Family Weekend 2015

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Overview

Family Weekend, October 2 - 4, 2015, is jam-packed with activity and opportunity to participate in our campus community. It's time to...

Cheer on the home teams. Meet professors. Learn about study abroad. Find out about Jan Term. Get to know the roommate. Re-connect with your favorite student over a meal and much more.

It's time to experience McDaniel.
Register online now.

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Schedule of Events

On-Campus Events

Events will continue to be added over the course of the next few weeks, please check back often for updates!

Friday October 2, 2015

9:00am to 4:00pm Bursar's Office and Financial Aid Office Open, First Floor Elderdice Hall
Have a question about your account or financial aid package? Office will be open.

9:00am to 4:00pm Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Office Open, Merritt Hall 117
SASS provides and assists all students with documented disabilities appropriate accommodations. Contact sass@mcdaniel.edu to schedule an appointment.

9:00am to 4:00pm “SKEPSIS: Recent Work by Breon Gilleran” Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall
McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “SKEPSIS,” a mixed media exhibit by Breon Gilleran, SKEPSIS had its beginning when Steven Pearson, director of the Rice Gallery, suggested that Gilleran collaborate with Dr. Katie Lynn Staab and the students in one of Staab’s comparative anatomy classes.  The result is a collection “of sculptural objects and works on paper installed alongside McDaniel students’ scientific works that will transform the Rice Gallery into a cabinet of curiosities,” says Gilleran.  She promises a “freewheeling exhibit integrating art and science in an encyclopedic collection of objects whose categorical boundaries are porous.”

11:00am to 4:30pm Family Weekend Information Center, Decker College Center Ensor Lounge
Visit the Family Weekend Information Center and pick up a schedule of weekend events, tourist information, and listing of local restaurants. Free giveaways from the Division of Student Affairs.

11:00am to 4:30pm Open Classes
Sit in on classes with current students and experience excellent teaching first-hand. Schedule of open classes will be available at the Family Weekend Information Center upon your arrival to campus. Please do not attend a class unless it is listed on the schedule.

11:00am to 2:00pm Lunch in Englar Dining Hall
Enjoy lunch in the dining hall and sample the variety of food options available for our students. Pay at the door. $13.00 for guests, McDaniel Students should use their meal plan.

7:30pm The Laramie Project, Fall Theater Production, Western Maryland College Alumni Hall
McDaniel College Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman’s explosive drama “The Laramie Project,” September 30 through October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall.  The play, which was developed with members of Tectonic Theatre Project, is directed by Elizabeth van den Berg, chair of McDaniel’s Theatre Arts department.

On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation.  Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town.  From these interviews they wrote the play “The Laramie Project,” a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their thoughts, feelings, and confessions that we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece, a profoundly complex portrait of a community.  The play’s powerful messages and continued relevance with today’s issues make it one of the most performed plays in America.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, military, and McDaniel College students, Faculty or Staff.  For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448. 

 

Saturday October 3, 2015

8:45am to 9:15am The World Beyond Westminster: Opportunities for Study Abroad and Global Initiatives, Decker College Center Forum
Associate Dean for International and Intercultural programs, Dr. Amy McNichols, will highlight study abroad options available to McDaniel students, and students who have participated in study abroad programs will share their experiences. Also, understand the broad approach McDaniel is taking to enhance students’ global learning and deepen their appreciation for the challenges of living in a global society.

9:15am to 9:45am Center for Experience and Opportunity, Decker College Center, Forum
Find out how the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) assists students with on and off-campus work opportunities, internship preparation, career exploration, volunteerism, and service learning. 

9:45am to 10:45am Academic Affairs Welcome Reception for Families, Students, Faculty and Staff, Decker College Center, Outside Englar Dining Hall
Meet First Year Seminar (FYS) faculty, student peer mentors, and members of the Academic Affairs staff at McDaniel.  Learn more about the opportunities for students to collaborate with the McDaniel Faculty in conducting research. Students currently engaged in research with Faculty members will be highlighted. 

10:30am to 1:00pm Brunch in Englar Dining Hall
Enjoy brunch in the dining hall and sample the variety of food options available for our students. Pay at the door. $13.00 for guests, McDaniel Students should use their meal plan.

11:00am to 12:00pm smartTALK, Forum
Come listen to a moderated conversation between President Roger Casey and McDaniel Alum, Mr. Mark Stuart, M.S. ’94, President of the Foundation devoted to raising friends and funds to support the San Diego Zoo.

12:30pm to 2:30pm Division of Student Affairs Tailgate Lunch, Kenneth Gill Stadium 
For parents and students, hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. Join other families for a tailgate lunch overlooking the Football field.

Pre-order your boxed tailgate lunch (hot dog or hamburger, bags of chips, dessert and a drink) $12.00 per person.

Campus Safety, Residence Life, Student Engagement, Wellness Center, and Student Affairs staff will be on hand to answer questions and chat with you, so please bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and tents to pick out your tailgate spot, and enjoy your lunch. (This area will be designated substance free).

1:00pm Cheer on the GREEN TERROR, Kenneth Gill Stadium
Football vs. Gettysburg College

2:00pm Alpha Lambda Delta Induction Ceremony (By Invitation Only), Little Baker Chapel
First Year Honor Society induction for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher after their first year of college.

3:30pm Next Generation Campus Tours, (pre-registration required), Carroll Hall-Office of Admissions
Have another student, relative or friend who is a prospective McDaniel student? Sign them up to tour the campus! Please register in advance for this tour. Tours will depart from the Welcome Desk in the Decker College Center on Saturday afternoon.

*Dinner on Your Own on the Town
A listing of area restaurants is available at the Family Weekend Information Center.

7:30pm The Laramie Project, Fall Theater Production, Western Maryland College Alumni Hall
McDaniel College Theatre presents Moisés Kaufman’s explosive drama “The Laramie Project,” September 30 through October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall.  The play, which was developed with members of Tectonic Theatre Project, is directed by Elizabeth van den Berg, chair of McDaniel’s Theatre Arts department.

On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of hate that shocked the nation.  Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town.  From these interviews they wrote the play “The Laramie Project,” a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.  Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their thoughts, feelings, and confessions that we hear in this stunningly effective theatre piece, a profoundly complex portrait of a community.  The play’s powerful messages and continued relevance with today’s issues make it one of the most performed plays in America.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, military, and McDaniel College students, Faculty or Staff.  For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.

 

Sunday October 4, 2015

10:30am to 1:00pm Brunch in Englar Dining Hall, Decker College Center 
Enjoy brunch in the dining hall and sample the variety of food options available for our students. Pay at the door. $13.00 for guests, McDaniel Students should use their meal plan.

Off-Campus/Westminster Community Events

Downtown Westminster Farmer's Market
A “producers only” market of farm fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods.
Saturday October 2, 2015, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Conaway Municipal Parking Lot at Railroad Avenue, Route 27

Corn Maze (website)
(Adults $10; Children 3-12 $5; Children under 3 FREE)
Friday September 26, 5-9pm; Saturday September 27, 5-9pm; September 28, 2-7pm
Carroll County Agriculture Center $ Shipley Arena, 706 Agriculture Center Drive


Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County Maryland (website)
All Weekend!!

Area Accommodations

When making your reservation, please mention McDaniel College Family Weekend.

Hotels and Motels

Best Western (adjacent to McDaniel College campus),
Westminster, 410-857-1900, 410-876-0010, 1-800-528-1234

Boston Inn (1.5 miles from the College)
Westminster, 410-848-9095, 1-800-634-0846

Days Inn (1.2 miles from the College)
Westminster, 410-857-0500, 1-800-329-7466

Hyatt Place (20 miles from the College)
4730 Painters Mill Rd., Owings Mills, MD 21117, 410-998-3630

Hilton Garden Inn (20 miles from the College)
4770 Owings Mills Blvd.; Owings Mills, MD 21117 (located next to I-795 and adjacent to Owings Mills Mall), 410-654-0300

Bed & Breakfast Inns

Antrim 1844 Country Inn (10.4 miles from the College)
Taneytown, 1-800-858-1844; 410-756-6812

Atlee House Bed & Breakfast (7 miles from the College)
New Windsor, 410-871-9119

Hilltop Hideaway Bed & Breakfast (12 miles from the College)
Hampstead, 443-291-6470

Inn at Norwood (14.9 miles from the College)
Sykesville, 410-549-7868

The Little Round House (8.4 miles from the College)
Taneytown, 907-694-5439

Vista Country Home (9 miles from the College)
Taneytown, 907-694-5439

Yellow Turtle Inn (5.8 miles from the College)
New Windsor (Westminster area), 410-635-3000, only 5 minutes from campus.