Family Weekend 2018 - October 19-21

General Registration for Family Weekend is now OPEN!

General registration helps the Office of Student Affairs estimate how many families will attend Penn's Family Weekend (FW) but it is not required. You will NOT receive a confirmation after registration is complete and only have to register once per family. Please continue to check back to this page for updates on the schedule, and come to the FW info desk upon arrival for more information!

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to campus! Click here for general registration.

*SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES*

College of Arts and Sciences Families: After registering through this site, registration is still required for most events organized by the College of Arts and Sciences.  Registration is now closed for these events. Please contact The College of Arts and Sciences Office with any registration questions at 215-898-6341.

Schedule of Events:

(The schedule is tentative and is subject to change until the week of Family Weekend)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19th


GENERAL

INFORMATION BOOTH 10am - 6pm
Houston Hall Lobby, 3417 Spruce Street
Visit the Information Booth to find answers to questions you might have about the weekend, pick up "Proud Penn Parent" buttons and a Family Weekend Brochure that will provide supplemental information about activities for Penn Families; the Brochure is not necessary as this website and the Family Weekend app include the same details.

CLASSES WITH YOUR STUDENTS 10am - 4pm
Join your student in class on Friday or visit a class of your choice, however please note that you should arrive at the class well in advance of the start of class to ask the professor if it is appropriate and if there is room in the classroom. Please be aware that if you wish to join your students in class, you must ask them to provide you with their schedules in advance and ask your student to get an approval from the professor. Students and staff at the Information Booth will be happy to assist you in locating classrooms.

LOCUST WALK ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 10am - 6pm
Between 36th & 37th on Locust Walk
Allow some time to stroll down Locust Walk and browse the beautiful hand-made crafts sold by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING 9am - 5pm
Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street Room 100
Questions about financial aid? Speak with a financial counselor during our walk-in hours.

GREENFIELD INTERCULTURAL CENTER OPEN HOUSE & LUNCHEON 11am-2pm
Greenfield Intercultural Center, 3708 Chestnut Street
The Greenfield Intercultural Center and Penn KIPP extend a Fall Welcome to families and significant others to join us to get to know our students/staff, learn about our intercultural offerings and check out our services to support students are first in their families to attend Penn. Weather permitting, come linger in our Lenape garden. Light lunch and refreshments provided.

HOW TO #LivePenn AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR 12-1pm
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Staff from the Housing Assignments Office, Off-Campus Services, and Penn Dining will provide a brief overview of what your students need to know when planning for their next year at Penn. There will also be time for one-on-one conversations with staff.

CAMPUS TOUR 1pm
Students from the Kite & Key Society will lead tours departing from the Information Booth, located inside Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street.

STAYING HEALTHY AT PENN-STUDENT HEALTH 101 1pm-2pm
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Student Health Centers have advanced greatly over the past decade. This is an opportunity to learn about the advanced medicine available to your Penn student. We'll give an overview of what's provided, how it works, and the ways you can help us help your student stay healthy and well.

PENN WOMEN'S CENTER OPEN HOUSE 1-3pm
3643 Locust Walk
Stop by Penn Women's Center for warm drinks and fall treats. Staff and student leaders will be on hand to give tours of our space and discuss the center's history and mission.

WEINGARTEN LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER OPEN HOUSE 1:30-3:15 pm
Stouffer Commons, Suite 300, 3702 Spruce Street
Gather new ideas for academic learning when you visit the Weingarten Center. Explore topic specific sessions:
Our Ten Best Study Strategies 1:30 �" 2:00 pm
The college-level learning and study strategies addressed in this session are applicable to your Penn student as well as other family members.
Apps for Academic Success 2:15-2:45 pm
This session will present strategies for effective technology use in academic settings.
The Office of Student Disability Services Welcomes You 2:45-3:15 pm
Student Disabilities Services Staff will be available to meet with families to answer questions and provide information.

CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE & PRESENTATION 2-4pm
Career Services Office, Suite 20, McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk
Stop by the Career Services office to meet the career and pre-graduate/professional school advisors.  Short presentations will be held at 2:00 and 3:00 to help you learn about the services the office provides and the "First Destinations" for our most recent graduating class.

CENTER FOR HISPANIC EXCELLENCE: LA CASA LATINA, MAKUU: BLACK CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER AND PAN-ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm
ARCH Building, Ground Floor, 3601 Locust Walk
Join the staff and students of three of Penn's cultural resource centers and see all that they have to offer.  You will be greeted by students and staff in a welcoming environment and have an opportunity to learn about the work we do.  Desserts and refreshments will be served.  All families are encouraged to drop in for a visit!

PENN ABROAD OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm
Perry World House, Global Policy Lab, 3803 Locust Walk
Where Will Penn Take You?
Join the Penn Abroad team and student ambassadors to learn about the many global opportunities available to Penn student including: semester, academic year, research, internships, short-term, and summer programs. Light refreshments will be provided.

LGBT CENTER'S FREE FUN FRIDAY: FOODIE FRIDAY 3-5pm
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street
Join Center staff and students for our weekly Free Fun Friday event: foodie edition.  We will be making tasty treats with a guest chef, meeting new people, and having fun.  Center staff will also be available to answer any questions you have and give tours.

SAMOSAS, CHAI, & BEAN PIES WITH PENN MSA FAMILIES 3-5pm
Christian Association, 118 S 37th St
Join the Muslim Life Program at Penn (MLP) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) for an afternoon of samosas, chai, and bean pies at the Christian Association (CA). Chaplain Patty will be discussing about Muslim life at Penn and the resources offered to students.

A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT GUTMANN 4-5pm
Irvine Auditorium, Main Hall, 3401 Spruce Street
Though spread out over the globe, the Penn family is linked by Penn's distinct character.  Come hear Amy Gutmann speak about her vision for the future of Penn and what it means to be a part of the Penn family today and tomorrow.  All parents and families are invited to attend.

WHARTON SCHOOL

HOW MUCH IS YOUR (WAITING) TIME WORTH? 1-2pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall G06, 3730 Walnut
"Your time is important to us" is a common phrase used by many firms as customers are waiting.  But how important is it? What is the value of your time?  We will try to explore how customers value their waiting times, and how firms impact customers' decisions and perception of time.  We will talk about the use of Big (and Small) Data to answer these questions.

THE ETHICS OF NEUROMARKETING: SHOULD WE WORRY THAT MARKETERS ARE STUDYING OUR BRAINS? 2:10-3:10pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall G06, 3730 Walnut
Cognitive neuroscience techniques increasingly are used by marketers to gauge consumer reactions. But should consumers worry that marketers will discover a "buy" button in the brain? And will expectations of privacy be violated by neuroscience techniques? This session will explain and provide examples of the three most prominent cognitive neuroscience marketing techniques: eye-tracking, Electroencephalography  (EEG), and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), as well as raise questions about the ethics of their present-day and future use.

PENN ATHLETICS EVENTS

RED & BLUE BASH 5pm
Shoemaker Green
Quaker families are invited to the Red and Blue Bash pre-game gathering on Shoemaker Green. Before heading into the game, enjoy activities, a selfie station, give aways and free food for Penn students. This event is free and open to the public.

PENN FOOTBALL VS YALE 7pm
Franklin Field 
The Red and Blue take on Yale in a nationally televised showdown. Penn students get free tickets to the game, plus Family Weekend attendees can get discounted tickets to the game and sit with their students!  To get discounted tickets, Penn students should purchase guest tickets through the Penn Student Ticket Portal. Student guest tickets are just $10 in advance. Visit PennAthletics.com/students for more information. If Family Weekend attendees would prefer to sit outside of the student section, tickets can be purchased by calling the Penn Ticket Office at 215-898-6151 or visit PennAthletics.com/BuyNow.

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

COMEDY SPORTZ 8pm
Hall of Flags, Lower Level, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
The whole family will enjoy this fast-paced comedy competition in which two teams of comedians perform a series of improvisational comedy sketches based on audience suggestions. Good, clean, FREE fun for everyone!

PENN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 8pm
Irvine Auditorium
Thomas Hong, music director
The Penn Symphony Orchestra will perform works by J.S. Bach, Massenet, and Rossini, in addition to Tchaikovsky's majestic Fourth Symphony.  The concert will also feature two recent alumni, Hannah Park ('17) and Jessie Lu ('17) as featured violin soloists for J.S. Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins". Tickets:  FREE with a PennCard; $5 general admission

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th


GENERAL

INFORMATION BOOTH 10am - 3pm
Houston Hall Lobby, 3417 Spruce Street
Visit the Information Booth to find answers to questions you might have about the weekend, pick up "Proud Penn Parent" buttons and a Family Weekend Brochure that will provide supplemental information about activities for Penn Families; the Brochure is not necessary as this website and the Family Weekend app include the same details.

LOCUST WALK ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 10am - 6pm
Between 36th & 37th on Locust Walk
Allow some time to stroll down Locust Walk and browse the beautiful hand-made crafts sold by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

CAMPUS TOURS 1pm
Students from the Kite & Key Society will lead tours departing from the Information Booth, located inside Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street.

FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE INFORMATIONAL SESSION 2-3pm
Ben Franklin Room, 2nd Floor, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
We are the vanguard, the forward-thinking leaders of the fraternity and sorority community at Penn, and we're here to reinvent the meaning of Greek.  Whether you're looking for next steps or new beginnings, our standards of integrity, inclusion, respects, and service will be a foundation to build on and compass to guide you.  Lifelong relationships start here, in a world-class community that's driven to make an impact.
It starts somewhere.
It start with you.

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from the Intercultural Greek Council (IGC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council (PHC), and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL). Learn more about how fraternities and sororities complement the student experience at Penn!

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
As Penn's largest undergraduate school, The College is limited in its ability to accommodate families with students enrolled in other undergraduate schools.  As such, many events are restricted to College of Arts & Sciences families and require registration.  Those programs are noted below.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH POSTER EXHIBIT 10 - 11am
Reading Room, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Join the Dean and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences for an opportunity to chat with students about their research. Light breakfast will be served.

THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE 11am - 12pm
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Capacity: 500 (College of Arts & Sciences families only, registration required).
Dr. Paul Sniegowski, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Janet Tighe, Dean of Freshmen and Director of Academic Advising, faculty and students will participate in a discussion about college life.

THE COLLEGE LUNCHEON 12 - 1:30pm
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Capacity: 350 (College of Arts & Sciences students and families only, registration and ticket required.)
An informal buffet with the Dean, faculty and staff of the College. In attendance: Dr. Anne Duchene, Senior Lecturer and Director of Microeconomic Principles in the Department of Economics. 

YOU'RE MAJORING IN WHAT?! 1:30 - 2:30pm
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Capacity: 500 (College of Arts & Sciences students and families only, registration required)
A broad foundation in the arts and sciences prepares students best for the wide-ranging career challenges they'll face after Penn. Come hear successful College alumni discuss the impact of their choice of majors on their diverse career paths. College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisors and Career Counselors will join in the discussion.

COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE 2:45 - 3:45pm
402 Claudia Cohen Hall
Capacity: 140 (College of Arts & Sciences students and families only, registration required)
The ability to express oneself clearly and effectively is essential to success in any field and is a hallmark of civic engagement. The College provides CWiC undergraduate advisors who conduct one-on-one coaching sessions with students and facilitate workshops. During this session, advisors will provide a sample of a CWiC workshop. CWiC is a Weigle Information Commons Program Partner.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 9 - 10am
First Floor Lobby, Levine Hall, 3330 Walnut Street
Faculty and students from each department will be available for questions and conversation in the Levine Hall Lobby.

A DISCUSSION WITH THE DEAN 10am
Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall, 3330 Walnut Street
Dean Vijay Kumar will give an overview of current events in Penn Engineering.

STUDENT PANEL 10:45am 
Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall, 3330 Walnut Street
Hear about the lives of engineering students including their post-graduation aspirations and the multitude of activities they are involved in on campus. The floor will then be opened to an audience Q&A period.

TOUR OF FACILITIES 11:15am
First Floor Lobby, Levine, Hall, 3330 Walnut Street
Penn Engineering student-hosted tours of the Penn Engineering's teaching and research facilities.

PENN ENGINEERING GEAR SALE 10am-12pm
Penn Engineering logo items will be available for sale in the Cyber Cafe in Levine Hall.

SCHOOL OF NURSING
We welcome you to RSVP to our events HERE, however, it is not required that you do so. 

SCHOOL OF NURSING DEAN'S WELCOME 10am 
Claire M. Fagin Hall, Ann L. Roy Auditorium
Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing welcomes Penn Nursing families to Family Weekend!

A PENN NURSING EDUCATION 10:15am
Claire M. Fagin Hall, Ann L. Roy Auditorium
Learn about the various ways students are able to individualize the Penn Nursing experience in this overview from the Office of Academic Affairs.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30am
Claire M. Fagin Hall, First and Second Floor Classrooms
Interested in working alongside top nursing research faculty? Hoping to learn about healthcare systems in other parts of the world by traveling abroad? Hear from faculty, staff and students about these opportunities - and more! - during our interactive breakout sessions.  A detailed schedule and registration information will be shared in the fall.

NURSING STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS SHOWCASE/SNAP CLOTHING SALE 11:45am 
Claire M. Fagin Hall, Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby
Meet the pride of Penn Nursing, our student leaders! The School of Nursing boasts a thriving network of student organizations that help build community in the school and lead student-driven initiatives. Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) will also be selling Penn Nursing clothing, so make sure to stop by!

PENN NURSING FAMILY WEEKEND LUNCH 12 -1pm 
Claire M. Fagin Hall, Carol Elizabeth Ware Lobby
Join members of the School of Nursing faculty and staff for a light lunch.

WHARTON SCHOOL

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST 9-9:20am
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street
Share a cup of coffee and conversation with Undergraduate Division academic advisors, Student Life and Career Services staff.

VICE DEAN'S WELCOME 9:20-9:30am
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Patty and Jay H. Baker Forum
Join Vice Dean Lori Rosenkopf as she welcomes Wharton families to campus and help families get into the Wharton spirit.

HOMEROOM SESSIONS 9:35-10:25am
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, F- and G-Level Classrooms
Academic advisors will discuss Wharton's approach to advising and how students can tailor certain aspects of the curriculum to meet their individual goals. Families will meet with their student's advisor, as per their cohort affiliation, which can be found at the registration desks.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:30am-12pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, F- and G-Level Classrooms
Take a walk through a typical freshman year, learn about research and experiential learning opportunities, and more during breakout sessions presented by Undergraduate Division staff members.

PENN ATHLETICS EVENTS

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 11am
The Palestra
Red & Blue Scrimmage

MEN'S BASKETBALL 11am
The Palestra
Red & Blue Scrimmage

SPRINT FOOTBALL 1pm
Franklin Field 
Penn vs. Caldwell

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

STUDENT PERFORMING ARTS NIGHT 8pm 
Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street
An annual family favorite. Members of Penn's student theatrical, vocal, instrumental, dance and comedy groups will perform excerpts from their fall shows. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults and at the door tickets (it tickets are still available) will be $10 for students and $15 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.  Students can also stop by Platt Student Performing Arts House to purchase tickets in person.

THE PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT 8pm
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cellos and Radiohead were meant to collide, and the results are seriously epic. Portland's premiere alt-classical group, complete with brass, percussion and vocals, pays tribute to Radiohead with a unique spin on music from the band's OK Computer album and other favorites. "Every piece is treated with equal sincerity, and arranged not just to invoke the original but deconstruct and re-imagine its essence." (Seattle Times) Expect an evening "where boundaries are blurred and cellos are in abundance." (The Strad) Buy your tickets HERE now before the show sells out! 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st


COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES BRUNCH 10:30am -12pm
The Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street
Capacity: 500 (College of Arts and Sciences students and families only, registration and ticket required).
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences invites all Penn students and families to join College faculty and staff for brunch. In attendance: Dr. Luca Bossi, Senior Lecturer and Director of Macroeconomic Principles in the Economics Department.

GENERAL

LOCUST WALK ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR 10am - 6pm
Between 36th & 37th on Locust Walk
Allow some time to stroll down Locust Walk and browse the beautiful hand-made crafts sold by local artisans and entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

RARE JUDAICA BOOK TOUR 10-11:30am
Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 420 Walnut Street
All Students, Families, and Alumni are invited for a special tour of the rare Judaica Collection, which includes the oldest Haggadah in the world, hundreds of medieval Hebrew manuscripts and beautifully illuminated scrolls, extraordinary selections of the first generation of printed Hebraica, and much more. Dr. Arthur Kiron, the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica, will lead the tour.
*Attendance at this event is limited and registration is required. 
Please contact rcara@upenn.edu or (215) 898-0876 to register.

CAMPUS TOURS 11am
Students from the Kite & Key Society will lead tours departing from the Information Booth, located inside Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street.

BAGEL BRUNCH AT PENN HILLEL 11am-12:30pm
Steinhard Hall, 215 S 39th Street
Please join Penn Hillel for bagel and lox, and to enjoy connecting with other families and getting to know Hillel staff and student leaders.
Contact: Rachel Weidman, rweidman@pennhillel.org
Registration Link: Register

RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Religious Services and Houses of Worship can be found here: http://www.upenn.edu/chaplain/worship/houses-of-worship/

OTHER CAMPUS ATTRACTIONS & INFORMATION ALL WEEKEND:


HOUSTON HALL
3417 Spruce Street
Visit and dine in the Historic Houston Hall: America's First Student Union!
Building Hours:
All Weekend 7am �" 1am
The Market:
Friday 8am �" 5pm
Saturday 9am �" 3pm
Sunday 12pm �" 7pm

THE PENN BOOK STORE
36th and Walnut Streets
Monday -Friday 8:30am - 9:30pm
Saturday 10am - 9:30pm
Sunday 10am - 8pm

PENN COMPUTER CONNECTION
Second Floor of Penn Book Store
Friday - 8:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10am - 5pm

PENN MUSEUM: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY 
3260 South Street (across from Franklin Field)
Friday through Sunday, 10am - 5pm
*Family Weekend Pins will grant free access to all families (pins available at Info Booth)

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
36th and Sansom Streets
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 6pm
Free Admission.
Special tours of ICA's fall exhibitions will be given Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 4pm.
Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison the first major United States exhibition of artist Ree Morton in nearly four decades.
Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It uses films, objects, and installation, to explore histories and possible futures that are black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive. 

ARTHUR ROSS GALLERY
In the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5pm
Free admission.

COLLEGE HOUSE & SANSOM PLACE ACCESS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS: Passes Available at Campus Express

In order to simplify access to your student's College House or Sansom Place, Housing Services offers special Family Weekend passes. These are available online through Residential Services starting October 17. Your student can easily log into www.upenn.edu/rhsportal

Your student may create as many as needed through the website. These access passes allow relatives to enter the College Houses and Sansom Place without having to sign in at every visit. The resident host, however, must still accompany their guests upon entering the residence. Guests must display this pass at the guard station. Please encourage your student to get your passes in advance via Residential Services as this will eliminate having to fill out forms at the Information Center of your student's College House during Family Weekend

PARKING INFORMATION

Visitor parking locations and rates can be found at here. Availability during business hours will be limited on Friday.

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR:

Family Weekend 2019 will be November 1-3, 2019.


 hat_pround_penn.png