9 a.m.–1 p.m. • REGISTRATION CENTER​Farinon College Center, Landis Atrium
Pick up your registration materials and tickets. Fill out a thinking-of-you postcard for your student in the Registration area. Postcards will be delivered to student mailboxes after the weekend!

9 a.m.–12 p.m. • Photo BoothFarinon College Center, Landis Atrium
Step into the photo booth for free, and choose from props on hand to capture your priceless Family Weekend memories! 

9 a.m.–6 p.m. • Family Weekend Philanthropy Project • ​Farinon College Center
Bridging Communities with Third Street Alliance
Please contribute to the Family Weekend Philanthropy Project by donating to Easton’s Third Street Alliance, which helps to transform lives of women and children. A list of suggested donations are available here. Please bring your items to the Family Weekend Registration area in the Farinon College Center. All donated items will be delivered to Third Street Alliance. Thank you in advance for helping this worthy local organization!

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. • First Generation Families Gathering  • Scott Hall Lobby
The Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs invites families of First Generation students for coffee and a light breakfast to meet, greet, network, and chat. Lafayette staff will be on hand to answer questions, talk about resources, and welcome you to campus.

9 a.m.–10 a.m. • Breakfast Around CampusVarious campus locations
Explore campus for breakfast! Stop by these locations to grab a light breakfast and coffee or tea & visit different campus locations featuring students and/or Faculty.
-Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, Dyer Center, 3rd floor
-Acopian Engineering Center, lobby
-Van Wickle Hall, lobby
-Scott Hall, lobby
-Farinon Student Center, lobby

9 a.m.–2 p.m. • Easton Farmers Market Downtown Easton, Centre Square
Look for the Lafayette tent, along with the Sustainability team!, at the longest-running open-air farmers market in the country held in Easton’s historic Centre Square. 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. https://eastonfarmersmarket.com/

9 a.m.–12 p.m. • Ringing Rocks Park Tour Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts, corner of Hamilton & High Streets
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. Space is limited. Guide: Larry Malinconico, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. Tickets: $15  (20 max)

9:30 a.m. – 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.

10–11 a.m. • EXPLORE OUR SPACE
Careers After Lafayette (Junior and Senior families)Hugel Science Center, Room 100
The ​Gateway ​program teaches students lifelong career planning skills. Hear from a panel of current students about varied options after Lafayette, including employment, graduate school, law school, and health professions. Moderator:​ Maureen Walz, Director of Special Programs, Gateway Career Center

Engineering Abroad: Study Abroad Opportunities for EngineersKirby Hall of Civil Rights, Room 104
Learn about opportunities for engineers to study abroad and hear from students who have recently participated in these programs. Moderator: Daniel Kampsen, Assistant Director of International and Off-Campus Education

What Lafayette Faculty and Administrative Staff Want Parents to Know ​• Oechsle Center for Global Education, Room 107
During this panel discussion, parents will have the opportunity to hear the perspectives of   Lafayette faculty members as well as administrative staff who support student success at the College. Moderator: Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean for Faculty Support

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.• 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.

10:45 a.m.–12 p.m. • Campus Tour ​ • Markle Hall, Admissions Office

11 a.m–12:00 p.m.​ • President’s Address​ Farinon College Center, Marlo Room
Join President Alison Byerly for an update on the College’s plan for affordability and distinction, as well as an opportunity to hear about our latest initiatives from across the College. This is a unique chance to hear firsthand from the College’s President and ask any questions that are on your mind. 

11 a.m.–3 p.m. • Bailey Health Center OpenCorner of High and McCartney Streets
Visitors are welcome to visit the Bailey Health Center to see the facilities first hand and ask questions.

12 p.m.–8 p.m. • Free Downtown Shuttle
Grab the shuttle to visit the Easton Farmers Market or grab a bite downtown! Shuttle will run continuous loops approximately every 20 minutes. Campus pick-up & drop-off location is at the circular drive between Farinon and Pardee, downtown drop-off & pick-up location is at 3rd and Church Streets.

12 p.m.–2:00 p.m. • Easton Wine Project TourBus departs from Williams Center for the Arts
Visit EWP, Easton’s first urban winery located at the Simon Silk Mill. Tour the wine making room and learn the history of EWP, which began as a source for grapes and juice for the home winemaker. Guests (age 21+) will taste six wines complemented with cheeses and light snacks. Space is limited, pre-registration required. ​Tickets: $20 over 21 (includes tasting); $10 under 21.

12 p.m.–1 p.m. • Blast from Laf’s PastSkillman Library Terrace
Put on your comfortable shoes and join Christopher Phillips, Professor of English, for a stroll through the historic sections of our beautiful campus: learn about college architecture, history, and traditions.

12 p.m.–2 p.m. • Field Hockey vs. BucknellMetzgar Field

12:30–2:30 p.m. • Tailgate ​on the Quad! [Rain location: Kamine Gymnasium}
Join Lafayette families for some delicious food, games, relaxation, and pre-football fun. Look for photographers at the Tailgate for a family photo with the Lafayette Leopard! Music provided by WJRH and the Lafayette Pep Band. Menu: Create-your-own mashed potato bar; grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs, Korean-style turkey BBQ, and vegetarian “Impossible” cheesesteaks; chopped salad, grilled vegetables, and fresh watermelon. Look out for the Compost Team from Sustainability at waste stations, who will be helping to sort waste into trash, recycling, and compost receptacles! (Tailgate wristband required). Guest and student w/out meal plan: $13.50; Student with meal plan: $7.50; Children under 12: $8

12:30–2:30 p.m. • Ice Cream Truck ​near the Quad.

NEW TO OUR TAILGATE THIS YEAR! Cool Treats Soft Serve Ice Cream Truck: purchase delicious treats for your family from this family-owned food truck that has been serving the Lehigh Valley for eighteen years!

Choosing a Career Path (first-year and sophomore families)Farinon Student Center, Limburg Theater
The ​Gateway ​program offers students career guidance throughout their time at Lafayette, beginning in their first semester. Hear from students who have benefited by maximizing ​Gateway​opportunities. Moderator: Alana Albus, Senior Associate Director, Gateway Career Center

’Pards Around the World: Study Abroad for Non-EngineersKirby Hall of Civil Rights, Room 104
Learn about study abroad opportunities, international internships, and service programs around the world, from students who have participated in these programs. Moderator: Daniel Kampsen, Assistant Director,  International and Off-Campus Education


2:00–3:30 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 Lafayette College faculty members. Presentations are:

Engineering: Closing the Lafayette Food Loop
Learn the story of the Lafayette Food Loop and the role it has played fostering a sustainable mindset across campus and beyond. In particular, this talk will focus on the evolution of the Lafayette composting component of the “Loop”, the value of real-time learning opportunities and the many benefits students have realized over the years through the enriching experiences.
Presenter: Arthur Kney, Environmental Engineering & Landis Center for Community Engagement

Humanities: Free Speech in France
Since the Enlightenment, France has been known as a nation that values free speech and the freedom of expression. This liberté, however, has not always existed in practice. In this talk, we will take a look at media censorship, particularly of radio broadcasts, in late 20th century France and discuss how the fight for free speech is, in many ways, still ongoing.
Presenter: Annie de Saussure, Foreign Language & Literatures

Natural Sciences: Would You Eat the Last Giant Panda?
Controversy in conservation biology emerges all the time about how to best use limited resources and funds to prevent extinction of species and protect ecosystems.  One conservation biologist even claimed he’d “eat the last panda if the money could be spent on more sensible things.” In this short Pard-Talk, we will analyze several approaches to prioritizing investments to maximize biodiversity conservation.
Presenter: Megan Rothenberger, Biology

Interdisciplinary: ​Will Cities Rule the World…or Do They Already?
For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population live in urban areas. This quiet, but monumental, economic, social, and political change is already profoundly shaping domestic and international politics. We’ll be talking about why global urbanization has accelerated and what it means for our lives as we navigate a world of increasingly connected global cities.
Presenter: Caleb Gallemore, International Affairs

Social Sciences: Biases in Decision Making
We all make mistakes. Yes, that includes you. This talk will address a few of the many biases leading us to make bad decisions. Learning about epistemic rationality, and the ways we deviate from that ideal, will help us understand why we do what we do and how to do it better.
PresenterJoaquin Gomez-Minambres, Economics


3:30 p.m. • Football: Lafayette vs. Bucknell
Tickets are available online at GoLeopardsTickets.com. Students are granted admission with their Lafayette ID. Markle Deck premium football parking passes are limited and can be purchased for $25.
For all questions, contact the Lafayette Athletic Ticket Office by calling (610) 330-5471 or send an email to tickets@lafayette.edu. 

6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. • Dinner On Your OwnOn campus or in town
Use cash or Pard Dollars for dining at Upper or Lower Farinon and Simon’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, and mention you’re a Lafayette family for 10% off at participating vendors at the spectacular Easton Public Market, open until 7pm https://eastonpublicmarket.com/

6 p.m.–8 p.m. • Men’s Soccer at Lehigh ​Bethlehem, PA

7:30 p.m. • Twisted Tales of Poe • Buck Hall, 219 North 3rd Street
College Theater performance in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast, complete with live musical accompaniment and a crew making all of the eerie sound effects while you watch. Tickets are free but required: https://theater.lafayette.edu/poe/

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.• ThinkFast Interactive TriviaColton Chapel
ThinkFast® performs at 600+ campuses around the U.S. and is the most awarded interactive trivia program since its inception. This is a fun, inclusive, fast-paced and high energy trivia event where up to 100 teams compete simultaneously for our $200 cash prize. Participants can expect a diverse array of trivia, music and auditory questions, singing and talent competitions, and debate challenges. Anyone and everyone can play, and EVERYONE who plays has fun! Sign up for this FREE event when you register!

2019 Family Weekend Committee

The 2019 Lafayette Family Weekend Committee

The 2019 Lafayette Family Weekend Committee is thrilled to welcome you to Lafayette College. We have worked tirelessly to provide families with ways to explore the campus and the community with your students this weekend!