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Friday, September 23

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Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Brown Bag Discussion

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) invites students and their families to attend its weekly Brown Bag Discussion. The CCE initiated this discussion series in support of its mission to bring together campus and community members in collaborative reflection about social issues affecting our region and the world. A speaker or panel of speakers leads a presentation on a critical social issue and then opens up the floor to discussion. In addition to providing plenty of food for thought, Brown Bag also provides free pizza.

Student Housing Information Session

1–2 p.m.

Whitehurst Living Room, Room 103

Curious about room selection and the lottery, how rooms are allocated for students who are returning from studying abroad, summer housing, or the enhancements to existing facilities? Joan Lachowski, director of undergraduate student housing will be available during this hour to answer any questions you may have.  

First-Year Seminars Student Conference

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Carole Weinstein International Center, Commons

First-Year Seminars (FYS) provide entering students the excitement of engaged learning through an array of seminar topics. With small classes and close contact with faculty, FYS offer a hands-on introduction to academic inquiry and the modes of expression that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education. The FYS Student Conference awards the best student papers and showcases the best research and artistic work done in previous FYS courses. All are invited to attend these student presentations in the International Center Commons. Come see some of the outstanding work done by UR students in their freshman year! Light refreshments will be served.

Afternoon Curator's Talk, University Museums

2–2:30 p.m.

Modlin Center for the Arts, Harnett Museum of Art

Join curator Sequioa Roscoe, ’16, political science major, as she presents “The Art of Pierre Daura,” in conjunction with the exhibition “Pierre Daura (1889-1976), Picturing Attachments.”

Choosing a Major and/or a Concentration: Does it Matter?

2–3 p.m.

Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305

How important is a major? What is the relationship between an academic major and a career? What resources are available to connect students’ choice of major to their career interests? The deans of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Robins School of Business, and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies will join the Office of Alumni and Career Services to talk about choosing a major and helping your student transition from an undeclared or general studies program to a major. Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • What questions should your student ask his or her advisor about choosing a major?
  • Beyond an academic advisor and the Office of Alumni and Career Services, who can best assist your student in making decisions about a major and a potential career?
  • How important are internships and other forms of experiential education?
  • Do summer jobs matter?
Study Abroad Information Session

3–4 p.m.

Tyler Haynes Commons, Alice Haynes Room

The Office of International Education invites parents and students to learn more about studying abroad from our panel of past study abroad participants, their parents, and University of Richmond staff.

Pre-Professional Programs and Your Student

3–4 p.m.
Gottwald Center for the Sciences, Robins School of Business, THC Room 306, Robins School of Business

The University of Richmond has a variety of pre-professional programs and advisors available to assist your student in developing the best path to professional schools. With advisors in pre-health, pre-law, business, and a supportive advising program within the majors, your student has a number of resources. The pre-professional advisors will be available for office hours to discuss their programs and give you suggestions to help you assist your student in making good choices to prepare him or her for professional school and career success. Members of Career Services, Office of Alumni and Career Services, will also be available to answer questions regarding application requirements.

Business—James W. Monks, Ph.D.—Robins School of Business, Deans’ Suite

Pre-engineering—Ovidiu Z. Lipan, Ph.D.—Gottwald Center for the Sciences, Room D107

Pre-health—John E. Vaughan, Ph.D.—Gottwald Center for the Sciences, Room E300

Pre-law—Stephen Simon, Ph.D.—Weinstein Hall, Room 202G

Career Services, Office of Alumni and Career Services, Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 306

President's Lecture: Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher- Liberal Arts Education and America's Promise

4–5 p.m.

Booker Hall, Camp Concert Hall

President Ron Crutcher will discuss the importance of a liberal arts education and reflect upon his first four months as president of the University of Richmond. There will be time for questions following his remarks and a reception in the Modlin Center for the Arts Courtyard.

Odyssey High Ropes Course: Fearless Friday!* ($20 per person)

5–8:30 p.m.
 (Sign-up for a two-hour time slot between 5-6:30 p.m.)
Odyssey High Ropes Course located on the Intramural Fields

Looking for something fun to do with the family Friday night? Sign up for Fearless Friday and get the chance to experience UR’s very own Odyssey High Ropes Course. Enjoy an extreme recreational activity guaranteed to provide an amazing bonding experience for your family, while still having a great time! No experience necessary and participants must be age 12+. Specific start times may be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the Family Weekend registration process. Individuals must pre-register by September 16 and bring registration materials with them to the course in order to participate. Cost: $20 per person and payment is due at the time of registration. Absolutely no refunds will be issued unless High Ropes is cancelled; program runs rain or shine! If you have additional questions, call (804) 287-6815.

This is a ticketed event and pre-registration is required.

Richmond College Reception

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Whitehurst Living Room

Parents and families are invited to meet Dr. Joe Boehman, dean of Richmond College, and his staff. Learn about leadership opportunities and student programs offered to Richmond College students.

Westhampton College Reception

5:30–6:30 p.m.

Westhampton Center

Parents and families are invited to meet Kerry Albright Fankhauser, interim dean of Westhampton College, and her staff. Learn about leadership opportunities and student programs offered to your daughter in Richmond's unique coordinate system.

Department of Music Family Weekend Concert

7:30–9 p.m.

Booker Hall of Music, Camp Concert Hall

Performed by Schola Cantorum, Women’s Chorale, University Band, UR Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble.

Enjoy the outstanding talents of University of Richmond students in the Department of Music’s annual Family Weekend concert. Admission is free.

Jonathan Burns: Flexible Comedy ($7 in advance; $10 at the door)

9-10 p.m.

Tyler Haynes Commons, Alice Haynes Room 

Jonathan Burns always thought he was special. He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit farts to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full-time job. Since then he has performed at over 400 colleges & universities, at festivals and theaters in 9 countries, and was recently featured on the Jay Leno Show &the Late Show with David Letterman.

Tickets may be purchased in advance with your Family Weekend registration for $7, or at the door for $10 per person. Please include your student in your ticket count, if applicable. All proceeds from this event will benefit campus programming.

Senior Cheers! A Reception to Celebrate the Class of 2017*

9–11 p.m.

The Heilman Dining Center

Families of the graduating class of 2017 are invited to a reception to toast their last Family Weekend at the University of Richmond. Business attire is appreciated. A valid driver’s license or passport is required for admission. Spider Cards will not be accepted for identification purposes.

Welcome and Information Center

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Jepson Alumni Center

Come to the Jepson Alumni Center to pick up your registration packet. You will receive your parking pass, campus map, as well as your nametag which serves as your ticket to events for which you pre-registered.



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