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Vassar College Families Weekend Program of Events

Families Weekend is September 20 - 22, 2019. See the 2019 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.

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PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Friday, September 20, 2019

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.

10:00am–5:00pm
Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
A survey of Vassar’s renowned collection of close to 4,500 photographs.

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.)

1:30pm
Jum’ah Prayers
Muslim Prayer Space, Old Laundry Building (behind Main Building)
Join the Vassar Muslim Students Association (VMSA) for Friday prayers (jum'ah) 1:30pm–2:15pm in our new Muslim Prayer Room. Please note, this is a shoe free space.

3:00pm
Highlights Tour
Limited to 30 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00am–5:00pm)

3:00pm
Mindfulness: a spiritual practice
The Quiet Room, Thompson Library, 3rd Floor
A twenty-minute midday pause, weekdays at 3:00pm; hosted by different students and campus community members—this Friday by Danushi Fernando, Director of LGBTQ and Gender Resources at the College.

5:00pm–7:00pm
Volleyball (W) vs. Montclair
Kenyon Hall Gymnasium
Women's Volleyball
Contact Jonathan Penn, jopenn@vassar.edu or (845) 437-7458 for more information.

6:00pm
Families Weekend at Vassar Jewish Union – Shabbat at the Bayit
51 Collegeview Avenue (just outside of “North Gate”)
Shabbat dinner and student-led services at the Bayit! Services begin at 6pm, dinner starts at 7:15 (feel free to come for both or either). Services are friendly, egalitarian, and always transliterated, followed by a homemade meal. Families please RSVP to Liz Aeschlimann at eaeschlimann@vassar.edu.

7:00pm–8pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Panel Discussion
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

9:00am–10:00am
Academic Life: A Faculty Panel for Families of First Year Students
Main Building, Villard Room
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. Professors who will be on the panel include:

  • Light Carruyo - Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program
  • Brittany Murray - Adjunct Assistant Professor in International Studies and Program Coordinator for the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education
  • Tyrone Simpson - Associate Professor of English and Director of the Africana Studies Program

Q&A to follow.

10:00am–5:00pm
Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
A survey of Vassar’s renowned collection of close to 4,500 photographs.

10:00am–11:30am
Walking Tour of Campus
Limited to 30 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
Main Building: The tour will start at the front entrance
Hosted by Colton Johnson, Vassar College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English.

10:00am
Volleyball (W) vs. Nazareth
Kenyon Hall Gymnasium
Women's Volleyball
Contact Jonathan Penn, jopenn@vassar.edu or (845) 437-7458 for more information.

10:00am–6:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
(See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

10:15am–11:15am
Oh, The Places They’ll Go: A Very Vassar Summer
Main Building, Villard Room
Learn more about how students spend their summer breaks and hear from a panel of students to discover what Vassar can do to support an unforgettable summer experience. Hosted and moderated by Jannette Swanson, Associate Director of Alumnae/i Outreach and Partnerships, Career Development Office.

10:30am
Highlights Tour
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 collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00am–5:00pm)

11:00am
Soccer (W) vs. Mount St. Mary
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Competition Field

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. William Hoynes, Dean of Faculty, Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Dean of the College, and Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources.

12:00pm–6:00pm
Arlington Street Fair
Raymond Avenue, between Collegeview Avenue and the Eastbound Arterial
The 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.

12:00pm–4:00pm
Observance of International Day of Peace
Peace Garden, next to Ely Hall
Join the Office of International Services to observe the International Day of Peace by commemorating Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (by Eleanor Coerr).Take part in making origami cranes as a symbol of peace and unity throughout the world.
12:30pm: Moment of Silence: Stand in solidarity with millions around the world for global peace.

1:00pm
Highlights Tour
Limited to 30 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00am–5:00pm)

1:00pm
Field Hockey vs. Ramapo 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.
Main Building: The tour will start at the front entrance
Hosted by Colton Johnson, Vassar College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English.

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

2:30pm–4:00pm
Tour of Vassar Arboretum
Limited to 100 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
Main building: The tour will start at the front entrance
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.

3:00pm–5:00pm
The Vassar Haiti Project: Live Auction of Haitian Art

Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room
See Friday’s schedule for complete information)

4:00pm
Volleyball (W) vs. Medaille
Kenyon Hall Gymnasium

5:00pm–6:30pm
Families Weekend Reception: Hudson Valley Harvest
The Library Lawn (Rain Location: Main Building, 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.

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

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10:00am–1:00pm
First Year Families Brunch
Students’ Building, Gordon Commons
Check out Gordon Commons and experience the richness and diversity of Vassar Dining. Hosted by President Elizabeth H. Bradley and Jennifer Herrera, 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
Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
A survey of Vassar’s renowned collection of close to 4,500 photographs.

11:00am
Vassar Quaker Meeting

The Quiet Room, Thompson Library, 3rd Floor
The Vassar Friends invite you to one of our weekly meetings. Our gatherings are open to the whole Vassar community and no experience 'quaking' is necessary. We practice silent worship to listen for leadings and we observe the S.P.I.C.E.S. to cultivate community. Come join!

1:00pm
Highlights Tour
Limited to 30 participants. Select attendees for this activity when registering for the weekend.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00am–5:00pm)

1:00pm
Walking Tour of the Ecological Preserve: A Hudson Valley Ramble Event
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
1 Vassar Lane
Join the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for a walking tour along trails on the preserve. This tour will feature the Ellen Swallows Richard Historical Trail, the Drumlin Trail, the Phenology Trail, or the Beaver Trail, depending on weather and trail conditions. Learn about research and land management currently happening on the Preserve, including controlling invasives and the effects of white-tailed deer on our forests.

The Hudson River Valley Ramble is a series of events celebrating the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities and trails throughout the region. The 18th Annual Ramble will take place this year on September 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30 and October 1.

1:00pm
Rugby (M) vs. Bard College
Rugby Field at The Farm and Ecological Preserve

1:30pm
Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

3:00pm
Michael Pisani: A Memorial in Words and Music
Skinner Hall of Music
All are welcome to celebrate the life and lasting legacy of Michael Pisani, who for the past 22 years, taught music history, theory, opera, and film music at the College. The internationally noted author, professor, performer, and music scholar worked with Leonard Bernstein and other giants of the musical world, and advanced our knowledge of the evolution of music in drama and its use in creating national and exotic identities.

4:00pm
Ecumenical Protestant Worship
Vassar Chapel, Tower Foyer
Join us for our weekly ecumenical Protestant worship in the Vassar Chapel Tower Foyer, sponsored by Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC). For more information, contact ecvc@vassar.edu.

GENERAL WEEKEND INFORMATION

Check-In Locations
Friday: Campus Activities Information Desk, located in Main Building, College Center North Atrium (1:00pm–5:00pm)
Saturday: Main Building, Second Floor, Rose Parlor (8:00am–Noon)

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Friday: 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm–5:00pm

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

Vassar College Store
(Located in the “Juliet” building at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday: 10:00am–7:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–2:00pm

Gordon Commons
(Students’ Building)
Friday: 7:00am–1:00am
Saturday: 8:00am–1:00am
Sunday: 9:00am–12midnight

Vassar Express
(Located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium)
Friday: 8:30am–6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am–6:00pm

The Bridge Café
(Located in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences)
Friday: 8:30am–3:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The Retreat Café
(Located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday: 8:30am–4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed