Parents Weekend 2013 Schedule

Events for Registered Guests

The schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back for updated details. Admission to the following events is included with the Parents Weekend registration unless otherwise noted. See Parents Weekend 2013 Information for FAQs.

Thursday, October 17

4:45-7:30 p.m. Etiquette and Careers Dinner
Do you know which fork is for your salad? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join students, parents, and alumni to enjoy a three-course meal by D'Amico while learning how to professionally handle any dining situation. Also hear from a panel of career experts who will help you put your newly acquired etiquette knowledge to work while job searching.

Note: This event is for juniors, seniors, and their families. Registration is required by October 9, but families do not need to register for the entire weekend to attend the Etiquette and Careers Dinner. Cost is $10 for Alumni Association Student Members, $20 for U of M students who are not Alumni Association Student Members, $30 for parents and other family members who are Alumni Association members, $35 for all others who are not members of the Alumni Association. Register separately for the Etiquette and Careers Dinner at www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/EtiquetteDinner.

7:00 p.m.—Women's Volleyball vs. Michigan State
Join  your U of M student at a Gopher Volleyball match vs. University of Michigan. Get four free general admission tickets at mygophersports.com using promo code: UMParent. Tickets will be available while supplies last. U of M students receive free admission to all home Gopher Volleyball matches by showing their UCard.

Friday, October 18

Parent-Goldy

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

1:00-5:30 p.m.—Check-in, Coffman Memorial Union 303
Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps. (Check-in is mandatory to participate in Parents Weekend activities and events.)

1:30-2:15 p.m. & 2:30-3:15 p.m.—Elmer L. Andersen Library Tours
The Elmer L. Andersen Library is located on the West Bank of the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota. This state-of-the-art facility houses many of the University's special collections and archives units, whose materials range from four thousand year old Babylonian clay tablets to the latest illustrated children's books.

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

2:30-3:00 p.m.—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.

  • Career Planning—Location TBD
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.
  • Learning Abroad—Location TBD
    Going abroad is an integral component of the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students can incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs.
  • Living on campus: Creating pathways for a successful future—Location TBD
    The Foundation for Success program is designed to increase the chances for students living on campus to reach their personal and academic goals, as well as set a strong foundation for their future. This session will share the five key factors which will help students reach their goals and the strategies Housing & Residential Life staff are implementing to support the students. Learn how you too can be a partner in the success of your students' university experience.
  • Recreation and Wellness Center Tour
    Tour the new addition of the Recreation and Wellness Center located on East Bank. New features include a center for Outdoor Adventure which features a climbing wall, spacious lobby with a full service café, elevated indoor track, indoor cycling studio, additional multipurpose rooms for classes and events, and much more!

3:15-3:45 p.m.—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.

  • Student Wellness—Location TBD
    Promoting good health, well-being, and safety is important when student enter college. Learn more about how you can support you student to maintain physical and mental health and well-being, along with making safe decisions while on campus.
  • Learning Abroad—Location TBD
    Going abroad is an integral component of the student experience, but it requires forethought and planning. Learn how students can incorporate international opportunities into undergraduate programs.
  • StrengthsQuest—Location TBD
    Learn more about StrengthsQuest including ideas for how you can help your student develop and apply their strengths in academics, careers, daily lives, and the meaningful experiences they seek out.
  • Recreation and Wellness Center Tour
    Tour the new addition of the Recreation and Wellness Center located on East Bank. New features include a center for Outdoor Adventure which features a climbing wall, spacious lobby with a full service café, elevated indoor track, indoor cycling studio, additional multipurpose rooms for classes and events, and much more!

4:00-4:30 p.m.—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.

  • Student Wellness— Location TBD
    Promoting good health, well-being, and safety is important when student enter college. Learn more about how you can support you student to maintain physical and mental health and well-being, along with making safe decisions while on campus.
  • Career Planning— Location TBD
    Learn how career centers on campus help students explore careers and graduate programs, as well as search for internships and jobs.
  • StrengthsQuest—Location TBD
    Learn more about StrengthsQuest including ideas for how you can help your student develop and apply their strengths in academics, careers, daily lives, and the meaningful experiences they seek out.
  • Living on campus: Creating pathways for a successful future—Location TBD
    The Foundation for Success program is designed to increase the chances for students living on campus to reach their personal and academic goals, as well as set a strong foundation for their future. This session will share the five key factors which will help students reach their goals and the strategies Housing & Residential Life staff are implementing to support the students. Learn how you too can be a partner in the success of your students' university experience.
  • Recreation and Wellness Center Tour
    Tour the new addition of the Recreation and Wellness Center located on East Bank. New features include a center for Outdoor Adventure which features a climbing wall, spacious lobby with a full service café, elevated indoor track, indoor cycling studio, additional multipurpose rooms for classes and events, and much more!

3:30-5:00 p.m.—College Open Houses

  • Carlson School of Management (CSOM)— Location TBD
    Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research.
  • College of Biological Sciences (CBS)—Location TBD
    CBS is one of only a few colleges nationwide that focus exclusively on biological sciences. Research and education programs, which span molecules to ecosystems, are aimed at improving human health and quality of life, and providing food and energy for the Earth's growing population.
  • College of Design (CDES)—Location TBD
    Located in one of the major design cities and in one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the College of Design encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota. The faculty, students and staff in the college seek to advance the quality and value of collaborative design work.
  • College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)—Location TBD
    The College of Education and Human Development is the third largest college at the University of Minnesota. It is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning.
  • College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)—Location TBD
    CFANS is a college devoted to solution-driven science that uses critical and innovative thinking plus all the tools of the arts and sciences to make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment; they study the health of the land and the health of the living.
  • College of Liberal Arts (CLA)—Location TBD
    Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. With departments throughout the Minneapolis campus, it is the largest college and home to 15,864 students.
  • College of Science and Engineering (CSE)—Location TBD
    The College of Science and Engineering is one of the country's top programs in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics. CSE offers versatile majors that prepare students for a complex world in which scientists and engineers will play a vital role.

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

Other Activities:

  • University Recreation and Wellness Center: 5:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • The Center for Outdoor Adventure climbing wall: 3:00-7:00 p.m.
    Parents can climb for free with a student in this new feature of the Recreation and Wellness Center. Student passes are $8 for a day pass or $50 for a semester pass. All climbing equipment is provided.
  • Les Bolstad Golf Course: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    The University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18-hole championship course boasting a tree-lined path through the history of Minnesota golf. Parents Weekend families can enjoy the course at the Student Rate. (Student Rate: $19 plus tax; Student Twilight Rate- After 3:30 p.m.: $14 plus tax; Student Sunset Rate- 2 hours before dark: $10 plus tax)
  • James Ford Bell Museum: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    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: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Rehabilitating more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, the Raptor Center is an internationally renowned education facility.
  • Weisman Art Museum: 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience.
  • Minneapolis Events Presents “Where is Goldy the Ghost?”: 8:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
    Join the quest to find Goldy the Ghost in a scavenger hunt at Coffman Memorial Union! Meet at Coffman's Great Hall to receive your list of tasks and gather a team to conquer clues. Complete all the tasks that will lead you to Goldy the Ghost and other fun prizes and treats!

Saturday, October 19

Parents Weekend 2012

Saturday is all about the campus experience. Take time to enjoy the many academic, athletic, and artistic events that the University offers.

8:30 a.m.—Check-in and Coffee, Great Hall (Coffman Union)
Pick up the final Parents Weekend schedule and maps; have 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, October 19.)

9:30-9:45 a.m.—Welcome!
Meet the Parents Weekend committee and listen to a welcome from Parent Program Director, Marjorie Savage and the new Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Danita Brown Young. Enjoy a special welcome from the College of Liberal Arts.

9:45-10:45 a.m.— Academic Highlights: College of Liberal Arts
Each year, Parents Weekend features one of the colleges within the University of Minnesota. This year’s program, presented by the College of Liberal Arts, will provide family members and students with insights for investigating the world from new perspectives.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Housing Workshop
As students move through their University experience, they have many options for where to live: on-campus rooms or apartments, off-campus apartments or houses, fraternities or sororities, or at home with family. Students and parents can choose from three workshops that will address the benefits and responsibilities of the different choices. Make your selection of which to attend based on where your student is living now:

  • Residence Halls—the next step: Learn about the range of housing options on campus; the rights and responsibilities of off-campus living; suggestions for how to make the right choice for next year; and the financial, legal, and academic implications that come along with the decision. Speakers include representatives of Housing & Residential Life, University Student Legal Services, Student & Community Relations, and an area landlord.
  • Off-campus House or Apartment—independent living: Students who are now living off campus are part of a neighborhood, with all the benefits and responsibilities that come with independent living. This workshop will present information on how to be involved as a citizen of a community, how to work effectively with roommates and landlords, and what to do if things are not going as expected. Speakers include representatives of Student & Community Relations, University Student Legal Services.
  • Commuting from Home—navigating home and campus: When commuters commit to being active members of the campus community, they are more successful academically and happier with their college experience. When commuter families can see what campus life is really like, they are better able to support their student's experience and understand the commitments commuter students are making to their education. This workshop will include information on the resources, spaces, and opportunities that are available to commuter students; address common concerns; and offer tips to students and family members to ensure commuter success.

12:30-2:00 p.m.—Saturday Lunch
Enjoy lunch while mingling with University administrators and staff. (Cost per person: $10; those who wish to dine, including students and children, must register and pay $10 for lunch.)

2:00-4:00 p.m.—Parents Weekend Carnival
Come Learn about student groups, local businesses, and University resources at the Parents Weekend Carnival. There will be live entertainment, games, a photo booth, and chances to win raffle tickets for great prizes.

7:00 p.m.—Women's Volleyball vs. University of Michigan
Join your U of M student at a Gopher Volleyball match vs. University of Michigan. Get four free general admission tickets at mygophersports.com using promo code: UMParent. Tickets will be available while supplies last. U of M students receive free admission to all home Gopher Volleyball matches by showing their UCard.

Other Activities:

  • Les Bolstad Golf Course: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    The University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18-hole championship course boasting a tree-lined path through the history of Minnesota golf. Parents Weekend families can enjoy the course at the Student Rate. (Student Rate: $19 plus tax; Student Twilight Rate- After 3:30 p.m.: $14 plus tax; Student Sunset Rate- 2 hours before dark: $10 plus tax)
  • University Recreation and Wellness Center: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • The Center for Outdoor Adventure climbing wall: 12:00-7:00 p.m.
    Parents can climb for free with a student in this new feature of the Recreation and Wellness Center. Student passes are $8 for a day pass or $50 for a semester pass. All climbing equipment is provided.
  • James Ford Bell Museum: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    The Bell Museum’s exhibits encourage exploration and convey the excitement of science and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world.
  • Weisman Art Museum: 11:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience.
  • Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
    Rehabilitating more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, the Raptor Center is an internationally renowned education facility.

Sunday, October 20

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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 registration.

Campus

  • Les Bolstad Golf Course: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    The University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18-hole championship course boasting a tree-lined path through the history of Minnesota golf. Parents Weekend families can enjoy the course at the Student Rate. (Student Rate: $19 plus tax; Student Twilight Rate- After 3:30 p.m.: $14 plus tax; Student Sunset Rate- 2 hours before dark: $10 plus tax)
  • University Recreation and Wellness Center: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Use the gyms, courts, pools, and workout machines. (Must be at least 18 years old to use exercise equipment.)
  • The Center for Outdoor Adventure climbing wall: 3:00-10:00 p.m.
    Parents can climb for free with a student in this new feature of the Recreation and Wellness Center. Student passes are $8 for a day pass or $50 for a semester pass. All climbing equipment is provided.
  • Weisman Art Museum: 11:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
    Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience.
  • Raptor Center, St. Paul Campus: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
    Rehabilitating more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, the Raptor Center is an internationally renowned education facility. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. there will be a special program called “Raptors of Minnesota” where guests can meet a variety of live raptors and learn how to protect the environment we share. Program includes a tour of the Raptor Center and the outdoor housing area, home of 32 education raptors. Openings available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Program cost is $5.00 per child/student and $7.50 per adult.
  • James Ford Bell Museum: 12:00-5:00 p.m
    The Bell Museum’s exhibits encourage exploration and convey the excitement of science and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world. Enjoy free admission on Sundays.

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: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    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 : 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    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: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    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.

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: 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Come visit the 125 acre amusement park located in Shakopee, Minnesota! It is currently the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. ValleySCARE will be taking place in celebration of Halloween.
  • Water Park of America: Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Only 0.5 miles from Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, 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: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Nickelodeon Universe: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium: Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Today Como Park Zoo & 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. Admission is free to the public, however a $2 donation is suggested for adults and $1 for children.
  • Minnesota Zoo: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    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.

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Parents Weekend questions?

If you have questions about Parents Weekend, call 612-626-8770.