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Family Weekend

2019 Schedule-at-a-glance

Friday, October 18, 2019

Please note that event times, locations and details are tentative and subject to change. Additional events and details will continue to be added. Events with an *asterisk require additional purchased tickets.

8:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Open Classes

Sit in on popular UW classes across campus.

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Available Open Classes

8:50-9:40 a.m. – Astronomy 170: The Dark Side of the Universe: The Great Cosmic Mysteries from Black Holes to Dark Energy*
Location: Sterling 1313

Description: This class is a non-technical introduction to some of the most exciting topics in astronomy: dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. *Limited to the first 5 participants

8:50-9:40 a.m. – Human Physiology 335
Location: Humanities 3650

Description: Human Physiology explores how the organ systems function within the human body.

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Agricultural Systems Management
Location: Engineering Hall 2317

Description: This course aims to understand basic economic principles and their application to the management of agricultural production systems and to gain an appreciation of the complexity of U.S. farming

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Energy Systems Laboratory
Location: Mechanical Engineering 1143

Description: A hands-on laboratory course exploring the performance of equipment used in thermal energy systems.  It builds on ideas from heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics.

9:55-10:45 a.m. – English 474: American Protest Literature
Location: Humanities 1217

Description: This course will consider protest literature in the United States across the 20th and 21st century. How do writers respond to the social and political issues of their time?

9:55-10:45 a.m. – Nutritional Science 132: Nutrition Today
Location: Agriculture Hall 125

Description: Nutrition and its relationship to humans and their biological, social, and physical environment; current issues and concerns that affect the nutritional status of various population groups.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Chemistry 103: General Chemistry I
Location: Ingraham B10

Description: Introductory chemistry for science and engineering students.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Computer Sciences/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Mathematics 435: Introduction to Cryptography*
Location: Humanities 1121

Description: Cryptography is the art and science of transmitting digital information in a secure manner. Provides an introduction to its technical aspects. *Limited to the first 5 participants

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Ethnobotany
Location: Birge B302

Description: Ethnobotany is the study of the interactions between human cultures and plants.  It includes economic botany, the study of the human uses of plants in all aspects of culture, but it also includes aspects that do not involve the practical uses of plants, such as linguistic/cognitive studies of how plants are perceived, named, and classified in various cultures, or studies of the history of human impacts on the environment.  The course is intended as a broad survey of the kinds of plant-human interactions that are studied by ethnobotanists.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – First Semester Finnish
Location: Van Hise 375

Description: Spoken and written Finnish for students without previous knowledge. In addition, you will gain cultural competence of Finnish culture, customs, celebrations and everyday life.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Music 151: Basic Concepts of Music Theory*
Location: Humanities 2441 (Room Updated)

Description: This course will explore all of the building blocks that composers use to create music. Throughout the course students will listen to music and draw maps of what is heard, and apply the concepts learned in real world activities like beat boxing, jingles, and video game music. *Limited to the first 5 participants

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Nutritional Science 132: Nutrition Today
Location: Agriculture Hall 125

Description: Nutrition and its relationship to humans and their biological, social, and physical environment; current issues and concerns that affect the nutritional status of various population groups.

11:00-11:50 a.m. – Zoology/Biology 101
Location: Bascom 272

Description: General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans.

12:05-12:55p.m. – Geoscience 109: Geology of the National Parks
Location: Weeks Hall AB20

Description: Explore the geologic story of the National Parks in the framework of physiography, tectonics, time, and fundamental geologic processes.

12:05-12:55 p.m. – Mathematics 421: The Theory of Single Variable Calculus
Location: Van Vleck B239

Description: This course covers material in first and second semester calculus but it is intended to teach math majors to write and understand proofs in mathematics in general and in calculus in particular.

12:05-12:55 p.m. – Zoology/Biology 101
Location: Bascom 272

Description: General biological principles. Topics include: evolution, ecology, animal behavior, cell structure and function, genetics and molecular genetics and the physiology of a variety of organ systems emphasizing function in humans.

1:20-2:10 p.m. – Animal Sciences 200: Biology & Appreciation of Companion Animals
Location: Animal Sciences 212

Description: A systematic coverage of many of the animals (including birds) that humans keep as their social companions.

1:20-2:10 p.m. – Mathematics 222: Calculus II
Location: Soils Building 270

Description: A second course in calculus, covering integration techniques, differential equations, series, and Taylor series.

3:30-4:20 p.m. – Chemistry 103: General Chemistry I
Location: Ingraham B10

Description: Introductory chemistry for science and engineering students.

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – UW Parent & Family Sale at the University Book Store

Need some Badger items before your weekend starts? Mention “Parent Sale” while
in-store to receive 20% off on WI clothing or gift item. *Normal exclusions apply — see store for details.

3 – 8 p.m. – Early Check-In, Memorial Union Welcome Desk
4 – 5:15 p.m. – First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour, Begins at Memorial Union Welcome Desk (First floor, West side of the building), 800 Langdon Street

Humans have called the shores of Waaksikhomik (Lake Mendota) home for 12,000 years, and UW–Madison is likely the most archaeologically rich campus in the United States. On this 75-minute tour, you will visit a 1,200-year-old archaeological site and learn about the university’s ongoing relationships with the First Nations of Wisconsin, including the Ho-Chunk Nation, on whose ancestral land the university now sits.

5 – 7  p.m. – Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program Family Weekend Open House (Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarships)

The Mercille J. Lee Scholars Program (Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarships) welcomes scholarship recipients and their families to an open house, where they will have a chance to meet with program staff, current scholars, and program alumni.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD)
6 – 9 p.m. – Science on the Square

Explore dozens of venues at your own pace. Museums, restaurants, stores and more will host #WiSciFest events, including informal science talks or demonstrations, tastings, stargazing, and hands-on activities. Look for the festive lights and signage to find science festival events.

7 – 9 p.m. – Stargazing in Alumni Park

See what’s up in the night sky through a telescope, take an evening tour of Alumni Park’s illuminated exhibits, and enjoy live music and refreshments.

7 p.m. – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth
7:30 p.m. – Indigenous Jazz Series: Betsy Ezell Quintet, Wisconsin Union Theater (Play Circle)
SOLD OUT – 8 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Check-in, Union South and Memorial Union Welcome Desks
Tours at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. – Behind-the-Scenes Kitchen Tours, Gordon Dining and Event Center, Gordon Avenue Market

You’ll get an opportunity to see Housing Dining’s main production kitchen, catering kitchen, where all of our homemade bakery items are produced, and an exclusive look at our Cook/Chill Commissary that produces thousands of pounds of various fresh, made-from-scratch food for all of our dining units.

9 a.m. – Noon – *All-You-Care-to-Eat Breakfast Special, Gordon Dining and Event Center (First Floor), 770 West Dayton Street and Dejope Four Lakes Market (First Floor), 640 Elm Drive
9 – 11 a.m. – Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, Memorial Union, Great Hall

Kick off the first full day of Family Weekend with coffee, tea, and light refreshments, Bucky Badger, and a formal welcome from UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. You can also connect with representatives from UW–Madison’s schools, colleges, and academic units, and take advantage of our “Get Ready for Game Day” station, complete with pompoms, face tattoos and spirit beads.

11 a.m. – Away-Game Football Watch Parties, Union South, The Sett, and Memorial Union, Der Rathskeller
Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Alumni Park Tours and Scavenger Hunt

Join us for 30-minute science-themed guided tours of Alumni Park.  All are invited to learn the stories behind the park’s exhibits and landscape, and science-themed stories of UW–Madison alumni, discoveries, and innovations featured in the park.

12-2 p.m. – Caricatures and Watercolor Painting at Wheelhouse Studios, Wheelhouse Studios, Lower Level of Memorial Union

Come get your caricature drawn by one of our talented UW student staff members at Wheelhouse Studios, or show your Badger pride and create your own UW-themed watercolor painting.

Noon – 3 p.m. – Camp Randall Stadium Open House

Learn more about Camp Randall’s storied past, and make a dream come true: run through the team tunnel just like the players do, and step foot on the home turf of the Wisconsin Badgers football team.

1 – 3 p.m. – ArtSpin, Chazen Museum of Art

Experience the world-class art museum that’s located right on campus! Docents will be stationed around the museum at select art pieces to answer questions and share history.

1 p.m. – Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve,

Explore a restored prairie up-close, learn about urban coyote and fox research from Dr. David Drake, Professor of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and Extension Wildlife Specialist, and experience in a new way the largest outdoor teaching and research facility on campus — the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

1 – 3 p.m. – Autumn Air Open House, Allen Centennial Garden

Explore one of the UW’s remarkable outdoor spaces. The public botanical garden – home to thousands of ornamental plants and renowned landscape architecture – serves as an outdoor classroom for the horticulture department.

1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Wisconsin State Capitol Tours

Visit the Wisconsin State Capitol, an architectural marvel.

1 – 4 p.m. – *Bark on Bascom, Library Mall (Suggested donation)

The Animal Legal Defense Fund-UW–Madison chapter is partnering with local animal shelters and rescues for this event. Please join us to meet, play, and cuddle adoptable dogs from the Madison area. There is a suggested $5 donation fee per family, and all proceeds will go to the participating animal organizations.

1 – 4 p.m. – Wisconsin Specialty Cheese Walk, Participating Businesses along State Street

Explore downtown retail businesses and shops in a new and authentic way — with Wisconsin cheese. Enjoy the best of Wisconsin cheese with samples and meet-and-greet opportunities with Wisconsin cheesemakers at participating businesses along State Street. Participating businesses will also offer sales, specials, and featured items offered exclusively to Family Weekend participants.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – Campus Tour

From the 12,000-year human history of the ancestral land upon which the university sits, to academic buildings and stories of the student experience, you will learn more about the campus and community on this special Family Weekend tour.

5 p.m. – Dinner On Your Own

Visit your student’s favorite dining location in Madison.

5 – 10 p.m. – Movies with the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD)
7 p.m. – *Discounted tickets to the Badger Men’s Hockey Game vs. Minnesota Duluth, Kohl Center
SOLD OUT – 7 p.m. – *Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern
7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) – *Wisconsin Singers Performance, Mosse Humanities Building, Mills Concert Hall

Featuring some of UW–Madison’s top singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, the Wisconsin Singers will entertain you with a spectacular revue of the past 40 years of American popular music in their newest show Hold On To Your Dream.

8 p.m. – The Real Science Behind Star Wars with Kyle Hill

No question is too nerdy on Saturday night of the Wisconsin Science Festival! Come see Wisconsin native and science communicator, Kyle Hill, to celebrate the science behind Star Wars.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

9 a.m. – Noon – *All-You-Care-to-Eat Breakfast Special, Gordon Dining and Event Center (First Floor), 770 West Dayton Street and Dejope Four Lakes Market (First Floor), 640 Elm Drive
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – *Farewell Brunch with Bucky

We bid farewell in style: with a spirited come-and-go brunch, complete with a photoshoot with Bucky Badger, music performances from student entertainment groups, and the singing of “Varsity.”

*Events with an asterisk require an additional purchase.

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