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“Expanding Your Mind” will be the theme of Lafayette College's annual Family Weekend Oct. 1-3. Open classrooms and facilities, guided tours of the campus, sporting events, musical entertainment, and other events will bring alive the Lafayette Experience for visiting families. Tours of some of Easton's historic and noteworthy buildings also will be available.

A centerpiece of the weekend will be the dedication of Conway House, a new residence for first-year students, at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. Conway House features a close-knit, community setting in which residents participate in academic and social activities specially designed for first-year students. It is named for brothers Arthur W. Conway, Lafayette Class of 1968, and William J. Conway, Class of 1970, in honor of their joint $1 million gift to the Lafayette Leadership Campaign. The Conways are co-chief executives of DialAmerica Marketing, Inc., Mahwah, N.J.

Other Friday events will include open classrooms and facilities, guided campus tours, women's volleyball, James Taylor tribute musician Dave Binder, and a concert by the Chorduroys and Cadence, Lafayette's a capella singing groups.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, offerings will include interactive faculty forums, a look at important changes at Lafayette from President Arthur J. Rothkopf, open houses, guided tours of Easton and the Weyerbacher microbrewery, and renowned mentalist Craig Karges. Panel discussions will focus on career planning, study abroad opportunities, and academic opportunities beyond the classroom. The field hockey team will host Patriot League rival Holy Cross at noon and the football team will take on Ivy League foe Dartmouth at 1:30 p.m.

The program on Sunday, Oct. 3., will begin with tours of the Chateau Chavaniac, modeled after and named for the birthplace of the Marquis de Lafayette. Families also can take advantage of campus tours, brunch, local and campus religious services, and a campus landscape tour, where participants will learn about the history and unique qualities of some of Lafayette's 120 species of trees. There will be a baseball game against Moravian, a Weyerbacher Brewery tour, and an early afternoon performance by Lafayette's Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.

On all three nights of Family Weekend, Lafayette College Theater will stage Working, a musical based on Studs Terkel's prize-winning book of the same name, at 8 p.m. in the black box theater of the Williams Center for the Arts. Directed by Michael O'Neill, director of theater, Working celebrates the diversity and commitment of Americans in everyday occupations. For information call 610-330-5009.

Weekend registration — which includes a picnic, all open houses, exhibits, panels, activities and most entertainment — costs $10 per person; $6 for those over 60 or under six years old. For further information, call the Office of Student Activities, 610-330-5337, or the Office of Parents Programs, 330-5030.

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