Weekend Highlights

See Schedule for Specific Times/Locations

Note: Due to construction of the LaRita Boren Campus Center, events typically scheduled in Rediger Chapel/Auditorium have been moved to other areas of campus. Check the full weekend schedule for all locations.

Chapel Featuring Pastor Scott Poling

Scott Poling is Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Oswego, Illinois. Scott and wife Carla have five children including Brynna, a senior at Taylor, and Grason, a junior. Scott graduated from Cedarville University (1990) and Dallas Theological Seminary (1994). Scott enjoys running, hiking in national parks, the Jersey shore, and spending time with family enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Music Events

Enjoy performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, Taylor Sounds, Jazz Combo, Taylor Ringers, Pep Band, faculty and student soloists, and others throughout the weekend.

Class Visitation

Attend classes with your student on Friday. Come prepared to listen and take notes! A listing of all closed classes will be available at Registration.

All That Jazz

Join other parents, students, faculty, and staff for this fun-filled evening event featuring great food, mingling, photo booth, and music by the Jazz Combo. Explore the Green Roof and Legacy ’64 Commons Balcony for fresh night air (weather permitting).

Athletic Events

Enjoy two volleyball matches and a football game on Saturday. Admission charged. Men’s and women’s flag football championships will be held Friday night. No charge.

Playback Theatre

Interactive and spontaneous, playback theatre bases its material on the stories of the community. Performances are carried out by a team of actors, emcee (conductor) and musician. Audience members respond to questions from the conductor, then watch actors and musician create brief theatre pieces on the spot. Later, audience volunteers tell longer stories and choose actors to play the main roles. Playback Theatre draws people together, allows fresh perspectives and is practiced in over 50 countries. Admission charged.

Art Show

Portmanteaux will feature the works of Art Department faculty members Suzie Dittenber and Josh Welker.

Campus Store

The Campus Store in the Student Union will be open Friday and Saturday for Taylor wearables, gifts, cards, books and other items. Look for special Parents and Family Weekend discounts!

Scavenger Hunt

Does your student know trivia like what the oldest building is on campus? Or what shake #13 is on the Ivanhoe’s menu? Complete challenges like these during the weekend and your family could win a great prize.

KSAC Fitness Center and Fieldhouse Open

Families are invited to utilize The Well (fitness center) and field house (lap pool not available and field house closed 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday for team practices). Show your Parents and Family Weekend nametag for entrance.

Residence Halls Open House

Hang out on your Taylor student’s wing/floor and experience a bit of their home-away-from-home during these special open house hours.

Parents and Family Weekend 5K Walk/Run

Enjoy a family-friendly 5K walk or run hosted by the Taylor women’s cross country team. Prizes awarded for several divisions. All registered participants receive a TU shirt, water and snack following the race. Reservations required - $12 participation fee.

Presidential Prayer Brunch and Presidential/Faculty Reception

Join Dr. Eugene Habecker for this inspiration time of prayer and sharing over a delicious brunch, followed by a reception with University leaders and faculty members available to engage and answer questions.

Other Special Meals

Join with other parents, students, and family members for a Harvest Buffet in the Hodson Dining Commons featuring delicious fall-themed selections for your enjoyment. Admission charged.

On Saturday it’s GAME DAY at Taylor! Enjoy a Tailgate Dinner with all of your favorite tailgate food. Stay for the football game and enjoy a fireworks display following the game.  

Cardboard Boat Regatta

This event tests creativity and engineering as teams are given raw materials (cardboard, plastic sheets and duct tape) and one hour to build the best lake-faring vessel. Then, at least one team members boards their creation and the race across Taylor Lake is on! Prizes awarded to the winning team; great participation and spectator event that is fun for everyone. Family teams are encouraged! Reservations required; more information will be e-mailed to participants prior to the event.

Parent Led Prayer Time

Meet at the Memorial Prayer Chapel to start the day in prayer for Taylor University with other parents prior to the Sunday Morning Worship Service.

Sunday Morning Worship Featuring Pastor Scott Hesler

Scott is Senior Pastor of Potomac Baptist Church in Potomac Falls, Virginia. He a graduate of Taylor University (1979) and Dallas Theological Seminary (1983) and enjoys teaching God’s word and equipping leaders. He has been on mission trips to Nigeria, Mexico, the Bahamas, and China. The primary joy of Scott’s life is his family. In 1984 he married Laurie. They have four children: Kaleigh; Elissa; Hayden, a junior at Taylor; and Matthew, whom they adopted from China in 2006. 

Can’t Attend?

The Taylor University Grille offers a variety of Thinking of You care packages. Each is delivered to your student’s residence hall during the week in a decorative bag, box or mug with a personal note. Place your order online here.