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Friday, September 19

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Celebrate International PARK(ing) Day!

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

C-Lot (next to the Intramural Fields) and UR Downtown

Students will transform parking spaces on campus in C-Lot and near UR Downtown, as part of this worldwide promotion of creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, generosity, and play.

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

Curious about summer housing, room selection and the lottery, how rooms are allocated for students who are returning from studying abroad, or the enhancements to existing facilities? Want to learn about other residential options, like Sophomore Scholars in Residence and living-learning programs that are available to your student? Joan Lachowski, director of Undergraduate Student Housing, and Andy Gurka, director of Living-Learning Programs, will offer a presentation about these topics and answer your questions.

First-Year Seminars Student Conference

1:30–4:30 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. Come see some of the outstanding work done by UR students in their freshman year! Light refreshments will be served.

Family Weekend Golf Outing* ($35 per person)

2 p.m. Shotgun Starts (9 hole event)

The Crossings Golf Club

Family and friends are encouraged to join students for an afternoon of golf. This event is open to players of all levels with the format of two-person captain’s choice. Students may invite guests to earn intramural points for their organizations and clubs. Driving range and practice green will be available one hour prior to tee time. Players must pre-register with payment by September 15 (absolutely no refunds after this date). If you have additional questions, call (804) 289-8966. Registration fee: $35 per person (includes green fees, cart, and range balls). There will be door prizes and awards given. Sponsored by Recreation and Wellness.

This is a ticketed event and pre-registration is required. Please note that Friday is a normal class day for your student.

Afternoon Curator's Talk, University Museums

2–2:30 p.m.

Modlin Center for the Arts, Harnett Museum of Art

Presented by Emily King, '15, studio art major, 2014 Harnett Summer Research Fellow, and curator of the exhibition "What's New: Recent Gifts to the Harnett Print Study Center."

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.

Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305

The University of Richmond has a variety of pre-profssional 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.  In this session, the pre-professional advisors will discuss their prorgrams 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 present to answer questions regarding application requirements.

Reflections on the Ayers' Years

4–5 p.m.

Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre

President Ed Ayers will talk about the path of the University over the last seven years in his final Family Weekend address. 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!* ($15 per person)

5–10 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 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 15. Cost: $15 per person and payment is due at the time of registration. Absolutely no refunds will be issued unless High Ropes is cancelled; programs runs rain or shine! If you have additional questions, call (804) 287-6818.

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 Dr. Juliette Landphair, 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

Enjoy the outstanding talents of University of Richmond students in the Department of Music's annual Family Weekend concert. The program will showcase performances by several of the department's ensembles. Admission is free.

Mat Franco: Magician and Comedian ($7 in advance; $10 at the door)

9-10 p.m.

Alice Haynes Room Tyler Haynes Commons

You may have seen Mat Franco on this year’s America’s Got Talent; he was a quarterfinalist. At the tender age of 4, Mat fell in love with magic. As a teenager, he was hired to perform in Las Vegas and won several state and national awards from the magic community. A native of Rhode Island, and a 2010 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Mat has become a campus favorite across the country. He is the recipient of the Male Performer of the Year award from Campus Activities Magazine and Founder of "Franco Talent" - a specialty talent agency. Spider Board, the UR student-led programming board, invites families to take the night off to enjoy an evening of magic and laughs! 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 2015*

9–11 p.m.

Westhampton Green (Between Booker Hall, Keller Hall and Gray Court)

Rain Location: Millhiser Gymnasium

Families and friends of the graduating class of 2015 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. SpiderCards 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.

Pre-purchased football tickets may be picked up here until 6 p.m. Friday. After this time they must be retrieved at Robins Stadium Will Call Window Number 2, four hours prior to kickoff.


The new interactive campus map is quite comprehensive. To find a specific building, click on the drop down button in the upper left corner of the map for a complete listing of buildings.