Family Weekend 2021 Schedule

Welcome Families & Friends!
Events will continue to be modified & added. 
Please continue to reference this page for the most up-to-date information and schedule.

Please note: Based upon recommendations from the CDC and because of COVID-19 surges in our region and across the country, Roanoke College will require everyone on campus to wear a mask in indoor settings starting on August 16 through the end of September. This change is based on the best medical recommendations at this time and based on our experience in managing COVID-19. Masks help to lessen the likelihood of infections and therefore should help us to gather our Maroon community on campus and in classrooms with a decreased chance of a back-to-school surge.  

Please note that the College continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in our region and may need to make adjustments, postpone, change to virtual events when possible, or cancel in-person and on-campus events and meetings to ensure the health and safety of our Maroon community

Please note that the online registration has now closed. 
In-person registration will be available
Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2.

Friday, October 1

Career Services Appointments
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Temporary location, Fintel Library
By appointment only.

Family Weekend Information & Tickets
3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Cregger Center Foyer
Pick up FOTQ tickets as well as a Day Program for the weekend’s festivities. For your convenience, FOTQ tickets can also be picked up from the tent on the Back Quad from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Study Abroad Panel & Informational Session
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Study Abroad Panel and Information Session
Colket Center, Pickle Meeting Room

The Magic of Chemistry
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Massengill Auditorium
Amazing demonstrations to delight the whole family.  Fantastic colors, illusions and explosions!  Be entertained, learn a little chemistry and enjoy our liquid nitrogen ice cream (Saturday Afternoon show only).  Sponsored by the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and the Chemistry Department.

FOTQ - Friday on the Quad
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Back Quad (Rain Location: Colket Center, Sutton Commons)
Sponsored by the Colket Center and Dining Services with live music. All families, students, faculty, & staff are welcome to join us on the Back Quad for an evening of fun! Cost: $12 per adult, $5.00 per child 5-10, & no charge for children 4 & under. Students, faculty, & staff show your Maroon Card. For your convenience, meal tickets can also be picked up from the tent on the Back Quad from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Students, faculty, and staff must show their Maroon Cards at FOTQ).

Roanoke College Showcase of Research and Creativity
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fintel Library, Main Floor
Students from all disciplines will be showcasing their research and creative works. Please roam throughout Fintel Library and talk to our students while learning more about opportunities such as internships, service-learning, research, creative works, and study away experiences.

Trivia Trivia Trivia!
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Colket Center, Cavern
Join us for some light-hearted and fun competition with all the regular trivia categories. Parents, create a team and challenge your students to see who knows the most! Or go head-to-head with other families for a chance to win some Maroon gear and prizes! Come for a round or two or stay the hour. Sponsored by the Religion & Philosophy Department

Roanoke College Athletics Tailgate Hosted by Maroon Club
6:30 p.m.
Cregger Center, Pirro Patio
Join the Roanoke College Athletic Department for a tailgate as we cheer on the Men's soccer team. Enjoy the opportunity to network with coaches, staff, and other student athletes.

Legacy Families Tailgate
6:30 p.m.
Colket Center, Sutton Terrace

Generations of families share a special connection to Roanoke College. Legacy families are students and alumni whose families, including parents, grandparents, and/or siblings, attended or currently attend Roanoke College.  These families are invited to join us for a reception and photoshoot.  

RC Men’s Soccer vs Eastern Mennonite
7:00 p.m.
Donald J. Kerr Stadium

Saturday, October 2

Family Hikes Sponsored by the Outdoor Adventures Program
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Registration required for the event.

Meet in the lower entrance to the Bast Center fifteen minutes prior to departure time.

  • McAfee Knob
    Departure time: 8:00 a.m.
    Strenuous, 8 miles round trip, 4.5 hours
  • Sawtooth Ridge
    Departure time: 1:00 p.m.
    Moderate, 2 miles round trip, 1.5 hours

For all hikes, please wear comfortable shoes, preferably hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. Water and a small snack will be provided.

Parent Leadership Council Breakfast & Meeting
8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast available
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Colket Center, Pickle Meeting Room
Meeting of the Parent Leadership Council. By invitation.

Family Weekend Information & Tickets
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cregger Center, Foyer
Coffee and muffins provided. Pick up Picnic Brunch tickets as well as a Day Program for the weekend’s festivities.

Sibling Saturday Hosted by Admissions
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Roselawn Hall
Designed to bring siblings of current students to campus to give them a taste of campus life.  Learn about Roanoke and its traditions through an information session and tour. 
Registration can be found online.

From Dream to Plan (Freshman and Sophomore Parents)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Olin Theater
Dreams evolve and plans change.  The transition from high school to college student can bring many unknowns and allows for discovery of various interests and talents.  Our Career and Professional Development Advisor will share the strategy for reaching out to freshmen and sophomores in class, workshops, and individually to foster the skills needed to support this growth.  Career Services will also address how awareness and exploration are the first steps in career development.

From Plan to Professional (Junior and Senior Parents)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Colket Center, Ballroom
The transition from college student to young professional is filled with many choices and challenges.  Career Services is committed to helping students regardless of academic year determine interests, discover talents and prepare for their next chapter.  This session will provide tips on how students should best utilize the Career Services office, the services offered, and the resources provided.  The session will also advise parents on how they can best assist their student during this time of transition.

Brunch Picnic
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Back Quad (Rain Location: Colket Center, Sutton Commons)
All families welcome. Musical entertainment will feature The Henry Downing Band. Cost: $10 per adult, $5.00 per child 5-10, & no charge for children 4 & under. Students will show their Maroon Card. For your convenience, meal tickets can also be picked up from the tent on the Back Quad.

RC Men's Lacrosse Exhibition Game - Maroon vs. White
10:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Campus
Canceled if inclement weather.

Honors Open Forum: For Honors Program Students & Their Parents
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Antrim Chapel
Representatives of the Honors Program will be on hand to discuss the current Honors Program and answer any questions.  For more information, please contact Dr. Skip Brenzovich, Director of the Honors Program, at 540-375-5298 or brenzovich@roanoke.edu.

NOKEHour Family Edition
11:30 a.m.
Colket Center, Ballroom
Join us for our 1st Annual NOKEHour: Family Weekend Edition. Featuring four Maroons with amazing stories to share!

RC Field Hockey vs. St. Mary’s
12:00 p.m.
Donald J. Kerr Stadium

Diversity & Inclusion Open House
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs- Alumni Gym (entrance under the clock tower), Second Floor
Meet the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Vice President for Diversity, Community, and Inclusion. You will have the opportunity to also engage with student representatives and advisors from Asian Students United, Black Student Alliance, HOLA, Tangles, and Lambda Alliance. A short presentation on student diversity, community and inclusion programs and services will begin at 1:15 pm. Refreshments served.

Creative Writing Students’ Poetry & Fiction Reading
1:00 -3:00 p.m.
Olin Hall, Amphitheater and Patio
Come join Roanoke College’s creative writers as they share selections of their poetry and fiction.  Light refreshments will be served.

Reception at the Roanoke College Garden
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Roanoke College Garden, 300 Hawthorn Rd, Salem, VA
Join the Environmental Studies department and Garden Club for a reception at the Roanoke College garden!

Family Weekend Bowling Tournament
2:00 p.m.
Lee Hi Bowling Lanes, 1830 Apperson Road, Salem, VA
Join us at Lee-Hi Lanes (2 miles from campus) for a fun afternoon of bowling and prizes. Cost: $10 per person includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, and refreshments.

The Magic of Chemistry
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Massengill Auditorium
Amazing demonstrations to delight the whole family.  Fantastic colors, illusions and explosions!  Be entertained, learn a little chemistry and enjoy our liquid nitrogen ice cream (Saturday Afternoon show only).  Sponsored by the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and the Chemistry Department.

RC Women’s Soccer vs Randolph-Macon College (Senior Day)
2:00 p.m.
Donald J. Kerr Stadium

Elements of Wonder in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics
3:45 4:45 p.m. – Massengill Auditorium
Please join faculty and students from mathematics, computer science, and physics as elements of wonder from our disciplines are displayed for all to see! Demonstrations, tricks, and current developments in our fields will be highlighted in a fun and energetic way!

Parent Reception
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Colket Center, Back Quad
All Roanoke College parents, grandparents, and their families are invited to a reception hosted by the Roanoke College Parent Leadership Council. Please join us for refreshments, light snacks, and fellowship with other Roanoke families.

Roanoke College Official Ring Ceremony
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Back Quad, Bell Tower (Rain Location: Antrim Chapel)
The Official Ring will be presented to members of the Classes of 2022 and 2023 in a special ceremony. Join us and help celebrate a tradition for Dear Old Roanoke. Reception to follow.

Musical Extravaganza
8:00 p.m.
C. Homer Bast Gymnasium
Join the Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble, Oriana Singers, RC A Capella Choir, MainStreet, and Roanotes, in this smorgasbord of musical entertainment featuring music from Broadway and many other pop hits. Enjoy this concert showcasing our talented student performers. Tickets to this show are $3 with RC ID and $5 for the general public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board.

Sunday, October 3

Continental Breakfast hosted by Roanoke College Church Relations
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Olin Hall, Courtyard
Complimentary.

Brunch in the Commons
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Colket Center, Sutton Commons
Cost: $10 per person payable at the door.  RC students on the meal plan must show their Maroon Cards.

Catholic Campus Ministry Mass
4:00 p.m.
Antrim Chapel

Other Attractions:

Bookstore:                   Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                                    Sunday, Closed

Cavern:                       Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
                                    Sunday, Closed

Commons:                   Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
                                    Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                                    Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Rooney's Brews:         Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
                                    Saturday, Closed
                                    Sunday, Closed

Fintel Library:              Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
                                    Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
                                    Sunday, Noon - Midnight

 

Questions?

Contact the Office of Alumni & Family Relations.  540-375-2238 or rcalumnievents@roanoke.edu