Family and Friends Weekend |

October 21-23, 2016

Family & Friends Weekend

October 21-23, 2016

Schedule Highlights

Earlybird registration has now closed. Walk-in registration will be available at the event.


Ongoing Activities

Friday 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Lobby
Please check in and pick up a name tag and a program. The name tag will enable you to attend activities and events, so do keep it visible at all times.

Family Lounge
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty Staff Lounge, 2nd floor
Take a break, relax, even check your email.

Open Swim at Robert Crown Center Pool
Friday noon–1 p.m., 4:30–6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 3–5 p.m.
Note: You must present your name tag in order to use the pool.

MultiSport Center Weight Room
Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1–6 p.m.
Note: You must present your name tag in order to use the weight room.

Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m-4 p.m, Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Harold F. Johnson Library Center, Gallery
Merging internal and external landscapes, video works, by Madeleine Altmann 81F, present a series of familiar surfaces--most often the Connecticut and Concord Rivers--made strange through a combination of unusual points of view, compressed time, climatic conditions, and altered focus. Many of the works take sculptural form, composed from a series of old cathode ray television sets, or stacked vertically in a cascading torrent of obsolete technologies, at odds with the seemingly timeless views their surfaces project.

A Girl's Life
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Emily Dickinson Hall, Main Stage Theatre
By Kathleen Tolan
A Div III by Emma Leff and Kevin Mitchell
A Girl's Life is a coming-of-age story centering on a family full of contradictions. Ken, the father, is the manager of a pharmaceutical company manufacturing a drug that ends pregnancy. Bev, the mother, searches for herself after many years of motherhood. There is Jesse, the youngest daughter, and Jen, the rebellious oldest daughter. We also meet Lernoux, a French scientist at a press conference about his anti-pregnancy drug, and Sheila, Jen's punk rock best friend. When Jen begins an affair with a religious anti-abortion activist who protests her father's work, the whole family is caused to question their understandings of faith, morality, and family. These stories dovetail and these issues come to bear, close to home.


Friday, October 21

Financial Aid Office
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Meet CASA: Center for Academic Support and Advising
To set up an appointment, call CASA: 413.559.5498 or email at

Open Classes
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Families and friends are welcome to observe classes; pick up a schedule at the registration desk.

11 a.m.–2 p.m., Dining Commons
Door price: $8.25

Ecological Impacts of Photovoltaic Arrays: A Progress Report
Noon-1 p.m., Cole Science Center, Room 333
Come hear about a collaborative Division III project examining the ecological effects of solar panel arrays. Josia DeChiara 13F and Rachel Rosenberg 13F spent the past summer collecting data on soil, plants, insects, and the abiotic conditions in the area influenced by arrays at three solar sites with varying land use histories in southern Vermont. They will present preliminary findings as well as suggestions for similar research on the Hampshire arrays.

The Center for Design Open House
14 p.m., Center for Design
This facility contains a fabrication shop equipped for working with metals, plastics, glass, and other materials. It also houses an electronics lab, a lab for computer-aided drafting and modeling, and sewing equipment for soft-goods fabrication.

Tour of the R.W. Kern Center
3 p.m., R.W. Kern Center, Lobby
Constructed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, the Kern Center is a statement of Hampshire values. Learn how its net-zero, self-contained systems work and hear about the process of sourcing sustainable local materials.

Intimacy with Words
4 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Come chew on the words of the weekly Torah portion! Be surprised at the meaning you find. All welcome regardless of religious orientation or none--in English.

Cooking For Shabbat
4 p.m., Merrill Living Room, Kosher Kitchen
Prepping a Farm-to-Table Shabbat meal with student chefs. Join the students in our tiny kitchen; help prepare a scrumptious Shabbat meal.

A Joyful and Musical Shabbat, Followed by Dinner
5:30 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Join Jewish students for a student-led musical and contemplative Shabbat service. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., enjoy a delicious homemade Hampshire Farm-to-Table Shabbat dinner.

President’s Reception
5:00–6:30 p.m., Harold F. Johnson Library Center, Gallery
Meet Jonathan Lash, Hampshire’s president.

5–8 p.m., Dining Commons
Door Price: $9.70

Design and Chance
8 p.m., Main Dance Studio Theater
Have you ever been curious about how a dance piece is constructed? Here’s your opportunity to see how it’s done (or at least one approach) as the choreographic process of a group of current Hampshire students, alumni, and teenagers from Amherst Regional High School’s Dance Ensemble collide. Equipped with an inventory of movement material and ideas they’ve each been developing; the participating artists will invite the audience to support design decisions through a series of votes. The evening will culminate in a performance of the piece you will help choreograph. Don’t miss this chance to witness the unfolding of dance, choreographic process, collaboration, design, and chance.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 413.559.5889 or emailing Five dollar minimum donation. Handicapped Accessible.

Saturday, October 22


Meet CASA: Center for Academic Support and Advising
(by appointment only)
On Friday, call 413.559.5498 to see if any appointments are still available.

Parents Fund Breakfast
9–10 a.m., Red Barn
Our parents have a tradition of enhancing the Hampshire experience with philanthropic support for innovative academic programs, student leadership and activities, financial aid, and much, much more. This is a wonderful opportunity to get together with other parents, meet senior leadership, and learn about the significant impact your contribution to the Parents Fund has on student life.

What I Did This Summer: Student Presentations Hosted by the Culture, Brain, and Development Program (CBD)
10:30 a.m.–Noon, Adele Simmons Hall, Auditorium
Enjoy a series of presentations by students who received funding from CBD to complete research projects or internships over the summer. They’ll talk about their work and how it fits within the context of a Hampshire education. They’ll also share their experiences and tell you what to expect (and what they never expected!) as a summer intern. These students strongly encourage audience questions. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Study Abroad, Career Preparation, and Internships
10:30–11:45 a.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, West Lecture Hall
Katie Irwin, director of the global education office (GEO); Carin Rank, director of the Career Options Resource Center (CORC); and students will talk about study abroad, preparing for work, and the many internship possibilities.

11 a.m.–2 p.m., Dining Commons
Door Price: $8.25

Tour of the R.W. Kern Center
11 a.m., R.W. Kern Center, Lobby
Constructed to the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, the Kern Center is a statement of Hampshire values. Discover how its net-zero, self-contained systems work and learn about the process of sourcing sustainable, local materials.

Legacy Families Lunch and Photo
Noon, R.W. Kern Center, Room 202
We invite students and their Hampshire alum parents to be part of a legacy photo for Non Satis Scire: The Hampshire Magazine for Alumni and Friends and stay for lunch catered by the Kern Kafe.

Farm Festival
Celebrating 25 years of Community Supported Agriculture at Hampshire College

Noon–4 p.m., Farm Center
Celebrate fall with a festival of food, art, and activities at the Hampshire College Farm. Enjoy a farmer and artisan market, hayrides, hot cider, fresh popcorn, farm tours, student presentations, and live music from talented Hampshire alumni and student bands. Come down for lunch and enjoy delicious local food available for purchase from Wheelhouse Food Truck, Laughing Tomato Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza, and alum-owned Beets & Barley Catering. End the day on sweet note with a perfect slice of pie from the Florence Pie Bar pop-up! Hampshire Farm products including honey, maple syrup, and popcorn will be available for purchase!

Nature Walk with Natural Science Faculty and Students
1:002:15 p.m., meet at Cole Science Center, Main Entrance (closest to the flagpole)

2016 Alumni Reel Premiere
4 p.m. Jerome Liebling Center, Bill Brand Screening Room
John Gunther 84F, manager for advanced media, will introduce the Alumni Reel, which is a complication of short clips from recent works by alums in the film and video industries.

Hampshire College Chorus: Performance
4:30-5:00 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
The chorus will present a varied and eclectic program of music both old and new from around the globe.

Sunday, October 23

11 a.m.–2 p.m., Dining Commons
Door price: $8.25

Baldwin Scholars Brunch
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Red Barn
RSVP required for this event.


Schedule subject to change.

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