Family and Friends Weekend 2019 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 - please see below for our schedule of events for the 2019 weekend. More events will be added once they are confirmed.

If you or a member of your party are in need of accommodations or have accessibility needs please contact the Office of Student Involvement at studentinvolvement@mtholyoke.edu, or stop by the welcome table in Blanchard Hall.

All Weekend

Exhibition TBD
Student Art Gallery, Blanchard Hall
Monday–Friday, 9 am–9 pm; Saturday–Sunday, noon–9 pm

Friday, October 18

Equestrian Center Open House
Visit the Equestrian Center to take a self-guided tour or watch our Dressage or Hunter Seat Teams practice.
Equestrian Center, 56 Park Street, 8 am–4 pm

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 help shape their academic, professional, and personal goals. More than 200 students will be presenting.
Kendade Atrium, noon–6 pm

Jumma Lunch and Prayers
Join the Muslim community for a Halal lunch and a conversation afterward. The Friday prayer will be offered in the prayer room at 12:45 pm. All are welcome.
Eliot House Lounge, noon–1 pm

Muslims at Mount Holyoke
Get to know the Muslim community of Mount Holyoke and learn about programs and events that are offered on campus. Everybody is invited. Bring your questions and ideas!
Eliot House Lounge, 1–2 pm

Japanese Tea Ceremonies at Wa-shin-an
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 Friday, October 18, at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. Reservations for ceremonies are required. To sign up, email hatchley@mtholyoke.edu.
Eliot House, 1, 2:30, and 4 pm

Academic Highlight: Sand, Slime, Cells and Crowds
Kerstin Nordstrom, Clare Boothe Luce assistant professor of physics
“Hard” condensed matter physics has been studied in-depth over the centuries and brought about the computer revolution, among other advances. Professor Nordstrom will give an overview of the newer subfield of “soft” condensed matter physics and will highlight one (or more) specific problems studied in her lab at Mount Holyoke.
Community Center, Great Room, 4–5 pm

Unitarian Universalist Prayers for World Peace
Join Leslie Fraser, the Multifaith Chaplain and the advisor to Unitarian Universalist students, for prayers for world peace. All are welcome.
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary, 6–7 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, 6–8 pm

Fall Craft Night
Calling all students, families and guests to join us for an evening of crafting fall themed items and take-aways.
Blanchard Great Room, 6:30–8:30 pm

Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, directed by Katy Gore '20.
The classic tale of terrible first impressions, powerful social hierarchies, and the games people play all in the name of love—and money. October 18-19 at 7:30 pm and October 20 at 2 pm. Tickets will be available after July 1 at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre

Box Office will be staffed beginning October 14, Monday through Saturday, 3-6 pm and one hour prior to each performance.

Rooke Theatre, 7:30 pm

Jazz Concert: “Makin' Some Noise!” 

Come hear the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke (Big Band, Vocal & Chamber Jazz) produce voluminous sounds by Harold Arlen, Alan Baylock, Charles Mingus, Janis Joplin and more. Mark Gionfriddo, director.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 7:30–9 pm

S’Mores Under the Stars
Calling everyone to come out and enjoy the newly opened fire pit! We will have supplies for s’more making.
Fire Pit, next to Pratt Hall, 8:30–9:30 pm

Saturday, October 19

Morning Coffee
The Mount Holyoke Fund invites you to come for morning coffee, tea, and pastries, and stay to socialize with other guests before you attend the Conversation with the President and the College officers.
Bottom Level, Blanchard Hall, 8:30–9 am

Conversation with the President and College Officers
President Stephens and the College officers invite you to join them in a conversation about the state of the College and the vision for the future.
Great Room, Blanchard Hall, 9–10 am

Family and Friends Choir Community Rehearsal
All family members and friends are invited to come to a fun and engaging rehearsal to sing together and learn the combined piece the morning of the concert. Breakfast will be served prior to the rehearsal.
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall, Rehearsal 10–11 am

Keep the Tradition Alive!
Does your firstie plant need repotting? Is it not as perky as it was when you adopted it? Perhaps you want to make more plants to share with family and friends. If so, Botanic Garden staff can help! Stop in at the Botanic Garden's Talcott Greenhouse with your plant to repot it, ask questions and maybe even propagate a new plant or two while exploring the diversity of the plant world.
Talcott Greenhouse, 10 am-noon

Career and Professional Development Panel (Nexus/Internships/The 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.
Great Room, Blanchard Hall, 10–11 am

M&Cs for Alumnae Family and Friends
It's never too early for M&Cs! The Alumnae Association invites all alumnae family and friends of current students to connect with one another while enjoying refreshments and grabbing some MHC gifts.
227 Blanchard Hall, 10 am–noon

MHC Swim/Dive Alum Meet
Pool 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 10 am-noon

Art Museum Sampler Tour
Hear from student guides about their favorite works of art in Mount Holyoke's renowned collection.
Art Museum, 10:30–11:30 am

Academic Highlight: Entrepreneurship and Business in this Century
Rick Feldman, lecturer in entrepreneurship, organizations and society; entrepreneurship coordinator
Come participate in hands-on, project-based learning that demonstrates the course work and curriculum in Professor Feldman’s field and receive an overview of what the courses and the Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society (EOS) initiative at Mount Holyoke has to offer. This includes business economics, global entrepreneurship, social impact enterprises, organizations and their finances, and opportunity discovery.
Cleveland L3 11 am-noon

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. McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives staff will introduce the panel, learning opportunities abroad and be on hand to answer questions.
Great Room, Blanchard Hall, 11 am–noon

Internship Symposium
Learn about students' experiences during their internships in Spanish speaking/Latinx communities while discussing topics of water equality, public health, immigration outreach, community building, education and more! Lunch will be provided.
Andreola Room, Willits-Hallowell, 11 am-3 pm

MHC Field Hockey vs. Wheaton College
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Wheaton College!
Soccer Fields, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, noon

Academic Highlight: Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab and MHC’s Maker Culture
The staff and faculty of the Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab will introduce participants to the space. The Fimbel Maker and Innovation Lab provides the resources to support novices and experts alike as they turn their ideas into tangible reality, fostering collaboration across the College and inspiring students to pursue careers and projects they might never have considered. The physical space brings together the tools, people and resources to support the expanding maker culture on campus from a central hub. Space is limited - first come, first served. Please note space is limited.
Prospect Hall, first floor, 1-2 pm

Pre-Law Panel
Join Pre-Law Advisor Roshonda DeGraffenreid, a current pre-law student, and recent alumnae for an interactive panel on the programs and services that support students who are interested in applying to law school after Mount Holyoke.
Cleveland L3, 1-2 pm

Highlight: Trees of Mount Holyoke Tour
One of the most alluring aspects of campus are the trees that envelop the campus in an ever-changing mantle. Join Botanic Garden director and curator Tom Clark for a walking tour during which he will share engaging stories and reveal the diversity of trees that comprise this arboreal asset.
Meet at Talcott Greenhouse, 1-2 pm

LITS Welcome Table
LITS (Library, Information, and Technology Services) staff welcome you to campus! Stop by the Library Atrium to learn about LITS services and to ask your library and technology questions.
Library Atrium, 1–4 pm

Wa-shin-an Japanese Tea House
Wa-shin-an will be open for tours and quiet sitting—no reservations required.
Eliot House, 1–5 pm

MHC Soccer vs. WPI
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Worcester Polytechnic Institute!
Soccer Fields, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 2 pm

Fall Fest with the Division of Student Involvement
Celebrate autumn at MHC with delicious treats from local Atkins Farm, music, activities, crafts, and so much more!
Skinner Green, 2–4 pm

Language Resource Center Open House
Come to the Language Resource Center for a brief tour of the updated space and exploration of the amazing resources they offer. Share your most memorable language experiences and advice for current students. Light refreshments will be served.
Ciruti Center, Room 6 (lower level), 2–4 pm

MHC Volleyball Alum Match
Gymnasium 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 3 pm

Academic Highlight: Campus Sustainability Tour
Join Carey Lang ’15, Assistant Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, to learn about what's new at Mount Holyoke around sustainability, including the College's goal to be a carbon neutral campus by 2037.
Meet outside Williston Memorial Library, 2-3 pm

Family and Friends Weekend Choral/Orchestral Concert
The Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and the Symphony Orchestra join forces to present a diverse selection of repertoire, culminating with a combined choral orchestral piece featuring the Family and Friends Choir.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 4–5:30 pm

President's Reception
On behalf of President Sonya Stephens, parents and guardians of current students are invited to attend the President's Reception on Saturday, October 19, from 4-5 pm at the President's House. We are looking forward to seeing you in person. Sponsored by the President's Office.
President's House, 4-5 pm

Highlight: Observatory Open House
The Society of Astronomy Students welcomes you to come see the oldest academic building on campus and look through the Clark Refractor telescope! Faculty and current astronomy majors will be there to give short tours and answer questions. There will be local snacks from Atkins.
John Payson Williston Observatory, 7-9 pm

Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, directed by Katy Gore ’20.
The classic tale of terrible first impressions, powerful social hierarchies, and the games people play all in the name of love—and money. October 18-19 at 7:30 pm and October 20 at 2 pm. Tickets will be available after July 1 at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre Box Office will be staffed beginning October 14, Monday through Saturday, 3-6 pm and one hour prior to each performance.
Rooke Theatre, 7:30pm

“Fall 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, 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Sunday, October 20

International Catholic Mass
Join the Catholic Community for a Mass of international songs and prayers.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 9–10 am

Highlight: Trees of Mount Holyoke Tour
One of the most alluring aspects of campus are the trees that envelop the campus in an ever-changing mantle. Join Botanic Garden director and curator Tom Clark for a walking tour during which he will share engaging stories and reveal the diversity of trees that comprise this arboreal asset.
Meet at Talcott Greenhouse, 9-10 am

Pre-Health Session
Join Director of Pre-Health Programs Kathryn Lipp for a session on preparing to enter graduate programs in the health professions, and how the pre-health office at Mount Holyoke supports our students and alumnae.
Cleveland L3, 10–11 am

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

Brunch at Willits-Hallowell*
Enjoy a special Sunday brunch at the waterfront Willits-Hallowell Conference Center during Family and Friends Weekend. This special brunch is a celebration of the autumn harvest.
Reservations for brunch can be made by calling 413-538-2217.
Willits-Hallowell Center, 11 am–1 pm
*Please note, brunch is not included on any student meal plan or other Dining Services tickets for the Weekend.

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, noon–3 pm

MHC Field Hockey Alum Game
Soccer Fields, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, noon

MHC Squash Alum Match
Squash Courts, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, noon

Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, directed by Katy Gore '20.
The classic tale of terrible first impressions, powerful social hierarchies, and the games people play all in the name of love—and money. October 18-19 at 7:30 pm and October 20 at 2 pm. Tickets will be available after July 1 at https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre. Box Office will be staffed beginning October 14, Monday through Saturday, 3-6 pm and one hour prior to each performance.
Rooke Theatre, 2 pm

Hours and Resources

Welcome Center
Blanchard Hall, Main Level
Friday, 10 am–8 pm; Saturday, 8 am–6 pm; Sunday, open but unstaffed

Student Art Gallery
Blanchard Hall
Monday–Friday, 9 am–9 pm; Saturday–Sunday, noon–9 pm

Art Museum Hours for Family and Friends Weekend
Saturday, October 19, 10 am–5 pm with Art Museum Sampler Tour by student guides from 10:30–11:30 am
Sunday, October 20, 1–5 pm

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Saturday, October 19, 10 am–1 pm
Sunday, October 20, 2–5 pm

Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday–Friday, 9 am-4 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

Admissions 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 am, 11 am and 1 pm

Equestrian Center Open Hours
56 Park Street
Monday-Friday, 10 am–4 pm

Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Core Hours
Monday–Thursday, 6:30 am–11 pm; Friday, 6:30 am–10 pm; Saturday, 9 am–9 pm; Sunday, 10 am–10 pm

Kendall Open Swim
Monday, 12:30–2 pm & 7–9 pm; Tuesday, noon-2 pm and 7–8 pm; Wednesday, 12:30–2 pm and 7–9 pm; Thursday, noon-2 pm and 7–10 pm; Friday, noon–2 pm and 7–8 pm; Saturday, 2–4 pm; Sunday, 3–4 pm

Kendall Fitness Center
Monday–Thursday, 6:30 am–11 pm; Friday, 6:30 am–10 pm; Saturday, 9 am–9 pm; Sunday, 10 am–10 pm

Williston Library
Monday–Thursday, 8–2 am; Friday, 8 am–10 pm; Saturday, 9 am–10 pm; Sunday, 9–2 am

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, 9 am–midnight
Blanchard Hall, Room 318

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting; Friday, October 19; Room 318, 9–10 pm, Open to anyone who would like to share his or her experiences, strength, and hope to help others recover from alcoholism.
  • Recovery Gratitude Meeting; Saturday, October 20; Room 318, 10–11 am; Open to anyone who has been affected by another's use of alcohol or other drugs who would like to share his or her experiences, strength, and hope.

Balfour Class Rings
Friday, noon–5 pm; Saturday, 10 am–4 pm; Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
Community Center, outside the Dining Commons

Village Commons Stores and Restaurants

Odyssey Bookshop
Monday, 10 am–6 pm; Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–6 pm; Sunday, noon–5 pm.

Wow Frozen Yogurt
Sunday-Thursday, noon-8 pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-9 pm.

IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen
Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 am–9:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am–10 pm.

Johnny’s Bar and Grille
Sunday–Wednesday, 11:30 am–9:30 pm; Thursday, 11:30 am–10 pm; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 am–11 pm.

Tower Theaters
Monday, 11:30 am–9 pm; Tuesday, 10 am–9 pm; Wednesday, 11:30 am–9 pm; Thursday–Sunday, 11:30 am–11 pm.

Tailgate Picnic
Monday–Friday, 6:30 am–7 pm; Saturday, 6:30 am–5 pm; Sunday, 7 am-5 pm.

Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar
Sunday-Wednesday, 7 am-9 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7 am-10 pm.

Duro West African Cuisine
Tuesday-Saturday, 1-9 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday