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 2017 Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, October 13

1 – 8 p.m. Family Weekend Check-In and Food Drive Collection – Campus Center Concourse
Pick up your packet of materials, including the 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 UMass Garden Share host a market on Goodell Lawn featuring produce and crafts grown and made by students. Stop by for local food and 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!

1:30 p.m. Bake Shop Tour - Limited to the first 20 people
Take a guided tour of the Bake Shop with pastry chefs Simon Stevenson and Pamela Adams as your hosts.

2, 3, and 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, 3-D 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.

2:30 p.m. Bake Shop Tour - Limited to the first 20 people
Take a guided tour of the Bake Shop with pastry chefs Simon Stevenson and Pamela Adams as your hosts.

3 p.m. Sustainability Bike Tour of UMass
The Sustainability Bike Tour will explore model green residence halls, new solar projects, LEED-certified buildings, 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. Financial Aid Hot Topics 
Questions about finding scholarships? Not sure how to use financial aid to fund a study-abroad program? Concerned about FAFSA, student loans, student employment, or anything else relating to funding the UMass experience? Join staff from UMass Financial Aid Services in a conversation about all this and more!

4 p.m. Pathways to Success 
As students begin their journey toward a degree, they will find many outstanding opportunities to become active and engaged members of the UMass community. The staff at Undergraduate Student Success are frequently asked what students should do to be successful in college. While there is no formula for success in college and beyond, there are many “pathways.” During this session, hear about opportunities and resources for students to maximize their time at UMass and achieve success.

4 – 5 p.m. Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) Open House 
Learn about resources available to 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-op area. Separate registration required online in advance.

4 – 6 p.m. Tour the Design Building
Take a student-guided tour at 4:00, 4:30, or 5:00 p.m. The new, state-of-the-art building is 87,500 square feet of mass timber and provides a home for the Department of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and the Building and Construction Technology program. Light refreshments will be served. Those who cannot make these times are also welcome to explore the building at their own leisure. All are welcome.

6 – 8 p.m. Parents /Family Reception
Join us for our 2nd Annual Parents/Family Reception. This is a casual event focusing on helping you meet parents and family members of other UMass students, share stories, and learn about the council. A light menu of hors d’oeuvres 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 – 8 p.m. From Student to Game-Changer 
Come meet the students who are starting their own companies. This hour-long journey will not only include pitches and a Q&A with UMass start-ups, but also an overview of the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurship curriculum offered by the Isenberg School of Management.

7:30 p.m. UMass Jazz Concert 
Featuring Jazz Ensemble I and Chapel Jazz, directed by Jeffrey W. Holmes and Thomas Giampietro. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511.

8 p.m. Late Night Movie: Maleficent
Enjoy a screening of Maleficent and free popcorn!

8 p.m. Garbhangra 
A colorful night full of traditional dancing and fun to spread awareness and celebrate the Hindu festival of Navratri. Sponsored by South Asian Students Association (SASA).

Saturday,  October 14

8:30 a.m. – Noon Family Weekend Check-In and Food Drive Collection – Campus Center Concourse
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 – 10:30 a.m. Tour the Design Building
Take a student-guided tour at 9:00, 9:30, or 10:00 a.m. The new, state-of-the-art building is 87,500 square feet of mass timber and provides a home for the Department of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and the Building and Construction Technology program. Those who cannot make these times are also welcome to explore the building at their own leisure. All are welcome.

9 – 11 a.m. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) Poster Session
This interactive poster session will feature information about our nine student group councils and their mission at UMass. Councils include club sports, recreation, arts and media, service and engagement, academic, cultural, Greek, religious and spiritual, and advocacy. Learn about the amazing RSOs in these councils and hear about what students are doing to supplement their academic experience.

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

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Renting Amherst: Tips for Student Success in Moving Off Campus 
Living off campus is a wonderful and new experience for many students and can be eye-opening for parents and family members, as well. Helping your student to find safe and affordable housing, and to understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants, is easier when you have information and a plan. In this session, you and your student will learn about how and where to find housing, how to avoid scams, when and how to put down an initial deposit, the responsibilities of a guarantor, what can (and what cannot) be in a lease, how to comply with state and town bylaws, and so much more! Join the staff of the Off Campus Student Center, undergraduate Off Campus Assistants, an attorney from the Student Legal Services Office, and a local landlord for an interactive presentation followed by a Q&A session. Cider and donuts are free; knowledge is priceless!

9:30 a.m. Chocolate Class - Limited to the first 20 people.
Pastry chef Simon Stevenson will hold a lecture on chocolate and a demonstration on making a chocolate rose, while the participants follow his lead using marzipan. Participants can also make a chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberry.

9:45 a.m. UMass Amherst Parents Association Meeting
Learn more about the UMass Amherst Parents Association and Advisory Council, our services, 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.

10 a.m. Learn more about your PLACE: Living at UMass Amherst
By now, your student should be settling in nicely! Whether they are a first-year or returning student, come and meet Residential Life staff to learn more about our Residential Curriculum, our intentional residence hall experience for undergraduates. Meet with staff who can talk about the experience of living in the halls, what to expect, how to get involved, what resources exist, and learn about potential positions coming up in Residential Life, such as becoming a resident assistant or peer mentor!

10 and 11 a.m., 2 and 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, 3-D 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. – Noon College of Natural Sciences Student Organization Demonstrations

  • 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.
  • Chemistry Club Demonstrations
    Members of the 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.
  • UMass American Chemical Society Demonstrations
    Come join the UMass American Chemical Society in a morning of chemical reactions. Watch colors change, solids form, and even make your own glow-in-the-dark solution.

10:15 a.m. Student Life through Student Engagement and Leadership
Staff and students from Student Engagement and Leadership will share information and answer your questions about the various student life experiences on campus and how students can get involved at UMass.

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Group Fitness Classes
Join other Family Weekend guests and experience the group fitness programs at the Rec Center. A variety of classes are offered throughout the weekend, starting Saturday morning. Bring your Family Weekend name badge/program and photo ID to participate. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate.

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

11 a.m. Chocolate Class – Limited to the first 20 people.
Pastry chef Simon Stevenson will hold a lecture on chocolate and a demonstration on making a chocolate rose, while the participants follow his lead using marzipan. Participants can also make a chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberry.

Noon – 2 p.m. Taste of Home Lunch
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 $11.25 per person. Children under 10 are half price.

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

12:30 p.m. Chocolate Class – Limited to the first 20 people.
Pastry chef Simon Stevenson will hold a lecture on chocolate and a demonstration on making a chocolate rose, while the participants follow his lead using marzipan. Participants can also make a chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberry.

1 p.m. Men’s Soccer Game
Watch UMass take on La Salle University.

1 – 2 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College Program
Dean Gretchen H. Gerzina will highlight special programs and opportunities within 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 1:00 or 2:00 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 – 3 p.m. Compressions-Only CPR Information and Practice
Come and learn what to do in an emergency situation! We’ll discuss survival statistics regarding the outcome of cardiac arrest, information about the skill itself, hands-on practical skills on a mannequin, overdose epidemic information with the positive/negative uses of naloxone, and general 911 and dispatching information. The American Medical Response (AMR) representatives can answer a variety of questions in regard to emergency prehospital care and treatment, as well as trauma and stroke protocols and criteria.

1 – 4 p.m. Student-Run Media Outlets 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. Seasonal Activities

  • Pumpkin Decorating
    Paint your own pumpkin with UMass-themed stencils. Available while supplies last.
  • Caramel Apple Dipping and Popcorn Bar
    Need a snack after decorating your pumpkin? Enjoy a tasty caramel apple or munch on some fancy popcorn. Available while supplies last.
  • Face Painting for Little Ones and Adults Alike
    Become any character of your choice through art. Many designs are available, including princesses and superheroes, with glitter and jewels, hearts and stars, or become transformed into an animal. Hypoallergenic paints, clean brushes, and sanitized sponges are used. Sponsored by the UMAPA Advisory Council.

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

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 p.m. Financial Aid Hot Topics
Questions about finding scholarships? Not sure how to use financial aid to fund a study-abroad program? Concerned about FAFSA, student loans, student employment, or anything else relating to funding the UMass experience? Join staff from UMass Financial Aid Services in a conversation about all this and more!

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

1:30 – 4 p.m. Don’t Let Flu Bug UMass!
University Health Services (UHS), in conjunction with students from the College of Nursing, is sponsoring an influenza vaccination clinic for the UMass community. No reservation required—just walk in with your student. Bring your insurance card!

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 succulent box to take home!

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. Full-time and student volunteer firefighters will be available for questions.

1:30 – 4 p.m. UMass Police Department Open House

  • Tour: 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.
  • Texting and Driving Course: Learn about the dangers of distracted driving in this hands-on demonstration at the police station.

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 the Campus Center Circle on a loop throughout the afternoon.

2 – 3 p.m. “Living History” Tour of Old Chapel
A dramatic production with student monologues representing different periods in UMass history.

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

2 – 3 p.m. Dare to Be Aware
A family discussion with Dr. Maria Gallo, MD, UHS Staff Physician; Tyrone Parham, UMPD Chief of Police; David Vaillancourt, Senior Associate Dean of Students; Diane Fedorchak, Interim Director, Center for Health Promotion; and Kristen Michaud, student representative, Greek Health about college drinking, ways to encourage responsible drinking, and help keeping students safe. Sponsored by the UMAPA Advisory Council.

2 and 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 (CCPH) has ideas on what helps students to make a smooth adjustment to college. Join our discussion about what helps many college students and how parents and family members can be supportive.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Meditation: Be Here Now
Join us for a student/family meditation session that can lead you to: improved concentration, better grades, reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and a sharper brain.

2:30 – 4 p.m. The Price Is Right
Join us for the Price Is Right! College is a learning process for students and families alike; stop by this event and compete to win prizes while gaining knowledge and skills to successfully navigate your financial life in college and beyond! Brought to you by the UMass Smart about Money financial literacy group.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. “Living History” Tour of Old Chapel
A dramatic production with student monologues representing different periods in UMass history.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Backstage Tour of Bowker Auditorium – Every half hour between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
Come take a 30-minute, behind-the-scenes tour and see Bowker Auditorium like you never have before. Historic Bowker Auditorium consists of a proscenium stage and an intimate audience area. It is the best venue on campus for small concerts and various student organization performances.

4 – 5:30 p.m. Active Threat Training
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. Preplanning 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 mind-set, and gain awareness of your possible options if you are ever confronted with a threat.

4 – 6 p.m. Public Skating
Enjoy an afternoon of ice skating with your student. Tickets may be purchased at the Mullins Center (cash or check only).

7 p.m. UMass Hockey Game
Come cheer the Minutemen on as they battle American International College on ice. Tickets are available for purchase at $10 per person on the Athletics website using Promo Code: FAMILY17 (Note: Offer is not valid on the day of the game or over the phone).

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. Student Showcase
Let our students entertain you! Don’t miss outstanding student group performances, including dance routines, a cappella groups, and instrumental acts. Hosted by the University Programming Council (UPC).

Sunday, October 15

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, reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and a sharper brain.

10 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. UMass Amherst Parents Advisory Council Meeting
The fall semester meeting of the Parent Advisory Council. Attendance is limited to current council members only.

11 a.m. – 1 p.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 $11.25 per person. Children under 10 are half price.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit the Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA 01007
On your way home, stop by this UMass research farm with 100-plus 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!

4:30 p.m. Faculty Concert: All in the UMass Family – Bezanson Recital Hall, FREE
Featuring Gregory Spiridopoulos, trombone, with faculty spouses and guests.

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 13 and on Saturday, October 14. 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.