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Friday, September 22

Thursday and Friday

Back-to-School For Parents (Various times/locations)
Join your student in his or her class and get a taste of the university’s academic experience. Participation is based on a first-come-first-served basis and guests may only visit participating classes. See Participating Classes »

8 AM - Midnight

Prism Gallery (Lower Level, Festival Conference and Student Center)
On Exhibit: DocUmenting Our Journeys for Center for Global Engagement I-Week

8 AM - Midnight

Prism International Gallery (Upper Level, Festival Conference and Student Center)
On Exhibit: Center for Global Engagement I-Week

8 AM - 4:30 PM

JMU Mineral Museum (Memorial Hall - Near Entrance E)
The Mineral Museum features more than 550 crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world.

9 AM - Noon

The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum En Plein Air Session (Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)
Artists are invited to gather and bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints and brushes and everything needed for painting in the open air beauty of the arboretum with renowned impressionist and muralist painter, Martha Henderson. This plein air painting session is open to all skill levels. Paint under a master and a painter known for her lovely landscapes depicting scenes of the Shenandoah Valley and the world beyond. The group size in each session is limited and advance registration is needed at at jmu.edu/arboretum.

9 AM - 3 PM

Edith J. Carrier Fall Plant and Bulb Sale (Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)
The arboretum plant and bulb sale will be held at the Frances Plecker Education Center in the arboretum.

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Tunes at Noon (Madison Union TDU)
Grab your lunch and head to TDU for a lunchtime showcase of student talent recruited from Open Mic Night on Tuesdays.

2:30 PM - 6 PM

General Education Student Conference (Rose Library / Festival Conference and Student Center)
Meet inspirational professors and learn more about the JMU General Education Program while experiencing outstanding student work in subjects from the natural sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. Some of the most creative, exciting and noteworthy work produced by students in GenEd classes will be on display. Multiple conference sessions are available, so you are welcome to attend multiple sessions or just one.  |  More Information »  

Regular Library Hours

Special Collections Library (Carrier Library, Room 205)
Visit the Special Collections Library and see selected treasures from the collections. Rare books, pulp magazines, historic student scrapbooks, and yearbooks are just a few of the items on display. Librarians are on hand to answer questions.

4 PM - 6 PM

College of Business Family Weekend Welcome (Zane Showker Hall)
Join the College of Business for a faculty mini-lecture and meet Dean Mary Gowan. After the presentations, visit with College of Business faculty and staff at a program fair and reception. Here you will learn more about the vast opportunities for business students in academic programs, experiential learning, international study, career exploration, and student organizations. Detailed schedule: 4 PM - 4:25 PM: Faculty Business Lecture with Q&A, 4:25 - 4:45 PM: College of Business Dean’s Update, 4:45 - 6:00 PM: Program Fair and Reception. Questions? Contact Samantha Collier at colliesb@jmu.edu.

4 PM - 6 PM

College of Education Family Weekend Event (Madison Union Ballroom, Please RSVP)
Join the College of Education for faculty and student presentations and learn about the variety of programs, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities available in the College. Visit with College of Education faculty and staff. Detailed Schedule: 4:00 - 4:30 PM: Lite Bites & Refreshments, 4:30 - 5:30 PM: CoE Update & Faculty/Student Presentations, 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Q & A  |  Questions? Contact Violet Sherman at shermavm@jmu.edu or 540-568-2813  |  RSVP To Attend »

5 PM - 8 PM

GetDown at SunDown (Hillside Field)
MAD4U brings music, treats, games, hoops, and performance art! Rain location inside TDU.

6 PM - 10 PM

UREC Family Hours (University Recreation Center)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring some form of identification, and we ask that students accompany family members.

8 PM

STEP AFRIKA! (Wilson Hall Auditorium)
Don’t miss this electrifying live show perfect for the entire family! Prepare to feast your eyes and ears on a rhythmic performance brimming with airtight synchronization, exuberant joy and a sense of humor. Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Stepping creates intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. Now a worldwide dance phenomenon, Step Afrika! has evolved stepping to include styles such as tap, modern and hip-hop, and seeks to advance the art form through teaching and touring opportunities across the globe. The company has performed on some of America’s most prestigious stages, including the White House, New York’s Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. www.stepafrika.org. A free shuttle will run from the Warsaw Parking Deck to Wilson Hall starting one hour prior to performances and returning immediately thereafter. Visit www.jmuforbescenter.com to buy tickets. Early purchase is recommended. Purchase Tickets Now »

Saturday, September 23

8 AM - Midnight

Prism Gallery (Festival Conference and Student Center, Lower Level)
On Exhibit: DocUmenting Our Journeys for Center for Global Engagement I-Week.

8 AM - Midnight

Prism International Gallery (Festival Conference and Student Center, Upper Level)
On Exhibit: Center for Global Engagement I-Week

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Honors College Family Breakfast (Shenandoah Hall Multipurpose Room)
Join Dean Newcomer, Associate Dean Frana and the Honors College team for a breakfast before the big game! Menu will include breakfast sandwiches, bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and juice. All Honors College students and family members are welcome to attend. Questions? Contact the Honors College at (540) 568-6953.

9 AM - 10 PM

UREC Family Hours (UREC)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring some form of identification, and we ask that students accompany family members.

9 AM - 3 PM

Edith J. Carrier Fall Plant and Bulb Sale (Edith J. Carrier Arboretum from 9 AM - 3 PM / Godwin Field from 10 AM - Football Kickoff)
The 2017 JMU Purple and Gold Bulb Collection and individual varieties of bulbs, plus plants, shrubs and trees will be sold from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Frances Plecker Education Center which is found on the grounds of the EJC Arboretum. Plant some school spirit for a 2017 springtime show of purple and gold beauty with the 2017 JMU Bulb Collection. Please park along University Boulevard only in designated gravel pull-off space on the arboretum side of University Blvd, not on the Driver Drive side which would obstruct a pedestrian sidewalk and bike lane. The 2017 JMU Bulb Collection is also available at Godwin Field Festival pregame. All proceeds support the educational mission of the EJC Arboretum.


UREC Programs

Join UREC for an adventure this family weekend! Students can register themselves and their families through the JMU Ticket Office at www.jmutickets.com or (540) 568-3853. Please register for ticketed events by September 21st. Email Guy DeBrun at debrungb@jmu.edu with questions.  |  Register Now »

8 AM - Noon

Family Weekend Hike (Meet at UREC)  |  $15/per person
We will meet at UREC then travel to the border of West Virginia for a scenic hike to the historic High Knob fire tower. This moderate 2-mile round trip trail hike includes some uphill hiking. Your efforts will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains from the top of a fire tower. More info: Price includes leaders, transportation, snacks. Dress in layers and wear closed toed shoes. Rain jacket is always a good idea. Please bring a small backpack, 2 liters of water, sunblock, and a hat.

8 AM - Noon

Family Weekend Canoe (Meet at UREC)  | SOLD OUT
Prerequisite: Swimming ability. Come out and enjoy the beauty of the valley as we canoe on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Paddle “Lake Shenandoah,” a flat-water-section in northeastern Rockingham County about 30 minutes from JMU. Basic canoeing and safety instruction will be covered. All you need to bring are your paddling clothes and shoes. We will be back before the football game kickoff. More info: Price includes equipment, leaders, transportation, snacks. Dress in layers in clothes that can get wet (just in case) and wear shoes with straps that can get wet (no flip-flops). Please bring a small backpack, 2 liters of water, sunblock and a hat.

10 AM - Noon 

Family Weekend Downtown Bike Ride (Meet at UREC)  |  $10/per person
We will meet at UREC then ride a short distance to the Harrisonburg Farmers' Market where you can purchase great local breakfast items. After enjoying the Farmers' Market, you are welcome to explore downtown before riding back as a group to UREC. More info: Includes leaders and adult sized bikes only, helmets provided (required).

Noon - 8 PM

Open Climbing (UREC)
Prerequisite: Swimming ability. Come out and enjoy the beauty of the valley as we canoe on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Paddle “Lake Shenandoah,” a flat-water-section in northeastern Rockingham County about 30 minutes from JMU. Basic canoeing and safety instruction will be covered. All you need to bring are your paddling clothes and shoes. We will be back before the football game kickoff.


Multiple Showings

Science on a Sphere (Memorial Hall, Sphere Theater, Room 5110B; Showings at 10, 10:30, and 11 AM; Entry during program not permitted)
Join us at the Sphere Theater, where the Science On a Sphere system uses computers and video projectors to display data onto a nearly six foot diameter sphere. For Family Weekend, our Earth system science program, hosted by a JMU staff member, will explore the connection between the Earth's polar regions and climate using the sphere as very large, animated globe. For more information on Science On a Sphere, click here.

The program will take place in Memorial Hall at the Sphere Theater, room 5110B (395 South High Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Parking is available in lots X, Y and R9. Guests are encouraged to enter the building from the entrance on Grace Street (entrance E). Signs inside the building will direct you to the Theater which is across from the Butterfly Cafe. For questions or additional information, contact the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at stewardship@jmu.edu.

10 AM - 2 PM

Godwin Field Picnic (Godwin Field, $14/person, $7 children ages 6 to 12, JMU students free with meal punch)
See the menu and ticketing information here.  |  Buy tickets »

10 AM - 2 PM

Godwin Field Festival (Godwin Field)
Get your questions answered here and let the Family Weekend festivities begin! Enjoy music, food and friendship with your students and other proud family members before the football game. Take a bit of JMU home by purchasing JMU sweaters, T-shirts, hats and other items from the JMU Bookstore or purple and gold bulbs from the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

1:30 PM

JMU Dukes Football vs. Maine (Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field, $38/person, students free with reservation and JACard)
This year’s Family Weekend football game features the JMU Dukes taking on CAA rival Maine. Tickets are available now at JMUTickets.com. For game day parking information, visit JMUSports.com/parking. Find ticketing and parking information here.  |  Buy tickets »

Multiple Showings

The John C. Wells Planetarium (Miller Hall, Showings at 11AM, 1PM, 2:15PM, 3:30PM)
Visit the Planetarium website at jmu.edu/planetarium for more information. Weather permitting, the solar telescopes will be set up near the sundial at Burruss Hall and Carrier Library. This telescope provides an incredible view of our sun safely!

11 AM - 1 PM

University Outpost FanZone (Godwin Field)
The FanZone is a family focused pre-game festival that features inflatable games, a bounce house, face-painting (courtesy of the JMU Cheerleaders!), music, the Dog Walk, local vendors, and much more. The FanZone opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff and remains open until 30 minutes before game time. Come out and show your Madison spirit while having fun with the whole family.

11 AM - 5 PM

Duke Hall Gallery (Duke Hall #1022)
"Picturing Harrisonburg" Visions of a Shenandoah Valley since 1828. This large-scale exhibition and accompanying book trace the changing visions of Harrisonburg, Virginia over a period of almost 200 years. More info »

4:30 PM - Until

Fantastic Feast at E-Hall (E-Hall, Early seating arriving at 4:30-6 PM, late seating arriving at 6:15-8 PM, $22/person, $12 children ages 6-12, JMU students free with meal punch, reservations only)
We’re serving all the favorites at this year’s dinner, so come enjoy a relaxing meal with some great company. As an added bonus, with every adult ticket you receive a $3 off coupon for Sunday brunch at D-Hub or E-Hall. See the menu and ticketing information here.  |  Buy tickets »

4:30 PM - Until

Fan Favorites at D-Hub (D-Hub, Early seating arriving at 4:30-6 PM, late seating arriving at 6:15-8 PM, $12/person, ages 5 and under are free, JMU students free with meal punch, reservations and walk-ins welcome)
Reserve your tickets ahead of time and with every adult ticket you receive a $3 off coupon for Sunday brunch at D-Hub or E-Hall. Tickets are on sale now at JMUTickets.com. See the menu and ticketing information here.  |  Buy tickets »

8 PM

JMU POPS! STORIES IN SONG (JMU Convocation Center, Featuring the Marching Royal Dukes and other JMU ensembles)
This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza showcases some of JMU’s finest music ensembles and faculty talent. Be ready to stand up and cheer for performances by the Marching Royal Dukes, as well as the JMU Chorale, Brass Band and Symphony Orchestra. The Brass Band will play music from the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Orchestra will perform The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas and Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel. One of JMU’s favorite Family Weekend traditions, this musical celebration is great entertainment for all ages! Visit www.jmuforbescenter.com to buy advance tickets. Night of tickets will be available one hour prior to the performance at the Convocation Center box office. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets now »

Sunday, September 24

9 AM - 6 PM

UREC Family Hours (UREC)
Families are welcome and encouraged to avail themselves of the wide assortment of UREC and UPARK’s facilities and amenities. Please be sure to bring some form of identification, and we ask that students accompany family members.

9:30 - 11 AM

Study Abroad Open House (E-Hall, Montpelier Room)
The Center for Global Engagement invites you to learn more about study abroad. Join us for an open house and coffee to meet our study abroad program directors and staff.

Vary By Location

Great Deal Brunch (E-Hall: 9AM - 3PM / D-Hub: 10 AM - 3 PM, $12/person plus tax, No tickets necessary)
Choose from a selection of breakfast and lunch items. If your student has a meal plan, there is no additional charge. They just punch their JACard at the door as usual. And even better, if they have FLEX or Dining Dollars, they can pay for your meal. If you reserved tickets to the Fantastic Feast, you can use your discount coupon here!

11 AM - 5 PM

Duke Hall Gallery (Duke Hall #1022)
"Picturing Harrisonburg" Visions of a Shenandoah Valley since 1828. This large-scale exhibition and accompanying book trace the changing visions of Harrisonburg, Virginia over a period of almost 200 years. More info »

Noon - 8 PM

Lunch With A View (Festival Conference and Student Center Food Court, A La Carte Prices)
Looking for something quick? Visit the Festival, JMU’s dining facility with the million–dollar view of campus and the mountains beyond. Featuring salads, grilled and deli items and other Festival favorites.

2 PM

A Cappella Thon Concert (Memorial Hall Auditorium)
JMU’s student-led a cappella groups come together in a concert of tight harmonies and blended sounds. JMU is proud to present some of the finest collegiate groups of this genre.

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