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 is our schedule of events for the 2016 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 Campus Center.

Friday, October 21

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, 10:00 am-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 shape their academic, professional, and personal goals. More than 150 students will be presenting.

Kendade Atrium, noon-6:00 pm 
Jumma Lunch and Prayers

Join the Muslim community for a Halal lunch and prayers afterward. All are welcome. 

Eliot House Lounge, noon-1:00 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 the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Eliot House Lounge, 1:00-2:00 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 21, at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm.  Reservations for ceremonies are required; to sign up, email hatchley@mtholyoke.edu
Eliot House, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm
MHC Soccer vs. Elms College
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Elms College! 
Field #2, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 4:00-7:00 pm
Academic Highlight: “Fashion, Style and Design”
Vanessa James, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre Arts will explore with participants the impact of political and social change on the fashion and decorative art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. The event will offer a glimpse into how and why fashions were created, an exploration of the meaning and significance of style, and an examination of the role of design in the popular imagination and cultural memory of the period. Join Professor James as she provides a look into her first-year seminar. 
Rooke Theatre, Green Room and Design Room, 4:00-5:00 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, 4:00–5:00 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, 5:00–6:00 pm
Jewish Community Shabbat Dinner

Join the Jewish Community and Amelia Ender, the Jewish Chaplain, for Community Shabbat Dinner. All are welcome.
Eliot House, 6:00–9:00 pm
Performance of “Lipstick Thespians”
The Mount Holyoke Department of Theatre Arts is proud to present a student-run revue. Please join us for an evening of fun and frivolity that is completely produced, performed, designed, and directed by Mount Holyoke students. Perfect for Friends and Family Weekend! October 21-22. Reservations: call 413-538-2406 or email rookeboxoffice@gmail.com
Rooke Theatre, 7:30-9:00 pm  
Jazz Concert: “Wild Life!”
Join the Jazz Ensembles (Big Band, Vocal and Chamber Jazz) as they explore the animal kingdom in music by Kris Berg, Les Brown, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, and Henry Mancini. Mark Gionfriddo, director. 
A dessert reception will follow the concert.
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 7:30-9:00 pm
Post Concert Refreshments

After the Jazz Concert, end your day on a sweet note and join performers, families and friends for beverages and light desserts. Sponsored by the Family and Friends Weekend Committee.

Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall, 8:30–9:30 pm

Saturday, October 22

Coffee Hour
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 Acting President and her College officers. 
Art Museum Lobby, 8:00-9:00 am
Conversation with the Acting President and her Senior Team
Acting 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.  
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, 9:00-10:00 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.
Cleveland L-3, 10:00-11:00 am
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
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. 
Cleveland L-1, 11:00 am-noon
MHC Volleyball vs. Westfield State University
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Westfield State University! 
Gymnasium 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
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
M&Cs for Alumnae Families
The Alumnae Association invites all alumnae family and friends of current students to connect with one another while enjoying refreshments and grabbing some MHC gear.
Alumnae Association Lobby, Mary Woolley Hall, 11:00 am–1:00 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 L-3, 1:00-2:00 pm
MHC Field Hockey vs. MIT
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on MIT! 
Artificial Turf, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 1:00-3:00 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, 1:00-4:00 pm
Wa-shin-an Japanese Tea House
Wa-shin-an will be open for tours and visits—no reservations required.
Eliot House, 1:00-5:00 pm
Academic Highlight: “Climate Change: Myth or Reality?”
Described by some as "...the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," and by others "the most important environmental issue of our time," climate change has become a significant polarizing issue in our society. Join Professor of Geology Alan Werner for a look into the science of climate change, a topic explored by students in his first-year seminar. How does the climate system work, what do we know about past (geologic) climate change and what is the evidence that humans are warming the planet? Is a warmer world all that bad?
Cleveland L-1, 2:00-3:00 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, 2:00-4:00 pm
Language Resource Center Open House
Come to the Language Resource Center for a brief tour and exploration of their amazing resources. Share your most memorable language experiences and advice for current students. Light refreshments will be served. 
Ciruti Center, Room 6 (lower level), 2:00-4:00 pm
MHC Volleyball vs. Daniel Webster College
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on Daniel Webster College! 
Gymnasium 1, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 3:00-6:00 pm
Movie Feature: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Check out this new movie favorite that explores the question, "what exactly are your pets doing when you’re not at home?" Rated PG.
Gamble Auditorium, 3:30-5:00 pm
Family and Friends Weekend Choral/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 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
Performance of “Lipstick Thespians”
The Mount Holyoke Department of Theatre Arts is proud to present a student-run revue. Please join us for an evening of fun and frivolity that is completely produced, performed, designed, and directed by Mount Holyoke students. Perfect for Friends and Family Weekend! October 21-22. Reservations: call 413-538-2406 or email rookeboxoffice@gmail.com
Rooke Theatre, 7:30-9:00 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, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Sunday, October 23

International Catholic Mass
Join the Catholic Community for a Mass of international songs and prayers. All are welcome.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 9:00-10:00am
Pre-Health Session
Join Pre-Health Programs Advisor Kathryn Lipp for a session on health-related programs at Mount Holyoke. 
Cleveland L-3, 10:00-11:00 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
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
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 413-538-2217.
*Please note, brunch is not included on any student meal plan or other Dining Services tickets for the Weekend.  Participants will pay for their brunch at Willits-Hallowell Center at the conclusion of their meal.
Willits-Hallowell Center, 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Hours & Resources

Welcome Center
Blanchard Campus Center Main Level
Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, open but unstaffed
Tickets for the Gracious Dinner can be purchased Friday, 2:30-7:00pm and Saturday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Student Art Gallery
Blanchard Campus Center
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 12:00–9:00 pm
Art Museum
Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm, Special extended hours Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm with Art Museum Sampler Tour by student guides from 10:30 to 11:30am.
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Wednesdays and Sundays 2:00-5:00pm, Special extended hours Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.
Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday-Friday 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm
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 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Equestrian Center Open Hours
The Equestrian Center is open for visitors from 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday.
56 Park Street, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Core Hours
Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am-11:00 pm; Friday 6:30 am-10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Kendall Open Swim
Monday-Friday, noon-2:00 pm; Monday and Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm; Tuesday and Friday, 7:00-8:00 pm; Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm; Sunday, 3:00-4:00 pm
Kendall Fitness Center
Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am-11:00 pm; Friday, 6:30 am-10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Williston Library
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-2:00 am; Friday, 8:00 am-10:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am-10:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am-2:00 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, 9:00 am-midnightBlanchard Campus Center, Room 318
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting; Friday, October 21st; Room 318, 9:00-10:00 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 22nd; Room 318, 10:00-11:00 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-5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Blanchard Campus Center, in front of the Campus Store

Village Commons Stores and Restaurants

Crazy Moon
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Sunday, noon-5:00 pm
Odyssey Bookshop
Monday 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, noon-5:00 pm
Wow Frozen Yogurt
Monday-Friday, noon-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon-10:00 pm
IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am-10:00 pm; Sunday, 11:30 am-9:30 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
Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 am-9:00 pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7:00 am-10:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am-9:00 pm