Oct. 24, 2012

More than 900 attend Parents Weekend


A student and her parents talk before a faculty session of Parents College. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11






What is it like to attend classes, collaborate with professors, hang out in the Student Union and live on campus? More than 900 parents of students attended activities on campus Oct. 19 and 20 to discover more about the Geneseo experience.

"Parents Weekend is a unique opportunity for families to really get to know what it's like for their children to be a part of the Geneseo family and all of the research, academic, and extracurricular opportunities that exist for them here," says Tammy Ingram '88, director of parent relations. "Every year, more parents attend."

A growing tradition since 2008, families get an intimate look at daily life, from academics to the Union on a Saturday night. Friday events included a home athletic match for the women's soccer team, whose members won 7-0, a student production of "Romeo and Juliet," and the Kaleidoscope performance of many of the college's ensembles, followed by a late-night ice-cream social presented by the Student Association.

On Saturday, parents sampled some of the diverse subjects taught on campus during Parents College sessions. Eight faculty members shared their expertise on such topics as the upcoming national election, the love poetry of William Butler Yeats, women in civil rights, language as symbolic action, constraints of intelligent life in the universe, and health.

President Christopher C. Dahl addressed parents on Saturday, focusing on opportunities for and the power of transformational learning at Geneseo, including study abroad, participation on athletic teams and the college's first student ambassadors.

Parents also attended demonstrations in the Integrated Science Center, gallery exhibits, and learned more about the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development program, study-abroad opportunities and more. There was also a hockey game, which attracted near record attendance. Parents and students also enjoyed a Fall Harvest Dinner prepared by Campus Auxiliary Services. The weekend ended with a Second City improv comedy performance in Kuhl Gymnasium and "Romeo and Juliet."

View more photos from Parents Weekend, including Parents College sessions, in the Encompass photo gallery.