Family Weekends

Spring Family Weekend is scheduled for April 29th & 30th

Spring Family Weekend has been scheduled for April 29th & 30th and coincides with Alfred's Hot Dog Day! Family Weekends are designed to give parents and family members an opportunity to enjoy special events and activities happening throughout campus and to interact with members of the Alfred Community. This will be one of the last weekends to visit your student before the school year ends! Please click on the Weekend Schedule below to see what is being planned.


Spring Family Weekend is designed to give you an opportunity to visit with your student, to enjoy special events and activities and to experience the coming of Spring to our campus. Listed above are some of the highlights of the weekend.. This schedule is tentative and updates will be posted 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.

For those parents whose students live on campus and are thinking of inviting a guest (or sibling) to stay overnight with them in the hall, please remind them to contact the Office of Residence Life for details at 607-871-2186 as they do have a guest policy that all students are required to follow. Feel free to contact them if you too have questions with regard to this policy.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the weekend (see tentative plans listed above - subject to change), please feel free to contact Janet Marble or Erin Martinovich. We hope you will plan now to join us for this very special event.

Let Us Know If You're Coming!

Friday, April 29

  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Administrative Offices are open - Confirmed
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - University Bookstore Open
  • 9:00 AM - Noon - Harder Hall open for parents to observe art students in action
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Family Weekend Information/Sign-In - Powell Campus Center Information Desk
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Equestrian Center open for visitors - Confirmed
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University - Free Admission
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery - MFA Thesis Exhibitions
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - The Cohen Shop - The Shop at the Cohen Gallery features work for sale by Alfred School of Art & Design faculty and staff. Purchase your one-of-a-kind treasure.
  • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Cohen Gallery - Nuyorican: Work by Joann Quiñones
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Library Tours - Take an in depth tour of Alfred University's Herrick or Scholes Library
  • 2:00 PM - Terra Cotta and Alfred: An Intertwined History - The history of Alfred, NY is heavily influenced and shaped by terra cotta, seen in the iconic red roof tiles around town and the old office building by the traffic light. There are so many visual reminders, but what's the story behind it all? The national use of terra cotta as a building material and artistic statement in the early 20th century supported this once prosperous industry and impacted the formation of the NYS College of Ceramics. Who were the movers and shakers? How and why did Alfred get involved? What happened then, and what's happening now? This presentation will give an overview using historic materials found in the archives at Alfred University - Nevins Theatre. Presented by Laurie Lounsberry Meehan '91.
  • 4:00 PM - Honors Convocation - Miller Theater - immediately following Honors Convocation: reception for students and families hosted by President Zupan - Ade Dining Hall lobby
  • 9:30 PM - Observatory Open House (weather permitting) - Confirmed

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Saturday, April 30 // Hot Dog Day

  • 9:00 AM - Noon - Family Weekend Information/Sign-In - Powell Campus Center Information Desk
  • 9:00 AM - Coffee & Conversation with Provost Beth Ann Dobie. Join Provost Dobie for casual conversation about your student's experience at Alfred University. The Community Table, Powell Campus Center
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Equestrian Center open for visitors
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University - Free Admission
  • 12 Noon - Hot Dog Day Parade - Main Street, Alfred - Following the parade, the action will shift to the Alfred University campus, where vendors will set up their booths and volunteers will grill hot dogs along Alfred University's Allen Way. Additional entertainments will be found on the lawn of The Brick dormitory, and a concert featuring Fitz and the Tantrums will be held in the parking area behind Jordan Hall (formerly Carnegie Hall). Access gates to the concert area will open at 6 PM.
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Cohen Gallery - Nuyorican: Work by Joann Quiñones
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - The Cohen Shop - The Shop at the Cohen Gallery features work for sale by Alfred School of Art & Design faculty and staff. Purchase your one-of-a-kind treasure.
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 PM 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery - MFA Thesis Exhibitions
  • 1:00 PM - Men's Lacrosse vs Keuka College - Free Admission

Let Us Know If You're Coming!

Fall Family Weekend is designed to give parents and other family members an opportunity to become better acquainted with the campus, to enjoy special events and activities, and to interact with members of the Alfred community. While our program will include many events planned especially for visiting families, there is also unscheduled time for you to spend getting caught up with your student.

Tentative plans are underway to bring you an exciting, fun-filled weekend while you are here visiting your student. However, check back frequently as we will be updating it as plans become firm.

While we do ask for pre-registration for a few of our events, (see link on the schedule) we will also have "check-in" at the Powell Campus Center Information Desk on Friday afternoon, 9/17, and Saturday morning, 9/18, as this will give us a list of visitors to our campus. Stop by to pick up an updated schedule (as there may be last-minute changes) and family buttons!

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.

Please feel free to contact Janet Marble or Erin Martinovich if you have any questions or concerns about the weekend. We hope you will plan now to join us for this very special event.

This schedule is still a work in progress and subject to change. Be sure to check back here frequently for the most updated information and stop by the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of Powell Campus Center to pick up the most up-to-date version when you arrive on campus for the weekend. Please register for the weekend as there are a number of sessions we are needing a count for. We look forward to seeing you for the weekend!

Friday, September 17

Meals
* Ade Dining Hall: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday - Breakfast: 7:30-10:00 am; Lunch: 11 am-2:00 pm; Dinner: 5-9 pm. Saturday - Sunday - Brunch: 10 am - 2 pm; Dinner: 4:30-7:30 pm
* Powell Café: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11 am-4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
* Starbucks: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7:30-4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am-3 pm
* MidKnight Express: Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 8-1 am; Friday - Saturday: 8 pm-2 am

8:20 am - 4:00 pm - "Students for a Day" - Parents are invited to share in the Alfred University experience by visiting selected classes. More class and registration information to follow.

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

8:30 am - 5:00 pm - AU Bookstore - Stop in to see what wonderful AU items you can find - there's always something on sale! If you are looking for savings and deals download the Bookstore App for coupons and special offers! Go to the App Store and search for "My College Store" app. Location: 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center

9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Equestrian Center - All are welcome to visit the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. Printed directions are available at the Campus Center Information Desk

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Visit Our Galleries

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, on view: Tokimeki Blue - An immersive video installation that integrates dance and film, TOKIMEKI BLUE is a collaboration between choreographer Cameron McKinney and filmmaker Cayla Mae Simpson. Inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia tokimeki, the sound of a heart discovering love, the work uses McKinney's idiosyncratic movements and Simpson's dynamic visuals to reveal the vibrancy of self-discovery.

Cohen Gallery, on exhibit: Change of Address: New SOAD Faculty

Turner Gallery, on exhibit: Main Space - Suspended Light // Subversive Tension, Henry Jackson-Spieker, Mollie McKinley, Felicity Machado. Catwalk - 191512, Austin Hampton, Mia Modafferi, Rosalie Brennan, Trey Millward, Teaghan Murphy, Kiki Doyle. Curated by Miriam Radwan.

Noon - 6:00 pm - Family Weekend Information and Sign In - Please stop by to sign in, pick up a printed weekend schedule, AU Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma and Grandpa buttons, campus maps and other materials and information. Location: Info Desk, 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center

3:00 pm - Women's Tennis vs SUNY Cortland - William T. Brown Tennis Courts, Alfred University Campus, Alfred NY

5:00 pm - Tie Dying – Try your hand a tie dying. Create your own T-shirt. While supplies last – Powell Campus Center, 2nd floor patio.

5:00 - 6:30 pm - Join Justin Grigg, Alfred University’s Assistant Dean for Graduate & Continuing Studies, for a 90 minute walking tour of the Village of Alfred. In addition to his day job at AU, Justin, having resided in Alfred for almost 20 years, has held the position of Village Mayor and is a trained Landscape Architect. Learn all about the local history and knowledge of our “Magic Valley.” Tour departs from the King Alfred Statue located in the center of campus at 5:00 pm.

5:00 - 8:00 pm - Friday Night Food Trucks – Bandstand Area. Featuring GV Street Food and Milliner’s Southern Smoke.

8:00 - 9:00 pm - Neighborhood Block Party – Join as at one of our outdoor fire pits. Enjoy hot cocoa, sweet treats and meet your student’s “neighbors.”

9:00 - 11:00 pm - Observatory Open House - If the sky is clear, this is your opportunity to view the autumn sky through the sophisticated instruments of the Stull Observatory (Greek Row, Alfred); considered "one of the finest teaching observatories in the United States." (Note: if the sky is cloudy the observatory will be closed.) Please visit the Stull Observatory website for more information.

Saturday, September 18

Meals
* Ade Dining Hall: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday - Breakfast: 7:30-10:00 am; Lunch: 11 am-2:00 pm; Dinner: 5-9 pm. Saturday - Sunday - Brunch: 10 am - 2 pm; Dinner: 4:30-7:30 pm
* Powell Café: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11 am-4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
* Starbucks: Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7:30-4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am-3 pm
* MidKnight Express: Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 8-1 am; Friday-Saturday: 8 pm-2 am

8:30 - 9:00 am - Welcome from President Zupan - Come hear opening remarks from AU's President, Mark Zupan; hear his updates for the University. Location: Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center (light refreshments/coffee/tea will be served) (please register)

9:00 - 11:00 am - Updates with Academic Affairs & Student Experience - Come join us as we share with you updates from across campus. Dr. Beth Ann Dobie, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will begin the session with a slide-show presentation and then joining at 9:30 will be Jonathan Kent, Vice President for Enrollment Management and members of our Student Experience Staff. There will also be time allotted for Q & A's following the presentations. Location: Nevins Theatre, 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center (please register)

9:00 am - Noon - Family Weekend Information and Sign In - Please stop by to sign in, pick up a printed weekend schedule, AU Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Grandma and Grandpa buttons, campus maps and other materials and information. Location: Info Desk, 2nd floor Lobby, Powell Campus Center

9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Complimentary Coffee/Tea/Hot Cocoa/Cold Cider for families. Location: 2nd floor Lobby, Powell Campus Center

9:00 am - 5:00 pm - AU Bookstore - Stop in to see what wonderful AU items you can find - there's always something on sale! If you are looking for savings and deals download the Bookstore App for coupons and special offers! Go to the App Store and search "My College Store" Location: 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center

10:00 - 11:00 am - Pine Hill Hike - Come join WILD and Forest People for a hike on Alfred University's own Pine Hill Trail. Location: King Alfred Statue

Noon - Alfred University Saxons Tennis vs Oswego State - William T. Brown Tennis Courts, Alfred University Campus, Alfred NY

1:00 - 3 pm - Visit Our Galleries

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, on view: Tokimeki Blue - An immersive video installation that integrates dance and film, TOKIMEKI BLUE is a collaboration between choreographer Cameron McKinney and filmmaker Cayla Mae Simpson. Inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia tokimeki, the sound of a heart discovering love, the work uses McKinney's idiosyncratic movements and Simpson's dynamic visuals to reveal the vibrancy of self-discovery.

Cohen Gallery, on exhibit: Change of Address: New SOAD Faculty

Turner Gallery, on exhibit: Main Space - Suspended Light // Subversive Tension, Henry Jackson-Spieker, Mollie McKinley, Felicity Machado. Catwalk - 191512, Austin Hampton, Mia Modafferi, Rosalie Brennan, Trey Millward, Teaghan Murphy, Kiki Doyle. Curated by Miriam Radwan.

1:00 pm - Alfred University Football vs Ithaca College - Yunevich Stadium, Alfred University Campus, Alfred NY

6:00 pm - Alfred University Women's Soccer vs University of Rochester - Yunevich Stadium, Alfred University Campus, Alfred NY

8:00 pm - Magician and Illusionist Joel Meyers has been seen on America's Got Talent, FakeOff on TruTV, Masters of Illusion, and Penn & Teller Fool Us on the CW. Featured in Newsweek, Us Weekly, and People Magazine. Private performances for celebrities from Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp to Jennifer Lopez. Thousands of social media fans across the globe. Tours in over 20 countries and one of the most in-demand performers in the world... Joel Meyers is a man who believes that nothing is impossible, and this attitude shines through in each and every one of his captivating performances. Combining sleight of hand and original routines with larger than life personality and crowd winning charm, Joel specializes in taking audiences on what NBC calls "A roller coaster ride!" He's an illusionist and a mentalist, a master of the stage, and a magician. He's a performer who "will capture your imagination" (Newsweek), and he'll win you over time and time again. Joel Meyers is simply a mystery; or as Al Pacino put it best, he's "the coolest person ever." - Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall

Sunday, September 19

9:30 am - 3:00 pm - AU Bookstore - Stop in to see what wonderful AU items you can find - there's always something on sale! If you are looking for savings and deals download the Bookstore App for coupons and special offers! Go to the App Store and search for "My College Store" app. Location: 2nd floor, Powell Campus Center

11:00 am - 3:00 pm -  Alfred Farmers Market - Don't forget to stop by and pick-up some of the area's freshest local produce - Village Bandstand Area

1:00 pm - Alfred University JV Football vs Utica College - Yunevich Stadium, Alfred University Campus, Alfred NY

1:00 - 3 pm Visit the Fosdick Nelson Gallery - The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery housed, in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, is a vibrant learning center for the visual arts. On view: Tokimeki Blue. An immersive video installation that integrates dance and film, Tokimeki Blue is a collaboration between choreographer Cameron McKinney and filmmaker Cayla Mae Simpson. Inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia tokimeki, the sound of a heart discovering love, the work uses McKinney's idiosyncratic movements and Simpson's dynamic visuals to reveal the vibrancy of self-discovery.