Schedule of Events for Saturday, October 25, 2014

All Family Weekend events and activities are completely optional. There are no required events. The most important thing to do is spend some quality time with your student.

8 a.m.-noon Information and sign-in table will be open in the Reid Campus Center. Pick up a printed schedule of Family Weekend events and tickets for Varsity Nordic Improv Group and Planetarium shows.

8-8:50 a.m. All Parents Coffee. Meet other parents and join us for coffee, scones and fruit. Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life & Housing and the Parents Leadership Committee. Reid Campus Center, Café.

9-9:50 a.m. George Bridges, President of Whitman College, Welcome. Featuring a special performance by Sirens of Swank. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Farmer’s Market. Featuring late-season produce, Walla Walla gifts, and musical entertainment. Corner of 4th and Main.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Whitman Fencing Club will hold a demonstration tournament. Front steps of Cordiner Hall.

10 a.m.-noon Alumni Swim Meet. Watch the current varsity team take on Wiley Alumni swimmers returning from various graduation years. The competition will be both heated and fun! Coffee and pastries provided by the W Club. Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, Harvey Pool.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Providence St. Mary Foundation/ Sigma Chi Silent Wine Auction. Please join the men of Sigma Chi to help raise money for the Providence St. Mary Foundation. The proceeds of this event will go entirely to the Walla Walla Providence St. Mary Foundation.  The Providence St. Mary foundation is a non-profit apart from the hospital, with a mission to help local patients access state-of-the-art health care, close to home, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. We have spent the past few months gathering bottles of the area's finest wines to auction off at this event, as well as gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, etc. All of these items have been generously donated by Walla Walla businesses. We hope you can join us for this exciting opportunity to support our community and explore the area's rich wine-making tradition. Reid Campus Center, Room 110. 

10:30 a.m.-noon Parents Encounters Discussion Groups with Rogers Miles and other First-Year Encounters faculty. Reading assignment: Plato’s Symposium (Hackett) ISBN: 0-87220-076-0, consider in particular pp.61-77. All parents are invited to participate. A reception (with coffee available) will precede the 11 a.m. discussion. Meet in Room 207 on the second floor of the Reid Campus Center.

11 a.m. Admission Tour with Information Session to follow (noon). Meet at Penrose House.

11 a.m. Off-Campus Studies presentation. Student participants of Whitman’s study abroad and U.S. partner programs will provide a glimpse into their learning experiences worldwide. In addition, information for parents and families about Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies will be provided by Susan Holme, director. Olin Hall, Room 130.

11-1:30 a.m. **First Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Family Brunch in Jewett and Prentiss dining halls. Special price: $5 cash for all family members and guests not on a board plan; free for children 5 and under.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. **Second Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

Noon Women’s Soccer vs. Linfield College. Whitman Athletic Complex.

12:30-1 p.m. **Third Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

1 p.m. Whitman College Cycling Club invites you to join them for a 60 to 90 minute ride; group might be divided up into different rides based on ability level, and there's a possible stop at a local coffee shop following the rides. Participants will need to provide their own bicycles, helmets, etc. Rentals are available at Allegro Cyclery on Main Street. Meeting in front of Reid Campus Center.

1-3 p.m. Chemistry Department Open House. Come see what students are doing in General Chemistry Lab! Fun, hands-on lab activities for siblings or parents. Hall of Science, Room 242.

1-5 p.m. Día de los Muertos Steamroller Print Project. The second annual Día de los Muertos Steamroller Print Project is a way to bring artists, students, and the community together for a collaborative art event that celebrates the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. Giant relief prints (4’x4’ and 4’x8’) are created by Whitman printmaking students using a steamroller as a printing press. The resulting prints will be displayed at the event and available for exhibition and sale as a fundraiser. Families are welcome to watch or join in the fun at a community activity table where people can carve their own mini-relief blocks, which can be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller that day. This event is sponsored in partnership with Shakespeare Walla Walla, Whitman College, Carnegie Picture Lab, and ArtWalla. Contact Nicole Pietrantoni (pietran@whitman.edu), Professor of Art, for more information. Power House Theatre at 111 6th Avenue in downtown Walla Walla.

1:15-1:45 p.m. **Fourth Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

1:30 p.m. An Expedition Down Siberia’s Bauskaus River: Class V Whitewater Russian Style. Ben Hammond '84, a geology major at Whitman and parent of Cole Hammond ’18, will offer a slide presentation from his expedition to the Bauskaus River in Siberia. Ben was the member of a team that was awarded the Gore and Associates Shipton/Tillman Grant, which facilitated making their joint US/Russian whitewater expedition possible, and resulted in the first American cataract descent of the Bauskaus. In addition to slides and commentary, discussion and Q and A will follow. Olin Hall, Room 130.

2-2:30 p.m. **Fifth Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

2-3 p.m. Varsity Nordic Improv Group. A performance by Whitman’s premier improvisation group. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table. Performance held in Maxey Hall Auditorium.

2-4 p.m. **Family Open Climb sponsored by the Whitman Outdoor Program. Explore the vertical world of rock climbing at Whitman’s very own Climbing Center. Our friendly student staff will help you find the gear you need, give you some pointers on how to climb, and coach you and your family on how to spot each other. You will be able to climb on belay to the top of our 38-foot wall or scramble around in our bouldering area. Ages 6 and up; please keep in mind that parents need to sign consent paperwork for minors. $7 per person for family members, free for Whitman students. Sherwood Athletic Center, Climbing Wall.

2:30 p.m. Rhythms of India, a bhangra/bollywood dance company, will bring a performance that gets everyone excited about the culture and performing arts of India. You will be inspired by the rich and vibrant nature of their dances, and you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of Indian culture through the dance-art form. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

2:30-3:20 p.m. The Student Engagement Center presents “Internships and Experiential Learning, Added Value for a Liberal Arts Education.” Students will present their volunteer, internship and community fellow experiences. Their presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session facilitated by Kim Rolfe, director of business engagement, and Victoria Wolff, internship coordinator. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theater.

2:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. George Fox University. Whitman Athletic Complex.

2:45-3:15 p.m. **Sixth Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

3:30-4 p.m. **Seventh Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

4-5 p.m. Alumni Parent Reception. The Whitman College Alumni Association invites alumni parents to a Wine and Cheese Social. Meet fellow Whittie parents and compare and contrast your student’s experience to your experience as a student! Baker Center.

4 p.m. Whitties on Mounts Everest, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and Kenya. Presentation by Robert Carson, Phillips Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies. Four of Bob’s international trips for students and alums have been to the highest peaks on three continents: Africa in 2001 and 2010, Asia in 2005, and South America in 2009.  Each trip was preceded by a semester-long seminar on the countries visited: Kenya and Tanzania, Tibet, and Chile and Argentina.  The students learned about the geology, biology, history, politics, and economics of each region.  The PowerPoint will show Whitman students summiting Kilimanjaro, climbing to Point Lenana on Mt. Kenya, ascending Cerro Bonete above Aconcagua's base camp, and reaching Camp I on Everest. Olin Hall, Room 130.

4:15-4:45 p.m. **Eighth Planetarium Show of the Heavens. Pick up free tickets for this event in advance at the Reid Campus Center sign-in table; latecomers cannot be seated. Hosted by the Department of Astronomy. Hall of Science, Clise Planetarium, Room 156.

5:30-7 p.m. Dinner in Prentiss Dining Hall. Family members are invited to enjoy their student’s experience. Special Price: $7 cash for all family members and guests not on a board plan; free for children 5 and under.

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. An intrepid Victorian adventuress, a Japanese Emperor’s mistress, Pope Joan, and a Flemish avenger are the honored guests at Marlene’s celebration of her promotion to the head of a London employment agency. Caryl Churchill’s seminal play considers the sacrifices and compromises that come with rising to the top. Tickets (available October 13): $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, call the Box Office at (509) 527-5180. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt.

8:30-10 p.m. SpeakEasy Concert. A charity concert featuring Whitman’s finest a cappella groups. Admission is free, while a $5-$10 donation is recommended. All proceeds will go to the local SOS Healthcare Clinic and to fund future events held by the Pre-Health Society. A great night of music for everyone! Cordiner Hall.

** indicates activities that are very interactive and designed for siblings and other young (or young at heart) visitors.