Spring Family Weekend - April 21-23, 2017

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.

We now have an online registration process to help us get an idea of the number of family members joining us for the weekend. 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, or contact us via email. 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 Campus Center Information Desk Friday morning). The Equestrian Center (see directions) has agreed to be open for guests (9 AM-4 PM on Friday and 9 AM-4 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 Pine Hill Derby will take place at 6 PM and the Stull Observatory will be open for those who enjoy star gazing. On Saturday, Hot Dog Day will start off with the Hot Dog Day Parade down Main Street starting at 11:30 AM and then there will be the typical Vendor Fair, Hot Dogs and Carnival Games starting at Noon and will run until 5 PM on Academic Alley on our campus. The Alfred Lion's Club will be holding their annual Chicken BBQ starting at 11 AM. Mud Olympics is scheduled fpr 2 PM on AU's campus. And let's not forget - on Saturday, the Parents Advisory Board will be meeting in the Powell Campus Center 9-10:30 AM.

Here's a brief overview of what is in the works thus far (tentatively):

View the Full Printable Version of the Weekend Booklet

Friday, April 21
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)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ice Cream Social sponored by AU Parents Program - Powell Campus Center, 2nd floor Main Lobby - FREE ICE CREAM!
7:00 PM "Boots and Roots" - Group Hike sponsored by Women's Leadership Academy - Pine Hill Trail
7:30 PM Concert - AU Jazz Band - Miller Theatre
9:00 PM Observatory Open House (weather permitting)
9:00 PM North Coast Improv Comedy Toupe - Holmes Auditorium **Some content may be mature in nature**
Saturday, April 22: HOT DOG DAY
9:00-10:30 AM Parent's Advisory Board Meeting - Powell Campus Center
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 Weiner Dog Race - Bandstand Lawn (AU Campus)
10:30 AM- 11:30 AM Carillon Concert/Open House - Davis Memorial Carillon (AU Campus)
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
Noon - 4:00 PM Cohen Gallery open for visitors - Main Street
Noon - 5:00 PM Hot Dog Day Vendor Fair & Carnival - Allen Way (AU Campus)
Noon- 5:00 PM Student Showcase - Allen Way (AU Campus)
1:00 PM Men' s Tennis vs. Hartwick at AU Tennis Courts
2:00 PM Mud Olympics - Behind Merrill Field (AU Campus)
3:00 PM Women's Lacrosse vs. St. John Fisher at the Yunevich Stadium at Merrill Field
7:00 - 9:00 PM MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery/Robert C. Turner Gallery - Harder Hall
8:00 PM Family Magicians: The Rudos, magicians, father & son act - Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall - Free Admission!
8:00/9:00 PM Fireworks - launched from Alfred State College
Sunday, April 23
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 Shakespear - Kanakadea Circle

Please return to this web page as we draw closer to the weekend for updates and the most up-to-date booklet (will be available online) which will include the schedule, campus map for both AU and A-State, and much more!.

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, however for us to know the number of families participating we have two ways to register. You may register online, or stop by the Information Desk at the Powell Campus Center. We will be there to greet you on Friday (until 6 pm) and Saturday (9-noon). 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. We post the times and locations on the schedule for your used throughout the weekend.

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.