Students, Faculty Welcome Visitors During Family Weekend

Published: November 2, 2012

Katherine Corn

Last weekend, students hosted their relatives during the annual Simon’s Rock Family Weekend.

Events available for the busy weekend included Honors Convocation, professor meetings, first-year and alumni panel discussions, and the Provost’s Reception with Peter Laipson at the White House.

“It’s good to have an organized time when everybody can come and the meetings are already set up,” Thomas Schalke ‘12 said, whose parents visited for the weekend and met with his professors.

Family weekend is a Simon’s Rock tradition to help new students’ families adjust to the college, classes and professors.

“We appreciate the opportunity to assure parents that we are here to take care of their young‘uns and to thank them for letting us inspire and educate their students,” said Patty Dooley, Professor in Science, Mathematics, and Computing, who had a full schedule parent meetings over the weekend.

However, Hurricane Sandy impacted the end of this year’s Family Weekend, cancelling many flights for families returning home.

“For next year, we’d like to suggest that [Parent’s Weekend] be closer to the fall break for safer weather conditions,” said. Alexander Schalke, Thomas Schalke’s father, who will remain in Great Barrington for an additional week due to flight cancellation.

Despite the weather, students and their families still enjoyed the weekend.

“It was well organized, and we enjoyed all elements,” Alexander Schalke said.