Parents Weekend 2011 Schedule

Events for Registered Guests

Note: The schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back for updated details.
Admission to the following events is included with the Parents Weekend Package unless otherwise noted. See Parents Weekend 2011 Information for FAQs.

Friday, September 30th

Spend the afternoon learning about University of Minnesota resources available to you and your student.

1:30pm-5:30pm—Check-in, Appleby Hall
Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events.)

2:00pm-4:00pm—SMART Learning Commons Tours
Tour the SMART Learning Commons in Walter Library (Room 204) and explore how your student can take advantage of the Peer Learning Consultants available to help them with any school subject.

2:30pm-3:15pm—Sherlock Holmes Tour, Andersen Library
The University of Minnesota Elmer L. Andersen Library has been building its Sherlock Holmes Collection for more than thirty years and has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the country.

2:30pm-3:15pm—Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution
The exhibit in Andersen Library will feature rare and unique agriculture records from the University Archives' Green Revolution collections, including items from the Norman Borlaug and E. C. Stakman papers.

2:30pm-3:15pm—Workshops
Workshops will be based on a first come first served basis until the room capacity is reached so make sure you arrive early to the ones you want to attend.

  • Orientation Review
    A discussion of issues students and families typically face in the first months of college—time management, study skills, homesickness, and more.
  • Career Planning
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.
  • Learning Abroad
    Studying, volunteering, interning, or working abroad enhances the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs.

3:30pm-4:15pm—Workshops
Workshops will be based on a first come first served basis until the room capacity is reached so make sure you arrive early to the ones you want to attend.

  • Housing 101
    When students are considering their housing options for next year, they will be deciding between staying in a campus residence hall or apartment, or moving off campus. In this session, we will discuss on-campus options as well as the options for off-campus housing. There will be staff from University Student Legal Services to discuss students' legal responsibilities, renters' rights, and things to look for in leases and contracts.  There will also be a representative from Housing and Residential Life present to talk about on-campus housing opportunities.

  • Commuter Connection
    Learn about the campus resources available to students who commute to the University, as well as common challenges faced by commuters and ideas for helping students succeed.
  • Career Planning
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.

3:30-5:30 p.m.—College of Education and Human Development Open House
Room 360 Education Sciences Building.

4:30pm-5:15pm—Workshops
Workshops will be based on a first come first served basis until the room capacity is reached so make sure you arrive early to the ones you want to attend.

  • Housing 101
    When students are considering their housing options for next year, they will be deciding between staying in a campus residence hall or apartment, or moving off campus. In this session, we will discuss on-campus options as well as the options for off-campus housing. There will be staff from University Student Legal Services to discuss students' legal responsibilities, renters' rights, and things to look for in leases and contracts.  There will also be a representative from Housing and Residential Life present to talk about on-campus housing opportunities.
  • Learning Abroad
    Studying, volunteering, interning, or working abroad enhances the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs.
  • Commuter Connection
    Learn about the campus resources available to students who commute to the University, as well as common challenges faced by commuters and ideas for helping students succeed.

4:30pm-6:30pm—Carlson School of Management Open House (for parents of first-year Carlson students)
Carlson School. (Parents of first-year Carlson School students must pre-register at carlsonschool.umn.edu/undergraduate/parentRSVP)

5:15pm-7:00pm—Sample Student Fare
Parents can dine with students (who have a meal plan) for a discounted price in the Middlebrook, Centennial, and Sanford residence hall restaurants, or take your student to dinner at a local eatery.

6:00pm-8:00pm—Junior-Senior Dinner
Enjoy dinner in the Mississippi Room in Coffman Memorial Union while learning what it takes to prepare for the 21st Century job search. (Space is limited. Registration is limited to families of juniors and seniors. Pre-Registration is required, and there is an additional cost of $18 per person. U of M students must be registered for and pay for this event.)

Other Activities:

3:00pm-7:00pm—Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium
Enjoy the sport of climbing at the St. Paul Gym.

1:00pm-8:00pm—University Recreation Center
Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)

9:00pm-11:00pm—Gophers After Dark
Gophers After Dark is a campus wide initiative that offers free, or low-cost, late night entertainment at the University of Minnesota. See Kung Fu Panda 2 outdoors on the Riverbend Plaza at 9:00pm, pose for a picture in the photo booth (starting at 9:00pm until 12:00am), and enjoy a candy and popcorn bar (starting at 9:00pm while supplies last).

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Saturday, October 1

Saturday starts in the Great Hall, but it’s all about the campus experience. Take time to enjoy the many academic, athletic, and artistic events that the University offers.

9:00am-10:30am—Check-in, Coffee and Pastries, Great Hall (Coffman Union)
Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps; have a breakfast snack.
(Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events; the check-in desk will be staffed all day Saturday, October 1.)

10:00am—Welcome!
Come mingle with other Parents Weekend participants, meet the Parents Weekend committee, and listen to a welcome from Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Jerry Rinehart, and Parent Program Director, Marjorie Savage.

10:15am-11:45am—Strengths Quest, Great Hall
U of M students are focusing on their strengths and leadership skills as they work toward a college degree and a future career. Learn how families can support their student's strengths--and consider taking the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment yourself. Over a million students have learned about their strengths through this program based on research of the highest performers in hundreds of different roles.

Noon-12:45pm—U of M President and First Lady, Eric and Karen Kaler
Come meet the new president of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler, and his wife, Karen Kaler.

1:00pm-2:00pm—Saturday Lunch, Great Hall
Enjoy lunch while mingling with University administrators and staff.

2:00pm-3:00pm—Physics Force, Great Hall
Physics Force is a group of Physics and Astronomy teachers who put on a physics circus of entertaining demonstrations. Physics Force goes above and beyond to educate and entertain with their blend of slapstick, prop comedy and science.

3:15pm-4:30pm—The Great Campus Quest (PDF with more info), Great Hall
Teams of parents and students will explore campus solving clues, finding treasures, and completing fun challenges while discovering the University in a new way. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.

4:30pm-5:00pm—Victory Desserts, Great Hall
Celebrate victory! There will be an award ceremony for the scavenger hunt winners; dessert for all.

Other Activities:

Noon-4pm—Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus
Rehabilitating more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, the Raptor Center is an internationally renowned education facility.

10am-5pm—James Ford Bell Museum
The Bell Museum's exhibits encourage exploration and convey the excitement of science and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world.

3:00pm-7:00pm—Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium
Enjoy the sport of climbing at the St. Paul Gym.

1:00pm-8:00pm—University Recreation Center
Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)

9:00pm-11:00pm—Gophers After Dark
Saturday’s Gophers After Dark will feature Bingo at 10:30pm (with prizes such as items and gift cards from the Bookstore, as well as a few other prizes, such as Target gift cards) and Family Feud (at 9:00pm) along with the option to create and decorate your own picture frame (9:00pm) to commemorate the weekend.

Goldy’s Gameroom, Gopher Spot, Free film

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Sunday, October 2

Discover Downtown, Uptown, Dinkytown and St. Paul, or just spend time with your student. Maps and suggested destinations will be included in your Parents Weekend package.

Gopher Sports Entertainment

Time To Be Decided—Men’s Hockey, Mariucci Arena
Exhibition game with British Columbia. With multiple National Championships Golden Gopher hockey continues to be one of the most exciting events in town. (Visit gophersports.com to purchase tickets.)

11:00am—Women’s Soccer, Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Gophers host Penn State. The 2010 Minnesota women's soccer season saw one of the Golden Gophers most successful seasons in program history, making its second appearance at the Sweet 16 tournament. (Visit gophersports.com to purchase tickets.)

9:00am-3:00pm—The Head of the Mississippi Regatta
The University of Minnesota Women's Rowing team will be hosting a regatta on the Mississippi River. The best viewing for this event is at the East River Flats Park where the boathouse is located. This event is free and open to the public so get on your gopher gear and get out to the river to support the Golden Gopher rowing team.

Other Activities:

3:00pm-10:00pm—Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium
Enjoy the sport of climbing at the St. Paul Gym.

8:00am-5:00pm—University Recreation Center
Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)

Community Events

Arts and Culture
1:00-6:00pm—WAMdemonium
The Weisman Art Museum is ready to reopen its doors to the public after a year of remodeling. Join WAM for the free opening day celebration, WAMdemonium! Enjoy activities and entertainment for children, families, and adults throughout the day as local arts organizations and artists reveal WAM's new galleries and art collection. The fun will include, printmaking and screen printing on T-Shirts, a yoga session led by Gorilla Yogis with architectural-inspired poses, and a performance by Rogue Valley.

Renowned theater, music, and visual arts centers make Minnesota home to one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the country. With the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, Orpheum Theatre and many other stellar venues and groups, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are arguably the premier arts center between the East and West coasts.

11:00am-5:00pm—Walker Art Center
11:00am-5:00pm—Minneapolis Institute of Arts
1:00 and 7:00pm—Much Ado About Nothing (The Guthrie Theatre)
TBD—Orpheum and State Theatres

History and Science
Museums and interpretive centers throughout Minnesota feature science and history collections worth exploring. The Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Capitol and Minnesota History Center in St. Paul all capture the essence of the state’s beginnings.

9:30am-9:30pm—Science Museum of Minnesota

Noon-4:00pm—Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus

10:00am-5:00pm—James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History
COFFEE: The World in Your Cup Visit the exhibit that sheds light on the world's most popular beverage: coffee. Once considered a "revolutionary drink," coffee affects and connects us—culturally, economically and ecologically. "Coffee: The World in Your Cup" will take visitors on a journey from first seed to final sip, discovering all things related to coffee, including our own role in the coffee industry.

Amusement Parks and Zoos
Minnesota includes a wide variety of amusement parks, theme parks and zoos. Places for fun in the Twin Cities area include Nickelodeon Universe; Valleyfair; and the Como Zoo in St. Paul.
Noon-7pm—Valleyfair
Water Park of America (hours vary)
10:30am-7:30pm—Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe
10:00am-4:00pm—Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory