Sept. 16-18, 2022

The students of the Lafayette Family Weekend Committee have been busy planning this annual fall tradition. See below for this year's schedule (be sure to scroll through each day as the list of events is long)!

Family Weekend 2022 Registration has closed but we welcome walk-ons.  The vast majority of Saturday’s events do not require registration.  

Special events for Saturday include (see more details in Saturday link below – scroll up and down to see the full list):

Gateway Career Center Panel: hear what services are available to help your student 

Fraternity & Sorority Life: hear from students involved in Greek life and how you can support your student’s involvement

The President with the Presidents: A discussion with President Hurd 

The Family Weekend Check-In Center is located in the Atrium of Farinon Student Center.  At Check-in you can:

  • pick-up wristbands and tickets for activities for which you have pre-registered 
  • pick-up your pre-purchased Family Weekend t-shirt
  • purchase Lafayette merchandise that is different from what can be found in the College Store
  • fill out a postcard to be sent to your student after Family Weekend 

Learn more about the here: 2022 Family Weekend Committee

 

 

 

Family Weekend 2022 Schedule

Friday, September 16

7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. El pasado y el presente, en diálogo: refotografía de Lafayette College | Skillman Library, Special Collections and College Archives Reading Room entryway, Skillman 209.

Student projects from Assistant Professor Katherine Stafford’s Spanish 211 class showcase the history of Lafayette College. During the spring semester of 2022, with the help of a grant from the Humanities Center, students studied and explored rephotography with Barcelona photographer, archivist, historian, and founder of Arquelogia del punt de vista Ricard Martinez. Using historic images and documentation from the College Archives, students developed creative projects with accompanying essays in Spanish and English.

Noon – 1 p.m. El pasado y el presente, en diálogo: refotografía de Lafayette College, Student presentation | Gendebien Room, Skillman Library

Students will present on their research and rephotography projects. Lunch provided.

12:15 p.m. Jummah Prayers | Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall
3 – 8 p.m. Registration Center Open | Landis Atrium, Farinon College Center

Pick up your registration materials and tickets. Decorate a thinking-of-you postcard for your student at the Registration Center. Postcards will be delivered to student mailboxes after the weekend!

3 – 4:30 p.m. Office of Sustainability Open House | Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Room 203 next to the EcoCafe

Learn about how the Office of Sustainability leads Lafayette College in advancing sustainability initiatives, transforming innovative ideas into meaningful solutions, and cultivating a culture committed to building a just, equitable world.

3 – 5 p.m. Special Collections & College Archives Open House | Skillman Library, Suite 209

Recuperate from your travels with refreshments, view fall exhibits, and see the Marquis de Lafayette’s sword and artifacts from the Lafayette College Archives on display.

3 – 5 p.m. Residence Life Drop-In Hours | Farinon College Center, room 132

Are you curious about Lafayette campus living? Stop by Residence Life headquarters in Farinon to see the office and ask your questions about Residence Life.

3 – 5 p.m. Intercultural Development and Gender & Sexuality Office Drop-In Hours | Farinon College Center, room 107

Stop by to say hello to the staff, tour the space, and learn about resources and programs available for students!

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Marquis Parents Council Reception with College Leadership | Pardee Hall Terrace & Lobby

An opportunity for members of College leadership to thank parents who have supported the College at the Marquis Society level and develop parent camaraderie. By invitation only.

5 p.m. Welcoming the Sabbath Ceremony and Dinner | Hillel House, 524 Clinton Terrace

Join the students and faculty of Hillel in celebrating the Sabbath. Services begin at 5 p.m. A community dinner will be served at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

5 – 8 p.m. Dinner on Your Own | various

Use cash or Pard Dollars for dining at Lower Farinon and Gilbert’s Café. Or, students are invited to bring visiting family or friends to a meal in Upper. All Meal Plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate dining with non-student guests. Unused guest meals do not carry forward from semester to semester. Check out local options, including the spectacular Easton Public Market, open until 7pm.

5:15 p.m. Cross Country at Lehigh Dual | Bethlehem, PA
5:30 – 8 p.m. Legacy Celebration | Marquis Hall, Bergethon Room

Legacy families are invited to a cocktail reception and pinning ceremony. Event limited to current students who have a parent and/or grandparent who is a Lafayette alumnus/a and their families. Invitation only.

5:30 – 8 p.m. Sustainability S’mores and Tours | LaFarm, Metzgar Fields
Head to LaFarm by the off campus sports fields for some hot chocolate, apple cider, s’mores and a tour of Lafayette’s own farm. See the produce farmed by students and the efforts towards sustainability.LCAT Shuttle can pick you up on campus at Kirby Sports Center (Hamilton & Pierce Streets) at 5:20pm, or you may provide your own transportation (3118 Sullivan Trail, Easton, PA 18040).
6:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs Lehigh | Kirby Sports Center
8 – 9:30 p.m. Student Performance Showcase | Colton Chapel

Student creativity will entertain you and impress you at this always popular talent showcase. Enjoy an evening of performances by Lafayette’s stellar a cappella groups – Cadence, Chordorouys, Soulfege and The Mar-keys, accomplished Marquis Players, and energetic Lafayette Dance Team. Sit back, tap your feet, sing along, and applaud the artistic achievements on full display! Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, September 17

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9 – 5 p.m. Lehigh Valley Symposium on CRISPR Implementation and Ethics | Williams Center for the Arts

(LV-SCIE) is an interdisciplinary gathering of scientists, humanists, researchers, students, and members of the Lehigh Valley community to discuss the implications of the CRISPR gene-editing technology. The relative ease by which gene-editing can now be pursued using CRISPR has accelerated the need to discuss the ethical and policy issues related to widespread use of the technology. The student poster session provides an opportunity for the Lehigh Valley community to engage in scholarly conversations beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries. Registration is required and should be made through the LV-SCIE site.

9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Registration Center Open | Landis Atrium, Farinon College Center

Pick up your registration materials and tickets. Decorate a thinking-of-you postcard for your student at the Registration Center. Postcards will be delivered to student mailboxes after the weekend!

9 – 1 p.m. Easton Farmers Market | Scott Park, on the riverfront, Easton

Experience the longest-running open-air farmers market in the country! This iconic market celebrates 267 years of fresh and local. Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, local artisans, and so much more. Discover Easton’s rich local food and arts culture.

9 a.m. – Noon Ringing Rocks Park Tour | Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts

Bring your family to experience the beautiful outdoors and some unusual geology. You will be guided on a trail to the boulder field and waterfall at Ringing Rocks Park. Use our hammers and learn why the rocks ring and how they got there. Sneakers or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Not recommended for very small children or those with difficulty walking. Bottled water provided.
Guide: Larry Malinconico, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.
SOLD OUT

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Lafayette 101, Why we Celebrate the Marquis | Limburg Theater, Farinon

Illustrated lecture by John Becica ’69, American Friends of Lafayette. Who was this guy Lafayette? What was his background? What motivated him to come to America and get involved with our war with Britain? How did he come to be such a celebrity in America? Why was our College named after him? Come and find out! Mr. Becica is a member of the American Friends of Lafayette, the historical society dedicated to the Marquis, established at the College in 1932. Sponsored by the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Solar Power in a Tiny Home Converted School Bus | In front of Skillman Library

Come see the magic school bus themed solar powered tiny house on wheels that a student built from a used school bus. Take a tour of the converted bus and learn about the building blocks of the solar power system that runs all the household appliances. There will be discussions on renewable energy, energy independence, and home applications of solar panels. There will be solar powered popped popcorn made and served right from the bus!

10 – 11 a.m. Explore the Possibilities. Find Your Path with Gateway Career Center

| 224 Oechsle

The ultimate goal of the Gateway Career Center is to help prepare students for the future by providing them with the tools needed to take advantage of valuable opportunities that will help them transition from college to career or graduate school. Hear from a panel of current students who will share why they chose to take advantage of the Gateway program and how they have benefited from our resources and opportunities.

Moderator: Alana Klass, Senior Associate Director, Gateway Career Center

10 – Noon Gateway Career Center Open House | Hogg Hall, second floor

Generations of Lafayette students have relied on the Career Center for choice of majors, job shadow opportunities, networking with alumni, exploring and securing internships, and preparing for life after Lafayette. Tour the office, meet the staff, and learn about the Gateway program.

10 – 11:15 a.m. Campus Walking Tour with Family Weekend Committee Member! | Farinon Steps

Take a student-led walking tour of campus with Family Weekend Committee member Michala Dennis ‘24. Gather on the front steps of Farinon a few minutes in advance. 

10 – 11:30 a.m. Campus Sustainability and Solar Array Tour | Pfenning Alumni Center, Meet Outside of the Building
Join this student-guided tour on a journey through the main features of campus that highlight how sustainability isn’t just an initiative, but a lifestyle, at Lafayette. From our recently installed solar array to pollinator gardens and refillable water bottle stations – find out how Lafayette students integrate care for their surroundings and turn campus into a living laboratory. After the tour, we encourage you to take a short drive to our student-cultivated LaFarm, located 3 miles from campus.
TOUR FILLED
11  – Noon The Presidents with President Nicole Hurd | Colton Chapel

Join President Nicole Farmer Hurd as she leads a discussion with the Presidents of a variety of student organizations on campus. Hear about the experience of being a student leader and how campus organizations provide enriching social and co-curricular experiences.

11 – Noon Fraternity & Sorority Life at Lafayette | Oechsle 224

Hear from students what Greek life at Lafayette is like (the benefits, the involvement, and what is truly gained from joining an FSL organization) and how parents can support their student through the process.

Moderator: Jake Bates, Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Leadership & Involvement

12 p.m. Field Hockey vs American | Rappolt Field, Easton, PA
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tailgate | Quad (rain location: Kamine Gym)

Join Lafayette families for some delicious food, games, relaxation, and pre-game fun. Look for President Hurd mingling to say hello, and for photographers at the Tailgate for a family photo. (Tailgate wristband required. SOLD OUT)

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 18th Annual Pre-Game Block pARTy | 600 Block of Parson Street across from Fisher Field entrance

Before the Pards run William & Mary and all their friends right out of Fisher Stadium, join the crowd on the street and enjoy the best pARTy in Easton—a celebration of creativity and school spirit, and one of Lafayette’s favorite fall traditions!

• groove to continuous live music and dance
• admire (and buy) student art work
• pick up some fan gear to take to the game
• sample delicious food from local eateries (free to Lafayette students with ID until 12:45)
• take in campus organizations’ displays and creative fun
• enjoy free treats
• have your photo taken with the Pard
• graffiti wall, strolling magician, and more!

2 – 3 p.m. Pard Talks | Colton Chapel

In the style of TED Talks, speakers will have 15 minutes to present their topics. Join us for these innovative and informative academic discussions, cutting-edge research, and important issues from our esteemed faculty members representing the learning divisions at Lafayette.

Planning, Career Paths, and What’s the Point of Anthropology, Anyhow?
Dr. William Bissell, Associate Professor of Anthropology
What does planning have to do with career paths? How do we find our vocations? Or to phrase this differently, what’s a nice guy like me doing as an academic anthropologist?

The Big Consequences of Chemical Small-Talk Amongst Bacteria
Dr. Michael Bertucci, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Hear about Professor Bartucci’s and his student’s lab research using chemistry to alter the way bacteria communicate with each other. They use a special mechanism called quorum sensing to carry out actions as a group, as opposed to a single bacterium. This mode of communication has major consequences as it is a key pathway by which bacteria cause infections and impact human health. As a result, his students and he are creating derivatives of the chemicals bacteria naturally use for quorum sensing to intervene!

2 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs Boston University | Easton, PA
3:30 p.m. Football: Lafayette vs. William & Mary | Fisher Stadium

Tickets are available online at GoLeopardsTickets.com. Students need to obtain their complimentary tickets at goleopards.com/tickets

For all questions, contact the Lafayette Athletic Ticket Office at (610) 330-5471 or online at Goleopards.com/tickets.

6 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs Holy Cross | Easton, PA
6 – 8 p.m. Dinner On Your Own Following the Game | Various

Use cash or Pard Dollars for dining at Lower Farinon and Gilbert’s Café. Did you know? Students are invited to bring visiting family or friends to a meal in Upper! All Meal Plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate dining with non-student guests. Unused guest meals do not carry forward from semester to semester. Also check out local options here, including the spectacular Easton Public Market, open until 7pm.

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Casino Night | Student Center, Marlo Room

Please join Lafayette Activities Forum for a night in the fabulous Viva Laf Vegas! Students and Families are welcome to come test their luck at Poker, Roulette, & Blackjack! *There will be no exchange of real money- it’s all for fun. Snacks and giveaways will be present as well as several photo opportunities.

Sunday, September 18

9 a.m. – Noon Ringing Rocks Park Tour| Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts
Bring your family to experience the beautiful outdoors and some unusual geology. You will be guided on a trail to the boulder field and waterfall at Ringing Rocks Park. Use our hammers and learn why the rocks ring and how they got there. Sneakers or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Not recommended for very small children or those with difficulty walking. Bottled water provided.
Guide: David Sunderlin, Associate Professor and Department Head, Geology and Environmental Geosciences SOLD OUT 
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Chateau Chavaniac Tour: Lafayette’s Historical Guest House

Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts (10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)

The Norman French-style chateau, built in 1932, was modeled after and named for the birthplace of the Marquis de Lafayette in Chavaniac, France. Learn its history and see beautiful art and artifacts.

Guide: Thomas Lannon, Director of Special Collections & Archives.

SOLD OUT

11:30 a.m.  Roman Catholic Mass | Colton Chapel
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Hillel Bagel Brunch | Hillel House, 524 Clinton Terrace

Drop in and enjoy bagels and lox with the welcoming Lafayette Hillel Society. 

1 p.m. Field Hockey vs Univ of New Hampshire | Rappolt Field, Easton, PA
1 p.m.–5 p.m. College Hill Porch Fest | Multiple College Hill Venues

This unique neighborhood event features local performers playing on resident’s porches and at some College venues, too!.If you stick around you can also enjoy the 5pm Second Line Parade starting and ending at College Hill Presbyterian, 510 Brodhead Street, Easton. For more info on the FREE TO ALL event, including a map of locations and list of performers, check out their website: https://collegehillporchfest.org/