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.

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 the T-Tones, 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.-12 p.m. The Whitman Fencing Club will hold a demonstration tournament. Front steps of Cordiner Hall.

10 a.m. Art Tours: Join a student-guided tour of works in Whitman's campus art collection. Tours start at the entrance to the Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall.

10:00-10:50 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 Susan Holme, Director, and Barbara Hoffman, Associate Director. Olin Hall, Room 138.

10 am - 12 pm Club Tennis Family and Friends Tournament. Enter this doubles tournament with your Whitman student, friend, or family member and support Club Tennis fundraising efforts. The entrance fee is $20 per doubles team.  Sign up by Friday Oct. 19th by emailing rambome@whitman.edu. There will be prizes! Tournament will be on the Outdoor tennis courts (Indoors, in case of rain).

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. Reading assignment: Octavia Butler's "Parable of the Sower", chapters 1-5.  Families are invited to participate (not suitable for children). 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. "Fossils in Eastern Washington: Rodents to Camels (and Everything in Between)" with Pat Spencer, Grace F. Phillips Professor of Geology.  Olin 129.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Men's and Women's Golf Invitational. Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Make-A-Difference Day at Walla Walla's Pioneer Park. Our local public park is a blessing for Whitman campus and Walla Walla as a whole, so once a year we try and give back a little and assist the gardener with winter prep. If you want to learn a little more about Whitman's hometown, check out this historic piece of public land, and help others to enjoy it in the future, consider joining us! Snacks provided. We will meet in the Reid Campus Center, room 110 at 11 a.m. before heading to the park. If possible, please RSVP to serviceevents@whitman.edu so we know how many people to expect. 

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Silent Auction for The STAR Project. Come support the Successful Transition and Re-Entry (STAR) Project fundraiser put on by this year's Mx. Whitman Contestants. The STAR Project works to provide housing, job opportunities, education, addiction support, and counseling to those recently released from prison. 30% of those released from prison return within 3 years. The STAR Project works to ensure success and self-sufficiency upon release. Kappa Kappa Gamma organizes the Mx. Whitman fundraiser each year, which culminates with a performance in Cordiner Hall at 7pm on Saturday, November 3rd. Donate at paypal.com/mxwhitman2018 or venmo mx-whitman2018. Reid Campus Center, Stevens Gallery.

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.

1:30-2 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.

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 p.m. Women's Tennis Match vs. UC Santa Cruz, Outdoor Tennis Courts. (In case of inclement weather, Bratton Tennis Courts)

2 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 www.whitman.edu/hjt.

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 at the entrance to the Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall.

3 p.m. The Sheehan Gallery Hosts a Talk With Guest Curator, Dr. Catherine Craig. Dr. Craig is formerly a professor of ecology and conservation at Yale and Harvard and now a Senior Research Associate at Whitman. In addition to her academic endeavors, Dr. Craig is also president and founder of the CPALI organization (Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, International), which works globally with rural farmers to develop sustainable livelihoods able to support both people and ecosystems. The exhibition, Requiem for a Rainforest, features a variety of handmade textiles produced through CPALI's Madagascar programs. Accompanying these textiles, Requiem also holds a rich array of photos and text explaining the CPALI program and Malagasy textile production processes, as well as pieces by international artists using CPALI fibers in their studio work. Olin Hall, Room 138.

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 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 for Career Development, and Victoria Wolff, Assistant Director for Internship Programs. 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 Reading Room for some tea and assorted treats. 

4:30 p.m. Delta Gamma presents "Bites Without Lights". You are invited to attend a dining-in-the-dark reception to learn about the United Blind of Walla Walla and the Delta Gamma Foundation. All donations can be made to either group at https://www.memberplanet.com/campaign/deltagammafoundation/biteswithoutlightsdonate. Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom.  

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 p.m. Whitman Volleyball vs. George Fox University, Sherwood Athletic Center.

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 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 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 and to fund future events held by the Pre-Health Society and SOS Volunteers Club. 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.