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A Special Invitation for Families on October 23rd and 24th, 2015 | Register Here!

Please join us this October for our annual Family Weekend! Held each fall, this tradition is an opportunity for families to discover more about the lives of our students while enjoying student performances, faculty presentations, athletic events, and special entertainment!

We are still working on the 2015 schedule, but have a look at the tentative plans below. Please note you will be given a full schedule of events upon your arrival to the Welcome Area at the Student Center Info Desk!

Friday, October 23, 2015

  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Visits with Faculty and Staff (By appointment only. Subject to availability.)

  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Hockey Ticket Pick-up (Ticket Box Office, Cheel Campus Center) Pick up reserved hockey tickets. NOTE: If you did not purchase a ticket in advance, students and families will have to pay $13 each at the box office. Students may sit in student section for free with ID this game only.

  • 3-5 p.m. | Welcome Area  (Student Center Information Desk) Sign our guest book, pick up an event schedule, campus map & ask questions. 

  • 3 p.m. | Women’s Hockey vs. University of New Hampshire (Cheel Arena) $5 admission, free w/ Clarkson ID (one entry per CU ID).

  • 5-11 p.m. | Club 99 Open (Next to Cheel Commons, Cheel) and Bar 9 Open (1st Floor, Student Center) Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for sale.

  • 5-6:45 p.m. | Pre-Hockey Buffet (Barben Rooms, Cheel) Buffet with cash bar. $15.99/person. Tax and tip included.

  • 5-7 p.m. | Fourth Annual SausageFest (Student Center) A can't-miss event for alumni, students, and the whole family! Featuring FREE gourmet sausages, peppers and onions, popcorn, pretzels, carnival games, and activities!

  • 7 p.m. | Men’s Hockey vs. Western Michigan University (Cheel)  $13 admission, students sit in student section free with Clarkson ID this game only.

  • 7 p.m. | *Tentative* Clarkson Theatre Company Presents "The Producers" (Old Snell Theater, Elm Street, downtown Potsdam) Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, $8 for general admission and FREE for children under 5.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

  • 8:30 a.m.-noon | Welcome Area (Student Center Information Desk). Sign our guest book, pick up an event schedule, campus map & ask questions.

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | *Tentative* Trip with Clarkson University Outing Club (Meet in front of Cheel at 8:45, caravan departs at 9 a.m.) Weather permitting.

  • 9:15-9:45 a.m. | *Tentative* Reh Center for Entrepreneurship: Info Session/Meet & Greet (Snell Atrium) Please join us for $1 off EntReh lattes and free coffee. Come get to know what entrepreneurial innovations the students at the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship are working on!

  • 10-10:45 a.m. | Welcome from President Tony Collins (Student Center Forum) President Collins will present current academic programs and curriculum innovations and introduce members of the Parents Committee. Light refreshments will be available.

  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Hockey Ticket Pick-up (Ticket Box Office, Cheel Campus Center) Pick up reserved hockey tickets. NOTE: If you did not purchase a ticket in advance, students and families will have to pay $13 each at the box office.

  • 11 a.m.-noon | Meet & Greet with Faculty (Student Center Bar 9) Meet the faculty that teach your student's classes! Representatives from various departments will attend this social hour.

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | *Tentative* Annual Air Force/Army ROTC Soccer Game (Hantz Field)

  • 11a.m.-2 p.m. | Oksoberfest Bratwurst Barbecue (Student Center Patio/Bar 9) Staffed by Greek Life and the Counseling Center, in recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. FREE: Bratwurst, German potato salad, coleslaw, hot apple cider, soda, coffee, and tea. Participate in a drunk driving simulation wearing drunk goggles, get the latest AlcoholEdu statistics, and learn how to drink smart and about alcohol poisoning intervention.

  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | *Tentative* Faculty Presentation (TAC 206) Q&A included!

  • 1-3 p.m. | *Tentative* Clarkson School & Honors Program Reception (Price Hall, 2nd Floor)

  • 1-4 p.m. | Family Fun: Create-a-Creature! (Student Center Multipurpose Rooms) Stuff your very own plush animal and decorate a t-shirt for it to wear! Free! 

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. | *Tentative* Robotics Demonstration (ERC Atrium) Dr. Jim Carroll, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and robotics mentors associated with the Northern NY Robotics Academy at Clarkson will showcase hands-on robotics demos! Demos will include Lego robots, humanoid robots, drones and related K-12 activities that are run regionally both in class and on an extra-curricular basis.

  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Dr. Jim’s Chemistry Magic Show (Science Center 360) 300 person limit– seating starts at 1 p.m. 

  • 2 p.m. | *Tentative* Clarkson Theatre Company Presents "The Producers" (Old Snell Theater, Elm Street, downtown Potsdam) Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, $8 for general admission and FREE for children under 5.

  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. | Title IX & Enough is Enough: What Families Need to Know (Snell 212) Join Dean of Students and Lifetime Engagement Steve Newkofsky for this important session on what your students are learning about state and federal legislation.

  • 3 p.m. | Men's Soccer vs. Hobart College (Hantz Turf Field)

  • 3 p.m. | Women's Hockey vs. University of New Hampshire (Cheel Arena) $5 admission, free w/ Clarkson ID (one entry per CU ID).
  • 3:15-4 p.m. | The Importance of Study Abroad and the Professional Experience (Snell 213) Presentation and discussion with students who have participated in professional experience programs. 

  • 3:30-4 p.m. | *Tentative* Faculty Presentation (TAC 206) Q&A included!

  • 5-11 p.m. | Club 99 Open (Next to Cheel Commons, Cheel) and Bar 9 Open (1st Floor, Student Center) Nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for sale.

  • 4:30-6 p.m. | Student Performances (Student Center Forum) Featuring performances by Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Belly Dance Club, Dance Ensemble, Clarkson Goldies, and the Golden Knotes!

  • 5-6:45 p.m. | Pre-Hockey Buffet (Barben Rooms, Cheel) Buffet with cash bar. $15.99/person. Tax and tip included.

  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Pep Rally (Student Center Forum) Get pumped up with the Clarkson Community for the Men’s Hockey game!  The Pep Band will perform as well as Clarkson student groups—come see who wins the prized Tommy Award for the best skit!

  • 7 p.m. | *Tentative* Clarkson Theatre Company Presents "The Producers" (Old Snell Theater, Elm Street, downtown Potsdam) Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, $8 for general admission and FREE for children under 5.

  • 7:30 p.m. | Men’s Hockey vs. Western Michigan University (Cheel) $13 admission, standing room $10 per person. 

  • 9:45 p.m. (Following the Hockey Game) | Stand Up Comedy Performance: Mike Birbiglia (Student Center Forum) Sponsored by CUB.

Golden Knight Hockey | Click Here for Ticket Request Form

Clarkson is proud to host an annual “Parent and Family Hockey Game” each year during Family Weekend, as well as a standard hockey game. Your family is invited to attend them both. Come support your Golden Knights this Fall! 

Lodging

If you are planning on attending this year’s family weekend and need lodging, we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible. Please see this link for lodging information: www.northcountryguide.com.

A crowded forum during Alonzo Bodden's performance.

A crowded forum during Alonzo Bodden's performance on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Check out our Parent and Family Guide to Clarkson!

mike birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia will headline our stand-up comedy show on Saturday, October 24th in the Student Center Forum. 

Actor, director and comedian Mike Birbiglia has a one-of-a-kind storytelling style in the world of standup. Time Magazine calls him "master of the personal, embarrassing tale." The New York Times describes him as a "supremely enjoyable monologist."  A regular on This American Life, Birbiglia has appeared in TV and film, including The Fault in Our Stars, HBO's Girls and Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer's Trainwreck. Birbiglia was recently seen in a recurring role with the lovable inmates of Orange Is the New Black. His previous one-man shows on Broadway have included My Girlfriend's Boyfriend and Sleepwalk With Me

John Heffron
Clarkson hosted a headlining performance by John Heffron, winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, on Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

Lodging information can be found at www.northcountryguide.com