Family Day 2014

Over 140 family members enjoyed a day full of academic offerings, cider pressing, a scrumptious community lunch, inspiring alumni, faculty, staff, and student presenters, the climbing wall and more at this year's Family Day, on October 11, 2014. The slideshow below will suggest some of the highlights.

For those of you who were unable to join us, the detailed schedule below is very much what you can expect from this wonderful day on Potash Hill each and every year. Mark your calendar now for next year's event on Saturday, October 10, 2015!

Fall 2014 Family Day schedule

8:30-11:30     Registration / Check-In; Whittemore Theater

9:30-10:00     Welcoming Remarks and Q&A with President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell; Whittemore Theater

10:15-11:00    Concurrent Sessions

  • Dalrymple 42    Logic Scavenger Hunt: Julie Rana '06 (math fellow) and junior Gage Martin talk about their experience collaborating on a summer research project, then lead you on a mathematical scavenger hunt throughout the building. Winners get first, second, and third prizes, so come with your thinking caps on!
  • Dalrymple 38    Writing at Marlboro: Gloria Biamonte (writing and literature), junior Sophie Gorjance, and sophomore Andrew Hart discuss how the Marlboro writing program prepares students for the Clear Writing Requirement.
  • Science 217    Building Gadgets with Microcontrollers: Jim Mahoney (computer science) and Alex Hiam '13 will demo and discuss how the Ardiuno and similar devices have fueled the “maker” DIY (Do It Yourself) culture.

1:15-2:00     Get On The Bus! Explore Marlboro College’s new partnership with Expedition Education Institute outside
of the Farm and Greenhouse. Tour the bus and speak with EEI staff members about the semester away and gap year programs in environmental studies. Discover why “The Bus” is higher ed’s most extraordinary journey.

11:15-noon    Concurrent Sessions

  • Dalrymple 42    “When you call me that, smile"—Vigilantism and the American Narrative: John Sheehy (writing) and Robyn Manning-Samuels '14 explore the American vigilante narrative in westerns, action movies, and modern day comic books through an overview of Robyn's final Plan presentation.
  • Ragle Hall    Making Music at Marlboro: Join music faculty Stan Charkey and Matan Rubinstein as they converse with two current juniors, John Ivers and Felix Jarrar, about their work at Marlboro. John Ivers will discuss his recent composition for string quartet and play a recording of the piece made in Italy last summer. Felix Jarrar will perform live discuss Vallee d'Obermann by Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and perfrom it on piano.
  • Appletree    Greening the Curriculum and the Campus—Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Marlboro: Learn about the new courses and experiential learning opportunities Marlboro has added with Kyhl Lyndgaard (environmental studies, literature, and writing.) Freshman and Environmental Quality Assistant Jocelyn Mitchell will join Kyhl to look at sustainability initiatives aimed at food, transportation, and energy.

11:15-noon     CAMPUS TOUR leaves from Admissions

11:30-2:00    Happenings on the Front Lawn

  • Fresh Cider Pressing
  • Caramel Apples
  • Cheese Tasting courtesy of the Brattleboro Food Co-op
  • Non-Degree Programs info table
  • Student Life info table
  • Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies table

11:30-1:30    Lunch in the Dining Hall: Get a glimpse of Northern Borders screening on the back wall while you eat. Film faculty Jay Craven’s new film starring Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern is a production of the college’s Movies From Marlboro program in collaboration with Kingdom County Productions. It is available for purchase in the Campus Store.

11:30-12:30  Garlic! Garlic! Garlic!: Come on down to the farm & greenhouse where farm managers and seniors Elizaveta Mitrofanova and Megan Stypulkoski will oversee the planting of next spring’s garlic crop. Hands on participation is welcome, or just stroll around. Check out the original building plans & construction display and video in the entry landing.

Noon-2:00    The Climbing Wall is Open: Wall stewardess and senior Kendall O’Connell and other student monitors will be on hand to help you try out the climbing wall. No one is too young or too old!

12:15-1:00    Concurrent Sessions

  • Campus Center   HERE and THERE:  An introduction to the wide range of study abroad opportunities supported by Marlboro College with Seth Harter (faculty director of world studies), Chelsea Ferrell (director of international services), seniors Max Hatfield and Martha Henzy, and alumna Becky Catarelli '04.
  • Library Reading Room    When Do Rights Become Unreasonable? Alumnus Aaron Kisicki '02 and Meg Mott (politics) will present their individual findings on the obstacles that some rights pose to renewable energy and due process.
  • Library 102    A Student's Journey—The Career & Life-Path Center:  Career Development Director Lindsay Guido-Williams will introduce you to the "Do What You Love" fall program and CareerLink, Marlboro's online career center. Sophomore Adam Weinberg and senior Devin Cleary will discuss how they’ve benefited from resources such as the Resume & E-Portfolio course.
  • Woodard Classroom    Groundbreaking Visual Arts at Marlboro:  Ground will be broken next month for the new 14,000-square-foot Snyder Center for the Visual Arts. Faculty members Cathy Osman and Tim Segar will give you a virtual tour. Zoe Holland, '14 joins in with an alum’s perspective on studying visual arts at Marlboro. Current students’ work will be on display.

12:15-1:00     CAMPUS TOUR leaves from Admissions

1:15-2:00    Concurrent Sessions

  • Dalrymple 42    Explanation or Understanding? What is the difference between drawing on science to explain human experience and understanding our lives through the humanities? William Edelglass (philosophy and environmental studies) and senior Aidan Keeva will explore why some philosophers prioritize understanding over explanation, with a focus on the phenomenological tradition, especially Merleau-Ponty.
  • Dalrymple 38    The Best Road Taken—Plan at Marlboro: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle (literature) and Beth Ruane (library director) explore the deep connection between Plan work and library resources. Junior Christian Lampart and senior Effie Loupakis join in with their perspectives.
  • Science 220/221    Skulls, Bones & Behavior: Jaime Tanner (biology) and senior Chandra Wade will guide a hands-on exploration of how the bones and skulls of humans and animals reflect specializations and shared evolutionary history.

1:15-2:00     CAMPUS TOUR leaves from Admissions

2:00-2:45    THE SWEET SPOT in and around the Dining Hall: Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell invites you for delectable desserts and rockin’ to the infectious music of Brattleboro's own, The Snaz. This rising local high school band was a finalist in Studio 360’s High School Battle of the Bands.

3:00-end    Soccer: Come cheer the team on against archrival Bennington College. Zimmerman Field

Drury Gallery open 9:00am-4:00pm  Backscatter: Between Here and There, an exhibit by our Charlemont, MA neighbor, photographer Tom Young. In underwater photography, the term “backscatter” refers to a situation in which external light, either from above or from the photographer’s strobe, illuminates the atmospheric particles between the lens and the subject, obscuring a clear view of the subject. Often perceived as a problem, Tom Young’s photography instead uses backscatter as both metaphor and subject—that very space living between the eye and the subject world in front of the camera. The sequencing in these works builds a non-linear visual narrative where the syntax is seen, and iconography of place provide context.

Campus Store open 10:00am-3:00pm

Potash Grill (in Campus Center) open 10:00am-midnight

Drinking Water locations: Marlboro uses alternatives to disposables whenever possible. You will receive a complimentary water bottle at registration. Please refill it from a fountain or bubbler in the following locations:

  • Campus Center
  • Dining Hall
  • Mather
  • Rice-Aron Library
  • Science Building
  • Serkin Center for Performing Arts
  • Whittemore Theater

The tap water from any faucet on campus is also excellent for drinking.