Spring Family Weekend - April 29-May 1, 2016

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. We are in the beginning stages of plans and will post updates 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.

Plans for 2016 are in the very early stages but here are some of the events that are "in the works".

The weekend will start with open classes for visitors (list TBD and will be in the final copy of the Spring Family Booklet and will be posted here), the Equestrian Center has agreed to be open for guests (8 AM-5 PM), Galleries and Exhibits (list TBD), and Honors Convocation later that afternoon (Miller Theater, time TBD). If the weather cooperates, the Observatory will be open for those who enjoy star gazing. On Saturday there will be the typical Vendor Fair, Rides, Hot Dogs and Carnival Games; Noon-5 PM at Alfred State Campus, Lower College Drive. The Color Run and Mud Olympics will also be scheduled; dates, times and locations will be updated as plans are finalized. Also on Saturday, the Parents Advisory Board will be meeting from 9-10:30 AM in the Powell Campus Center. While plans are still in the works for the weekend, please take a few minutes to browse last spring's booklet to see what is typically scheduled. Spring Family Weekend Booklet 2015.

Please return to this web page as we draw closer to the weekend for updates.

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.