Family Weekend 2020
2 weekends fully virtual
Family Weekend 2020 will be entirely virtual, with programming spanning two weekends:  October 16-18 and October 23-25.

Additional programs will be added, so please check the schedule regularly.

Amy Gutmann -  president of the University of Pennsylvania

Inside View: A Campus Update with President Amy Gutmann
Oct 16 @ 4:00pm

This event serves as the kick-off event for Family Weekend. The event provides parents with an opportunity to learn about recent advances at Penn and the vision for the University’s future. This year, it will also cover Penn’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This event also serves as a forum for Q&A.


Schedule of Events

NOTE: All times are Eastern Standard Time

October 16-18
   School of Nursing
   School of Engineering and Applied Science
   Career Services
   Penn Hillel
   The Annenberg Center
   Penn Family Weekend Yoga
   Lauder College House
   Graduate School of Education
   Fraternity & Sorority Life
October 23-25
   Wharton
   Penn Abroad
   Ware College House
   Hill College House
   Penn Parents – Arts & Culture
   Kings Court English College House
   Harrison College House
   Gregory College House
   Stouffer College House
Asynchronous Events (Recorded, to be viewed at any time)
   Penn Athletics
   Penn Museum
   Harnwell and Rodin College House
   Platt House – Student Performing Arts
   Weingarten
   Riepe College House
   The College of Arts and Sciences

   

School of Nursing

Oct 17
12:00pm
Dean’s Welcome
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing
Julie Sochalski, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Christina Costanzo, EdD, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Programs
Zoom Link

Oct 17
12:30pm
Parent/Guardian Panel
Speak with current Penn Nursing parents/guardians of students in their third and fourth years on how best to support students who are just starting their academic program in the School of Nursing. Have your questions answered and enjoy a great discussion with other parents/guardians.
Zoom Link

The College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibit
Capacity: 1000 users
Join the Dean and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences for an opportunity to chat with students about their research.

VIDEO
The College Experience
Capacity: 1000 users
Dr. Paul Sniegowski, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Janet Tighe, Dean of First-Year Students and Director of Academic Advising, and students will participate in a discussion about college life.

VIDEO

You’re Majoring in What?!
Capacity: 1000 users
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. 

VIDEO

Communicating with Confidence
Capacity: 1000 users
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. See more about CWiC.

VIDEO

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Oct 16
12:00pm
Chat & Chew With Dean Vijay Kumar
Parents will have the opportunity to have a question and answer session with Dean Kumar, as he shares comment on the current state of SEAS

Zoom Link
Oct 17
10:00am
Panel discussion with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Russ Composto, Deputy Provost and Eduardo D. Glandt President’s Distinguished Professor Beth A. Winkelstein, Ph.D. and MEAM Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs Paulo Arratia 
A discussion with parents will center around new first-year curriculum requirements research opportunities and the pass/fail option 

Zoom Link
Oct 17
12:00pm
Student Panel discussion
The student panel will share navigating their virtual learning experience, challenges, and solutions with online learning, self-care tips, and more

Zoom Link

Wharton

Links at Wharton Undergraduate Division Family Weekend Activities

Oct 24
Vice Dean’s Welcome
Vice Dean Diana Robertson welcomes our Wharton undergraduate families
Asynchronous Session
Oct 24Academic Advising Overview
The advising team discusses Wharton’s approach to advising, the curriculum, and how students can tailor certain aspects of the curriculum to meet their individual goals.
Asynchronous Sessions
Oct 24
10:00am
Undergraduate Research at Wharton
Current students will share their research experiences
and a brief overview of the research opportunities for Wharton undergraduates will be presented.
Oct 24
10:00am
Student Life: Finding Community During COVID
Student life staff will present an overview of the initiatives and programs that have been or will be offering this fall.
Oct 24
10:00am
Maximize U.S. Education for your International Student
This session will help international parents better understand the structure, services, and expectations of a Wharton and Penn education. The presenter will also discuss primary resources and key decision points specifically for international students, and answer any questions international parents might have.
Oct 24
11:00am
Experience Wharton 101
Join us for an interactive workshop that will give you a glimpse of Wharton 101, the gateway course taken by first-year Wharton students as part of the four-module Leadership Journey.
Oct 24
11:00am
Business Communication: The Skill Warren Buffett Says Will Increase Your Worth by 50%
Job content knowledge is certainly essential. The ability to communicate what you know to achieve results in the workplace is just as important. In this session, our students will:
• Take you through an exercise designed to illustrate the challenges of effective communication.
• Explain a few strategies anyone can use to communicate more clearly.
• Share their experience in our business communication course.
Oct 24
12:00pm
Career Services: Helping Students Define and Pursue Career Goals
This session will provide an overview of the career services provided to Wharton students, discuss the career pursuits of the most recent graduating class, and offer tips on how families can support their students in the career exploration process.
Oct 24
12:00pm
Building the Leaders of Tomorrow
Join the McNulty Leadership Program team to learn how we build leaders through co-curricular programs, such as Wharton Leadership Ventures.
Oct 24
12:00pm
Academic Advising and Supporting Students
This discussion will focus on maximizing student well-being, and you will learn how to help your student identify and connect with academic and personal supports

Career Services

Oct 16
2:00pm
Join the Career Services team to learn about the career-related services available at Penn and how we have pivoted to provide these services remotely during the pandemic.  
Bluejeans Video Link

Penn Athletics

Oct 15 – Oct 25Red & Blue Virtual Golf Outing
The inaugural Red & Blue Virtual Golf Outing, presented by Steamfitters Local Union 420 and Ron Jaworski Golf, gives golfers of all skill level an excuse to hit the links this Fall! Teams of up to four can play on any 18-hole course that plays at par-70, 71 or 72 from October 15 through October 25 to take part in the golf outing. The best score among the group will be taken for each hole. At the conclusion of the round of golf, one scorecard per team will be submitted for consideration.
 
Registration is $50 per golfer and includes a Penn Golf Pack for each team member! Stroke reductions and mulligans can also be purchased. All proceeds will benefit Penn Athletics and its student-athletes. More information and registration instructions can be found here.

Penn Hillel

Oct 16
5:00pm
Pre-Shabbat Zoom L’Chaim

2020 is all about finding new and meaningful ways to gather. This year, Penn Hillel is putting a new, global spin on Family Weekend and bringing the celebration to you in your homes with a pre-Shabbat Zoom L’Chaim!
 
Celebrate the longstanding tradition of Penn Family Weekend with Penn Hillel students and families with a Zoom featuring student and parent speakers from all over the world, a message from Penn Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Mike Uram, music from students, and more!
 
For questions, please contact Melanie Kovacs at mkovacs@pennhillel.org.

Zoom Registration Link

The Annenberg Center

Oct 22
7:00pm
Tivon Pennicott Duo 
Jazz livestream

Ticket Link
Oct 29
7:00pm
Philadanco 
Modern dance livestream

Ticket Link
Join your Penn student over Family Weekend 2020 for a free professional livestream performance from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts!
 

Families can view these 60-minute performances via their computers, smart TV or mobile devices and each of the one-night-only livestream events will integrate live chat features to connect audience members with the artists as well as with one another. If you are not sharing a screen with your student, you can access the free livestream yourself with the following promo code:  PENNPARENT.
 
The Annenberg Center is pleased to offer free access to all Penn students to this fall’s nine digital livestream performances across dance and music, and four curated independent films.
 

The Penn Museum

Asynchronous Events
Engage your curiosity and your connections to people across the globe and throughout time! The Penn Museum offers music and dance performances, film screenings, lectures by notable experts, and incredible behind-the-scenes access to provide opportunities to have fun and enhance your understanding of humans, past and present. Until events resume when the Museum is able to safely reopen, enjoy a virtual Daily Dig, take in a Great Catastrophes lecture, or sign up for our e-newsletter for notifications about Facebook live curator talks.

Events Calendar

Penn Abroad

Oct 23
3:00pm
Explore Global Opportunities at Penn
Learn how Penn students enhance their career potential, earn academic credit, and deepen their understanding of the world on short- and long-term programs abroad. Penn Abroad will be joined by past program participants to share information and answer questions regarding semester and academic year programs, the Global Research & Internship Program, and Penn Global Seminars.

Bluejeans Video Link

Ware College House

Oct 24
7:00pm
Speed Friending
Participate in a popular virtual college house program—Speed Friending. Virtual residents of Ware College House were offered opportunities to meet other first years in our community through Zoom Speed Friending programs. Parents can experience the event for themselves and meet some other parents along the way. Students are welcome to join as well. Ware College House Graduate Associate Omar Alani will help you foster connections and friendships among each other. Participants will be separated into breakout rooms in pairs and will go through a set of questions that they ask each other to help start some conversations.

Zoom Link
 

Hill College House

Oct 25
3:00pm
Speed Meeting Sunday
Get ready for this Speed Meeting event! You will be put into multiple, random breakout rooms and meet other Hill residents from all over the country and world!

Zoom Link
 
Oct 23
8:30pm
Hill Senior Staff Meet and Greet
Stop in and say hello to Faculty Master, Julie Sochalski and House Dean, Stephanie Turner, and learn about the amazing community at Hill College House!

Zoom link

Harnwell and Rodin College House

The Drawing Workshop
The Drawing Workshop at Harnwell aims to provide residents and staff across college houses, both in-person and virtual, an opportunity to engage in drawing-based projects and introduce topics around visual representation and visual thinking frameworks. The workshops are led by Harnwell Faculty Fellow, Ivanco Talevski, who teaches drawing and painting courses at the Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design Program at the Weitzman School of Design. Sessions include demos, slide talks, field trips to the PMA, drawing at the bio-pond, and critiques and conversations. At the end of the semester, the workshop will culminate in a virtual public exhibition of selected works made during this semester’s drawing sessions. This semester, The Drawing Workshop is also proud to collaborate with the Harnwell Arts House Program Community and The Rodin Arts Collective.

The theme for this Fall will be a semester-long drawing project called Composing Spaces. Participants will work on a single drawing that will combine multiple interventions and will explore concepts around constructing pictorial spaces. The video features Faculty Fellow Ivanco Talevski explaining sighting and measuring. The video is part of an asynchronous module available on The Drawing Workshop’s Canvas site. For more information, please contact Professor Talevski at ivancot@design.upenn.edu

WATCH VIDEO

Platt House – Student Performing Arts

Student Performing Arts Playlist
Experience the amazing talents of our performing arts students by visiting the Platt Student Performing Arts House YouTube Channel.  We created a special playlist just for Family Weekend.  Enjoy!

Playlist Link

Penn Family Weekend Yoga

Oct 18
12:00pm
Yoga
Now more than ever, focusing on the breath and the body is so important! Please join Corey Reidy from Tuck Barre & Yoga for an inclusive yoga session from the comfort of your own home. This semester Rodin College House, along with other college house communities (Fisher Hassenfeld, Gregory, Harnwell, Harrison, Hill, Lauder, Riepe, and Ware) provides a weekly yoga class for students on campus and in other locations. All experience levels are welcome!

Zoom Link

Weingarten Learning Resource Center

Supporting Your Student’s Online Learning 
Weingarten Center staff share essential strategies and resources for online learning. This team of learning specialists, disability support providers, and tutoring services staff will address the unique ways that they are supporting students’ success this semester and share tips for families as they support students as online learners.

VIDEO LINK

Riepe College House

Oct 23
3:00pm
Riepe Traditions: Coffee Open House & Conversation with Riepe Faculty Director Ralph Rosen
Join Riepe College House for a virtual version of our classic Coffee Open House with Faculty Director Ralph Rosen. This conversational event will include structured break-out rooms for students and parents to socialize as well as a cappuccino-making demonstration from Prof. Rosen, a coffee enthusiast. Enjoy a hot beverage & socialize with us!

Link to Register
Oct 24
4:00pm
Riepe Traditions: Talking Culture with Riepe Living Cultures and Faculty Fellow Sebastián Gil-Riaño
Join Riepe College House and the Living Cultures community for this week’s Talking Culture event! In Talking Culture, Riepe students discuss films, documentaries, articles, and cultural events with a new topic each week. Our conversation this week will be about Black sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois and his relationship to Penn and Philadelphia. We’ll discuss this recent article from the DP and also discuss some of the key Philadelphia landmarks that are important to his time here. We hope you’ll join us!

Link to Register
 

Lauder College House

Oct 17
4:00pm
Virtual Lauder College House (LCH) Senior Staff Family Welcome
 The Faculty, House Dean, and House Coordinator of Virtual LCH is glad to meet you! Join us via Zoom for a chat about virtual LCH initiatives and ways our students have been able to contribute to our online community. The session will be recorded and posted on our house website. We are looking forward to talking with you about the programs, activities, and opportunities available in virtual LCH. Please contact House Dean Trina Sokoloski (trinan@upenn.edu) with any questions about this event.
 Learn about our team here: https://lauder.house.upenn.edu/people
 
Zoom Meeting Link
Oct 21Virtual Lauder College House Activities Showcase
Video Release: Saturday, October 21 via the Lauder College House website

Check out our video highlighting the various media we use in virtual LCH to host activities and engage students in our community. We will share examples of platforms such as Discord and Gather.town, as well as initiatives like “What Matters” dialogues, Radio LCH, and group activities.
Oct 22
Lauder College House Family Tribute: Notes From Home Virtual Book and Release
Do you have a supportive message to share with our virtual LCH students? Design them a slide! You can make a slide here for an individual student in the LCH community or create a message for all the students at LCH. At the end of Family Weekend, these slides will be compiled into a virtual book and shared electronically with the LCH community at large.
If you’ve never used Google Slides before, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Fill out this link or email joselyn@upenn.edu with your name, the name of your student, and your message. We’ll take care of the rest!
 

Fisher Hassenfeld College House

Oct 24
10:00am
Wake up with Fisher Hassenfeld College House
Join our Faculty Director, House Dean and RAGA’s to learn a little more about our house, what we have been up to this semester. There will also be an opportunity for families to engage with the staff through a Q &A.
 
We are asking all participants to pre-register for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Link

Penn Parents – Arts & Culture

Oct 24
3:00pm
What do Universities collect and why?
Learn the stories behind some of Penn’s extraordinary collections by joining collection experts:
 
Lynn Dolby, University Art Collection Manager
Anthony Aiello, The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator – Morris Arboretum
Mitch Fraas, Senior Curator, Special Collections – Penn Libraries
William Wierzbowski, Keeper of Collections, American Section – Penn Museum

Registration Link

Graduate School of Education

Oct 18
5:00pm
 Radical Self-Care 
 
How do we balance our collective need to rest with our responsibility to stay woke? Join Du Bois House Fellow, Dr. Krystal Strong, for a biweekly series called Radical Self-Care. This series covers topics related to the intersections of self-care, collective care, and social justice. Please RSVP in advance.
 
Zoom Link
 

FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE

Oct 17
2:15pm
INFORMATIONAL SESSION 

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-letter organizations. Whether you’re looking for next steps or new beginnings, our standards of integrity, inclusion, respect, and service will be a foundation to build on and a compass to guide you. Lifelong relationships start here, in a world-class community that’s driven to make an impact. It starts somewhere. It starts with you.

Registration Link
 
Oct 24
2:15pm
INFORMATIONAL SESSION 

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-letter organizations. Whether you’re looking for next steps or new beginnings, our standards of integrity, inclusion, respect, and service will be a foundation to build on and a compass to guide you. Lifelong relationships start here, in a world-class community that’s driven to make an impact. It starts somewhere. It starts with you.

Registration Link

Kings Court English College House

Oct 16
4:00pm 6:00pm

Oct 17
10:00am
12:00pm
House Dean Open Office Hours 
During the Penn Families weekends, the House Dean office will be open for parents, family members, and students to drop in to chat or to ask questions about our programs and activities this fall. Here are the times and dates for access:

Zoom link
Phone: 215-898-2530 
Oct 23
4:00pm 6:00pm

Oct 24
10:00am
12:00pm

House Dean Open Office Hours 
During the Penn Families weekends, the House Dean office will be open for parents, family members, and students to drop in to chat or to ask questions about our programs and activities this fall. Here are the times and dates for access:

Zoom link
Phone: 215-898-2530 
Oct 23
4:00pm
IA/GA and Student Panel Discussion
Want to know what the college house experience is like? See what some of our students and RA/GA staff have been up to this semester. They’ll also talk about what their experience living in KCECH was like, and how they have engaged and interacted with their college house community.

RSVP Here
Zoom Link
Oct 23
7:00pm
Family Quizzo
Friday 10/23 7PM ET
Join us for Family Weekend as we will pit students and their families against each other in this friendly competition of random trivia knowledge! Who will be victorious!

RSVP Here
Zoom Link

Harrison College House

Oct 24
6:00pm 7:00pm


Evening Meditation Class
Please join Faculty Director Professor Deven M. Patel to learn and practice a basic breathing mindfulness meditation practice. 

Zoom link

Gregory College House

Oct 23
4:00pm


Oct 24
11:00am


Family Weekend Information Sessions with House Dean Christopher Donovan
During Family Weekend, the House Dean Office hours are open to families as well as students to talk about Gregory College House’s storied history, our program communities in Film Culture and Modern Languages, this virtual semester, and the exciting building renovations about to begin!  
 
Zoom Link 

Stouffer College House

Oct 25
8:00pm


Meet and Greet and Trivia Night
Join the Stouffer College House staff for an informal conversation about our community, our traditions, and our current programming initiatives. In keeping with Stouffer’s spirit of friendly competition, the event will include a game of trivia. Pick your team wisely! 
 
Learn about the Stouffer Staff
 
Zoom Link