Schedule of Events

Friday, September 12, 2014
3:00- 8:00pm Arrival and Registration
Rubin Campus Center Lobby
Pick up your registration packet, which includes a full schedule of events. Staff members will be available to answer questions.
3:00-9:00pm Library Exhibits
Gordon Library
In the Gladwin Gallery: Through the Eyes of a Student: 100 Years of Student Life at WPI offers a look at the many changes that marked WPI’s first century both inside and out of the classroom.
3:00-6:00pm

Department Open Houses
Various Offices

Stop by these offices to meet the staff or ask a quick question:

  • Office of Multicultural Affairs (OASIS house, 20 Schussler Street)
  • Residential Services (East Hall)
  • Dean of Students Office (Rubin Campus Center, Second Floor)
  • Student Development and Counseling Center (West Street House)
  • Academic Advising (Daniels Hall)
  • Health Services (Stoddard C, Ground Floor)
  • Career Development Center (Project Center Lower Level)
3:00-8:00pm Self Guided Tour of WPI's New Recreation Center
Recreation Center
You and your family are welcome to take a self-guided tour of WPI's new state-of-the-art recreation center. Stop at the desk when you enter the building anytime throughout the day for tour information.
3:00-8:00pm

Sports and Recreation Center Open Hours
Recreation Center

Parents and children over 16 are welcome to use the Recreation Center facilities when accompanied by their WPI student.
5:30-7:00pm

WPI Legacy Reception
Higgins House, Great Hall

This reception celebrates the family ties within our WPI community, including parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and/or other distant relatives.
6:00-7:00pm Muslim Student Association Weekly Learn and Discuss
Collegiate Religious Center, 19 Schussler Road
Weekly Halaqah by the Muslim Students Association.
6:00-8:00pm Clambake
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
Enjoy live beach-themed musical entertainment and a clambake complete with your choice of fresh  lobster or chicken, clam chowder, corn on the cob, baked potato and dessert. A vegetarian option is available as well. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other parents and students.  Sponsored by Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Tickets must be pre-ordered in advance using the Parents Weekend online registration form and are $45 for lobster, $30 for chicken, and $26 for vegetarian.
6:00–8:00pm Dinner on your own Experience one of Worcester's many dining options or dine at the Goat's Head Restaurant in Founders Hall from 5 pm to 11 pm.
6:30-8:00pm

Shabbat Dinner
Recreation Center, Class of 1961 Meeting Room, Fourth Floor

Come join WPI Hillel for a Shabbat dinner and discussion of Jewish life on campus. Cost: $15 for guests and  free for WPI students (Please register using the online Parents Weekend registration form by 9/5 to reserve your seat).
7:00-9:00pm Christian Bible Fellowship Friday Night Fellowship
Rubin Campus Center Hagglund Room
FNF is a student-led, informal time of praise and fellowship, where students gather together to worship God and encourage each other in the Christian faith.
7:00pm           

Football vs. Worcester State University
Alumni Field

All pre-registered families will receive two complimentary tickets to the game and WPI students can be admitted free with an ID. Additional tickets can be purchased at the gate to Alumni Field. 
7:30pm     Les Miserables
Alden Memorial
Experience Victor Hugo’s classic story in a production of the acclaimed musical presented by VOX. Les Misérables is a story of revolution and challenging ideals. We learn that in life there is no substitute for love and dreams for a brighter tomorrow.  Tickets can be purchased using the online Parents Weekend registration form and are $20 general admission, $10 students under 18 or with college ID/seniors 60+.
7:30pm Student Alumni Society Candle Walk Tour
Starting around the seal on the Quad,  followed by ice cream on the Rubin Campus Center Stage
The Student Alumni Society brings you back in time on a candlelit historical tour of campus. Learn the tales behind Boynton tower, discover the origins of Skull Tomb, and explore all the rich traditions that make WPI unique today. The event finishes with an ice cream social on the Rubin Campus Center Stage for all tour participants.
8:00pm

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the identities of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. With the emergence of Electro, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Rated PG-13. Presented by SocComm.
8:00pm Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Goat’s Head, Founders Hall
Enjoy dinner with the family or have some appetizers or dessert while you watch the Sox battle the  Royals.  Participate in Red Sox trivia between innings for a chance to win prizes.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:00am- 4:00pm Arrival and Registration
Rubin Campus Center Lobby
Pick up your registration packet, which includes a full schedule of events. Staff members will be available to answer questions.
8:30–9:15am Continental Breakfast
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
Relax with a complimentary cup of coffee and continental breakfast while enjoying the music stylings of one of WPI's talented students before the President's Welcome at 9:15.
9:15–10:15am President’s Welcome Address
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
Join us for welcome remarks by WPI's 16th president, Laurie Leshin.
10:00am-8:00pm Sports and Recreation Center Open Hours
Recreation Center
Parents and children over 16 are welcome to use the Recreation Center facilities when accompanied by their WPI student.
10:00am-8:00pm Self Guided Tour of WPI's New Recreation Center
Recreation Center
You and your family are welcome to take a self-guided tour of WPI’s new state-of-the-art recreation center. Stop at the desk when you enter the building anytime throughout the day for tour information.
10:00–11:00am Admissions Information Session for Siblings
Bartlett Center
The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 11:00 and 2:00, and an information session at 10:00 and 1:00 for any siblings who may be interested in learning more about what WPI has to offer. While walk-ins are welcome, please call 508-831-5286 or e-mail admissions@wpi.edu to preregister.
10:00am-2:00pm Art + Market Farmer's Market at the WAM
Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, corner of Wachusett St. and Institute Rd., Worcester
Worcester Art Museum hosts a Farmer's Market every Saturday throughout the summer and into the fall. Come enjoy the market, see the arts vendors, and enjoy local entertainment, just a short walk from campus. 
10:00am–5:00pm Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Just two blocks from campus, the Worcester Art Museum is acclaimed for the quality of its collections. Admission is free for WPI students with WPI ID, and for Parents Weekend, WAM is offering a special 2-for-1 admission for other family members. Simply mention Parents Weekend at the admission desk.
10:30-11:20am Parents College Session I Choose from one of the educational sessions offered.
Feel free to attend with your student.
  • My Kid Wants to Go Where? To Do What? ~
    Olin Hall 107
    Interdisciplinary and Global Programs
    Worcester to Windhoek, Boston to Bangkok, DC to Denmark. Learn about the various opportunities WPI students have to complete degree required projects. The IQP and MQP will be decoded and demystified. The application process and qualifications will be discussed.
  • Modularity as the Basis for Innovation ~ Higgins Labs 116
    Professor George Heineman, Associate Professor, Computer Science
    In the animal kingdom, the process of natural selection can result in populations that are specialized to survive in specific environmental conditions. The complex hardware and software systems we build today must similarly adapt to survive. Learn about how the concept of modularity is common to both domains and provides the necessary innovation for systems and species to not just survive, but thrive.  
  • College to Career Success:  Tips for Today’s Students ~ Salisbury Labs 115
    Career Development Center
    Join the Career Development Center and selected company representatives to learn about the many ways students can enhance their career preparation during school through internships, co-ops, networking and more.  A brief presentation will be followed by questions and answers. 
  • Academic Support and Programs for First-Year Students ~ Salisbury Labs 105
    Academic Advising Staff
    Academic planning is an important component in your student's educational success. This session is designed to provide you with information about resources and programs available at WPI that can assist your student in planning their educational career.
  • Building Artificial Blood Vessels ~ Salisbury Labs 104
    Marsha Rolle, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering.
    Millions of Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease.  Vascular grafts are used to repair and replace diseased blood vessels, but the number and types of graft materials are limited.  This talk will review advances in tissue engineering that are closing the gap toward creating living, artificial blood vessels to treat a growing number of patients, including technology developed at WPI. 
10:30am-1:15pm

Brunch at the Pulse on Dining Marketplace
Morgan Hall

On-campus WPI students can use their WPI meal plans. Guests can enjoy the all-you-can-eat brunch in our newly renovated dining experience for $11.  Tickets for family members must be pre-ordered using the Parents Weekend registration form.
11:00am–9:00pm Library Exhibits
Gordon Library 

In the Gladwin Gallery: Through the Eyes of a Student: 100 Years of Student Life at WPI offers a look at the many changes that marked WPI’s first century both inside and out of the classroom.

11:00am         Men's Soccer vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Alumni Field    
See the men's soccer team take on Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
11:00am–Noon Admissions Tour for Siblings
Bartlett Center
 The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 11:00 and 2:00, and an information session at 10:00 and 1:00 for any siblings who may be interested in learning more about what WPI has to offer. While walk-ins are welcome, please call 508-831-5286 or e-mail admissions@wpi.edu to pre-register.  
11:30am–12:20pm Parents College Session II Choose from one of the educational sessions offered.
Feel free to attend with your student.
  • Rembrandt and Sympathy ~ Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, meet in the Lancaster Street Lobby
    Jon Seydl, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Worcester Art Museum
    Even from a young age, Rembrandt showed unusual sensitivity to the people he depicted.  Rather than idealizing his sitters, Rembrandt showed them with extraordinary sympathy, willing to expose their flaws, with a rigorous, but touching, awareness of the vulnerability of body and mind.  This lecture will examine the artist’s long career, including the museum’s collection of prints and an extraordinary early painting by Rembrandt on loan from the Leiden Collection in New York. 
  • Session Details Coming Soon ~ Salisbury Labs 104
    Ali Rangwala, Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

  • Academic Support for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors ~ Salisbury Labs 105
    Academic Advising Staff
    The WPI curriculum, grounded in theory and practice, is designed to provide your student with flexibility in planning his/her educational career. This session will provide you with information about what your student can expect academically during the sophomore, junior, and senior years at WPI and how you can support their academic endeavors.
  • Greek Life at WPI ~ Higgins Labs 116
    Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council
    Did you know that 32% of WPI students are involved in fraternities and sororities? …that fraternity and sorority members performed over 25,000 hours of community service last year? …that Greeks raised over $65,000 for charitable causes? This session provides a snapshot of the fraternity and sorority community at WPI.
  • Five Changes for Parents ~ Salisbury Labs 115
    Mike Weber, The Leadership Institute
    The tears! The fun! The changes! Sending a student off to college is a series of ups and downs that transcends understanding! Mike Weber has been there! He examines five significant changes in how we interact as families in the transition to college. A must-see for parents of new students!

Lunch on your own
Several dining options are available on campus:

  • Open 11:30am–Midnight: Grab lunch at the Rubin Campus Center Food Court—pasta, pizza, burritos, made-to-order sandwiches, and a fresh salad bar. All items sold a la carte.
  • Open 10:30am–1:15pm: Dine at the Pulse on Dining Marketplace, Morgan Hall. On-campus WPI students can use their WPI meal plans. Guests can enjoy the all-you-can-eat brunch in our newly renovated dining experience for $11. Make a reservation for family members using the online Parents Weekend registration form. Tickets must be pre-ordered.
Saturday Cont.
Noon-5:00pm Games on the Quad
Quadrangle (if rain: Rubin Campus Center Odeum)
Challenge your family members to a game of ladderball,  jousting, bungee run, basketball toss and more!
Noon-4:00pm WPI Photobooth
Rubin Campus Center Lobby
Stop by the photo booth in the Rubin Campus Center Lobby to get your Parents Weekend souvenir. Consider using some of the props from some of the many countries represented by students at WPI. Sponsored by International Student Council.
Noon-3:00pm    

Shrewsbury Street College Shuffle
Bus departs from the Recreation Center circle near the parking garage

Travel via our provided bus to Shrewsbury Street, known as “Restaurant Row.” There you can try food from participating restaurants. During the shuffle, there will be college performance groups and sponsors with booths along the street. Purchase tickets in advance for $10 for parents/siblings/WPI graduate students and $5 for WPI undergraduate students using the online Parents Weekend registration form. Tickets can also be purchased at the Shuffle for $15.
 12:30-2:30pm Residence Life Building Tours
Various Locations
Would you like to see the housing options available for upper-class students on campus? Housing selection for 2015-2016 be here before you know it, and with recent construction and renovation projects we have some great options for upper-class living. Meet in the lobby of Faraday Hall, East Hall, or Founders Hall; or outside Ellsworth 16 for the Ellsworth/Fuller apartments. Tours with our student RA staff will leave every 15 minutes to see individual buildings.
12:30-2:00pm Qwill
Rubin Campus Center Patio (if rain: Rubin Campus Center Stage)
See this Boston based singer/songwriter, and producer whose music pays considerable homage to R&B/Soul music of years past.
1:00-5:00pm

Mini Golf
Riley Commons, Riley Hall Lower Level

Participate in a game of blacklight mini-golf with the family.
1:00–3:00pm Tie-Dye Fun
Rubin Campus Center, rear lawn  (if rain, Rubin Campus Center Odeum)
Tie-dye a special Parents Weekend t-shirt. An annual favorite among parents, students, and siblings!  
1:00pm Fall Treats
Quadrangle (if rain, Rubin Campus Center Lobby)
Fall themed treats while supplies last, compliments of Student Government Association.
1:00–2:00pm Admissions Information Session for Siblings
Bartlett Center
The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 11:00 and 2:00, and an information session at 10:00 and 1:00 for any siblings who may be interested in learning more about what WPI has to offer. While walk-ins are welcome, please call 508-831-5286 or e-mail admissions@wpi.edu to preregister.  
1:00–3:00pm Get Your Goat On! Photos with Gompei
Quadrangle (if rain, Rubin Campus Center Odeum)
Get your picture taken with WPI's famous and always energetic mascot, Gompei the Goat.
1:30pm

Field Hockey vs. Elms College
Alumni Field

See the women's field hockey team take on Elms College.
2:00-4:00pm

Hands-on African Drumming
Quadrangle (if rain, Rubin Campus Center Stage)

Experience the fun and excitement of playing authentic West African drums! The WPI African Percussion Ensemble invites you to join us in a community drumming session with instructor Jeremy Cohen. No prior experience necessary. All levels welcome!

2:00-5:00pm MyWorcester Tour
Departs Institute Road, behind Morgan Hall
Worcester is a great city! Leaving on the hour at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, this WPI student led tour will highlight some of the many interesting features of Worcester and WPI's connection with the city. It will also show you some of the many fun things for students to do in the city, while highlighting how easy it is to ride the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA). Seating is limited on each tour, so in order to participate, please sign up at the Parents Weekend registration table in the Rubin Campus Center lobby by 12:45pm for a tour time.
2:00–3:00pm Admissions Tour for Siblings
Bartlett Center
 The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 11:00 and 2:00, and an information session at 10:00 and 1:00 for any siblings who may be interested in learning more about what WPI has to offer. While walk-ins are welcome, please call 508-831-5286 or e-mail admissions@wpi.edu to pre-register.  
2:00–3:00pm Robotics Demonstration
Harrington Auditorium
See the latest creations of the WPI/Mass Academy Robotics Team. With over 130 WPI student-mentors on the team, this is one of the most popular activities on campus. Team members will demonstrate the winning moves of their internationally awarded FIRST robots. Audience volunteers will get a chance to operate the robots via remote-control.
2:00pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the identities of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. With the emergence of Electro, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Rated PG-13. Presented by SocComm.
2:30–4:00pm Parents’ Reception
Higgins House
Hosted by the WPI Parents Association, this reception will give you an opportunity to talk with other parents and to hear remarks from a featured speaker. Light refreshments will be served.
4:00pm

Parents Weekend Concert
Alden Memorial

The WPI Music Division of the Department of Humanities and Arts presents its annual Parents Weekend concert. Members of the orchestra, concert band, and jazz bands will each perform under the direction of professors Richard Falco and Douglas Weeks. The Festival Chorus will perform under the direction of professor John Delorey. 
5:30pm Dinner on your own Experience one of Worcester's many dining options or dine at the Goat's Head Restaurant in Founders Hall from 5 pm to 11 pm.
7:30pm     Les Miserables
Alden Memorial
Experience Victor Hugo’s classic story in a production of the acclaimed musical presented by VOX. Les Misérables is a story of revolution and challenging ideals. We learn that in life there is no substitute for love and dreams for a brighter tomorrow.  Tickets can be purchased using the online Parents Weekend registration form and are $20 general admission, $10 students under 18 or with college ID/seniors 60+.
 8:00pm The Evasons: Mind Reading Duo
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
 Having performed for audiences in over 35 countries and on numerous TV specials on FOX, NBC, Discovery Channel, CBC, CTV and The Comedy Network, the Evasons will read your mind and reveal things about you that nobody could know. Tessa will tell you the name of your childhood pet. She knows your date of birth and your grandmother’s first name. The Evasons mind-blowing feats of psychic magic will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!
8:00pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the identities of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. With the emergence of Electro, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Rated PG-13. Presented by SocComm.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
8:30am–1:00pm Arrival and Registration
Rubin Campus Center Lobby
Pick up your registration packet, which includes a full schedule of events. Staff members will be available to answer questions.
10:00am-8:00pm Self Guided Tour of WPI's New Recreation Center
Recreation Center
You and your family are welcome to take a self-guided tour of WPI’s new state-of-the-art recreation center. Stop at the desk when you enter the building anytime throughout the day for tour information.
10:00am-8:00pm

Sports and Recreation Center Open Hours
Recreation Center

Parents and children over 16 are welcome to use the Recreation Center facilities when accompanied by their WPI student.
10:00am-6:00pm Fenway Park Tour and Time in Boston
Recreation Center Circle, next to parking garage
Enjoy a special, guided tour of Fenway Park that will provide a wonderful narrative of Fenway’s history and present day upgrades and amenities. After your tour, the bus will stop at historic Quincy Market, where your family can choose from many options for on-your-own lunch, do some shopping, or sightsee along the Freedom Trail for a few hours. Admission to the park and bus transportation from campus is $15 for adults and $9 for children. There are a limited number of seats, so make your reservation early using the online Parents Weekend registration form.
10:30am–1:15pm Brunch at the Pulse on Dining Marketplace
Morgan Hall
Dine at the Pulse on Dining Marketplace, Morgan Hall. On-campus WPI students can use their WPI meal plans. Guests can enjoy the all-you-can-eat brunch in our newly renovated dining experience for $11. Make a reservation for family members using the online Parents Weekend registration form. Tickets must be pre-ordered.
10:30-11:30am Morning Yoga
Recreation Center Dance Studio
Enjoy a relaxing yoga class to start off your Sunday. Parents and students are welcome. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or a towel. Children over age 16 please.
11:00am-5:00pm Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Just two blocks from campus, the Worcester Art Museum is acclaimed for the quality of its collections. Admission is free for WPI students with WPI ID, and for Parents Weekend, WAM is offering a special 2-for-1 admission for other family members. Simply mention Parents Weekend at the admission desk.  
11:00am-9:00pm Library Exhibits
Gordon Library
In the Gladwin Gallery: Through the Eyes of a Student: 100 Years of Student Life at WPI offers a look at the many changes that marked WPI’s first century both inside and out of the classroom.
11:30am–12:30pm Catholic Mass
Campus Center Odeum
Join WPI’s Newman Club for a Roman Catholic worship service.
11:30am Lunch on your own
Rubin Campus Center Food Court
 Open 11:30am-11:00pm: Grab lunch at the Rubin Campus Center Food Court--pasta, pizza, burritos, made-to-order sandwiches, and a fresh salad bar. All items sold a la carte.
12:30-2:00pm

The Cranks
Rubin Campus Center Patio (If rain, Rubin Campus Center Stage)

Winners of the 2014 RADAR award, the Cranks offer a dynamic, open sound with captivating melodies and female vocals in the forefront.
2:00pm Cupcake Demonstration
Pulse on Dining, Morgan Commons
Learn the tips and tricks to decorating cupcakes successfully. You’ll leave with your own cupcakes after the demonstration. Seats are limited, so sign up at the entrance to the Pulse on Dining in Morgan Hall.  
5:30pm Dinner on your own Experience one of Worcester's many dining options or dine at the Goat's Head Restaurant in Founders Hall from 5 pm to 11 pm.
8:00pm The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the identities of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. With the emergence of Electro, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp. Rated PG-13. Presented by SocComm.