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. Postcard mailboxes will be located in the Registration Center.  Postcards will be delivered to student mailboxes after the weekend is over.

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Selfie Spot

Farinon College Center, Landis Atrium
Take a selfie with your student – email it to yourself and share it with friends on social media! Sponsored by the Lafayette Activities Forum.

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Easton Farmers’ Market

Downtown Easton, Centre Square
Experience the longest-running open-air farmers market in the country held in Easton historic Centre Square. This iconic market celebrates 265 years of fresh and local this year! Enjoy the fresh produce, baked goods, craft beer, wine and spirits, and discover Easton’s rich local food culture.

9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Family Weekend Philanthropy Project – Pencils & Crayons for Paxinosa & Cheston (School Supply Drive)

Farinon College Center
Contribute to the Family Weekend Philanthropy Project by donating school supplies for local elementary schools. Check the list of suggested food items and instructions. Please bring all school supply items to the Family Weekend Registration area in the Farinon College Center. All donated items will be given to Paxinosa and Cheston Elementary Schools. Thank you in advance for helping local elementary school students explore learning!

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

College Store Open

Farinon College Center, lower level

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Easton Public Market

325 Northampton St.
Discover the Easton Market District! Experience a butcher, a baker and a whole lot more at this vibrant, community-supported market. Shop the array of artisan food vendors and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of six unique restaurants (BBQ, Noodles, Crepes, Wood-Fired Pizza, Egyptian Cuisine, Hearty Soups & Sandwiches). Stop by the EPM Kitchen for free demos and tastings throughout the weekend. And enjoy live music, craft beer and wine from 6-9 pm on Friday and Saturday.

9:00  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 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 Cost: $15    

10 – 11 a.m.


  • Careers After Lafayette (junior and senior families)

    Farinon College Center, Marlo Room – East
    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 the health professions.

    Moderator: tbd

  • De-Mystifying “Greek Life”: Navigating Lafayette College’s Fraternities and Sororities

    Farinon College Center, Marlo Room – West
    Current student leaders and professional staff will discuss involvement opportunities within our current list of recognized chapters, membership selection requirements, finance information, and programmatic support afforded to members who affiliate.

    Moderator: Dan Ayala, associate director of residence life and adviser to fraternities and sororities

  • Engineering in a New Pard of the World—Study Abroad Opportunities for EngineersFarinon College Center, Limburg Theater
    Learn about the opportunities to study abroad for engineers and hear from students who have recently participated in these programs.Moderator: Kaitie Brown, interim director of international and off-campus education
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Crayola Experience

Name and wrap your own crayon, star in your own coloring page, bring your art to life in a real 4-D adventure, and so much more. Visit Crayola Experience for a day of family fun! For more information, call (610) 515-8000 or visit

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Career Services Open House

Hogg Hall, 2nd floor
Generations of Lafayette students have relied on Career Services to help them prepare for life after Lafayette.  See the office, meet the staff, and learn about the Gateway program.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

‘Brunch Out’ and Explore – Family Brunch

Marquis Hall, Bergethon Room
Create-your-own sweet or savory crepes; fall vegetable and cheese strudel, French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon; oatmeal and yogurt bar with fruit, granola and toppings; assorted petite sandwiches; salads; pastries, scones and muffins. Gluten-free and children’s options are available upon request at the brunch.

(No on-site tickets sold.) Guest & student w/out meal plan: $13.00, Student with meal plan: $7.00, Children under 12: $7.50

11 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.

Franklin Hill Vineyards Harvest Tour & Tasting

Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts
Franklin Hill Vineyards, the oldest winery in Northeastern Pennsylvania, combines years of expertise with a state of the art winemaking facility. Your tour will begin with the inspiring story of how the winery and vineyard began over 30 years ago. You will go from grape to wine as you see the beautiful vineyard, wine cellar, bottling room, warehouse, and end in the tasting room. Guests (age 21+) will taste 6 wines complemented with cheeses and light snacks. The owner will discuss the health benefits of wine, wine evaluation, and offer suggestions for food and wine pairings.

Space is limited, preregistration is required. Cost: $15 over 21 (includes tasting), $5 under 21

11 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Bailey Health Center Open

Visitors welcome. Drop in to see the Bailey Health Center.

11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Free Downtown Shuttle

The shuttle will run continuous loops approximately every 20 minutes. Drop-off and pick-up locations: Williams Center for the Arts, Sullivan Parking Deck, Centre Square, and Williams Visual Arts Building.

11 a.m.– 6 p.m.

Family Photos

Student photographers will be at Farinon College Center, the tailgate, and around campus taking family photos. You can find and download your photos from the Family Weekend Flickr site posted after the weekend.

11:15 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Downtown Easton Gallery Walking Tour

Departs from Williams Visual Arts Building, 243 N Third St.
Easton is home to a thriving arts community. Meert sone of the local artists and visit their studios. Ride the Family Weekend Shuttle to meet at the WVAB for the walking tour lead by Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette Art Galleries.

11:30 a.m.–
4:30 p.m.

National Canal Museum and Josiah White II Canal Boat Rides

2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
Take a voyage on the Lehigh Canal and listen while an authentically dressed crew gives you an oral history of regional canals. Canal boat tours are 45 minutes long and leave the dock at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Cost: $12 Adults, $9 Children.

For prices and more details, go to or call (610) 923-3548.

11:45 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Campus Tour

Markle Hall, Admissions Office

Noon-1 p.m.


  • Careers After Lafayette (junior and senior families)

    Farinon College Center, Marlo Room – East
    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 the health professions.

    Moderator: tbd

  • Book Discussion: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

    Farinon College Center, Marlo Room – West
    Families are encouraged to read the 2017 summer reading assignment for incoming students. Engage in discussions about it over the summer and then join other parents and students for discussion on campus. It is described as “a grip­ping book about people in search of a better future.”

    Moderators: Alex Hendrickson, director of religious life, and Rachel Goshgarian, assistant professor of history

  • Pards Around the World: Study Abroad Opportunities for Non-EngineersFarinon College Center, Limburg Theater
    Learn about study abroad opportunities, international internships, and service programs around the world, from students who have participated in these programs.Moderator: Kaitie Brown, interim director of international and off-campus education

Softball Lafayette vs. East Stroudsburg University

Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Explore the Secrets of Lafayette: Walking Campus Tour

Skillman Library Terrace
Put on your comfortable shoes and join College Archives student assistant (and Family Weekend Committee Member) Brittany Dobson ’19 for a stroll through the historic sections of our beautiful campus – a fun and easy way to learn about college architecture, history, and traditions.

1 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Game: Lafayette vs. Bucknell University

Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

McKelvy Open House

200 High Street
Take a short 5 minute walk to McKelvy House and explore the historic mansion and beautiful garden. Learn how your student can become a part of the McKelvy House Scholars Program which provides an alternative residential experience that fosters intellectual discourse, personal growth, and community engagement.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Legends of Lafayette College – Historic Easton Cemetery Tour and Living History Art Show

401 N. 7th Street
Take a self-guided walking tour featuring Lafayette notables including James Madison Porter (founder of Lafayette College), Aaron Hoff (African American student in the first class of 1836), George Barclay (inventor of the football helmet), past college presidents and professors. Self-guided tour booklets will be available at the Registration desk.

2:30 p.m.

President’s Address

Farinon Center, Marlo Room
Are you curious about the initiatives that Lafayette is launching to enhance the student experience and the College’s progress toward becoming affordable for more families? Join President Alison Byerly as she touches on these topics and many others during her Family Weekend address, which is an annual highlight of this special weekend. President Byerly will welcome questions at the conclusion of her remarks.

2:30 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball: Lafayette vs. Army

Kirby Sports Center

4:15 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 discussions on cutting-edge research and important issues from faculty members representing the learning divisions at Lafayette. Presentations are…

  • Social Sciences: How People Manage Appearances Strategically

    How do people act in front of others to gain their favor or “win” them over? In this talk, I address the topics of individual impression management, deception and persuasion through a sociological lens, and cover how people strategize presenting self-serving images to others.

    Presenter: David Shulman, professor of anthropology and sociology

  • Natural Sciences: Decoding Dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a specific impairment in processing written language despite adequate intelligence and educational background. Affecting 5-17% of school age children, it has far-reaching social and economic consequences. Early detection and intervention will help to close the gap between typically developing and reading impaired children in acquiring reading skills. Lafayette students are currently working on a project examining the link between genes, cognition, and behavior in an attempt to decode dyslexia and perhaps develop a low cost-tool for early identification of reading impairment.

    Presenter: Lisa Gabel, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience

  • Humanities: Lafayette Architecture in Context

    Lafayette’s campus features a wide variety of architectural monuments. These buildings physically define the college and connect to global traditions in architecture. We will examine the contextual basis for our built environment.

    Presenter: Robert Mattison, professor of art

  • Interdisciplinary: Butterflies, Bees and Birds: How to have a positive impact

    Seeing butterflies flitter between flowers, eating fruit pollinated by bees, or hearing an owl hoot in the forest are things that most of us enjoy. However, many bee, butterfly and owl populations are decreasing. We’ll briefly address the problems these creatures face, examine what Lafayette is doing to protect the habitat for them, and share what you can do at home to have a positive impact.

    Presenter: Marie Fechik-Kirk, director of sustainability

  • Engineering: Let’s Go Break Some Stuff

    In materials engineering we study the relationships among the structure, processing, and properties of materials. For example, while uncooked spaghetti is brittle (it will shatter if dropped) the same noodles become ductile (bend without breaking) when cooked. Is a glass rod brittle or ductile? Are you sure? What about a rubber hose? Is it easier to bend an aluminum rod or to unbend it? Are you sure? Let’s break some stuff and see how changes in structure and test conditions alter the properties of materials.

    Presenter: James P. Schaffer, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

4:15 p.m.

Historic Easton Tour

Bus departs from Williams Center for the Arts

Easton is on the National Register of Historic Places. You will see magnificently preserved buildings and learn about the interesting history of Easton. Limited Seating. Guide David Rose, Easton Town Crier. Tickets: $6

3-4 p.m.

Karl Stirner Arts Trail Guided Walking Tour

Join a guided tour of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and be introduced to the works along the trail and discuss the history and development of the Arts Trail, its relationship with Lafayette College, and the history of its namesake, Karl Stirner. Guide: Jim Toia, art department instructor, director of Community Based Teaching Program, and chair of the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. Meet at the 13th Street entrance (parking available). See map for directions. Rain or shine.

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Leopard Walk

Cheer the football team as they walk from Skillman Library to Fisher Field.

4-6 p.m.

Tree-mendous Family Tailgate

Quad (Rain site: Kirby Sports Center, Kamine Gym)
Join Lafayette families before the football game for delicious food, games, activities, and music provided by WJRH and the Lafayette Pep Band. Look for photographers at the tailgate—don’t miss a chance for a family photo with the Lafayette Leopard!

Menu: Create-your-own mashed potato bar; grilled chicken, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs; Kansas City turkey bbq; ranch-style baked beans; grilled vegetables; salads; local fruit; assorted cookies and cupcakes. (Tailgate wristband required; no on-site wristbands sold.)

Guest & student w/out meal plan: $13.50, Student with meal plan: $7.50, Children under 12: $8

4-6 p.m.

Family Fun on the Quad

Quad (Rain site: Kirby Sports Center, Kamine Gym)
All ages are invited and welcome to stop by during the Tailgate for some exciting organized events!

  • Grow Your Own, at Home!: Join LaFarm and the LaSeed Library as we show you how to save and select vegetable and flower seeds, and then provide you with a make and take seed pack to start your own plants at home. We will have herb and flower seeds in Lafayette colors for you!
  • Face Painting and Henna Tattoos: Select a fun face design or temporary henna tattoo from a student artist. Sponsored by Pi Beta Phi Sorority and the Muslim Student Association
  • Family Lawn Games: Strike up some fun family competition in a variety of games. Activities such as KanJam, corn hole, and spike ball will be featured.
4:15-5 p.m.

’Pard Parents From Afar

Farinon College Center, Marlo Room
Meet fellow parents from locations that are not within an easy drive to campus. Share tips and advice for parenting from afar, travel, storage, and life on the Northeast Coast. Get to know fellow parent ’Pards from your region. Staff from Residence Life, Student Leadership & Involvement, Academic Advising, and Campus Safety will be available to answer questions.

6 p.m.

Football Game: Lafayette vs. Princeton

Tickets are available online at  Visiting families are encouraged to purchase seats in Section 3 as it will serve as a General Admission section that will allow your student to sit with you. When purchasing your tickets, you will be required to select a specific seat. However, as long as you select Section 3, you will NOT be expected to sit in the selected seat. Students are granted admission with their Lafayette ID. You do not need to account for students’ seats—they can join you in Section 3.

Markle Parking Deck by parking pass only. For all questions, contact the Lafayette Athletic Ticket Office at (610) 330-5471 or

(approx 8-9:30 p.m.)

TNT Trivia

Marquis Hall, Bergethon Room
In several rounds of questions, teams will test their trivia mettle in general knowledge, music, and picture identification. Teams of up to 8 players will accumulate points for correct answers. Prizes will be awarded after each round with a Grand Prize for the team with the highest cumulative score in all rounds.

Quizmasters: TNT–Tim Uhrich and Terrance Haynes, Assistant Directors of Residence Life. Sponsored by the Lafayette Activities Forum

Family Weekend Committee members

The 2017 Lafayette Family Weekend Committee

We are thrilled to welcome you to Lafayette College. In following this year’s theme, we encourage you to 'branch out and explore' all of the wonderful opportunities available to you. Our committee has worked tirelessly to plan a weekend full of activities and events for you and your family to enjoy. Have a great weekend and Go ‘Pards!