Families Weekend

Families Weekend 2022: September 30-October 2

Thank you for joining us at Families Weekend 2021! We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to your next visit to campus! If you missed the weekend, see below for the schedule of events and activities and a glimpse at some of the fun had by all.

Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | General Information

Friday, October 1, 2021

Prior to 4:30 p.m.

Check-In

For families arriving on Friday before 4:30 pm, please check in at Campus Activities Information Desk, located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium.

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Check-In

For families arriving on Friday after 4:30 pm, please check in under the Chapel Lawn Tent.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Till The Bridge You Will Need Be Formed:
Exploring the World Through Experiments, Tangents, and Spiderwebs

Digital Art Works by Chris Silverman

12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Come for the sale of more than 300 original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods. The Haiti Project engages Vassar students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, by promoting Haitian art and artists and then sending funds to support multiple sustainable initiatives in Haiti. (Handicrafts start at $5 and paintings at $50.) All purchases are 50% tax deductible.

3:00 p.m.

Highlights Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 .p.m)

President Bradley talking to families at the Friday night Families Weekend Reception
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Chapel Lawn Tent

Join President Elizabeth H. Bradley as she welcomes families to campus.

6:00 p.m.

At the Bayit, Vassar’s home for Jewish life
51 Collegeview Avenue (just outside of the North Gate)

Vassar Jewish Union (VJU) invites all students and their families to Shabbat Service followed by a vegetarian dinner. Please RSVP by emailing rsl@vassar.edu (Vassar’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices).
Service: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

“BYOF” (Bring Your Own Family) Shabbat with Chabad Jewish Community
Chabad House, 94 Fulton Avenue

Join the Chabad Jewish Community (CJC) for a warm, family style shabbat experience! A home cooked meal will be served complete with vegan and vegetarian options. All are welcome! Please RSVP by emailing rsl@vassar.edu (Vassar’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices)

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

First-Year First Friday: Coffeehouse
Chapel Lawn Tent

Join First-Year students and their families for a night of live music and poetry while enjoying some warm beverages and apple cider donuts. Sponsored by the First-Year Experience, the Transitions Program, and the Office of Student Growth & Engagement. Advanced registration preferred. Sign up using your Vassar email.

 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Check-In
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive (rain location: Chapel porch)

Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be served.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Academic Life: A Faculty Panel for Families of First Year Students
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive (rain location: Chapel)

Jennifer Herrera, Dean of First Year Students, hosts a discussion with faculty members about their writing seminar and what first year students can expect academically. Professors who will be on the panel include: Christopher Bjork (Education), Candice Lowe-Swift (Anthropology), and Zoltan Markus (English).
Q&A to follow.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Till The Bridge You Will Need Be Formed:
Exploring the World Through Experiments, Tangents, and Spiderwebs

Digital Art Works by Chris Silverman

 

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Come for the sale of more than 300 original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods. 1 p.m.: Meet renowned Haitian artist Georges Desarmes. The Haiti Project engages Vassar students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, by promoting Haitian art and artists and then sending funds to support multiple initiatives in Haiti. (Handicrafts start at $5 and paintings at $50.) All purchases are 50% tax deductible.

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Oh, The Places They’ll Go: A Very Vassar Summer
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive (rain location: Chapel)

Learn more about how students spend their summer breaks and hear from a panel of students to discover what Vassar can do to support an unforgettable summer experience. Hosted and moderated by Stacy Bingham, Associate Dean of the College for Career Development.

10:30 a.m.

Highlights Tour 
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Families have an opportunity converse with Vassar's Deans
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Conversation with the Deans
Chapel Lawn Tent, Main Drive (rain location: Chapel)

A Conversation with Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, Dean of the College, Marianne H. Begemann, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources and William Hoynes, Dean of the Faculty.

12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Shiva Theater Open House

The student managers of the Shiva Theater invite families to stop in and see the new and improved student theater space. The open house will also feature performances: 
1pm: Barefoot Fireflies 
2pm: Aircapella
3pm: “Worthy” (a Barefoot Fireflies Fireshow Teaser)

Families take a tour of the Vassar campus with Vassar historian Colton Johnson.
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Walking Tour of Central Campus
Main Building

Hosted by Colton Johnson, Vassar College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building.

1:00 p.m.

Highlights Tour 
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Families listen to live chamber music in the Loeb Art Center.
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Chamber Music
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Chamber Music on the Half featuring, each half hour, a selection of the college’s many different ensembles and soloists.

  • 1:30 p.m. - Chamber Music - Eduardo Navega, director
  • 2:00 p.m. - Vassar College Women’s Chorus - Christine Howlett, director
  • 2:30 p.m. - Vassar College Chamber Singers - Drew Minter, director
  • 3:00 p.m. - Vassar College Choir - Christine Howlett, director
  • 3:30 p.m. - Chamber Music - Eduardo Navega, director

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Welcome for Families of First Year Student-Athletes
Center for Drama and Film Tent
Frances Daly Fergusson Quadrangle

Families of first year student-athletes are invited to meet with Michelle Walsh, Director of Athletics and Physical Education, and learn more about the resources available to student-athletes at Vassar.

2:00 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Ecological Preserve
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
1 Vassar Farm Lane

Join the Environmental Cooperative and the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve for a walking tour along trails on the preserve. This tour will feature the Ellen Swallows Richard Historical Trail, the Drumlin Trail, the Phenology Trail, or the Beaver Trail, depending on weather and trail conditions. Learn about research and land management currently happening on the Preserve, including controlling invasives and the effects of white-tailed deer on our forests. Walk led by Katie Beeles and Lucy Kolpa.

Families take a tour of the Vassar arboretum.
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Vassar Arboretum
Main Building

A ramble through central campus to learn about some of the interesting trees in our 220 species collection and pick up some enticing bits of campus history. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building. Hosted by Mark Schlessman, Professor of Biology, and Jason Scism, Vassar College Gardener
https://vcherbarium.vassarspaces.net/

3:00 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. Union College
Prentiss Sports Complex, Gordon Field

5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Families Weekend Reception: Hudson Valley Harvest
Chapel Lawn Tent (Rain Location: Main Building, Villard Room)

You and your student are invited to stop by and sample some of the Hudson Valley’s bounty at a very casual Vassar Families Weekend Reception. The evening’s entertainment will feature the music of three different Jazz combos from the Music Department.

8:00 p.m.

Barefoot Fireflies Fire Show
Residential Quad

The Barefoot Fireflies is Vassar’s one and only circus and fire arts club! Our fall fire show is a great event for families to attend; we have juggling, dancing, spinning, and lots of flames! Come support Vassar students as we put on our first performance of the semester! For more information, email exec.barefootfireflies@gmail.com.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Walking Tour of the Vassar Arboretum
Main Building

A ramble through central campus to learn about some of the interesting trees in our 220 species collection and pick up some enticing bits of campus history. The tour begins at the front entrance to Main Building. Hosted by Mark Schlessman, Professor of Biology, and Jason Scism, Vassar College Gardener 
https://vcherbarium.vassarspaces.net/

Families look over the art for sale at the Haiti auction
Photo credit: Karl Rabe

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The Haiti Project: Sale of Haitian Art
Main Building / College Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Last day of the Haitian art sale of hundreds of original Haitian paintings and hundreds of original handicrafts, including iron sculptures, and papier-mâché goods. The Haiti Project engages Vassar students in a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship, by promoting Haitian art and artists and then sending funds to support multiple sustainable initiatives in Haiti. (Handicrafts start at $5 and paintings at $50.) All purchases are 50% tax deductible.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

James W Palmer Gallery, College Center

Till The Bridge You Will Need Be Formed:
Exploring the World Through Experiments, Tangents, and Spiderwebs

Digital Art Works by Chris Silverman

11:00 a.m.

Rugby (W) vs. Marist College
Rugby Field at The Farm & Ecological Preserve

1:00 p.m.

Highlights Tour
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Highlights from the permanent collection. The collection of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center charts the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprises over 21,000 works. (Hours of operation, daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 .p.m)

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Roman Catholic Mass
Vassar Chapel

Vassar Catholic Community (VCC) invites all students and their families to a mass with music. Light refreshments and communal gathering will follow.
Questions? Email rsl@vassar.edu (Vassar’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices)

2:00 p.m.

Rugby (M) vs. SUNY New Paltz
Rugby Field at The Farm & Ecological Preserve

 

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General Weekend Information

Check-In Locations

Friday:
1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Campus Activities Information Desk, located in Main Building, College Center North Atrium
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Chapel Lawn Tent
Saturday:
8:00 a.m.–Noon: Chapel Lawn Tent

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Athletic Events

Please note start times are subject to change. Please check www.vassarathletics.com for up to date information.

Vassar College Store

(Located in the “Juliet” building at the corner of Raymond and Collegeview Avenues)
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Gordon Commons

(Students’ Building)
Closed to the Public. At this time, only current Vassar students and employees may dine in Gordon Commons.

Vassar Express

(Located in Main Building, College Center, North Atrium)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

The Bridge Café

(Located in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The Retreat Café

(Located in Main Building, College Center, South Atrium)
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Street Eats (Food Truck)

(Located at College Center Circle)
Sunday: 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

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