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 - please see below for our schedule of events for the 2018 weekend. 

If you or a member of your party are in need of accommodations or have accessibility needs please contact the Office of Student Programs at studentprograms@mtholyoke.edu, or stop by the Welcome Center in Blanchard Hall.

Weekend Exhibit

Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees
Building Bridges includes photographs and interviews with people who have come to the United States as immigrants or refugees from all over the world. The exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about immigrants and refugees as a way to prevent bullying and hatred towards this diverse group of people in the United States.
Student Art Gallery, Blanchard Hall
Monday–Friday, 9 am–9 pm; Saturday–Sunday, noon–9 pm

Friday, October 19

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 19, 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: Project Stream Restoration Site tour
Kate Ballantine
, assistant professor of environmental studies, will tour participants around the Project Stream Site. The Mount Holyoke College Restoration Ecology Program, founded in 2012, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for students to engage with the growing field of restoration ecology. Join Professor Ballantine for a hands-on experience and to learn more about this integral part of the MHC curriculum!
Meet at docks by Upper Lake, 4 – 5 pm. Space is limited. 

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, 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

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

An important early feminist drama from 1916, this one-act piece by Susan Glaspell explores the divide between men and women and poses the questions “What is justice?” and “Who gets to judge?” Directed by Visiting Lecturer in Acting and Directing. October 18-20 at 7:30 pm and October 21 at 2 pm Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.

Buy tickets after July 1 at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre
Rooke Theatre, 7:30 pm

Jazz Concert: “What is Hip?”
Join the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke (Big Band, Vocal & Chamber Jazz) as they explore stylish and contemporary music by Leonard Bernstein, Gordon Goodwin, Henry Mancini, Manhattan Transfer, and Tower of Power. Mark Gionfriddo, director.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 7:30 – 9 pm

Pelmeni Fest
The Mount Holyoke College Russian and Eurasian Studies Department present Pelmeni Fest! Are you interested in eating delicious Russian pelmeni? Come join us! Russian department students, faculty, friends, and anyone else interested will get together to chat, relax, play games and EAT pelmeni! You do not need to speak Russian to enjoy Pelmeni Fest.
ACE House, 8 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 20

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.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, Rehearsal 10–11 am

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.
Willits-Hallowell Center Living Room, 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: Makerspace and MHC’s Maker Culture
Katherine Aidala, chair of physics and chair of engineering, will introduce participants to Mount Holyoke’s Makerspace. The Makerspace 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.
Art 211, 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

MHC Soccer vs. Wheaton College
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Wheaton College!
Soccer Fields, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, noon – 2 pm

Academic Highlight: Creative Music Technology
Thomas Ciufo, faculty innovation hire in digital music and music entrepreneurship will provide an introduction to MHC’s new music tech labs and the new course offering in creative music technology. This new initiative gives students an opportunity to explore the techniques, practices and aesthetics surrounding creative applications of new music technologies, including sound recording and production, mixing, synthesis and digital music creation. We will tour and explore the labs, as well as listen to student projects. Space is limited.
Music Tech Lab in Pratt 103 and 104, directly behind the Pratt Music Library, 1 – 1:30 pm and 1:30 – 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: Observatory Open House
The Society of Astronomy Students welcomes you to come see the oldest academic building on campus and look at the Clark Refractor telescope! Faculty and current astronomy majors will be there to give short tours and answer questions.
John Payson Williston Observatory, 1 - 3 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 Field Hockey vs. Smith College
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Smith College!
Soccer Fields, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 2 – 4 pm

Fall Fest with the Division of Student Life
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

Academic Highlight: Next-generation solar cells for flexible, low cost electricity from the sun
Join Professor Alexi Arango for this session. A number of innovations at Mount Holyoke’s Solar Cell Laboratory are bringing flexible, high efficiency, low cost solar cells one step closer to reality.
Community Center, Great Room, 3 – 4 pm

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, 4 – 5 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

An important early feminist drama from 1916, this one-act piece by Susan Glaspell explores the divide between men and women and poses the questions “What is justice?” and “Who gets to judge?” Directed by Visiting Lecturer in Acting and Directing. October 18-20 at 7:30 pm and October 21 at 2 pm. Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.
Buy tickets after July 1 at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre.
Rooke Theatre, 7:30 pm

“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 21

International Catholic Mass
Join the Catholic Community for a Mass of international songs and prayers.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 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, 11:30 am – 1:30 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

An important early feminist drama from 1916, this one-act piece by Susan Glaspell explores the divide between men and women and poses the questions “What is justice?” and “Who gets to judge?” Directed by Visiting Lecturer in Acting and Directing. Ticket prices $8 general, $5 students and senior citizens.
Buy tickets after July 1 at: www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/theatre.
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 20, 10 am – 5 pm with Art Museum Sampler Tour by student guides from 10:30 – 11:30 am
Sunday, October 21, 1 – 5 pm

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

Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday–Friday, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday–Sunday, 9 am – 5 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, 10 am – 1 pm
Blanchard Hall, next to the Information Desk

Village Commons Stores and Restaurants

Crazy Moon
Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.
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 – 10:00 pm; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 am – 11:00 pm.
Tower Theaters
Monday, 11:30 am – 9:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Wednesday, 11:30 am – 9:00 pm; Thursday–Sunday, 11:30 am – 11:00 pm.
Tailgate Picnic
Monday–Friday, 6:30 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday, 6:30 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. 
Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar
Sunday-Wednesday, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 am - 10:00 pm.