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Family Weekend '12

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Schedule of Events

Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Thursday, October 25

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Open Classes
Join your son or daughter for class, or pick your favorite topic or subject and "go back to school" for the day. Schedules available at registration. If you would like to attend a class with your student and it does not appear on the list, please have your student get the prior approval of his/her professor.
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Wellin Museum Open
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, #81 on map
1 - 3 p.m.
Halloween Candy Gram Sale
Stop by to order your student's Halloween Candy Gram from the Philanthropy Committee. Proceeds will benefit Clinton's ABC (A Better Chance) House.
Beinecke Student Activities Village, #18 on map
3 – 8 p.m. 
Registration and Information
Please come to Registration when you arrive. Pick up your Family Weekend memento and complimentary tickets for Saturday's breakfast. (Refreshments available)
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map
4 p.m.
Open Rehearsal: The Dispute
Directed by Professor Carole Bellini-Sharp.
Who is more unfaithful in love, men or women? This is the crux of Marivaux's The Dispute –  a classical story of love, desire, betrayal and passion.  The play shows us a timeless cautionary tale about the danger and intrigue of power and seduction. This translation by Gideon Lester, first performed by Anne Bogart's SITI Company to much critical acclaim at the American Repertory Theatre, is set on a contemporary battlefield of the sexes, with the young lovers going at one another with wit and passion. Bellini-Sharp earned her Ph.D. in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, and began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. She has directed more than 50 professional and college theatre productions.
Minor Theater, #49 on map
5 p.m.
Active Minds Speaker: Ashley Hart on BDD
Ashley Hart, Ph.D., will speak on Body Dysmorphic Disorder. This event is sponsored by Hamilton's Mental Health Awareness Organization, Active Minds.
Bradford Auditorium, Room 125, Kirner-Johnson, #14 on map
6 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Families are invited for snacks including Central New York apples and cider before dinner.
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map
7 p.m.
Careers in Communications: Finding Success in a Rapidly Changing Industry

Join Paul Taaffe P'13, 16, head of communications for Groupon, previously at Hill & Knowlton, to learn about careers in communications
Taylor Science Center 3024

7 p.m.
History of the College

Join College Historian Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History and author of On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College, to learn about Hamilton's 200+ year history.
Kirner-Johnson 101, #14 on map

7:30 p.m.
Film: RIVES (DAY)
Independent filmmaker Armel Hostiou presents RIVES (DAY, in English), a haunting study of urban alienation seen through the prism of three characters from very different socio and national backgrounds, over the period of a single day in Paris. Because of one singular external event, each leaves his or her familiar environment and undergoes an experience that confronts them with the uncomfortable and dangerous dimensions of their shared urban space. Through its patient observation of the quotidian, of the passage of time from morning to night, RIVES reacquaints us with the strangeness of everyday life. Sponsored by DHi, F.I.L.M., CNMS, French Department, French Club, and the Dean of the Faculty.
Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson, #14 on map
8 p.m.
CAB Acoustic Coffeehouse with Joe Pug
Listen to a selection from the recently-released album, The Great Despiser, from celebrated singer-songwriter Joe Pug, who currently hails from Austin, Texas. Pug quit his day job as a carpenter more than four years ago, but his remarkable rise in the music world has been driven by the same hard-worn work ethic. His path has been an unusual one, which has often challenged the traditional rulebook of the music industry, but even now as he tours the U.S., it has always been characterized by one prevailing idea: Find a way. The next stop after Hamilton on Pug's tour is New York City to take part in a performance "In The Spirit Of Woody Guthrie." The opener for this event will be Anais Mitchell. Doors open at 7:30 and free Opus will be provided!
Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village, #18 on map
 

Friday, October 26

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration and Information
Please come to Registration when you arrive. Pick up your Family Weekend memento and complimentary tickets for Saturday's breakfast. (Refreshments available)
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Open Classes
Join your son or daughter for class, or pick your favorite topic or subject and "go back to school" for the day. Schedules available at registration. If you would like to attend a class with your student and it does not appear on the list, please have your student get the prior approval of his/her professor.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Wellin Museum Open
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, #81 on map
9 a.m.
Class: Intermediate French
Professor Martine Guyot-Bender invites families to join her intermediate French 140 class with guest filmmaker Armel Hostious, who is on campus presenting his film RIVES (DAY). Visitors should be prepared for the class to be primarily in French.
Room 202, Root Hall, #62 on map
1 - 3 p.m.
Halloween Candy Gram Sale
Stop by to order your student's Halloween Candy Gram from the Philanthropy Committee. Proceeds will benefit Clinton's ABC (A Better Chance) House.
Beinecke Student Village, (near the diner) #18 on map
2:30 p.m. 
Arboretum Tour
Meet at the Gazebo behind Anderson-Connell Alumni Center (C&D), #24 on map
3 p.m.
Common Read 2012: Sherry Turkle's Evocative Objects
Join Professor of Economics Steve Wu, Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Rodriguez-Plate and College Chaplain Jeff McArn for a discussion of Evocative Objects, the College's Common Read 2012. The theme of the 2012 Common Reading Experience centers around the objects that make us who we are, on the objects we have come to love. From teddy bears to technology, blankets to basketballs, clothes to cameras, we identify ourselves in and through the objects we own and engage. Through this common reading we will investigate the "stuff" of our lives.  Your homework assignment: Read Introduction before class.
Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson 127 #14 on map (breakout sessions in KJ101 and 102)
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
FAMILY COLLEGE: Summer Research Poster Sessions
Students and their faculty advisors will be on hand to discuss summer research projects. Posters will be on display through Sunday, October 28.
Wellin Atrium, Taylor Science Center, #42 on map
4 p.m.
Open Rehearsal: The Dispute
Directed by Professor Carole Bellini-Sharp.
Who is more unfaithful in love, men or women? This is the crux of Marivaux's The Dispute --  a classical story of love, desire, betrayal and passion.  The play shows us a timeless cautionary tale about the danger and intrigue of power and seduction. This translation by Gideon Lester, first performed by Anne Bogart's SITI Company to much critical acclaim at the American Repertory Theatre,  is set on a contemporary battlefield of the sexes, with the young lovers going at one another with wit and passion. Bellini-Sharp, earned her Ph.D. in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, and began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. She has directed more than 50 professional and college theatre productions.
Minor Theatre, #49 on map
3:30 – 5 p.m.
FAMILY COLLEGE: Levitt Summer Research Fellows Poster Sessions
Kirner-Johnson Mezzanine, #14 on map
4 – 5 p.m.
Graduation Preview: For Seniors and their Parents
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125, #14 on map
4:10 - 6 p.m.
History Department Reception
Reception for history students and their families, including induction of new members into the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society.
Glen House, #22 on map
4 – 7 p.m.
Craft Beers
Sample a few microbrews paired with snacks in a cozy atmosphere
The Little Pub, #20 on map
4 – 7 p.m.
Bruce Climbing Wall Open for Parents and Siblings of Students
The 3,000-square foot climbing facility offers rope and lead climbing, as well as a bouldering area. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and must be at least 8 to climb. Shoes, harnesses, belay devices and instruction provided.
Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center, #64 on map
5 – 8 p.m. 
On-Campus Dinner
($8.50 cash per person)
Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map
6 p.m.  
Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner
(Kosher dinner; please pre-register, $25/person)
Celebrate Shabbat Hillel style with Shabbat blessings and dinner.
Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center, #56 on map
7:30 p.m.
Choral Concert and Dance Performances
Directed by G. Roberts Kolb, the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present the musical portion of a program shared with the Department of Dance, featuring choral works and spirituals.

Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, #12 on map

9 p.m.
Late Night Event
This Blue Vinyl and FCC event will present spoken work, art, singing, dancing and rap. All are welcome to attend. This is an alcohol-free event.
Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village, #21 on map
9:30 p.m.  
A Cappella Concert
Featuring the Buffers, Hamiltones, Special K, Tumbling After and Duelly Noted
Chapel, #51 on map
 

Saturday, Oct. 27

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Registration and Information
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map
7:30 – 10 a.m. 
On-Campus Breakfast
Pick up your complimentary tickets at Registration
Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map
9 – 10 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast with the Division of Student Life
Families and students are invited to join Dean of Students Nancy Thompson and her staff from Outdoor Leadership, Campus Safety, Chaplaincy, Community Outreach and Opportunity Project (COOP), Counseling Center, Residential Life, Student Activities, Student Health, Academic Support, Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility Services, and Study Abroad for an informal breakfast and conversation.
Sun Porch and Living Room, Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall, #17 on map
9 a.m.
Career Information for Parents of Underclass Students
The Competitive Edge: This presentation provides an overview of the steps necessary for your sons and daughters to be competitive in their post-Hamilton pursuits. The Career Center staff will make the case for students obtaining career-related experience, beginning in their first year at Hamilton, and will highlight the important role that families play in helping students succeed. Current students will speak about securing summer internships. We encourage you to bring your son or daughter with you.
Chapel #51 on map
9 a.m.
Career Information for Parents of Seniors
More than 3,600 students have attended the Career Center's Senior Job Search Workshop series. Now it's your turn! This program reviews the challenges seniors face in their search for employment. We will share the resources available to them, outline successful techniques for finding employment and discuss handling the stresses of senior year.
Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson 125, #14 on map
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Wellin Museum Exhibition, lecture at 3 p.m.
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, #82 on map
10 a.m.  
President's Welcome and State of the College Address
Join President Joan Hinde Stewart as she delivers the State of the College Address.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, #12 on map
11 a.m.  
Tea with the President, Senior Staff and Faculty
You're invited to introduce yourself, ask questions and socialize over tea and treats.
Kirner-Johnson Commons, #14 on map
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On-Campus Lunch
($6.50 cash per person)
Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map
Noon - 1 p.m.
Athletics Reception
Hamilton parents and Friends of Athletics are invited to a reception with Jon Hind '80, Athletic Director. Enjoy a cup of chili with cornbread and hear what's on the horizon for Hamilton athletics prior to the football kickoff at 1 p.m.
McKenna Conference Room, Blood Fitness Center, #64 on map
1 p.m.
FAMILY COLLEGE: Hamilton's 1812 Heritage Garden
In honor of the College's Bicentennial, the Food for Thought course (CS 235) attempted the re-creation of an early 19th century kitchen garden, one that would have been typical in Clinton at the time of the College's founding. Professors Franklin Sciacca and David Gapp will give a presentation on the establishment of the garden (now three years old) and how this garden plays a role in the Food for Thought course.
Kennedy Auditorium, Room G027, Taylor Science Center, #42 on map
1 p.m.
Football vs. Williams College
Steuben Field, #74 on map
1:30 p.m.
Choral Concert and Dance Performances
Directed by G. Roberts Kolb, the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers present the  musical portion of a program shared with the Department of Dance featuring choral works and  spirituals. Free admission.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts, #82 on map
1:30 p.m. 
Arboretum Lecture and Tour
Join certified arborist Terry Hawkridge and learn about Hamilton's diverse trove of trees. Meet in the Science Center G041 for an overview of the legacy of trees on the Hamilton campus. If it rains, Terry will conduct a virtual tree tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes for a guided tour of campus.
Room G041, Taylor Science Center, #42 on map
2 p.m. Readings of Short Stories and Poetry
Join English department faculty and students for a reading of works written by current students: Caroline Grunewald '15, co-winner, Adam Gordon Poetry Prize for First-Year Students; Anna MacDonald '15, co-winner, Adam Gordon Poetry Prize for First-Year Students; Nicholas Geisler '14, Rose B. Tager Prize; Sydney Wright-Schaner '13, co-winner, Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Creative Writing; Martin Cain '13, Ralph E. and Doris M. Hansmann Poetry Prize, George A. Watrous Prize for Poetry, George A. Watrous Prize for Most Promising, co-winner Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Creative Writing.
Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village, #18 on map
2 – 5 p.m.
Bruce Climbing Wall Open for Parents and Siblings of Students
The 3,000-square foot climbing facility offers rope and lead climbing, as well as a bouldering area. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and must be at least 8 to climb. Shoes, harnesses, belay devices and instruction provided.
Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center, #64 on map
2:30 p.m.
Election Debate: Should Obama Be Reelected?
Join Hamilton College Democrats and Republicans for a debate on the upcoming presidential elections. The debate will be moderated by Philip Klinkner, James S. Sherman Professor of Government. The team of College Democrats will be led by Will Rusche '13 and the team of College Republicans will be led by Sarah Larson '15. Oral Communications Center Director Susan Mason and Coordinator Jim Helmer will critique the proceedings.
Bradford Auditorium, Room 125, Kirner-Johnson, #14 on map
 
3 p.m.
FAMILY COLLEGE: Wellin Museum of Art
Gallery talk on current exhibition
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, #82 on map
4 p.m.
Outreach Adventure 2012 Slide Show
An Outreach Adventure reunion to introduce your family to your crazy trip mates and leaders. Even if your family cannot make the weekend, come see some slides of your adventures and recount the tales of service at your sites, the high ropes course, closing banquet and the places where you stayed in Utica, Rome and beyond. Come and rehash the good old days! Cider and doughnuts from Clinton's own Cider Mill will be served!
Room G041, Taylor Science Center, #97 on map
5 p.m. & 5:45 p.m.
Adirondack Adventure 2012 Slide Show
Experience Adirondack Adventure in living color as outdoor leadership staff presents slides from the first-year orientation program.
Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center G027, #42 on map
5 p.m.
Catholic Mass
Officiated by Rev. John P. Croghan, Newman Chaplain
Chapel, #51 on map
5 – 8 p.m. 
On-Campus Dinner
($8.50 cash per person)
Soper Hall of Commons, #58 on map
6:30 p.m.
Family Weekend Dinner Party
($35 per adult,  children 10 and younger free)
Avoid the hassle of finding a restaurant and making reservations by joining other Hamilton families for a fun and casual buffet dinner.  Choose: 

Daniele's Banquet, 8360 Seneca Tpke., New Hartford, NY (9 minute drive)
OR
Skenandoa Club, 7105 Norton Ave, Clinton, NY ( 3 minute drive)

Pre-registration requested (walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows)

8 p.m.
CAB Comedy: UCB TourCo
The UCB TourCo cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York and Los Angeles to put on an hour of completely unscripted comedy that is truly awesome in every sense of the word. The UCB TourCo represents the "next-wave" in comedy, proven by the fact that the group has counted Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Rob Riggle (The Daily Show), and Zach Woods (The Office) among its ranks.
Fillius Events Barn, Beinecke Student Activities Village, #18 on map
7:30 p.m.  
Orchestra and Jazz Performances
Led by "Doctuh" Mike Woods, the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble performs new tunes and jazz standards in a program shared with the Hamilton College Orchestra. Free admission.
Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, #82 on map
9:30 p.m.  
A Cappella Concert
Featuring the Buffers, Hamiltones, Special K, Tumbling After and Duelly Noted
Chapel, #51 on map
 

Sunday, October 28

9:30 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
Family members are invited to sing in an informal chapel choir rehearsal.
Chapel, #51 on map
Noon – 5 p.m. 
Wellin Museum Open
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, #82 on map
10 a.m. 
Community Church Service & Brunch

Protestant worship with student leaders and musicians.
Brunch to follow upstairs in the Chapel Loft.
Chapel, #51 on map

11 a.m. – noon
Hillel Bagel Brunch
Before you hit the road, come learn more about Jewish life on campus and have a bagel.
Azel Backus House, #56 on map
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brunch on the Village Green with the Clinton merchants
Enjoy a stroll and light brunch in the tent on the green in Village of Clinton. Featuring vegetarian chili to warm you up on a cold fall day!
1 p.m.  
Catholic Mass
Officiated by Rev. John P. Croghan, Newman Chaplain
Chapel, #51 on map
2 – 5 p.m.
Bruce Climbing Wall Open for Parents and Siblings of Students
The 3,000-square foot climbing facility offers rope and lead climbing, as well as a bouldering area. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and must be at least 8-years-old to climb. Shoes, harnesses, belay devices and instruction provided.
Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center, #64 on map
 

 

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