Family Day October 11, 2014

Register now to join your student on campus Saturday, October 11! Come enjoy a day full of academic offerings, cider pressing, a scrumptious community lunch, inspiring alumni, faculty, staff, and student presenters, the climbing wall—and more!

Finding last minute overnight accommodations during the height of foliage season can be difficult so you should secure lodging right away.  Visit our Lodging Options for hotels, inns and B&B’s in the area. A detailed schedule will be sent in September, but for now see photos and review the 2013 program below for an idea of what you can expect...

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The 2014 Program is coming soon. Meanwhile, Here's last year's:


8:30-11:30 - Registration

Whittemore Theater Lobby

Have coffee, tea or juice and a muffin while you peruse the day’s programming. Remember to pick up your ticket(s) for a lunch time slot.

9:30-10:00 - Welcome

Whittemore Theater

Welcoming remarks and Q&A
President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell


Library Reading Room

The Clear Writing Requirement: John Sheehy(Writing) and alumna Rebecca Mallary `11 discuss how the Marlboro writing program prepares students for the Clear Writing Requirement.

Dalrymple 38

A Tracery of A PatternLe Invisibili and its constructions: Matan Rubinstein(Music) discusses his modular composition Le Invisibili, the motivations behind its making, and its relation to Italo Calvino's literary work Le Cittá Invisibili (The Invisible Cities.)

Gander World Studies Lounge

Career ServicesYour Online Presence: Instructors for this semester's class, Caleb Clark (Chair, Educational Technology, MAT, Graduate and Professional Studies) and Desha Peacock (Director of Career Development) combine technology with career development so students portray their best work and image online by thinking about who they are and who they aspire to be.

Library 102

Property Rights in the Age of Surveillance: Meg Mott (Political Theory) is joined by alumnus Aaron Kisicki '02 as they take a look at pressures on the Fourth Amendment under the PATRIOT Act and what strategies Hobbes and Locke might offer.


Dalrymple 38

Research & The Plan of Concentration: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle (Literature) and Emily Alling (Library Director) explore rapidly evolving research techniques and the effect on Plan outcomes. Teta Hilsdon ’87 joins in with an alumna’s perspective.

Library 102

Sustainability at Marlboro: Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee Matt Ollis (Math) and The Marlboro Greenhouse architect Kenny Card ’10 discuss environmental sustainability, both in the curriculum and as part of campus life.

Science Building 221

From Plants to MedicineDrug Discovery: Join Allison Turner ’99 (science lab coordinator) and junior Daniel Zagal for a whirlwind tour of how we discover healing medicines in the plants we grow and the food we eat.

Gander World Studies Lounge

Life After Marlboro: An alumna of both the undergrad & graduate programs, strategic planning specialist and MC Graduate School faculty Cheryl Eaton '89 will talk about how her undergraduate liberal arts degree prepared her for a varied career path. Caleb Clark (Chair, Educational Technology, MAT, Graduate and Professional Studies) will be available to answer questions about scholarship opportunities.


Dalrymple 38

Different Paths, One Goal?: Join Amer Latif (Religion)and Travis Wilmot 2014 for a presentation on and discussion of the perennial question: Are various religious traditions different paths that lead to the same goal? Come offer your own answer!

Science Building 112

“Kitchen Chemistry”From the Big Picture to Molecules of DNA Join Todd Smith (Biochemistry), senior Bryon Musante, and alumna Morgan Ingalls ‘10 for a biochemistry demonstration and a hands-on "kitchen chemistry" mini-lab in which you will extract DNA from plant tissue.

Gander World Studies Lounge

Global Studies: Seth Harter (History & Asian Studies) and Chelsea Ferrell (Director of Int’l Services) moderate a student-led discussion on opportunities for studying abroad while at Marlboro. Alumna Becky Catarelli '04 will be on hand with her personal recollections and perspective. 

LUNCH in the Dining Hall, 11:30-1:30
Please refer to the lunch ticket you will receive at Registration and attend at that time.


Dalrymple 38

To Act Responsibly Within a Self-Governing Community": Brandon Batham (Town Meeting Treasurer) and Daniel Kalla (Head Selectperson), along with other Selectboard members, discuss this quote from Marlboro’s Mission Statement in the context of our Town Meeting structure.

Dalrymple 43

Movies From Marlboro: Juniors Reily Mumpton, Saskia GirammaJake Morely will lead a Q&A after a screening of a behind-the-scenes documentary about last year’s Kingdom County Productions & Marlboro College collaborative movie creation Northern Borders.


Whittemore Theater

Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, a published poet, invites you to join her
and other Marlboro community writers for some sweet readings of their original works.

3:30 PM - Wrap up the afternoon with SOCCER as only Marlboro can play it!

Zimmerman Field   *   Come cheer on the team!

Other Things To Do

Various times   Outdoor activitiesmay be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

10:00-4:00 - Marlboro CAMPUS STORE Open

The campus store offers Marlboro College memorabilia and clothing, school, art and residential supplies, and
a selection of fiction, nonfiction and reference materials including works by Marlboro faculty and alumni.
The store is managed by Marlboro alumna Rebecca Bartlett ‘79.
Check, cash, MasterCard, VISA and Discover accepted. 

Whittemore Theater Climbing Wall Open Noon - 2:00

Wall stewardess Kendall O’Connell 2014 and other student monitors will be on hand to help you try out the Climbing Wall. No one is too young or too old!

Science Building Breath of Fresh Vermont Air Hike 12:30 - 1:30

Meet at the south entrance of the science building for a gentle hike to the MacArthur Observatory with Sara Salimbeni (Physics). In 1988, graduate Walter Bennett renovated the observatory as part of his Plan of Concentration. It was upgraded again in 2008 by then adjunct faculty Jonathan Franklin '03.

Marlboro Farm & Greenhouse Tour and Q&A with the People Whose Dream Became a Reality 12:30 - 1:30

Two of the co-founders, Libby Garofalo ’04 and Jay Snyder ’04, will be on hand to reflect on the farm’s origins, how it has evolved and possibilities for the future.

Baber Perrine, Woodard & the Kiln Shed Arts Studios Open House  9:00 - 4:00

All four of the arts studio spaces are open for you to peruse student works in progress. Enjoy!

Dining Hall Front Lawn Fresh Cider & Cheese Extravaganza  Noon - 2:00

Adam Franklin-Lyons (History) leads the cider pressing brigade whilst Wendy M. Levy ‘97, Cheese Lady Extraordinaire and owner of the Brattleboro Cheese Shop, invites you to sample some of Vermont's finest cheeses.

9:00-4:00 Drury Gallery: an Exhibit by Eva Kwong & Kirk Mangus

With support from the Thomas Thompson Trust, we are thrilled to be presenting works by two artists from far outside our normal geographic region. Long-time friends of Marlboro art faculty Tim Segar, works by Kent State professors and artists Eva Kwong and Kirk Mangus will be on display through October 27. This husband-wife team has sent us an intriguing combination of 2- and 3-dimensional works entitled “Dogs” (Kirk) and “Ova” (Eva). Join Eva at 4pm on Monday October 14 for an artist’s talk in the gallery if you are still in the area!

Dinner on your own. Family members may have their evening meal in the dining hall for a fee.