Schedule From Parents Weekend 2012

Events for Registered Guests

Note: This schedule is from Parents Weekend 2012 and provides an example of the activities that were offered last year. Activities for this year's Parents Weekend are still in the planning stage. Check back later this summer for details.

Friday, September 28

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

1:30pm-5:30pm—Check-in, Appleby Hall, Welcome Center 127
Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and campus maps. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events.)

2:00pm-4:00pm—SMART Learning Commons Tours, Walter Library 204
Tour the SMART Learning Commons and explore how your student can take advantage of the Peer Learning Consultants available to help them with any of their school subjects and classes.

2:00pm-4:00pm—For the Common Good, Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium
This exhibit, based on material from the collections of the University of Minnesota Archives, examines the ongoing question of how the University should fulfill its role as a "land grant" university. There will be opportunities for tours at 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., or you can visit during hours and discuss the exhibit with the University Archives staff.

  • 2:00pm & 3:00pm—Caverns Tours, Elmer L. Andersen Library
    The Andersen Library contains two enormous caverns, each two stories high and the length of two football fields, which lie below a 30 foot layer of limestone plus an additional 30 feet of topsoil, clay and gravel. One cavern is reserved for archives, manuscripts, and unique research materials from the University of Minnesota's collections, while the second is designated for storage of lesser-used materials from libraries throughout the state. 

2:30pm-3:00pm—Workshops
Workshops are 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 - STSS 114
    A discussion of issues students and families typically face in the first months of college—time management, study skills, homesickness, and more.
  • Career Planning - STSS 312
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.
  • Learning Abroad - STSS 230
    Studying, volunteering, interning, and working abroad enhance the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into their undergraduate programs.

3:15pm-3:45pm—Workshops
Workshops are 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 - STSS 114
    In this session, learn about on- and off-campus housing options. Staff from University Student Legal Services will be present to discuss students' legal responsibilities, renters' rights, and things to look for in leases and contracts. A Housing and Residential Life representative will be available to talk about on-campus housing opportunities.
  • Learning Abroad - STSS 230
    Studying, volunteering, interning, and working abroad enhance the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students incorporate international opportunities into their undergraduate programs.
  • StrengthsQuest - STSS 312
    U of M students are focusing on strengths and leadership skills as they work toward a degree and a future career. Statistics show that 32.5 percent of first-year students reported talking to a family member about their strengths. This session will help you not only learn more about StrengthsQuest, but also give you ideas for how you can help your student develop and apply their strengths in their academics, careers, daily lives, and the meaningful experiences they may seek. After learning about strengths, you may want to take the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment yourself.

4:00pm-4:30pm—Workshops
Workshops are 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 - STSS 114
    In this session, learn about on- and off-campus housing options. Staff from University Student Legal Services will be present to discuss students' legal responsibilities, renters' rights, and things to look for in leases and contracts. A Housing and Residential Life representative will be available to talk about on-campus housing opportunities.
  • Career Planning - STSS 312
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.
  • StrenthsQuest - STSS 230
    U of M students are focusing on strengths and leadership skills as they work toward a degree and a future career. Statistics show that 32.5 percent of first-year students reported talking to a family member about their strengths. This session will help you not only learn more about StrengthsQuest, but also give you ideas for how you can help your student develop and apply their strengths in their academics, careers, daily lives, and the meaningful experiences they may seek. After learning about strengths, you may want to take the Gallup StrengthsQuest assessment yourself.

3:00-5:00pmCollege Open Houses

3:00pm-4:30pm

  • College of Biological Sciences (CBS), 131B STSS
    Meet and connect informally with CBS faculty and staff, including academic advisers and program coordinators. Learn about some of the signature programs, including Nature of Life, Common Time, and Undergraduate Research. Also experience what it is like to be a CBS student by participating in a demonstration of an activity from the Foundations of Biology course.
  • College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), Bell Museum of Natural History
    An informal reception will feature CFANS' treats such as the Department of Food Science’s homemade ice cream and cheese, the Department of Animal Science’s homemade summer sausage, and the Department of Horticulture’s HoneyCrisp or Zestar apples.
  • College of Liberal Arts (CLA), Walter Library 101
    This event will be an opportunity for CLA student services leadership to reconnect with parents and highlight the exciting things happening in the CLA First Year Experience. Light refreshments will be served and brief remarks from CLA Assistant Dean Chris Kearns will be made at 3:30pm.

3:30pm-5:00pm

  • College of Design (CDES), Rapson Hall 210
    Join the College of Design in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in Rapson Hall. Light refreshments will be served as parents and students meet faculty and staff, including academic advisers.
  • College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Education Sciences Building 360
    CEHD wants to welcome you to the campus and answer any questions you may have about your student's experiences while in CEHD. Stop by for some drinks, snacks, and conversation with Student Services staff.
  • College of Science and Engineering (CSE), Lind Hall, First Floor Student Services
    The Student Services team in the College of Science and Engineering would like to invite parents of CSE students to the newly renovated Lind Hall 1st floor. Take a short self-guided tour to learn about academic advising, career services, international opportunities, scholarships, the Taylor Center, and much more! Free t-shirts for parents will be given away and light refreshments will be served.

4:30pm-6:30pm
Carlson School of Management (CSOM), Carlson Atrium, West Bank
(Pre-registration to this event is required. Parents of Carlson students will be notified via email when they can register.)
Meet and talk informally with Carlson School staff including academic, career, and international programs advisers, explore Hanson Hall, network with other parents, enjoy a BBQ dinner, and win door prizes for your student or purchase Carlson gear.

5:00pm-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.

5:00pm-8:00pm—Josten's Junior-Senior Dinner
Enjoy a catered dinner in the Fiterman Riverview Gallery, part of the newly renovated Weisman Art Museum, while listening to professionals offer advice on steps to take following graduation. (Space is limited to the first 150 people who register. Registration is reserved for families of juniors and seniors. Pre-registration is required with an additional cost of $18 per person. Both the U of M students and their families must register and pay for this event).

Other Activities:

  • Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art (East), West Bank: 11:00am-7:00pm—Sacred Space, Contested Terrain
    The Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents Sacred Space, Contested Terrain, a group exhibition that explores articulations of sacred and contested space in art, architecture and theology. Preparation for this exhibition began during the spring 2012 term as students in the departments of Architecture, Art, and Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota participated in a coordinated program of academic and studio work that explored the idea of sacred space/contested terrain.
  • University Recreation Center: 1:00pm-10:00pm
    Take advantage of the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium: 3:00pm-7:00pm
    Conquer the 25 foot tall rock climbing wall in the St. Paul Gym.
  • Women’s Volleyball v. Ohio State, Sports Pavilion: 7:00pm
    The Minnesota women’s volleyball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive year during their 2011 season. The Gophers will be looking for an NCAA Championship in 2012, so this is a season you won't want to miss! Current U of M students are able to attend matches for free and adult single game tickets can be purchased for $8 (children, youth, and senior for $5).
  • Women’s Hockey v. Colgate, Ridder Arena: 7:00pm
    After winning their third NCAA Championship in the 2011-2012 season, the Minnesota women’s hockey team will be looking for a repeat for the upcoming season. Back and better than ever, the games will be full of excitement. Current U of M students are able to attend matches for free and adult single game tickets can be purchased for $8 (children, youth, and senior for $5).
  • Gophers After Dark: 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Gophers After Dark is a campus wide initiative that offers free, or low-cost, late night entertainment at the University of Minnesota.

Saturday, September 29

Saturday is 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 and Coffee, Great Hall (Coffman Union)
Pick up the Parents Weekend schedule and campus maps and enjoy coffee with other Parents Weekend participants. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events; the check-in desk will be staffed all day Saturday, September 29.)

10:00am—Welcome!
Meet the Parents Weekend committee and listen to an opening greeting from Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Jerry Rinehart, and Parent Program Director, Marjorie Savage, and the  wife of U of M’s President Kaler, Karen Kaler. In addition, enjoy a special welcome from the Circle of Indigenous Nations. The mission of the Circle of Indigenous Nations at the University of Minnesota is to recruit, retain, and graduate American Indian students. The center achieves these goals by promoting cultural values that help American Indian students become self-directed, excel academically, and succeed in all areas of the individuals’ matriculation, academic pursuits, and career aspirations.

11:00am-12:15pmCreativity Unleashed With the College of Design, Great Hall
College of Design, Professor Brad Hokanson and College of Design Assistant Dean, Kate Maple, believe creativity is a skill every individual possesses and needs to exercise. To prove this point, they will do a short presentation on taking a creative approach to solve every day problems. Following the presentation, teams of parents and students will flex their “creativity muscles” in a competitive activity against other teams. Winners will receive prizes for their efforts!

12:30 pm-2:00pm—Saturday Lunch, Great Hall Annex
Enjoy a picnic lunch that features a variety of sandwiches such as roast beef with Swiss, smoked chicken salad, and veggie wraps outside on Coffman’s Riverbend Plaza while mingling with University administrators and staff.

2:00pm-4:00pm—Parents Weekend Carnival, Great Hall
Come learn about student groups, local businesses, and University resources at the first ever Parents Weekend Family Fun Carnival. There will be entertainment, games, a photo booth, and chances to win raffle tickets for some great prizes.

4:15pm-5:00pm—Raffle Drawing , Great Hall
Parents Weekend participants will have the opportunity to earn raffle tickets throughout the day and at the Carnival for the chance to win a variety of prizes. Prizes will include gift cards and discount coupons from: The University Bookstore, Days Inn Hotel, CorePower Yoga, Punch Pizza, Chilly Billy’s, and MANY MORE! Friendly reminder: You must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

Other Activities:

  • University Recreation Center: 8:00am-5:00pm
    Take advantage of the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • James Ford Bell Museum: 10:00am-5:00pm
    The Bell Museum's exhibits encourage exploration and convey the excitement of science and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world.
  • Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art (East), West Bank: 11:00am-7:00pm—Sacred Space, Contested Terrain
    The Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents Sacred Space, Contested Terrain, a group exhibition that explores articulations of sacred and contested space in art, architecture and theology. Preparation for this exhibition began during the spring 2012 term as students in the departments of Architecture, Art, and Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota participated in a coordinated program of academic and studio work that explored the idea of sacred space/contested terrain.
  • Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus: Noon-4:00pm
    Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. Use your Parents Weekend Discount Card to receive the student rate!
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm—Raptors of Minnesota
      Meet a variety of live raptors and learn what you can do to help protect the environment we share. Program includes a tour of The Raptor Center and the outdoor housing area, home of 32 education raptors. No reservations taken. Openings available on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $5.00 per child/student and $7.50 per adult.
  • Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium: Noon-7:00pm
    Conquer the 25 foot tall rock climbing wall in the St. Paul Gym.
  • Women’s Hockey v. Colgate, Ridder Arena: 4:00pm
    After winning their third NCAA Championship in the 2011-2012 season, the Minnesota women’s hockey team will be looking for a repeat for the upcoming season. Back and better than ever, the games will be anything but boring. Current U of M students are able to attend matches for free and adult single game tickets can be purchased for $8 (children, youth, & senior for $5).
  • Women’s Volleyball v. Penn State, Sports Pavilion: 7:00pm
    The Minnesota women’s volleyball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive year during their 2011 season. The Gophers will be looking for an NCAA Championship in 2012, so this is a season you won't want to miss! Current U of M students are able to attend matches for free and adult single game tickets can be purchased for $8 (children, youth, & senior for $5).
  • Gophers After Dark: 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Gophers After Dark is a campus wide initiative that offers free, or low-cost, late night entertainment at the University of Minnesota.

Sunday, September 30

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.

Campus

  • University Recreation Center: 8:00am-5:00pm
    Take advantage of the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History: 10:00am-5:00pm
    The Bell Museum's exhibits encourage exploration and convey the excitement of science and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world.
  • Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus: noon-4:00pm
    Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. Use your Parents Weekend Discount Card to receive the student rate!
    • 1:00pm-2:00pm—Raptors of Minnesota
      Meet a variety of live raptors and learn what you can do to help protect the environment we share. Program includes a tour of The Raptor Center and the outdoor housing area, home of 32 education raptors. No reservations taken. Openings available on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $5.00 per child/student and $7.50 per adult.
  • Climbing Wall, St. Paul Gymnasium: 3:00pm-9:00pm
    Conquer the 25 foot tall rock climbing wall in the St. Paul Gym. 

Community

Arts and Culture
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.

  • Walker Art Center: 11:00am-5:00pm
    Today the Walker Art Center ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States and, together with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, attracts more than 600,000 visitors per year.
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts : 11:00am-5:00pm
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a free museum operated for the benefit of the general public. The MIA is one of the largest arts educators in Minnesota. More than a half-million people visit the museum each year, and a hundred thousand more are reached through the museum's Art Adventure program for elementary schoolchildren. The museum's free general admission policy, public programs, classes for children and adults, and award-winning interactive media programs have helped to broaden and deepen this museum's roots in the communities it serves.

Theater
The Twin Cities has the second highest number of theaters per capita than any other city in the U.S. Take advantage and check the schedules of live theaters that include: the Guthrie, Orpheum, State, Ordway, or Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

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.

  • Science Museum of Minnesota: 9:30am-9:30pm
    The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions, and internationally distributed large format films. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space. The Science Museum of Minnesota employs over 600 full and part time staff and is supported by more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers.

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.

  • Valleyfair: Noon-7:00pm
    Come visit the 125 acre amusement park located in Shakopee, Minnesota! It is currently the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest.
  • Water Park of America: Sunday, 11:00 am- 8:00 pm
    Only 0.5 miles from Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, discover the Water Park of America, the largest among indoor water parks in Minnesota.
  • Mall of America
    Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America has revolutionized the shopping experience and become a leader in retail, entertainment and attractions. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country.
    Retail: 11:00am-7:00pm
    Nickelodeon Universe: Sunday 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium: Sunday, 10:00 am- 6:30 pm
  • Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory: 10:00am-4:00pm
    Today Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half-acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers.
  • Minnesota Zoo: 9:00am-6:00pm
    Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.  

 

Parents Weekend parent and student sitting on steps.

According to parents, the best part about Parents Weekend is...

  • Spending time with our son.
  • The StrengthsQuest talk - by far the best! After that we both took the test to see how we meshed with our student.
  • Various "snapshots" of the campus and your beautiful city.
  • There was something for everyone, so even if my daughter was busy, I had things to do!!
  • The events gave a great sense of what the campus is like.
  • Information was informative and helpful.
  • It gave us the opportunity to see our sons, meet their friends and roommates. See how their room transformed, how they had changed.
  • Enjoyed the time with other U of M parents.
  • Complete, friendly, personal- even in such large university.
  • I liked everything about Parents Weekend.