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Parents & Family Weekend

 

For your convenience, we are selling tickets to many activities through the Parents & Family Weekend online registration form, and these events are designated with this icon blue ticket. Tickets with this blue icon will be available to pick up at the Parents & Family Weekend check-in on Friday, November 4 at the Michigan Union Anderson Room.

There are also other events taking place during the weekend that we don’t want you to miss. Tickets for these events can be purchased directly through their sponsors and are designated with this icon yellow ticket. All non-ticketed events are included in your Parents & Family Weekend registration fee.

Most events are designed for adults and older teenagers. A few events are appropriate for younger children and are indicated with this icon kid-friendly event. However, please note that no child care services are available.

Events are subject to change. Events updated as of September 14, 2016.

 

 

Ann Arbor scenes

 

Events for Friday, November 4, 2016

 

Parents & Family Weekend Check-In
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Anderson Room, 530 S. State St. 

Check-in for Parents & Family Weekend and pick up your event tickets and updated program information.

 

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Open House & Lobby exhibit:
“The Ford Family Celebrates the Bicentennial - July 4, 1976”

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Ford Library, 1000 Beal Ave.
In 1976, the country celebrated the American Bicentennial, commemorating both the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the United States of America as an independent nation. In observance of the country’s “200 th birthday,” President Ford and his family joined in the festivities at a variety of historically important places.  The entire country celebrated with parties and an outpouring of national pride. Handmade bicentennial themed gifts flooded the White House, and themes of patriotism and U.S. history were used as special motifs on many manufactured items. All of those items are now housed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some of these artifacts will be featured in a new exhibit at the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor beginning in July 2016, along with images and documents highlighting the President’s activities at Independence Hall, Valley Forge, and New York City Harbor on July 4, 1976. The exhibit will also reveal what happens to a presidential gift AFTER it reaches the White House … how exactly does it end up at a Presidential Library?

 

Discover the William L. Clements Library
10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
Clements Library, 909 S. University Ave.

Visit the recently renovated early American history library and learn more about the practices and purchases of Mr. Clements and the Library's four directors since 1923. Free tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. by registering at clementsevents@umich.edu, or call 734-764-2347. Learn more at www.clements.umich.edu.

 

Finding Your Way . . . to the Career Center
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Students begin to visit the Career Center for a variety of reasons during various points in their academic careers. This is your chance to learn more about what the Career Center has to offer, and to find out how we can help your student explore careers and graduate programs, make decisions or search for internships and jobs.

 

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibitions
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Museum of Art, 525 S. State St.
Enjoy UMMA’s venerable, near-universal collections, including Western, Asian, African, and Modern and Contemporary works of art. Special exhibitions on view during Parents & Family Weekend include Catie Newell: Overnight; Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram & Frances McSparran Collection; Japanese Prints of the Kabuki Theater; Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask; and The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession. As always, admission is free.

 

Central Campus Walking Tour
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Departs from Michigan Union Front Steps
kid-friendly event
Didn’t attend Parent & Family Orientation? Here’s your chance to experience campus through a student’s perspective. Student-led tours will be available on Friday departing from the front steps of the Michigan Union.

 

Money at Michigan – The Beat Goes On
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Now that you've gotten through the first bills, those pleas for additional spending money, and the frustration of trying to do everything online, it's time to explore other opportunities for funding including Scholarships, Work Opportunities, and Loans. Here's your chance to find out about upcoming changes as well as ask all those questions you wished you had asked earlier if only you had known what it was going to be like.

 

Stamps School of Art & Design Parents & Family Weekend Program
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Art & Architecture Building
Stamps School families are invited to enjoy a light reception from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the East Hallway Exhibition Space across from the Work Commons.  At 12:30 in room 2030, Asst. Dean of Undergraduate Programs Joann McDaniel, selected Stamps faculty, staff, and students will highlight what's new at Stamps for 2016-2017. Stamps families will be able to tour the new Work Commons and see a demonstration of the University's largest laser cutter.


Blood Drive United’s 35th Blood Battle: Michigan vs. Ohio State
12:00-6:00 p.m.
Michigan League, Michigan Room, 911 N. University Ave.
Come be a part of this life-saving campus tradition! Donate blood and help Michigan defeat Ohio State in the annual Blood Battle. To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “goblue”. Appointments will be accepted starting in September. Walk-ins are also welcome, but there may be a wait time.

 

Jane Cleo Marshall Lucas Lecture Honoring African-American Women Leaders in the Law, Featuring Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
12:30-1:30 p.m.
South Hall, 1225 S. State St.

Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will lecture on the contribution of African-American women to America’s understanding of justice. Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chairs the District of Columbia Courts’ Standing Committee on Fairness and Access, serves as Co-Chair of the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission, and is a former President of the National Association of Women Judges. This event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society and is free and open to the public. Click here for more details.

 

Ross School of Business Preferred Admission Parent & Family Reception
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Location: Blau Hall Corner Commons
Parents and families of current Ross Preferred Admission Freshman and BBA students are invited to join Ross faculty and staff at a reception to hear about the transformational learning your student will engage in as a BBA. 

 

Ross School of Business Undergraduate Academic Programs Information Session
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Attention parents of prospective Ross School of Business students!  If your student is interested in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, the Minor in Business, or just taking a few Ross courses, we welcome you to attend a special session about the Ross School of Business. Our Ross Undergraduate Admissions Director will provide an overview of Ross' undergraduate programs and the requirements for admission. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to hear from current Ross students to learn about their experience in the BBA program.

 

College of Engineering Student Affairs Open House and Tours
2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Chrysler Center Lobby, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
The College of Engineering warmly welcomes families to visit our open house and lab tours during the 2016 Family Weekend. During the afternoon, you will be able to visit offices such as the Engineering Career Resource Center, Engineering Learning Center, International Programs in Engineering, Honors and Engagement, Engineering Advising Center, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Multidisciplinary Design Program to meet the staff who support your students throughout their college career. You'll also have the  opportunity to sign up for an Engineering lab or research facility tour. And of course, fall refreshments will be available for guests!

 

School of Kinesiology Parent Weekend Reception
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
555 S. Forest St.
Please come meet the faculty and staff in the School of Kinesiology.  Learn about School of Kinesiology resources, visit our recently launched Kinesiology Career Center and hear about some of the research currently happening in the School of Kinesiology. 

 

U-M Library Open House
Session I: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session II: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Shapiro Library (Bert's Lobby), 919 S. University Ave.
Come and enjoy coffee and pastries while you learn about the Library’s secret tips and tricks for research success. A Q & A session will be offered as well as a library tour at both 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

 

College of Literature, Science, & the Arts Parents & Family Reception
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Please join the LSA dean, faculty and staff at a reception and find out the ways the College provides your student a one-of-a-kind education.  Refreshments served.  http://www.lsa.umich.edu

 

Residential College Parents & Family Weekend Reception
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
East Quad, Lower Atrium
Join the RC for a social gathering that will feature a short program, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments for the families, students, faculty and staff. 

 

LSA Honors Program Guest Lecture: Authors Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
& Honors Program Open House
4:00-5:00 p.m. (lecture) & 5:00-6:30 (open house)

Angell Hall, Aud. B (lecture) & Perlman Honors Commons (Open House), 435 S. State St.
Guest Lecturers Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, authors of $2.00 a Day, a New York Times bestseller and White House selection will address guests regarding this provocative book. The lecture is open to all Parents & Family Weekend guests. Following the lecture, the LSA Honors Program welcomes Honors  Program families at the Perlman Honors Commons for light refreshments. This is a great time to meet your student's academic advising team and community leadership.

 

Taubman College Tour and Meet ‘n Greet
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Studio, 3rd floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Come see the University of Michigan's world-class architecture facilities and meet Architecture faculty, staff, and students at Taubman College! This event is a great opportunity to receive a student-led tour of the nation's largest single space studio and Taubman digital fabrication lab (FABlab) as well as to meet the people your Architecture student spends the most time with. This event is encouraged for parents and family of Architecture students but is open to all. Please RSVP. https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1E8mllgwFfA7XuJREUZc-CFiffi8ZltY4jWz3ZXYOlBg/viewform

Shabbat Services and Dinner at Michigan Hillel
Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:15pm
Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill St.

Students FREE, Non-Students $18
yellow ticket
RSVP Here: https://michiganhillel.org/event/family-shabbat-2016/
Students and families are invited to join us for any of our four student-led Shabbat services and/or a gourmet kosher Shabbat dinner during Parents & Family Weekend. Meet the staff and student leaders of Hillel and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat experience together. Free street parking available on side streets.  *For more information, and to RSVP for dinner, visit www.michiganhillel.org or call (734) 769-0500.

 

School of Public Health Undergraduate Degree Program Information Session
6:00 to 7:00 pm
1690 School of Public Health I, 1415 Washington Heights
The School of Public Health (SPH) will welcome its first cohort of undergraduate students in Fall 2017 and is eager to share more about the degree program. This event will provide an overview of the program, an opportunity to mingle with SPH faculty members, and an optional tour of the SPH buildings. Find out more information about this program by visiting sph.umich.edu/undergrad

 

An Evening with the School of Information
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
North Quad, 105 S. State St.
If your student is looking for a cutting-edge degree program that leads to careers in everything from social media to user experience to information analysis to online tools, then the School of Information’s new, ground-breaking Bachelor of Science in Information is the perfect fit. Graduates will be prepared to work at organizations ranging from Microsoft, Deloitte and Ford Motor Company to various startups and non-profits. Bring your student and come munch on appetizers and meet faculty, staff, and current students who can answer your questions about the degree before you head out for dinner. Dozens of local restaurants are located within a block of the building.

 

Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois
7:00 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena, 616 E. Hoover St.
Tickets: $6
yellow ticket
kid-friendly event
Cheer on the Wolverines as they take on the Fighting Illini. Individual game tickets are available online through the Athletic Ticket Office.

 

Rude Mechanicals Present: The Importance of Being Earnest
8:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.

Tickets: $10
blue ticket

sold out
The Rude Mechanicals is one of few U-M student organizations that gives all majors, even non-theatre majors, a chance to take part in the process of creating a full scale theatrical production each semester. To celebrate the Rude Mechanicals’ 20th anniversary, they will be presenting Oscar Wilde’s satirical play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration form when it becomes available.

Registration Update: At this time the Parents & Family weekend allotment of tickets to this event has sold out. Tickets are still available to the Saturday night performance. In addition, the Rude Mechanicals will also be selling tickets to this event directly through the Michigan Union Ticket Office, beginning October 1. Tickets may also be available at the door (beginning at 7:00 p.m.).

 

tailgate

 

Events for Saturday, November 5, 2016

Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate
3 hours prior to kickoff
Tickets: $35
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, 1202 S. State St.
blue ticket kid-friendly event
An annual Parents & Family Weekend favorite, the pre-game tailgate is your opportunity to show your Michigan spirit! The tailgate features food, games, prizes and student performers to help you prepare to experience a game in the “Big House”. Scheduled to perform are the U-M Dance Team, the U-M Cheerleaders, the Michigan Marching Band, and many more student performing groups and special guests! Menu includes marinated boneless chicken breasts, smoked stadium-style sausage, vegan Santa Fe wraps, pasta salad primavera, redskin potato salad, baked beans, fruit, and more. Located at the Oosterbaan Fieldhouse this is the place to be rain or shine! Kickoff has not yet been determined. The tailgate will begin 3 hours prior to kickoff and will end 1 hour prior to kickoff. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.

Attention parents of Michigan Marching Band, U-M Dance Team, U-M Cheerleaders and other student performing groups: If you wish to see your student perform at the Pre-Game Tailgate, you must purchase a ticket for this event. No one will be admitted to the Parents & Family Weekend Pre-Game Tailgate without a ticket.

 

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibitions
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Museum of Art, 525 S. State St.
Enjoy UMMA’s venerable, near-universal collections, including Western, Asian, African, and Modern and Contemporary works of art. Special exhibitions on view during Parents & Family Weekend include Catie Newell: Overnight; Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram & Frances McSparran Collection; Japanese Prints of the Kabuki Theater; Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask; and The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession. As always, admission is free.

Michigan v. Maryland Football Game
Time: TBA
Tickets: $70
Michigan Stadium, 1201 S. Main St.
blue ticket kid-friendly event
Come watch the Wolverines and head coach, Jim Harbaugh, battle the Terrapins. Attending a football game at “the Big House” is one of the most popular things to do at Michigan. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available. Review the list of prohibited items in Michigan Stadium (which includes purses) prior to attendance.

 

Center for Campus Involvement Presents: Mentalist Christopher Carter & Dinner
6:30 p.m. (dinner; performance @ 7:00)
Ticket Price: $30
blue ticket kid-friendly event

sold out

Christopher Carter’s business is simple: he makes his living playing with other people’s minds. In his words, he does “anything that is weird, freaky or cool.” He reads minds, makes detailed predictions that come true, and even makes borrowed light bulbs light up in audience members’ hands. Chris is notorious for reading & revealing thoughts of audience members – but don’t worry, he won’t reveal any embarrassing information…unless it’s funny. Chris is the premier mentalist on the college circuit, and is sure to entertain the whole family! Dinner menu includes oven roasted turkey with fresh herbs, served with rice pilaf and sauteed vegetables. The vegetarian option will be ratatouille with quinoa. The children's option will be chicken fingers and french fries. All meals include a mixed green salad with rolls and butter, a slice of marble cake, and beverages of water, coffee, or iced tea. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.

Registration Update: We are sold out of the Chris Carter Dinner event. If you are still looking for tickets, we recommend that you come to the Michigan Union Anderson Room on Friday, November 4 and check the posting board. Tickets to this event may become available if other parents looking to sell their tickets post them on the board. This is no other way to get tickets to this event once it has sold out.

 

Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: See below

yellow ticket kid-friendly event
Cheer on the Wolverines as they take on the Wildcats. The Michigan Athletic Department welcomes parents and families to bring your football ticket stub to the volleyball box office for a free ticket to Saturday's volleyball game, while supplies last. For families without football ticket stubs, tickets are $6 (students free with MCard). Individual game tickets are available online through the Athletic Ticket Office.

 

Rude Mechanicals Present: The Importance of Being Earnest
8:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.

Tickets: $10
blue ticket
The Rude Mechanicals is one of few U-M student organizations that gives all majors, even non-theatre majors, a chance to take part in the process of creating a full scale theatrical production each semester. To celebrate the Rude Mechanicals’ 20th anniversary, they will be presenting Oscar Wilde’s satirical play, The Importance of Being Earnest. At press time, show time had not been confirmed. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration form when it becomes available.

 

Men’s Glee Club Fall Concert
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
blue ticket
The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club is one of the oldest collegiate chorus in the United States and the oldest continually-run student organization on the Michigan campus. Long acclaimed as one of the finest male choruses in the world, the Glee Club has achieved this stature by sustaining and respecting the traditions which have been established during its 152 year history. The graduate and undergraduate members of the Glee Club, chosen by audition at the beginning of both the Fall and Winter terms, represent a wide spectrum of majors in a majority of the University's 19 schools and colleges and its student officers are responsible for the management of all non-musical Glee Club operations. The Glee Club has become renowned for its wide repertoire of music that incorporates selections from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and, of course, Michigan songs. Tickets can be purchased on the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form when it becomes available.

 

The Michigan G-Men Present: G-Fest 2016
8:00 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium
Tickets: $10 Adults/$5 Students
yellow ticket

The University of Michigan G-Men present the 2016 G-Fest. G-Fest samples the premier performance groups that proudly represent the diverse, remarkably talented student population at the University of Michigan. G-Fest will be an entertaining night of singing, dancing, and more that allows visiting parents and family members to see the amazing talent that abounds at the University of Michigan and shows students the exciting opportunities available to them. Featuring the Michigan G-Men, who will be performing selections that are considered "cutting edge" and "revolutionary" in the a cappella community. Tickets can be purchased through the Michigan Union Ticket Office. Please note: This performance may contain adult themes and may not be appropriate for children under 18.

 

 

music and art

Events for Sunday, November 6, 2016

 

Parents & Family Weekend Brunch
2 seatings: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, 530 S. State St.
Tickets: $30
blue ticket kid-friendly event
Parents & Family Weekend concludes with brunch at the Michigan Union. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch. Menu includes egg croustade, brie and wild mushroom quiche, pecan-crusted French toast, sausage, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, miniature pastries, and assorted beverages. Please note: No early entrance will be permitted to allow the catering staff enough time to prepare between the seatings. Tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.

 

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibitions
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Museum of Art, 525 S. State St.
Enjoy UMMA’s venerable, near-universal collections, including Western, Asian, African, and Modern and Contemporary works of art. Special exhibitions on view during Parents & Family Weekend include Catie Newell: Overnight; Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram & Frances McSparran Collection; Japanese Prints of the Kabuki Theater; Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask; and The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession. As always, admission is free.

 

Big House Tours
1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.

Michigan Stadium
Tickets: $30
blue ticket 
sold out
The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is thrilled to offer this unique behind the scenes tour of one of America’s most iconic structures – Michigan Stadium. Featuring Dr. Robert Soderstrom, author of The Big House, Fielding H. Yost and the Building of Michigan Stadium, these tours offer amazing insight into the history of Michigan Stadium and how it became the largest collegiate stadium in the country, as well as some unique stories behind the stadium’s history. There’s no better way to celebrate the tradition that is Michigan football then by experiencing the Big House from the ground up and only the Alumni Association brings you this once in a lifetime experience. The tours are an unforgettable experience for any Maize and Blue fan. You’ll get to run through the famed tunnel onto the field; throw a touchdown pass across the goal line; kick a winning field goal; take your photo standing on the 50-yard line; spend time in the Michigan locker room; see the newly added club seating concourse and suites; and even try on an actual Michigan helmet and shoulder pads. The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. For their safety and as a courtesy to other guests, children under 5 are not permitted on the tours. A limited number of tickets can be purchased through the Parents & Family Weekend Online Registration Form.

REGISTRATION UPDATE: At this time we have sold out of our allotment of tickets to the Alumni Association's Big House Tour. For those of you that are able to visit Ann Arbor at other times of the year, you may be interested in learning more about the Michigan Stadium tours offered through the Athletic Department. These tours are NOT available during home football weekends but may be scheduled at other times. Click here for further information.

 

University and Campus Bands Concert
3:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave.


Enjoy an afternoon of traditional concert band music from a range of musical periods from Renaissance to modern. Works by alumni composers Joel Puckett and James Nissen will be performed. This concert is free and open to the public.