Athletic Contests, WESeminars, and Other Highlights of 2018 Family Weekend

Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19 shares a hug with her parents, Leslie Goldfarb Terry and Al Terry, who visited from Brooklyn, N.Y., during Family Weekend 2018. Leslie and Al enjoy attending WESeminars. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

More than 2,000 parents, family members, friends, and alumni attended Family Weekend 2018 Sept. 28–30 on campus. Activities included campus tours, WESeminar lectures, panel discussions, performances, a Wesleyan Summer Grants showcase, an Alumni and Student of Color Celebration, the 8th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert, the 26th Annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium presenting “Black Phoenix Rising,” and much more.

In Family Weekend athletic news, all four home contests (football, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer) saw hard-fought battles against Hamilton. Hamilton blocked a Wesleyan punt and recovered it in the end zone with just 1:34 to play in regulation as the Continentals stunned the Cardinals, 33-29. Men’s and women’s soccer were both forced into overtime, with the women earning a 1–1 draw, and the men falling 1–0. Field hockey fell by one goal, 2–1, to the 14th-ranked Continentals.

Men’s crew opened up its fall season with a first-place finish in the Collegiate Open 8, taking home the Muncie Cup at the Head of the Riverfront in Hartford, Conn. Volleyball won its second consecutive Little Three Championship following a 3–0 sweep over archival Amherst, and remain perfect in NESCAC play with a 5–0 mark. The women’s cross country team placed 8th of 43 teams at the 45th Annual Paul Short Run, with Becky Lopez-Anido ’21 crossing the finish line 30th of 363 runners. Golf placed 8th at the NESCAC Championship Qualifier. In men’s tennis on Sept. 30, Peter Anker ’22 led the way for Wesleyan at the ITA Regional Championships in Middlebury, Vt., making the quarterfinals in doubles alongside Zach Fleischman ’21 as well as winning a pair of singles matches to make the third round. Victoria Yu ’19 and her sister, Kristina Yu ’22, came away with a winning 6–4, 6–3 win at the New England ITA Regional Doubles Championship.

This weekend, Wesleyan Athletics also collaborated with the Headway Foundation to raise awareness about concussions.

View a selection of images below, or visit the full Family Weekend photo album on Wesleyan Flickr. (Photos by Olivia Drake, Tom Dzimian, Jonas Powell ’18, Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19, and Caroline Kravitz ’19. Additional info provided by Cynthia Rockwell and Mike O’Brien.)

Mary Falls P’22 came in from Nashville, Tenn., to visit son Christopher Falls ’22. The two enjoyed a fire-spinning performance, as well as the WESeminar, “Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship Workshop.” Christopher, a prospective physics major, is the nephew of the late David Mariani ’77, who was a student of Foss Professor of Physics Tom Morgan.

At left, Nalu Tripician ’22 welcomed his family to campus for Family Weekend. “Wesleyan Dad” Carl, mother Karen, Uncles Bill (center rear) and Barry (right, rear), along with siblings, traveled from Longport, N.J., for the event. “We came to see our nephew, of course,” said Bill. Both Bill and Barry enjoyed the talk by President Roth, with Bill noting, “I wish someone had given me that kind of advice when I was in college!” The family had been to the book sale at Olin Library and was headed to Usdan for lunch on Saturday.

Several families brought their dogs to campus for Family Weekend.

Second from left, Shanna Henry Phillips ’22 shares a hug with mother Sherill Henry P’22 and father Alston Phillips P’22 of New York, and originally from Trinidad. Cousins Jenny and Kellem Ravello also enjoyed the weekend visit on the sunny campus. Henry Phillips plans to be a government and theater major.

Andrew Schwartz ’20, received a Family Weekend visit from his parents, Marc and Margot Schwartz of North Caldwell, N.J.

The Wesleyan Cardinal visited football fans prior to the game.

Hamilton College blocked a Wesleyan punt and recovered it in the end zone with just 1:34 to play in regulation as the Continentals stunned the Cardinals at Corwin Stadium Saturday afternoon, 33-29.

Hamilton College blocked a Wesleyan punt and recovered it in the end zone with just 1:34 to play in regulation as the Continentals stunned the Cardinals at Corwin Stadium Saturday afternoon, 33–29.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth '78 spoke during the annual Parents Assembly in Beckham Hall.

Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 spoke during the annual Parents Assembly in Beckham Hall.

The 8th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert, sponsored by the Charles B. Stone, Jr. A Cappella Fund, was held Sept. 30 during Family Weekend.

The 8th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert, sponsored by the Charles B. Stone, Jr., A Cappella Fund, was held Sept. 30 during Family Weekend.

Families gathered to celebrate and recognizing student accomplishments during the Alumni and Student of Color Reception on Sept. 29.

Families gathered to celebrate and recognize student accomplishments during the Alumni and Student of Color Reception on Sept. 29.

Gina and John Driscoll ’62 enjoy the football game. Gina is associate director of alumni and parent relations.

During Family Weekend, the Gordon Career Center hosted an open house and the Wesleyan Summer Grants Showcase. Visitors chatted with students about their summer internship experiences.

Women's soccer tied 1-1 against Hamilton during the Family Weekend contest.

Women’s soccer tied 1–1 against Hamilton during the Family Weekend contest.

Several athletic teams provided food, or sold food, during athletic events.

Families were welcome to attend the WESeminar, "Where On Earth Are We Going: The 16th Annual Symposium of the Robert Schumann Institute of the College of the Environment."

Families were welcome to attend the WESeminar, “Where On Earth Are We Going: The 16th Annual Symposium of the Robert Schumann Institute of the College of the Environment.”

Alumni who are parents and grandparents of current students are invited, along with their children, to be part of this year’s legacy photograph.