Randolph-Macon will host its annual Family Weekend from October 2-4 as parents, students, and relatives “buzz” about campus, seeing all that the school has to offer. From the football game to the local farmer’s market, R-MC and its surrounding community will have a lot going on.
“I’m excited for my family to come and see the work I’ve done in my classes so far, and to come to my Equestrian club practice,” sophomore Gabriella Peckham said. “I feel I’ve come so far with their support this year, in both personal matters and academic matters, and I’m anxious to show them where
that support has gotten me!”
Starting on Friday, there will be many events to attend. Two local art events that will be open to visitors throughout the day are the exhibit “Constraints, Analogies, Metaphors” located in the Flippo Gallery, and sculptures by Joceyln Brazton Armstrong and paintings by Lisa Neher located
at the Gallery Flux.
In addition, the school will have multiple information sessions regarding resources for student success, The Edge Program and Career Center, the Office of Student Life, study abroad opportunities, and learning how to navigate the academic program. Information regarding the locations of these sessions will be available in the Brock Commons.
On Friday evening there will be a conversation with the President, Provost, and the Dean of Students followed by the President’s Welcome Reception. If families are interested in seeing a movie, Jurassic World will also be showing in the Brock Commons at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Saturday will be just as fun for families as they can attend another local event called the Ashland CROP Walk for Hunger that starts at 8:30 a.m. Families can also feel free to visit the Ashland Museum or the Ashland Farmer’s Market located within walking distance of the college.
On campus there will be a summer research poster session from 9-10 a.m. that will present the results of nearly 40 students who stayed on campus this summer to participate in the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. The ring ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Blackwell Auditorium, honoring R-MC juniors and seniors who ordered a college ring.
Sports events will be happening as well, as the Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer teams begin their games at 11 a.m. The Field Hockey team will be playing Eastern Mennonite on Nunnally Field while Women’s Soccer will play Hollins on the west soccer field.
There will be 1 hour long student-led tours beginning at 11:30 a.m. for prospective students as the school anxiously awaits the 1:00 p.m. kick-off for the R-MC football team against Emory and Henry. The Men’s Soccer team will also take on Randolph College at 3 p.m. so there will not be a shortage of sports events for the day.
Families will have many opportunities to end their visits on a positive note by attending Palace of Delight in Cobb Theater at 7:30 p.m., going to Ashland Coffee and Tea to hear live music from Molasses Creek at 8:00 p.m., or watching Jurassic World which will again be showing in the Brock Commons at both
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday will be a sad day as families start to pack up and leave, but there will be morning services at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church for those who are interested in attending.
For more information regarding any Family Weekend events feel free to visit the Randolph-Macon College website for the entire weekend list. Feel free to also visit the Family Weekend Information Center booth that will be set up in the Brock Commons throughout the weekend.
-Erin Roberts ’16, Senior News Editor