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Last updated 9/28/17. Event times are subject to change. Family members will receive an updated schedule upon arrival.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

8:30 am - 4 pm

The HUB Student Service Center
Lower Level, Warner Hall

Assistant directors in The HUB will be available to address questions and concerns regarding financial aid and billing. Appointments are preferred; please email or call 412 268-8186 to schedule a time to meet.

Noon - 8 pm

Family Weekend Registration and Welcome Area
Kirr Commons, 1st Floor, Cohon Center
Stop by to register for the weekend and pick up the Family Weekend schedule and tickets to the Capitol Steps show, if ordered in advance. Staff will be available to answer your questions.

Noon - 1:30 pm

BXA Alumni Panel
Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center
The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs welcomes its alumni to speak about their experiences after graduation, how their interdisciplinary training prepared them for a career and what's next for them. The event brings together students and professionals in a range of fields including: art, architecture, animation, design, arts administration, theater, music, film and television, game design, publishing, writing, museums and other arts organizations, advertising and public relations, teaching and public service. It is sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center as part of the "Making a Living, Living Your Dream" professional development program. Light refreshments will be provided.

Noon - 1 pm

ToBoM Demonstrations & Race
The Helix, 3rd Floor, Gates Building (by the ramp)
ToBoM (yes, that's MoBot spelled backwards) asks community members to race their bots. Going up or down, issues of autonomous movements are always exciting. It's a long and circuitous hike for humans — and perhaps an even greater challenge for a robot. You can bring your own robots to test or race!

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Study Abroad Information Session
Connan Room, Cohon Center
Over 500 Carnegie Mellon students from all majors study abroad annually. All are welcome to attend this overview of study abroad. Learn about general curriculum compatibility as well as finances. Returner students will also speak about individual study abroad experiences and will be available for Q&A.

2 - 3 pm

Architectural Tour of Campus
Kirr Commons, 1st Floor, Cohon Center
Tour the campus with Robert Reppe, Director of Design for Carnegie Mellon Campus Design & Facility Development. He will share the history of campus construction and also show you the new projects that have recently taken place and will within the next few months and years.

3 - 4 pm

A Class with the International Math Olympiad Champion Coach: Math & Innovation
Danforth Conference Room, Cohon Center
What practical things can you achieve with mathematics skills? When new mathematics enters an industry, it has the potential to transform the status quo. Professor Po-Shen Loh, national coach of USA International Math Olympiad will have a discussion of innovation that came out of math teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the USA Math Olympiad, related to Carnegie Mellon University's spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

3:30 - 4:30 pm

From: Students ... To: Parents – How I Found My Summer Internship
McKenna Peter Wright Room, Cohon Center
Join the Career & Professional Development Center to hear from students who already completed summer internships. They will share valuable information on how they found their internships and some advice for how parents can help their students with this process.

3:30 - 5 pm

BXA Presents The Henry Armero Memorial Award for Inclusive Creativity
Great Hall, College of Fine Arts
The Henry Armero Memorial Award for Inclusive Creativity was created in 2013 in memory of BXA student Henry Armero, through the generous support of the Armero family and the contributions of Dropbox. A $2,500 award is granted annually through a project-focused application process. The winners are selected by a jury of representatives from the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, the School of Art and the School of Computer Science. The award is open to juniors enrolled in the above programs. The Henry Armero Memorial Award will reward student projects with a focus on creativity, eclecticism, individuality and inclusiveness. Projects should find innovative ways of fostering on-and off-line community. During the presentation, the previous winners of the award will display and present the results of their efforts. The event will feature an hors d'oeuvre reception. Visit:

4 pm

Lecture: Changing History Through the Microscope - A Glimpse into Famous Cases with Dr. Cyrill Wecht
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
Forensic Pathologist, Attorney and Medical-Legal Consultant
 Cyril H. Wecht welcomes you to the world of forensic pathology, where mystery meets science, law and medicine join forces and amazing discoveries lurk around every corner. As a practicing forensic pathologist for the past 40 years, Dr. Wecht has spent the majority of his life seeking social truth and justice through the application of these principles and techniques to some of the world's greatest mysteries. From the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley
and JonBenet Ramsey, Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, and many more, Dr. Wecht's fascinating presentation shows how the application of fundamental scientific principles and sound investigative techniques can help to uncover the truth and ensure that justice is served.

4 - 5 pm

So You Think You Know About Pittsburgh
Connan Room, Cohon Center
With seven professional sports teams and 10 colleges, there's more to Pittsburgh than you might think. Come learn all about the rich history and culture in this great city that your student calls their second home.

4 - 5:30 pm

Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Open House with Special Program Collaboration with the MLK Writing Awards
Lower Level, Cohon Center
The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion promotes student success and engagement. The Center supports and connects historically underrepresented students and those who are first in their family to attend college in a setting where students' differences and talents are guided, appreciated and reinforced. The Center offers resources to enhance the student experience in dimensions such as access, success, campus climate and intergroup dialogue. Families and new students are invited to come by The Center to see our space and meet our staff during this time. Current students will also be on hand to answer questions and get to know you. We look forward to meeting you and we are happy to share our perspectives on adjusting to life at Carnegie Mellon.

At 4:30 we will be featuring dramatic readings by contributors to Challenges to the Dream, an anthology collection of winning pieces from CMU’s MLK Jr Day Writing Awards. This new book from the Carnegie Mellon University Press will also be on sale in the CMU Bookstore.

6 - 7:30 pm

President's Welcome Reception
Lee Reception Area, Cohon Center
Stop by for refreshments and light fare and an opportunity to meet Dr. Jahanian and other members of the leadership team.

6 - 8 pm

Shabbat Services and Dinner at Jewish University Center (JUC)
4607 Forbes Avenue (at the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street)
Join CMU's Jewish students and Hillel staff at our weekly Shabbat services and dinner. Reservations are requested at

6 - 11 pm

Diwali Mela
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center
Mayur SASA and Om offer a unique opportunity to celebrate Diwali. Tickets can be purchased presale on campus for $7, $5 for groups of 5 or more or $10 each at the door. Stalls will be set up with fun activities for people to participate in a buffet dinner, Bollywood music, performances by student groups on campus, garba and dancing.

8 pm

Capitol Steps
Wiegand Gymnasium, Cohon Center
Enjoy an evening of comedy with performers who really know Washington! The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers in 1981 who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Their show, which is constantly changing and strenuously bipartisan, includes songs about everything in the news, such as "Putin on a Blitz," "The Big Benghazi Theory," and "Everybody Must Get Droned." To purchase tickets, please go to:

8 pm

School of Drama Production - The Matchmaker
Chosky Theater
See for ticket information.

10 pm

Activities Board Film - Despicable Me 3
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
The film is free with CMU ID and $3 without one. Tickets will be available outside of the theater 30 minutes before showtime.

10:45 pm

School of Drama Musical Theater Showcase
Studio Theater, Cohon Center
Take this opportunity to see seniors from the School of Drama Musical Theater Program take the stage. This is your chance to see and hear the future stars of Broadway!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

7 - 8:50 am

Buggy Freeroll Practices
Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive
See what Buggy is all about! Weather permitting.

8 am - 4 pm

Family Weekend Registration and Welcome Area
Kirr Commons, 1st Floor, Cohon Center
Stop by to register for the weekend and pick up the Family Weekend schedule. Staff will be available to answer your questions. If you did not register in advance, you can register onsite.

8:30 - 10 am

Light Continental Breakfast
Rangos Ballroom
Stop by to start your day.

10 - 10:30 am

Pipes and Drums Performance
Near the Fence on the Cut
Our university community takes pride in its deep Scottish roots, and one of the ways that we celebrate this heritage is through our bagpipe band. Carnegie Mellon Pipes and Drums has been an important part of university life since 1939 and today is one of the leading pipe bands in the United States. Join director Andrew Carlisle and the band for a short performance highlighting one of CMU's most treasured traditions.

10:30 am - 1 pm

Academic Meetings and Events
Meet deans and faculty members from your student's college, as well as hear about course requirements, educational philosophy underlying the various programs and the life-long values that students will gain from their experiences at Carnegie Mellon.

10:30 am - Noon

College of Engineering Family Weekend Brunch
Singleton Room, 4th Floor, Roberts Engineering Hall
This event is limited to College of Engineering students and parents only. Please join College of Engineering Dean James H. Garrett Jr. for brunch. RSVP at

10:30 - 11:30 am

IDeATe Information Session and Tour of IDeATe at Hunt Library Facilities
IDeATe, Hunt Library Studio A 106B
One of the most exciting aspects of a Carnegie Mellon University education is learning not only what your talents are but how you fit into the world. IDeATe (Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology) provides interdisciplinary collaboration in which students experience learning and working in a diverse team of experts. IDeATe offers minors and courses in eight areas: Game Design, Animation & Special Effects, Media Design, Learning Media, Sound Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Intelligent Environments and Physical Computing, all of which are open to students from any major. IDeATe advisor Kelly Delaney ( will give an overview, answer questions and give a tour of the IDeATe at Hunt Library maker facilities.

10:30 am - Noon

Mellon College of Science
Doherty Hall 2210
MCS faculty, advisors and staff invite students and visiting family members to join us for an engaging session where we will offer a short presentation with information about the Class of 2020 and opportunities for students. Attendees will have the opportunity to get to know instructors in first-year MCS courses as well as departmental advisors. Upperclass students will be on hand to share their advice for maximizing the MCS student experience. Light refreshment will be provided.

10:30 am - Noon

School of Computer Science Academic Meeting
Doherty Hall 2315
SCS invites all parents to meet the freshman academic advisor and the SCS Assistant Dean of undergraduate education. Learn about the CS undergraduate program and what's new in the School of Computer Science. There will be a short presentation discussing relevant data for the incoming freshman class. Light
refreshments will be served.

10:30 am - Noon

Tepper School of Business Reception
Simon Auditorium, School of Industrial Administration
The Business Administration Program welcomes families and students to meet with faculty, advisors and staff. We will host a short presentation about the program's curriculum, students, activities and share an update on the new Tepper Quad building. Refreshments will be served.

10:45 am - Noon

Dietrich College
Baker Hall A51 - Giant Eagle Auditorium
"The State of the College" with Dean Richard Scheines. Dietrich College welcomes all parents and family members to meet the Dietrich College deans, faculty and advisors, as well as hear about new programs, educational philosophy underlying the various programs and the life-long values that students will gain from their experiences at Carnegie Mellon.

Noon - 1:30 pm

Dietrich College Undergraduate Colloquium and Reception
Baker Hall Coffee Bar Lounge
Poster presentations by several Dietrich College undergraduates based on their original research or creative work, recent internships, and study abroad experiences.  Light refreshments will be served.

11 am - 1 pm

College of Fine Arts and BXA students
Great Hall, College of Fine Arts
All current CFA/BXA parents and students are invited to an informal brunch with Dan Martin, Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean; the CFA Department school heads; the BXA Director; as well as academic advisors and a number of faculty and staff members. RSVP is required; please contact Daniella Staudacher via email at or by phone at 412 268-4045.

The event is limited to College of Fine Arts and BXA students and parents only.

11 am - 1 pm

14th Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition
Wiegand Gymnasium, Cohon Center
Enjoy souvenir mugs, catered chili and corn bread while voting for which student organization deserves the prize for the best chili. Vegetarian will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the Activities Board Special Events Committee. There is no fee to attend.

Noon - 2 pm

Delta Gamma Tea
Delta Gamma House, 5031 Forbes Avenue
This one's for the lovely Delta Gamma alumnae and family of current students. Stop by the house to reminisce on old times and eat all the bagels, coffee and donuts that our dues can afford. We can't wait to see you there!

Noon - 2 pm

Pop Up Cafe
Between Resnik and West Wing
Don't miss our Pop Up Cafe where we will be serving up hot & fresh American street food with a Scotty twist during the Tartans football game, You can use DineXtra, cash, credit or debit!

Noon - 4 pm

TNGL Game Day
Hunt Library, Studio A & B
Toyz Nation Gaming League (TNGL) cordially invites all students and family members to our TNGL Game Day! Come by, relax and play on our gaming consoles, VR gaming systems, Oculus Rift and more! TNGL is an interscholastic gaming league whose goal is to foster diversity in the tech and creative industry through gaming. Through using gaming as a medium, we have exposed a wide audience of people from different backgrounds to opportunities in industries including gaming, music, wearable tech, robotics and business.

1 pm

Football vs. Geneva College
Gesling Stadium
Cheer on the Tartans as they host the Golden Tornadoes.

1 - 2 pm

Secrets of a Carnegie Mellon University Education: What Everyone Should Know
McKenna Peter Wright Room, Cohon Center
Discover some of the "secrets" of a Carnegie Mellon education. Uncover the when, where, what and how that will help students navigate through their undergraduate experience at Carnegie Mellon. Hear about the range of voluntary opportunities beyond the classroom that can be transformational and can help define future career paths. Whether an independent or faculty-led research project; a chance to go abroad to engage in study or service or research; an opportunity to apply for a competitive national scholarship; or a presentation at a research symposium or national conference. All of these opportunities are within grasp. This session will be led by Stephanie Wallach, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education with presentations by several current students who have taken advantage of these opportunities.

1 - 2 pm

Paws to Relax
East-West Walkway
Paws to Relax greets students and visitors alike on the East-West Walkway outside of West Wing. Stop by to pet a friendly dog and learn more about the partnership between Animal Friends’ Therapets program and Carnegie Mellon’s Mindfulness Room. Rain location: Mindfulness Room, West Wing.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

History of the Sweepstakes "Buggy" Tradition
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
When this year's freshmen are seniors the ultimate Carnegie Mellon tradition, Buggy, will celebrate the 100th birthday since its inception. Why do countless alumni follow the sport through online streaming and blogging? Why do employers continue to hire buggy chairmen and mechanics? Buggy began as a Fraternity only Chariot style race in 1920 featuring fish, trolleys and pirate ships and has morphed over time into a nail-biting relay time trial dominated by independent organizations. Buggy highlights the skills of female drivers negotiating highly technical streamlined, gravity-powered, 3-wheeled machines around the serpentine course in Schenley Park. The finest female and male athletes on campus train and compete all year for the privilege of propelling their organizations' buggies up the hills. This 0.84 mile race takes just over 2 minutes and a single mistake will ruin those efforts. Catch the fever; learn about the compelling development of the race that undergraduates are willing to sacrifice Saturday and Sunday mornings throughout the year for a chance to gain buggy immortality. Save the date: Spring Carnival is April 19-21, 2018.

2 pm

School of Drama Production - The Matchmaker
Chosky Theater
See for ticket information.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

CMU Together: A Glimpse at Our Community of Care
Connan Room, Cohon Center
How do successful students thrive at Carnegie Mellon? They start by getting connected with the network of resources available to support them, including housefellows, academic advisors, faculty, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and academic support services. Join us for a panel discussion session with staff from some of these groups who will offer meaningful advice and perspectives on how students and families can partner with us to enhance student well-being and engage with our community of care.

3 - 7 pm

Festival on Scotty Saturday
Outside the Cohon Center and College of Fine Arts Lawn
(rainsite: Wiegand Gymnasium, Cohon Center)
Scotty Saturday is a day in which CMU students come together to celebrate their pride in Carnegie Mellon through a series of events including a showcase of student talent, spirited activities, opportunities for exposure of student groups, and free food and CMU swag.

3 - 4:30 pm

First-Together Family Weekend Mixer
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Lower Level, Cohon Center
Come and join us for our Annual First-Together Family Weekend Mixer! This is an opportunity for all first generation undergrads and grads to meet, mingle and network with other students, faculty and staff who are also the first in their family to attend college. We look forward to seeing you there!

3:30 - 5 pm

Overview of Orientation 2017 with Slide Show of the Week and Performances by Orientation Counselors and Resident Assistants
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
Relive Orientation 2017! Family members of freshmen can see how much fun the Class of 2021+ had, and family of members of upperclass students will see how hard our Orientation and Resident Assistant student staffs worked to make Orientation so special. You will also have the opportunity to see the talents of some of the OCs and RAs who performed at various cabarets and talent showcases during Orientation.

5:30 - 7 pm

Scotch 'n' Soda Benefit Cabaret
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
Join Scotch 'n' Soda for a night of musical theater. This features a showcase of student performers you won’t want to miss. A reception will follow in the Connan Room, Cohon Center.

7:30 - 10:30 pm

Vertigo A Cappella Concert
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon Center
Come experience Vertigo and discover the unlimited potential of the human voice! Vertigo is a concert hosted by the Carnegie Mellon Originals featuring some the best collegiate a cappella groups from around the country. Visit the CMU Originals' Facebook page for more information on their second annual Vertigo concert. Tickets can be found at, at the Cohon Center during Family Weekend or beforehand at the door. Exclusive VIP tickets are available that include seating in the front three rows for the concert, as well as admission to Vertigo's after-party!

8 pm

School of Drama Production - The Matchmaker
Chosky Theater
See for ticket information.

9 pm - Midnight

Multicultural Showcase: Noche Latina
Kirr Commons, 1st Floor, Cohon Center
Join us as we celebrate the rich history and culture of the Latinx experience with live music, dancing, food and various enriching entertainment. This multicultural event showcases the vibrancy of diversity, cultural celebration and one exciting evening of late night entertainment for the entire family! Sponsored by Spanish and Latin Student Association (SALSA) in partnership with the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion.

10 pm

Activities Board Film: Despicable Me 3
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon Center
The film is free with CMU ID and $3 without one. Tickets will be available outside of the theater 30 minutes before showtime.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

6:30 am; 8 am; 10 am and Noon

Catholic Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral
108 North Dithridge Street, corner of Fifth Avenue
Join others in the Pittsburgh community for worship.

7 - 9 am

Freeroll Practices
Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive
Come see what Buggy is all about! Weather permitting.

9 - 11 am

Civil & Environmental Engineering CEE Open House Breakfast
Porter Hall 107E (Tung Au Lab)
Department head Dave Dzombak will host this event for families and first-year students interested in CEE. Labs will be open for our students to show their families.

10 - 11 am

Catholic Newman Club Mass
Doherty Hall A302

10 - 11 am

Family Weekend Registration and Welcome Area
Kirr Commons, 1st Floor, Cohon Center
Stop by if you have questions or need assistance.

10 - 11:30 am

First-Year Residential House Receptions
Join us for these welcome receptions for family, friends and students. Spend some time with residents in your student's house community and enjoy light refreshments.

11 am - 12:30 pm

Alpha Phi Family Lunch Reception
Alpha Phi House, 1079 Morewood Ave
Come by the Alpha Phi house for a chance to meet our sisters and enjoy some lunch!

11 am - 1 pm

Alpha Chi Omega Family Weekend Brunch
Alpha Chi Omega House, 1069 Morewood Ave
Join the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega for a celebration of family and sisterhood. Brunch will be served as we commemorate the bonds that bring us together. All past and present members of Alpha Chi Omega and their family members are welcome.

11 am - 1 pm

Delta Delta Delta Brunch
Delta Delta Delta House, 1071 Morewood Ave
Delta Delta Delta invites all families of current students and alumnae to come to the Delta Delta Delta house and talk to the sisters over light refreshments. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Agapé Life Church Sunday Worship Service
Porter Hall 100
Agapé Campus Christian Fellowship welcomes you to join us for our service. For more information about us: