Family Weekend Schedule

The schedule of events will continue to grow as programs are finalized. As Family Weekend approaches, please check back for more information including times, locations, and schedule additions. A finalized schedule will be available when you arrive for the weekend.

Check-in stations are located on the Campus Center Concourse (level 2) and parking is available in the Campus Center Parking Garage at 1 Campus Center Way.

Family 2016 Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, October 21

1 - 8 p.m. Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection
Pick up your packet of materials including a schedule of events for the weekend.

1-4 p.m. Student Farmers' Market
Every Friday the UMass Student Farming Enterprise, The UMass Permaculture Initiative, and Gardenshare host this market on Goodell Lawn featuring produce and crafts grown and made by students. Stop by for local food, live music, and experience the vibrant farming community at UMass.

1 - 9 p.m. Library Inspired Coloring Pages
Pick-up free crayons and coloring pages for kids of all ages!

2 p.m.  & 3 p.m. Bake Shop Tour
Take a guided tour of the Bake Shop with Pastry Chefs Simon Stevenson and Pamela Adams as your hosts Pre-registration required.

2, 3, & 4 p.m. W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tours
Tours will visit the Learning Commons, 24/5 collaborative and academic support space, and the Digital Media Lab where you can pick up a small 3D printed Pokémon.  If you’re unable to join the tour, the library will be open for you to explore, including the Procrastination Station Café, courtyard garden on the lower level, and the breathtaking view from Floor 23.

2 and 3 p.m. Bake Shop Tour 
Take a guided tour of the Bake Shop with Pastry Chefs Simon Stevenson and Pamela Adams as your hosts Pre-registration required.

3 p.m. Hard Hat Tours of Renovated South College and New Addition
Come see what UMass can do with “old bones” to provide a new home for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Pre-registration required.

4 p.m. Conversation with an Academic Dean
Stop by for an informal discussion about all things academic and learn how students and families can make the most of the UMass Amherst experience. Hosted by Dean David McLaughlin.

4 – 5 p.m. Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) Open House
Learn about resources available to their students through CMASS. Student Success Coaches and other staff members will be on hand to share what we do to support students and answer questions you may have.

4 - 6 p.m. Multicolor Mile
Join the Student Alumni Association (SAA) to make a splash for philanthropy at the Multicolor Mile.  Run or walk a one-mile loop through campus, while getting sprayed with colorful liquid paint along the way. Before the run, enjoy music, dancing, games and a photo area Separate registration required.

6 - 8 p.m. Parents Reception
Join us for our inaugural Parents Reception. This is a casual event focusing on helping you meet the parents and family members of other UMass students, share stories, and learn about the Council.  A light menu of hors d'œrvre and beverages from UMass Catering will be served. Hosted by Auxiliary Services and the UMAPA Advisory Council.

7 p.m. Haunted UMass Tour
Join members of the Undergraduate history club on this 90 minute family friendly tour of haunted halls on campus. 

7 p.m. UMass Hockey Game – Mullins Center
Come cheer the Minuteman on as they battle Army on ice. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Mullins Center box office.

7 – 8 p.m. From Student to Game Changer
Come experience how ordinary students become game-changers through UMass Entrepreneurship. This hour-long journey will include a UMass Idea Jam, Pitch Session, and Demo Day of real UMass student ventures. Hosted by Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.

7:30 -10pm Mini Golf and More
Join us for a round of mini golf or try your luck at pop a shot basketball and the 2 minute football drill game.

7:30 p.m. The Misanthrope – Rand Theater, Fine Arts Center
Written by Molière, adapted by Constance Congdon ‘82G and Directed by Mary Corinne Miller ($ Tickets required)

8 p. m. Late Night Movie: Zootopia
Enjoy a family friendly screening and free popcorn!
 

Saturday,  October 22

8:30 - noon Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection
Pick up your packet of materials including the schedule of events for the weekend.

8:30-11 a.m Continental Breakfast
Join other UMass families for a light breakfast.

9 a.m. Get Moving UMass
Join Recreation Center staff for a 40 minute fall foliage walk around campus.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Renting Amherst: Tips for Student Success in Moving Off Campus
Living off campus is a wonderful, new experience for many students and can be eye opening for parents and family members too. Helping students with finding housing, signing leases, initial deposits, understanding what comes with being a lease guarantor, state and town by-laws, resources available on campus websites, and getting your student “Living Off-Campus Certified” is easy when you have a plan. Join Off Campus Student Center staff and undergraduate Off Campus Assistants, a Student Legal Services Office attorney, and a local landlord for an interactive presentation followed by a Q & A session. Cider and donuts are free; knowledge is priceless!

9 and 10:00 a.m., 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Hard Hat Tours of Renovated South College and New Addition
Come see what UMass can do with “old bones” to provide a new home for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Pre-registration required.

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Library Inspired Coloring Pages   
Pick-up free crayons and coloring pages for kids of all ages!

9:45 a.m. UMass Amherst Parent Association Meeting
Learn more about the UMass Amherst Parents Association and Advisory Council, our membership discount card, and how to get involved in the campus community.

10 a.m. Landscape for Learning: a walking tour of campus trees.
Explore the UMass landscape and uncover the treasures of the Waugh Arboretum through a guided tour of tree specimens on campus. Established in 1944, the Waugh Arboretum currently boasts upwards of 8,000 trees.

10a.m.,  11 a.m.,  2 p.m. & 3 p.m. W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tours-
Tours will visit the Learning commons, 24/5 collaborative and academic support space, and the Digital Media lab where you can pick up a small 3D printed Pokémon. If you’re unable to join the tour, the library will be open for you to explore, including the Procrastination Station Café, courtyard garden on the lower level, and the breathtaking view from Floor 23.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Chocolate Class 
Pastry Chef Simon Stevenson will hold a lecture on chocolate and a demonstration of making a chocolate rose, while the participants follow his lead, using marzipan. Participants can also make a chocolate covered tuxedo strawberry Pre-registration required.

10 a.m. – 12 noon Biochemistry Club Information Table
The Biochemistry Club will demonstrate how to extract DNA from Strawberries using household materials. Because there is so much genetic material in one strawberry, participants will be able to see their extracted DNA with the naked eye.

10:30 a.m. Student Engagement in the UMass Community
Staff and students from the Student Activities and Involvement program will share information and answer your questions about the various student life experiences on campus: fraternity and sorority, registered student organizations, club and recreational sports, student businesses, student government, and student media.  Come and hear about what students are doing to supplement their academic experience.

10:30 a.m. Group Fitness Classes (Guest must be at least 18 years old to participate)
Join other Family Weekend guests and experience the Group Fitness program at the Rec Center. A variety of classes are offered throughout the weekend starting Saturday morning. Bring your UMAPA membership key fob and photo ID to participate.

11 a.m. Chancellor's Welcome
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes you to Family Weekend and UMass Amherst. Get an update on campus happenings and news.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  UMass American Chemical Society Demonstrations
Come join the UMass American Chemical Society in an afternoon of chemical reactions. Watch colors change, solids form and even make your own glow in the dark solution.

11: a.m. - 1 p.m. Chemistry Club Demonstrations
Chemistry Club will be demonstrating the effects of Oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid which behaves as both a solid and a liquid. We will also demonstrate several other experiments, all of which can be done at home with household chemicals.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Chocolate Class
Pastry Chef Simon Stevenson will hold a lecture on chocolate and a demonstration of making a chocolate rose, while the participants follow his lead, using marzipan. Participants can also make a chocolate covered tuxedo strawberry Pre-registration required.

Noon-2 p.m. Taste of Home Lunch at all four Dining Commons
UMass Amherst Dining asked for family favorites and you responded! During today's lunch, some of the Taste of Home recipes will be featured. Your interest and support are very important to us. Any Family Weekend attendee can enjoy lunch compliments of Dining Services, when accompanied by a UMass Amherst student who is on a meal plan. For those of you without a student on a meal plan, lunch is $11/person. Children under 10 are 50 percent off.

Noon - 2 p.m.  Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) lab tour
Come visit our fish room, where we keep our study animals. We have several species of African cichlids as well as zebrafish.

Noon - 4 p.m. Family Weekend Information Table
Come see us for directions and answers to questions about the schedule.

12:30 - 2 p.m. Chancellor’s BBQ
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Mrs. Mala Subbaswamy host an outdoor barbeque luncheon Pre–registration required.

1 - 2 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College Program 
Dean Gretchen H. Gerzina will highlight special programs and opportunities through the Honors College through her interviews with students, faculty and staff members. Admission is limited to current Honors students and their guests.

1 and 2 p.m. Visit UMass's Award- Winning Permaculture Garden
Stop by at either 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. for a 45- minute tour of the Franklin Permaculture Garden. Hear the story of this student-led project that became an internationally renowned campus initiative, providing hands-on education as well as organic and super-local produce to the campus dining commons.

1-4 p.m. Student-Run Media Outlet Drop- Ins
Undergraduates expand their classroom learning about filming, photographing, editing, hosting interviews, and participating in all aspects of newspaper, radio, and television production. Stop by their offices for a behind the scenes look at our student-run media!
• The Daily Collegian
• UVC- TV 19
• WMUA

1-4 p.m. Pumpkin Decorating, Caramel Apple Dipping and Popcorn Bar
Decorate your own pumpkin, featuring UMass themed stencils. Enjoy a tasty caramel apple or munch on some fancy popcorn. Pumpkin decorating is available while supplies last.

1-6 p.m. Craft Center Open House
Where everyone is an artist- the Craft Center is the place to relax and get creative.

1 p.m. Men's Soccer Game - Rudd Field
Watch UMass take on Virginia Commonwealth University.

1:15 - 4:15 p.m. Bus Shuttles
Catch a shuttle from the Campus Center to the UMass Police Department, Fire Station and UMass Landscape and Grounds facilities for their afternoon activities.

1:30 and 2:45 pm Financial Aid Hot Topics
A conversation about Matt Mourovic, Associate Director of Financial Aid, about searching for scholarships, student employment, funding Study Abroad (and at home!), and getting ready for 2016-17.

1:30 & 2:45 p.m. Study Abroad 101
Learn about the many study abroad opportunities available to your student including types of programs, academics, finances, and health and safety.

1:30 - 4 p.m. Let’s Get Growing: a behind-the-scenes look at UMass Landscape and Construction Management
Have you ever seen a tree spade in action or wondered what goes on inside a greenhouse? Are you interested in attracting pollinators to your garden or learning how a backhoe works? Join the crew for a tour of the UMass Landscape and Construction Management facilities to find out, and plant your very own bouquet garni box with rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme to take home!

1:30 - 4 p.m. UMass Police Department Open House
Tour the police station, be hands on with equipment we use and explore the many vehicles we have. You will interact with officers as they talk with you about the many programs we put on for our community. We will be happy to answer any questions you many have about who we are and what we do.

1:30 - 4 p.m. Texting and Driving Course
Learn about the dangers of distracted driving in this hands-on demonstration at the Police station.

1:30 - 4 p.m. Amherst Fire Station Open House
The North Fire Station of the Amherst Fire Department will be open for tours, and equipment will be on display. Learn about fire safety in the residence halls and for off-campus living, as well as our Student Firefighter Volunteer program. Fulltime and Student Volunteer firefighters will be available for questions.

1:30- 4:30 p.m. Wagon Rides
Take a trip through the center of campus on a classic fall hayride.

1:30- 5 p.m. Trolley Rides to Downtown Amherst
Catch a ride to visit Amherst, one of the top college towns! Trolleys will make a stop in downtown Amherst and return to Campus Center Circle on a loop throughout the afternoon.

2 p.m. Commonwealth Honor College Community Tours
Tours will leave every 15 minutes (2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 p.m.) and will show a residence hall lounge, the classroom space, the Louis and Hilda Greenbaum Gallery, the Bloom Honors Advising Center, the Roots Cafe, and the events hall in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community.

2 - 3 p.m. Oh The Places We Intern!
Hear from UMass students who have done some exciting internships in some amazing places. Sponsored by central Career Services.

2-3 p.m. Ballroom Dance Demo and Lessons
The Ballroom Dance Team will demonstrate choreographed numbers, as well as teach the participants to swing dance. No experience necessary!

2 - 3 p.m. Meditation: Be here now
Join us for a student/family meditation session that can lead you to:  improved concentration, better grades, reduce stress & anxiety, better sleep, and sharper brain.

2- 3:15 p.m. Best Strategies for Helping Your Student Successfully Navigate College Life
College can be a wonderful time for growth and exploration. It can also be a time of stress. The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health has ideas on what helps students make a smooth adjustment to college. Join our discussion about what helps many college students and how parents can be supportive.

2:30 - 4 p.m. Money BINGO! 
Learn about money and compete for awesome prizes to keep your budget in check, including the grand prize of $1000 towards your tuition bill!  Come join in the fun!

3 p.m. Sustainability Bike Tour of UMass
The Sustainability Bike Tour will explore model green residence halls, new solar projects, LEED Certified building such as the new wood framed design building, and the Franklin permaculture garden. The tour will last approximately one hour with frequent stops to catch our breath! Come join us and learn about all of the amazing ways that UMass is evolving into Sustainable UMass.  Bicycles from the Bike Share Program are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own bike.

3:30 p.m. Conversation with an Academic Dean
Stop by for an informal discussion about all things academic and learn how students and families can make the most of the UMass Amherst experience.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Backstage Tour of the Fine Arts Center
Come take a 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour and see the Fine Arts Center like you never have before. The Concert Hall consists of a proscenium stage and a unique continental seating arrangement without the distraction of a center aisle.  Audience access to each walled section is through two double wide doors located at the end of each seating row. Tours offered on the half hour departing from the Fine Arts Center lobby.

4 - 5 p.m. First Generation Reception
Special Event! A one of a kind reception, celebrating our First Generation students and families and their contribution to the teaching and learning experience at UMass.  A first generation college student is defined as any student whose “parents have never completed a four-year college degree”. First Generation students and families are welcome to join us to connect with faculty and staff-- some of whom were the first in their own families to attend college-- enjoy some friendly conversation and learn about successful strategies to tackle some of the common issues that first generation students encounter in their transition to university life settings.

7 p.m. Haunted UMass Tour 
Join members of the Undergraduate history club on this 90 minute family friendly tour of haunted halls on campus.

7 - 8:30 p.m. Active Threat Training
Please join the UMass Police department for an informative evening on the subject of Active Threat. While much has been focused on shooting incidents, threats to your physical safety come in many forms. It is an unfortunate reality that we must even consider the possibility. Pre-planning for such an incident is your best chance for surviving an active threat/active shooter incident. This training cannot cover every possible situation that might occur, but it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or deaths if put into action as soon as a situation develops. The Active Threat 90-minute Program will: Define an Active Threat, help you develop a survival mindset, and gain awareness of your possible options if you are ever confronted with a threat.

7:30 pm Student Showcase
Let our students entertain you! Don't miss outstanding student group performances including dance routines, a capella groups and instrumental acts. Co-sponsored by the University Programming Council (UPC).

7:30 p.m. The Misanthrope – Rand Theater, Fine Arts Center
Written by Molière, adapted by Constance Congdon ‘82G and Directed by Mary Corinne Miller ($ Tickets required)

8 p.m. - 12 midnight Laser Tag
Come play laser tag with your family and friends and enjoy a night of fun.
 

Sunday, October 23

10 - 11 a.m. Meditation: Be here now
Join us for a student/family meditation session that can lead you to:  improved concentration, better grades, reduce stress & anxiety, better sleep, and sharper brain

10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. UMAPA Advisory Council Meeting (Limited to current Council Members only)
The Fall semester meeting of the Parent Advisory Council.

11 a.m.- 1 a.m. Jazz Brunch
It's a sumptuous combination: UMass Amherst Dining Services and our Department of Music and Dance are both nationally recognized for excellence. Today, they bring it all together and invite you to enjoy an exceptional Jazz Brunch at any of the four dining commons. Any Family Weekend attendee can enjoy brunch, compliments of Dining Services, when accompanied by a UMass Amherst student who is on a meal plan. For those of you without a student on a meal plan, brunch is $11/person. Children under 10 are half price.

11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit the Cold Spring Orchard
On your way home, stop by this UMass research farm with 100+ varieties of apples. You can purchase fresh picked apples, honey, and jams/jellies from the store (cash or check only).

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Library Inspired Coloring Pages
Pick-up free crayons and coloring pages for kids of all ages!

1 p.m.  Women’s Soccer Game – Rudd Field
Catch the match between UMass and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Family Weekend Community Service

The UMass Amherst Parents Association will be conducting a food drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center’s Food Pantry. The Food Drive will take place during Family Weekend Registration on Friday, October 21 and on Saturday, October 22. Please bring donations to the Campus Center Concourse. The Drive is especially seeking items for special Thanksgiving boxes including: Instant Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing Mix, Canned Cranberry Sauce/Pumpkin/Pie Fillings/Sweet Potatoes/Soups). We are also accepting other needed items such as: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon); Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese); Peanut butters and other nut butters; Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils); Pasta, rice, cereal; Canned fruits and vegetables, 100% Fruit or vegetable juice (canned plastic or boxed); Coconut milk, Cooking oil. Items in glass jars/bottles cannot be accepted. All donations will go directly to the Amherst Survival Center.