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An array of activities include a lunch, choir performances, basketball games and more

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Family Weekend 2016 Schedule

Families can meet some of the Family Weekend staff, enjoy some light refreshments, and receive a schedule of the weekend events and tickets for specific performances.

Family Weekend Headquarters

  • Student Recreation Center Lobby (Lawrenceville Campus)
  • Associate Dean of Students Office (Princeton Campus)

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Westminster Schola Cantorum Open Rehearsal
Bristol Chapel (Princeton Campus)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Westminster Schola Cantorum is one of three curricular choirs that form the core of the Westminster experience. Composed of students in their second year of study at Westminster, the ensemble prepares students for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performs and records with the world’s great orchestras.

Westminster Symphonic Choir
Hillman Hall (Princeton Campus)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally known conductor of the last 75 years. The choir has performed more than 350 times with the New York Philharmonic. Dr. Joe Miller is director of choral activities at Westminster. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise “Joe Miller’s Westminster Symphonic Choir was subtle when asked and powerful when turned loose.” – The New York Times.

Westminster Chapel Choir Open Rehearsal
Location: St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church (214 Nassau Street)
1–2 p.m.

The Westminster Chapel Choir is composed of first-year students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Each fall the ensemble performs at Westminster’s Family Weekend Concert and at “An Evening of Readings and Carols.” Founded in 1949, the Westminster Chapel Choir takes its name from Westminster’s rich history of leadership in the field of sacred music and from the time when the choir sang in campus chapel services.

Westminster Williamson Voices Open Rehearsal
Bristol Chapel (Princeton Campus)
4:30-6 p.m.

The Westminster Williamson Voices is a highly select ensemble that emphasizes world music and the music of our time.  It is named for Westminster’s founder, John Finley Williamson, who believed that choral music performed at the highest level should be accessible to all.

Westminster Choir Open Rehearsal
Hillman Hall

4:30-6 p.m.

Setting the standard for choral excellence for 94 years, the Westminster Choir is one of five auditioned ensembles at Westminster Choir College.  It has been the chorus-in-residence Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The ensemble’s season includes a concert tour, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton and its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA.

ODK Induction Ceremony
Gill Chapel (Lawrenceville Campus)
7 p.m.

The Rider Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, invites inductees and their families to celebrate the leadership contributions of our newest members with this formal ceremony to officially welcome them to the Circle.

Bronc Bingo
Cavalla Room (Lawrenceville Campus)
8 p.m.

For Family Weekend a special version of the game has been designed.  Families and students can play to win prizes and enjoy this exciting weekend activity. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association.

Ice Hockey vs. Penn State
Loucks Ice Arena, Lawrenceville School
8:30 p.m.

Artist You Should Know featuring The Voice's Dez Duron
Bart Luedeke Center Pub (Lawrenceville Campus)
9:30 p.m.

A live performance from The Voice finalist Dez Duron with support from our top student singers!

Music from rising local musicians while enjoying the iconic atmosphere of the Rider Pub. 18 to enter, 21 to drink.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rider and Westminster Legacy Family Breakfast
Mercer Room, Daly Dining Hall (Lawrenceville Campus)
9–10:30 a.m.

Alumni who are the parents or grandparents of a Rider or Westminster student are invited to celebrate their dual connection to the University.

Leadership Development Program Induction Ceremony
Bart Luedeke Center Theater (Lawrenceville Campus)
9 a.m.

The Center for the Development of Leadership Skills formally inducts new members into Rider’s Leadership Development Program.

Study Abroad Family Session
Sweigart Auditorium
10:30 a.m.

Come to the Study Abroad Family session to learn more about how your student can study abroad with Rider. Short-term study abroad, semester study abroad and internships abroad will all be addressed. Please come by and get all your questions answered about study abroad at Rider.

Piano Master Class
Bristol Chapel (Westminster Campus)
11 a.m.

Observe students receiving individualized instruction with Phyllis Lehrer, Professor.

Family Luncheon
Student Recreation Center (Lawrenceville Campus), Dining Commons (Princeton Campus)
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. 

A complimentary lunch for students and families with entertainment for the Little Broncs provided by the Residence Hall Association.

Volleyball vs. St. Peters
Alumni Gym

Enjoy watching an exciting game of volleyball as the Broncs take on the Peacocks!

RU Serving
Student Recreation Center Atrium (Lawrenceville Campus)
1–3 p.m.

The Office of Service Learning invites families to help us build our caring community by participating in easy on-site service projects that benefit local families in Trenton. Rider families are asked to bring items to help us start creating our Thanksgiving Baskets.

A complete Thanksgiving Basket is made up of the following items: canned vegetables, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, juice, baked beans, canned fruit or applesauce, spaghetti sauce, pasta products, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, tuna, rice, $20 for the turkey and pie.

Voice Master Class
Bristol Chapel (Westminster Campus)
1 p.m.

Observe students receiving individualized instruction focusing on performance technique with Margaret Cusack, Professor and Chair of Piano and Voice Department.

Comic Juggler Ivan Pecel Performance
Bart Luedeke Center Theater (Lawrenceville Campus)
2 p.m.

An awe-inspiring performance from the amazing comic-juggler best known as a contestant on America’s Got Talent.

Ice Hockey vs. Penn State
Loucks Ice Arena, Lawrenceville School
3:30 p.m.

School of Fine & Performing Arts Showcase
Bart Luedeke Center Theater (Lawrenceville Campus)
4-5 p.m.

Featuring performances from the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Music Theater Practicum, scenes from White ChristmasShe Kills Monsters, as well as highlights from the Dance Department.

Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game
Alumni Gym (Lawrenceville Campus)
4 p.m.

Experience the marvel that is the Rider Men’s Basketball team as they compete in an exhibition game for the Rider community.  Obtain your tickets at Family Weekend Headquarters.

Family Feud
Bart Luedeke Center Theater (Lawrenceville Campus)
7-9 p.m.

100 Rider students were asked….“What are you going to do with your family during Family Weekend?” Survey says… “Win prizes during Family Feud!” That’s right…Recreation Programs is hosting another game show to add to our repertoire (Price is Right, Minute to Win It, etc.) and we’re asking Rider families to come have a great time with us while competing in this popular game show. All you need is 3-5 “family/friends” to enter into the game and we’ll take it from there.

Westminster Chapel Choir Concert
St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Princeton
7:30 p.m.

The Westminster Chapel Choir is composed of first-year students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Conducted by Amanda Quist, it will perform classic and contemporary choral works.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Dining Commons (Princeton Campus), Daly Dining Hall (Lawrenceville Campus)
11 a.m.

Families can "pay at the door" and enjoy a meal in the Dining Commons or Daly Dining Hall.

Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game
Alumni Gym (Lawrenceville Campus)

Experience the marvel that is the Rider Women’s Basketball team as they compete in an exhibition game for the Rider community. 

Area Hotels

Spring Hill Suites Ewing Township/Princeton South
1000 Charles Ewing Blvd., Ewing, NJ 08628

Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
3499 US Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ 08540

Comfort Inn Lawrenceville
3270 US Route 1 North, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Courtyard by Marriott
US Route 1 & Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

Homewood Suites Princeton
3819 US Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton Hampton Inn
4385 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540

Family Weekend Restaurants

Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
Hamilton, NJ

Candela's Pizzeria
22 Lawn Park Ave
Lawrenceville, NJ

Doc's Bar & Grill at Colonial Bowling and Entertainment
2420 Brunswick Ave
Lawrenceville, NJ

Enzo's La Piccola Cucicna
1906 Princeton Ave
Lawrence Township, NJ


North End Bistro
354 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ

Osteria Procaccini
7 Tree Farm Rd, Suite 101
Pennington, NJ

PJ's Pancake House
154 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ

Purple Cow Ice Cream
2685 Main St
Lawrenceville, NJ

Tastee Sub Shop
1161 Lawrence Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ

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