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Vassar College Families Weekend Program of Events

Families Weekend was September 23 - 25, 2016. Below is the schedule of events.

We are so glad you will be making the trip to see your student at Vassar! Below is a list of events taking place over the weekend (we have boxed the activities that have been created especially for Families Weekend). We hope you will find a wide variety of events to attend with your family.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday, September 23, 2016

9:00am–5:00pm
Shakespeare at Vassar
Thompson Memorial Library
A new exhibition launched by the Vassar College Libraries marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and reviews the ways in which the college has interacted with the Bard’s work. Featuring a 17th century folio of Shakespeare’s works; rare books of the 18th and 19th centuries; private press books; playbills from Shakespeare productions at Vassar; and photographs. This exhibition is available for viewing in the Thompson Memorial Library, daily, 9:00am–5:00pm.

10:00am–5:00pm
Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Atrium Gallery
This exhibition features the work of Mark Dion, a New York and Pennsylvania-based visual artist known for his “cabinets of curiosities” that incorporate found objects into site-specific installations. Universal Collections: A Mark Dion Project includes materials as diverse as nineteenth-century scientific instruments, Native American objects, Vassariana, examples of taxidermy, sculpture, geological specimens, and antique books.

12:00pm–7:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
Sale of 350 original Haitian paintings, plus many hundreds of handicrafts including hand-painted silk scarves, iron sculpture and paper mache. The Vassar Haiti Project engages students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and promotes Haitian art. (Handicrafts start at $5 and paintings at $50. All purchase are 50% tax deductible.)

1:15pm
Guided Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 20,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00am-5:00pm)

3:00pm–5:00pm
Tour of The A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History
with Lois Horst, Museum Curator
Ely Hall
The museum was opened in 1862, as part of Matthew Vassar's vision for the college. It encompasses minerals, rocks, fossils and plaster casts from the original collection, and now includes items on loan from the biology department, such as Blaschka glass models of invertebrates, papier mache and wood models of flowers, and wax models of cell division. An old-fashioned collection of dinosaur footprints, meteorites, ichthyosaurs, and beautiful minerals, the museum is a lovely little gem with something for everyone.

5:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Reception and Student Presentation
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

6:00pm
Family Weekend at Vassar Jewish Union – Shabbat at the Bayit
51 Collegeview Avenue
Student led services followed by a kosher dinner (7:15pm, approximately). Families are invited to come to the service or dinner or both! Please email Abby Johnson '17 at abjohnson@vassar.edu with any questions.

9:00pm
Create and Control
Rockefeller Hall, Room 200
In the Case of a Person, the final product of Create and Control’s Creative Arts Across Disciplines’ summer Multi-Arts Collective, three Vassar students from various disciplines are working on a project that merges Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Drama. They are preparing a small-scale theater experiment that ventures into immersive and interactive theater. Explore what happens when the audience is given control over the narrative and various production elements throughout the performance.
Creative Arts Across Disciplines’ summer multi-arts collectives are an eight week program for Vassar students and their faculty project mentors. Students with majors in different arts departments may collaborate, or arts majors may collaborate with majors from outside the arts.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

8:00am–12:00pm
Check-in
Main Building, Rose Parlor
Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be served.

9:00am–5:00pm
Shakespeare at Vassar
Thompson Memorial Library
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

9:00am–6:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

9:00am–10:00am
Academic Life: A Faculty Panel for Freshmen Parents
Main Building, Villard Room
Denise Walen, Dean of Freshmen, hosts a discussion with Curtis Dozier (Visiting Professor of Greek and Roman Studies), Tyrone Simpson (Associate Professor of English), and Kate Susman (Professor of Biology). They will each speak about their freshman writing seminar and what first year students can expect academically. Q&A to follow.

10:00am-5:00pm
Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Atrium Gallery
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

10:00am–5:00pm
“What Are You Thirsty For?”: Vassar Christian Fellowship
Residential Quad
"What are you thirsty for? Friendships? Relationships? Academic success? A spiritual connection? Vassar Christian Fellowship (VXF) invites students and their families to stop by and engage in conversation about their hopes and expectations for this year through interactive posters." Please contact Jessica Rood (jerood@vassar.edu) for more information.

10:15am–11:15am
Oh, The Places They'll Go: A Very Vassar Summer
Main Building, Villard Room
Learn more about how students spent their summer break and hear from a panel of students to discover what Vassar can do to support an unforgettable summer experience. Hosted by the Career Development Office and moderated by Stacy Bingham, Director.

11:15am
Guided Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 20,000 works. (Hours of operation: 10:00am-5:00pm)

11:30am–12:30pm
Vassar in Transition
Main Building, Villard Room
A Conversation with Jon Chenette, Interim President and Professor of Music; Chris Roellke, Dean of the College; Marianne Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources; and Steve Rock, Dean of the Faculty.

12:00pm
Volleyball (W): Liberty League Tri-Match
Athletics and Fitness Center 102-Fit Center Gymnasium

12:00pm–2:00pm
Tour of the A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History
with Lois Horst, Museum Curator
Ely Hall
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

12:00pm–6:00 pm
Arlington Street Fair
The seventeenth annual Arlington Street Fair is a family friendly event that features entertainment by local artists including Vassar student groups, craft vendors, and a great variety of food options to appeal to everyone's appetite. This collaboration between the Arlington Business Improvement District, Vassar College and I Heart Radio draws thousands of people to Arlington's Raymond Avenue and has contributed to the revitalization of the area.

1:00pm
Rugby (W) vs. Hofstra
Vassar Farm

1:00pm–2:30pm
Walking Tour of Campus
The tour will start at the front entrance to Main Building.
Hosted by Colton Johnson, Vassar College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building.

2:00pm
Create and Control
Rockefeller Hall, Room 200
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

2:00pm
Soccer (W): vs Skidmore College
Prentiss Sports Complex Gordon Competition Field

2:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Auction Registration and Preview
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

2:30pm–4:00pm
Tour of Vassar Arboretum
with Jeff Horst, Director of Operations for Service Response and Custodial Services
The tour will start at the front entrance to Main Building.
A ramble through central campus to learn about the history of the Vassar Arboretum, Andrew Jackson Downing's campus landscape influence, information on some of the interesting trees in our 220 species collection, our native plants and Ecological Preserves plus enticing bits of campus history.

3:00–10:00pm
Conversations & Specters\Troubled Translation: Projections Test\1\2
Susan Stein Shiva Theatre
unFramed presents Ann Daly’s Conversations and Specters\Troubled Translation, a multi-channel sound and video installation. Through conversational excerpts, video, and sound, Conversations and Specters explores the experience of youth during “The Transition”—the period after Dictator Franco’s death in 1975—and the explosive cultural shifts of the Madrid Punk scene, “La Movida”. The installation will be comprised of snippets of sound and image which are layered and stage the struggle to “make sense” of personal and contradictory experiences and the vagaries of memory, perception, and translation. Reception from 5:00-7:00pm. Please contact Ryan Eykholt (ryeykholt@vassar.edu) for more information.

3:15pm
Guided Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 20,000 works. (Hours of operation: 10:00am-5:00pm)

4:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Live auction of Haitian Art
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

5:00pm–6:30pm
Families Weekend Reception: Hudson Valley Harvest
The Library Lawn
You and your student are invited to stop by and sample some of the Hudson Valley’s bounty at a very casual Vassar Families Weekend Reception!

8:00–10:00pm
Barefoot Monkeys
Residential Quad
The Barefoot Monkeys is Vassar College's one and only circus and fire arts club! Our fall fire show is a great event for families to attend; we have juggling, dancing, spinning, and lots of flames! Come support Vassar students as we put on our first performance of the semester! For more information email announce.barefootmonkeys@gmail.com.

8:00pm
Julian Lage Trio
Skinner Hall
Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall
Heralded by the New York Times as “one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and seemingly boundless curiosity,” Julian Lage performs selections from his latest album, Arclight, joined by trio members Scott Colley, double bass, and Kenny Wollesen, drums. (Estimated running time is 90 minutes.)
A Dickinson-Kayden Event, this event is free and reservations are not necessary. For more information, please contact Kim Kim Andresen at kandresen@vassar.edu.

9:00pm
Create and Control
Rockefeller Hall, Room 200
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

9:00am–5:00pm
Shakespeare at Vassar
Thompson Memorial Library
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

10:00am–1:00pm
Freshman Families Brunch
All Campus Dining Center (West Dining Room, first floor)
Hosted by Jon Chenette, Interim President of the College and Professor of Music.

10:00am–2:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building/College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

10:30am
Women’s Lacrosse Clinic
Prentiss Sports Complex Weinberg Turf Field All

11:00am-12:15pm
Families Weekend Welcome Reception
Alana Center, Community Room
You and your student are invited to the ALANA center - a space where many students of color call "home" at Vassar. Refreshments will be served.
The ALANA Center provides a myriad of resources and programs to support students of color, and fosters cultural, social, academic and creative expressions. The center offers opportunities for leadership development, intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues, lectures, big sister/big brother and alumnae/i mentoring programs.

11:00am
Tennis (M) vs. Alumni
Josselyn Tennis Courts

1:00pm
Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Atrium Gallery
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

1:00pm-4:00pm
2016 Urban Wilderness Festival and Environmental Fair
Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, Multi-Purpose Room & Ecological Preserve
50 Vassar Farm Lane
Join The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council in celebration of the natural areas in our community. This family friendly event will feature environmental organizations from the community and college, guided walks on the preserve, kids activities and examples of conservation work Vassar students are doing on the Ecological Preserve and in the community. A great opportunity to see the newly renovated dairy barn, home of the Environmental Cooperative and the Student Conservation Association. The event is free and open to the public. http://environmentalcooperative.vassar.edu

1:15pm
Guided Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collections of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 20,000 works. (Sunday hours of operation: 1:00pm-5:00pm)

2:00pm
Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

2:00pm
Create and Control
Rockefeller Hall, Room 200
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

3:00pm
Todd Crow, piano
Skinner Hall, Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall
Professor of Music, Todd Crow, plays Schubert Sonatas in G Major, D. 894, and in B-flat Major, D. 960. This event is free and reservations are not necessary. (Estimated running time is 75 minutes.)
For more information, please contact Kim Andresen at kandresen@vassar.edu.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Vassar College Store
(located in the “Juliet” building on the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday, September 23, 2016: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016: 10:00am to 2:00pm

ACDC
(Students’ Building, 1st floor)
Friday, September 23, 2016: 7:00am-3:30pm / 5:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016: 9:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016: 9:00am-8:00pm

The Retreat (café) Hours
(located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday, September 23, 2016: 8:30am-11:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday, September 25, 2016: 12:00pm-11:00pm