Family Weekend 2017 - October 27-29

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, this can be done by visiting the College's page here . 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 27th


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.

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

SAFETY AND COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY 1pm
Ben Franklin Room, 2nd Floor, Houston Hall
Learn how the Division of Public Safety ensures the safety and enhances the quality of life of the Penn community.  This sessions will consist of a panel of members from the Leadership Team of the Vice President for Public Safety.  Panelists will represent the Penn Police Department, Fire and Emergency Services, and Special Services and they will present an overview of the Public Safety program at Penn.  

WHARTON SCHOOL FACULTY PRESENTATIONS 1pm-3pm
G06, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street

Presentation One: Games and the Future of Business 1 - 2pm
Ethan Mollick, Associate Professor of Management
How can video games help us understand how to teach, motivate and perform better?
Presentation Two
:  What Bankruptcy Can (and Can't) Do for Struggling Cities and Towns 2:10 - 3:10pm
Vincent Buccola, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics
As an increasing number of municipalities large and small find themselves financially strapped, the prospect of overhauling relevant bankruptcy law has come to the fore.  This lecture will at once outline and optimistic view of what restructuring law could accomplish for vulnerable localities and confront a hard truth about law's limit in a market-oriented society.

WEINGARTEN LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER OPEN HOUSE 1:30 - 3:15pm
Stouffer Commons, Suite 300, 3734 Spruce Street
Gather new ideas for academic learning when you visit the Weingarten Learning Resources Center.  Staff will demonstrate new technologies for learning, share materials on specific learning strategies, and answer questions about the array of services and programs offered by this department.  Join the staff for one or more of the following workships at the Weingarten Center.

Our Ten Best Study Strategies 1:30-2pm
The Weingarten Center will present this workshop from its popular Mastering the Ivy League workshop series.  Take away bright ideas for academic reading, time and course management, and note taking from texts and lectures.  The college-level learning and study strategies addrssed in this session are life skills applicable to your college student as well as other family members.
Apps for Academic Success
2:15-2:45pm
Are you or your Penn student still looking for that perfect app to help you manage your time, annotate course readings, or map big ideas?  Or do you find that apps and other technology distract you from getting anything done?  This session will present strategies for effective technology use in academic settings and review a handful of useful and engaging apps recommended by Penn students.
The Office of Student Disability Services Welcomes You
2:45-3:15pm
Parents and family members often play an integral role in managing accomodations and services for their students with disabilities throughout their education.  As students transition to college, they becoe responsible for managing their disabilities and accomodations.  Student Disabilities Services Staff will be available to meet with families to answer questions and provide information about our services and how to assist your studnet in making a successful transition to Penn.  

CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE - 2-4pm
Leonard Lauder Career Center, McNeil Buidling, 3718 Locust Walk
In our 91st year, Career Services cordially invites you to tour and explore our offices in the Leonard Lauder Career Center.  This is a good opportunity to learn about the many resources available to help Penn students achieve their career goals.  Please join us for the following events:

Open House: Ground floor (Suite 20) 2-4pm
Staff members will be on hand to answer questions regarding summer and permanent employment, graduate adn professional school admission, and today's job market.
Talk:
Ground Floor (Conference Room 97) 2pm & 3pm
At 2pm and again at 3pm, staff will speak briefly on how you can help your student with career issues. 

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!

LGBT CENTER OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm
The Carraige House, 3907 Spruce Street
Please come to see all the LGBT Center has to offer during our Open House!  Meet Center staff, students and parents and tour the building.  All are welcome! 

PENN WOMEN'S CENTER OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm
3643 Locust Walk
The Penn Women's Center is delighted to invite you to visit us during our 2017 Family Weekend Open House.  Join us for warm drinks, homemade treats, and the opportunity to learn more about our center's history and mission.  Staff and student leaders will be on hand to give tours of our versatile space. 

PENN ABROAD OPEN HOUSE 2-4pm
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
This is an opportunity for Penn students and their families to learn about the many global opportunities and programs available to them around the world.  Come meet staff from Penn Abroad to learn about the many international programs we offer and attend a Penn Abroad 101 session to help you get started.  Bring your questions - we want to talk to you!   Plus, students can enter a raffle to win a flight voucher towards a free flight for a Penn Abroad approved program!  Light refreshments will be provided.  Where Will Penn Take You?  

A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT GUTMANN 4-5pm
Irvine Auditorium, Main Hall, 3417 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.

ENTERTAINMENT & ATHLETIC EVENTS

WXPN Free @ Noon: GUEST TBA - 12pm
WXPN, 3025 Walnut Street
Every Friday at noon, WXPN brings live music to the air with Free at Noon Concert Series at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street). Shows are free and open to the public, through registration is required at http://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon . Registration begins one week in advance of each show (Friday at 1pm) while XPN members can sign up 1 day early.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
36th and Sansom Streets
Free Admission.
Special tours of ICA's fall exhibitions will be given Friday at 3pm.

Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT is a retrospective exploring the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier, who works across painting sculpting, drawing, installation, and design.  Speech/Acts is a group exhibition bringing together the owrk of a new generation of artists exploring how the social and cultural constructs of language have shaped black America experiences.

WOMENS VOLLEYBALL 7pm
The Palestra
Penn vs. Brown. Admission is free.

PENN ORCHESTRAS 8pm
Irvine Auditorium Main Hall, 3401 Spruce Street
Tickets: Free w/PennCard, $5 General Admission     
The Penn Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Francois Borne's "Fantaisie Brilliante on Themes from Bizet's Carmen" for flute solo and orchestra featuring Mimi Stillman.  The Penn Symphony Orchestra will finish the program with Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

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!


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th


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.

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.

BAGEL BRUNCH AT PENN HILLEL 11am-12:30pm
Steinhardt Hall, 215 S 39th Street
Please join Penn Hillel for bagels and lox and to connect with other families, hear from student leaders and enjoy a performance by our acapella group, the Shabbatones.
Contact: Rachel Weidman, rweidman@pennhillel.org
Registration Link: Register

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.

Come to an informal presentation with representatives of the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Intercultural Greek Council (IGC), the Panhellenic Council (PHC), and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL).  Find out why the Greek system at Penn is unique and the perfect complement to a student's academic experience, why it produces outstanding campus leaders, and the major role the fraternities and sororities play in Penn student culture! 

POETRY READING FEATURING RACHEL HADAS & KEITH O'SHAUGHNESSY 3-4pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Rachel Hadas, a Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, is the author of over tewnty volumes of poetry, translation, memoir, and criticim, including The Golden Road and Strange Relation.  Keith O'Shaughnessy's first book, Incommunicado, won the inaugural Grolier Discovery Award in 2011.  His second, Last Call for Ganymede, was published by Ilora Press in 2014.  His third and fourth, Petrushka and Snegurochka, are forthcoming in 2018 from the same.  

THE TEENAGE BRAIN: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. FRANCES JENSEN 3-5pm
102 Chemistry, Smolen Auditorium, 231 S. 34th Street
Join Dr. Frances Jensen, MD, FACP Neurology professor and Chair of the Neurology Department in the Perelman School of Medicine will discuss her book, The Teenage Brain.  In this conversation she will draw on her research and clinical experience, as an internationally respected neurologist, and mother of two boys.  She'll dive into the science of the adolescent brain, providing insights that translate into practical advice for both parents and teenagers as they navigate the many choices college-aged students must make.  Joining Dr. Jense are Dr. Bill Alexander, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Dr. Max King, Associate Vice Provost for University Life.  

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

As Penn's largest undergraduate school, The College is limited in its ability to accomodate families with students enrolled in other undergraduate schools.  As such, many events are restricted to College of Arts & Sciences famlies 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

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

SCHOOL OF NURSING

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
    Meet your student's academic advisor and hear about the support provided by the Undergraduate Division.

    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. A more detailed schedule can be found here.

    PENN ATHLETICS EVENTS

    HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL (Men's & Women's Rowing) - All Day Event
    On Historic Boathouse Row - 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL 5pm
    The Palestra
    Penn vs. Yale. Admission is free.

    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. Presale tickets are $8 for students, $15 for adults. If tickets remain the night of the show they will be $10 for students and $17 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.  Students can also stop by Platt Studnet Peforming Arts House to purchase tickets in person (cash or Venmo). 


    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th


    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.

    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.

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

    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 Allison Chiacchiere at aleib@upenn.edu or call 215-898-2520 to register. 

    SILENT FILM WITH LIVE ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT 2-4pm & 7-9pm
    Irvine Auditorium, Main Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
    Experience these film classics the way they were meant to be enjoyed.  Come hear one of the largest pipe organs in the world with famed improvisational organist, Peter Kransinski, at the console.  This FREE Penn Halloween tradition is open to the public.  Don't miss the rare opportunity to hear the 10,731-pipe Curtis Organ. Phantom of the Opera (1925) will be shown at 2pm and Nosferatu (1922) at 7pm.  

    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:


    THE PENN BOOK STORE
    36th and Walnut Streets
    Monday -Friday 8:30am - 10:30pm
    Saturday 10am - 10:30pm
    Sunday 11am - 8pm

    PENN COMPUTER CONNECTION
    University Square, 3610 Sansom Street
    Friday - 9am to 6:30pm
    Saturday - 10am to 5pm
    Sunday - 11am to 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.

    Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT is a retrospective exploring the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier, who works across painting sculpting, drawing, installation, and design.  Speech/Acts is a group exhibition bringing together the owrk of a new generation of artists exploring how the social and cultural constructs of language have shaped black America experiences. 

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

    FRONT ROW THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS: SPEECH & DEBATE
    Class of '49 Auditorium, 2nd Floor Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
    Thursday and Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm, Tickets are $8/person

    Written by Stephen Karam, Speech & Debate is a dark comedy with music that follows three Oregon high school students who are linked by a teacher's sex scandal.  They learn to barter secrets and experiences while hesitantly forming their Speech & Debate team ni a town run by hypocrites.  By age, Howie, Diwata, and Solomon are children, but their experiences are more than adult.  What does that make them in the eyes of their society?

    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 https://mimo.business-services.upenn.edu.

    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 2018 will be October 19-21 2018.


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