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 TBD and will be available at the Campus Center Information Desk on Friday). The Equestrian Center has agreed to be open for guests (8 AM-4 PM on Friday and 8 AM-3 PM on Saturday), Galleries and Exhibits (list TBD), 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 there will be the typical Vendor Fair, Rides, Hot Dogs and Carnival Games starting at Noon and run until 5 PM on Academic Alley on our campus. We are confirming whether there will be a parade this year so check back for updates. The Alfred Lion's Club will be holding their annual Chicken BBBQ (again, check back for time and cost). Mud Olympics will also be scheduled and will again be held 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):

(Bolded items are confirmed)

Friday, April 21:
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Equestrian Center open for visitors
Noon - 5:00 PM - Family Weekend Information/Sign-In - Powell Campus Center Information Desk
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
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Inamori Kyocera Museum open for visitors
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Cohen Gallery open for visitors
4:00 PM - Honors Convocation - Miller Theatre
5:30 PM - Reception for Students and Families hosted by President Zupan - Ade Hall Lobby
5:00 PM - BBQ sponsored by ASME - yard area across from Miller Theatre
6:00 PM - Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting)
7:30 PM - Concert - AU Jazz Band - Miller Theatre
9:00 PM - Observatory Open House (weather permitting)

Saturday, April 22: HOT DOG DAY

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Equestrian Center open for visitors
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

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
Noon - Hot Dog Day Parade - Main Street, Alfred (UNSURE AT THIS TIME - CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES)
Noon - 5:00 PM - Hot Dog Day Vendor Fair & Carnival - Academic Alley - Alfred University Campus
Noon - 4:00 PM - Cohen Gallery open for visitors
2:00 PM - Mud Olympics - Brick Lawn - Alfred University Campus
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Carillon Recital - Davis Memorial Carillon
7:00 - 9:00 PM - MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery/Robert C. Turner Gallery - Harder Hall
8:00 PM - The Rudos, magicians, father and son act - Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall - FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, April 23:

1:00-3:00 PM - MFA Thesis Exhibition Openings - Fosdick-Nelson Gallery/Robert C. Turner Gallery - Harder Hall
3:00 PM - Student Recital - Susan Howell Hall

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.