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Share the Bates experience with your student during Parents & Family Weekend. Sit in on classes, eat in Commons and attend special programs, including a conversation with President Clayton Spencer. The deadline to Register is Sept. 26.

See you in October!
Questions? Contact parents@bates.edu or call (207)755-5976.

Parents & Family Weekend – Schedule of Events

*Schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

Friday, October 10

7 – 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast ($6.25 adults/$3.25 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Welcome Center
Pick up weekend information, name tags and meal tickets.
Fraites Dining Room (Room 131), New Commons Building

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Selected Classes Open to Parents and Families
A schedule of classes will be posted online and available at the Welcome Center.

Time TBD
Men’s Basketball Golf Outing
This event requires pre-registration.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

9 a.m.
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch ($7.75 adults/ $4.00 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

11 a.m.
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

1 p.m.
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

3 p.m.
Admission Tour 
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Student Research and Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) Internship Showcase
Join BCDC and the Dean of Faculty staff to view posters of student internship and research experiences from summer 2014. BCDC staff will also answer questions and have a table with materials on career development programs and resources.
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

4:30 – 8 p.m.
Dinner ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

6 p.m. – Shabbat Evening Services
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Shabbat Dinner
Shabbat Evening Services and Dinner
A gathering sponsored by the Bates Hillel for parents, guests, and students to celebrate the Jewish Sabbath.
Service: Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater (rain site: Muskie Archives)
Dinner: Benjamin E. Mays Center

7:30 p.m.
Belle
Shown by the Bates Student Film Board. $1 admission.
Olin Arts Center

8:00 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Williams
Alumni Gym

8:30 p.m.
A Cappella Concert
Come out and enjoy a night of great Bates a cappella in one of the largest and most popular concerts of the year, featuring: Crosstones, Deansmen, Gospelaires, Manic Optimists, Merimanders, and TakeNote. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

9 – 11 p.m.
Rugby Gathering
Join Bates Rugby for pizza and refreshments in the Den. Pizza will be served, cash bar.
The Bobcat Den
 

Saturday, October 11

8:30-9:30 a.m.
A conversation with President Spencer
Olin Concert Hall (overflow seating with live feed in Rooms 104 and 105, Olin Concert Hall)

9 – 10:30 a.m.
3rd Annual Swimming and Diving Gathering
Continental breakfast for all alumni, parents and friends.
Bonney and Jarynrd Meeting Rooms (Rooms 221/222), New Commons Building

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Annual Women’s Lacrosse Gathering
Continental breakfast for all alumni, parents and friends of the Women’s Lacrosseprogram.
Little Meeting Room (Room 226), New Commons Building

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Brunch ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

Time TBD
Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game
Garcelon Field

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Annual Faculty Symposium: Pedagogical Innovation and the Liberal Arts
Olin Concert Hall (overflow seating with live feed in Rooms 104 and 105, Olin Concert Hall)

10 a.m.
Admission Information Session
Join the Office of Admission for an overview of Bates and the admission process.
Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

11 a.m.
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

Time TBD
Bates Women’s Basketball Annual Silent Auction
Come support the women’s basketball team in its efforts to fundraise for future training trips. Bid on a variety of great prizes!
Cole Terrace, New Commons Building
Rain Site: Fireplace Lounge, New Commons Building

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to Study Abroad
Information on the college’s study abroad programs with Associate Dean of Students and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs, Stephen Sawyer.
Keck Classroom (Room G52), Pettengill Hall

Time TBD
Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) Information Session and Open House
Join staff of the Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) to learn how students, alumni, parents, and friends partner with the BCDC on career development programming efforts.

Time TBD
International Fair
An international parade followed by exciting games to test your knowledge of the world. There will be delicious food, exhibitions of jewelry and a vibrant display of diverse cultures!
Grassy area at New Commons Building end of Alumni Walk
Rain site: Library Arcade

Noon
Women’s Field Hockey vs. SUNY Oneonta
Campus Avenue Field

Time TBD
Dance Concert
Schaeffer Theatre, Pettigrew Hall

Noon – 4 p.m.
Friends of Bates Athletics (FBA) Welcome Tent
Pick up weekend game programs, pennants, Bobcat stickers and more. Find out what’s going on and learn how you can participate in supporting our athletic teams.
Alongside Garcelon Field, next to Cole Terrace

Noon – 4 p.m.
Concessions
Calling all hungry Bobcats! Grab a quick bite or a cold drink while supporting our athletic teams.
Garcelon Field (next to the home stands)

1:00 p.m.
Football vs. Wesleyan
Garcelon Field

Time TBD
Men’s Tennis, Wallach Invitational
Wallach Tennis Center

Time TBD
Public Debate
Witness the Bates tradition of award-winning debate at this ever-popular Family Weekend event
Concert Hall, Olin Arts Center

2:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball vs. Amherst
Alumni Gym

2 p.m.
Legacy Photograph
Alumni/ae parents or grandparents of currently enrolled students are invited, with their children/grandchildren, to be part of this year’s legacy photo for the Bates Magazine.
Please meet at the Benjamin E. Mays Center.

2 p.m.
Belle
Shown by the Bates Student Film Board. $1 admission.
Olin Arts Center

4:30 – 8 p.m.
Dinner ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

5 – 7:30 p.m.
Annual Parents & Family Weekend Harvest Dinner
Families are invited to an autumn feast featuring a variety of local Maine produce. There is no program at the dinner, so feel free to arrive anytime between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be served for parents only. This is a sellout event and pre-registration is required.
Pick up your reserved tickets when you check in at the Welcome Center.
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

7:30 p.m.
Belle
Shown by the Bates Student Film Board. $1 admission.
Olin Arts Center

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Lecture: A Quick Illustrated History of Bates with Curt Lyford ’04 
“Bates College is not standing in the way of any other institution, but is occupying and cultivating ground which before had lain waste.”
~Oren B. Cheney
Now in its 159th year, Bates continues to lead. It is remarkable how over the last 40 years many of the best colleges in America have changed themselves to become much more like Bates. A lively collection of photographs of Bates’ history will give us an encouraging, fascinating and sometimes humorous view of the college.
Room 204, Carnegie Science Hall

8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Beer & Wine Tasting
Cap off the evening with your fellow parents while learning about a variety of delicious beers and wines and their ideal pairings.
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

Sunday, October 12

9 a.m.
Nordic Ski Team 5K Run/Walk

9 a.m.
Parents Fund Committee Volunteer Workshop
The Parents Fund Committee will kick off the year with a business meeting to discuss available resources, share ideas, and answer questions.  As an essential part of student life at Bates the Parent Fund helps ensure the highest quality experience to our students.
Bonney and Jarynrd Meeting Rooms (Rooms 221/222), New Commons Building

9:30 a.m.
Interfaith Service
A simple, reflective, multifaith service composed of musical offerings, readings from religious and secular traditions, prayers and intentions. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Sponsored by the Bates Multifaith Chaplaincy.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel

Time TBD
4th Annual Men’s Lacrosse Golf Outing
This event requires pre-registration. Check-in is from 9 – 10 a.m. with a 10:15 shot gun start time.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Brunch ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

TBA
Men’s Tennis, Wallach Invitational
Wallach Tennis Center

Weekend Exhibits

Museum of Art
Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts
Jazz, art, and film, and the dynamic and energetic interplay between them intersect in Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts. This exhibition features works by many innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African Americans, whose art depicts, is influenced by, or visually parallels jazz music and culture. The array of styles and imagery on view varies greatly, ranging from realistic depictions of specific jazz musicians and ensembles to abstract visualizations of rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and improvisation. Convergence explores the abundant contributions to American visual culture by African American artists whose work is in tune with jazz.
Olin Arts Center

Encountering Maine
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition includes a diverse selection of works depicting places in Maine by artists from the late nineteenth century up to the present.
Encountering Maine presents artworks in a variety of media and styles by Maine natives such as Marsden Hartley, Bernard Langlais, William Manning, Charlie Hewitt and Melonie Bennett shown alongside works by artists who are recognized for their connections to the state, including George Hallowell, John Marin, Dahlov Ipcar, Berenice Abbott and Robert Indiana.
Museum of Art

Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 5 p.m.
Explore Bates’ history through photographs, yearbooks, student newspapers, and our collection of honors thesis projects. Since its founding, the Archives has played a vital role in preserving and promoting U. S. Senator and Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie’s legacy of civic engagement and public service. For the past eleven years, the Archives has also served as the repository of official records of the college.
70 Campus Avenue

 


See below for slideshows from previous Parents & Family Weekends featuring festivities throughout the weekend.