Oct. 12, 2011

Parents will share in the Geneseo experience on Oct. 21 and 22

Parents College session in 2010

A parent listens to Instructor Jeremy Grace speak about his experience as an election consultant all over the world during his Parent College about "Promotion of Democracy in the Post-Bush Era," at Parents Weekend 2010. This year, Geneseo welcomes more than 850 parents and guests to the event, Oct. 21 and 22. /FILE PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN



When history and secondary education major Brooke Nemiroff '12 invited her mother and father to Parents Weekend as an underclassman, she wanted them to better understand her life at Geneseo.

They spent the day together taking classes at Parents College, learning about various topics in workshops led by faculty. They explored social networking, baseball statistics and the history of Geneseo in the same classrooms students learn in every day.

"All these classes were taught by professors, so my parents got a taste of how I am taught," says Nemiroff. "At the end of the day I felt like they really understood what I said when I tell them how much work I have. It was a really great bonding experience.

More than 850 parents and guests are expected to participate in this year's Parents Weekend, Oct. 21 and 22, sharing in a sampling of Geneseo life - athletic competitions, late-night social activities, the Parents College, lab demonstrations and several artistic performances.

Friday events kick off with a mens' soccer game followed by Kaleidoscope in Wadsworth Auditorium, which showcases nearly all of the colleges' performing artists and ensembles.

Eleven professors will share their expertise in various fields during Saturday's Parents College, covering topics that range from the immune system, Dante and nutrition to democracy, ecological complexity and examining just what is abnormal.

President Christopher C. Dahl will also address parents at 11 a.m., speaking about the colleges' latest news and initiatives, followed by a question and answer period.

One of the most popular events on Saturday has traditionally been the study abroad workshops, in which parents and students learn more about the 40 programs offered through Geneseo or partnering institutions.

Saturday events include demonstrations in the Integrated Science Center; a hockey game; recitals, a performance of "Equus" by Cothernus, Geneseo's theater club; a fall harvest dinner; and a performance by comedian John Heffron.

• For a full schedule of events, visit the Parents Weekend webpage.