Fall Family Weekend

Schedule

Fall Family Weekend 2018 Final Schedule of events will be available on September 19. The Reservation and tickets system will open on September 19.

Friday, October 19

6:00am - 10:00pm Wade King Student Recreation Center
  • Enjoy this complete recreation facility and learn more about the educational programs that keep WWU fit! $5.50 discounted day pass for Fall Family Weekend attendees.
8:00am - 5:00pm Western Associated Students Bookstore Open
  • Check out the new arrivals and sales at the Western Bookstore.
10:00am - 4:00pm What Would Nature Do? ∕ Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope, Western Gallery, Fine Arts Building
  • Western Gallery’s two fall exhibitions focus on these questions and on creative efforts to address ecological concerns. “What Would Nature Do?” explores the nature-based design approaches of Biomimicry and Permaculture. “Modest forms of Biocultural Hope” brings together four art installations that explore the complex relationships between biology and culture.
11:00am - 5:00pm Western Box Office Open, Performing Arts Center
2:00pm - Dusk A.S. Lakewood Facility, Lake Whatcom
  • Free kayak, canoe, or paddleboard rentals at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Please get your FREE ticket at the Welcome Center
3:00pm - 6:00pm Fall Family Weekend Welcome Center, Red Square, in front of Bond Hall
  • Please check-in when you arrive on campus to receive your event guide and pick up your tickets to Fall Family Weekend. Didn’t register for the weekend; don’t worry, just swing by and we’ll get you checked in!
3:00pm - 6:00pm Western Libraries Self-Guided Tour & Mountaineering Exhibit, 6th Floor Wilson Library
  • Pick up a “Guide to the Library” brochure from the Circulation Desk and learn more about the various programs available to students. Stop by Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) to view a new exhibit, “To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering,” which explores the complex relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class.
4:00pm Sculpture Tour, Tour will start in front of the Western Gallery
  • Take a guided tour of the internationally famous outdoor collection! Western is known for its leadership in the concept of art in the daily living environment of a university community, and with 31 unique pieces, the Outdoor Sculpture Collection is a centerpiece of Western’s beautiful campus.
5:00pm - 6:00pm Planetarium Show: Dream to Fly, Haggard Hall 313
5:00pm Western Libraries Escape Room Activity (Session Full), Circulation Desk, Library
  • Are you up for a challenge? Western Libraries is offering an escape room activity for students and families. Participants will work in groups to solve puzzles and riddles using clues and hints in order to escape the Libraries within 45 minutes. Participants should meet at the Circulation Desk on the Haggard wing of Western Libraries.
  • This is a free event, but tickets are required due to limited number of spaces. (Session Full)
5:00pm Dinner with your Viking
  • Stay on campus to visit one of the 3 dining commons or check out the many restaurants in Bellingham.
6:00pm AS Film presents “Hocus Pocus”, Miller Hall 138
  • After three witches are awakened on Halloween night, 300 years after they were executed, a group of friends band together to end their reign of terror and save their town.
  • AS Films is a part of Associated Students Productions that works to bring films of all kinds to WWU for the enjoyment of the students and community members.
  • Purchase $2 tickets at the door.
7:00pm Dead Parrots Society, Viking Union Underground Coffeehouse
  • Nestled in the third floor of the Viking Union, the Underground Coffeehouse is a favorite spot for coffee, community, and comfy couches. Come on down to catch the Dead Parrots Society for a fun and unpredictable night of comedy improv. FREE, but donations are kindly accepted.

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Saturday, October 20

8:00am - 8:00pm Wade King Student Recreation Center
  • Enjoy this complete recreation facility and learn more about the educational programs that keep WWU fit! $5.50 discounted day pass for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Tours every ½ hour from 12 – 4 pm.
9:00am - 5:00pm Western Associated Students Bookstore open
  • Check out the new arrivals and sales at the Western Bookstore.
9:00am - 4:00pm Fall Family Weekend Welcome Center, Red Square, in front of Bond Hall
  • Please check-in when you arrive on campus to receive your event guide and pick up your tickets to Fall Family Weekend. Didn’t register for the weekend; don’t worry, just swing by and we’ll get you checked in!
9:00am - 4:00pm Viking Territory: Athletics Information Booth, Red Square
  • Visit the Viking Athletic booth for information on sports at WWU and grab a cup of hot chocolate!
10:00am - 4:00pm FREE samples provided by Dining Services, Red Square
  • Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and General Mills will be passing out free samples in Red Square.
10:00am Cross-Country 45th Annual WWU Classic, Sudden Valley Golf Course (FREE)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Men's 10,000-meters ; 11:00 a.m. – Women's 6000-meters.
  • Parking will be limited, so please carpool or take public transportation (there is a bus line from the Transit Center downtown to the entrance to the golf course area.)
10:00am - 11:00am The Birds of Western, Miller Hall 152
  • Join birding enthusiast Ronna Biggs to learn more about the diverse bird population on and around campus. Birdwatching offers a year-round opportunity to experience a deeper connection to nature and practice present-moment awareness using the natural world as a touch stone. You’ll learn basic bird identification practices, hot spots on campus, and how to get started on your Western birding adventure!
10:00am Hike on Sehome Hill Arboretum, Meet in Red Square next to the fountain
  • Join the AS Outdoor Center on an exploration of the trails of Sehome Hill Arboretum. Please wear appropriate shoes.
10:00am – 9:30pm Western Box Office Open, Performing Arts Center
11:00am Western Libraries Escape Room Activity (Session Full), Circulation Desk, Library
  • Are you up for a challenge? Western Libraries is offering an escape room activity for students and families. Participants will work in groups to solve puzzles and riddles using clues and hints in order to escape the Libraries within 45 minutes. Participants should meet at the Circulation Desk on the Haggard wing of Western Libraries.
  • This is a free event, but tickets are required due to limited number of spaces.(Session Full)
11:00am – 12:00pm Western’s Architecture: Past, Present and Future, Steps of Old Main
  • WWU architecture has embraced many trends, architectural schools of thought and reflected various aesthetics in building during the last century. A brief history highlighting specific buildings, their architectural style, unique attributes and information about their design will be provided on a walking tour of campus.
11:00am – 4:00pm What Would Nature Do? / Modest Forms of Biocultural Home, Western Gallery, Fine Arts Building
  • Western Gallery’s two fall exhibitions focus on these questions and on creative efforts to address ecological concerns. “What Would Nature Do?” explores the nature-based design approaches of Biomimicry and Permaculture. “Modest forms of Biocultural Hope” brings together four art installations that explore the complex relationships between biology and culture.
11:00am – 2:00pm Engineering & Design Lab Tours, Engineering Technology Building 1st Floor
  • Please join the students and faculty of the Engineering & Design Department on a guided laboratory tour. While touring our labs you’ll learn first-hand about the student experience in Western’s engineering programs, hear about our research and student opportunities, and get to see the materials, processes, products you could be working with in the future!
11:00am – 2:00pm AS Outback, AS Outback in Fairhaven
  • The outback farm will be hosting tours from 11-2 pm for anyone interested. Come learn about current and future plans for the outback farm and get informed about how to get involved! Wander through the farm and say hello, or find us at the outdoor classroom!
11:00am – 2:00pm Fairhaven College, Fairhaven Auditorium
  • Fairhaven College is a small interdisciplinary program within Western Washington University with around 425 students. Fairhaven provides students with an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.
  • Join us on the third floor of the Fairhaven Building in the auditorium (room 300) to learn more about Fairhaven College and the Interdisciplinary Studies program.
11:00am – 2:00pm Art and Art History Tour, Fine Arts 116
  • Hourly tours of the Art Studio and the Art History facilities with Department Chair, Julia Sapin.
  • Tours start at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm. Meet in front of main office, Fine Arts 116.
11:00am – 2:00pm Design Department Open House, Fine Arts
  • The chair of the Design Department and the BFA Design students will be in the studio to answer questions and display their work. Additional work will be displayed in the Fine Arts building.
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm Tour of the Research and Teaching Laboratories in the Carver Academic Facility, North entrance of the Carver Academic Facility
  • Join Dr. Harsh Buddhadev and the brilliant undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Health and Human Development in the tour of research and teaching laboratories in the Carver Academic Facility. During the lab tour we will showcase the state of art research equipment that students use in faculty supervised laboratory classes and research projects. Very few departments in the country have a small faculty to student ratio, and also allow students to access and use such cutting edge research equipment.
  • The tours will be given at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm.
  • Following each tour guests will have the opportunity to tour the Athletic side of the Carver Facility; 11:45am, 12:45pm, and 1:45pm.
11:00am – 2:00pm Western Libraries Self-Guided Tour & Mountaineering Exhibit, Wilson Library 6th Floor
  • Pick up a “Guide to the Library” brochure from the Circulation Desk and learn more about the various programs available to students. Stop by Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) to view a new exhibit, “To the Mountaintop: A Social History of Mountaineering,” which explores the complex relationship between humans’ love of high altitudes and issues of gender, race, and class.
11:00am – 2:00pm AS Outdoor Center, Viking Union 150
  • Visit the Outdoor Center on the 1st floor of the Viking Union to rent bikes for a day ride around Bellingham with your student; rain or shine! Bike day rental is $5.44.
11:00am – 2:00pm Education Abroad, Miller Hall Collabroative Space
  • Visit our table to gather information about EdAbroad opportunities through University sponsored programs, Global Learning Faculty-led Programs, international exchange partners, and affiliated organizations.
11:30am – 12:30pm Demonstration of Relief Carving, Fine Arts 214
  • Lisa Turner, Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Digital Media will demo relief carving. There will also be current students printing and carving at this time.
11:45, 12:45pm, 1:45pm Tour of Athletics at WWU, North entrance of the Carver Academic Facility
  • Check out the newly renovated Carver Gym and learn more about Viking Athletics.
12:00pm - Dusk A.S. Lakewood Facility, Lake Whatcom
  • Free kayak, canoe, or paddleboard rental at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Please get your FREE ticket at the Welcome Center in Red Square.
12:00pm Western Libraries Escape Room Activity (Session Full), Circulation Desk, Library
  • Are you up for a challenge? Western Libraries is offering an escape room activity for students and families. Participants will work in groups to solve puzzles and riddles using clues and hints in order to escape the Libraries within 45 minutes. Participants should meet at the Circulation Desk on the Haggard wing of Western Libraries.
  • This is a free event, but tickets are required due to limited number of spaces (Session Full).
12:00pm – 1:00pm Hike on Sehome Hill Arboretum, Meet in Red Square next to the fountain
  • Join the AS Outdoor Center on an exploration of the trails of Sehome Hill Arboretum. Please wear appropriate shoes.
12:00pm – 2:00pm WWU Salsa & Bachata Dance Lessons, Miller Hall Collaborative Space
  • The WWU Salsa & Bachata Dance Club is for students who are enthusiastic to learn L.A. Salsa and Bachata and love to have fun dancing.
  • Everyone is welcome and can jump in at any time during the lesson.
  • 12:00pm-12:55pm Salsa Lesson
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Bachata Lesson
12:30pm - 1:30pm Planetarium Show: Secrets of the Stars, Haggard Hall 313 (SOLD OUT)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Demonstration of Bending and Carving Wooden Sculpture, Art Annex 152
  • Join Sasha Petrenko, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture for a demonstration of bending and carving wooden sculpture.
1:00pm - 2:00pm Demonstration of Katazome (stencil-dyeing) process, Fine Arts 226
  • In the studio of Associate Professor Seiko Purdue, Fibers and Fabrics, visitors can see the process of paste application, and color application in the Katazome (stencil-dyeing) process and see some example of Katazome works.
1:00pm Western Libraries Escape Room Activity (Session Full), Circulation Desk, Library
  • Are you up for a challenge? Western Libraries is offering an escape room activity for students and families. Participants will work in groups to solve puzzles and riddles using clues and hints in order to escape the Libraries within 45 minutes. Participants should meet at the Circulation Desk on the Haggard wing of Western Libraries.
  • This is a free event, but tickets are required due to limited number of spaces. (Session Full)
1:00pm Huxley Play: Nobody’s Ever Alone in the Forest, Arntzen Hall 100
  • Nobody's Ever Alone in the Forest is a humorous 30 minute play for all ages about old growth ecology. This stars talking trees, a rapping vole and a grumpy volcano who tell the story of interactions in an ancient forest. The actors are environmental education majors from Huxley College of the Environment. Students and faculty will be available after the play to talk about the environmental studies majors at Huxley.(FREE)
1:00pm Presentations:

Education Abroad, Miller Hall 138

  • Come explore the world of learning opportunities through WWU Education Abroad (EdAbroad). EdAbroad offers educational opportunities through University sponsored programs, Global Learning Faculty-led Programs, international exchange partners, and affiliated organizations.

Campus to Career, Miller Hall 152

  • Regardless of where your student is in their college career, the Career Services Center is here to help them reach their goals during and beyond college. Hear from Career Counselor Sandy Brown about services, employment trends and what employers are looking for in graduates.
2:00pm – 2:45pm A.S. Pop Music Presents: Analog Brass, Outback Theatre
  • Check out the local brass band at Western's Outback Theatre. Enjoy this free, outdoor concert tucked back within the Outback Farm located just south of the Fairhaven Residences.
2:00pm Sculpture Tour, Tour will start in front of the Western Gallery
  • Take a guided tour of the internationally famous outdoor collection! Western is known for its leadership in the concept of art in the daily living environment of a university community, and with 31 unique pieces, the Outdoor Sculpture Collection is a centerpiece of Western’s beautiful campus.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Planetarium Show: Dynamic Earth, Haggard Hall 313 (SOLD OUT)
2:00pm WWU Men’s Basketball Blue/White Scrimmage, WECU Court, Carver Gym
  • Get an early look at the 2018-19 WWU Men’s Basketball team in their first action of the season in the annual Blue/White game. The squad will be divided into two teams and look to kick off their preseason with an exciting, fast-paced brand of basketball. Come out and get your first look at the team…free of charge.
2:00pm Huxley Play: Soft Steps at Timberline, Arntzen Hall 100
  • Soft Steps at Timberline is a humorous 40 minute play for all ages about timberline ecology. This stars a talking mountain goat, marmot and other creatures who defend their subalpine ecosystem by educating an ignorant hiking boot. The actors are environmental education majors from Huxley College of the Environment. Students and staff will be available after the play to answer questions about the environmental studies programs at Huxley.(FREE)
3:00pm Presentations:

Education Abroad, Miller Hall 138

  • Come explore the world of learning opportunities through WWU Education Abroad (EdAbroad). EdAbroad offers educational opportunities through University sponsored programs, Global Learning Faculty-led Programs, international exchange partners, and affiliated organizations.

Campus to Career, Miller Hall 152

  • Regardless of where your student is in their college career, the Career Services Center is here to help them reach their goals during and beyond college. Hear from Career Counselor Sandy Brown about services, employment trends and what employers are looking for in graduates.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Dead Parrots Society Workshop, Old Main Theatre
  • Ever make up stories with your friends for fun? Enjoy trying new things and exploring the possibilities? Like meeting new people? Enjoy performing? Indifferent about performing but like to be goofy sometimes? Try improv! At this free workshop, learn and explore the basis of collaborative story-creation, a.k.a. improv, with WWU’s Improv club, the Dead Parrots Society.
  • All experience levels welcome!
3:00pm Sculpture Tour, Tour will start in front of the Western Gallery
  • Take a guided tour of the internationally famous outdoor collection! Western is known for its leadership in the concept of art in the daily living environment of a university community, and with 31 unique pieces, the Outdoor Sculpture Collection is a centerpiece of Western’s beautiful campus.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Planetarium Show: Dream to Fly, Haggard Hall 313 (SOLD OUT)
4:00pm Women's Soccer Bunker Party, Harrignton Field
  • Show your pride and cheer on the nationally-ranked Viking soccer squad as they face Western Oregon. Registration includes a ticket to the game and unlimited access to the party on the Bunker
  • Registration includes a ticket to the game and unlimited access to the party on the Bunker. Register at wwuvikings.com/events for your game ticket and party "access bracelet".
5:00pm WWU Women’s Soccer vs Western Oregon, Harrington Field
  • $8–general; $5–students. Tickets available for purchase at WWU Box Office, 360-650-6146.
5:00pm Dinner with your Viking
  • Grab a bite to eat before enjoying the evening programming. Visit one of the three dining commons on campus or try out one of the fantastic restaurants in Bellingham. We have provided a list of local restaurant recommendations in the event guide.
6:00pm

Dead Parrots Society Homecoming, Old Main Theatre

  • Acne! Voices breaks! Sweaty hand-holding! Get blasted back to the past with The Dead Parrots Society improv team as we present an improvised Homecoming format. In the style of a classic homecoming dance, everything you see will be entirely made up on the spot based on your audience suggestions.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 6:00pm in Old Main Theater.
  • Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door. Go Parrots!
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Shankar Vedantam presents “The Hidden Brain”, Performing Arts Center Mainstage (tickets required)

  • Shankar Vedantam is the host of NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast and radio show. He uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
  • Books will be available for sale in the lobby and a book signing will occur after the event.
  • $15– WWU Students/ Alumni members; $25–general. Tickets available at WWU Box Office, PAC Lobby, 360-650-6146.
9:00pm - 10:30pm

The Upfront Theatre, Performing Arts Center Concert Hall (tickets required)

  • Bellingham’s own comedy improv theatre established in 2004 by Ryan Stiles. The Upfront players are coming to WWU for a unique and funny show specifically for Fall Family Weekend!
  • $6–WWU Student; $8–general. Tickets available at WWU Box Office, PAC Lobby, 360-650-6146.

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Sunday, October 21

9:30am - 1:30pm BelleWood Acres Brunch & Tour (SOLD OUT)
  • BelleWood Acres is one of Northwest Washington's largest apple orchards. Event includes charter bus from campus to the orchard, a full brunch buffet and a train tour around the orchard. Guests will have time to explore the corn maze, tour the distillery, shoot corn husks or go shopping.
  • Tickets available at WWU Box Office, $40 students/ $45 general. (SOLD OUT)
  • Departs from C-lots at 9:30am
10:00am - 9:00pm Wade King Student Recreation Center
  • Enjoy this complete recreation facility and learn more about the educational programs that keep WWU fit! $5.50 discounted day pass for Fall Family Weekend attendees.
10:00am - 3:00pm Western Associated Students Bookstore
  • Check out the new arrivals and sales at the Western Bookstore.
10:30am - 1:30pm Sunday Brunch
  • Visit any of the three dining commons on campus: Viking Commons, Ridgeway Commons, and the Fairhaven Commons.
10:30am - 2:30pm BelleWood Acres Brunch & Tour (SOLD OUT)
  • BelleWood Acres is one of Northwest Washington's largest apple orchards. Event includes charter bus from campus to the orchard, a full brunch buffet and a train tour around the orchard. Guests will have time to explore the corn maze, tour the distillery, shoot corn husks or go shopping.
  • Tickets available at WWU Box Office, $40 students/ $45 general. (SOLD OUT)
  • Departs from C-lots at 10:30am
11:00am - 4:00pm What Would Nature Do? ∕ Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope, Western Gallery, Fine arts Building
  • Western Gallery’s two fall exhibitions focus on these questions and on creative efforts to address ecological concerns. “What Would Nature Do?” explores the nature-based design approaches of Biomimicry and Permaculture. “Modest forms of Biocultural Hope” brings together four art installations that explore the complex relationships between biology and culture.
11:30am - 3:30pm BelleWood Acres Brunch & Tour (SOLD OUT)
  • BelleWood Acres is one of Northwest Washington's largest apple orchards. Event includes charter bus from campus to the orchard, a full brunch buffet and a train tour around the orchard. Guests will have time to explore the corn maze, tour the distillery, shoot corn husks or go shopping.
  • Tickets available at WWU Box Office, $40 students/ $45 general. (SOLD OUT)
  • Departs from C-lots at 11:30am
12:00pm - Dusk A.S. Lakewood Facility, Lake Whatcom
  • Free kayak, canoe, or paddleboard rental at Lakewood for Fall Family Weekend attendees. Please get your FREE ticket at the Welcome Center.

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