BELOIT, Wis.Although classes only started a few weeks ago, parents and friends will soon be swarming Beloit Colleges campus and downtown Beloit to visit students during Beloit Colleges Family and Friends Weekend 2006.
The weekend is Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The Family and Friends Weekend theme this year is A Changing Campus, Changing Lives.
During Family and Friends Weekend, parents and visitors are invited to go to classes and experience the daily lives of students. The college welcomed 367 first years to its student population of 1,250 this year. Between 300 and 500 visitors are expected.
Highlights of the weekend include special events open to the public. Friday night, visiting Tibetan Buddhist monks will hold a musical performance, Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing. Saturday, the monks will lead a sand mandala ceremony in the afternoon at 2 p.m., starting at the Wright Museum of Art.
Other highlights Saturday include a multi-cultural fair, from 1 to 5 p.m., in Pearsons Hall. The fair will celebrate diverse cultures through music, food and dance, and students will share study abroad experiences.
Later, a poetry reading will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Beloit Poetry Garden, on the corner of College and Bushnell streets.
In the evening, students will share projects, including student-made films, at 8 p.m., in the Java Joint in Pearsons Hall.
The improvisational acting group Voodoo Barbie will perform at 8 p.m., in the Richardson Auditorium in Morse-Ingersoll Hall.
For more about Family and Friends Weekend, including a full schedule of events and registration information, visit www.beloit.edu/~family.
From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue