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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 Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, October 2

1-8 pm Family Weekend Check-in and Food Drive Collection

Pick up your packet of materials including a schedule of events for the weekend.

1-4 pm Student Farmers' Market, Goodell Lawn

Hosted by the UMass Student Farming Enterprise, The UMass Permaculture Initiative, and Gardenshare, this market features produce and crafts grown and made by students. Stop by for local food, live music, and experience the vibrant farming community at UMass.

1-5 pm Career Center Open House

Stop by the Career Center offices for an inside look at our career advising and workshop spaces and meet our team of career advisors.

2-4 pm Graduate Woman in STEM (GWIS) lab tour

"The importance of Cichlids as a model system for evolution." Aquariums with research animals.

2-5 pm The Lovely lab tour

Tour the lab of Distinguished University Professor Derek Lovely, whose research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms.

4 pm 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 pm The Game of Life

Try your hand at the Game of Life with a UMass twist! Participate in a realistic version of this classic board game while discovering how to pay for college and prepare yourself for the future! Hosted by the Bursar's Office.

7-8 pm 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 Dr. Birton Cowden, Associate Director of the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.

8 pm Late Night Movie: Inside Out

Enjoy a family friendly screening of this Pixar summer hit and free popcorn!

Saturday,  October 3

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 am Continental Breakfast

Join other UMass families for a light breakfast.

9 am Get Moving UMass

Join Recreation Center staff for a 40 minute fall foliage walk around campus.

9 am Tour of the Integrative Learning Center (limited to 20 participants, full)

Tour the latest addition to the academic core of our campus.

9:15-10:30 am Living Off Campus: Tips and Timesavers for Prepping Your Student for Success in Their First Apartment

Living off campus is a wonderful, new experience for many students and can be eye opening for parents too. Helping students with finding housing, sugning leases, up-front payments, security deposits, understanding what comes with being a lease guarantor, state and town by-laws, renter's insurance, resource available on campus websites, and getting your student "Living Off-Campus Certified" is easy when you have a plan. Join Off-Campus Student Services staff and undergraduate Off-Campus Assistants, a local landlord, and neighbor-relations staff in a panel/Q & A session. The cider and donuts are free! The Tips and Timesavers are priceless!

9:45 am UMass Amherst Parent Association Meeting

Learn more about the new UMass Amherst Parents Advisory Council and Parents Association, our membership discount card, and how to get involved in the campus community.

10 am Tour of the Integrative Learning Center (limited to 20 participants, full)

Tour the latest addition to the academic core of our campus.

10 am Fraternities and Sororities

Staff and students from the fraternity and sorority program in Student Activities and Involvement will share information and answer your questions about the fraternity and sorority experience at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

10 am Story Hour

Bring your little ones (ages 3-7) to storytime in the "children's room" next to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle statue to hear a seasonal story.

10 am-Noon Biochemistry Club Information Table

Learn how this impressive group supports students in their pursuit of academic success, internships, and research opportunities.

10:30 am 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 card and photo ID to participate.

11 am Chancellor's Welcome

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes you to Family Weekend and UMass Amherst. Get an update on campus happenings and news.

11 am W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tours

Tours will visit the Learning Commons, a 24/5 collaborative and academic support space, and the Digital Media Lab. If you're unable to join the tour, the library will be open for you to explore, including the Procrastination Station Cafe, courtyard garden on the Lower Level, and the breathtaking view from Floor 23.

Noon-2 pm Taste of Home Lunch at all four Dining Commons and Family Weekend BBQ at the stadium

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 $10.50/person. Children under 10 are 50 percent off.

Noon-2 pm Chemistry Club Demonstrations

The chemistry club shows you demonstrations that can be done at home using household chemicals.

Noon- 2 pm Luminol syntheses; Chemistry that Illuminates

Our American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter will host a lab demo.

Noon-4 pm Family Weekend Information Table

Come see us for directions and answers to questions about the schedule.

1-2 pm Commonwealth Honor College Reception

Staff from Commonwealth Honors College welcome you to a reception for families of current honors students. Refreshments served. Admission is limited to current honors students and their guests.

1 and 2 pm 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 pm 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 pm 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. Co-sponsored by the Office of Family Resources.

1-6 pm Craft Center Open House

Where everyone is an artist- the Craft Center is the place to relax and get creative.

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 and 2:45 pm 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 pm Hadley Farm Livestock Facility Tour

Visit UMass Amherst Farm featuring sheep and goats. Guided tours will leave from the farm's visitors parking lot on the half hour.

1:30- 4:30 pm Wagon Rides

Take a trip through the center of campus on a classic fall hayride.

1:30- 5 pm 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 pm 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 pm Career Services Key To Success: Internships and Co-Ops

Find out how UMass Amherst students are making an impact as interns across the country.

2-3 pm 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- 3:15 pm 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.

3 pm Football Game vs. Florida International University (FIU)

  • Family members who wish to attend the game must purchase their tickets through UMass Athletics separately from their Family Weekend registration. Tickets are $10 each when you use our promo code: FAMILY by Friday, October 2 at 5pm. After 5pm Friday, tickets will be $20 each. To purchase tickets call the Athletics Ticket Office at 413-545-0810.
  • Students who wish to attend the game must bring their UCard and pick up a free ticket from the Mullins Center Box Office by Friday, October 2.
  • Families and students can sit together at this game in Section 10. Section 10 is a general admission section, but seating is first-come, first-served.
  • For questions about tickets, call the UMass Athletics Box Office at 866-UMass-Tix  (866-862-7784).

3:30 pm 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.

7 pm Hockey Game: UMass vs. Dalhousie

The UMass Hockey team is back in action tonight! Come support the Minutemen as they face off against the Dalhousie Tigers in this exciting exhibition game!

7 - 10 pm Indoor Mini-Golf Course

Join us for a round of mini-golf inside the Campus Center!

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 pm Faculty Recital William Hite & Guest Linda Osborn

Enjoy the performance of Songs of Virgil Thompson, from senior lecturer and voice area coordinator William Hite. Tickets are $3 for UMass students and $10 for the general public.

Sunday, October 4

10 am- Noon UMAPA Advisory Council Meeting (attendance limited to current Council Members only)

The Fall semester meeting of the Parent Advisory Council.

10 am Football Performance Center Tour (limited to 25 participants, please sign up in advance here)

Take a guided tour of the new Football Performance Center.

11 am- 1 am 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 $10.50/person. Children under 10 are half price.

11 am- 4 pm Cold Spring Orchard Apple Picking (subject to weather and the growing season)

UMass research farm with 100+ varieties of apples. You can pick your own or buy fresh picked from the store there. Stop by on your way home. Subject to weather and the growing season.

1 pm Women's Soccer vs Richmond

Come cheer for the Minutewomen in their match against the Spiders at Rudd Field.

2- 4 pm First Sunday Concert: The Springfield Mandolin Orchestra

Free and open to the public.

3-5 pm UMass Amherst Libraries 17th Annual Fall Reception

This event is themed "Jazz with Friends" and features special guest Aureldon Henderson, founder of the Boston Jazz Society.

4 pm Opera: Cuatro Corridos (visit Department of Music and Dance Event Calendar for ticket information)

This exhilarating hour-long chamber opera will center its focus on human trafficking. Tickets are $3 for UMass students and $10 for the general public.

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 2 from 5-8pm and on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30am-12noon. 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.