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2019 Family Weekend

Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29, 2019

Each fall, Earlham College proudly welcomes parents, grandparents, other family members, and friends, to explore campus and get a firsthand look at what life is like for our students on campus.  This weekend offers an opportunity to visit your student’s campus home, meet other Earlham families, take part in campus events, interact with faculty and staff from across the college, experience collegiate athletics events, and explore the Richmond community.  Attendance at all events on campus is free.

Accommodations

There are a number of lodging options located within a reasonable distance to campus. For more information, visit the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau or WayNet.

Provided Meals

Light refreshments will be provided at the Parent and Family Reception on Friday, September 27, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., in the Friends Room in the Earlham Dining Hall.

There will be no cost to attend Breakfast with the President on Saturday, September 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the Friends Room in the Earlham Dining Hall. You must register in advance to attend this event.

We invite you to join us for lunch on Saturday, September 28, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., in the Earlham Dining Hall. Each family will be provided with two complimentary meal tickets for lunch when they check-in. Your student will be able to use their meal plan. Additional meals can be purchased for $9.20 plus tax.

Families and friends will be able to eat in the Earlham Dining Hall for other meals. Please see their hours and prices below:

Friday, September 27

Breakfast: 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. ($7.35 plus tax)

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ($9.20 plus tax)

Dinner: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. ($11.45 plus tax)

Saturday, September 28

Dinner: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ($11.45 plus tax)

For those looking for dining options within the Richmond Community, we encourage you to visit the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau or WayNet.

Register & Check-in

Registration is free, but we do ask that you confirm attendance and the number of your party. 

Once you arrive on campus, please check in with us so we can provide you with a packet of information for the weekend and your complimentary meal tickets. The check-in table will be located in the Runyan Center across from the Information Desk.  

To register, please complete the 2019 Earlham College Family Weekend Registration Form.

Toiletries Drive

Families and friends are encouraged to help support students in need by making a donation to our Toiletries Drive! Items accepted include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, combs, brushes, razors, shaving cream, sanitary items, paper towels and laundry detergent. Donations can be dropped off at the check-in table in the Runyan Center across from the Information Desk.

Schedule

Below you will find a schedule of events for Family Weekend 2019. Please note that dates, times, locations and programs are subject to change. Additional events will be added over the coming weeks along with their complete descriptions.

Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to Yemi Mahoney at mahonye@earlham.edu or 765-983-1606.

 

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Check-In
Runyan Center Information Desk
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Toiletries Drive
Runyan Center Information Desk
Families and friends are encouraged to help support students in need by making a donation to our Toiletries Drive! Items accepted include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, combs, brushes, razors, shaving cream, sanitary items, paper towels and laundry detergent. Donations can be dropped off at the check-in table in the Runyan Center at the Information Desk.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Attend Open Classes
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. — Intermediate Spanish — CARP 211
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. — Introduction to Neuroscience — CST 300
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Beginner’s Chinese — CARP 214
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Beginner’s Japanese — CARP 212
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Introduction to Psychology — LBC 105
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Spanish for Social Justice — CARP 315
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Intermediate French — CARP 221
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. — Basic French I — CARP 213
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Basic German 1 — CARP 220
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Intermediate Chinese — CARP 221
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. — Intermediate Japanese — CARP 212
1:00 – 2:20 p.m. — Social Deviance — LBC 327
1:00 – 2:20 p.m. — CLL Colloquium — CARP 211
1:00 – 2:20 p.m. — Elementary Statistics — CST 315
2:30 – 3:50 p.m. — Anthropology of Thought — CST 316

CARP = Carpenter Hall
CST = Center for Science and Technology
LBC = Landrum Bolling Center
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sociology & Anthropology Department Open House
Landrum Bolling Center - Room 328
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. #STEMatSLAC: What's so special about STEM at small liberal arts colleges?
Landrum Bolling Center – Room 309
Your STEM student has chosen Earlham College when they could have gone to other places. Michelle Tong, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will share stories from the classroom and lab that highlight what makes STEM special at Earlham.
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Family Weekend Speaking of Politics
Landrum Bolling Center - Room 201
We live in a period of dramatic political changes, both here in the United States and around the globe. We welcome students and families to join us for pizza (the great unifier) to learn about what the Politics Department has to offer to prospective Politics, International Studies, and Public Policy majors, and how the department helps prepare students to be morally sensitive leaders for future generations. The lunch will also be an opportunity to discuss the current events that are shaping our world, in a conversation facilitated by Politics faculty who have a broad range of interests and expertise to bring to the table. This event is open to anyone on the political spectrum, and we hope that all attendees will come with an open mind and ready to give respect to the different perspectives that are represented in our community.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Department of Languages and Cultures Open House
Second Floor of Carpenter Hall
1:30 p.m. Helping Your Student Navigate their EPIC Journey
Landrum Bolling Center - Room 105 (Loose Lecture Hall)
Is your student making the most of their Earlham experience? Faculty from the EPIC Center for Global and Career Education will give you tips for helping your student embark on their own EPIC Journey through college. Topics discussed will include off-campus study, internships, student employment, research opportunities, and more.
2:20 p.m. Friday (Muslim) Prayers
Teague Library
Join Muslim Student Association at Teague Library (small brick house near Public Safety) for Jumuah Prayer. Everyone is welcome!
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Health & Counseling Services Open House
Earlham Hall — (First floor in west wing)
Meet and greet the campus counselors and nurses. If you have questions, please reach out to the Associate Dean of Student Life for Health and Wellness Jessica Sanford.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Faculty/Staff Reception for Families
Friends Room – Dining Hall
This event is an informal mixer designed to bring together important partners in the success of our students – families and Earlham faculty and staff. There will be no official program. Light refreshments will be served.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mid-Autumn Festival
May-Crosson Student Commons – Runyan Student Center 
This event, hosted by the EC Chinese program in cooperation with the Vietnamese Student Association, will feature free food including mooncakes and performances.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Indoor Rock Climbing
Solomon Climbing Wall – First Floor of the Athletics and Wellness Center
Explore new heights on Earlham's indoor climbing wall! Student staff from the Outdoor Education program will be on-hand to "show you the ropes" and to belay climbers. No experience required. Shoes, harnesses, and helmets provided. Children must be older than 5 and weigh at least 50 pounds to climb. Climbers under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
7:00 p.m. Earlham Christian Fellowship
Virginia Cottage
Earlham Christian Fellowship (ECF) meets in Virginia Cottage every Friday night from 7-8:30pm. Come join your fellow students for worship, prayer, games, music and discussion of the Bible and how it relates to our everyday lives. All are welcome. 
7:00 p.m. Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
Lingle Recital Hall - Center for Visual & Performing Arts
9:00 p.m. Comedian: Justin Rupple
Lingle Recital Hall - Center for Visual & Performing Arts
Bring your families and your friends to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Friday, September 27 in Lingle, hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB)! Enjoy free snacks, laughs, and family fun with our First Fridays Film Series. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. and all are welcome to join. Following the movie, SAB will welcome voice actor, Justin Rupple (voice of "Tuffnut"), at approximately 9 p.m. for an hour of stand-up comedy and impressions.

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

This film is rated PG.
8:00 a.m. - Noon Richmond Farmer’s Market
Jack Elstro Plaza (47 N 6th Street, Richmond)
Come on out to the Richmond Farmers Market at Jack Elstro Plaza and support your local farmers and creators! Our vendors sell local produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, handcrafted artisan goods, and much more! The Market also frequently features food trucks, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. The Market runs on Saturday mornings (8 a.m. to Noon) from May - October, and on Tuesday evenings (4 to 7 p.m.) from July - September.
9:00 a.m. - Noon Check-In
Runyan Student Center Information Desk
9:00 a.m. - Noon Toiletries Drive
Runyan Student Center Information Desk
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CoLab Open House
CoLab (Noyes Hall – 1st Floor)
Join us in the CoLab for an Open House and see how students interface with The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, The Center for Environmental Leadership, The Center for Social Justice, and The Center for Global Health. The CoLab supports EPIC by providing dedicated spaces to foster collaboration and debate around 21st century challenges and issues. Faculty and students will be present to highlight areas of success in each Center and discuss future opportunities for student engagement.
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Breakfast with the President
Friends Room — Dining Hall (Earlham Hall)
Families are invited to join Anne Houtman, Earlham’s first woman president, for a breakfast buffet and conversation. Members of the Earlham community who are not registering for Family Weekend but would like to attend this event, should RSVP to mahonye@earlham.edu.
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Strength Cycle Class
Athletics and Wellness Center
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Water Fitness Class
Athletics and Wellness Center
11:00 a.m. - Noon Historical Walking Tour of Earlham
Lilly Library (Meet in front of main doors.)
In the event of rain this event will occur in LBC 201.

Join Tom Hamm, Director of Special Collections and Professor of History, for this must-do tour that highlights the history and culture of the Earlham campus.
11:00 a.m. Campus Tour
Tyler Hall (Meet in front of the building.)
In the event of rain the tour will depart from the Center for Science and Technology atrium.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Oktoberfest
Depot District
Break out your Lederhosen and brush up on your German! Come celebrate the coming of Oktober with friends and soon-to-be-made friends at this year’s OKTOBERFEST in the Historic Depot District of Richmond, Indiana! During this family friendly event, enjoy delicious German food & try locally made beer from the Depot District’s New Boswell Brewery while playing games, listening to live music and browsing locally made goods and crafts at the street fair.
11:00 a.m. - Noon August Wilderness Presentation of Learning
CoLab (Noyes Hall - 1st Floor)
Participants in this year's August Wilderness (Earlham's wilderness-based pre-orientation program) will offer highlights from their backcountry adventures in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. They will discuss the skills they gained, the lessons they learned, and the friendships they made along the way.
Noon - 4:00 p.m. Team M & M (Balloon Specialties & Body Art)
Runyan Center
“Mike da Roving Guy” is a genuine EXPERT LATEX MANIPULATION TECHNICIAN (OK, he ties balloons!) . . . actually, he is one of the country’s best balloon artists, with creations limited only by your imagination. Margaret is truly an artiste in the body art sphere. With her freehand style (no stencil), each piece she creates is literally an original work of art, and she takes Face-painting to a whole new level. This husband and wife duo will be rocking your world from Noon - 4 p.m. in the Runyan Center Hallway on September 28!
1:00 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. MacMurray
Matlack-Messer Stadium
1:00 p.m. Miller Farm Tree Planting
Miller Farm
1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Full Dome Movie: "Habitat Earth"
Joseph Moore Museum
Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. The full dome movie explores the biological and artificial networks and their intersection, and how humans can protect these connections. The movie is suitable for all ages.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EC Parents’ Council Brainstorming Meeting
Richmond Room - Landrum Bolling Center
In recognition of the important role parents and families play in the success of their children’s college experience, Earlham will be starting a Parents’ Council this year. This group will: serve as a liaison between the parent community and the College, allowing parents to have a voice and the College to share important information with them. This meeting will allow parents to provide important input on the group’s structure, mission, goals, initiatives, etc.
2:00 & 4:00 p.m. Planetarium Show
Joseph Moore Museum
The planetarium provides the campus and community with a place to explore the universe. With its state of the art digital projector, visitors can learn about the constellations and the mythology behind them, they can zoom in for a close-up look at the planets and their moons as well as other galaxies and nebulae.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. International Festival
Comstock Room — Runyan Center
Mark your calendars. The International Student Coalition is hosting an International Festival. There will be food, music, interactive games and performances.
2:30 p.m. Indiana Archaeology Month Behind the Scenes Collection Tour
Dennis Hall – Room 014
Celebrate Indiana Archaeology Month at the Joseph Moore Museum! View some of the highlights of the archaeological collections including rare items from around the world as well as Hopewell and Adena items from our own region. Many of these items have not been on display for over a decade.
3:00 p.m. Men's Soccer vs. MacMurray
Matlack-Messer Stadium
3:30 p.m. Spear Throwing and Atlatl Demonstration
Joseph Moore Museum
Learn how various historic cultures have used spears and spear throwers (atlatl) to improve their hunting. Participants will meet in the lobby of Joseph Moore Museum and have the opportunity to try spear throwing with and without an atlatl.
5:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. Thiel
Druley Performance Gymnasium
7:30 p.m. Music & Theatre Department Showcase Concert
Lingle Recital Hall – Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
The Music and Theatre departments present a musical showcase, featuring most of our performing groups plus a preview of the fall musical collaboration.Featured will be: Javanese Gamelan; Hand Drum Ensemble and Rhythm Project; Latin Jazz Ensemble; Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus; Gospel Revelations Choir; Chamber orchestra with the cast of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with welcoming gamelan music performed in the Birenbaum Atrium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Owl Prowl
Joseph Moore Museum
Come meet the amazing owls from the Animal Care Alliance actively learn about these nocturnal creatures that inhabit our woods and neighborhoods. Followed by a guided tour of Earlham’s woods to seek out our wild friends. Experts on hand to help us discover our woodlands nocturnal animals. Wear comfy clothes and sturdy shoes. All ages welcome this is a free event!
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. College Meeting for Worship
Stout Meetinghouse
Plowshares Assistant Professor of Religion Rebekah Trollinger speaks on the principle of integrity in a semi-programmed service in the manner of Friends.
1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Full Dome Movie: "Habitat Earth"
Joseph Moore Museum
Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. The full dome movie explores the biological and artificial networks and their intersection, and how humans can protect these connections. The movie is suitable for all ages.
2:00 & 4:00 p.m. Planetarium Show
Joseph Moore Museum
The planetarium provides the campus and community with a place to explore the universe. With its state of the art digital projector, visitors can learn about the constellations and the mythology behind them, they can zoom in for a close-up look at the planets and their moons as well as other galaxies and nebulae.
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Jewish Cultural Center (446 College Avenue)
Please join your fellow students to celebrate Jewish holiday marking the first day of the Jewish year.

 

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