Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Classroom visits, Conservatory concert, football game, President's Prayer Breakfast, and Talent Show. These are just a few of the highlights enjoyed every year at Family Weekend.

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Here's a look at the events we enjoyed at Family Weekend 2013

Thursday, November 7

7:30- 9:00          

A Capella Concert
Arriving early for Family Weekend?  Take advantage of the extra day by joining us for this amazing a capella concert featuring the Wheaton Men's Glee Club Thundertones, the Women's Chorale One-a-Chord, and the student-led group Amplify.  The music will include a mix of modern and sacred music and will be entirely a capella.  Admission is free.

Pierce Memorial Chapel                                                                                                                                   

Friday, November 8

8:00 - 5:00

Family Weekend Welcome Center
Stop by our Welcome Center to pick up your name badges, a welcome packet, and any tickets you've purchased in advance for this weekend.
Beamer Student Center, lower level

8:00 - 5:00

Class Visits
Sample the Wheaton learning experience by visiting one of your son's or daughter's classes. A list of classes open to visitors can be viewed here and will also be included in your family's welcome packet.

10:30- 11:15

Chapel
Gather with our students for this time of community worship.  After the chapel bells have rung and the students are seated, feel free to take a seat in any unoccupied chair.
Edman Memorial Chapel

9:30 - 5:30

Sacred Arts Exhibit: Seeing Christ in the Darkness, Georges Rouault
Rouault was one of the few modern era artists whose work was clearly religious. His images in this exhibit were a reaction to the darkness experienced through World War I and the Christ-centered hope that remained through the struggle. Visitors might follow a visit to this exhibit with a tour of the Billy Graham Center Museum’s visual history of the impact of Christian missions on America, the life and ministry of Billy Graham, and an architectural walkthrough-presentation of the gospel of Jesus.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Donations accepted.
Billy Graham Center Museum

2:00-3:00

Seminar: "Helping Your Student Prepare for Life After Wheaton"
Career Development Center Director, Ita Fischer, will give a workshop and Q&A session on how parents can encourage their students in their process of vocational discernment.  Fischer will introduce parents to the resources that students (and alumni) have available to them and share some encouraging hiring statistics. Help your students get a start on their "life after Wheaton" by attending this fun and informative workshop.
Phelps Room, Beamer Student Center, lower level

2:00-3:00

Storytime at the Wade Center
Families are invited to a reading of Lucy Steps Through the Wardrobe, a children’s book introduction to C.S. Lewis’s classic, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, in front of the very wardrobe C.S. Lewis played in as a child. Following the storytime there will be a brief tour of the Wade Center Museum, which features artifacts from and exhibits on the lives of all seven of the authors whose works are collected at the Wade: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. This event is free and open to the public
Wade Center Museum

5:00-6:30

Student Iron Chef Cook-Off
Wheaton College's Bon Appetit Management Company is well-known for always being ranked as one of the top food service programs in the nation. How does this culinary talent rub off on Wheaton students? Come find out at this fifth annual Wheaton College Iron Chef contest! Two teams of five Wheaton students will be paired with a chef from the Bon Appetit kitchen to cook an appetizer, entree, and dessert with the mystery ingredient revealed at the start of the contest. A panel of parent judges unrelated to the students will name the winner. Tickets (which include admission to Bon Appetit's regular dinner service) will be available for purchase at the Family Weekend Welcome Center or at the entrance to Anderson Commons: adults $11.45; children (age 3-7) $5.75 
Anderson Commons

4:00 - 6:00

Open Residence Halls
Visit your son's or daughter's room, meet their roommate or hall mate, and chat with their Resident Assistant.

7:30-10:00

Arena Theater: Romeo and Juliet
Considered to be Shakespeare's greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet is set against a backdrop of a violent society and feuding families. Come watch Wheaton students bring this classic drama to life. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at wheatonarena.com. For more information, call 630.752.5800.

8:00

College Union Talent Show
Marvel at the talents of Wheaton College students at this event that attracts over 2,000 spectators each year.
Edman Memorial Chapel

Note: The Talent Show tickets made available to family members through our registration page have sold out. However, there's a possibility for you still to attend.  Student tickets to the Talent Show will go on sale at a table in the lower level of the Beamer Center the week of the Talent Show (November 4-8).  If you wish to attend, encourage your student to purchase a ticket for him or herself and for your family members during that week.

Saturday, November 9

9:00 - 10:30

President's Prayer Breakfast
Join with Wheaton parents to hear a special message from President Ryken and to pray together for Wheaton.
(This event is now sold out).
Beamer Student Center, Coray Alumni Gymnasium

11:15- 12:00

Storytime at the Wade Center
Families are invited to a reading of Lucy Steps Through the Wardrobe, a children’s book introduction to C.S. Lewis’s classic, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, in front of the very wardrobe C.S. Lewis played in as a child. Following the storytime there will be a brief tour of the Wade Center Museum, which features artifacts from and exhibits on the lives of all seven of the authors whose works are collected at the Wade: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. This event is free and open to the public.
Wade Center Museum

9:30 - 5:30

Sacred Arts Exhibit: Seeing Christ in the Darkness, Georges Rouault
Rouault was one of the few modern era artists whose work was clearly religious. His images in this exhibit were a reaction to the darkness experienced through World War I and the Christ-centered hope that remained through the struggle. Visitors might follow a visit to this exhibit with a tour of the Billy Graham Center Museum’s visual history of the impact of Christian missions on America, the life and ministry of Billy Graham, and an architectural walkthrough-presentation of the gospel of Jesus.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Donations accepted.
Billy Graham Center Museum

 12:30-2:00

Wheaton-Sudan Basketball Game
Come watch members of the Wheaton College community square off alongside our local-global neighbors, the Sudanese community of Chicagoland, in a competitive basketball game!  Chicago Bulls paraphernalia autographed by Luol Deng will be available for purchase. Admission is free.
Sports and Recreation Complex, King Arena

1:00

Wheaton Thunder Football vs. North Central College
Go Thunder! Tickets may be purchased at the gate and cost $6.00 for adults; $4.00 for children 3-18 and senior citizens. Wheaton students, faculty, and staff are free with College I.D.
McCully Stadium
Bonus: As a Family Weeekend special, all family members attending the football game can purchase a sandwich combo at the McCully Field concession stand at a discounted price ... $5 for a burger or chicken sandwich with bottled beverage and just $4 for a hotdog with bottled beverage.  Present your weekend name badge at the concession stand to receive the discounted price.

 3:00-5:00

 Documentary Film: God Grew Tired of Us
Join us for a 90-minute award-winning film highlighting the plight of Darfur's Lost Boys and their transition from war zones to American suburbia.  Local Sudanese friends of the Lost Boys will be answering questions directly following the film.  Space is limited, so come early!  Admission is free.
Blanchard 339

4:00 - 7:00

HoneyRock Round-Up
Are you a HoneyRock alumnus? Did your student attend Wheaton Passage? Do you have children who enjoy summer camp? Join us right after the football game for a chance to learn more about HoneyRock while your children enjoy activities with our staff. The climbing wall and pool (5-7 pm; capacity 90) will be available.
HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development, is an 800-acre campus of Wheaton College in Three Lakes, Wisconsin.
Sports and Recreation Complex

4:00 - 6:00

Open Residence Halls
Visit your son's or daughter's room, meet their roommate or hall mate, and chat with their Resident Assistant.

7:30

Conservatory of Music Family Weekend Concert
Join us for this Family Weekend tradition featuring the Wheaton College Symphonic Band. Tickets will be on sale at the Edman Chapel box office 30 minutes prior to the concert.  $10.00 adults; $5 for seniors 60+
Edman Chapel

7:30

Wheaton Student Improv
Join us for a performance of improvisational theater by Wheaton College students. Admission is $1, payable at the door.
Armerding Lecture Hall

7:30-10:00

Arena Theater: Romeo and Juliet
Considered to be Shakespeare's greatest love story, "Romeo and Juliet" is set against a backdrop of a violent society and feuding families.Come watch Wheaton students bring this classic drama to life. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at www.wheatonarena.com. For more information, call 630.752.5800.

Sunday, November 10

10:30- 1:30

5th Annual Family Weekend Gospel Brunch
After morning church services, join us for a concert by the Wheaton College Gospel Choir directed by Tanya Egler.  The choir will perform live from 11:45am to 1:00pm.  The performance is free with the purchase of a Brunch meal at Anderson Commons.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the Family Weekend Welcome Center or at the entrance to Anderson Commons: adults $10.00; children (age 3-7) $5.00.
Anderson Commons