Weekend Schedule

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We are looking forward to an amazing Family and Friends Weekend this year! Our program brings an exciting array of events for the MHC community and guests to enjoy together, and we are looking forward to this year's weekend! Below we've listed the 2015 events, for your reference. We will continue to post events as they are confirmed.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Equestrian Center Open Hours 
The Equestrian Center is open for visitors from 9 am-4 pm Friday. Please join us anytime Saturday 9 am–2pm for our home Intercollegiate Hunter Seat Equitation (IHSA) horse show. 
56 Park Street, 9 am–4 pm

Donuts and Coffee with LITS Librarians and Technologists
Parents, has your student ever sent you a panicked email about library research?  Have you received a midnight text asking for technology help?  Never fear!  The LITS librarians and technologists are here to help!  Come share donuts and coffee in front of the library with the RIS liaisons, the people who provide this kind of support to MHC students.  Students, get an exclusive “I met my RIS liaison” button! Rain location: Library main atrium.
Library, Outside Main Entrance, 10 am to noon

Learning from Application (LEAP) Symposium
Each fall at the LEAP Symposium Mount Holyoke students reflect critically on how learning experiences outside the classroom—summer internships and research—connect to their coursework, and how they shape their academic, professional, and personal goals. More than 150 students will be presenting.
Kendade Atrium, noon to 6 pm

Jumma Lunch and Friday Prayer
Join the Muslim community for a Halal lunch and prayers afterwards. All are welcome.  
Eliot House, Muslim Prayer Room, noon–1 pm

Muslims at Mount Holyoke
If you are Muslim or interested in the Muslim faith, join Liza Lozovaya, our Muslim chaplain, as she explains what programs and events are offered by Religious and Spiritual Life.
Eliot House, Muslim Prayer Room, 1–2 pm

Tea Ceremonies
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will be hosting demonstrations of the Japanese tea ceremony at Wa-shin-an, the Japanese teahouse and meditation garden on the top floor of Eliot House.  Ceremonies will be on Friday, October 23, at 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00pm.  There is limited space, so please email the tea house caretaker to sign up.
Eliot House, Wa-shin-an Tea House, top floor, 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm

Academic Highlight: "Something Old, Something New..." 
Delve into an exploration of deep time, the geological history of the planet, and the role of uranium as nature's clock. Michelle Markley, associate professor of geology. 
Location TBD, 4–5 pm

Unitarian Universalist Prayers for World Peace
Join Leslie Fraser, multifaith chaplain, and the Unitarian Universalist students for prayers for world peace. All are welcome.  
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, 4–5 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Join the Jewish community for Kabbalat Shabbat Service. You are welcome to stay for community Shabbat dinner immediately after the service.
Eliot House Lounge, 5–6 pm

Jewish Community Shabbat Dinner
Join the Jewish community and Amelia Ender, the Jewish chaplain, for community Shabbat dinner. All are welcome. 
Eliot House, 6–9 pm

Family and Friends Weekend Jazz Concert: “Ring-a-Ding-Ding!”
Join the Big Band, Chamber, and Vocal Jazz Ensembles as they commemorate the 100th birthday of one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the twentieth century, Frank Sinatra, with music by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, James Van Heusen, and others. Mark Gionfriddo, director. 
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 7:30 pm

Dessert Reception
After the jazz concert, end your day on a sweet note and join performers, families, and friends for beverages and light desserts. 
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall, 8:30– 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Coffee Hour
Come for your morning coffee, tea, and pastries, and stay to socialize with other parents before you attend President Pasquerella's talk. 
Art Museum Lobby, 8:00–9:00 am

Conversation with the President and her Senior Team
President Pasquerella and her officers invite you to join them in a conversation about the state of Mount Holyoke College, and a vision for the future.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, 9:00–10:00 am

IHSA Horse Show
Please join us for our home Intercollegiate Hunter Seat Equitation (IHSA) horse show. 
56 Park Street, 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Career and Professional Development Panel (Nexus/Internships/Lynk)
A panel of faculty, staff, and students will provide examples of the focused, intentional ways in which Mount Holyoke College assists students in connecting their academic work with valuable professional development through classroom innovations, the Nexus Program, and funded internship and research projects.
Location TBD, 10:00–11:00 am

Transformative Experiences: Learning Abroad
Students who have studied, interned, or researched abroad will speak about how their experiences have shaped their academic, professional, and personal goals. 
Location TBD, 11:00 am–noon

Art Museum Sampler Tour
Hear from student guides about their favorite works of art in Mount Holyoke's renowned collection.
Art Museum, 11:00 am–noon

Family and Friends Choir Community Rehearsal
Family and friends: please join us for a fun and relaxed choral rehearsal, culminating in an exciting collaborative performance with featured choirs and the orchestra at the FFW Choral/Orchestral Concert. 
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 11:00 am–12:15 pm

Halaqas/Learning Session
Join Liza Lozovaya, our Muslim chaplain, and students in a conversation about the powerful Islamic tradition of Duas.
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 108, noon–1:00 pm

Pre-Law Panel
Join Pre-Law Advisor Roshonda DeGraffenreid, a current pre-law student, and a recent alumna for an interactive panel on the programs and services that support students interested in applying to law school after Mount Holyoke.
Location TBD, 1:00–2:00 pm

MHC Soccer vs. Bard
Join Paws and come out to cheer on the team! Stay to celebrate Mount Holyoke’s Athletics Hall of Fame 2015 class inductees at a special halftime celebration.
Artificial Turf, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex,  1:00–4:00 pm

Fall Fest!
Celebrate autumn at MHC with delicious treats from local Atkins Farm, s’mores, music, activities, crafts, and so much more!
Lantern Green behind Blanchard Campus Center, 2:00–4:00 pm

Language Resource Center Open House 
Come to the LRC for a brief tour and exploration of the amazing LRC resources. Relive and (video or audio) record your most memorable language experiences to share with others. Light refreshments will be served.
Ciruti 6 (Lower Level), 2:00–4:00 pm

JSU Afternoon Study Break
Join the Jewish community for conversation. All are welcome.
Eliot House Lounge, 2:30–4:00 pm

Family and Friends Weekend Chorale/Orchestral Concert
Featuring a diverse selection of sacred and secular works performed by the Mount Holyoke Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, and Family and Friends Choir.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 4:00–5:30 pm

Family and Friends Sustainable Gracious Dinner
Meal tickets for the sustainable gracious dinner may be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center, Blanchard Campus Center.
Residential Dining Locations, 5:00–7:00 pm

“Fam’ Jam” A Cappella Performance
Experience a Mount Holyoke tradition! Enjoy a night of talented and diverse a cappella voices, with artful intersections.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Breakfast with Dean Banks
Join the vice president for student affairs and dean of the College, Cerri Banks, and her leadership team for coffee and light refreshments at Willits-Hallowell Center. Come enjoy conversation and mingling with your student's MHC family!
Willits-Hallowell Center, Morrison Room, 9:00–10:00 am

Catholic International Mass
Join the Catholic community for a mass of International songs and prayers.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 9:30–10:30 am

Pre-Health Session 
Join Pamela Matheson, pre-health advisor, for an interactive session on health-related programs at Mount Holyoke. 
Location TBD, 10:00–11:00 am

Academic Highlight:  "Poisons: Death by Chemistry"
In this lecture, we explore the effect of poisons on a molecular, cellular, and physiological level from the chemistry and biochemistry perspective. We also take a wider view, and consider the role of poisons in society, including their cultural, historical, and mythological significance. Alan Giessen, assistant professor of chemistry. 
Location TBD, 10:00–11:00 am

International Tea and Pastries
Join the staff of Religious and Spiritual Life for international tea, pastries, and conversation. Discover what programs, services, and spiritual literacy we offer our students.
Eliot House Lounge, 10:30–11:30 am

Academic Highlight: "Black Artists in the Art Market"
Art-historical research has advanced our understanding of art by black artists, yet there is still little understanding of its place in the art market. This class will examine historical and recent trends in the market for art by artists of African descent.  Patricia Banks, associate professor of sociology. 
Location TBD, 11:00 am–noon

Canoeing on Upper Lake
All are welcome to paddle on Upper Lake. An adult must accompany children. Life jackets are required and provided to all participants. Enjoy this Family and Friends Weekend tradition! Weather permitting. Hosted by the Outing Club.
Boathouse on Upper Lake, beyond Kendall, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

Autumn Brunch at Willits-Hallowell
Enjoy Sunday brunch at the Willits-Hallowell Center during Family and Friends Weekend.  This special brunch is a celebration of the autumn harvest, featuring menu items traditional to the region at this time of year. Reservations for brunch can be made by calling Willits at 413-538-2217. Please note, brunch is not included on any student meal plan or other Dining Services tickets for the weekend.
Willits-Hallowell Center, 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Skinner Museum Open House
Enjoy this nineteenth-century "cabinet of curiosities" with an introduction to the collection by history majors Phoebe Cos '16 and Courtney Kaufman '16 at 1:15pm.
Skinner Museum, 1:00–5:00 pm

“Hope is the Thing With Feathers” with Guest Artists, The Valley Winds
A free family concert with the Pioneer Valley’s own professional wind ensemble, The Valley Winds.  An exploration of hope in the face of profanation, Islamic tensions, and war.  Works by Bernstein, Milhaud, and more.
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall, 7:00 pm

Ongoing All Weekend

After Sleepy Hollow , adapted by Jonathan Yukich, directed by Noah Tuleja.
Sleepy Hollow has changed a lot in 200 years!  Or has it?
In this exciting, contemporary adaptation by resident playwright Jonathan Yukich, we meet two college students who lead guided tours of the hallowed hollow where the infamous Headless Horseman galloped after lovesick schoolteacher Ichabod Crane.  As they fearlessly retrace the steps from Washington Irving’s classic story, the past begins to merge with the present and the young tour guides discover how much of the “legend” might actually be true.  Guaranteed to thrill the whole family on Family and Friends Weekend! Tickets are $5. general and $3 students and seniors. For reservations:  (413) 538-2406 or email rookeboxoffice@gmail.com.
Rooke Theatre, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Student Art Gallery
Blanchard Campus Center
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday noon–9:00 pm

Art Museum
Tuesday–Friday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00–5:00 pm. Special extended hours Saturday, October 24, from 10:00 to 5:00 pm. with student-guided Art Museum sampler tours from 11:00 am to noon. 

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Wednesdays and Sundays 2:00–5:00 pm. Special extended hours Sunday, October 25, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with an introduction to the collection by student guides at 1:15 pm.

Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–4:00 pm

Wa-Shin-An Garden and Teahouse
Traditional Japanese meditation garden and teahouse.
Eliot House
Monday–Friday, 1:00–5:00 pm

Admission Tours
Guided tours of the Mount Holyoke College campus. Tours last 75 minutes. Meet at the Office of Admission, Newhall Center, Route 116.
Saturday at 10:00 and 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Recovery Retreat Room
The recovery room offers a quiet and safe place for those in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, or for those who have been affected by another person’s use. 
Daily from 9:00 am to midnight.

Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Core Hours
Monday–Thursday, 6:00 am–11:00 pm; Friday, 6:00 am–10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Sunday from 10:00 am–10:00 pm.

Kendall Open Swim
Monday–Wednesday, 7:00–8:30 pm; Monday–Friday, noon–2:00 pm; Tuesday, 7:00–8:30 pm; Thursday, 7:00–10:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00–4:00 pm; Sunday, 3:00–4:00 pm.

Kendall Fitness Center
Monday–Thursday, 6:00 am–11:00 pm; Friday, 6:00 am–10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm; Sunday from 10:00 am–10:00 pm.

Balfour Class Rings
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm.
Blanchard Campus Center, in front of the Campus Store