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! Events for 2016 are currently in the planning process. We will continue to post events as they are confirmed.
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, 10am-12pm
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, 12pm-6pm
Jumma Lunch & Prayers
Join the Muslim community for a Halal lunch and prayers afterwards. All are welcome.
Eliot House Lounge, 12pm-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 the Religious & Spiritual Life Department.
Eliot House Lounge, 1pm-2pm
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 on Friday, October 21, at 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00pm. Reservations for ceremonies are required; to sign up email email@example.com
Eliot House, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm
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, 4pm-7pm
Academic Highlight: “Fashion, Style and Design”
Professor and Chair of the Theatre Arts department, Vanessa James will explore with participants the impact of political and social change on the fashion and decorative art movements of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. With a glimpse into how and why fashions were created, 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.
Vanessa James, Professor of Theatre Arts Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Rooke’s Green Room & Design Room, 4pm-5pm
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, 4pm–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, 5pm–6pm
Jewish Community Shabbat Dinner
Join the Jewish Community and Amelia Ender, the Jewish Chaplain, for Community Shabbat Dinner. All are welcome.
Eliot House, 6pm–9pm
Performance of “Student Revue”
The Mount Holyoke Theatre Department is proud to present a student-run revue. Please join us for an evening of fun and frivolity completely produced, performed, designed and directed by Mount Holyoke students. Perfect for Friends & Family Weekend! October 21 & 22. Reservations: 413-538-2406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rooke Theatre, 7:30-9pm
Family & Friends Weekend Jazz Concert: “Wild Life!”
Join the Jazz Ensembles (Big Band, Vocal & 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, 7:30pm-9pm
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, 8:45pm–9:30 pm
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
Open to anyone who would like to share their experience, strength, and hope with others to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism.
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 318, 9pm-10pm
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 Senior Team.
Art Museum Lobby, 8am-9am
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, 9am-10 am
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.
Cleveland L-3, 10am-11am
Recovery Gratitude Meeting
Open to anyone who has been affected by another's use of alcohol or other drugs who would like to share their experience, strength, and hope.
Blanchard Campus Center, Room 318, 10am-11am
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, 11am-12pm
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, 11am-2pm
Art Museum Sampler Tour
Hear from Student Guides about their favorite works of art in Mount Holyoke's renowned collection.
Art Museum, 10:30am-11:30am
Family & 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, 11am-12:15pm
Join Roshonda DeGraffenreid, Pre-Law Advisor, a current pre-law student and recent alumna for an interactive panel on the programs and services that support students interested in applying to law school after Mount Holyoke.
Cleveland L-3, 1pm-2pm
MHC Field Hockey vs. MIT
Come out to cheer on the team as they take on MIT!
Artificial Turf, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, 1pm-3pm
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.
Atrium, Library, 1pm-4pm
Wa-shin-an Japanese Tea House
Wa-shin-an will be open for tours and visits, 1:00-5:00pm--no reservations required.
Eliot House, 1pm-5pm
Academic Highlight: “Climate Change: Myth or Reality?”
Described by some as "...the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," and "the most important environmental issue of our time" by others, climate change has become a significant polarizing issue in our society. Join Professor 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?
Alan Werner, Professor of Geology
Cleveland L1, 2pm-3pm
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, 2pm-4pm
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 6 (lower level), 2-4pm
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, 3pm-6pm
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, 3:30pm to 5pm
Family & 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 & Friends Choir.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 4pm–5:30pm
“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, 7:30pm doors, show 8pm
International Catholic Mass
Join the Catholic Community for a Mass of International songs and prayers.
Abbey Memorial Chapel, 9:30am-10:30am
Join Pamela B. Matheson, Ph.D., Director of Pre-Health Programs for a session on health-related programs at Mount Holyoke.
Cleveland L-3, 10am-11am
International Tea & Pastries
Join the Staff of Religious and Spiritual Life for international tea and pastries and conversation. Discover what programs, services, and spiritual literacy we offer our students.
Eliot House Lounge, 10:30am-11:30am
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, 11am-2pm
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. Brunch is paid for at Willits-Hallowell Center at the conclusion of your meal.
Willits-Hallowell Center, 11:30am-1:30pm
Student Art Gallery
Blanchard Campus Center
Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm–9pm
Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm, Special extended hours Saturday, October 24 from 10am-5pm with Art Museum Sampler Tour by Student Guides from 10:30am-11:30am.
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Wednesdays and Sundays 2pm-5pm, Special extended hours Sunday, October 25 from 10am-1pm.
Botanic Garden, Talcott Greenhouse
Monday - Friday 9am–4pm, Saturday-Sunday 1pm -4pm
Guided tours of the Mount Holyoke College campus. Tours last 1hr 15min. Meet at the Office of Admission, Newhall Center, Route 116.
Saturday 10am, 11am and 1pm
Equestrian Center Open Hours
The Equestrian Center is open for visitors from 10am-4pm Friday.
56 Park Street, 10am-4pm
Kendall Sports and Dance Complex Core Hours
Monday-Thursday 6:30am-11pm, Friday 6:30am-10pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-10pm
Kendall Open Swim
Monday-Wednesday 12:30pm-2pm, 7pm-9pm, Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm, Tuesday 7pm-8pm, Thursday 7pm-10pm, Saturday 2pm-4pm, Sunday 3pm-4pm
Kendall Fitness Center
Monday-Thursday 6:30am-11pm, Friday 6:30am-10pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday
Monday-Thursday 8am-2am, Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-2am
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.
Balfour Class Rings
Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
Blanchard Campus Center, in front of the Campus Store
Monday-Saturdayday 10am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Wow Frozen Yogurt
Monday- Friday 12pm-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-10pm
IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-10pm, Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm
Johnny’s Bar and Grille
Sunday-Wednesday 11:30am-9:30pm, Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11pm
Monday 11:30am-9pm, Tuesday 10am-9pm, Wednesday 11:30am-9pm, Thursday-Sunday 11:30am -11PM
Monday-Friday 6:30am-7pm, Saturday 6:30am-5pm, Sunday 7am-5pm
Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar
Monday-Wednesday 7am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 7am-9pm