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Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Schedule

Note that this schedule reflects 2016 Family Weekend events, and is provided as a sample only. The 2017 schedule will be released in September.


Friday Schedule

Flowerdew Hundred: Unearthing Virginia's History

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, Entry Level
Featuring archaeological artifacts from the University of Virginia's Flowerdew Hundred Collection, this exhibit presents material evidence of Virginia's early inhabitants: Native American stone tools and pottery shards; arms and armor used to defend the new colony; refined, imported wares from Europe; and American-made goods, including items manufactured by African Americans. The materials from UVA's Special Collections also on display—images from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century maps and books—illustrate the importance of the historical record in the study of material culture.


School of Architecture Open Class

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Campbell Hall 158
You are welcome to sit in on an open lecture of ARCH 1010: History of Architecture I taught by Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor and Chair.


School of Architecture "Pathways to Practice" Panel Discussion

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Campbell Hall 220C
Join us for a panel discussion entitled "Pathways to Practice."


Mother-Daughter Brunch at the Women's Center

Help Us Create a Body Positive Culture at UVA
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Women's Center, 1400 University Avenue
Come join Women's Center interns and staff for brunch and activities that will provide information about programs and resources at UVA that help students with body image and other concerns. You will leave with the answer to these questions: What is fat talk? What is the Body Positive program? How can women better support each other? RSVP to Carol Gilbert or 434.982.2902.


Madison House Open House

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Madison House, 170 Rugby Road
Join the students and staff of Madison House for an open house to enjoy refreshments and time together, to learn about its volunteer and leadership programs, and to tour our building. Madison House serves as the student volunteer center for UVA, and has over 3,000 students participate in service every year.


Upperclass Student Housing Fair: Hoo's Living on-Grounds (again)?

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, Kaleidoscope Room
The University offers a number of different residence styles and locations for upperclass students. Apartments, traditional hallway-style bedrooms, residential colleges, and language houses provide a wide variety of experiences for student living. We encourage you to investigate each option as you craft your university experience. A representative from every upperclass community will be present to share their experience and to answer any questions that you may have about living on-Grounds.


Off-Grounds Housing Fair

11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Newcomb Hall, South Meeting Room
Approximately 20 local landlords will have tables with information about off-Grounds housing availability.


Garden Room Lunches for Parents and Faculty Members

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Garden Room (located on the West Range of the Lawn)
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought is celebrating its 15th year of service to the University of Virginia community and we'd like to treat visiting parents to a free lunch with a few of our faculty. No lectures, quizzes or homework, just lunch and informal discussion in a private, on-Grounds Jeffersonian room. Space is very limited, so we're requesting reservations for either a 12:00 p.m. or a 1:00 p.m. lunch. RSVP your name and time preference to: For more information, contact Prof. Charles Kromkowski (, and visit the Institute website.


The Fralin Museum of Art Exhibitions

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Thomas H. Bayly Building, 155 Rugby Road
Visit the University's art museum, The Fralin Museum of Art, and enjoy these special exhibitions: THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; New Acquisitions: Photography, the Joanne B. Robinson Object Study Gallery, and Jean Arp's Oriforme, on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Art. Visit the Fralin's website at


Fall Convocation and Intermediate Honors

2:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
President Sullivan will present Intermediate Honors to third-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Architecture, School of Nursing and Curry School of Education. This year's speaker is Risa Goluboff, Dean and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law at the UVA Law School. The Thomas Jefferson Award, the University's highest honor, will be presented to two members of the University community. For more information, please visit Please note: parking is available in the arena parking lot and garage.


Electronic Resources for Genealogists

2:30 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Clemons Library 407
Genealogists were among the first to see the research potential of the digital age. Now, after 30 years of data collecting, scanning, and transcribing, there are many valuable resources available in electronic form for the family history researcher. This presentation by librarian Jean Cooper will discuss some of the more important electronic collections on the internet, concentrating on those that are free – or almost free.


Class of 2018 Ring Ceremony

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
John Paul Jones Arena
Class members will receive their rings in this annual event, formalizing the custom of wearing the class ring during the third year. Dr. Meg Keeley of the UVA Medical School will be the guest speaker. Special guests from the University of Virginia faculty and university alumni, as well as musical groups from around Grounds, will also be in attendance. The dress is business casual. Questions? Contact


The Curry Experience: School of Education Open House/Reception

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bavaro Atrium, Holloway Hall
Join Dean Bob Pianta, faculty and students for a lively and interactive event that will highlight Curry's dynamic undergraduate programs followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. At our event, families and students will learn about concussion myths, participate in a design thinking exercise, see how to create a hover craft to engage students in science, and participate in a demonstration of how to creatively communicate. Believe it or not, all of these things are just a small segment of what our students are doing at Curry. We hope you will join us!


Faculty-Student Panel Discussion

"Laudato Si: Creation, Consumerism and Catholicism"
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Minor Hall Auditorium
This faculty/student panel discussion will address Pope Francis's recent encyclical "Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home" and the issues it addresses in light of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. All are welcome to attend, and there will be time for questions. Cosponsored by the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought and UVA-Catholic Student Ministry.


Catholic Student & Family Weekend Open House

Minor Hall Lobby
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Parents and families, before dashing off for dinner make certain to stop by for refreshments and good cheer with UVA Catholic Student Ministry, University faculty associated with the St. Anselm Institute, and of course our local favorites, the Dominican Friars of St. Thomas University Parish!


University Guide Service Candlelight Tours of the Lawn

6:00 p.m.
Lawn side of the Rotunda
Candlelight tours are tours given by fourth-year students specially designed for this occasion. These tours often highlight aspects of the University's history and student life that are not frequently discussed. Examples of this in the past have ranged from ghost storie s to the history of various student groups on Grounds to even a sing-a-long musical tour. While these topics change from year to year, they are always unique to the students giving them.


Shabbat Services and Brisket Cook-Off

6:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
1824 University Circle
Families are invited to join students and staff for a festive Friday night Shabbat experience. Dress is casual. RSVP to


Dome Room Dinner

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Rotunda Dome Room
Consider entering the lottery for our annual Dome Room Dinner! One of Family Weekend's most popular events, the dinner allows families to dine together in the University's original library, while listening to a lecture from a premier faculty member at UVA. Our speaker for Friday's dinner will be W. Michael Wormington, Associate Professor in Biology.


Women's Volleyball vs. Syracuse

7:00 p.m.
Memorial Gym
($5 adults, $4 youth/senior citizen, University staff)


Edgar Allan Poe Open House

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Poe's Room, #13 West Range
Visit the Range room of one of America's most celebrated literary figures. This open house will be hosted by members of the Raven Society, UVA's oldest and most prestigious honor society.


McCormick Observatory Open House

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
McCormick Observatory
Visit the observatory museum and see the historic McCormick 26-inch refractor telescope and a presentation by an astronomy faculty member. Weather permitting, there will be a viewing of the night sky. Parking available beside the Observatory.


The Tempest

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Student Activities Building
Join us for this free performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest! Shakespeare on the Lawn (SotL) is a student-run organization at the University of Virginia whose purpose is to increase the availability and accessibility of Shakespeare to the general public through free performances of Shakespeare's works. In addition, SotL provides an environment for those interested in the theater to perform their craft.


The Virginia Gentlemen's Family Weekend Concert

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
The annual Family Weekend Concert in Old Cabell Hall is back for 2016! Bring parents, friends, and good spirits for a night of good music and great fun. Tickets are $10 and available through the UVA Arts Box Office (434.924.3376 or Please visit for more details.