2015 MIT Family Weekend Schedule

The MIT Parents Association looks forward to welcoming you to campus for Family Weekend!

Schedule is subject to change. Please check your Family Weekend Program Book when you arrive for the most up to date schedule.

Friday, October 23, 2015

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-in
Stratton Student Center (W20), 3rd floor, Coffeehouse Lounge

8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Hospitality Lounge
Stratton Student Center (W20), 3rd floor, Balcony

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tour Center
Kresge (W16), Lobby
Glimpse behind the scenes at MIT laboratories and facilities to learn about the latest research by world-renowned faculty. Sign-up on site for morning and afternoon tours.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Open Classes
See MIT's world-class faculty in action.

9:00–11:00 a.m.
Gordon Engineering Leadership Program Informational Table
32-124
The Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program develops tomorrow's engineering leaders. Each year, more than 120 MIT undergraduates learn about engineering leadership through its innovative experiential and theoretical coursework, and practice and reflection exercises. The approach is cohort-based, highly interactive, and continually shaped by input from students, educators and industry.

10:30–11:15 a.m.
Achieving Excellence: MIT Athletics and the Student Experience
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)
With 33 varsity sports, MIT provides the most intercollegiate offerings among Division III institutions in America. In 2014-15, the Engineers finished 3rd  in the annual Learfield Director’s cup standings, the top finish ever by the Institute. Simultaneously, MIT added to its legacy of producing the most Division III Academic All-Americas (233), and three Engineers were recipients of NCAA Elite 89 Awards (which recognizes the student-athlete with the highest GPA at a national championship event). We invite you to hear from our Director of Athletics, coaches and student-athletes how MIT Engineers balance their pursuit of academic excellence with their drive to compete successfully in athletics.

10:30–11:15 a.m.
Go Global! Panel
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, 20 Chimneys (W20-306)
This panel will help you better understand the range of global opportunities available to students, including internships, study abroad, research, distinguished fellowships, and public service projects. MIT students who have returned from various overseas programs will share their experiences and also help answer questions about how to pursue these opportunities.

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Architecture Department Lunch Reception
Bldg. 7-429 (Long Lounge)
Following the tour of the Collier Memorial (see the Tour Center section), join the Architecture Department (Course 4) faculty, staff, and students for a lunch reception and a Pecha Kucha presentation featuring four of the department’s alumni.

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Nobel Laureate Luncheon* [($) ticket fee]
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)
Enjoy a plated luncheon and hear from Robert J. Shiller, SM ’68, PhD ’72, a 2013 Nobel Prize winner in financial economics. Signed copies of Robert Shiller's most recent book will be available for purchase following the luncheon.

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Gordon Engineering Leadership Program Informational Table
32-124
The Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program develops tomorrow's engineering leaders. Each year, more than 120 MIT undergraduates learn about engineering leadership through its innovative experiential and theoretical coursework, and practice and reflection exercises. The approach is cohort-based, highly interactive, and continually shaped by input from students, educators and industry.

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Entrepreneurship Panel
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)
Countless MIT students have discovered that learning about entrepreneurship while at MIT has enriched their educational experience. Hear about the resources that are available for students to start companies while completing their degree programs.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Digital Learning at MIT: A Live Experiment in Improving Education
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)
Recent innovations in teaching methods, educational technologies, and open access have created an exciting opportunity to improve how students at MIT and around the world learn.  In this presentation, Sheryl Barnes, Program Manager for Digital Learning in Residential Education in the Office of Digital Learning at MIT, will describe how MIT is using digital learning to improve the education of students at MIT and globally.

2:00–4:00pm
Office of Minority Education’s “BFF” Open House
Bring Friends and Family to the OME

4-107 (The OME Suite)
Meet the OME staff and students, learn about OME programs, and enjoy some delicious refreshments.  Win great door prizes as well.  Please join us and bring a friend or family member!

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show
6-120
Come and see ClubChem: The MIT Undergraduate Association chemists perform amazing demonstrations! Explore the chemical magic in our everyday lives and get hands-on experience with techniques used in the modern chemistry laboratory.

3:30–5:00 p.m.
Department Receptions
Meet department faculty, staff, and students, and learn about your student's major or prospective field of study.

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show
6-120
Come and see ClubChem: The MIT Undergraduate Association chemists perform amazing demonstrations! Explore the chemical magic in our everyday lives and get hands-on experience with techniques used in the modern chemistry laboratory.

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Active Minds: QPR and Q&A
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, 20 Chimneys (W20-306)
Active Minds is a student-led initiative that increases the conversation around mental health and decreases the stigma surrounding mental illness. Join students and staff members for a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevent training, and learn the three simple steps to identify suicide risk and ask the questions that can save lives. There also will be time for questions and answers with the group.

5:00–6:30 p.m.
Senior Class Toast*
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)
The Class of 2016 and their families are invited to join the MIT Alumni Association for a reception and sparkling toast.

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Annual Family Weekend Concert: Wind Music from Across the Pond and Jazz from the Americas
Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)
MIT Wind Ensemble & MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., music director. This annual MIT event will feature music of Vaughn Williams, Haydn Wood, Schuman, Monk, Mingus, and Hermeto Pascoal.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Registration/Check-in
Stratton Student Center (W20), 3rd floor, Coffeehouse Lounge

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Chocolaty Breakfast* [($) ticket fee]
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, Lobdell Dining Hall (W20-208)
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with the MIT Lab for Chocolate Science. Learn about the science of making perfect chocolate and sample tasty confections.

9:30–11:00 a.m.
Campus Conversations: Greetings & Panel Discussion
Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)
Hear welcome remarks from Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart followed by a panel discussion that will address student health and well-being at MIT. Panelists will include representatives from MIT Medical, MIT Police, Residential Life & Dining, Student Outreach and Support, and Student Support Services.

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Joint Services ROTC Open House
W59
Join the Army ROTC, Navy ROTC, and Air Force ROTC for a joint services open house where you can meet with staff and tour the offices and classrooms. Lunch refreshments will be offered.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Family Weekend Fair
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)
Enjoy performances by student groups, meet group representatives, get your picture taken in the photo booth, and enjoy balloon artists and face painting.

3:00–5:00p.m.
Family Weekend Tailgate* [($) ticket fee]
Kresge (W-16) Oval Lawn Area
Pick up some cheer gear and show your MIT spirit in celebration of the many athletic activities that take place during Family Weekend. Tailgate food and soft drinks will be offered.

5:00–7:30 p.m.
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Experience your student's living environment when you attend a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, or independent living groups. See the Family Weekend Program Book for details and check with your student for the time of his or her event (Saturday or Sunday).
*Please note that some groups have scheduled activities outside of this date and time.

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Family Weekend A Cappella Concert*
Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)
Enjoy performances by several of MIT's student a cappella groups.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Experience your student's living environment when you attend a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, or independent living groups. See the Family Weekend Program Book for details and check with your student for the time of his or her event (Saturday or Sunday).
*Please note that some groups have scheduled activities outside of this date and time.

2:00–4:00 p.m.
HallowMIT
Zesiger Center Lobby (W35)
All parents and families are welcome to stop by HallowMIT. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Arts and crafts, games, a juggler and obstacle courses will be taking place throughout the event. No advance sign up required.


*Events with an asterisk are included on the Family Weekend registration form because they have a ticket fee or require pre-registration (all other events are first come, first served).
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