Schedule at a Glance

Two photos – families pose with Bucky, and Chancellor Blank speaking to a room of parents.

Parents’ Weekend is September 19–21, 2014.

Plan to arrive Thursday night (September 18), or early Friday, to take full advantage of the exciting programs and events happening over the weekend.

Below is the full Parents’ Weekend schedule.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Check-In – Pick up packet and event tickets

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 West Dayton Street, Second Floor

4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Union South Campus & Community Information Welcome Desk, 1308 West Dayton Street, First Floor

Pick up your tickets and welcome bag at either of these locations or send your student with their student ID.

Showcase and Exploration Stations

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Start your Parents’ Weekend experience by meeting representatives from campus departments and student organizations, and experience science with hands-on activities that allow you to explore the unknown. Get an in-depth look at the fascinating scientific research happening right now at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Red Gym Open House

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Red Gym, 716 Langdon Street

Stop by the iconic and historical Red Gym, which is home to a number of key campus services. Staff are ready to welcome you and answer your questions.

  • International Academic Programs (Room 106): Learn more about study abroad opportunities and have your questions answered about cost, health, safety, academics, and other topics.
  • LGBT Campus Center (Room 123): The LGBT Campus Center is dedicated to offering support, resources, a safe space, and programming for all students. Learn more and ask questions.
  • International Student Services (Room 217): Learn about the services and programs ISS provides for international students and how they advance the internationalization of the campus and community.
  • Morgridge Center for Public Service (Room 154): Learn more about the Morgridge Center’s mission, how students can get involved with service, and specific information on volunteering related to issues of education and social justice reference in I Am Malala, this year’s Go Big Read book.

Career Exploration Center Open House

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

6 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Meet professional career advisors and learn about the resources available to your students. The CEC is a campus-wide service that assists undecided and exploring students through in-depth exploration of major and career options.

UW-Madison Snapshot Photo Tour

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant Terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill as the Capitol stands behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity.

Wheelhouse Studios

12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street: Lower Level, West End

Stop by Memorial Union’s brand new craft shop and make a Badger-themed item, such as a button, earrings, key chains, or ornaments. These crafts are free as part of your weekend experience.

Engineering Student Development Open House

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

M1002 Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive

Learn more about career, leadership and international opportunities for engineering students.

School and College Lunches

* These events require a pre-purchased ticket and are sold out.

The Badger Trolley will be available for transportation!

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS)

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Carson Gulley Center, 1515 Tripp Circle

A tour of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) campus begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:30. You will hear from deans, learn about CALS, and get answers to your questions.

Wisconsin School of Business

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

1100 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue

Enjoy lunch, hear from a student panel, take a tour, and network with faculty and staff from the Wisconsin School of Business.

College of Letters and Science

11 am. – 1 p.m.

Memorial Union Tripp Commons, 800 Langdon Street

Learn about how we’re preparing students for rewarding careers. Parents will hear a message from L&S Dean Karl Scholz, chat with L&S career advisors, and find out why a liberal arts education is more relevant than ever for today’s students.

School of Human Ecology 

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive

Experience the School of Human Ecology by taking tours of the building, chatting with advisors, and hearing from the dean during this lunch event.

College of Engineering

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1800 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive

Join the College of Engineering for lunch and a presentation. Representatives will share tips about how to be a supportive parent to engineering students and a student panel will share their perspectives.

Little Sibling Campus Fun

1–3:30 p.m.

While you enjoy the afternoon sessions, younger siblings can explore and experience campus with Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB) students. Future Badgers can choose to tour the Kohl Center, visit the Geology Museum, explore the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, or participate in outdoor activities with Adventure Learning Programs.

Welcome to Parents’ Weekend

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Professor Mike Leckrone

1:15 – 2 p.m.

Be there as UW–Madison’s chancellor, Rebecca Blank, officially welcomes you to Parents’ Weekend. You’ll also learn about time-honored Badger traditions from UW Band Director, Professor Mike Leckrone.

The Wisconsin Experience: Session 1

2:15 – 3 p.m.

“How Wisconsin Astronomers Created the Galaxy” with Dr. Jim Lattis, Director, UW Space Place and Faculty Associate, Department of Astronomy, Overture Room

During the 1920s and 1930s, the meaning of the word “galaxy” changed radically, reflecting a revolution in how astronomers understood our universe. This talk will explore how UW’s Washburn Observatory and Wisconsin astronomers played a key role in that revolution.

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Study Abroad: Presented by International Academic Programs, Symphony Room

International Academic Programs (IAP), a department in the Division of International Studies, offers more than 200 study-abroad programs to UW–Madison students. Study-abroad is a rewarding, life-transforming experience that complements many academic programs. Attend this session to learn more about these  opportunities from IAP staff and returned study-abroad participants.

The Wisconsin Experience: Session 2

3:15 – 4 p.m.

“A Brave New World: Science, New Media and the Public” with Dominique Brossard, Chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication, Overture Room

Strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication.

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Making a Housing Decision: Presented by University Housing and Campus Area Housing, Symphony Room

Presenters from University Housing and Campus Area Housing will share information to help your student make an educated housing decision. Topics include the benefits of university residence halls, leasing trends, and university resources that help students find quality rentals.

Family Festival and Photo Shoot with Bucky

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Grab the whole family and hop on the trolley or walk over to Union South for some Badger fun. Join us for entertainment, Badger spirit, light refreshments, and celebrity ice-cream scoopers. During the festivities, have a family photo taken with Bucky Badger. If you forgot your camera, no worries – there will be staff  available to take your photo.

UW Housing Family Event

6 p.m.

Dejope Hall, Mendota Room

Join us for a family-friendly event and see the great fun had by students in University Housing.

Our Funny University

* Free! No tickets or registration required.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 North Orchard

Brought in specially for Parents’ Weekend, Our Funny University features UW–Madison alumni panelists Scott Dikkers, founding editor of the Onion and #1 New York Times best-selling author; and Jim Mallon, a television and film producer and writer. They will discuss why UW-Madison produces students who find success in the tilting popular culture of UW-Madison’s own peculiar brand of comedy.

De-Stress Event

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Life is full of new experiences and challenges, which help us grow . . . but can also create stress. Learning and practicing relaxation and stress-reduction techniques can help improve chances for success. All students and their families are invited to join University Health Services and Rec Sports for an evening of relaxation and de-stressing!

Greater Tuna – 7:30 p.m. performance

* This event requires a pre-purchased ticket and is sold out.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square

6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. Enjoy fresh vegetables, fresh baked goods and local art. While you’re at the market, stop by the Food for Thought Festival on Martin Luther Kind Street, directly perpendicular to the Market. Be sure to also visit the food carts!

Badger Family Tailgate

* This event requires a pre-purchased ticket and is sold out.

Begins at 8:30 a.m. (2.5 hours prior to kickoff).

Be part of the biggest parent pre-game tailgate, complete with appearances by the UW Spirit Squad, Bucky and members of the UW Marching Band. Enjoy tailgate fare, music and lots of Badger spirit!

Badger Bash

Begins at 8:30 a.m. (2.5 hours prior to kickoff).

Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street

Enjoy great food, performances by the UW Marching Band and fun activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. Catch the football game  in the Sett or the Plaza following the Bash.

Badgerville

Begins at 8:30 a.m. (2.5 hours prior to kickoff).

Engineering Mall, Engineering Drive

Visit the official pre-game event of Wisconsin Athletics. The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Badger Football Game Viewing Parities

Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

Gordon Dining and Event Center, Symphony Room and Dejope Hall, Mendota Room

Join us to watch the Badgers take on Bowling Green. The markets will be offering special game-day food.

UW Badger Football: Wisconsin vs. Bowling Green

Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

*This event requires a ticket.

Camp Randall Stadium, 1440 Monroe Street

Experience a football game in the legendary Camp Randall Stadium. Stay after the game for the  Fifth Quarter to enjoy a performance by the Wisconsin Marching Band.

Career Kickstart Community/Ogg Hall Tour

7 p.m.

Ogg Hall, Phillips Lounge

Check out Career Kickstart community for fall 2015. In the 15-16 school year, Ogg will be comprised of all returning residents and will offer access to employers, alumni and other resources to help prepare for internships and begin building their résumé.

Greater Tuna – 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances

* This event requires a pre-purchased ticket and is sold out.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Farewell Brunch

* This event requires a pre-purchased ticket and is sold out.

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy brunch, listen to student entertainment, and connect with fellow families before you depart.

UW-Madison Snapshot Photo Tour

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family *and your camera!* for a photo tour featuring some of the most iconic places on campus. Pose for a picture with Abe, climb on the giant Terrace chair, and have a family photo taken at the top of Bascom Hill as the Capitol stands behind you. UW campus tour guides will share fun facts and serve as your photographers on this hour-long photo opportunity.

Greater Tuna – 2 p.m. performance

* This event requires a pre-purchased ticket and is sold out.

This comedy is great for the whole family and has been brought back just for Parents’ Weekend. Take a trip to the third-smallest town in the Lone Star State – Tuna, Texas! MFA acting students Kailen Fleck and Trevor Rees together play over 20 wild characters in this sharp, whimsical send-up of small-town life. Join us for a special cabaret staging of one of America’s best-loved and most widely produced comedies.

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Additional Weekend Activities 

Athletics:

  • Women’s Soccer Game vs. Nebraska: Saturday September 20, 7 p.m., McClimon Complex
  • Work out with your student at one of our recreational facilities. Mention that you are attending Parents’ Weekend:
    • Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF)
    • Camp Randall Sports Center (skate rentals at student rate)
    • Nielsen Tennis Stadium (court rental at student rate)

Natural Areas:

  • Allen Centennial Gardens: Open daily from dawn to dusk, these teaching gardens feature a great diversity of plant life.
  • Lake Mendota: Use the coupon in your bag, provided by Hoofers, to canoe, kayak or paddle board out on the lake.
  • Lakeshore Nature Preserve: Grab a B-Cycle and head down the Howard Temin Lakeshore path, which extends from the Memorial Union to Picnic Point.
  • UW–Madison Arboretum: Explore 1,260 acres of gardens, prairies, woods and trails.

Popular Destinations:

  • Downtown Madison: Experience more than 350 shops, boutiques, galleries, museums,  restaurants, and cafes.
  • Henry Vilas Zoo: Enjoy this 28-acre public zoo, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Union: Take in the beautiful views of Lake Mendota on the iconic Terrace.
  • Monona Terrace: Take a tour at 1 p.m. daily.
  • Union South: Participate in bowling and billiards, or catch a movie.
  • Wisconsin State Capitol: Take a tour on Saturday at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1, 2, 3 p.m.

Science and the Arts

  • Chazen Museum of Art: Enjoy one of America’s leading university museums, which boasts a permanent collection of more than 19,000 works of art.
  • Geology Museum: Check out meteorites, a walk-through model of a Wisconsin limestone cave, and fossils, including dinosaur skeletons. Open Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this museum features spacious galleries, as well as a 7,100-square-foot rooftop sculpture garden. Open on Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery: Visit this state-of-the-art facility, which brings together scientists and researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, business, and law. Open daily.