Pioneer Parents

Welcome to the Carroll family! You and your Pioneer have an exciting journey ahead of you and we want to help you make the most of your experience. Directly below you will find a variety of resources around university events, financial aid, student life experiences and our Pioneer Parent Perspective newsletter. We appreciate the choice your family made in choosing Carroll. You’ve joined a community that will be there when you need us, to answer your questions and provide support to both you and your student.

Below is the schedule for Family Weekend
Friday, September 30  -  Sunday, October 2

Friday, September 30

Dogs, Drones and Dance
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Van Male Plaza | FREE

At this event you have the opportunity to not only learn what students learn on campus in these programs, but also to experience what it’s like to work with dogs on animal behavior training, fly drones, and dance with guidance and finesse. All three “lessons” will be taught at this workshop consecutively.

Habitat for Humanity's Spaghetti Dinner 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Main Dining Room | $5 / person 

See what it's like to eat as a student on campus while supporting Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds benefit this student organization's efforts in providing affordable housing to families in need.

Yell Like Hell Pep Rally
7:00 p.m. | Van Male | FREE 

Ready to get into the Homecoming spirit? Watch our student teams compete at our Yell Like Hell pep rally. 

Pioneer Party
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Raised Grain Taproom | FREE | Refreshments available for purchase

After eating dinner in the MDR, join fellow families, friends, students and alumni at the Raised Grain Taproom (1725 Dolphin Drive | Waukesha) for an evening of celebrating Carroll. Make sure to try the limited-edition Pio Pete Pilsner, brewed by our friends at Raised Grain!

Saturday, October 1

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Meet in Steele and Swarthout Parking Lot | FREE 
Come visit Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental and Education Center and Greene Field Station, utilized for teaching, exploration, and research. Get a guided tour of all this facility has to offer: a center for educational programming and activities on 75 acres of natural springs, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands along Genesse Creek. Transportation to and from the property provided.

Welcome Reception for Vice President of Institutional Inclusion

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall | FREE
Students and families are invited to meet the new Vice President of Institutional Inclusion, Mohammed I.T. Bey, and learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Carroll.

Pastries with Profs
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall Lobby | FREE

Connect with current and emeriti faculty over refreshments.

Pioneer Tailgate | Lot 9
11:00 a.m.

Homecoming Parade
12:30 p.m.

Homecoming Football Game 
2:00 p.m. | Schneider Stadium | $5 / Adult   $3 / Children under 12

Cheer on the Carroll University Pioneers as they compete against Augustana College.

Family Weekend BINGO
6:00 p.m. | Main Dining Room | FREE

Come and join Carroll University’s favorite pastime, playing BINGO! O- 61, O- 74, O-Yeah, it’s going to be great! Awesome swag and prizes awarded to the lucky winners.

Pioneer Party
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Club 400 | FREE

The after party begins here! All families and current students are invited to hang out and celebrate Carroll together. 

Sunday, October 2

Continental Breakfast with President Gnadinger
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. | Humphrey Memorial Narthex | FREE

Stop in for a light breakfast with President Gnadinger before leaving campus. It's one more chance to celebrate together over a full family weekend! A brief service of morning prayer will follow in the Chapel. 

Morning Prayer
8:30 - 8:50 a.m. | Humphrey Memorial Chapel | FREE

This brief service of Morning Prayer will draw on Carroll's Presbyterian heritage and include Celtic liturgy and communal prayers. Families from all religious traditions are welcome. The service will be led by Carroll University Chaplain, the Rev. Elizabeth McCord. 

Bryon's Run/Walk/Roll to Cure Paralysis
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Schneider Stadium | Pre-Registration $25 / Person | Register Here

This run/walk/roll is a combined effort with Carroll University’s Recreational Department and the BRPF to raise both money and awareness for individuals with paralysis. There is a 5K course for runners and an optional 2.5K course for walkers and rollers.


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