Schedule for Family Weekend ’14


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Friday, September 26

A La Carte Meals, Beverages, and Snacks

Several of Wesleyan’s on-campus dining options will be open for regular service throughout Homecoming/Family Weekend, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown and surrounding areas. Check out the student blog WesStuffed for postings about dining options in Middletown. A list of on-campus dining options and hours of operation will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at the Usdan University Center (show in map).

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Attend A Class

Students may arrange with their professors for parents to visit classes, or parents and alumni may obtain a class schedule at Registration (Usdan University Center) and see what looks interesting (some classes may be restricted). Please plan to arrive on time and to stay for the duration of the class.

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Tour of Campus

Presented by: The Office of Admission
Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Registration

Everyone--parents, families, and students--please check in at the Usdan University Center for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, and more.
Usdan University Center

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Wesleyan Admission Information Session

Gather insight into the admission process at Wesleyan by attending this information session for prospective students.
Presented by: The Office of Admission
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Office Hours with Dean for the Class of 2015

An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with Jennifer Wood, Dean for the Class of 2015. Dean Wood also offers drop in office hours between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday-- parents and families are welcome to stop by at that time as well.
North College, Room 215

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Office Hours with Dean for the Class of 2018

An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2018. Dean Melendez also offers drop in office hours between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday-- parents and families are welcome to stop by at that time as well.
North College, Room 215

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Tour of Campus

Presented by: The Office of Admission
Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wesleyan Career Center Open House

All are welcome to stop by the Wesleyan Career Center, visit with the staff and meet the director, Sharon Belden Castonguay. Enhanced with state of the art equipment to aid students in their post-Wesleyan pursuits, the Career Center provides unparalleled face to face access to alumni, parents, and employer partners from around the world.  We look forward to seeing you! 
Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue (show in map)

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Tour of Olin Memorial Library

Presented by: Erhard Konerding MALS ’82
Olin Memorial Library (show in map)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wesleyan Admission Information Session

Gather insight into the admission process at Wesleyan by attending this information session for prospective students.
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wesleyan Abroad: Everything Your Student Might Forget to Mention

Join the office of international studies staff and students to discuss what families need to know about study abroad for Wesleyan students. Topics will include affordability and financial aid, sites and kinds of programs, credit transfer, health and safety, and the benefits of spending a semester or year studying in another country. Please come with questions. This session will be recorded and available for viewing on the Office of International Studies website after the weekend.
Presenter:  Antonio Gonzalez, Professor of Spanish and Interim Director, Office of International Studies
Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC) (show in map)

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

WESEMINAR Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Grants:

Student Stories and Reflections
As part of Wesleyan’s Summer Experience Grant program, the Patricelli Center offers stipends to students who will take unpaid or low-paid internships to do socially-responsible work around the globe. Recipients have traveled to India, Ghana, Jordan, Nepal, Wisconsin, California, New York City, and beyond. They have worked in human rights, environmental sustainability, food justice, international development, mental health care, and other fields. Each has benefitted from the experiential learning that complements their academic studies, providing opportunities to put theory into practice - without a financial burden. 
Moderator: Makaela Kingsley ’98, Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Panelists: Jessica Gorak '15; Keren Reichler '16; Jackie Freed '15; Wesley Close '15; Geneva Jonathan '15
Co-sponsored by Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS)
Allbritton 311

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Student Affairs Office Hours

An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with their student’s class dean and/or the associate dean for student academic resources.  The Deans also offer drop in office hours between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday-- parents and families are welcome to stop by at that time as well.

Louise Brown, Dean for the Class of 2017 — North College, Room 202
David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2016 — North College, Room 217
Laura Patey, Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources — North College, Room 021  

Note: 
Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2018 will offer office hours on Friday, September 26, between 12 - 2 p.m. and on Saturday, September 27 between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.— North College, Room 215
Jennifer Wood, Dean for the Class of 2015 will offer office hours between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, September 26— North College, Room 203 (*Dean Wood will be giving a WESeminar at 3:30 p.m.)

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Special Collections and Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections and Archives to explore Wesleyan’s past -- yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials are all here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.
Special Collections and Archives and Davison Rare book Room, Olin Memorial Library

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Tour of Campus

Presented by: The Office of Admission
Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

WESEMINAR Celebrating Seniors: Research Excellence at Wesleyan

Five members of the Class of 2015 share their summer and fall projects, representing a cross section of student research and creative output. Students will share their work and discuss the process that guided their investigations.
Moderator: Jennifer Wood, Dean for the Class of 2015
Presenters: Quinta Jurecic '15; Molly Steinfeld '15; Samira Siddique '15; Amy Cao '15; Emily Hoge '15
Room 002, Public Affairs Center (PAC)


3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Open House

The Patricelli Center supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. Visit the PCSE to meet staff and students, learn about our grants and workshops, and see our incubator workspace in the Allbritton Center.
Rooms 021 and 022, Allbritton Center

4:00 PM

Eco Jewish Tashlikh Walk to CT River

Contemplate the year that has passed and start anew by the river. At the river we will ritually cast away our “excess baggage” from last year as we throw breadcrumbs into the CT river as a symbol of the parts of us we want change in the year ahead. All are welcome.
Meet at the Bayit, 157 Church Street

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

WESEMINAR Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight:

Photography by Isa Leshko & Frank Noelker
In contrast to the viral images of “cute” animals that fill digital spaces, photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals. Ms. Leshko’s Elderly Animals presents unusual sights—the sometimes fierce, sometimes gentle dignity of aging farm animals who are rarely seen at the end of their natural lifespans. For his work Captive Beauty, Mr. Noelker spent nearly a decade visiting over 300 zoos all over the world and photographically captured the beauty, the dignity, the loneliness, and the absurdity of the animals we keep in artificial environments. 
Curated by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Family Weekend Dinner

Parents, families, friends, and other guests are invited to join students for dinner at the Usdan University Center. Sample a variety of fresh, local, and made-to-order options from Bon Appetit, Wesleyan’s on-campus dining service. Enjoy salad bars, carving stations, hot entrees, numerous side dishes, beverages, and desserts. As always, Kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.
Tickets$20 adults, $10 children 12 and under (Wesleyan students use their meal plans and should not buy tickets). 
Note: A select menu of a la carte food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site at the Usdan Café, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. 
Marketplace, Usdan University Center (show in map)

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Shabbat Services

Please join Wesleyan’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome. No reservations necessary.
The Bayit, 157 Church Street (show in map)

7:00 PM

Gag Reflex Family Weekend Show

Join Gag Reflex, Wesleyan's oldest improv comedy group, for their long-form improv performance of the Armando! This show will be fun for the whole family; even babies will laugh! Gag Reflex is well-known on campus for bringing loved ones together and starting friendships through the magic of good old American Improv. Don't miss out! 
World Music Hall

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Shabbat Dinner

A special Shabbat dinner is planned for all family members and friends of Wesleyan students. Together with students, faculty, and staff, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and our special joyful Ruach. We invite you to be a part of a memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family.
Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under; free for Wesleyan students.
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center (show in map)

8:00 PM

Volleyball vs. Trinity College

Off campus at Trinity College, Hartford, CT (show in map)

8:00 PM

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and L. Ramakrishnan on violin.
This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival taking place on campus Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 38th annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. More information can be found here
TICKETS through the Wesleyan Box Office: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $6 students
Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

8:00 PM

Wesleyan Film Series: TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

Admission: $5
The Wesleyan Film Series is funded and run by Wesleyan students for the Wesleyan community. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are shown in the Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies.

8:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Stargazing

Weather permitting, the moon and stars await your visit. The astronomy staff will delight you with amazing sights. 
Van Vleck Observatory (show in map)

10:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

Saturday, September 27

A La Carte Meals, Beverages, and Snacks

Several of Wesleyan’s on-campus dining options will be open for regular service throughout Homecoming/Family Weekend, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown and surrounding areas. Check out the student blog WesStuffed for postings about dining options in Middletown. A list of on-campus dining options and hours of operation will be available when you arrive on campus and check in at the Usdan University Center (show in map).

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Registration and Information

Everyone--parents, families, and students--please check in at the Usdan University Center for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, and more.
Usdan University Center

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Parent Programs Hospitality Suite

Enjoy refreshments, conversation and a comfortable place to relax with fellow Wesleyan families and various faculty and administrators. Take in the view of Andrus Field and watch the 1 p.m. football game vs. Hamilton from the suite. Staff available for conversation in the suite include (please see our separate handout available at registration for more details):
11 a.m.-Noon: Joyce Walter, Director of the University Health Center
1-2 p.m.: Staff and students from Student Activities and Leadership Development and the Usdan Center Activities Board
2-3 p.m.: Sarah-Jane Ripa '02 MALS'13, Associate Director for Student Services & Outreach in the Office of Continuing Studies and Cathy Lechowicz, Director of the Center for Community Partnerships
3-4 p.m.: Persephone Hall, Associate Director for Career Development and Campus Outreach in the Wesleyan Career Center
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wesleyan Crew Row and Reception

No rowing experience necessary. Parents of current team members will have the opportunity to get out on the water and row in a racing shell. Meet members of the current men's and women's teams and enjoy a light breakfast. 
Macomber Boathouse

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

WESEMINAR Where on Earth Are We Going?

Energy Efficiency: The Best Climate-Change Solution That May Never Be
Presenter:
David Cohan is the Building Energy Codes Program Manager for the US Department of Energy.  He has worked in energy efficiency for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including evaluation, program design and, for the past ten years, the development and implementation of building energy codes, which mandate minimum efficiency levels for all new buildings constructed in the United States. David is particularly focused on ways to increase compliance with the codes so that the potential energy savings are actually realized. David has worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance since 2000 and is currently on special assignment to US DOE where he was brought in to reinvigorate their energy codes program. He holds an MS in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
Tishler Lecture Hall (150), Exley Science Center (simulcast in Room 58, Exley Science Center)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Parents Assembly

President Michael S. Roth will provide remarks and several key university staff will be available to answer questions. Welcome and introduction by Antonio Farias, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer. All Wesleyan parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome. The Parents Assembly will be recorded and posted on the Parents website after Family Weekend.
Please note that food or beverages (including water) are not permitted in the Goldsmith Family Cinema or the Powell Family Cinema. 
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wesleyan Admission Information Session

Gather insight into the admission process at Wesleyan by attending this information session for prospective students.
Presented by: The Office of Admission
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Family Swim

Bring your suit and goggles, and join swim team alumni for a morning of friendly competition and fun.
Pool, Freeman Athletic Center (show in map)

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Book Sale

Approximately 3,500+ books for sale with most books priced $1-$5. Special books $10+. Cash and checks accepted. More information can be found here.
Lobby, Olin Memorial Library

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Wesleyan Admission Information Session

Gather insight into the admission process at Wesleyan by attending this information session for prospective students.
Presented by: The Office of Admission
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

10:00 AM

Tailgating

The Wesleyan men's and women's tennis teams oversee and direct visitor parking at all home football games.  In return, many visitors choose to make a donation to the tennis program that goes towards defraying equipment, travel, and numerous other expenses to the program.  The suggested donation is $3 per car, but any amount, more or less, is graciously accepted.  Further, the donations are optional and at the complete discretion of individual attendees.  The tennis teams thank you for your support.
Open Container Policy: University policy and NESCAC regulations state that alcohol is not allowed at any sporting event with the exception of the tailgate area on Andrus Field.  Open containers are not allowed near the football field.
Andrus Field and Foss Hill (show in map)

10:00 AM

Team Tailgates

Women's Basketball
Men's & Women's Swimming
Men's & Women's Track & Field
Bottom of Foss Hill, Andrus Field

10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Office Hours with Dean for the Class of 2018

An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2018. Dean Melendez also offers drop in office hours between 12-2 p.m. on Friday-- parents and families are welcome to stop by at that time as well.
North College, Room 215

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR The Israeli Film Festival

For the seventh consecutive year, Wesleyan Jewish and Israel Studies, with the co-sponsoring of the Film Studies Department, offered the annual Israeli Film Festival. This festival has become an extremely successful event which draws its audience from the Wesleyan community, as well as the larger general Connecticut community. Its structure has also become a model for unrelated festivals at Wesleyan and other universities. The festival’s format features a film screening, along with commentary from a speaker who illuminates a particular aspect of the film (based on expertise in film, Judaic Studies or cultural studies). The film festival is also closely integrated into the study of Hebrew at Wesleyan University. In this WESeminar, Dalit Katz, film designer and director, and Wesleyan professor of Religion and Israel studies, will offer a glimpse into this year's festival as she shares film clips with the audience.
Presenter: Dalit Katz, Religion and Israel Studies Assistant Professor, has been teaching Hebrew and organizing Israeli cultural events since 2000.
Please note that food or beverages (including water) are not permitted in the Goldsmith Family Cinema or the Powell Family Cinema. 
Powell Cinema, Center for Film Studies

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

WESEMINAR Where on Earth Are We Going?

Making Art in the Anthropocene: Envisioning the Interventions of the Human Age
Presenter:
Joseph Smolinski is Menakka and Essel Bailey '66 Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment and Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of New Haven. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally in group exhibition venues that include Diverse Works in Houston, TX; MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Cleveland Institute of Art; and the Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT. Solo exhibition venues include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, CA; Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven, CT; Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT; and ArtSpace in New Haven, CT. His work has been discussed in Art in America, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art Papers, among other publications. In 2012, he was awarded an artist fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts and an artist resource trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Tishler Lecture Hall (150), Exley Science Center (simulcast in Room 58, Exley Science Center)

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM

Legacy Photo

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current first-year students are invited, along with their children, to be part of this year’s legacy photograph for the Wesleyan magazine. Other alumni parents and their children are also welcome. Please be prompt.  The photo will be taken at 10:45 a.m. sharp.
Denison Terrace (behind Olin Memorial Library) (show in map), Rainsite: Olin Memorial Library

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR Parenting Through the Job Search

Christine Bolzan ’92, founder of Graduate Career Coaching, will provide an update on the current job market for recent college graduates and strategies for parents working to understand their role in the process. Christine was a VP with JP Morgan and a Private Equity consultant before establishing her coaching practice to help students successfully launch meaningful careers. 
Olson Commons, Wesleyan Career Center, 41 Wyllys Avenue

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing

A conversation about writing with Wesleyan's Distinguished Writer in Residence, Amy Bloom’75. She is the author of the acclaimed novel, Away, and a new novel, Lucky Us, published by Random House in July 2014. Also well known for her three collections of short stories, she has been nominated for both the National Book Award the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, in Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications, and has received the National Magazine Award. At Wesleyan she teaches courses in writing fiction, writing children's books, and writing for television.
Moderator: Anne Greene, Adjunct Professor of English, Director of Writing Programs, Director, Wesleyan Writers Conference
Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center

11:00 AM

Women's Soccer vs. Hamilton College

Jackson Field

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Tour of Campus

Presented by: The Office of Admission
Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Family Weekend Lunch

Parents, families, friends, and other guests are invited to join students for lunch at the Usdan University Center. Sample a variety of fresh, local, and made-to-order options from Bon Appetit, Wesleyan’s on-campus dining service. Enjoy salad bars, carving stations, hot entrees, numerous side dishes, beverages, and desserts. As always, Kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.
Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under (Wesleyan students use their meal plans and should not buy tickets in advance). 
Note: A select menu of a la carte food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site at the Usdan Café, some athletic teams may be selling concessions on Andrus Field, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. 
Marketplace, Usdan University Center (show in map)

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WESEMINAR Call to Action: American Posters in World War I

Why are the posters from World War I so vivid and powerful, one hundred years after the declaration of war in 1914? DAC Curator, Clare Rogan, and Rebecca Wilton ’15, will discuss the strategies, design, and context of these posters as part of a gallery talk for the exhibition, Call to Action: American Posters in World War I.
After the United States entered the World War I in April 1917, Charles Dana Gibson founded the Division of Pictorial Publicity to persuade American illustrators to design war posters. Artists included James Montgomery Flagg and Howard Chandler Christy. These posters recruited soldiers, celebrated shipbuilding, called for women war workers, and urged homemakers to prepare alternative foods so wheat could be shipped to the army and allies overseas. With vibrant colors and dramatic strokes, the designers reinforced ideals of masculinity and femininity, as well the integration of immigrants into a unified concept of American identity.
The exhibition was co-curated by Clare Rogan, DAC Curator, and Rebecca Wilton ’15, Jim Dine Curatorial Intern, with the support of the Wesleyan University Office of Academic Affairs. Clare Rogan, Curator of the Davison Art Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, teaches history of photography, history of prints, and museum studies.
Davison Art Center Gallery

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Student Affairs Office Hours

An opportunity for parents to have brief informal one-on-one meetings with their student’s class dean and/or the associate dean for student academic resources.  Light refreshments will be available in the reception area on the second floor of North College  (show in map).  The Deans also offer regular drop in office hours between 2-4 p.m. on Fridays-- parents and families are welcome to stop by at that time as well.

Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2018 — North College, Room 215
Louise Brown, Dean for the Class of 2017 — North College, Room 202
David Phillips, Dean for the Class of 2016 — North College, Room 217
Jennifer Wood, Dean for the Class of 2015 — North College, Room 203 
Laura Patey, Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources — North College, Room 021  

Note: Marina Melendez, Dean for the Class of 2018 will offer office hours on Friday, September 26, between 12 - 2 p.m. and on Saturday, September 27 between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.— North College, Room 215

12:00 PM

Field Hockey vs. Hamilton College

Smith Field

12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Dedication in Memory of Joe Lynch '47 GP'07 GP'14

Please join the Lynch family and friends at a dedication to celebrate the life of Wesleyan's #1 Fan, Joseph G. Lynch '47, GP'07, GP'14. All are welcome.
Daniel Family Commons terrace, Usdan University Center

1:00 PM

Women's Soccer Tailgate

Join us for a post game tailgate.  All Women's Soccer parents, family members, and alumni are welcome.
Jackson Field

1:00 PM

Football vs. Hamilton College

To view a live streaming video of the game, log on to http://wescast.wesleyan.edu/ approximately 1/2 hour prior to game time and follow instructions.
Corwin Stadium, Andrus Field (show in map)

1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Tour of Campus

Presented by: The Office of Admission
Meet in the lobby of the Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (show in map)

1:00 PM

The Wesleyan Old Methodist Rugby Club vs University of New Haven

Rugby Field (corner of Long Lane and Wadsworth St.)

1:30 PM

Men's Soccer vs. Hamilton College

Jackson Field

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

WESEMINAR The End of Back Pain

Most of us will experience back pain during our lifetime. Despite spending an increasingly large amount of money on back pain, the prevalence of back pain continues to rise. Rather than "treating" back pain there are some better ways to mitigate it. This seminar looks to mitigate back pain with: education through paradoxes, harnessing the remarkable capacity of the body to adapt and capitalizing on the mind/body synergy. We will also discuss a different way of looking at pain and the placebo effect, the meaning and significance of the "hidden core", and the creation of a "back genome".
Presenter: Patrick Roth ’83 P’15 is Chief of Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and the author of The End of Back Pain. 
Putnam Classroom (114), 41 Wyllys Avenue

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

WESEMINAR The Best Talent Is Bringing Out Talent In Others

To reach your full potential, you must learn to bring out the best in others. When you become a person who cultivates talent in others, it enriches your life and career. This talk is an expanded version of the article that "mattered most" last year to LinkedIn’s 300 million members. It includes a series of tips for recognizing talent in others, moving past your own biases, and shifting your habits to be more supportive of your friends, family members, and peers.
Presenter: Bruce Kasanoff P’15 is a ghostwriter and social media expert who has over 150,000 followers on LinkedIn. Under his own name, he writes relentlessly positive articles about doing well by doing good. He is also a Forbes contributor and the author of three business strategy books, all of which revolve around the wisdom of injecting humanity into business.
Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue

2:00 PM

Field Hockey Reception

Coach Norm Daniels Lobby (Bridge Lobby), Freeman Athletic Center

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

WESEMINAR A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair

This exhibition includes new large-scale paintings in which Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. She combines stillness with motion, solitude with universality and definition with suggestion in her bold and quiet works. Telfair’s paintings are fully contemporary in their inspiration and execution, demonstrating the spirit and potency of the genre adapted to a new century. Each painting evokes a sense of wonder and calls attention to the power and fragility of the environment. Her work has been described as a meditation on the field itself, fueled by memories of her experiences living on four continents. Telfair shares with us her private vision of the beauty and majesty of the natural world. More than a single moment in time, each scene is a continuum that develops a narrative of past, present and future, indicative of nature itself.
Presenter: Tula Telfair is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University and a winner of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  Her work has been exhibited extensively in one-person and group exhibitions and is in numerous public collections around the world. She is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles.  
Center for the Arts Hall

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Sexual Assault and Sexual Respect, A Changing Climate

How Wesleyan is Working to Create a Respectful Sexual Culture on Campus
Sexual assault and harassment on college campuses has a painfully long and destructive history, but visibility recently has increased, and with that a commitment to change. The present more activist environment, bolstered by federal changes in and enforcement of Title IX, is resulting in important open dialogue and serious improvements in campus policy and best practices at Wesleyan. In the fall of 2011, following the recommendations from a Task Force on Sexual Violence convened by President Roth, the Wesleyan Administration hired Alysha Warren as the first full time Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator. Ms. Warren was charged with the mission of continuing to review and revise policies and practices in coordination with other offices on campus and with the design of new programs on education, prevention and survivor support through counseling and advocacy. The past three years have seen the introduction of new initiatives including recent changes in the University’s sexual misconduct policies. Ms. Warren will share with us important information on the issue of sexual violence, how it impacts students on campus, and what is being done to foster a more respectful, supportive sexual culture at Wesleyan. We will then hear from a panel of students, staff and administrators about the specifics of how Wesleyan is working as a community to ensure a more safe, respectful and supportive climate. Parents will have an opportunity to engage directly, to ask questions, raise concerns and hear about this issue from a number of perspectives. Refreshments will be available.
Presenters: Scott Backer, Associate Dean of Students; Willa Beckman '15, We Speak We Stand Intern; Tony Bostick, Interim Director of Public Safety; Debbie Colucci, Equity Compliance Director/Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Antonio Farias, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer; Nina Gurak ’16, Co-President, Students for Consent and Communication; Caillin Puente '15, Co-President, Students for Consent and Communication; Nikita Rajgopal ’17, Sexual Assault Response Team Intern; Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator 
Hosted by Wesleyan Alumni and Parents Working Against Violence (WAPWAV) 
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

3:00 PM

Volleyball vs. Husson University

Off campus at Trinity College, Hartford, CT (show in map)

3:30 PM

WESEMINAR Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence

Featuring choreography and dance by Malavika Sarukkai; followed by a post-screening conversation with Malavika Sarukkai and Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan. The Unseen Sequence, directed by Sumantra Ghoshal, celebrates Malavika Sarukkai’s distinctive intellectual and creative approach to Indian dance. This searching and personal film premiered in January 2014 at the prestigious Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, with an introduction by Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan: “There is a beautiful urgency of Malavika’s diverse inspirations and how she uses these to harness freshness to her craft.”
Center for the Arts Hall

3:30 PM

Men's Soccer Tailgate

Join us for a post game tailgate.  All Men's Soccer parents, family members, and alumni are welcome.
Jackson Field

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

"Jack and Katie"

Jack Lewis '15 and Katie Solomon '15 play an acoustic show immediately following the football game. They have been writing and playing acoustic folky music together for the past year. Weather permitting.
Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The 22nd Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium

Movie Screening and Talkback with Bobbito “Kool Bob Love” Garcia ’88  
World-renowned DJ, radio personality, streetball player and sneaker guru Robert ‘Bobbito’ Garcia ’88 will discuss his journey to Wesleyan and beyond, in addition to sharing his award-winning independent documentary Doin’ it in the Park, which explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer basketball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport. As the film is an unrestricted documentary of streetball in New York City, there are segments that contain strong language.  Viewer discretion is advised. 
Note: All are welcome, and seating for the symposium is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Sponsors: The Wesleyan Black Alumni Council (BAC); The Alumni of Color Council (AOCC) 
Please note that food or beverages (including water) are not permitted in the Goldsmith Family Cinema or the Powell Family Cinema. 
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Family Weekend Yoga

Kids stressing you out? You stressing your kids out? Don't know what to do with your kids? Then come to FAMILY WEEKEND YOGA sponsored by WesBAM! (Wesleyan Body and Mind). Drop your kids off, come as a family, bring someone else's family, anything you want goes. This class will be fun, relaxing, and open to practitioners of all levels and ages.
Admission is free.
WestCo Lounge

6:00 PM

Student of Color Reception/Celebration

We all share a common thread as people who have experienced the unique environment that Wesleyan offers, and we have all had unique experiences here. The Student of Color Reception/Celebration will be a wonderful opportunity for students to share with their families the lessons learned, the passions ignited and the unforgettable experiences that Wesleyan has to offer-more importantly, where their experience at Wesleyan will potentially take them. Please join us in celebrating and recognizing student accomplishments.
If you have questions, please contact Greg Bernard at gbernard@wesleyan.edu.  
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (show in map)

8:00 PM

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya

A disciple of Ravi Shankar, Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerizes audiences with his fiery music on the Mohan Veena, a modified archtop guitar, held in the lap like a slide guitar. Meeting by the River, Pt. V. M. Bhatt's improvised collaborative album with Ry Cooder, won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1994. At Wesleyan, he presents duets with 19-year-old keyboardist Yukal Bharathi K. Sathyanarayanan, who has performed over 1,000 concerts since he was 6 years old.
This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival taking place on campus Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 38th annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. More information can be found here
TICKETS through the Wesleyan Box Office: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $6 students
Crowell Concert Hall

8:00 PM

Wesleyan Film Series: MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW

Admission: Free
Introduction by: Marc Longenecker
The Wesleyan Film Series is funded and run by Wesleyan students for the Wesleyan community. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are shown in the Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies.

8:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Conversation & Reception with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97

Are you a fan of the long-running hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother?  Suffering withdrawal since it wrapped up last spring? (Or have you been hibernating for the past nine years?) In either case, you’re invited to join series creators and writer-producers Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97 for a conversation about their experiences at Wes, their experiences in television, and of course their experiences with HIMYM.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at here.
Conversation: Memorial Chapel
Reception: Immediately following in Daniel Family Commons

9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Stargazing

Weather permitting, the moon and stars await your visit. The astronomy staff will delight you with amazing sights. 
Van Vleck Observatory (show in map)

10:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

Sunday, September 28

A La Carte Meals, Beverages, and Snacks

Several of Wesleyan’s on-campus dining options will be open for regular service throughout Family Weekend, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. Check out the student blog WesStuffed for recent postings about options in Middletown.

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Registration and Information

Everyone—parents, students, and families—please check in at the Usdan University Center for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.
Usdan University Center (show in map)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

WESEMINAR Medieval Manifestations:

Language, Emotion, and Literature in the Middle Ages
The romances and chansons de geste of twelfth-century France are an emotionally rich genre of literature. Medieval authors, inspired by Classical authors such as Ovid, incorporated the physical manifestations of emotion into their works. This helped their audiences navigate the complex world of feelings as tales of courtly love gained popularity not only as a form of literature, but also as a guide to aristocratic behavior. In this way, authors attempted to show their listeners and readers how they might feel given a specific situation, how they might recognize the emotional state of others, and finally, how they might then respond themselves.
Presenter: Karen Olivier, MPhil '14
Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Fall Harvest Brunch

Parents, families, friends, and other guests are invited to join students for brunch at the Usdan University Center. From seasonal, locally-grown fruit to made-to-order waffles piled high with delicious toppings, there will be something for everyone at this traditional Family Weekend festivity. As always, Kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options will be available.
Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under (Wesleyan students use their meal plans and should not buy tickets).
Note: A select menu of a la carte food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site at the Usdan Café, or you can visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Middletown. 
Marketplace, Usdan University Center (show in map)

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Catholic Mass

Memorial Chapel (show in map)

11:00 AM

Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts and other items for blessing.
This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival taking place on campus Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 38th annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. More information can be found here
World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

The 4th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert

Welcome to the third annual Stone A Cappella Concert, sponsored by the Charles B. Stone, Jr. A Cappella Fund. The Charles B. Stone, Jr. A Cappella Fund was established through the generosity of Sarah Stone Maynard ’79, P’11 and Fred Maynard ’80, P’11 in honor of Sarah’s father, Chip Stone ’49, P’79, P’82, GP’11, GP’15, and in celebration of the Stone family’s long Wesleyan legacy. Once called the “singing college of New England,” Wesleyan still boasts a strong musical tradition. The Fourth Annual Stone A Cappella Concert provides an extraordinary showcase of the vocal talent and stage presence of Wesleyan undergraduates. This event will be webcast.
Note: This is not a ticketed event, however seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Memorial Chapel (show in map)

3:00 PM

Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari

Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai’s choreographic interpretations have the incandescent beauty of the classical dance language of India and the energized articulation of a contemporary mind. At Wesleyan, Ms. Sarukkai presents the Connecticut premiere of Rasamajari, a cerebration and celebration of this tradition. Through this exploration, the language of Bharata Natyam is repossessed, making it in the process a language which “speaks in the present tense” for a global audience.
This event is part of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival taking place on campus Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28, 2014. Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance and seek blessings for new endeavors. Wesleyan’s 38th annual festival celebrates traditional Indian music and dance. More information can be found here
TICKETS through the Wesleyan Box Office: $18 general public; $15 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $6 students
Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

4:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Protestant Worship Service

Allbritton 311

6:00 PM

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Adjunct professor of music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard performs with his quartet at Scatz on Main Street Extension.
With: Warren Byrd, Belden Bullock, Alvin Carter,Jr.
Cover charge: $15 cover and $15 table minimum 
Off campus at Scatz Jazz Restaurant, 139 East Main Street Ext., Middletown

Monday, September 29

Attend A Class

Students may arrange with their professors for parents to visit classes or parents and alumni may obtain a class schedule at Registration (available Friday through Sunday) and see what looks interesting (some classes may be restricted). Please plan to arrive on time and to stay for the duration of the class.