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.

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 9th 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 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. If possible, please RSVP to Sarah Schenkein at 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 Volleyball vs. Pacific University, Sherwood Athletic Center.

7-9:00 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 Big Love by Charles Mee and directed by Christopher Petit. Big Love retells Aeschylus's The Suppliants, setting the play in a villa in modern day Italy, where fifty brides have fled to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the play explores issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. Tickets (available October 3): $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