Family Weekend 2016

September 30 - October 2, 2016


Family Weekend 2016

Stonehill College hosts an annual campus-wide celebration of Stonehill students and their families each fall. Family Weekend is filled with fun and exciting events for the entire family. Be sure to check in periodically as new information will be posted as the date approaches.

2016 Schedule - Download Schedule

Registration for Family Weekend is closed at this time. Tickets to the football game and PLAYERS Club Steppers can be purchased at those events on Saturday. Families are still welcome to come to campus and participate in the majority of the events listed.  If you have questions, please call the Office of Student Activities at 508-565-1308.

Weather Forecast. It looks like it might be a wet Family Weekend. Please note that the 5K Road Race will still continue rain or shine. The Fan Zone activities have been moved into the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Volunteer opportunities at the Caves have been cancelled due to the rain.  We will provide any updates on this web page if any event status changes.

Registration Area
The Roche Dining Commons Information Desk serves as the Registration Area for the weekend. Pre-ordered tickets may be picked up here as well as a printed list of area restaurants. Families do not necessarily have to check-in at the Registration Area, but are welcome to stop by with questions. Hours: Friday, 5 - 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities
This year at Family Weekend, we included 2 service components on the schedule.

  1. The Farm is offering volunteer opportunities on Saturday morning for families and students who would like to spend some time working there. Via community partners and the Mobile Market, the produce reaches the table of about 3,000 individuals or families each season who may not otherwise have access to fresh, organic produce due to a number of social, economic and geographical barriers. All volunteer spots have been filled at this time.
  2. The Stonehill Caves. Families and students have the chance to participate in the cleanup of the cave's found on Stonehill's property, as well as learn a bit more about the geographic history of the College. Unfortunately due to weather, this event has been cancelled.

Friday, September 30

  • 6:00 p.m. Men's Rugby vs. Bentley University
    Rec Fields
    Come on out to cheer on our Men's Rugby team!

  • 8:00 p.m. Women's Rugby vs. Roger Williams University
    Rec Fields
    Come on out to cheer on our Women's Rugby team!

  • 8:30 p.m. BINGO! – Family Weekend Edition
    Commons A, Roche Dining Commons
    A Family Weekend favorite, BINGO! Night is an evening of awesome prizes and lots of family fun. Snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be open for those who are over the age of 21.

Saturday, October 1

  • 8:30 a.m. 9th Annual Family Weekend 5K Race
    May Pavilion, Shields Science Center
    Lace up your sneakers and start your day at the annual Family Weekend 5K Road Race sponsored by Stonehill’s Office of Health and Wellness. Registration is $20 pre-race or $25 on the day of the race. Check-in and day-of-race registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on the May Pavilion. A walking division is available this year and will start at 8:15 a.m.; runners begin at 8:30 a.m. A portion of proceeds is donated to a local community organization.

  • 10:30 a.m. Open Dance Rehearsal
    Ballet/Dance Studio - Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
    Stoneworks, Stonehill's dance company, will be performing a technique class and rehearsal for families to watch.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Farm Open House
    The Stonehill Farm (located across from the Rte 138 entrance on the Ames Clock Farm)
    Tours, volunteer opportunities and a conversation about food justice!  Muffins made with local ingredients and Fair Trade coffee will be served. Come learn about the work on the farm and maybe even take home some honey from our very own bees ($10/jar).
    Volunteer Opportunity! The Farm welcomes families and students the chance to work on The Farm during Family Weekend.  Families may select from 2 time slots in which to volunteer: 11-11:30 and 11:30-12. Space is limited to the first 20 adults in each time slot. Children are welcome as well but are not included in the count. All volunteer spots have been filled at this time.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 0p.m. Caves Clean-up
    The Stonehill Caves (meet across from the New Hall residence hall main entrance)
    Come hear about the history of Stonehill, walk along some nature trails, and help cleanup the natural caves found on Stonehill's property. Unfortunately due to the weather, this event has been cancelled.

  • 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch/Lunch (on your own, or through the Roche Dining Commons)
    Roche Dining Commons Main Cafeteria
    Families and students can enjoy brunch and lunch items Saturday and Sunday morning in the Roche Dining Commons cafeteria, and enjoy entertainment by student performance groups. The average cost of the brunch is $10. Items are à la carte (cash only). Families and students may also enjoy eating out at one of our many local restaurants.

  • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. College Bookstore Open
    Look for the purple awning attached to Boland Hall!

  • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Concert Ensemble Open Rehearsal
    Alumni Hall
    An open rehearsal is an opportunity for music enthusiasts to see what happens behind the scenes at a rehearsal.  We will be working on our music just as we do during our weekly practices.  You may observe as an audience member or you may bring your instrument and sit in with us!

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Shovel Collection Open House
    Cushing Martin
    Enjoy a self-guided tour of Stonehill’s famous shovel collection and archival papers of the Ames Family and the Ames Shovel Company.

  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Health and Wellness Resource Table
    Wellness Center, Roche Dining Commons
    Staff will be available to answer questions about health and wellness at Stonehill College. Information will also be available to build awareness about the Meningitis B vaccine.

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fan Zone
    Sports Complex
    Food trucks, games, Skyhawk spirit, and much more!  Enjoy a festive atmosphere with Stonehill students and families throughout the day at the Fan Zone!  Get pumped up for the home athletic games or just enjoy the a chance to be with your family. Food Trucks (Boston's Baddest Burger and the Cod Squad ) take both cash and credit card.

  • 11:30 a.m. A Cappella Performances
    Roche Dining Commons A
    Always a popular event at Family Weekend, the two student a cappella groups will entertain families during brunch in the Roche Dining Commons. Girls From The Hill will perform at 11:30 a.m.; Surround Sound will perform at 12 p.m.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. GenOne Family Luncheon
    Cleary Dining Room, Roche Dining Commons
    This luncheon is an opportunity for first-generation college students and their families to get together and connect with one another.  We create this space to celebrate first-generation college students as well as the families for their support of their students endeavors to pursue higher education. You will have a chance to also meet staff from Intercultural Affairs as well as students from the GenOne Dialogue Group, a support group for first-generation college students. While registration is closed for this event, if you are still interested in attending, please call the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 508-565-1409.

  • 12 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Saint Michael's College
    Skyhawk Field
    Support the Women's Soccer team during this home event!

  • 1 p.m. Football vs. Merrimack College
    W.B. Mason Stadium
    Put on your purple and come out in support of your Skyhawks football team. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for non-Stonehill students, and free for children 12 and under. Stonehill students get in free with their Hill Cards. Tickets are available to purchase at the game.

  • 1 p.m. Volleyball vs. Saint Michael's College
    Merkert Gymnasium
    Come on out and support the Volleyball team during this home event!

  • 4 p.m. Chapel Choir Concert
    Chapel of Mary
    After the game, head over to the Chapel of Mary and listen to Stonehill's Chapel Choir.  Always a favorite with students at the weekly 7 p.m. mass on Sunday, the Chapel Choir will perform selections from their repertoire.

  • 4 - 6 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception for Business Majors and Their Families
    Martin Institute Auditorium.
    Join us for this reception and in helping build the best in business education! As families of a Stonehill student majoring in business, we invite you to become involved in the College and strengthen connections with the Stonehill community. As a member of the Stonehill Parents & Business Education Alliance, you will become more connected to Stonehill and be part of the excitement and growth of the College. Join other families, faculty and staff at social functions, provide internship and employment opportunities and mentor students with career planning, and/or volunteer to speak to a class, student business club, or as part of our Executive Speaker Series.

  • Dinner on your own, or through the Roche Dining Commons Cafeteria
    Families and students can enjoy dinner in the Roche Dining Commons cafeteria (5-6:30 p.m.) The average cost of dinner is $12. Items are à la carte (cash only). Families and students may also enjoy eating out at one of our many local restaurants.

  • 8 p.m. P.L.A.Y.E.R.S. Club Steppers
    Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
    Standing for Participating in the Lives Among Youth to Educate and Restore Society, the Bronx based group shows its audience a whole new side of stepping that goes deeper than most would think. The Club Steppers have performed as fifteen time winners on Showtime at the Apollo, Americas Got Talent semifinalist, NBA All-Star Weekend, Soul Train Music Awards in 2001, World Tour with Alicia Keys and Beyonce, and an incredible achievement of a performance at the White House. Tickets are $5 (students 12 years and younger are free). Stonehill students get in free. Tickets are available to purchase at the door.

Sunday, October 2

  • 11 a.m. Family Weekend Mass
    Shields Science Center, Pettit Atrium
    All students and families are welcome and encouraged to attend Stonehill’s regular Sunday morning Mass.

  • 12 - 2 p.m. Not A Very Brady Brunch
    Roche Dining Commons
    Following Mass, please join us for a Sunday Brunch in the Roche Dining Commons cafeteria. Pumpkin pancakes and other brunch items will be featured through the cafeteria line. The average cost of the brunch is $10 (cash only). Items are à la carte.
    Beginning at 12:30, the SGA Special Events Committee will sponsor free tailgating appetizers in preparation for the 1 p.m. New England Patriots game vs. the Bills in Dining Commons A. Tailgate munchies available while they last.

  • 2 p.m. Blessing of the Pets
    Alumni Hall Lawn
    St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Christians everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th by having their pets blessed in the spirit of this saint. Alumni Chaplain Anthony Szakaly, C.S.C. invites Stonehill alumni and families to bring their pets for a special prayer service and blessing. Light refreshments will be available. All animals must be under the control of their owners at all times (i.e. leashed, crated, carried, caged, harnessed, etc.) and are the responsibility of the owner.  Please be courteous and bring only well behaved and sociable pets. Attendees are also invited to bring photos of their pets if the pets are unable to attend for any reason.