2014 MIT Family Weekend Schedule

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

Note: Pre-registration is now closed. See information about on-site registration and check-in.

We will continue to update the schedule as new additions become available. Please check your Family Weekend Program Book when you arrive for the most up to date schedule. Locations of events will be printed in the Family Weekend Program Book, which you will receive when you check-in on Friday, October 24.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Open Classes
Observe MIT’s world-class faculty in action. Open classes and lectures will be posted on the Family Weekend website in mid-September, or view the list in the Family Weekend program when you arrive.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tours and Presentations
Take a guided tour of MIT laboratories and facilities and learn about the latest research by world-renowned faculty.

10:30 a.m.
Achieving Excellence: MIT Athletics and the Student Experience
With 33 varsity sports, MIT provides the most intercollegiate offerings among Division III institutions in America. In 2013-14, the Engineers finished 8th 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 (218). 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.

Go Global!
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.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
*One-on-One with Elon Musk [ticket required - sold out]
Hear from entrepreneur, inventor, SpaceX CEO/CTO, and Tesla Motors Chief Product Architect Elon Musk who will be the closing speaker for the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium.
Have questions about the Elon Musk event? See the Family Weekend FAQs.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Elon Musk Live Broadcast
Grab lunch in the Student Center and eat it in La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202) while watching the live stream of the talk.

1:30 p.m.
Entrepreneurship Panel
Countless MIT students have discovered that learning about entrepreneurship while at MIT has enriched their educational experience. Hear from students and recent alumni on the resources they used to start companies while completing their degree programs. Kyle Judah, program director of the summer program MIT Global Founders' Skills Accelerator, will moderate the panel.

2:30 p.m.
Digital learning at MIT: An Open and Living Experience
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, Sanjoy Mahajan, Visiting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Acting Director of Digital Residential Education, and Claudia Urrea, Researcher at the MIT Office of Digital Learning, describe how MIT is using digital learning to improve the education of students at MIT.

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

3:30–4:30 p.m. & 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Chemistry Magic Show
Live chemical demonstrations performed by MIT ClubChem students. All are welcome!

5:00–6:00 p.m.
Active Minds: Q&A with MIT Students about Mental Health
Come talk with Active Minds at MIT, a student organization that advocates for education about mental health and mental illness on campus. Active Minds answered parent questions last Spring and would love to talk to parents more about how Active Minds is trying to bring mental health awareness to MIT.

5:00–6:30 p.m.
*Senior Class Toast
Seniors and their families are invited to join the MIT Alumni Association for a reception and sparkling toast to the Class of 2015.

6:00 p.m.
Department of Architecture Lecture
MIT Architecture alumni Lisa Cheng Smith (BSAD 2004) and John Snavely (M.Arch 2008) return to MIT to discuss their own work since graduation as part of a new Alumni Lecture Series. This series of conversations will explore the multiplicity of practices taken on by the alumni of the program. 

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert: Musical Portraits from around the Globe
MIT Wind Ensemble & MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr. music director. Copland, Lincoln Portrait, with MIT President Rafael Reif, narrator; Brahms, Academic Festival Overture; Vaughn Williams, English Folk Song Suite; Special tribute by the Festival Jazz Ensemble in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of MIT AeroAstro, and jazz works by Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Charlie Parker, and others. Free.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

7:30–10:00 a.m.
Registration/Check-in
W20-3rd Floor, Coffeehouse, Stratton Student Center

8:00–10:00 a.m.
Camp Kesem Brunch and Presentation [$5 donation recommended at the door]
Whether the debate of which meal is the most important has been settled or not, no one can deny the benefits of starting the day with good company. Come join Camp Kesem MIT, a completely MIT-student run organization that provides a week-long, sleep away camp completely free of charge to children whose parents have or have had cancer. We hope to see you there!

8:30–9:30 a.m.
*Chocolaty Breakfast [ticket fee - sold out]
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast with the MIT Lab for Chocolate Science. Lab members will discuss the science of making perfect chocolate and offer samples of their tasty confections.

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Conversation with President Reif
Join in a community discussion with L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s 17th president, as he answers questions from current students and the audience about MIT’s mission, values, culture, and priorities.

10:45–11:30 a.m.
From Baker House to Mars
Professor Dava Newman SM ’89, PhD ’92 is an MIT alumna, housemaster, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and expert in the field of aerospace engineering. She will discuss human exploration from Earth to Mars, art and design inspiration for science and engineering, and how MIT students are leaders who change the world.

11:00–3:00 p.m.
MIT Science Fiction Society Library Open House
Visit the MITSFS, the world’s largest open-stack collection of science fiction and fantasy. The library will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and keyholders will be on hand to give tours of their collection of 60,000 books!

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Family Weekend Fair
Enjoy performances by student groups and meet their representatives. Children under 12 can enjoy balloon artists and face painting.

11:45 a.m.
Get Your Cheer Gear!
W34 (entrance facing Kresge), Johnson Athletic Center
Pick up free MIT gear that will help you show your enthusiasm for the Engineers.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate.)
Inspired by the popular TEDtalks model, current MIT students will share how they have turned failure into success and describe their efforts, obstacles, and triumphs at MIT.

3:00–5:00 p.m.
HallowMIT
Presented by MIT Recreation, Student Activities Office, and the MIT Parents Association. Free healthy snacks, crafts, artists, and a performance by Jenny the Juggler. Halloween costumes are welcomed, but not required.

4:00–5:00 p.m.
Joint Services ROTC Pass in Review
Army ROTC, Navy ROTC, and Air Force ROTC students will march past Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, the reviewing officer for the ceremony.

5:00–7:30 p.m.
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Experience your student’s living environment at a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Check with your student for the event time and day (Saturday or Sunday).

5:30 p.m.
Sand Mandala at MIT Opening Ceremony
A sand mandala will be created at Simmons Hall, co-sponsored by Simmons Hall, MIT Office of Religious Life, and Prajnopaya at MIT.This is planned as a healing exercise. The mandala will be open for viewing while it is being created and for several days afterward. Anyone in the MIT community, including Family Weekend visitors, are invited to visit. Donations appreciated. 

6:00–9:00 p.m.
Cena a las Seis with the Latino Cultural Center
Cena a las Seis, or "Dinner at Six," is an annual Latino Cultural Center (LCC)-organized Family Weekend event where we bring MIT students and their families together for a semi-formal evening of Latino cuisine and student performances and presentations. *Open to all Family Weekend attendees

7:00 p.m.
GlobeMed at MIT’s First Annual Gala for Hope
GlobeMed is a national organization dedicated to improving access to and quality of healthcare for people around the world by partnering college students with international grassroots organizations. GlobeMed at MIT is holding its first annual Gala, the proceeds of which will provide crucial funds to support Hope Through Health’s work. There will be a cocktail-attire reception with a cash bar available. General Admission: $50; Students: $30; MIT Students: $15. Purchase tickets at tickets.mit.edu.
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8:00–10:00 p.m.
*Family Weekend Songfest [ticket required - sold out]
Enjoy performances by several of MIT’s student a cappella groups.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

9:00 a.m.–Noon
Living Group and Affinity Group Events
Attend a reception hosted by residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. Check with your student for the event time


*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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