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Families Weekend

October 2–4, 2020

All Weekend Events:

“Walking” Tour of Campus
Hosted by Colton Johnson, Vassar College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English.
Varied in architectural style, the buildings on Vassar’s campus range from 156 to 17 years in age. Several of them have specific evidence about their origins, their creators, and their significance. This virtual walk around the campus begins with the Vassar’s second building and, five buildings later, it ends with the story of its first. 

Directions: From your computer or mobile phone make sure your audio is up. The "speaker" icon located in the control panel on the top right of your screen controls mute/unmute of the audio. Hover your cursor over Main Building, and click the red circle that says “Click me to start”). Each stop on the tour has embedded hotspots that contain video, stills, audio and text. You can move to the next section of the tour by clicking on the red circle embedded in each scene. You can move back in the tour by clicking on the white circle embedded in each scene. To move around the 360 image, click-hold-and-drag your cursor in the direction you’d like to move it.

Tour of the Vassar Arboretum
Hosted by Mark Schlessman, Professor of Biology and Faculty Co-chair of the Arboretum Committee.
“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.

Directions: From your computer or mobile phone make sure your audio is up. The "speaker" icon located in the control panel on the top right of your screen controls mute/unmute of the audio. Hover your cursor over Main Building, and click the red circle that says “Click me to start”). Each stop on the tour has embedded hotspots that contain video, stills, audio and text. You can move to the next section of the tour by clicking on the red circle embedded in each scene. You can move back in the tour by clicking on the white circle embedded in each scene. To move around the 360 image, click-hold-and-drag your cursor in the direction you’d like to move it.

Barefoot Monkeys, Families Weekend Performance Video

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center


The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
The Vassar Haiti Project is a collaborative, all-volunteer 501(c)3 supporting the welfare of artists and artisans in Haiti, and sustainable development in Chermaitre. The Vassar Haiti Project functions through the auction and sale of Haitian art and handcrafts.

Saturday, October 3 (LIVE)

Panel Discussions via Zoom (all times EDT, look for Zoom links in email sent to families)

12:00pm–1:00pm
Conversation with the President and the Deans
A Conversation with Elizabeth H. Bradley, President, William Hoynes, Dean of Faculty, Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Dean of the College, and Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources. Q&A to follow.

1:30pm–2:30pm
Academic Life: A Faculty Panel for Families of First Year Students
Jennifer Herrera, Dean of First Year Students, hosts a discussion with faculty members about their writing seminar and what first year students can expect academically. Joining Dean Herrara are Jaime Liborio Del Razo, Assistant Professor of Education; Rachel D. Friedman, Professor and Chair of Greek and Roman Studies; and Christopher C. Raymond, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

3:00pm–4:00pm
Oh, The Places They Went: A Very Vassar Summer
Learn more about how students spend their summer breaks and hear from a panel of students to discover what Vassar can do to support a meaningful summer experience—even in the midst of a pandemic. Hosted and moderated by Stacy Bingham, Associate Dean of the College for Career Development. Q&A to follow.

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