Family Weekend Schedule

Family Weekend for the families of undergraduate students at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering will be held Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27, 2019! A complete list of Family Weekend activities and events can be found below.

Please note many activities require registration in advance. To register for a specific activity, please click below.

Registration Page

2019 Schedule

Friday, October 25

10am–4pm: Family Weekend Registration Check-In: Welcome Blue Jay Families

Mason Hall Lobby

Please make sure to stop by for your registration materials and name tags as well as a quick beverage before you and your family start the day!

10am–10pm: Work Out at the Recreation Center

Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center

Parents/guardians and family members who are at least 18 years of age are welcome to visit the facility and work out for free. You will need to bring a valid state-issued ID, your Family Weekend name tags, and a Rec Center member to sign-in. This is an open recreation event.

Parents College

11–11:50am: Ecological Communities and The Human Impact

Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall Dr. Christov Roberson, Senior Lecturer in Biology

All living organisms form parts of ecological communities, which can change over space and time. We will consider how scientists characterize ecological communities, how they can change, and the consequences of human interventions on a community’s structure. Registration is required.

11-11:50am: Algorithms for DNA Sequencing

Shriver Hall Auditorium, Dr. Ben Langmead, Computer Science

This class will discuss the DNA sequencing revolution, the role Computer Scientists play in modern Genomics and Biology, and learn about the distinction between comparative and de novo methods for piecing genomes together. Registration is required.

12pm: Guided Tours of Homewood Campus

Mason Hall

Blue Jay Families, if you have not had the opportunity to take a tour of the Homewood campus with our Student Ambassadors this is your chance to do so. This tour is informative and will give you a great narrative of the university. Registration is required for this event.

12–12:50pm: Growing Human Retinas from Stem Cells to Understand how the Cells in our Eyes are Made

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall Dr. Robert J. Johnston Jr., Biology professor

This class discussion examines how the new field of human organoids is changing our understanding of human biology. Organoids are mini-organs grown from human stem cells. We will discuss how CRISPR genome engineering and pharmacological approaches can be used to probe the nature of human development. Registration is required.

12–12:50pm: A Major Constitutional Flaw: The Formation of New States in the Early American Republic

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall, Dr. François Furstenberg. History professor

This class will explore how the Founding Fathers anticipated the place of new states in the Union. It will focus on a few curious debates in the Constitutional Convention, and briefly address the problematic consequences of a major, if unexplored, flaw in the U.S. constitutional design. Registration is required.

1:10–2pm: Center for Leadership Education: Design Thinking & New Product Development

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall, Dr. Leslie Kendrick, Senior Lecturer & Internship Director

Explore your creative side in this hands-on session that allows participants to practice empathy and design thinking to develop a new product that addresses a problem from your daily life! Using supplies provided, participate in “rapid prototyping” to create a product that solves this problem in just a few minutes! No artistic talent required! Follow the exercise, learn about the business minors, internship and experiential student groups available through our center. Registration is required.

2:10–3:30pm: Designing Your Internship

Great Hall in Levering, Life Design Lab/Hopkins Parents Council, Margie Carney, Alayna Hayes

This presentation will include parent industry professionals who will assist students and provide knowledge on steps to secure a fulfilling internship. This program is for students only. Students will sign-up on their own through Handshake.

2:10–3:30pm: Designing Your Life

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall, Life Design Team

This interactive workshop for families will be moderated by three of our Life Design Educators. This presentation is for families only. Registration is required.

1-4pm: Off-Campus Housing Open House **Newly Added**

Off-Campus Housing Office Lounge

Stop by and meet the Off-Campus Housing staff and ask any questions or talk through any concerns you may have. Parents can pick-up area maps and a list of the off-campus housing options closest to campus. Parents will also learn about the resources offered to students before and during their transition into the community.

3pm: Guided Tours of Homewood Campus

Mason Hall

Blue Jay Families, if you have not had the opportunity to take a tour of the Homewood campus with our Student Ambassadors this is your chance to do so. This tour is informative and will give you a great narrative of the university. Registration is required for this event.

3pm: Homewood Campus Historical Walking Tour

Between the MSE Library and Homewood Museum

Have you ever wondered how Johns Hopkins wound up on the Homewood Campus? Did you know that we have not always been at this location? Ever wondered about the story behind the murals in the Shriver Hall lobby? Join us for a tour of the Homewood Campus with Jim Stimpert, Senior Reference Archivist in the Sheridan Libraries, and Allison Seyler, Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager. We will start on the sidewalk between the MSE Library and Homewood Museum (where there are benches on all four corners) and make our way down to Shriver Hall and back to the north side of campus, pointing out interesting historical facts and observations along the way. Wear comfortable walking shoes, because we will be covering some ground though at a leisurely pace. The tour will take 90 minutes. Registration is required for this event.

3:50–4:50pm: The College Experience Today: A Panel Discussion with the Homewood Deans

Levering Hall, with Andy Wilson, Alanna Shanahan, Academic Deans, Vice Deans

This panel discussion will feature the four deans directly responsible for your student’s experience at Homewood and be moderated by the vice provost for student affairs. Our academic and student affairs leaders will discuss not only the institutional priorities and values that drive their work but also how developments such as social media, evolving technology, and the national focus on well-being and self-care have impacted how students experience college and engage in the educational process. Registration is required for this event.

5–6pm: Blue Jay Families Reception

Great Hall in Levering Hall, with Homewood Student Affairs Team

Join members of the faculty and staff community to discuss your Blue Jay’s Hopkins experience, ask questions and connect with fellow family members. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required for this event.

6–7pm: Blue Jay Family Tailgate

Right in front of Recreation Center around the circle

In partnership with Blue Jay Athletics, we invite our Blue Jay Families and students to celebrate with us pre-game. Let’s get excited about the Blue Jay Football team and partake in fun activities and some good Hopkins spirit fun!

7pm: Football Game vs. Gettysburg

Homewood Field

Families and Students are invited to cheer on the Blue Jay Football team to victory. There will be plenty of fun and excitement during the game.

8pm: Barnstormers Student Theater Group

Swirnow Theater at Mattin Center

The Curious Salvage is a timeless comedy by John Patrick. It tells the tale of Ethel. P. Salvage an elderly woman who recently died and left her approximately 10 million dollars. Openly discussing what money can do to people and mental health, The Curious Salvage will leave you with laughter and hope that often neglected virtues of kindness, affection and found families have not yet been lost in a world so often seems to be motivated by greed and dishonesty.

8pm: Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Student Theater Group

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company produces African-American and multicultural plays, skits, monologues, poetry recitals, and creative dance presentations. A play will be chosen specifically for this weekend.

Saturday, October 26

8–11:30am: Family Weekend Registration Check-In: Welcome Blue Jay Families

Mason Hall Lobby

Please make sure to stop by for your registration materials and name tags as well as a quick beverage before you and your family start the day!

8am–10pm: Work Out at the Recreation Center

Ralph S. O’Conner Recreation Center

Parents/guardians and family members who are at least 18 years of age are welcome to visit the facility and work out for free. You will need to bring a valid state-issued ID, your Family Weekend name tags, and a Rec Center member to sign-in. This is an open recreation event.

8–9am: Breakfast with the Blue Jay Families

Shriver Hall

Join other Blue Jay Families for some light refreshments to start the morning off before listening to President Ron Daniels. Registration is required for this event.

9–9:45am: President Daniels’ Address

Shriver Lobby

President Ron Daniels will address Blue Jay Families about Hopkins students and culture. He will also share more insight into the future of the university. Registration is required for this event.

10-10:50am: Family Information Sessions: Financial Aid Town Hall

Hodson 110 Financial Aid Services

The Financial Aid Staff is ready to serve families and students with resources, information and a better understanding of terminology and processes as practitioners to financial aid. Family members will have an opportunity to ask general questions as well as questions about your specific family needs. Registration is required for this event.

10–11am: Pre-Med Advising Presentation

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall Pre-Professional Advising Team Ellen Snydman

Discussion of the pre-med services and experience at Johns Hopkins. Registration is required for this event.

10:45–11:25am: Family Information Sessions: Disability Services

Shaffer Hall

Students and Families are invited to visit the space that students utilize and meet the staff who supports them. Registration is required for this event.

11:00am: LiveLikeLou Crab Fest: Sponsored by Phi Delta Theta

Mattin Rooftop Courtyard.

Each ticket is $20.00 and does include fried chicken and sides. A pre-order form will also be available soon.

11am: Baltimore Community Bus Tours

Mason Hall

Learn more about the Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus and the ways in which Hopkins strives to strengthen the university’s ties to the city as the city’s largest private anchor institution. Blue Jay Families that attend this tour will also get to visit the FAST FORWARD labs. Registration is required for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: If bus tour sells out please contact us Monday, October 21 at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu to inquire about any cancellations or vacancies. It will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you!

11-11:50am: Family Information Sessions: Study Abroad

Hodson 110, Office of Study Abroad

Dr. Lori Citti and the Study Abroad Team will share opportunities that students have to experience and study in countries all around the world. They will also share resources and timelines required in order for students to have a successful and impactful journey. Registration is required for this event.

11am–12pm: School of Engineering and KSAS Advising

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall, Janet Weise and Jessie Martin

Learn more about how to partner with the Office of Academic Advising. Together, we can help your student realize their personal and academic goals. Registration is required for this event.

11am–1pm: Student Financial Aid Services

Location TBD, Financial Aid Services

Student Financial Aid Services is giving Blue Jay Families the opportunity to visit the office with your student and ask any questions about their financial aid package. An appointment is not necessary.

12:15–2pm: Family Weekend ‘Battle of the Chefs’ Lunch

Freshman Quad, Parent and Family Relations

Blue Jay Families and students are welcome to join us for a Tailgate Lunch. There will be food, music and plenty of activities for both students and families, as well as representation and interaction from our very own student organizations. There is a charge of $11.85 for each family member. For this special event, students will not be able to use their guest passes if they have a dining plan. Registration is required for this event.

1pm: Guided Tours of Homewood Campus

Mason Hall

Blue Jay Families, if you have not had the opportunity to take a tour of the Homewood campus with our Student Ambassadors this is your chance to do so. This tour is informative and will give you a great narrative of the university. Registration is required for this event.

1pm: Baltimore Community Bus Tours

Mason Hall

Learn more about the Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus and the ways in which Hopkins strives to strengthen the university’s ties to the city as the city’s largest private anchor institution. Blue Jay Families that attend this tour will also get to visit the FAST FORWARD labs. Registration is required for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: If bus tour sells out please contact us Monday, October 21 at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu to inquire about any cancellations or vacancies. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thank you!

1-3pm: University Service Project

Remington Village Green, Center for Social Concern

This community service project offers students and family members an opportunity to partner with the Remington Village Green. Remington is a historic neighborhood that is highly regarded in Baltimore and has a unique and colorful “story” to the city. In the past couple of years, the Homewood campus of Hopkins has developed a strong alliance with this neighborhood and provided general maintenance as well as community green space. Join us in our service endeavors in keeping this wonderful neighborhood clean. Afterward, participants are welcome to explore on their own and engage in lots of shops and boutiques within walking distance (R House and Paper Moon Diner for dinner options). Registration is required for this event.

2pm: Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Student Theater Group

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company produces African-American and multicultural plays, skits, monologues, poetry recitals, and creative dance presentations. A play will be chosen specifically for this weekend.

2-2:45pm: A Capella Concert

Bloomberg Center, 272

Enjoy the talent of Hopkins’ student singing groups as they each present one number. Selections range from chamber and gospel choirs to a variety of a cappella styles. Free.

2-3pm: Meet the ResLife Staff

AMR II Residential Life Office Suites

Come meet some of the RA’s and professional staff of the Residential Life-the team responsible for making your student feel at home in residential communities! Here to answer questions, showcase some of the programs we offer and their impact, and to provide space for you to relax and grab a snack and a giveaway! Registration is required for this event.

2-3:15pm: Off-Campus Housing Information Session and Tour (For Second-Year Parents ONLY) **Newly Added**

Off-Campus Housing Office Lounge

This session will highlight the steps needed to help students find housing off-campus in the communities adjacent to campus. In addition, the off-campus housing staff will talk through tips on how to support your student through their transition to junior year. The session will be approximately 20 minutes long with room for questions. There will be a tour offered immediately after the session to view select commercial residential properties that house a majority of upper-class students. Stops on the tour will include Nine East 33rd, The Academy, and the Charles. Tour will be approximately 50 minutes long and participants must be able to walk 1-mile unassisted. Registration is required for this event.

2:30pm: Baltimore Community Bus Tours

Mason Hall

Learn more about the Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus and the ways in which Hopkins strives to strengthen the university’s ties to the city as the city’s largest private anchor institution. Blue Jay Families that attend this tour will also get to visit the FAST FORWARD labs. Registration is required for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: If bus tour sells out please contact us Monday, October 21 at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu to inquire about any cancellations or vacancies. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thank you!

3pm: Homewood Campus Historical Walking Tour

Between the MSE Library and Homewood Museum

Have you ever wondered how Johns Hopkins wound up on the Homewood Campus? Did you know that we have not always been at this location? Ever wondered about the story behind the murals in the Shriver Hall lobby? Join us for a tour of the Homewood Campus with Jim Stimpert, Senior Reference Archivist in the Sheridan Libraries, and Allison Seyler, Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager. We will start on the sidewalk between the MSE Library and Homewood Museum (where there are benches on all four corners) and make our way down to Shriver Hall and back to the north side of campus, pointing out interesting historical facts and observations along the way. Wear comfortable walking shoes, because we will be covering some ground though at a leisurely pace. The tour will take 90 minutes. Registration is required for this event.

3-3:30pm: How to Look for and Secure Housing Off-Campus

Off-Campus Housing Office Lounge

The Off-Campus Housing Staff will be offering two short information sessions for parents about finding housing off-campus in the communities adjacent to campus. In addition, they will talk through tips on how to support your student through their transition junior year. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes long with room for questions. PLEASE NOTE: This same session will be presented again at 3:30pm. Registration is required for this event.

3:30-4pm: How to Look for and Secure Housing Off-Campus

Off-Campus Housing Office Lounge

The Off-Campus Housing Staff will be offering two short information sessions for parents about finding housing off-campus in the communities adjacent to campus. In addition, they will talk through tips on how to support your student through their transition junior year. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes long with room for questions. Registration is required for this event.

3:45pm: Baltimore Community Bus Tours

Mason Hall

Learn more about the Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding the Homewood campus and the ways in which Hopkins strives to strengthen the university’s ties to the city as the city’s largest private anchor institution. Blue Jay Families that attend this tour will also get to visit the FAST FORWARD labs. Registration is required for this event.

PLEASE NOTE: If bus tour sells out please contact us Monday, October 21 at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu to inquire about any cancellations or vacancies. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thank you!

4-5:30pm: Off-Campus Commercial Residential Tours

Off-Campus Housing Office Lounge

The Off-Campus Housing Staff will facilitate a walking tour of select commercial residential properties that house a majority of upper-class students. Stops on the tour will include Nine East 33rd, The Academy, and the Charles. Tour will be approximately 50 minutes long and participants must be able to walk 1-mile unassisted. Registration is required for this event.

4-6pm: Identity Through Art: Paint & Mingle featuring a Local Visual Artist

Glass Pavilion in Levering Hall

Come join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Student Success as students and families have the opportunity to network through a creative element. It’s bound to be a fun time. Registration is required for this event.

7:30pm: Symphony Orchestra: Season Premiere & Shriver Grand Opening

Shriver Hall

Get details and tickets through the HSO event page.

8pm: Barnstormers Student Theater Group

Swirnow Theater at Mattin Center

The Curious Salvage is a timeless comedy by John Patrick. It tells the tale of Ethel. P. Salvage an elderly woman who recently died and left her approximately 10 million dollars. Openly discussing what money can do to people and mental health, The Curious Salvage will leave you with laughter and hope that often neglected virtues of kindness, affection and found families have not yet been lost in a world so often seems to be motivated by greed and dishonesty.

8pm: Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Student Theater Group

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company produces African-American and multicultural plays, skits, monologues, poetry recitals, and creative dance presentations. A play will be chosen specifically for this weekend.

12am (midnight): Rocky Horror Picture Show

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Richard O’Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s. This will involve both the showing of the film and live performances by student group productions. For mature audiences only. Parental discretion is advised

Sunday, October 27

10am–10pm: Work Out at the Recreation Center

Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center

Parents/guardians and family members who are at least 18 years of age are welcome to visit the facility and work out for free. You will need to bring a valid state-issued ID, your Family Weekend name tags, and a Rec Center member to sign-in. This is an open recreation event.

10am–2pm: JHU Farmers Market

Fresh Food Cafe

Blue Jay Families and Hopkins students are welcome to enjoy lunch at our very own Farmers Market. There will be a variety of foods for you to choose from displayed on the Fresh Food Cafe patio, and vegetables used from our very own Baltimore farmers. For this special event, students will not be able to use their guest passes if they have a dining plan. Cost per person: $15.00 for visiting families and guests. Registration is required for this event.

3pm: Barnstormers Student Theater Group

Swirnow Theater at Mattin Center

The Curious Salvage is a timeless comedy by John Patrick. It tells the tale of Ethel. P. Salvage an elderly woman who recently died and left her approximately 10 million dollars. Openly discussing what money can do to people and mental health, The Curious Salvage will leave you with laughter and hope that often neglected virtues of kindness, affection and found families have not yet been lost in a world so often seems to be motivated by greed and dishonesty.

3pm: Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Student Theater Group

Arellano Theater in Levering Hall

The Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theatre Company produces African-American and multicultural plays, skits, monologues, poetry recitals, and creative dance presentations. A play will be chosen specifically for this weekend.