Family Weekends

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 son or daughter.

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.

This is also Homecoming Weekend, and we are partnering with our Office of University Advancement for several events that may require registration. We will also have "check-in" at the Powell Campus Center Information Desk on Friday afternoon, 9/21, and Saturday morning, 9/22, 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 us at: 607-871-2612, the Office of Summer and Parent Programs, if you have any questions or concerns about the weekend. We hope you will plan now to join us for this very special event.

PLEASE NOTE: There are some events, such as the Tailgate Party, that REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Follow the links provided.

This schedule is continuing to be updated and therefore subject to change. Please stop by the Information Desk in the Powell Campus Center (2nd Floor) to pick up an updated schedule (as there may be last-minute changes) and family buttons for all to wear during your visit!


Friday, September 21

7:30 am - 10:30 am Breakfast at Ade Hall and Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot); Friday only, Ade Dining Hall will be free to families of meal plan members (must be accompanied by the meal plan member)
8:20 am - 4:00 pm "Students for a Day," Powell Campus Center Information Desk, 2nd Floor
8:30 am - 4:00 pm AU Bookstore, Powell Campus Center
8:30 am - 4:30 pm University Administrative Offices Open
9:00 am-5:00 pm Equestrian Center Open
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Opening Reception at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery Artists as Innovators Exhibit, Harder Hall, 3rd Floor
11:00 am - 1:30 pm Lunch at Ade Hall and Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot); Friday only, Ade Dining Hall will be free to families of meal plan members (must be accompanied by the meal plan member)
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Information and Sign-In, Powell Campus Center Information Desk, 2nd Floor
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Visit the Robert C. Turner Gallery, McGee Pavilion (Adjacent to Harder Hall)
1:30 - 4:30 pm Deli/salads available at Ade Hall
TBD Visit the Cohen Gallery
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Rediscovering Traditional Chinese Culture, Binns-Merrill Hall, Room 106C
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner at Ade Hall and Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot); Friday only, Ade Dining Hall will be free to families of meal plan members (must be accompanied by the meal plan member)
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Ice Cream Social at Powell Campus Center (Main Patio)
8:00 pm - 2:00 am Late Night Dinner at Ade Hall (MidKnight Express)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, Powell Campus Center Knight Club
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bonfire, Village Bandstand
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm Open House at Stull Observatory (weather permitting)


Saturday, September 22

8:00 am - 9:00 am Coffee Hour with the President, Powell Campus Center Knight Club
9:00 am - 10:30 am Breakfast at Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot); meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes or Dining Dollars to pay for their families. Pay at door; prices will be posted.  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Multicultural Reception for Parents and Families with Brian Saltsman, Director of Student Involvement and Inclusion, Powell Campus Center Kenyon-Allen Room
9:00 am - 11:30 am Coffee/Tea for Families at Powell Campus Center 2nd Floor Lobby
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Information and Sign-In, Powell Campus Center Information Desk, 2nd Floor
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AU Bookstore, Powell Campus Center
10:00 am - 11:00 am Parent Information Session with University Administrators – Location TBD
10:00 am - 11:00 am Student Affairs Updates with Kathy Woughter, VP for Student Affairs.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Move Your Feeties for Diabetes Color Run/Walk, REGISTRATION REQUIRED via AU Wellness Center eStore
10: am - 2:00 pm AAUW (American Association of University Women) Used Book Sale, Union University Church Center, Church St.
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Equestrian Center Open
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Visit the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum "Reclaiming Splendor: Ceramic Design" Exhibit
11:00 am - 8:00 pm Lunch and Casual Dining at Powell Campus Center (Powell Cafe); meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes or Dining Dollars to pay for their families. Pay at door; prices will be posted.
11:00 am Until Gone Lion's Club Chicken BBQ, Union University Church Center, Church St.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Tailgate Party at the Tennis Courts
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery Artists as Innovators Exhibit, Harder Hall, 3rd Floor
1:00 pm Men's Football vs. SUNY Cortland, Homecoming, Yunevich Stadium
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Visit the Robert C. Turner Gallery, McGee Pavilion (Adjacent to Harder Hall)
TBD Visit the Cohen Gallery
TBD Carillon Concert, Davis Memorial Carillon
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner at Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot and Powell Cafe); meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes or Dining Dollars to pay for their families. Pay at door; prices will be posted.
6:00 pm Women's Soccer vs. University of Rochester, Yunevich Stadium
9:00 pm Large Act - Joywave is an indie rock band from Rochester, New York. The band first became known for its collaboration with electronic music project Big Data, "Dangerous", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2014. After releasing two EPs, their debut album, How Do You Feel Now?, was released on Cultco Music/Hollywood Records in 2015. Their second album, Content, was released on July 28, 2017. Their newest single "Destruction" is used in the video game Fortnight. National record act, Maybird, also from Rochester, NY, opens the show. Location: Brick Residence Hall Lawn.


Sunday, September 23

Area Religious Services Available
9:00 am - 9:00 pm Breakfast and Casual Dining at Powell Campus Center (Art's Spot); meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes or Dining Dollars to pay for their families. Pay at door; prices will be posted.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Visit the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum "Reclaiming Splendor: Ceramic Design" Exhibit
11:00 am - 3:00 pm AU Bookstore, Powell Campus Center
11:00 - 8:00 pm Lunch and Casual Dining at Powell Campus Center (Powell Cafe); meal plan students can use Saxon Swipes or Dining Dollars to pay for their families. Pay at door; prices will be posted.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery Artists as Innovators Exhibit, Harder Hall, 3rd Floor
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Visit the Robert C. Turner Gallery, McGee Pavilion (Adjacent to Harder Hall)

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 below are some of the highlights of the weekend as well as our Spring Family Weekend Booklet. 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 regards to this policy.

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

The weekend will start with open classes for visitors (list will be available at the Powell Campus Center Information Desk on Friday morning).  The Equestrian Center (see directions) has agreed to be open for guests (9 AM-4 PM on Friday and 9 AM-3 PM on Saturday), Galleries and Exhibits, Honors Convocation (Miller Theatre) at 4 PM on Friday and a reception in Ade to follow.  If the weather cooperates, the annual Pine Hill Derby will take place between 5 and 6 and the Stull Observatory will be open for those who enjoy star gazing.  On Saturday, plans are underway for a parade down Main Street (sponsored by the Village of Alfred), the ever-popular Lion’s Club Chicken BBQ and Vendor Fair which will include rides, hot dogs and carnival games located on the Alfred State College campus.

Friday, April 20:

8:20 AM - 4:00 PM "Students for the Day" - pick up list of open classes at the Information Desk
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Administrative Offices are open
9:00 AM - Noon Harder Hall open for parents to observe art students in action
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Equestrian Center open for visitors
9:00 AM - Noon Experience the Sights and Sounds of Harder Hall
10:00 AM - 5:00PM The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University - Free Admission
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Cohen Gallery open for visitors
Noon - 7:00 PM Family Weekend Information/Sign-In - Powell Campus Center Information Desk
4:00 PM Honors Convocation - Miller Theatre Immediately following Honors Convocation Reception for Students and Families hosted by President Zupan - Ade Hall Lobby
6:00 PM Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting)
7:30 PM Concert - AU Jazz Band - Miller Theatre
9:00 PM Observatory Open House (weather permitting)


Saturday, April 21:

HOT DOG DAY

9:00 AM - Noon Family Weekend Information/Sign-In - Powell Campus Center Information Desk
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Equestrian Center open for visitors
10:00 AM-4:00 PM The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University- Free Admission
10:30 AM-11:30 AM Carillon Concert/Open House - Davis Memorial Carillon, AU Campus - TENTATIVE
11:00 AM 11:00 AM – Women’s Lacrosse vs. Stevens – Yunevich Stadium, Merrill Field
11:00 AM - Noon Career Development Center Open House - McComsey Career Development Center - Steinheim
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Alfred Lion's Club Chicken BBQ - Union University Church
11:30 AM Hot Dog Day Parade - Main Street, Alfred - TENTATIVE
Noon - 4:00 PM Cohen Gallery open for visitors - Main Street
Noon - 5:00 PM Hot Dog Day Vendor Fair & Carnival - Alfred State College Campus
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery/Robert C. Turner Gallery - Harder Hall
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ben Seidman – Magician and Comedian – Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall – Free Admission!


Sunday, April 22:

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University - Free Admission
1:00 - 3:00 PM MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery/Robert C. Turner Gallery - Harder Hall
7:00 - 8:00 PM An Evening of Shakespeare - Kanakadea Circle