Parents

Spring Family Weekend
April 25-27, 2014



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.

Powell Campus CenterThe weekend schedule is included below, followed by a list of frequently asked Spring Family Weekend questions and answers. Please understand this information is subject to change and additional events may be added. Check back before the weekend for the most up-to-date schedule.

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

2014 Spring Family Weekend Schedule
(Subject to change. Please check back for updates!)

Friday, April 25

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

8:20 am-4 pm "Students for a Day" - Parents are invited to share in the Alfred University experience by visiting selected classes. View the list of open classes. (A printed list will be available at the Campus Center Information Desk on Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25.)

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. 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 - Exhibition: Val M. Cushing
Val Cushing (1931-2013) is a pottery legend. Beauty and function are themes in his work. Born in Rochester, New York, Val received his bachelor and masters of fine arts degrees from the School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He joined the Alfred faculty in 1957 and retired in 1997. Val maintained a studio in Alfred Station and gave workshops and lectures throughout the world. Selected public collections of Val’s work are at the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Design Museum, NY; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Selected awards include individual NEA award, Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Fulbright Award, and Fellow of the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts. This exhibition was organized by Susan Kowalczyk, the museum’s collection manager, from pieces in the permanent collection and on loan from the family. Free Admission. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

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

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.

2:30-6:30 pm 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

3:30 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. Miller Theater

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

4 pm Men's Tennis vs. Ithaca (Empire 8 Contest) - Tennis Courts

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.

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

7 pm Concert - AU Symphony Orchestra and Guest Artist Frank Mitchell Bush - The AU Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Frank Mitchell Bush will perform the exquisite Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major by Mozart. Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center

9 pm Hypnotist Tom Bresadola - Perhaps the most forgettable night of your life . . . if you’re chosen to sink deep into sleep and perform humorous antics for the crowd. While the event strives to be family-appropriate, hypnotized participants’ content is unpredictable. Free admission. Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall

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 26

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

8:30-10 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.)

9-11 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

9:15 am - Open Registration for the 10 am Hot Dog Day 5K Color Walk/Run - in front of Herrick Library - Registration is $10 for AU and Alfred State students and $15 for all other participants. Questions may be directed to Kim O'Rourke at 607.871.2300.

10 am Hot Dog Day Wellness 5K Color Walk/Run - Everyone is welcome to participate in this fun community event. (Registration is at 9:15 am in front of Herrick Library - see above).

11 am-12 pm 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

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.)

12 pm - Hot Dog Day Parade - Main Street

12-5 pm Hot Dog Day Festival - Booths, arts & crafts, games, live music, raffles and of course HOT DOGS! Come and participate in one of Alfred's oldest traditions. Proceeds to benefit local charities. Main Street

1 pm Men's Lacrosse vs. Hartwick (Empire 8 Contest) - Yunevich Stadium at Merrill Field

1 pm Men's Tennis vs. Elmira (Empire 8 Contest) - Tennis Courts

1-4 pm Visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred - Exhibition: Val M. Cushing
Val Cushing (1931-2013) is a pottery legend. Beauty and function are themes in his work. Born in Rochester, New York, Val received his bachelor and masters of fine arts degrees from the School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He joined the Alfred faculty in 1957 and retired in 1997. Val maintained a studio in Alfred Station and gave workshops and lectures throughout the world. Selected public collections of Val’s work are at the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Design Museum, NY; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Selected awards include individual NEA award, Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Fulbright Award, and Fellow of the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts. This exhibition was organized by Susan Kowalczyk, the museum’s collection manager, from pieces in the permanent collection and on loan from the family. Free Admission. Binns-Merrill Hall, 2nd floor

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. The winning team gets free T-shirts. Tucker Field

4-5 pm Carillon Recital and Hands-On Open House - 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)

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.)

6 pm DOGFEST - Outdoor Music Festival featuring six bands (representing several different genres of music), numerous food/beverage vendors, and other surprises. Featured acts will include the indie rock band American Authors, hip hop/R&B artist Mack Wilds, country artist Greg Bates, indie pop band MisterWives, "What Cheer? Brigade" - a 19-piece brass band, and Boston's Hunting Stories (bluegrass). The festival will be held from 6 pm until midnight at McLane Center and the surrounding parking lot. Tickets will go on sale February 26th at a cost of $10 ($15 at the door) for AU or Alfred State students or $15 ($20 at the door) for the general public. Purchase tickets on-line.

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

8-11 pm Light Show - An exhibition of neon, light and projections from students, faculty and alumni of the Sculpture and Dimensional Studies department. Free and open to the public. Harder Hall Parking Lot


Sunday, April 27

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.)

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.