**Registration for Parents and Family Weekend is Closed.**
Didn’t get a chance to pre-register? Many events still have space and you can register on-site!
On-site registration will be available at Check-in at the Balfour-Hood Campus Center:
Friday, 9/21 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9/22 – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Please note that registration for events will be on a first come, first served basis.
We look forward to seeing you on campus for a great weekend!

 

September 21 – September 23, 2018
Join Wheaton College as we celebrate students and their families!

A variety of exciting campus events are open to all students and their families during this fun-filled weekend. Enjoy open classes, breakfast with President Hanno, connecting with faculty and staff, food trucks, student performances and more!

If you have questions regarding the weekend events and schedule, please contact the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) at: sail@wheatoncollege.edu.

Check out each day’s events:

2018 Parents & Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 21

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Check-in

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Select Classes Open for Parents and Families
Click here for a list of open classes

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Parent Luncheon
Speaker: Katherine E. Eskine, Assistant Professor of Psychology – “The musical mind: Function, structure, and real-world applications”
Professor Eskine will discuss why humans listen to music, the current theories on the anatomical correlates of music, and her own research on the effects of music listening on cognition and creativity.
(REGISTRATION FULL) *Advance registration required.

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Exhibits: Fiber/Paper/Love and Simile + Metaphor: Red Necklace
Fiber/Paper/Love
In this exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Catherine Evans, Aaron Pexa, Alyce Santoro, Rebecca Siemering and Cristin Searles explore and interpret fiber’s use and forms in innovative ways.

Simile + Metaphor: Red Necklace
Contemporary painter and mixed media artist Barbara Owen creates a site-specific installation featuring her work with cut paper. Owen, who works out of studios in Pawtucket, RI and Brooklyn, NY, studied sculpture and poetry, but has since focused on painting as her primary medium.

2 – 4 p.m.
WinHub & MakerSpace Open House
The “hub of making” on campus. An innovation space to provide tools and a place for students to develop and collaborate on a wide range of projects, from hand-built drones to musical instruments.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
“Career Services” with Assistant Director, Experiential and Career Learning Matt Wheeler
Hear from a student panel as they discuss how their Wheaton-connected summer experiences—from on-campus research to internships around the country and world—helped them learn more about themselves and their career options.

5 – 7 p.m.
Arts In Ireland Exhibition Opening
This exhibition highlights the work of student artists and musicians who participated in the June 2018 faculty-led program at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Location: Davis Art Court, Mars Science Center

6:30 – 8 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner
Open to all. Sponsored by Wheaton’s own Hillel group.
*Advance registration required.

8 p.m.
Observatory Open House

9 p.m.
BAC Family Movie
Boosting Alcohol Consciousness (BAC) offers education and free events to the campus community as an alternative to drinking. Relax and enjoy a family movie to finish out your first day at Wheaton. Movie: The Black Panther.

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Saturday, September 22

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Check-in

9 a.m.
Parents Breakfast with President Hanno

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grit ‘N Wit Challenge Course
Grit ‘n Wit obstacle course race will be on campus to test the physical and mental skills of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends. There will be 17 checkpoints throughout the three-mile race involving physical obstacles—from carrying sandbags to maneuvering on monkey bars—as well as mental challenges, such as puzzles and memory games. Individuals or teams welcome. Don’t miss the fun! Register here for the Grit ‘N Wit challenge.

11 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Clark 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Life Outside of the Classroom
Hear from students and join staff from Academic and Student Affairs to learn more about your student’s transition to the Wheaton college experience. This engaging session will provide parents and families with some insight into the opportunities students have for exploring themselves and their pathway both inside and outside of the classroom. We offer a wide variety of programs, events and services that complement your student’s passions as well as staff that help them to define their adventure and inspire them to achieve their goals and future aspirations. Come join us to learn more!

12 – 3 p.m.
Peacock Block Party
Food, music and fun in a festival atmosphere! Lunch will feature the student dining experience at Chase Dining Hall and food trucks will provide sweet treats for dessert. Stop by Chapel Field to play outdoor games, enjoy music and more!
*Advance registration required.

12 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Clark

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Gallery Exhibits: Fiber/Paper/Love and Simile + Metaphor: Red Necklace
Fiber/Paper/Love
In this exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Keithline, Catherine Evans, Aaron Pexa, Alyce Santoro, Rebecca Siemering and Cristin Searles explore and interpret fiber’s use and forms in innovative ways.

Simile + Metaphor: Red Necklace
Contemporary painter and mixed media artist Barbara Owen creates a site-specific installation featuring her work with cut paper. Owen, who works out of studios in Pawtucket, RI and Brooklyn, NY, studied sculpture and poetry, but has since focused on painting as her primary medium.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Student Government Association (SGA) Inauguration
Hear what SGA has planned for the coming year. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kate McCaffrey will host this year’s event and swear in the 2018- 2019 SGA Executive Board, Senators & Class Officers.

3 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Connecticut College 

3:30 – 5 p.m
Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony & Reception
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.

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Student Performance 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!

10 p.m. – midnight
Late Night Bingo
Join the SAIL Late Night Programmers for a fun, family friendly night of bingo, awesome prizes and a caramel apple bar!
*Advance registration required.

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Sunday, September 23

9 a.m – 12 p.m (1st seating 9 a.m – 10:30 a.m, 2nd seating 10:30 a.m-12 p.m)
Jazz Brunch
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.
(REGISTRATION FULL FOR 2ND SEATING) *Advance registration required.

1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Husson 

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