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* Family Weekend Planned for Oct. 28-30

Family Weekend Planned for Oct. 28-30

As the leaves turn color, and the cool weather of autumn settles, more than 3,000 people are expected to visit campus during the weekend of Oct. 28-30 to celebrate Family Weekend. Parents, family members, alumni, and friends will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of life and the changes taking place at Rensselaer through a variety of cultural offerings and performances, academic classroom programs, tours, dinners, film screenings, and athletic events.

“The annual Family Weekend event is the ideal opportunity for our first-year students, current students, and their families to experience campus life through a variety of programs,” said Robin Foster, assistant dean in the Office of the First-Year Experience, who is coordinating the event with Cary Dresher, associate dean of the off-campus commons. “The series of fun, interactive activities give campus visitors and our students a chance to be entertained by our student groups, learn more about the opportunities for undergraduate research, study abroad, fellowships, and scholarships. “The weekend activities also give families a chance to tour campus facilities and research labs, and learn ways to encourage their student to get involved on campus.”

President Shirley Ann Jackson will officially kick off Family Weekend with the Presidential Welcome on Saturday, Oct. 29. President Jackson will share the recent progress and accomplishments taking place at Rensselaer. The program will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Theater.

Current students, parents, and faculty will celebrate academic achievement at the Honors Convocation ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the EMPAC concert hall.

For individuals interested in getting a glimpse of the diverse cultures on campus, the annual International Festival event showcasing more than 30 different countries and cultures representing the Rensselaer Union international student organizations and individual members of the Rensselaer campus, will also take place on Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event — to be held in the Rensselaer Union McNeil Room — features traditional food, clothing, photos, and more from countries around the world.

Also on Oct. 29, the Family Weekend Fall Fest Celebration will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the open space between Academy Hall and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. The free community event is for students, faculty, and staff; families and friends of students on campus; and the surrounding community. The event brings together performers, food vendors, crafters, and children’s activities. Area businesses and community organizations will also participate. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Academy Hall auditorium.

For more information and a schedule of Family Weekend 2011, visit

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