Schedule of Events

Friday, November 8
3:00- 8:00pm Arrival and Registration
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, Invented – WPI Patents Past and Present.
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 (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)
5:00-6:30pm 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 Mustache Bash
Campus Center Odeum
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces as they raise vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically men's cancer initiatives. Sponsored by Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity in honor of Movember, enjoy musical entertainment, a mustache themed photo booth, and best mustache contest . This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other parents and students. Meal tickets for $30 include barbecue chicken and barbecue pork ribs or grilled portobello mushrooms for those who prefer a vegetarian option, along with cole slaw, corn bread, and baked potato soup. Tickets must be pre-ordered using the online Parents Weekend registration.
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 Services
Collegiate Religious Center, 19 Schussler Road
Join Hillel for Shabbat services and refreshments.
7:00-9:00pm Christian Bible Fellowship Friday Night Fellowship
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.
7:30-9:00pm

Trivia Competition
Goat’s Head, Founders Hall

Compete against other families in a rousing game of trivia. Enjoy dinner with the family or have some appetizers or dessert while you compete. Prizes for the first and second place teams.
7:30pm Student Alumni Society Candle Walk Tour
Starting around the seal on the Quad
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.
8:00pm

Monster's University
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall

Set 10 years before Monsters, Inc., 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski is extremely eager to start college, where he is majoring in scaring. Things don't go quite as planned, when 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan happens to be in the same fraternity. Sulley shows to be almost the exact opposite of Mike: playful, all-brawn, and most notably large. They soon become enemies in a rivalry that will tear their worlds apart, but ultimately brings them together. Presented by the Social Committee (SocComm). Rated G.
Saturday, November 9
8:00am- 4:00pm Arrival and Registration
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
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.
9:00–10:00am Admissions Tour for Siblings
Bartlett Center
The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 9:00, 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.
9:15–10:15am President’s Welcome Address
Campus Center Odeum
Join us for welcome remarks by WPI's president, Philip Ryan.
10:00am-8:00pm Self Guided Tour 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 9:00, 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.
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.
10:00am-4:00pm Free Chair Massages
Campus Center Mid-Century Room
Parents Weekend is about relaxation! Free 10-minute chair massages available on a first come-first served basis. Sign up in the Mid-Century room starting at 9:30am and throughout the day until the slots are full.
10:30am-11:20am Parents College Session I Choose from one of the educational sessions offered.
Feel free to attend with your student.
  • The Great Problems Seminars: WPI's nationally recognized first year project experience ~ Salisbury Labs 105
    Kristin Wobbe, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
    Come hear from students and faculty how our unique first year seminar program not only supports and prepares our students for their subsequent big projects (IQP and MQP) but also leads to internships and jobs. This program was recently designated by the National Academy of Engineering as a 'Real World Education Program' - and it works for non-engineers too!
  • RobotsFor.Me and Robots for You ~ Higgins Labs 116
    Russell Toris, Doctoral Student, Department of Computer Science
    This session will discuss current trends in robotics research towards making robots more personable and usable by everyday people. The RobotsFor.Me project aims to bring robots to modern web browsers to allow easy access to these complex machines from the comfort of your home.
  • My kid wants to go where? …to do what? ~ Olin Hall 107
    Interdisciplinary & Global Programs Staff
    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.
  • Beyond the Aid Package: Financial Aid at WPI ~ Salisbury Labs 104
    Financial Aid Staff
    Join representatives from the WPI Office of Financial Aid for a brief information session on “things to keep in mind” for upcoming academic years as it pertains to financial aid. After a brief update, parents will have an opportunity to speak with representatives regarding general financial aid questions in a question and answer format. Presented by Financial Aid Staff.
  • Return on Your Investment: How to jump start your career ~ Salisbury Labs 115
    Career Development Center
    This session will provide you with tips about what students can do during their college years to begin establishing a career prior to graduation. Join the Career Development Center and corporate representatives to learn about the benefits of internships and co-ops. A brief presentation will be followed by questions & answers.
11:00am–9:00pm Library Exhibits
Gordon Library 

In the Gladwin Gallery, Invented – WPI Patents Past and Present.

11:00am–Noon Admissions Tour for Siblings
Bartlett Center
The WPI Admissions Office will offer student-led campus tours at 9:00, 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.
  • Academic Support and Programs for First-Year Students ~ Salisbury Labs 105
    Connie Aramento, Associate Director, Academic Advising Office
    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.
  • Academic Support for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors ~ Salisbury Labs 104
    Paul Reilly, Director, Academic Advising Office
    The WPI curriculum, grounded in theory and practice, is designed to provide your student with flexibility in planning their educational career. This session will provide you with information about what your student can expect academically during the sophomore, junior, and seniors 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 18,000 hours of community service last year? …that Greeks raised over $85,000 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 Campus Center Food Court—pasta, pizza, 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 additional family members using the registration form. Tickets must be pre-ordered.
Saturday Cont.
Noon-2:00pm

The Hip Swayers
Campus Center Stage Lower Level

Enjoy the rock-a-billy and blues stylings of this Central Massachusetts band.
Noon Football vs. University of Rochester
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.
Noon-4:00pm Get a WPI Souvenir!
Campus Center Lobby
Stop by the photo booth in the 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.
 12:30-2:30pm Residence Life Building Tours
Various Locations
Would you like to see what housing options are available for upper-class students on campus?   Housing selection for 2014-2015 is right around the corner, 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. 
1:00-5:00pm

Mini Golf
Riley Commons, Riley Hall Lower Level

Participate in a game of mini-golf with the family.
1:00pm Swimming and Diving vs. Babson and Brandeis
Recreation Center
See the swimming and diving team take on Babson and Brandeis.
1:00pm Fall Treats
Campus Center Odeum
Hot cider and fall themed treats, 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 9:00, 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.
1:00–3:00pm Get Your Goat On! Photos with Gompei
Campus Center Odeum
Get your picture taken with WPI's famous and always energetic mascot, Gompei the Goat.
1:00–3:00pm Tie-Dye Fun
Campus Center Odeum
Stop by the SocComm table and tie-dye a t-shirt. An annual favorite among parents, students, and siblings!
 1:00–3:00pm Fraternity & Sorority Open Houses
Various locations  

Several fraternity/sorority organizations will be offering open houses.  

If your daughter is planning participate in sorority recruitment, stop by the Panhellenic Council reception in the Campus Center Hagglund Room.  

If your son going through fraternity recruitment, stop down and tour the house and meet the members. These chapters are hosting events:
Alpha Chi Rho, 8 Boynton St                     
Alpha Tau Omega, 10 Regent St
Beta Theta Pi, Rec Center 412                  
Lambda Chi Alpha, 30 Dean St
Phi Kappa Theta, 26 Institute Rd  
Phi Gamma Delta, 99 Salisbury St             
Phi Sigma Kappa, 11 Dean St
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 6 Humboldt Ave        
Sigma Pi, 17 Dean St
Sigma Phi Epsilon, 11 Boynton St              
Tau Kappa Epsilon, 63 Wachusett St  

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 by 12:45pm in the Campus Center lobby at the Parents Weekend registration table 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 9:00, 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 Monster's University
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
Set 10 years before Monsters, Inc., 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski is extremely eager to start college, where he is majoring in scaring. Things don't go quite as planned, when 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan happens to be in the same fraternity. Sulley shows to be almost the exact opposite of Mike: playful, all-brawn, and most notably large. They soon become enemies in a rivalry that will tear their worlds apart, but ultimately brings them together. Presented by the Social Committee (SocComm). Rated G.
2:30-3:30pm International Service: Engineers Without Borders and Global Humanitarian Alliance
Salisbury Labs, Room 115
WPI students are involved in engineering projects on a global scale. Come take a closer look at two of WPI's student organizations performing service work internationally: Engineers Without Borders and Global Humanitarian Alliance. Learn about their current projects in Guatemala and Paraguay.
3:00–4:30pm 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 Rick Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, as he discusses “Project-Based Learning Around the Globe.” 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 chorus will perform under the direction of 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.
8:00pm Balloon Freak Show and Zach Sherwin
Campus Center Odeum
See two acts in one show! "Balloon Freak Show" has received rave reviews, as magician and comedian John Cassidy demonstrates why he holds several Guinness World Records for balloon sculpting. See this engaging performer make things out of balloons you never knew was possible. Before John takes the stage, hear Zach Sherwin drop flavorful rhymes about everything from his humiliating defeat at the Ohio State Spelling Bee to blood pressure measuring cuffs to the YouTube viral video craze. Don't miss this hilarious show! Presented by Social Committee (SocComm).
8:00pm Monster's University
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
Set 10 years before Monsters, Inc., 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski is extremely eager to start college, where he is majoring in scaring. Things don't go quite as planned, when 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan happens to be in the same fraternity. Sulley shows to be almost the exact opposite of Mike: playful, all-brawn, and most notably large. They soon become enemies in a rivalry that will tear their worlds apart, but ultimately brings them together. Presented by the Social Committee (SocComm). Rated G.
Sunday, November 10
8:30am–1:00pm Arrival and Registration
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 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.
10:30-11:30am 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.
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. Make a reservation for additional family members using the registration form. Tickets must be pre-ordered.
10:30am-5:00pm Blue Man Group and Hard Rock Café
Behind Morgan Hall on Institute Road
Before the show, dine at the Hard Rock Café Boston, then see the wildly entertaining Blue Man Group, a show that combines music, technology and comedy in a show that appeals to people of all ages. Tickets must be pre-ordered and are sold out as of 9/27/13. Bus departs at 10:30am.
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, Invented – WPI Patents Past and Present.
11:30am Lunch on your own
Campus Center Food Court
Open 11:30am–Midnight: Grab lunch at the Campus Center Food Court—pasta, pizza, made-to-order sandwiches, and a fresh salad bar. All items sold a la carte.
11:30am–12:30pm Catholic Mass
Riley Commons, Riley Hall Lower Level
Join WPI’s Newman Club for a Roman Catholic worship service.
 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 counter at the entrance to the Pulse on Dining in Morgan Commons.  
3:00–5:00pm

Stockhausen's "Gruppen" Concert Performance by WPI and Claflin Orchestras
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street

The WPI Orchestra along with members of the Claflin Hill Orchestra will present one of the major orchestral works of the 20th Century, Stockhausen’s Gruppen. Gruppen is not only a pivotal work of the 20th century, but is a work rarely performed because of its complexity and the size of the orchestra. The orchestra consists of 3 small orchestras, each with its own conductor, with the audience sitting in the middle of the orchestras. Sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Arts, Professor Kristin Boudreau, Chair, and organized by Professor Douglas Weeks, Coordinator of Music, who is also one of the three conductors. The other two conductors are Samantha McGill (WPI, 09), Assistant Director of the WPI Concert Band, and Paul Surpine, Music Director of the Claflin Hill Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
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 Monster's University
Fuller Labs, Upper Perreault Lecture Hall
Set 10 years before Monsters, Inc., 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski is extremely eager to start college, where he is majoring in scaring. Things don't go quite as planned, when 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan happens to be in the same fraternity. Sulley shows to be almost the exact opposite of Mike: playful, all-brawn, and most notably large. They soon become enemies in a rivalry that will tear their worlds apart, but ultimately brings them together. Presented by the Social Committee (SocComm). Rated G.