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2021 Fall Family Weekend


Join us on the Landmark College Campus for the 2021 Fall Family Weekend
Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25

This event has always been a treasured and exciting time for families to connect with students, faculty, and staff, and to experience the excitement and expertise within the Landmark College community.


The 2021 Fall Family Weekend schedule is shaping up nicely! Here are some of the programs and activities you can expect to enjoy.

Friday, September 24
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Registration, Strauch Family Student Center, Lobby
Continental Breakfast Available until 1:30 p.m.
Coffee, Tea, Water Available in Lobby until 4:00 p.m.
We request that families check in at Registration upon arrival to campus.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parent/Student/Advisor Meetings with advisors for first and second year students
By appointment prior to arrival: If your student has scheduled an introductory meeting with their advisor, your student will have information regarding the appointment.
10 – 10:30 a.m.
President’s Welcome—Fine Arts Building, Greenhoe Theatre
Dr. Peter Eden, President

How to Get the Most Out of Family Weekend
Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Art Exhibition: Fine Arts Building—Gallery open 9/24 and 9/25
Landmark College Fine and Performing Arts Department Faculty Exhibition
Samuel Rowlett, Associate Professor of Art, Art Gallery and Exhibitions Director

Creative Research is a multimedia exhibition exploring the various modes of artistic expression and scholarly research conducted by members of the faculty of Landmark College’s Fine and Performing Arts department. Featured artists include:
  • Christie Herbert
  • Jen Morris
  • Josh Moyse
  • Derek Parker
  • Humberto Ramirez
  • Samuel Rowlett
  • Charlie Schneeweis
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
What to Expect the First Year, A Follow-up
Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The transition to college is an eventful one with many clear benchmarks and milestones along the way. This workshop will review the patterns of a student’s transition into college and will make suggestions on how parents can support their son or daughter in making the transition. A brief overview of Landmark’s support systems will be provided.
11:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Lunch, Alumni Dining Hall
1 – 2 p.m.
BroadFutures Virtual Live Presentation
Carolyn Jeppsen is the CEO of Broad Futures. She will present virtually on the large screen and invite questions from the audience. It will be an interactive and engaging presentation.
BroadFutures is a nonprofit organization located in Washington, DC, that is revolutionizing the way young people with learning disabilities enter the workforce. Its mission is to empower young adults with learning disabilities through an innovative training, mentoring and paid internship program. Carolyn will provide an overview of BroadFutures including its history, mission, highly supportive program, as well as outcomes and metrics. She will highlight the exciting and credit bearing, paid internship program that BroadFutures offers to Landmark College students. She will also provide case studies on the diversity of internship opportunities as well as the students that BroadFutures serves. Career Connections will also offer a brief overview of the internship for credit process and the supports available to our students who apply to internships.
2 – 3 p.m.
Andy Donahue, Director of Social Pragmatics
Ashlee Charette, Assistant Director of Social Pragmatics

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a once weekly evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated students, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, students are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills. A social mentor assists students in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly socialization homework assignments. This session will be a demonstration of an actual lesson.
2 – 3 p.m.
Transition at College (TaC)—STEM 111
Kelly O’Ryan, Dean of Students; Rob Lutz, Resident Dean & Assistant Director of TaC; Eve Khan, Academic Advisor; Katlyn Brooks, TaC Assistant
The Transition at College (TaC) team welcomes families of students enrolled in the TaC program to gather and learn about the term to date, preview the structure of upcoming team meetings, and explore programming for the rest of the term.
2 – 3 p.m..

What’s Your Major?
An opportunity for students and families to explore major options at LC. Degree program faculty and students will gather at tables under the colonnade outside of the Lewis Academic Building to highlight each of our major options at LC.  Come check out program requirements, student work, and find out what kind of work happens inside and outside the classroom when you are a part of the major.

Programs and locations:    

  • B.A. and A.A. in Liberal Studies: Peg Alden, Professor and Coordinator, B.A. in Liberal Studies
  • B.A. in Psychology: Solvegi Shmulsky, Professor and Program Coordinator, B.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in Studio Art: Jen Morris, Professor of Visual Art and Program Coordinator, B.A. in Studio Art
  • B.A. in Communication & Entrepreneurial Leadership: Jeanette Landin, Associate Professor of Communication and Accounting and Program Coordinator, B.A. in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership (COMEL); Eric Matte, Professor of Communication and Radio Studies; Lee Crocker, Associate Professor of Communication and Literacy.
  • A.A. in Business Studies: Jeanette Landin, Associate Professor of Communications and Program Coordinator, B.A. in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership (COMEL); Liza Burns, Associate Professor of Communication and Literacy.
  • A.S. and B.S. in Computer Science:  John Russo, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Computer Science
  • B.S. and A.S. Life Science:  Brian Young, Associate Professor of Natural Science and Chair of STEM Department
  • A.A. in General Studies: Jill Hinckley, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, School of Education
3 – 4:15 p.m.
The Parenting Journey (continues)
The Counseling Services Staff
Explore some of the challenges of effective communication with your college-aged children. For those family members who were at the Parenting Journey during orientation, join us and let us hear how things are going. This is a chance to share your experiences with other Landmark College parents. In order to create a comfortable environment for all participants, this session is for families only.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Phi Theta Kappa & Golden Key Induction Ceremony
Stephen Glover, Chapter Advisor, Faculty
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Family Weekend Reception, Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center
Families, students, staff and faculty enjoy conversation and delicious hors d’oeuvres
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Dinner Alumni Hall, Dining Hall


Saturday, September 25
8:30 a.m.
Finn’s Fun Run Registration—Click Family Sports Center
Click here for the course map!
9 a.m.
Finn’s Fun Run Begins—Click Family Sports Center
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Registration, Strauch Family Student Center, Lobby
Continental Breakfast Available until 11:30 a.m.
Coffee, Tea, Water Available in Lobby until 4 p.m.
We request that NEW incoming families check in at Registration upon arrival to campus.
Families who registered on Friday need not do so again.
9 a.m. – Noon
WLMC Landmark College Radio Open House—Strauch Family Student Center, Basement
Spend the morning at the College radio station. This open-ended session includes meeting D.J.’s, perusing the expansive library of music, learning the technology, and potentially getting on the air! Come and learn about the radio program here at the college from the experts on the air, the students!
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parent/Student/Advisor Meetings with advisors for first and second year students
By appointment prior to arrival: If your student has scheduled an introductory meeting with their advisor, your student will have information regarding the appointment.
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Global Opportunities
Jessica Lindoerfer, Director of Experiential Education
In 2021–22 we are looking forward to a return to off-campus programs! Hear from Jessica Lindoerfer, Director of Experiential Education, about upcoming opportunities for study away and study abroad.
10 – 10:45 a.m.
LinkedIn 101: A How-To Guide for Getting Noticed in the Right Way
Alumnus Andrew Garcia ’11, Sr. Talent Sourcer at Chewy shares tips and tricks he has learned as a corporate recruiter over the last 7 years, providing a “How to Guide” to get noticed on LinkedIn and some best practices for using career recruitment platforms.
10 – 11 a.m.
ROTO (Reach One, Teach One)
Marc Thurman, Assistant Director of Centers for Diversity & Inclusion
Fabio Arnaldo Ayala, ROTO Facilitator
This special session is for families of students enrolled in the Reach One, Teach One (ROTO) program for African American students. ROTO families are invited to gather with Marc Thurman and Fabio Arnaldo Ayala to learn more about the program and supports available throughout the semester.
10 – Noon
TV Studio Open House, Lewis Academic Building, Basement
Visitors will get a chance to tour Landmark College’s brand new television studio. Take a look inside the control room to get a behind the scenes look of how the magic of live TV unfolds. The tour will be directed by student leader and aspiring TV host, Petar Petrovic.
10 – Noon
LCIRT Open House
Come learn about cutting-edge educational technologies that support neurodivergent students. You’ll also learn about how our current research is enhancing the Landmark College student experience.
11 a.m. – Noon
Keynote: Neurodiversity in The Workplace
John Elder Robison, Visiting Lecturer and Advisor to the Center for Neurodiversity
Best-selling author and advisor/visiting lecturer to the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity, John Elder Robison, shares his personal story and the value he sees in neurodiversity in the workplace.
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Homecoming & Family Weekend Festivities! BBQ Lunch—On the Quad
*Campus Connections—On the Quad
Student Organizations, Pumpkin Painting, VT Gelato, Photo Booth, Games!

*Landmark College Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (LEAP)
Are you interested in Entrepreneurship? Do you have a great idea but are not sure where to go with it? Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Or working on a startup? LEAP—Landmark College Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program is here to help. A multidisciplinary resource for all students from first year to seasoned “old timers” LEAP helps students to realize their passions and follow their dreams.
1 – 2 p.m.
Tax Saving Opportunities Available to Landmark Parents and Students
Russ North, Financial Advisor Wilder Business Service
Because of the nature of Landmark College’s comprehensive program, the cost of sending your student to Landmark College may seem daunting. This session will show you real life examples of how to use the therapeutic tax deduction and various financial strategies to dramatically reduce tuition expenses.
1 – 3 p.m.
Soccer Game: Landmark College vs. Bard College at Simon’s Rock
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Cider & Canvas, Strauch Family Student Center, Café Court
Led by Nicole Pacenka, Assistant Director for Housing Operations & Resident Dean
Relax and paint a fall-themed canvas while sipping cider! Includes all painting supplies, instruction, and cider donuts! Prior registration is required. Click here to register!
2 – 2:45 p.m.
Planning Next Steps: Career Connections with hosted Alumni Career Panel
Jan Coplan Director of Career Connections and Jonathan Steele, Assistant Director of Career Connections 
It is never too late to plan for the future! With that in mind, this session will provide an introduction to the Office of Career Connections and the chance to hear from alumni out in the field. Topics will include services and supports available to students and alumni, and factors to consider when making the transition to a transfer institution or into a career.
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Homecoming Reception/Awards Ceremony, Large Tent on Quad
Tricia Stanley, Carol Nardino
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