Parents
Fall Family Weekend - September 19-21, 2014

Alfred University Bartlett HallFall 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.

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.

To give you an idea of what to expect, the basic schedule of events from last year is included below, followed by a list of frequently asked Family Weekend questions and answers. Plans for 2014 Fall Family Weekend will be made over the summer and the schedule will be available here by early August.

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 call us at the Office of Summer and Parent Programs at 607.871.2612 if you have any questions or concerns about the weekend. We hope you will plan now to join us for this very special event.


Fall Family Weekend 2013 Schedule
(Fall Family Weekend 2014 will be planned over the summer. The schedule will be available here by early August.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

7 am-5 pm Equestrian Center - All 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. Visit the Equestrian Center webpage

Breakfast -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: 7:30-10:30 am, or Powell Campus Center Art’s Spot hours: 7:30 am-11:30 pm

8:20 am-4 pm "Students for a Day" - Family members are invited to share in the Alfred University experience by visiting selected classes. View list of classes open to visitors.

8:30-4:30 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. View contact list)

10 am-4 pm Visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred. See the website for further information. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

10 am-4 pm Visit the Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics - 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. See the website for exhibition details.

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 (deli/salad 1:30-4:30 pm) or Powell Campus Center - Art’s Spot hours: 7:30 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

3:00-6:30 pm Family Weekend Information and Sign In - Please stop by to sign our guest book, pick up a printed weekend schedule, family buttons and other materials & information. Information Desk, 2nd Floor Lobby, Powell Campus Center

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 and area restaurants look forward to serving you during Family Weekend, as well (reservations suggested). Ade Hall hours: 5-8:30 pm, or Powell Campus Center - Art’s Spot hours: 7:30 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

8 pm Family Movie - Admission: $3 adults, $2 children and AU students. Pay at the door. Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

9 pm Musician - Knight Club, Powell Campus Center

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

11 pm Family Movie - Admission: $3 adults, $2 children and AU students. Pay at the door. Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center


Saturday, September 21, 2013

7 am-5 pm Equestrian Center - All 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. Visit the Equestrian Center webpage

8:30-9:30 am Parents Advisory Board Meeting - For members of the Parents Advisory Board and other parents who are interested in joining. Powell Board Room

9-11:30 am Complimentary Coffee/Tea for 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 - Art’s Spot hours: 9 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

9:00-Noon Family Weekend Information and Sign In - Please stop by to sign our guest book, pick up a printed weekend schedule, family buttons, campus maps and other materials and information. Information Desk, 2nd Floor Lobby, Powell Campus Center

10-11:00 am Parents Association Annual Meeting - All interested parents are welcome! President Charles Edmondson and other AU Administrators will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Kenyon/Allen Room, Powell Campus Center (adjoins Alumni Lounge, to the right).

10 am-4 pm Alfred Box of Books Book Sale & Children's Activities - All are welcome to come browse through the wide selection of items including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, videos, and more, priced to sell. Proceeds will benefit the library. Lawn in front of the Village Bandstand

10 am-4 pm Bake Sale - This event, sponsored by Friends of the Box of Books, will take place on the lawn in front of the Village Bandstand.

10-11 am Parents Information Session: "Internships - Gaining Valuable Hands-On Experience" - Should your son or daughter seek an internship position? Would this increase his/her chances of getting a great job? Tips and pointers will be presented along with suggestions on how students can find and excel at internships. The McComsey Career Development Center at the Allen Steinheim Museum

11 am-12 pm Career Development Center Open House & Tour - Will your son or daughter find a good job or graduate school after Alfred? What can they do now to prepare? Learn all about the resources and services provided by the Career Development Center at this informative open house. The McComsey Career Development Center at the Allen Steinheim Museum

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 - Art’s Spot hours: 9 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

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, beans, potato salad, roll, and beverage). Stop down early as their barbecues sell out quickly. Eat in or take out. $8.00 for the full meal, or $6.00 for chicken only. Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church Streets. (They'll serve until the chicken is gone - usually around 1:30 p.m.)

11:45 am Baker's Bridge Historical Society Homemade Pie Sale - Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church Streets.

1-3 pm Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. See the website for exhibition details.

1:00 - Saxon Football vs. Montclair State - Come join in the fun and excitement of a home football game and support the team! Merrill Field

1-4 pm Visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred - See the website for further information. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

1-4 pm Visit the Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics - 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

1:30-2:30 pm Parents Information Session: "Long Distance Parenting II" - As a follow up to Dean Norm Pollard’s presentation at Parents Orientation, this is an opportunity to obtain further advice and insight from Dean Pollard, to ask questions, and to share concerns & success stories with him and with fellow parents. Kenyon/Allen Room, Powell Campus Center

4-5 pm Carillon Concert - Hear the beautiful music of the Carillon played by Scott DeFranco-Norton, student carillonneur, class of 2014. Davis Memorial Carillon (located between the Career Development Center and Howell Hall)

4-5 pm Parents Information Session: "If These Walls Could Talk: The Story of Alfred University" - Why are our sports teams called the Saxons? Why is that statue of King Alfred in the quad? How did the University get started?  Find out the answers to these questions and more at this informative and entertaining session presented by Laurie McFadden, University Archivist. Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

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 - Art’s Spot hours: 9 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

6-9 pm Roller Skating - Families and students take a spin as Davis Gym is transformed into a roller rink and fun music fills the air. All the roller skates are provided (please wear socks). Free admission. (You cannot bring your own skates, but feel free to wear a bike helmet for extra safety.) Davis Gym

8 pm Musical Theatre Marathon - With only a week of rehearsals, the Alfredian Dramatists are bringing Broadway to you! This show will feature performances from classic and contemporary musicals. Free admission, but donations are always appreciated! Knight Club, Powell Campus Center

9 pm Psychic - Free admission. Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall


Sunday, September 22, 2013

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 - Art’s Spot hours: 9 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

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 - Art’s Spot hours: 9 am-11:30 pm, Knight’s Den hours: 11 am-7:30 pm

11 am-3 pm Alfred Farmers Market - Fresh, healthy, local, sustainable food, contests, music, demonstrations, organic veggies, pastured beef, pork and chicken plus heavenly baked goods in a beautiful setting. Village Bandstand, Main Street

1-3 pm Visit the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. See the website for exhibition details.

2 pm Family Movie - Admission: $3 adults, $2 children and AU students. Pay at the door. Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center

A Message from the Parents Association
Parents are encouraged to visit the AU Parents Association page to find out about opportunities for involvement in the Parents Association and parent volunteer activities. We invite all to attend the Parents Association Meeting on Saturday morning to learn more about the Association, our mission and goals.


Fall Family Weekend FAQs:
To assist you in your planning we have included some frequently asked questions and answers below:

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: There will undoubtedly be additions and/or changes to the schedule which cannot be foreseen at this time. A complete, updated listing of events and programs will be available for students & families to pick up at the Powell Info. Desk throughout the weekend & the on-line schedule will be kept up to date at this web site.

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, on the grass, or blocking entries or exits.)

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 are the athletic events held?
A: Only home games are listed in the Fall Family Weekend schedule (if applicable), 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: How can I find out about local church services?
A: A complete list of local religious services will be available at the Powell Campus Center Information desk throughout the weekend.

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.