 122
English 253 American Literature to 1865  - Meneely105
Italian Studies 101  - Science Center B350
English 101 - Meneely 306
Evolution of the Invertebrates - Science Center B234
Latin 101 - Knapton Lecture Hall 114

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Italian Studies 101  - Meneely 301
Introductory Greek 101 - Meneely 302
Religion 198 Love in Theory and Practice - Knapton Lecture Hall
Intermediate Italian 150 - Meneely 103

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Latin 215/315 - Meneely 303

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Greek 219/319 - Meneely 303

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Parents & Family Weekend Check-in
Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership Office, Balfour-Hood Campus Center (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
Library Green, The Dimple (11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Parent & Faculty Luncheon*
Faculty Dining Room, Emerson

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Judy Pfaff: Drawings Thick and Thin
World-renowned installation artist Judy Pfaff redefines the medium of drawing in this survey exhibition that will showcase a continuum of media and techniques, ranging from prints to small three-dimensional works. Large paper tapestries will provide a backdrop for the interaction of new and old works, creating new perspectives on time and space.
The Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Student Government Association Inauguration
Hear what SGA has planned for the coming year. Vice President & Dean of Student Kate Kenny will  host this year's event and swear in the 2016-17 SGA Executive Board, Senators & Class Officers.
Holman Room, Mary Lyon Hall

2 – 6 p.m. 
The Alchemy of Anime 
The Anime Club invites you to come join them for a viewing of the newcomer friendly anime, Fullmetal Alchemist. Drop in anytime throughout their viewing and an executive board member will be available for questions.
Meneely 301

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Creating Changemakers*
Wheaton Students Teaching with President Hanno in Ghana and Rwanda
Ellison Lecture,Watson Fine Arts

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cookies & Cream
Join us for a Campus Clue Hunt. This will be the kick-off event with a cool treat! We hope your enjoy exploring Wheaton with your student throughout the next few days.
Hood Courtyard, Between Watson & Meneely (in case of rain; Davis Art Court, Meneely)

5 - 6:30 p.m.
Parents' Reception with President's Council*
Welcome to all. Advance registration required.
Park Hall

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Welcome to all. Sponsored by Wheaton own Hillel group and SSSR Office. Advance registration required.
Faculty Dining Room, Emerson

8 p.m.
Observatory Open
Weather permitting
Hindle Auditorium & Observatory, Mars Science Center

9 p.m.
BAC Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Boosting Alcohol Consciousness (BAC) offers recent release films to the campus each week.
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center 

9 p.m. - Midnight 
Celebration of Latino Heritage Month
Latino Student Association presents Grupo Fantasia. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Wheaton community to explore the Latinx/Hispanic culture through the music, dance and food.
Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center

10 p.m.
Lyons Den - The Kapps
Wheaton's student run coffeehouse recently moved to Balfour-Hood. This student run business hosts entertainment multiple times each week showcasing local and regional artists as well as our very own campus talent. The Kapps, a Wheaton rock band with original music and covers will be performing.
Lyons Den, Balfour-Hood Campus Center (open for business 8 p.m. – Midnight)



8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parents & Family Weekend Check-in 
Be sure to check in at the Parent and Family Weekend tent. Enjoy conversation and cider with fellow parents while waiting for your student(s) to rise for a beautiful day on campus.
Library Green (in case of rain: Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

8:45 - 10 a.m.
Coffee & Conversation with President Hanno*
Please come early to gather with fellow parents, President Hanno and several College staff. At 9 a.m. Dennis will share updates from campus and then take questions. There is no cost but please register to let us know you will be joining us for breakfast.
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Filling in the Gaps: Co-Curricular Life at Wheaton College.
Lizette Zajko, Assistant Director of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership,
Cassie Peltola, Assistant Director of Community Service and Engagement,
Judy Allen, Assistant Director of Recreation, Intramurals, Club Sports and Fitness
Perry Doherty, Area and Theme House Coordinator
Does it feel like your student may be missing something in their schedule? Learn what Wheaton has to offer outside of the classroom to enrich life on campus. We offer a wide variety of programs, events, and services that compliment your student's passions -- as well as their need for a little fun!
Meneely 301

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Defining the Academic Success Journey - One Student, Many Paths
Join Wheaton student mentors and the Dean of Advising and Academic Success to learn more about your student's transition to the academic experience at the college.  This engaging session will provide parents and families with some insight into the opportunities students have for exploring themselves and their pathway. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the resources that help students to define the academic adventure that will inspire them to achieve their goals and future aspirations.
Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Game Day BBQ Concessions 
Looking to cheer on the Lyons! Grab a bite to eat while at the game. Cash sales only.
Meadows Basketball & Sand Volleyball Court, behind Meadows

12 – 2 p.m.
Chase Food Festival*
Enjoy all the food, music and fun before heading to the afternoon games. The lunch will feature the student dining experience. In addition, local food trucks hosting sweet delights will provide dessert to Parent & Family Weekend attendees. Student groups will also host fundraisers supporting their annual initiatives.
Chase Dining Hall and Meadows Courtyard

12:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Babson
Keefe Field 

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Judy Pfaff: Drawings Thick and Thin
World-renowned installation artist Judy Pfaff redefines the medium of drawing in this survey exhibition that will showcase a continuum of media and techniques, ranging from prints to small three-dimensional works. Large paper tapestries will provide a backdrop for the interaction of new and old works, creating new perspectives on time and space.
The Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

1:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs Wellesley
Mirrione Stadium

2 - 3 p.m.
Public Opinion Surveys and the 2016 Elections Cycle*
Discussion with Brad Bishop, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and his students.
Ellison Lecture, Watson Fine Arts

2 - 4 p.m.
Theme House Open Houses
Learn about what events the theme houses are planning for the year. A list of participating houses will be available at Parent & Family Weekend Check-in.
Library Green (in case of rain: Balfour-Hood Campus Center)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony
The nation's oldest honor society, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. This fall's inductees will be inducted into the honor society. Reception to follow.
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center

7:30 p.m.
All Campus Student Showcase*
Wheaties are very talented in a wide variety of ways! Some sing, some dance, some make us laugh and some even move us. Come see Wheaton's very own student groups perform for their families and friends during this special showcase. The doors will open at 7 p.m. This is not a show to be missed!
Weber Theater, Watson Fine Arts

9 p.m. - Midnight
Game Night
What's better that "family game night"? Game night with awesome late-night munchies.
Cafe, Balfour-Hood Campus Center

9 p.m. - Midnight
Senior Class Pub Night
The Senior Class Officers host a monthly "Pub Night" just for seniors.  Tonight, They welcome seniors and their parents. Snacks and refreshments will be available. They will celebrate all things college so be sure to wear your Wheaton gear for entry in the raffle. Cash sales only.
Emerson Dining Hall

10 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Late-Night Paint Night*
SAIL's Late-Night Programming team will host one of their wildly successful alcohol-free alternative programs. Get your creative side working during one of today's hottest trends. Enjoy painting with or without your student by your side. Student sign-up for this event happens on-campus and at not cost. Please just register parents and other guest.
Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center

Events with asterisks (*) require advance registration or have a fee associated with them.

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