Parents' Weekend set Oct. 25-27

Parents' Weekend, one of the few chances parents have to spend time with their students at school and meet faculty, staff and other parents, is being held Oct. 25 - 27 on the Emory and Oxford campuses. This marks the first year that the Emory campus program is being hosted by the new Emory Parent Program.

Helen McLaughlin,associate vice president of advancement services, said she is excited about the change from previous years, when the weekend was sponsored by the Alumni Office. "We now have an office whose sole focus is undergraduate needs and the support of undergraduate parents," she said. Her goals for the program are to "showcase both faculty and program opportunities," and to "reach out to upperclassmen, who tend to discourage their parents from attending the weekend." Another goal is to include graduates in the program, which Mclaughlin has been unable to accomplish this year, but hopes to in the future. "We want Parents' weekend to be fun, as well as showcase student talent," Mclaughlin said. "This year we scheduled Voices of Inner Strength and No Strings Attached, which are vocal groups, to perform at the welcome reception on Friday. Saturday, the award-winning Barkley Forum debate team will debate an issue surrounding the presidential election, which should be entertaining."

Several lectures are planned on the Emory campus Friday afternoon including "Career Planning: What Can Students Do Now," with Tariq Shakoor; "Using the Virtual Library and the Internet," with Betsey Patterson; and "The Middle East Peace Process: Are We Past the Crossroads?" with Kenneth Stein. On Saturday, Oxford College will offer interest sessions on the arts at Oxford, the continuation process, and student adjustments to college.

On Saturday, a Fun Run and Walk are scheduled at Lullwater, and a discussion of "How the South has Risen: Deciding the 1996 Presidential Election," by Merle Black. President Bill Chace will speak to Oxford parents on "The Art of Teaching and the Teaching of Art." Also scheduled Saturday is a session on the Emory Study Abroad Program, with Howard Rollins and Carol Herron; Emory's position after the 1996 Olympic Games, with Chuck Gordon; and "How to Plan Now for Careers You Never Anticipated," with Tariq Shakoor. Other activities include a picnic at McDonough Field, recreational sports clinics, an open house of fraternities, sororities and residence halls, and a tennis round-robin tournament. Sunday concludes the weekend with a University wide Ecumenical Service.

A welcome reception with President Bill Chace will be held Friday, Oct. 25 in the Cox Hall Ballroom, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and faculty are invited to come and meet students and their parents. Faculty are also invited to participate in "Flapjacks and Fun," a pancake breakfast Saturday morning with Emory administrators and the Physics Jug Band entertaining. Those interested should call Alex Orr at 727-0673.

-- Peter Mills

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