Family Weekend

Welcome Families!

We are thrilled to welcome parents and families for a weekend of fun!

At Kalamazoo College we appreciate and value the supporting role that families play in the education of their student. We invite you to enjoy a celebratory and informative weekend at Kalamazoo College.


Navigating Campus During Family Weekend

Accessibility Information

Learn about accessible parking around campus along with barrier free access to campus buildings.
Accessible Parking & Campus Routes

Report an accessibility barrier to HR and Accessibility Services at K. We will address all concerns as soon as possible. Thank you.
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Campus Map

Nearly all events listed in the Family Weekend Schedule have links to the location of events. For a full map visit the Kalamazoo College Campus Map page. Alternatively, maps will be provided at the information table throughout the weekend.


Family Weekend Schedule 2022

Information Table & Bookstore Hours

Friday, November 4th

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Information Table

Location: Hicks Student Center, Atrium

Stop by to access a variety of information about the campus and the wider Kalamazoo community. Pick up schedules, information sheets, things to do in Kalamazoo, maps, a local restaurant guide, and more.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bookstore

Location: Hicks Student Center, Lower Level

Sale- 20% off all Kalamazoo College imprinted items


Saturday, November 5th

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Information Table

Location: Hicks Student Center, Atrium

Stop by to access a variety of information about the campus and the wider Kalamazoo community. Pick up schedules, information sheets, things to do in Kalamazoo, maps, a local restaurant guide, and more.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bookstore

Location: Hicks Student Center, Lower Level

Sale- 20% off all Kalamazoo College imprinted items


Sunday, November 6th

8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Information Table

Location: Hicks Student Center, Atrium

Stop by to access a variety of information about the campus and the wider Kalamazoo community. Pick up schedules, information sheets, things to do in Kalamazoo, maps, a local restaurant guide, and more.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Bookstore

Location: Hicks Student Center, Lower Level

Sale- 20% off all Kalamazoo College imprinted items

Friday, November 4

7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. | Breakfast

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Breakfast Price: $6.10 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tall Book, Small Book, Round Book, Bound Book: Books of all Shapes and Sizes

Location: Upjohn Library Commons, A.M. Todd Rare Book Room, 3rd floor

Come to the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room and enjoy this exhibit, featuring lots of unique items

10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Career Studio Open House

Location: Dewing Hall, Center for Career and Personal Development

Come see the Career Studio in action! Located in the Center for Career and Professional Development in Dewing Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

11-11:50 a.m. | Honors Day Convocation

Location: Stetson Chapel

Kalamazoo College observes Honors Day in the fall quarter of each year, recognizing at convocation those students who have earned honors for the year and those who have won special prizes during the previous academic year.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Lunch

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Lunch Price: $8.15 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

4-5 p.m. | Information Session with the Counseling Center

Location: Hicks Student Center, Banquet Hall

Please join the Counseling Center Interim Director, Patricia Jordenson for an honest conversation about student mental health. During this session you will learn about current trends in college mental health, how to recognize when your student is experiencing mental health struggles, ways to support them, and mental health resources at K.

5:00-7:30 p.m. | Dinner

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Dinner Price: $11.50 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

Evening | Explore Kalamazoo

Pick up a list of shopping, walking, and dining suggestions at the Information Table. For example, the Art Hop was created as a way for local artists, organizations, and businesses to showcase their work and to bring the Kalamazoo community together surrounding a shared love of arts and culture. The event is free for the public to attend, and typically takes place downtown Kalamazoo and in surrounding neighborhoods on the first Friday of the month from February through December.

7:30 p.m. | Theatre Production – Othello, written by William Shakespeare

Location: Light Fine Arts, Nelda K. Balch Playhouse

Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well-being.

In this play, Iago plots revenge on the general Othello after being passed over for a promotion. Iago begins to plant seeds of doubt that Othello’s new wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful to him, curating the perfect storm to make his claims believable. The paranoia surrounding Desdemona and the constant racism Othello faces push him over the edge, leading to disastrous consequences. Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well being. Additional information is available on the Festival Playhouse website.

Note: proof of vaccination is required for all patrons, and masks are required. While payment will be accepted at the door, it is encouraged that people make their reservations on Ludus in advance.

Reserve tickets through the Festival Playhouse online Box Office or by calling 269.337.7333

Saturday, November 5

7:30-10 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Breakfast Price: $6.10 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

9-9:50 a.m. | Guide to Study Abroad/Away for Families

Location: Hicks Student Center, Banquet Room

What do parents of first and second-year students need to know about study abroad? Presented by Center for International Programs Associate Director, Alayna Lewis.

10-10:50 a.m. | Career Development at K: Partnerships and Practice

Location: Hicks Student Center, Banquet Room

Learn about the College’s commitment to integrating career exploration and development throughout a student’s four years at K, including how parents and others can get involved, from CCPD Director, Tricia Zelaya-Leon.

Coffee, tea, and donut holes will be available

10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Tall Book, Small Book, Round Book, Bound Book: Books of all Shapes and Sizes

Location: Upjohn Library Commons, A.M. Todd Rare Book Room, 3rd floor

Come to the A.M. Todd Rare Book Room and enjoy this exhibit, featuring lots of unique items

11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. | Brunch

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Brunch Price: $8.15 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

5-7 p.m. | Dinner

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Dinner Price: $11.50 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

7:30 p.m. | Theatre Production – Othello, written by William Shakespeare

Location: Light Fine Arts, Nelda K. Balch Playhouse

Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well-being.

In this play, Iago plots revenge on the general Othello after being passed over for a promotion. Iago begins to plant seeds of doubt that Othello’s new wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful to him, curating the perfect storm to make his claims believable. The paranoia surrounding Desdemona and the constant racism Othello faces push him over the edge, leading to disastrous consequences. Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well being. Additional information is available on the Festival Playhouse website.

Note: proof of vaccination is required for all patrons, and masks are required. While payment will be accepted at the door, it is encouraged that people make their reservations on Ludus in advance.

Reserve tickets through the Festival Playhouse online Box Office or by calling 269.337.7333

9 p.m.-12 a.m. | Saturday Night Zoo After Dark

Location: Hicks Student Center

Join the Office of Student Activities for their Saturday night series program, this week featuring comedy magician Alan Smola!

Sunday, November 6

All Day | Explore Kalamazoo

Pick up a list of shopping, walking, and dining suggestions at the Information Table.

Various Times | Worship Services

The city of Kalamazoo provides a rich variety of places of worship for a variety of faith traditions. A list is available at the Information Table. Service times vary with the season, so we recommend calling your preferred institution for the service schedule.

11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. | Brunch

Location: Hicks Student Center, Welles Dining Hall

Welles Dining Hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of options which include: Stone Fired Pizza, Chef’s Exhibition Line, Regional Cuisine Corner, Soup, Salad & Deli Bar, The Grill & the Vegan and Vegetarian Selection, and allergen sensitive area.

Brunch Price: $8.15 per person – Family members pay at the entrance

Open 1-9 p.m. | Book Club Cafe

Location: Upjohn Library Commons, 1st floor

Stop by the first floor of the Upjohn Library and allow one of our baristas to serve you a cup of Kalamazoo Coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or a specialty espresso. Choose from fast grab-and-go options including pastries, house-made salads, sandwiches and sides. Our blends are purchased from Kalamazoo Coffee Company which roasts its entire blend in small batches with their Probat coffee roaster and handpicks organic Michigan fruit to add flavor to their local teas

2 p.m. | Theatre Production – Othello, written by William Shakespeare

Location: Light Fine Arts, Nelda K. Balch Playhouse

Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well-being.

In this play, Iago plots revenge on the general Othello after being passed over for a promotion. Iago begins to plant seeds of doubt that Othello’s new wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful to him, curating the perfect storm to make his claims believable. The paranoia surrounding Desdemona and the constant racism Othello faces push him over the edge, leading to disastrous consequences. Reflecting our 59th’s season’s theme, Mental Health Matters, this show demonstrates the importance of communication, trust, and respect and the impact they have on our mental well being. Additional information is available on the Festival Playhouse website.

Note: proof of vaccination is required for all patrons, and masks are required. While payment will be accepted at the door, it is encouraged that people make their reservations on Ludus in advance.

Reserve tickets through the Festival Playhouse online Box Office or by calling 269.337.7333

Open 6-9 p.m. | The Richardson Room

Location: Hicks Student Center

The Richardson Room offers a variety of options including an extensive deli line with a wide variety of toppings and homemade soup. Also available is a selection of grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and beverages.


Questions

Questions about Family Weekend can be directed to Dana Jansma at Dana.Jansma@kzoo.edu. We look forward to seeing you on campus in September!