Family Weekend

Family Weekend is October 23-25, 2015

Your student has now comfortably settled into SSU daily life and is ready to share it with you! Since most families indicated they didn't want the obligation of following a strict schedule, we have located a variety of events for you to sample. No matter how you choose to spend your weekend we hope you'll take advantage of this time to build some special Seawolf memories and enjoy your student's home away from home.

Check back often as we add more events! If you have questions, please email us at or call 707 664-2838.

Registration is now closed.

Persons with disabilities: the University is committed to full access and reasonable accommodations for all. Please let us know if you or any of your guests have any special needs by contacting the Division of Student Affairs at 707-664-2838 or

Schedule of Events


Friday, October 23

12:30 pm     Men's and Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Stanislaus

Discounted tickets are $2.00, courtesy of SSU Athletics, and can be purchased here.

7:00 pm      The Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents: Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party | Location:  Evert B. Person Theatre

Illinois schoolteacher Harmony Green has told her fourth grade class that Menard County's homegrown hero, Abraham Lincoln, was gay. When Honest Abe is "outed" in a reimagined Christmas pageant, controversy and chaos engulf the town. As things ensue, big-city reporters and Congressional candidates descend upon the countyand family skeletons are forced out of the closet. Top hats and beards abound in this hilarious, poignant, and timely look at prejudice past and present.

Tickets at the door or buy online. Free to SSU students with a current ID.

7:00 pm  Volleyball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills

Discounted tickets are $2.00, courtesy of SSU Athletics, and can be purchased here.

7:30pm   Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert Band | Location: Weill Hall

The ensemeble, under the direction of Dr. Andy Collinsworth, is comprised of SSU's top wind, brass, and percussion students. In addition to performing 4-6 concerts at Weill Hall, the Ensemble regularly performs on tour throughout California. Tickets at the door or buy online. Free to SSU students with a current ID.

Saturday, October 24

9:00 am - 10:00 am Coffee with Librarians | Location: University Library

Did you know that our librarians are academic experts, here to help your students navigate the research process? Parents, family, and students are invited to stop by the University Library, Second Floor, between 9-10 am for coffee and conversation with our welcoming, knowledgeable librarians. If your student has yet to visit the Library, this is a great time to start! For those of you attending brunch, the Library isn't far from The Commons so please stop by on your way. Free to SSU students and families. This event is now closed, but please feel free to stop by and visit the library at your leisure!

NEW!! 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm Tour of the Library's Automated Retrival System | Location: University Library

The Library is offering three tours of their Automated Retrieval System, a robotically-powered, three-story book storage facility at 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm. For those of you who were unable to attend this very popular tour during Orientation please join us Saturday! The viewing area for this tour accommodates 20 people and is free to SSU students and families and registration is required. To register please email us at or call 707 664-2838.

SOLD OUT!  10:00 am Brunch and Check-In | Location: The Commons

Pick up your welcome packet and enjoy brunch with Provost Andrew Rogerson, Vice President for Student Affairs Matthew Lopez-Phillips, and Dean Karen Schneider! Staff from other areas will also be available to answer questions and hear your suggestions and concerns. This is also a great time to connect with other parents and families. Brunch is $12.50 per person and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be available.

SOLD OUT 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Take a Hike! | Location: Fairfield Osborn Preserve

Fairfield Osborn's 460 acres sit at the top of Sonoma Mountain, and is a quick 15 minute drive from the SSU campus. Don't worry if you've never hiked before -- this trip is designed for everyone! A trained docent naturalist will lead you on a tour through a wide range of habitats including, creeks, ponds, marshes, and woodlands. The Preserves are also home to a number of rare and endangered animals. To learn more about the Preserves (including rules for visits and safety guidelines) please visit the Center for Environmental Inquiry. The $25 price includes transportation and lunch. Since the hike is limited to the first 25 people, spaces are sure to go fast! To purchase please visit the box office.

7:00 pm  Hypnotist Paul Ramsay | Location: Ives 101/Warren Theatre

Since 2004 Paul Ramsey has entertained sell-out crowds with "Mind Games" the first truly interactive stage hypnotism show in the world. Mind Games allows the audience to control the show with remote controls and polling software. Everyone participates while directing the volunteer stage performers to react to the whim of the audience! To learn more about Paul please visit  There is no charge for this event presented by Campus Life Programming!

7:30 pm  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble | Location: Weill Hall

Based in London, the ensemble is arguably the best-known chamber orchestra in the world, beloved internationally for its superlative live performances and recordings of the Classical period. Discounted tickets, courtesy of of the Green Music Center, can be purchased here.

Sunday, October 25

11:30 am  Men's and Women's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay

Discounted tickets are $2.00, courtesy of SSU Athletics, and can be purchased here.

Hotel Information

Hotels in Sonoma County are in high demand during the fall. Please see the Visit SSU page for information about local hotels and book early to guarantee room availability.


A one day parking pass will be provided to brunch attendees who register before the 10/16/15 deadline. Visitors needing accessible parking may use any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued placard or plate from any state.