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Vassar College Families Weekend Program of Events

Families Weekend was September 28 - 30, 2018. See the 2018 schedule below.

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 highlighted 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 28, 2018

1:00pm–5:00pm
Check-In

For families arriving on Friday, please check in at Campus Activities Information Desk, located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium.

Buildings and Belonging:
Mapping the African American Experience at Vassar College Since 1861

Special exhibition and self-guided campus tour available throughout the weekend. Look for markers on the exteriors of the following buildings: ALANA Center, Swift Hall, Raymond House, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Alumnae House, The Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Blodgett Hall, Kendrick House, Main Building, and New England Building.
(A collaborative effort by the African-American Alumnae/i of Vassar College; student and faculty researchers; administrators in the Office of Campus Life and Diversity, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Thompson Memorial Library, the Office of Communications, the Facilities Operations Department; and the Office of the President.)

10:00am–5:00pm
Past Time: Geology in European and American Art
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
This exhibition looks at sketches and studies made by European and American artists from the 1770s to the 1890s who were engaged with a new, scientific emphasis on the Earth.

12:00pm–1:00pm
Geology Walking Tour of Campus
with Professor Jill Schneiderman, Department of Earth Science and Geography

Ely Hall, Porch
The buildings of Vassar College have been constructed with rocks from quarries throughout the United States. Each building displays unique features tied to the geologic environments in which they were formed. Professor Jill Schneiderman, Chair of the Earth Science and Geography Department, will lead a walking tour of the campus that reveals some of the unsung aspects of this beautiful campus.

12:00pm–7:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
Come for the sale of 350 original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including hand-painted silk scarves, iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods. 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 purchases are 50% tax deductible.)

2:00pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
Limited to 20 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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 21,000 works.

3:00pm–5:00pm
The A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum
Ely Hall
Open House with Professor Jill S. Schneiderman, Chair of the Department of Earth Science and Geography, Director of the A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum. 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-mâché 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.

3:30pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
Limited to 20 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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 21,000 works.

4:30pm
Varsity Tennis (W) vs. Bard College
Outdoor Tennis Courts, behind Josselyn House.
Contact Kathy Campbell kacampbell@vassar.edu for more information.

6:00pm
Vassar Jewish Union – Shabbat at the Sukkah
Vassar Sukkah, Library Lawn (Rain location -  Ely Hall/AULA)
Student led services followed by a kosher dinner (7:15pm, approximately). Families are invited to come to the service or dinner or both!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:00am–12:00pm
Check-in
Main Building, Rose Parlor (2nd Floor)
Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be served.


Buildings and Belonging:
Mapping the African American Experience at Vassar College Since 1861

A special exhibition and self-guided campus tour available throughout the weekend: https://www.vassar.edu/buildings-and-belonging/. (See Friday’s schedule listing 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 Families of First Year Students
Main Building, Villard Room
Denise Walen, Dean of First Year Students, hosts a discussion with faculty members Eve Dunbar, Associate Professor of English, Jan Cameron, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Leslie C. Dunn, Associate Professor of English, and Alexander M Kupfer, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film, about their writing seminar and what first year students can expect academically. Q&A to follow.  

10:00am–5:00pm
Past Time: Geology in European and American Art
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

10:00am
Baseball vs. DCC and Ulster
Prentiss Sports Complex, Baseball Field

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 and moderated by Stacy Bingham, Director of the Career Development Office.

11:00am
Guided Tour by Student Docents
Limited to 20 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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 21,000 works.

11:30am–12:30pm
Conversation with the President and the Deans
Main Building, Villard Room
A Conversation with Elizabeth H. Bradley, Vassar’s 11th president. Jon Chenette, Dean of Faculty, Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Interim Dean of the College, Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources.

12:00pm–2:00pm
The A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum
Ely Hall
Open House with Professor Jill S. Schneiderman, Chair of the Department of Earth Science and Geography, Director of the A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum.
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

12:00pm
Rugby (W) vs. Marist College
Rugby Field at the Farm

12:00pm–6:00pm
Arlington Street Fair
Raymond Avenue, between Collegeview Avenue and the Eastbound Arterial (Rt. 44/55)
The nineteenth 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.

12:30pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Auction Registration and Preview
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

1:00pm
Field Hockey vs. Skidmore College
Prentiss Sports Complex, Weinberg Turf Field

1:00pm–2:30pm
Walking Tour of Campus
Limited to 30 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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.

2:00pm
Soccer (M) vs. Union College
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field

2:00pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
Limited to 20 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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 21,000 works. (Hours of operation: 10:00am-5:00pm)

2:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Live Auction of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
Please visit our website for all the details, including the ability to place absentee bids: https://thehaitiproject.org/ (See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

2:30pm–4:00pm
Tour of Vassar Arboretum
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.

3:30pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
Limited to 20 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
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 21,000 works.

4:00pm
Lacrosse (W) Alumni Game
Prentiss Sports Complex, Weinberg Turf Field

5:00pm–6:30pm
Families Weekend Reception: Hudson Valley Harvest
The Library Lawn (Rain location: Main Building, the Villard Room)
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.

7:00pm
Volleyball (W) vs. Kean University
Kenyon Hall Gymnasium

7:30pm
Barefoot Monkeys Fire Show
Residential Quad
The Barefoot Monkeys is Vassars 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.

9:00pm
Movie Night: Incredibles 2
Blodgett Hall, Auditorium
Popcorn and refreshments provided.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

10:00am–1:00pm
First Year Families Brunch
Students’ Building, All Campus Dining Center (ACDC)
Check out “ACDC” or “Deece” and experience the richness and diversity of Vassar Dining. Hosted by President Elizabeth H. Bradley and Denise Walen, Dean of First Year Students.

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)

10:00am–5:00pm
Past Time: Geology in European and American Art
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

11:00am
Loving-Kindness Meditation
Vassar Sukkah, Library Lawn (Rain Location: Ely Hall, Aula)
Charlotte Meng will lead a loving-kindness meditation. This meditation is a way to nurture the kindness in all of us by sending goodwill, kindness, and warmth toward others.

11:30am–1:30pm
Fall at the Farm and Preserve: An Environmental Fair, Nature Walk, and 5K Fun Run
Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
50 Vassar Farm Lane

Come out to the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for a guided nature walk, and visit the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns to learn about conservation research and outreach projects with other Vassar and community environmental organizations. The Barn will be open and a guided walk will start at 12:30pm. At 1pm there will be a celebration to mark the installation of solar panels on the barn roof.

Check out the Collaboratory, featuring photos of native plants and animals taken by members of the Vassar and Poughkeepsie Community. Meet members of Vassar’s Sustainability Office and review the Vassar Climate Action Plan. Sponsored by CAAD and the Office of Sustainability.

Fall 5K Fun Run at the Farm kicks off at 12:15pm with registration starting at 11:45am. For more information contact Stephen at ecologicalpreserve@vassar.edu. (Registration is FREE to ALL participants.)

Complimentary food and refreshments will be served.

1:30pm–4:00pm
Family Day
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Family Day, designed for children ages 5-10, offers fun, hands-on art activities related to the art on view in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center galleries, along with kid-friendly mini-tours. This fall the activities will draw inspiration from the current exhibition on art and geology, and will feature a variety of materials and mediums to be explored. Vassar student docents lead the activities and tours. Activities are on-going so families can drop in at any time during the program.

1:30pm
Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

Buildings and Belonging:
Mapping the African American Experience at Vassar College Since 1861

A special exhibition and self-guided campus tour available throughout the weekend: https://www.vassar.edu/buildings-and-belonging/. (See Friday’s schedule listing for complete information)

2:00-4:00pm
Tie Dye Extravaganza
Vassar Sukkah, Library Lawn (Rain Location: Ely Hall, Aula)
Tie-Dye Workshop with the international student community of Vassar College.  Feel free to bring a piece of white clothing you want to dye. T-Shirts and socks will be available at the event for a small dollar amount, as well. All are welcome!

GENERAL WEEKEND INFORMATION

Check-In Locations
Friday: Campus Activities Information Desk, located in Main Building, College Center North Atrium (1:00pm5:00pm)
Saturday: Main Building, Second Floor, Rose Parlor (8amnoon)

Athletic Events
Please note start times are subject to change.  Please check
www.vassarathletics.com for up to date information.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Friday: 10:00am5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm5:00pm

Vassar College Store  
(Located in the “Juliet” building at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday: 10:00am7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am2:00pm

ACDC (All Campus Dining Center)
(Students’ Building)
Friday: 7:00am1:00am
Saturday: 8:00am1:00am
Sunday: 9:00am1:00am

Vassar Express
(Located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium)
Friday: 8:30am8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am5:30pm
Sunday: 11:00am5:30pm

The Bridge Café
(Located in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences)
Friday: 8:30am3:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The Retreat Café
(Located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday: 8:30am4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed