Schedule of Events Parents and Family Weekend: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2022

  • The University has identified the dates for next year's Parents and Family Weekend: Oct. 6-8, 2023
  • Registration is now closed. If you have not previously registered, please stop by the registration table in Elrod Commons when you arrive on campus where we can register you in person.

Attire for the weekend is informal.

The Parents and Family Weekend Schedule of Events is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and upon arriving to Lexington, please check in at the registration table in the Elrod Commons Living Room to receive your name tag and any special notices.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

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7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact Presents: An Evening with Bob Woodward Evans Hall

Contact Committee is excited to host legendary journalist Bob Woodward. The event is open to students, families, and the university community.

Woodward is the associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. Now reporting on his tenth American president, Bob Woodward's remarkable perspective is unmatched in journalism. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter takes audiences on a journey as only he can. From Nixon to the present, Woodward provides firsthand insights from having penetrated the White House, the Supreme Court, the CIA, the Pentagon, the Congress. He analyzes the successes and messes of the presidents he's covered and offers important lessons-about governing, about presidential leadership during economic, military, and national crises, about the expanding powers of the presidency, and about the role of the media.

The Washington and Lee Contact Committee is thrilled at the enthusiastic response to An Evening with Bob Woodward on Thursday, September 29th. While the in-person event currently is sold out, An Evening With Bob Woodward will broadcast via zoom to Stackhouse Theater.

Attendees can reserve a space in the theater or join virtually from their own devices. To reserve seats in Stackhouse Theatre, click here. To register for the zoom to attend from a personal device, click here.

The Committee is looking forward to an exciting kick-off to our 2022-2023 speaking events!

7:30 p.m. Miami All Stars: Ultimate Latin International Ballroom Dancing Theatrical Experience

We are sorry to inform you that the Miami All-Stars show at the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Thursday, September 29 has been CANCELED due to the hurricane moving through Florida. We plan to reach out to each ticket holder individually to ask if they would like to have their ticket transferred to a rescheduled performance of the Miami All-Stars, a date for which has yet to be determined; or if they would prefer a refund. You may try to contact the Box Office if you like, but please be patient and know that we are working our hardest to reach out to everyone that this affects as quickly as we can. We can be reached via email at boxoffice@wlu.edu or 540.458.8000. Our open hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 4pm. We are sorry about the cancelation and thank you for your continued patronage. We hope to see you at Lenfest Center for the Arts soon.

Friday, September 30, 2022

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8 a.m. Classes Begin Parents and family members who wish to join their student in classes during Parents and Family weekend should check with their student to find out which classes are open to visitors. Invitations to attend classes are issued at the discretion of the faculty and students will be informed by their professors if parents and family members are invited to attend.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pursuing World Languages and Cultures at Washington and Lee Ruscio Center for Global Learning Take a pen and learn some facts about World Languages and Cultures study at Washington and Lee. It pays to be globally minded!
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration Elrod Commons, Living Room Pick up your registration packet and name tags. Your student may pick up your packet for you.
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Financial Aid in-person appointments Appointments will be available on Friday for any parent or student who needs to meet with a member of the Financial Aid staff. A 25-minute appointment in the financial aid office can be scheduled for the morning or afternoon of Friday September 30 using this link: https://access.wlu.edu/portal/parentwknd_finaid

These appointments are for parents and/or others who are attending Parents and Family Weekend and who need to meet with Financial Aid. Please do not sign-up for an appointment if you are not attending. If you are not able to attend Parents and Family Weekend but need to speak with Financial Aid, then I encourage you to contact Martha Rowsey at (540) 458-8717 or email her at merowsey@wlu.edu. Martha can arrange an appointment by phone, virtual or in-person for another date and time.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Introduction to Theatre
Wilson Hall 2018
A good portion of the Theater Intro course is spent examining various plays through the lenses of the creative team: the playwright, the director, the designers, and the actors. We will be working on a collaborative project during which the students are divided into groups representing each faction of the creative team. The session on Friday, September 30, will focus on the designers - set, costumes, lighting, sound, etc., - for Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage. At its heart, Reza's play involves two couples embroiled in an emotional battle brought about by a playground scuffle that injured one of their 11-year-old sons. No one emerges unscathed.
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film Studies
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Admissions Office Campus Tours Undergraduate Admissions Office 19 Letcher Ave Walking tours focus on a day in the life of a typical W&L student, from where they sleep, eat, study, and play to the fun traditions and lore that make Washington and Lee and the town of Lexington special. Please use this link to sign up for a tour.
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Physics and Engineering Department Open House Science Center, Great Hall Come and meet members of Faculty
Sessions run 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PHYSICS FEST Science Center, Howe 204 and Howe 208 Come see some cool physics demos!
Sponsored by the Physics and Engineering Department
Sessions run 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Stop by the Museums at W&L! University Chapel and Galleries, the Reeves Museum of Ceramics, and the Watson Galleries FUN FACT: Of the nearly 6000 colleges and universities in the US, fewer than one in twenty house a museum or gallery. The Museums at W&L has over three!

Join us at University Chapel & Galleries, the Reeves Museum of Ceramics, and the Watson Galleries this Friday and Saturday to view pieces from our art, ceramics, and history collections. Current exhibitions include Setting the Stage: 150 Years of the University Chapel Auditorium (University Chapel & Galleries), Capturing Color: Paintings by Louise Herreshoff Eaton (Reeves Museum of Ceramics), and Museum Menagerie (Watson Galleries).

Ask a museum attendant to learn more about our upcoming events!

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Children of Alumni Luncheon (by invitation only) Hotchkiss House Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. German Department Information Table Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium Talk to the German professors
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Uncovering Forgotten Chapters in W&L's History Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101 Join the director of Institutional History for an illustrated talk that reveals forgotten founders, archaeological artifacts, architectural achievements, and time-honored traditions. Bring questions and stories to add to our understanding of this interesting, multi-century history.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Global Learning and Study Abroad at Washington and Lee Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater This session will provide an overview of opportunities for global learning and how it may relate to a student's overall W&L education. A student panel will share what they gained through their experiences abroad.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. History Department Open House Newcomb Hall The History Department will host a meet-and-greet for students & families. Please join us for cookies & coffee.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Education Studies Department Open House Newcomb Hall The Education Studies Department will host a meet-and-greet outside under a tent, beside Newcomb Hall.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sociology and Anthropology Department Open House Newcomb Hall The Sociology and Anthropology Department will host a meet-and-greet outside under a tent, beside Newcomb Hall.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Genuine or Not?
Handling Session of Fakes and Copies at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics
Reeves Museum of Ceramics Did you know that Washington and Lee University is home to one of the largest collections of historic ceramics in the country? While most of our pieces are genuine, some are not what they seem. Join museum staff as we take a closer look at distinguishing between the authentic, the imitative, and the fake.
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Paws at the Watson Galleries! Watson Galleries Looking for something wild, fantastic, or even just a little domestic? Then stop by and join Senior Curator of Art, Pat Hobbs, for a stroll through Museum Menagerie, a new exhibition of art and ceramics that can't help but bark, tweet, and roar for Parents and Family Weekend!
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Special Collections Open House Leyburn Library, Special Collections, Boatwright Room, Lower Level 1 A display of some of the University's most beloved treasures from the Special Collections vault hosted/narrated by Tom Camden '76 and staff.
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Journalism and Mass Communications Open House Reid Hall, Rowe Lounge 2nd Floor Come have refreshments with the members of the Journalism and Mass Communications Department
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Philosophy Department Open House Washington Hall, 3rd floor Come have a cookie with members of the Philosophy Department!
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Chemistry and Biochemistry Open House Science Center, Science Addition 3rd floor Lounge Come have a cookie & meet members of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry!!
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Health Professions Open House Science Center, Science Addition 3rd floor Lounge Come meet members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee!
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Summer Research Scholars Student Presentations and Poster Session Leyburn Library, Main Floor Sponsored by the Provost's Office
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Shepherd Program Open House Mattingly House, Living Room Get Involved: Learn about our many local, domestic, and international internships as well as our minor in poverty and human capability studies from current students, staff, and faculty at the Shepherd Program's Open House.
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Fraternity Information Session Hillel House, Multipurpose Room 101 Members of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) will discuss information on fraternity life at Washington & Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Sorority Information Session Elrod Commons, Stackhouse Theater Members of the Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will discuss information on sorority life at Washington & Lee including the recruitment process, eligibility requirements, new member education, housing and financial obligations. There will be a Q&A portion at the end.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Biology Department Open House Science Center, Howe Hall, 3rd Floor Stop by the the Science Center to chat with Biology Department faculty!
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Environmental Studies Open House Science Center, Great Hall
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Department of Earth and Environmental Geoscience Open House Science Center, Great Hall Come learn about the relevance of Earth and Environmental Geoscience to issues students are concerned about, including water quality, natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Religion Department Open House

Outside of Tucker Hall
Rain location: Lobby of Tucker Hall

Religion faculty will be available to meet and greet with students and their families.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Johnson Program Open House

Washington Hall Lobby

Sponsored by the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Classics Department Open House

Outside of Tucker Hall
Rain location: Lobby of Tucker Hall

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Appointments with Faculty and Administration Individual Offices Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, to schedule appointments.
2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Lifelong Learning - Opportunities for W&L Parents and Families Office of Lifelong Learning, Early Fielding #129 Stop by the Office of Lifelong Learning to discover all the exciting virtual, campus, and travel programs that are available for parents, families, and friends of W&L. Come by to learn about our current offerings and get a sneak peek of what's to come!
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Law School Open House Law School Patio–(inclement weather location Moot Court Lobby, 3rd floor) Come meet the new Dean of the Law School, Melanie Wilson, and learn about legal education at W&L.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Williams School Open House Terrace in front of Huntley Hall (weather permitting)
Rain location: Peppers Room, Huntley Hall
Stop by the front steps of Huntley Hall to chat with Williams School faculty! Refreshments will be provided.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Romance Languages Open House

Tucker Hall, 3rd Floor Foyer

An opportunity for parents and other family members to see our department and meet available faculty and staff.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Africana Studies Open House Tucker Hall, Room 101 The Africana Studies Department will host a meet-and-greet
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Law, Justice, and Society Program Open House Washington Hall   Lobby
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Cognitive and Behavioral Science-(CBSC) Open House CBSC Dept. Science Center, Parmly Hall, 2nd Floor CBSC faculty will be available to meet and talk with students and their families.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sorority Open Houses Frank Parsons Way Parents and families are welcome to visit the Panhellenic sorority houses as they will be open for visitors.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. A Conversation with Former First Lady Laura Bush and First Daughter Barbara Bush University Chapel Mock Convention is excited to announce that we are livestreaming our speaking event with Former First Lady Laura Bush and First Daughter Barbara Bush this Friday, September 30th at 3:30 PM EST. There will be a free viewing in Stackhouse Theater on Friday, which you can reserve seats for via EventBrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mock-convention-kick-off-event-over-flow-tickets-in-stackhouse-theater-tickets-427861313707. Additionally, you can watch the livestream from any internet connected device using the link below. https://wlu.zoom.us/j/96459710205pwd=NGlRQVBpa1ExVWIyM1NVcTdFZ1VoQT09 We are so excited to host these amazing speakers and hope that you choose to join us either in person or virtually. Please direct any and all questions to mockcon@mail.wlu.edu or contact us via social media @mockconvention.
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. East Asian Languages and Literatures Open House
(Taste of Asia)
Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning, Atrium EALL faculty will be available to speak with parents and families over an assortment of Asian snacks.
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. W&L Hillel Parents and Family Shabbat Dinner Hillel House Everyone is welcome to join the W&L Jewish community for a brief Shabbat service followed by dinner at the Hillel House.
7 p.m. Field Hockey (Postponed)  Turf Field Washington and Lee vs. Ferrum (Postponed)
8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Parents and Family Weekend Choral Concert and Reception Wilson Concert Hall, Lykes Atrium

Come kick off the 2022-23 choral season with the University Singers, Glee Club, and Cantatrici. Showcasing Lacey R. Lynch, conductor of Cantatrici, and members of the Choral Conducting Mentorship Program (CCMP), the first half of the program will be centered around Latvian composer Laura Jekabsone's Sudraba Meness as well as the amazing Still I Rise, an incredible work by American composer Rosephayne Powell. The University Singers, conducted by Shane M. Lynch, are finalists for the City of Derry International Choir Festival in October 2022, the first American choir ever to be selected for this competition. They will present both their Competition Concert set and Gala Concert set, which feature the music of Tomás Luis de Victoria, Frank Martin, Stacey V. Gibbs, and Dr. Powell. Traditional favorites will round out the evening, finally closing with James Erb's Shenandoah.

Reception to follow in the Lykes Atrium.

Tickets are free, but required and available only to current W&L students and families. Tickets become available Tuesday, September 13. Contact the Box Office at (540) 458-8000 or boxoffice@wlu.edu Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm to reserve tickets. Performance will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu

8 p.m. - Midnight Friday Underground ARC House, 205 East Washington Street, (basement) A new W&L tradition. Join us for free food and specialty coffee drinks, great conversations, and live entertainment featuring student artists.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

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9 a.m. - 10 a.m. A Stroll through Downtown Lexington Office of Community-Based Learning at the corner of Washington Street and Lee Avenue (in front of the Early-Fielding Building)

EVENT IS CANCELED

Enjoy a leisurely walk, and learn about innovative student and faculty partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits. We will walk up Washington Street, to Main Street, to Randolph Street, and back to Main Street. This is a light rain or shine event. Heavy downpour cancels.

Hosted by the Office of Community-Based Learning

9 a.m. & 10 a.m. Admissions Office Campus Tours Undergraduate Admissions Office 19 Letcher Ave Walking tours focus on a day in the life of a typical W&L student, from where they sleep, eat, study, and play to the fun traditions and lore that make Washington and Lee and the town of Lexington special. Please use this link to sign up for a tour.
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Parents Weekend Breakfast Gaines Rotunda Join InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for a homemade breakfast and time for fellowship. Get to know the members of our community and their families and learn more about our mission to have every student come to know Christ. Everyone is welcome!
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Appointments with Faculty and Administration Individual Offices Contact faculty and administration members directly, in advance, for appointments.
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Outing Club Back Campus Hike Outing Club Pavilion

EVENT IS CANCELED

Enjoy a wonderful 3-4-mile hike on our very own back campus trails, a campus treasure just minutes from the Colonnade. This hike will be student-led at a slow enough pace to keep the group together, while enjoying the beauty and expanse of this special part of our campus! This is a light rain or shine event. Heavy downpour cancels.

9 a.m. - Noon Registration (continues) Elrod Commons, Living Room
9:30 a.m. - 11am RUF Parents Weekend Brunch 535 Taylor St. Lexington, VA 24450 Parents, students, and siblings are invited to enjoy a delicious and casual catered brunch, and meet the RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) staff, Willis and Anna. We'll also briefly share a little more about what God is doing through RUF at Washington & Lee. All are welcome!
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstrations Watson Galleries Observe a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in our own Senshin'an Tearoom in the Watson Galleries, located adjacent to Tucker Hall at the end of the Colonnade. Enjoy traditional sweets and a bowl of whisked "matcha" tea. http://tearoom.wlu.edu
Each session is limited to 20 participants and sign-up is required at this Calendly link: calendly.com/mwlu/pfwtea
Sessions will begin at 10:00 and 10:45 and 11:30 pm.
Sponsored by the W&L Chanoyu Tea Society
10 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Brunch in the Marketplace Elrod Commons, Marketplace No tickets necessary; pay at the register
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. President's Address University Chapel President William C. Dudley
11 a.m. - noon Res Life Meet & Greet

Elrod Commons 3rd Floor

Student Affairs Common Area 

Meet members of the residence life team and chat about housing, programming, or any other questions on your mind!
11 a.m. - noon Master class in Movement Based Conditioning for Dancers Dance Studio- 109 S Jefferson Street Sarah Gosselin, a physical therapist specializing in dance medicine is a faculty member at James Madison University. Through her classes in Anatomy, Somatic Studies, and Injury Prevention and Conditioning, she melds the worlds of dance and science and provides students with a better understanding of how their body works to enhance and support their artistry.
Parents and families are invited to observe.
1 p.m. Men's Soccer Alston Parker Watt Field Washington and Lee vs. Hampden-Sydney
1 p.m. Rugby Miller Field

Washington and Lee vs. Longwood.

Miller field is located near the Ruins, just off Boneyard Rd.

3 p.m. Football Wilson Field Washington and Lee vs. Averett University
4 p.m. Women's Soccer Alston Parker Watt Field Washington and Lee vs. Mary Washington
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. A Cappella Concert Cohen Family Outdoor Amphitheater (between the Commons and Leyburn Library)

Featuring Southern Comfort, JubiLee, and General Admission
Rain location: University Chapel

8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Parents and Family Weekend Instrumental Ensemble Concert Wilson Concert Hall Enjoy the University Jazz Ensemble, University Orchestra and University Wind Ensemble as they perform a combined concert as part of Parents and Family Weekend 2022. No tickets are required. Performance will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu

Sunday, October 2, 2022

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10 a.m. - noon Hillel Bagel Brunch Hillel House

Stop by the Hillel House for a bite to eat before you hit the road. Everyone is welcome!

Special Events and Exhibits

Staniar Gallery, Wilson Hall
Art Exhibit: Black Alchemy: if this one thing is true - Redux
Arkansas-based artist and educator Aaron Turner uses photography as a transformative process to understand the ideas of home and resilience in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. This exhibition features photographic still-life studies, taken with a large format view camera, that are reflections on identity, history, blackness as material, and abstraction. Turner received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Recent recognition of his work includes an Artist 360 Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant, the 2021 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship, a 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund award from Google's Creator Labs & the Aperture Foundation, and 2022 Darryl Chappell Foundation photographer-in-residence at Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

University Store
Located in the Elrod University Commons
Special Parents and Family Weekend Hours of Operation:

  • Friday, September 30, 2022: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 1, 2022: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 2, 2022: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.