Parents

Spring Family Weekend - April 24-26, 2015

Spring Family Weekend is designed to give you an opportunity to visit with your son or daughter, to enjoy special events and activities and to experience the coming of Spring to our campus. Below are some of the activities that are being planned and we will post updates as they become finalized. Families planning to attend are encouraged to make lodging reservations as soon as possible because spaces at local hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts fill up very quickly.

We now have an online registration process to help us get an idea of the number of family members joining us for Spring Family Weekend. And for those parents whose students live on campus and are thinking of inviting a guest (or sibling) to say overnight with them in the hall, please be aware that there is a new guest registration process where the guest needs to be registered and wristbands will be provided upon their arrival. They can contact their Residence Life Staff member for details. If you have specific questions with regards to the overnight registration in the residence halls, please call the Office of Residence Life at 607-871-2186.

If you have any questions or concerns about the weekend (see schedule below - subject to change) please don't hesitate to call the Office of Summer and Parent Programs at 607-871-2612, or contact us via email. We hope you will plan now to join us for this very special event.

TENTATIVE 2015 Spring Family Weekend Schedule View the Spring Family Weekend Booklet

Friday, April 24:

7 AM-5 PM - Equestrian Center
- Families are welcome to visit the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. View directions to the Equestrian Center. Printed directions will also be available at the Campus Center Information Desk. Equestrian Center webpage

8 AM-6:30 PM - Parent Registration - Information Desk in the Lobby of the Powell Campus Center (2nd floor) - Stop by to register and pick up a printed copy of the weekend schedule along with a list of classes open for visitors (see below), AU Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma and Grandpa buttons, campus maps and other materials and information.

8:20 AM-4 PM - "Students for a Day" - Parents are invited to share in the Alfred University experience by visiting selected classes. (You can pick up a copy of the list t of available classes during registration (see above) Desk.)

8:30 AM-4:30 PM - University Administrative Offices Open - Parents with questions are welcome to stop by for information. (If you wish to meet with someone, please call ahead to check availability and make an appointment. Contact List)

9 AM-Noon - Experience the Sights and Sounds of Harder Hall - Families are welcome to visit Harder Hall to observe art students in action. This is an informal opportunity to stroll through the building on your own and see student artists working in various media. Harder Hall

10 AM-4 PM - Visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred - In its temporary 1500 sq. ft. gallery space in Binns-Merrill Hall on the Alfred University campus, the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art offers exhibitions focusing on its permanent collections, temporary exhibits on varying topics ranging from the whiteware industry and conspicuous applications of advanced ceramics to the cutting edge of contemporary ceramics and historical exhibits as well. Related educational programming is offered which varies with each exhibition. Please feel free to stop by for a visit (Admission is free); located on the 2nd floor of Binns-Merrill Hall

10 AM-4 PM - Visit the Inamori Kyocera Museum - The museum features over 3000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits covering the history of advanced ceramics and their modern applications in global communication, advanced electronics, energy and environment, science and industry, and home and health. Free Admission. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

11 AM-4 PM - Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery - housed in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, the gallery is a vibrant learning center for the visual arts. Rotating exhibitions highlight work by established and emerging artists working in New York, the United States and abroad. Extended programming, including gallery lectures and special projects, gives students and members of the community an opportunity to engage with artists, curators and scholars. The Gallery is located in Harder Hall adjacent to the lobby.

Lunch - Families are welcome. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Ade Hall hours: 11 AM-1:30 PM, 5:00-8:30 PM (deli/salad 1:30-4:30 PM) or Powell Campus Center Knight's Den: Art’s Spot hours: 7:30 AM-11:30 PM, Servery hours: 11 AM-7:30 PM.

4 PM - Honors Convocation - Families are encouraged to attend this very special event. Awards will be presented and recognition given for outstanding achievement at this annual ceremony honoring student & faculty excellence. Location: Miller Theatre

Reception for Students and Families Hosted by President Edmondson - immediately following Honors Convocation. This is an opportunity for families to enjoy refreshments and visit with President Edmondson, University administrators, faculty and staff. Ade Hall Lobby

Dinner - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Alfred area restaurants look forward to serving you during Family Weekend, as well (reservations suggested). Ade Hall hours: 11 AM-1:30 PM, 5:00-8:30 PM (deli/salad 1:30-4:30 PM) or Powell Campus Center Knight's Den: Art’s Spot hours: 7:30 AM-11:30 PM, Servery hours: 11 AM-7:30 PM.

5 PM - BBQ, sponsored by ASME - Come joine the ASME club for a BBQ prior to the Pine HIll Derby! Location: Area across from Miller Theatre

6 PM - Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting) - This annual event, sponsored by AU's student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is always a lot of fun for everyone! Engineering students race their home-made gravity propelled vehicles down the hill on the north end of campus. Pine Hill

6:30-7:30 PM - Ice Cream Social - Stop b and enjoy some ice cream and chat with representatives from Parent Programs. 2nd floor Lobby, Powell Campus Center

7:30 PM - Concert - AU Jazz Band - The AU Jazz Band will perform a wide variety of jazz styles for your listening pleasure. Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center

9 PM - Observatory Open House - If the sky is clear, this is your opportunity to view the April sky through the sophisticated instruments of the John L. Stull Observatory. (Note: if the sky is cloudy the observatory will be closed.)

 

Saturday, April 25:

7 AM-5 PM - Equestrian Center -
Families are welcome to visit the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. Directions to the Equestrian Center Printed directions will also be available at the Campus Center Information Desk. Equestrian Center webpage

8:00-11 AM Complimentary Coffee/Tea for Visiting Families - Powell Campus Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

Continental Breakfast - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Powell Campus Center Knight's Den - Art’s Spot hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Servery: 11 AM-7:30 PM. (Ade Hall closed on weekends.)

9-10:30 AM - Parents Advisory Board Meeting - For members of the Parents Advisory Board and other parents who are interested in joining the Board. Powell Board Room

9 AM-Noon Family Weekend Information and Sign In - Please stop by to sign our guest book, pick up a printed weekend schedule, AU Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma and Grandpa buttons, campus maps and other materials and information. Powell Campus Center Information Desk, 2nd Floor Lobby

9 AM - Open Registration for the 10 AM Hot Dog Day 5K Color Walk/Run - Registration and Location information coming soon...

10 AM - Hot Dog Day Wellness 5K Color Walk/Run - Everyone is welcome to participate in this fun community event.

11 AM-Noon - Career Development Center Open House - Will your son or daughter find a good job or graduate school after Alfred? What can they do now to prepare? Find out all about the resources and services provided by the Career Development Center at this Open House. Location: The McComsey Career Development Center at the Steinheim - PENDING

11 AM - Hot Dog Day Arts & Crafts Fair - Come check out some of the wonderful crafts created by our local vendors and students. Location: Academic Alley on the University campus

11 AM - 12:30 PM - Student Showcase - Various clubs from both Alfred State and AU will perform!

11:30 AM - Lions Club Chicken Barbecue - Some say you have not truly experienced Alfred until you've tasted Stearn's Chicken Barbecue (half chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, and beverage). Eat in or take out. $8 for the full meal or $6 for chicken only. (They'll serve until the chicken is gone.) Also available for dessert - homemade pies by Baker's Bridge Historical Society. Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church Streets. (Look for the sandwich board signs!)

Lunch on campus - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Powell Campus Center Knight's Den - Art’s Spot hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Servery: 11 AM-7:30 PM. (Ade Hall closed on weekends.)

Noon - Hot Dog Day Carnival - Come support our local charities by buying hot dogs, playing carnival games and enjoying the rides at Hot Dog Day! Location: Academic Alley on the University campus

Noon-2:30 PM - Outdoor Concert: Big Eyed Phish - "Big Eyed Phish is the only regionally touring full 7-piece Dave Mathews Tribute int he country and are based out of Rochester, NY" Location: Top of Saxon Drive, University Campus

1 PM - Women's Lacrosse vs. Hartwick - Yunevich Stadium at Merrill Field

1 PM - Men's Tennis vs. Stevens - Tennis Courts

1-4 PM -Visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred - In its temporary 1500 sq. ft. gallery space in Binns-Merrill Hall on the Alfred University campus, the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art offers exhibitions focusing on its permanent collections, temporary exhibits on varying topics ranging from the whiteware industry and conspicuous applications of advanced ceramics to the cutting edge of contemporary ceramics and historical exhibits as well. Related educational programming is offered which varies with each exhibition. Please feel free to stop by for a visit (Admission is free); located on the 2nd floor of Binns-Merrill Hall

1-4 PM - Visit the Inamori Kyocera Museum - The museum features over 3000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits covering the history of advanced ceramics and their modern applications in global communication, advanced electronics, energy and environment, science and industry, and home and health. Free Admission. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

2 PM - Mud Olympics - Hot Dog Day's official sporting event features mud volleyball, tug-of-war and wheelbarrow racing. Location: Brick Lawn

5-6 PM - Carillon Recital and Hands-On Open House - Hear the beautiful music of the Carillon performed by Doris Burzycki Aman. Doris is an AU graduate ('74) and while a student here Doris learned to play the carillon under the guidance of Dr. Melvin LeMon and Frank P. Law of Valley Forge, PA. Now Doris teaches carillon at the University of Rochester and serves as advisor to the UR Carillon Society, a student group that promotes the Hopeman Carillon and recruits and mentors students to play the bells for the campus. (Davis Memorial Carillon, located between the Career Development Center and Howell Hall)

Dinner - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Powell Campus Center Knight's Den - Art’s Spot hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Servery: 11 AM-7:30 PM. (Ade Hall closed on weekends.)

7-9 PM - MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery and the Robert C. Turner Gallery - Exhibiting the work of MFA candidates. Harder Hall



Sunday, April 26:

Continental Breakfast - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Powell Campus Center Knight's Den - Art’s Spot hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Servery: 11 AM-7:30 PM. (Ade Hall closed on weekends.)

Religious Serices - Click here to follow the link for a list of local services, locations and times

Lunch - Families are welcome to all weekend meals. Meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted. Pay at the door. Powell Campus Center Knight's Den - Art’s Spot hours: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Servery: 11 AM-7:30 PM. (Ade Hall closed on weekends.)

1-3 PM - MFA Thesis Exhibitions at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery and the Robert C. Turner Gallery - Exhibiting the work of MFA candidates. Harder Hall

*This schedule is subject to change.


Spring Family Weekend FAQs:

Q: Do we need to register somewhere when we arrive on campus?
A: There is no need to formally register for the weekend, but we would be pleased to greet you at the Campus Center Information Desk during our "Family Weekend Information and Sign In" hours on Friday afternoon and/or Saturday morning. Updated weekend schedules and other information will be available at that location throughout the weekend.

Q: How will we be made aware of changes to the weekend schedule?
A: The schedule on this page will be kept up-to-date. An printed version of the updated schedule will also be available for students & families to pick up at the Powell Information Desk throughout the weekend.

Q: Can our student's meal plan be used to pay for our campus meals?
A: Yes, meal plan students can use guest meals to pay for their families. Cash prices will also be posted in the dining halls.

Q: Where can I park on campus?
A: During Family Weekend parents can park in any available parking spaces, whether they are marked visitor, student, or faculty/staff (except those reserved for the handicapped). No special parking permits are required during special weekends. (Please do not park in fire lanes, "no parking" zones, on the grass, or blocking entries or exits.) Questions about parking may be directed to the AU Safety Office at 607-871-2108.

Q: Where are the athletic events being held?
A: Only home games are listed in the Spring Family Weekend schedule, and campus locations are indicated. Please check with your son or daughter to see if they have an away-game this weekend. For away-game locations, visit the athletics web page and view the schedule for your child's team.

Q: Whom do I contact if I have suggestions for future Family Weekends?
A: If you have suggestions for Family Weekend programs and events we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact the Office of Summer and Parent Programs at 607-871-2612.