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Parents & Family Weekend

2017 PARENTS AND FAMILY WEEKEND

September 22 - September 24, 2017

 

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!

This year, Parents and Family Weekend begins during the final day of the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashanah. We strived to find another weekend that could work, but given the schedule of holidays and the college’s calendar we could not find one. We are committed to providing  a broad schedule of activities for families who may not be able to arrive until Saturday, as well as a casual jazz brunch on Sunday morning in order to extend our family weekend programming.

Register using this link if you did not receive an email regarding Parents & Family Weekend.

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

Friday, Sept. 22

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Classes Open for Families
Available classes will be posted in early September!

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Parents & Family Weekend Check-in
Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership Front Office, 3rd Floor 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 Luncheon & Faculty Presentation* ($10)
Faculty Dining Room, Emerson

12:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Featured Gallery Shows:
Drawn Threads, Beard Gallery, Watson Fine Arts
While contemporary culture has continued to use thread for utilitarian and decorative purposes, artists have been exploring its use and representation as a conceptual and expressive means for decades. These six artists rely on thread as inspiration and drawing tool, working in sculpture, installation, photography, painting, and more. Artists: J Carpenter, Marjorie Forte, Leslie Schomp, Jodi Stevens, Antoinette Winters.

Taleen Batalaian: New Work, Weil Gallery, Watson Fine Arts

Trained in fashion design and painting, Providence-based artist Taleen Batalian creates a site-specific installation that explores the boundaries between garment and sculpture, between form and function, and between the beautiful and the grotesque.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Student Government Association Inauguration
Hear what SGA has planned for the coming year. Vice President & Dean of Students Kate Kenny will  host this year's event and swear in the 2017-18 SGA Executive Board, Senators & Class Officers.
Holman Room, Mary Lyon Hall

2:15 - 3 p.m.
Exploring Career Services
Filene Center for Academic Advising & Career Services

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Parents' Reception with President's Council*
Open to all. Advance registration required.
Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center 

6:30 - 8 p.m.
Shabbat* ($15)
Open to all. Sponsored by Wheaton's own Hillel group. 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: TBD
Boosting Alcohol Consciousness (BAC) offers recently released films to the campus community.
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center 

9 p.m. - Midnight 
Celebration of Latino Heritage Month
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.
Lyon's Den Coffeehouse
Wheaton's student run coffeehouse is located in Balfour-Hood. The Lyon's Den hosts entertainment multiple times a week showcasing local and regional artists, as well as our very own campus talent.
Lyon's Den, Balfour-Hood Campus Center (open for business 8 p.m. – Midnight)

Saturday, Sept. 23

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)

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Coffee & Conversation with President Hanno*
Please come early to gather with fellow parents, President Hanno and several College staff. At 9:30 a.m. President Hanno 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

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
PFW Presentation
Hindle Auditorium, Science Center

11:30-12:30 p.m.
Academic and Co-Curricular Student Experience

12 – 2 p.m.
Peacock Block Party* ($15 include lunch & dessert food trucks)
Enjoy all the food, music and fun before heading to the afternoon games. The lunch will feature the student dining experience at Chase Dining Hall. In addition, local food trucks hosting sweet delights will provide dessert to Parent & Family Weekend attendees. Student groups and theme houses will showcase their happenings and host fundraisers supporting their annual initiatives.
Chase Dining Hall and Meadows Courtyard

12:30 -2pm
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

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Featured Gallery Shows:
Drawn Threads, Beard Gallery, Watson Fine Arts
While contemporary culture has continued to use thread for utilitarian and decorative purposes, artists have been exploring its use and representation as a conceptual and expressive means for decades. These six artists rely on thread as inspiration and drawing tool, working in sculpture, installation, photography, painting, and more. Artists: J Carpenter, Marjorie Forte, Leslie Schomp, Jodi Stevens, Antoinette Winters.

Taleen Batalaian: New Work, Weil Gallery, Watson Fine Arts

Trained in fashion design and painting, Providence-based artist Taleen Batalian creates a site-specific installation that explores the boundaries between garment and sculpture, between form and function, and between the beautiful and the grotesque.

1:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs Clark
Keeffe Field

2- 4 p.m.
MakerSpace Open House

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 variety of ways! Some sing, some dance, some make us laugh and some even move us. Come watch Wheaton's 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 than "family game night"? Featuring 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. The Class of 2018 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 Plant Night* ($10)
SAIL's Late-Night Programming team will host one of their wildly successful alcohol-free alternative programs. Get your creative side working with one of today's hottest trends. Enjoy creating a succulent garden or terrarium with or without your student by your side. Student sign-up for this event happens on-campus and at no cost. Please just register parents and other guests.
Atrium, Balfour-Hood Campus Center

Sunday, Sept. 24

10 -12 p.m.
Sunday Jazz Brunch* ($10)
Enjoy a delicious brunch in one of campus' cherished venues while listening to smooth jazz music. A great way to round out your weekend visiting with your Wheaton student.
Emerson Dining Hall

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

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