2016 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 the Family Weekend 2016 app or your Family Weekend Program Book when you arrive for the most up-to-date schedule.

Friday, October 28, 2016

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-in
Stratton Student Center (W20), 3rd floor, Coffeehouse Lounge

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hospitality Lounge
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)

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-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) Open Engineering Leadership Lab!
32-124
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) is a selective and immersive co-curricular program for juniors and seniors primarily from MIT’s School of Engineering (SoE), that supplements students' technical education, developing leadership skills enable them to become highly effective members and leaders of engineering teams. Each year approximately 160 of MIT’s most talented students are accepted into the program, where they develop their leadership skills in an engineering context through innovative experiential and theoretical coursework and practice and reflection exercises. The program provides a challenging and supportive environment that includes substantial advising, coaching, and mentoring. Our approach is cohort-based, highly interactive, and continually shaped by input from students, educators, and industry stakeholders.

10:30–11:15 a.m.
Achieving Excellence: MIT Athletics and the Student Experience
Zesiger Center Media Room (W35-199)
With 33 varsity sports, MIT provides the most intercollegiate offerings among Division III institutions in America. In 2015-16, the Engineers finished 6th in the annual Learfield Director’s Cup standings, marking its fourth-straight top-10 finish. Simultaneously, MIT added to its legacy of producing the most Division III Academic All-Americas (250), and four Engineers were recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. 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.

12:00–1:30 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 Institute Professor Dr. Phillip A. Sharp, a 1993 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine.

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) Open Engineering Leadership Lab!
32-124
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) is a selective and immersive co-curricular program for juniors and seniors primarily from MIT’s School of Engineering (SoE), that supplements students' technical education, developing leadership skills enable them to become highly effective members and leaders of engineering teams. Each year approximately 160 of MIT’s most talented students are accepted into the program, where they develop their leadership skills in an engineering context through innovative experiential and theoretical coursework and practice and reflection exercises. The program provides a challenging and supportive environment that includes substantial advising, coaching, and mentoring. Our approach is cohort-based, highly interactive, and continually shaped by input from students, educators, and industry stakeholders.

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Entrepreneurship at MIT
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.
Discussions on Digital Learning at MIT
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.  Meet staff from the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) and discover how MIT is using digital learning to improve the education of students on the local and global scale.

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

10-105 (The Bush Room)
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!

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

3:00–5:00 p.m.
Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) Open Engineering Leadership Lab!
32-124
The Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) is a selective and immersive co-curricular program for juniors and seniors primarily from MIT’s School of Engineering (SoE), that supplements students' technical education, developing leadership skills enable them to become highly effective members and leaders of engineering teams. Each year approximately 160 of MIT’s most talented students are accepted into the program, where they develop their leadership skills in an engineering context through innovative experiential and theoretical coursework and practice and reflection exercises. The program provides a challenging and supportive environment that includes substantial advising, coaching, and mentoring. Our approach is cohort-based, highly interactive, and continually shaped by input from students, educators, and industry stakeholders. 

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.

4:00–5:30 p.m.
Senior Class Toast*
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)
The Class of 2017 and their families are invited to join the MIT Alumni Association for a reception and sparkling toast.

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.

8:00–9:00 p.m.
Roadkill Buffet Improv Comedy Show
6-120
Join MIT's premiere improv comedy troupe for a night of absolute hilarity!

8:00–10:00 p.m.
Annual Family Weekend Concert: Space Music Traveling Miles
Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)
MIT Wind and Festival Jazz Ensembles, Frederick Harris, director. This annual MIT event will feature Williams, Fanfare for Fenway; Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto for Trombone featuring Joseff Kolman ’17; and Holst: Mars and Jupiter.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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.

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Campus Conversations
Kresge Auditorium (W16-109)
Hear welcome remarks from Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart, SM '85, PhD '88, followed by a panel discussion that will address student life, learning, and wellness at MIT. In addition to the Chancellor, panelists will include Dr. Dennis Freeman, SM '76, PhD '86, Dean of Undergraduate Education; Dr. Suzy Nelson, Vice President of Student Life; Dr. Cecilia Stuopis '90, MIT Medical Director; and student representative Bettina Arkhurst '18. Representatives from a variety of campus departments will be on hand following the panel to meet and answer questions.

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
MIT Crew Meet and Greet
Howard W. Pierce Boathouse
Come meet the MIT Crew coaches, crew parents and crew team members after Saturday morning practices.

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.

11:30 a.m.–2:30 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. Light refreshments will be offered.

3:00–5:00p.m.
Family Weekend Tailgate* [($) ticket fee]
Kresge (W16) 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.

6:00–9:00 p.m.
Cena a las Seis with the Latino Cultural Center
Walker Memorial (50), 142 Memorial Drive, Morss Hall
Cena a las Seis, or “Dinner at Six,” is an annual Latino Cultural Center (LCC)-organized Family Weekend event where MIT students and their families come together for a semi-formal evening of Latino cuisine and student performances and presentations. Cena a las seis es un evento anual organizado por el Centro Cultural Latino donde unimos a estudiantes de MIT y sus familias en una noche llena de comida Latina y presentaciones estudiantiles. Open to all Family Weekend attendees

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 30, 2016

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.


*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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