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.

8:30 a.m. Whitman College Student Engagement Center  invites you to join them for Make a Difference Day service projects! Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, with a long history of engagement by groups of volunteers coming together to serve their communities across the country and here in Walla Walla. A number of family-friendly service projects are available on a drop-in basis.  Join us for a fun morning of service, engagement, and reflection!  The kick-off event will be held in the Cordiner Foyer at 8:30am with service projects in the community running from 9am - 12 noon.  Reflection and refreshments will follow from 12-1pm in Reid Campus Center room 110. 

9-9:50 a.m. Welcome by Kathleen Murray, 14th President of Whitman College. 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.-12 p.m. The Whitman Fencing Club will hold a demonstration tournament. Front steps of Cordiner Hall.

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 at the entrance to the Sheehan Gallery in Olin Hall.

10-1 p.m. Backpack Program Assembly. Come support Blue Mountain Action Council's Backpack Program by attending a backpack assembly where you can build a weekend of meals for a food insecure student. Each bag of food assembled is delivered to a student to provide for them food over the weekend to decrease problems such as low school attendance, medical problems, and behavior that promotes outbursts, hyperactivity, and calls for attention. These backpacks are a testament of the impact that BMAC is making within the Walla Walla School Districts. Free Admission. Ankeny Field.

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 Parents Encounters Discussion Groups with Peter Shultz and other First-Year Encounters faculty. Reading assignment: Suras 96, 1, 112, 93, 94, and 15 in Ahmed Ali (trans.), Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation (Princeton) ISBN-10: 0691074992.  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. Lecture by Keith Farrington, Laura and Carl Peterson Endowed Chair of the Social Sciences. Did you know that there is a maximum-security state prison here in the city of Walla Walla? Do you want to learn more about it, and the part that it plays in our local community? If so, join Professor Farrington as he discusses the many ways in which "It's a Lot Further Than 1.9 Miles Between Whitman College and 1313 North 13th Avenue: Life Inside Walla Walla's Washington State Penitentiary." Olin 129.

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.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 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.

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 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Pacific University, Whitman Athletic Fields

 12-2 p.m. The Whitman Alpha Phis present Mac and Phis! Ticket price includes entry, a bowl of macaroni and cheese, an opportunity to join an eating contest with members of Whitman's fraternities, and a chance to watch live a cappella performances. This event benefits Alpha Phi's philanthropy, women's heart health! Event held in the Baker Center.

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. **Field Games. Jewett Residence Hall Staff invites the whole family to join them for some field game festivities. They will have all the classics including croquet, wheelbarrow races, cornhole, three-legged races, and a make-your-own ice cream station! Meet right outside the main entrance of Jewett Hall. (In case of rain, meet in the Jewett main lounge for indoor games.)

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.

1:00-1:50 pm.  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, Assistant Director. Olin Hall, Room 138.

Students speaking at the presentation will be:
Magaly Gonzalez '18 (Major: Spanish) IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, Bonnette Ishimwe '18 (Majors: Politics, French) AU Washington Semester Program, Natalie Mutter '19 (Major: Biology ) Crossroads Sweden Pollination Biology, Devin Reese '18 (Majors: Biology, Film and Media Studies) DIS Copenhagen, Denmark

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.

2:15-2:45 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.

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. 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. 20 by emailing rambome@whitman.edu. There will be prizes! Tournament will be on the Outdoor tennis courts (Indoors, in case of rain).

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. Hurricane Maria Bake Sale. Purchase some homemade, delicious baked goods to support Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Put together by the Interest House Community's La Casa (Spanish House), Global Awareness House, and Community Service House. Reid Campus Center Foyer.

2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Silent Auction for Blue Mountain Action Council Come support Blue Mountain Action Council's (BMAC) Backpack Program in a silent auction put on by the men vying for the title of Mr. Whitman. An integral part of BMAC's work is supplying food to the members of our community who are in need. The Backpack program was started because 54% of Walla Walla Public School students qualify for the free and reduced meal plans. The purpose of this program is to aid children who are food insure because they tend to have lower test scores and poorer comprehension in basic reading and math skills. This program is designed to lessen the impact of food insecurity on children in the Walla Walla community. Kappa Kappa Gamma organizes the Mr. Whitman fundraiser each year, which culminates with a performance in Cordiner Hall at 7 pm on November 4th. Donate at www.paypal.me/mrwhitman2017. Reid Campus Center, Stevens Gallery. 

2:30 p.m. Men's Soccer vs Pacific Lutheran University, Whitman Athletic Fields

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, Assistant Director for Internship Programs. Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theater.

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.

3-3:30 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.

3:30 p.m. Crossing Isaacs Student Funk Band will be funking up the Reid Coffee House! Crossing Isaacs is a 9-piece student group that plays a variety of music from "our parents generation" all the way to the funky hits of today. Crossing Isaacs plays funk, jazz, RnB, soul, pop, and whatever other genres get your heart going and your feet dancing. James Brown? Check. Jackson 5? Check. Beyoncé? Check. Stevie Wonder? Of course. Please join us for a great time. A funky time. A magical time. Families, relive your earlier days!

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.

4:30-5 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.

5:30-7 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.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tokyo Night Cafe @ the Tekisuijuku (Japanese house behind Lyman and amphitheater) Come for a night of Japanese cafe foods, drinks, a cosplay photo booth (dressing up as anime characters), manga, board games, and a coloring + drawing corner. RSVP for cafe foods at https://goo.gl/6XGCGY (will stop serving food at 8 pm).

8 p.m. Harper Joy Theatre presents Mr. Kolpert by David Gieselmann. Ralph and Sarah invite Edith and Bastian over for a dinner party. To keep things lively, Ralph pretends there is a dead body in the trunk, but maybe Ralph is not pretending at all. Mr. Kolpert combines the absurdity of Harold Pinter, the suspense of Alfred Hitchcock, and the blood of Quentin Tarantino, providing an utterly ridiculous evening that falls somewhere between the comic and the macabre. Tickets (available October 9): $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.