Autumn Event showcases campus to prospective students, parents

By Ed Blaguszewski

The Autumn Event, a campus-wide open house for prospective students and their families, will be held Saturday, Oct. 16.

More than 3,000 people from across Massachusetts and the country are expected to attend. Visitors will be able to speak with faculty and current students; tour the campus; visit labs, classrooms and art studios; and attend panel discussions, demonstrations and other special activities.

“The Autumn Event is a great opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus and learn about the different sides of life at UMass Amherst,” says Jeanne Horrigan, director of the New Students Program and Autumn Event coordinator. “Once the students get a real view of the quality academic programs and student life activities, we think they’ll decide that UMass is the best place for them.”

Hundreds of faculty, staff and students from across campus will participate in the day’s activities. The program begins at the Mullins Center at 9 a.m. with registration. At 10 a.m., President Jack M. Wilson will welcome visitors along with Chancellor John V. Lombardi. Undergraduate resident assistant and student-athlete Lauren Fowler will also address the group.

At 11:30 a.m., the schools and colleges of UMass will hold informational meetings about their programs. For the remainder of the day, classroom buildings and labs will be open and academic staff will be available to answer questions. Entertainment will be provided on the steps of the Student Union by UMass student groups including Mission IMPROVable, the Juggling Club and Vocal Suspects. Near the campus pond “grab-and-go” lunches will be available, and the dining halls will be open.

Visitors will be able to tour residence halls, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University Health Services, the art galleries and the Durfee Conservatory. Representatives from the Admissions Office and Financial Aid Services will also offer information sessions at various locations around campus.

The day’s activities will also include:

Muscle physiology lab tour: noon-2 p.m.
Backstage tours of Fine Arts Center theater and concert hall: 1-2:30 p.m.
Hadley Horse Farm Tour: noon-3 p.m.

For more information call the Admissions Office at 545-0222 or visit the Autumn Event website (see below)