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Vassar College Families Weekend Preliminary Program of Events

Families Weekend is September 15 - 17, 2017. Below is the preliminary 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 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.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM OF EVENTS (Last updated 8/16/17)

Friday, September 15, 2017

10:00am-5:00pm
Other People’s Pictures: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
This exhibition includes a selection from a gift of more than 500 small black-and-white photographs, mostly from the early- and mid-twentieth century, donated by Peter J. Cohen. Mr. Cohen has amassed more than 35,000 amateur photographs culled from antique shops, flea markets, private dealers, and online sources. Most of the photographs are anonymous and capture moments in the lives of ordinary people, often depicting celebrations, vacations, and gatherings of family and friends. Individual images were chosen for their eclectic, idiosyncratic, sometimes humorous nature as well as for their subject matter, with a particular focus on the lives and activities of women.

Support for Other People’s Pictures is provided by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund and the Hoene Hoy Photography Endowment Fund.

10:00am-5:00pm
A Neoclassical Portrait of a Classicist: Houdon’s Bust of Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
In 2016, the Art Center was fortunate to acquire an original plaster portrait by the famed French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741–1828). The subject, Abbé Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1716–1795), an historian and numismatist, is today all but unknown. He was, however, one of the most famous men and popular authors of his era and worthy to stand with the likes of some of Houdon’s other sitters such as Diderot, Voltaire, and Washington. This focused exhibition will illustrate the life of Barthélemy and also provide insight into Houdon’s sculptural technique by bringing together the Vassar plaster with an unfinished marble version of the portrait that today is in the Smith College Art Museum.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Fund.

12:00pm-4:00pm
ALANA Fall Fest
Residential Quad (Rain Location: ALANA Center, Community Room)
You and your student are invited to the ALANA Center’s Fall Fest. Please join for food, attractions, music, and performances!
The ALANA center is a space where many students of color call "home" at Vassar. We provide a myriad of resources and programs to support students of color, and foster cultural, social, academic and creative expressions. The center offers opportunities for leadership development, intra-cultural and cross-cultural dialogues, lectures, and big sister/big brother and alumnae/i mentoring programs.

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 (http://www.thehaitiproject.org) 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
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, 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.

3:30pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
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, daily, 10:00am-5:00pm)

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!

7:00pm
Creative Arts Across Disciplines opening in the Palmer Gallery
Main Building / College Center, Palmer Gallery
Three exhibits from the 2017 CAAD Summer Multi-Arts Collectives including works by Vassar students as well as visiting artists, Courtney Starrett and Susan Reiser.

8:00pm
Movie Night @ Blodgett

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

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 Karin Maxey (Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies), Ken Livingston (Professor of Cognitive Science), and Ismail Rashid (Professor of History) who will speak about their writing seminar and what first year students can expect academically. Q&A to follow.

10:00am-5:00pm
Other People’s Pictures: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

10:00am-5:00pm
A Neoclassical Portrait of a Classicist: Houdon’s Bust of Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday's schedule for complete 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.

11:00am
Tennis Scramble
Varsity Tennis (W) with NYU and Connecticut College
Josselyn Tennis Courts
(Athletic event start times subject to change. Please check vassarathletics.com for up to date information.)

11:00am
Guided Tour by Student Docents
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)

11:30am–12:30pm
Meet the New President of the College
Main Building, Villard Room
A Conversation with Elizabeth Bradley, Vassar’s 11th president. Jon Chenette, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Music, Chris Roellke, Dean of the College, Marianne Begemann, Dean of Academic Planning

12:00pm
Soccer (M) vs. SUNY Oneonta
Gordon Field at the Prentiss Sports Complex
(Athletic event start times subject to change. Please check vassarathletics.com for up to date information.)

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–6:00pm
Arlington Street Fair
The eighteenth 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
Field Hockey vs. Ramapo College
Weinberg Turf Field at Prentiss Sports Complex
(Athletic event start times subject to change. Please check vassarathletics.com for up to date information.)

1:00pm
Rugby (W) vs. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rugby Fields at the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
(Athletic event start times subject to change. Please check vassarathletics.com for up to date information.)

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
Guided Tour by Student Docents
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
CAAD panel discusses Summer Multi-Arts Collectives with members of the student groups, faculty members, and guest professional artists.
Location TBD

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.

3:30pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
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)

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 Chapel 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! Hosted by Vassar’s 11th president, Elizabeth Bradley.

7:30pm
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.

9:00pm
Movie Night @ Blodgett

Sunday, September 17, 2017

9:00am
Tennis Scramble
Varsity Tennis (W) with SUNY New Paltz, NYU and Connecticut College
Josselyn Tennis Courts
(Athletic event start times subject to change.  Please check vassarathletics.com for up to date information.)

10:00am–1:00pm
First Year Families Brunch
All Campus Dining Center
Experience the richness and diversity of Vassar Dining. Hosted by President Elizabeth Bradley.

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)

11:30am-1:30pm
Visit the Vassar Farm: Tour, Walk and 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. The Barn will be open and a guided walk will start at 12:30pm. Complimentary refreshments. http://environmentalcooperative.vassar.edu/

Fall 5K Fun Run at the Farm kicks off at 12:15pm with registration starting at 11:30. For more information contact Stephen at ecologicalpreserve@vassar.edu.

1:00pm-5:00pm
Other People’s Pictures: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

1:00pm-5:00pm
A Neoclassical Portrait of a Classicist: Houdon’s Bust of Jean-Jacques Barthélemy
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
(See Friday's schedule for complete information)

2:00pm
Guided Tour by Student Docents
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. (Sunday hours of operation: 1:00pm-5:00pm)

3:00pm
Faculty Recital: Gail Archer, Organ.
Chapel
Gail Archer, international concert organist, presents a recital featuring works by Max Reger.

TBD
Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

GENERAL INFORMATION

Vassar College Store
(Located in the “Juliet” building on the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday, September 15, 2017: 10:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017: 11:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017: 10:00am-2:00pm

ACDC (All Campus Dining Center)
(Students’ Building)
Friday, September 15, 2017: 7:00am-1:00am
Saturday, September 16, 2017: 9:00am-1:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017: 9:00am-1:00am

Vassar Express
(Located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium)
Friday, September 15, 2017: 8:30am-8:00pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017: 11:00am-5:30pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017: 11:00am-5:30pm

The Bridge Café
(Located in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences)
Friday, September 15, 2017: 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017: Closed
Sunday, September 17, 2017: Closed

The Retreat Café
(Located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday, September 15, 2017: 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017: Closed
Sunday, September 17, 2017: Closed