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. Some events subject to change.

Below is the schedule for the 2019 weekend.

3-7 p.m. Information and sign-in table will be open in the Reid Campus Center foyer. Pick up a printed schedule of Family Weekend events and tickets for Varsity Nordic Improv Group and Planetarium shows (Saturday events).

3-4 p.m. Student Engagement Center Open House. You are invited to spend an afternoon in the Student Engagement Center. Meet the SEC staff, learn more about community service, career development, internships, business engagement and much more. Refreshments will be provided. Reid Campus Center, 219. 

3:30-4:30 p.m. The Annual Family Weekend Whitman Cookie Contest is back for its 10th year! It will take place on the ground floor of the Reid Campus Center where passersby are free to sample & vote on their favorite cookies. The top three baker will receive a baking related prize! The Glover Alston Center (GAC) will be reserved for use from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for families to bake together.  Since space in the GAC is limited, you may consider baking in the section lounge of your student's residence hall or off-campus house. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide ingredients for the cookies. Feel free to e-mail spevents@whitman.edu with questions, comments or concerns.
 
4:15 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.

4:30-6 p.m. Faculty/ Parent Social. Mingle with some faculty members from a variety of departments. Parents only. Wine, beer and other refreshments will be served. Baker Center.

5-5:30 p.m. "Fridays at 5" Hillel-Shalom Shabbat Reception. Meet other Hillel-Shalom students and parents as you welcome Shabbat by lighting candles and eating freshly baked challah. Spiritual Activities Room, Prentiss Hall, Room 10, on the bottom floor.  

6:30-8:30 p.m. Bluegrass Jam. Families are welcome to stop by, listen, or even participate in a jam session with local community members, Whitman College faculty, staff, and students as they play some bluegrass music in Lyman House's main lounge.

7 p.m. Whitman Sampler Concert. Enjoy performances by the Whitman Chorale and Chamber Singers (directed by Miles Canaday), Orchestra (directed by Paul Luongo), Wind Ensemble (directed by Gary Gemberling), and Jazz Ensemble I (directed by Doug Scarborough). Cordiner Hall. 

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)" by Barbara Field and directed by Annaliese Baker. A brilliant scientist. An extraordinary imagination. A boundary crossed. After a terrible chain of murder and horror, both creation and creator must come face to face in a final, terrible showdown that marries past and present into one. This genderblind production finds an exhausted and dying Frankenstein finally tracking down the Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong they have committed, Frankenstein wrestles with responsibility and guilt in what becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil- culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?" Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, you can either call the Box Office at 509-527-5180 or order tickets online. When you order tickets online, use the code "Family" to get tickets for half the price! Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to performances. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt

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. Welcome by Kathleen Murray, 14th President of Whitman College. Featuring a special performance by Schwa, one of Whitman's a capella groups. 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. Alumni Swim Meet. Watch the current varsity team take on Wiley Alumni swimmers returning from various graduation years. Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, Harvey Pool. 

10 a.m. Art Tours: Join a student-guided tour of works in Whitman's campus art collection. Tours start in the entrance to the Reid Campus Center.

10-10:50 am.  Whitties in the World:  Off-Campus Studies (Study Abroad) presentation.  Travel the world with student participants of Whitman's study abroad programs who will provide a visual odyssey into their learning experiences worldwide. Important tips for parents and families as well as answers to frequently asked questions will be provided by Barbara Hoffman, Associate Director of Off-Campus Studies. Olin Hall, Room 138.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Alpha Eta Chapter of Delta Gamma at Whitman College is hosting "Desserts with DG", a bake sale to benefit our Service for Sight philanthropy. Half of the proceeds from this event will benefit the programs of the Delta Gamma Foundation, while the other half will benefit the programs of The United Blind of Walla Walla. Pick up some fall treats at our table in front of Reid Campus Center.

10:30-11a.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.

10:30 a.m.-noon Family Encounters Discussion Groups with Peter Shultz and other First-Year Encounters faculty. We will discuss the following poems from Audre Lorde's collection The Black Unicorn (1978): "The Black Unicorn," "A Woman Speaks," "From the House of Yemanjá," "Coniagui Women," "A Rock Thrown Into the Water Does Not Fear the Cold." Families are invited to participate (not suitable for children). A reception with coffee 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.-12 p.m. The Whitman Fencing Club will hold a demonstration tournament. Front steps of Cordiner Hall.

11 a.m. "One Hundred and Thirty Years in the Shadow of the Concrete Mama: What the Washington State Penitentiary Has Meant to the Community of Walla Walla and to Our Very Own Whitman College" with Keith Farrington, Professor of Sociology and Laura and Carl Peterson Endowed Chair of the Social Sciences. Olin 138.

11:15-11:45 a.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-12:30 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.

12-2 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. 

12:45-1:15 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 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 - 4 pm Fall Fest. The Whitman Events Board (WEB) is excited to celebrate our second annual Fall Festival! We will have free pumpkin carving on the Cleveland Field (while supplies last), accompanied by everyone's favorite fall snacks, a photo-booth, and Halloween movies playing in Stanton! Feel free to wear your Halloween costumes! We can't wait to celebrate fall with y'all! In case of rain, Fall Fest will be in the Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.

1:30-2 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.

1:30-3 p.m. Whittie Allies 101 Training. This one-hour workshop will provide supportive information to families of LGTBQIA+ students. This workshop presents: basic vocabulary and definitions, helpful strategies for you to help support your student, techniques to manage your own needs, and academic and other support services available to your Whitman student. There will be a Q &A period as well as resource lists for you to take away. All are welcome! Reid 207

2-4 p.m. **Family Open Climb sponsored by the Whitman Outdoor Program. Explore the vertical world of rock climbing at the 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. $8 per person for family members, free for Whitman students. Sherwood Athletic Center, Climbing Wall. Free rental equipment during family open climb.

2-4 p.m. Come join Whitman's Intramural Sports Committee on the Reid Center side lawn to learn more about IM sports and compete to win a coveted blue shirt in our family weekend Spikeball Tournament! All abilities welcome. Refreshments included!

2 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)" by Barbara Field and directed by Annaliese Baker. A brilliant scientist. An extraordinary imagination. A boundary crossed. After a terrible chain of murder and horror, both creation and creator must come face to face in a final, terrible showdown that marries past and present into one. This genderblind production finds an exhausted and dying Frankenstein finally tracking down the Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong they have committed, Frankenstein wrestles with responsibility and guilt in what becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil- culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?" Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, you can either call the Box Office at 509-527-5180 or order tickets online. When you order tickets online, use the code "Family" to get tickets for half the price! Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to performances. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt

2-6 p.m. Kappa Kappa Gamma is hosting a silent auction in Reid 110 as a part of our Mx. Whitman fundraiser for the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network. The WWVDN is a local nonprofit that focuses on providing training, emotional support, resource referrals, disability awareness training and social and recreational opportunities to individuals in our community that are in need of inaccessible services. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the WWVDN. Please consider stopping by and donating!

2:15-2:45 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 p.m. Art Tours: Join a student-guided tour of works in Whitman's campus art collection. Tours start in the entrance to the Reid Campus Center.

3-3:30 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.

3-3:50 p.m. The Student Engagement Center presents "Internships, Experiential Learning and Involvement in the Walla Walla Community - Added Value for a Liberal Arts Education." Members of the SEC will give an overview of the Center's programs and initiatives. A panel of students will then present their community engagement, leadership, internship and community-based learning experiences. Their presentations will be followed by a Q and A session facilitated by SEC staff. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theater.

3:45-4:15 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.

4 p.m. Prentiss Family Tea Time. For families of students who live in Prentiss Hall: you are invited to join your students in the Prentiss Great Hall for some tea and assorted treats. 

4 p.m. Anderson Family Tea Time. For families of students who live in Anderson Hall: you are invited to the Anderson Main Lounge for tea, treats, and mingling.

4 p.m. Alumnae Women's Basketball. Watch the current varsity team take on the alumnae from various graduation years. Sherwood Athletic Center.

4:30-5 p.m. **Ninth 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.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Alumni Parent Reception. The Whitman College Alumni Association Board of Directors 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, 364 Boyer Avenue.

5-6 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.

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)" by Barbara Field and directed by Annaliese Baker. A brilliant scientist. An extraordinary imagination. A boundary crossed. After a terrible chain of murder and horror, both creation and creator must come face to face in a final, terrible showdown that marries past and present into one. This genderblind production finds an exhausted and dying Frankenstein finally tracking down the Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong they have committed, Frankenstein wrestles with responsibility and guilt in what becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil- culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?" Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, you can either call the Box Office at 509-527-5180 or order tickets online. When you order tickets online, use the code "Family" to get tickets for half the price! Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to performances. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt

8-9:30 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 which provides free healthcare to the under-insured and uninsured Walla Walla and College Place communities. Please join us for a great night of music in Cordiner Hall!   

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

10 a.m. Art Tours: Join a student-guided tour of works in Whitman's campus art collection. Tours start in the entrance to the Reid Campus Center.

2 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents "Playing With Fire (After Frankenstein)" by Barbara Field and directed by Annaliese Baker. A brilliant scientist. An extraordinary imagination. A boundary crossed. After a terrible chain of murder and horror, both creation and creator must come face to face in a final, terrible showdown that marries past and present into one. This genderblind production finds an exhausted and dying Frankenstein finally tracking down the Creature in the lonely, frozen tundra of the North Pole. Determined to right the wrong they have committed, Frankenstein wrestles with responsibility and guilt in what becomes a confrontation between parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil- culminating in the Creature's agonizing question, "Why did you make me?" Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors (60+) and free for Whitman students with their student IDs. To make reservations, you can either call the Box Office at 509-527-5180 or order tickets online. When you order tickets online, use the code "Family" to get tickets for half the price! Tickets go on sale two weeks prior to performances. For more information, visit www.whitman.edu/hjt

3 p.m. Art Tours: Join a student-guided tour of works in Whitman's campus art collection. Tours start in the entrance to the Reid Campus Center.

Here are a few suggestions for other activities that you can do with your student throughout the weekend:

  • Meet your student’s roommate(s), housemate(s), or best friend(s).
  • Take a tour of the residence hall, interest house, fraternity, sorority, house or apartment where your student lives.
  • Walk to Pioneer Park.
  • Ask your student to give you a custom tour of their favorite places on campus.
  • Visit the Welty Student Health Center and have your student get a flu shot. The cost of the shot is $25.
  • Visit the Stevens Gallery in the Reid Campus Center and the Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall.
  • Take a sculpture and public art tour of campus.
  • Work out with your student at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center.
  • Borrow a bike from your student’s roommate or from Allegro Cyclery downtown and ride with your student up the Mill Creek trail to Rooks Park.
  • Take a walk around Bennington Lake (the local reservoir).
  • Go out for a milkshake at the Ice-Burg Drive-In or create your own frozen yogurt treat at Blue Palm. 

Residence Life and Housing

Memorial Building, room 130
509-527-5297