Family Weekend

WELCOME TO FAMILY WEEKEND

Family Weekend Save the Date

Family Weekend occurs during the fall semester each year and is a time when parents and families can visit their students during a weekend with structured activities planned just for them.

Family Weekend 2016 will take place Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2016.  Registration links and a schedule of events will be posted to this Web site over the summer.

 

Family Weekend Schedule:

 

Friday, September 30, 2016

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
DATA (after)LIVES:  THE PERSISTENCE OF ENCODED IDENTITY
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building
An exhibition curated by faculty from the History of Art and Architecture department, which explores how technologies of the last 150 years have established a landscape on which human beings have inscribed notions of identity and helped to define the contours of the self.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Isabelle Chartier at uag@pitt.edu.

 

1-8 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND CHECK-IN AND INFO STATION
William Pitt Union, Ballroom (Main Floor)
This is your first stop! Pick up your Family Weekend registration items: wristbands, event tickets, updated schedule and info.  Student or parent photo ID required. Not all family members need to be present to check-in.
IMPORTANT: All families using the Student Ticket Exchange option must check in on Friday, September 30. Student Ticket Exchanges are not available on Saturday, October 1.  Your student may check in on behalf of your family.

 

1-4:30 p.m.
HARRY POTTER READ-A-THON PRESENTED BY PITT PROJECT POTTER
Hillman Library, The Cup and Chaucer
Members of Pitt Project Potter will alternate reading scenes from the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continuously. Sign up to win Harry Potter themed prizes, including a set of hand-knitted house scarves and copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, plus a special grand prize. Have your photo taken in the Harry Potter photo booth.  Pitt Project Potter is an undergraduate student service organization bringing together wizard and muggle culture alike to give back to the community by fundraising and volunteering.  “We Solemnly Swear We’re Up to Some Good!”  Sponsored by the Department of English
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Maria DelGrande, Community Outreach officer, Pitt Project Potter:  MFD30@pitt.edu. For More Info on Pitt Project Potter: https://www.facebook.com/pittprojectpotter/

 

1– 5 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND COFFEE LOUNGE
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge (Main Floor)
Enjoy refreshments in the beautiful, glass enclosed, Lower Lounge.  This is the perfect place to meet your student, enjoy some refreshments and launch your Family Weekend adventures.  Staff from the Office of Parent and Family Resources will greet you and help get your weekend rolling!

 

1– 5 p.m.
PITT GLOBAL MINI-FAIR
William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge (Main Floor)

 

University Center for International Studies
We’ve got the world covered.  Come and meet with us to hear about our six area and thematic studies centers:  African, Asian, European, Global, Latin American, and Russian & East European.  They allow students to become globally capable and engaged toward lives of impact. Students from any major can internationalize their curriculum with an International Studies Certificate. No extra tuition cost.  No increase to overall course load.

 

Pitt Study Abroad
The choices are almost limitless…350+ programs in 75+ countries on six continents (we’re only missing Antarctica). Stop by to meet our staff, learn about our programs - including our faculty-led Panther Programs, get information on the process, financial aid, and whatever else you might need to know.

 

Participate in Pitt’s Global Plan
Make your mark on our idea wall! Come by our table to help shape Pitt’s new plan for global engagement. You can chat with administrators and other parents while offering your thoughts on how we should cultivate globally capable students. We can’t wait to hear from you.

FREE ADMISSION
For more information contact the University Center for International Studies at ucis@pitt.edu or 412-648-7390.

 

4 – 5:30 p.m.
INNOVATION INSTITUTE COMPETITION

INNOVATION INSTITUTE COMPETITION
O’Hara Student Center, Ballroom (Second Floor)
Watch and listen as students from various majors pitch and defend their ideas, and ultimately win cash to further their ventures!   Shhh!  Parents and families may observe the teams as they compete in front of a panel of judges, but no questions or interruptions, please.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Susan Dorff at sdorff@innovation.pitt.edu.

 

4 – 6 p.m.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPEN
HOUSE
William Pitt Union, 2nd Floor
Stop by the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance to meet the team helping your student discover their passions and interests, while preparing them for internships and careers.  Learn how CDPA connects students to employers through various programs, networking events and the new and exciting job board – Handshake.  See the redesigned Career Closet, where students put their “Best Foot Forward!” in professional attire donated by alumni and friends of Pitt.

FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact careers@pitt.edu.

 

5-7 p.m.
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SYSTEM OPEN HOUSE
Hillman Library, Ground Floor
The University Library System welcomes families and students for an open house event showcasing the library’s involvement in student success. This event will allow you to explore current technologies and areas of the library including the Digital Scholarship Commons and to learn how the library is involved with academic student work. Displays from Special Collections will also highlight student use of collections unique to Pitt’s libraries. Light refreshments will be provided.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Leslie Eibl at leibl@pitt.edu or 412-648-3901.

 

6:30-7:30 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND WELCOME RECEPTION 
William Pitt Union, Assembly Room (Main Floor)
A special welcome from Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner, featuring door prizes and refreshments.
FREE ADMISSION

 

6:30 p.m.
SHABBAT SERVICE & DINNER
4607 Forbes Avenue
The Hillel Jewish University Center (JUC) of Pittsburgh would like to invite you and your family to attend a festive Shabbat meal—delicious food from Pittsburgh’s premier Kosher caterer. Whether you grew up observing Shabbat every week or are ready to experience it for the first time, you’ll feel right at home with Hillel JUC.  The Shabbat experience will begin at 6:30 p.m. with services and then dinner.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Robyn Markowitz Lawler at RobynML@hilleljuc.org.

 

7 p.m.
PITT MEN’S SOCCER VS. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex (Oakland)
Come cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information contact: Tricia Adamczyk, tadamczyk@athletics.pitt.edu

 

8 p.m.
THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS WITH THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY POPS
Heinz Hall
The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination. Be there as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs all of your John Williams favorites: Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and including music from the new blockbuster The Force Awakens.

Family Weekend Special through PITT ARTS:  Families pay the student ticket price:  $15, $20 and $25 per seat depending on seating area by going to this link: https://culturaldistrict.org/group-sales/pitt and enter the promo code students under the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pitt Night section of the chart page (at the bottom.)

Families and students are welcome to attend the after-concert dessert reception, and may select transportation with PITT ARTS if they prefer. Options for transportation will be in the Pitt Night area of the page. Please note: Tickets for this concert will not go on sale until the end of August and are only available at the link above.

 

8 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND CONCERT AT HEINZ CHAPEL
Heinz Memorial Chapel
The Heinz Memorial Chapel ensemble in residence, OvreArts, presents the University of Pittsburgh Family Weekend Concert.  Enjoy lively, new compositions and familiar school spirited songs you already know by young composers in Pittsburgh!
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Wendy Lau at wel53@pitt.edu or visit www.heinzchapel.pitt.edu

 

9 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND MOVIE NIGHT:  GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)
O’Hara Student Center, Ballroom (Second Floor)
Enjoy the remake of this hilarious classic with the Pitt family!  Refreshments and snacks provided.
FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FAMILY WEEKEND CHECK-IN AND INFO STATION
William Pitt Union, Ballroom (Main Floor)
If you arrive for the weekend on Saturday, this is your first stop! Pick up your Family Weekend registration items: wristbands, event tickets, updated schedule and info.  Student or parent photo ID required. Not all family members need to be present to check-in.
IMPORTANT: Student Ticket Exchanges are NOT available on Saturday, October 1.

 

9 -11 a.m.
NO SHOES, NO SIGHT, NO PROBLEM
Petersen Events Center, Lawn (Rain Location: Petersen Events Center Lobby)
Student Affairs Campus Recreation Department has teamed up with Student Health Service to bring you the First Annual Blindfold Yogathon.  Blindfolds will be available, but are optional for all participants.  We invite students and family to come withdrawal from your senses and gain awareness of your inner self.  It is one thing to close your eyes during a practice, but to remove the choice of opening them is a completely different matter.  Benefits include a renewed sense of gratitude and deepened and refined feel of other senses.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Kayla Gilkey at kaylagilkey@pitt.edu

 

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
SERVE WITH PITTSERVES: FAMILY VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY
Meet at William Pitt Union; round-trip bus transportation provided to the Education Partnership (we will leave at 9:30am to serve 10 – 1)
The Office of PittServes welcomes Pitt families to help support local education. While your student has achieved many educational milestones, many of Pittsburgh’s young people are aiming to be successful but are faced daily with the inequities in our educational system.  PittServes has partnered with the Education Partnership to provide an opportunity for you and your family to support its mission to ensure that local students have access to all the educational tools necessary. Lunch will be provided. This experience is suitable for all ability levels. Visit www.pittserves.pitt.edu to learn about the service project duties and to register. Travel time is accounted for in event time.

 

The Office of PittServes welcomes Pitt families to help support local education. While your student has achieved many educational milestones, many of Pittsburgh’s young people are aiming to be successful but are faced daily with the inequities in our educational system.  PittServes has partnered with the Education Partnership to provide an opportunity for you and your family to support its mission to ensure that local students have access to all the educational tools necessary. Lunch will be provided. This experience is suitable for all ability levels. Visit www.pittserves.pitt.edu to learn about the service project duties and to register. Travel time is accounted for in event time.

 

There will also be an opportunity to serve at an on campus service project. Please visit www.pittserves.pitt.edu for more information about how to serve on campus.

Registration deadline is September 24. Spaces are very limited, please register early. A waitlist will be created after the event fills.
For more information, contact PittServes at serves@pitt.edu.

 

TIME TBD, 3.5 hours prior to game time
BUS BOARDING FOR PITT FOOTBALL GAME
Bigelow Boulevard between the William Pitt Union and Cathedral of Learning
At Heinz Field, buses will drop off on North Shore Drive near Jerome Bettis Grille 36 until 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Within 90 minutes of kickoff, shuttles will drop off at Point State Park, and riders will need to walk across the Ft. Duquesne pedestrian bridge to Heinz Field. See map for exact locations.  (http://www.pc.pitt.edu/transportation/footballbus0903/documents/InfoCardMap151010.pdf)

 

TIME TBD, 3 hours prior to game time
FAMILY WEEKEND TAILGATE
William Pitt Union, Bigelow Patio and Lawn (Rain Location: William Pitt Union Assembly Room)
Join us for pregame activities, food, and fun for the entire family, as we prepare to cheer the Pitt Panthers to victory!
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Students need to purchase a ticket.  Adult/student tickets are $15/person.  Children under 6 are free.  Tickets are available for purchase in Family Weekend registration. 

 

Time TBD
FOOTBALL GAME: PITT VS. MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
Heinz Field
Watch as the Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Marshall Thundering Herd.
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED; prices vary. (Family Weekend section tickets will be available for purchase during registration).

 

12-4 p.m.
THE CENTER FOR CREATIVITY:  THE WORKSHOP OPEN HOUSE
University Store on Fifth, Downstairs
Visit The Center for Creativity’s “maker space,” where students explore and engage with creativity forms from painting and sculpting to writing to music, and more.  Learn how The Workshop encourages students to access a range of digital (3D printer and pens, iMacs equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud) and analog (typewriters, clay, fabric) media to flex their creative muscles and make things:  art, discoveries, and connections.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Erik Schuckers at schuckers@pitt.edu.

 

4-6 p.m.
MEET YOUR PANTHER CENTRAL FAMILY
Panther Central, Litchfield Towers Lobby
Please stop by our office to meet your Panther Central Team! As the University's Concierge, we take pride in assisting our students and their families and look forward to answering any housing questions they may have! Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information, contact Katherine Morin at kmm274@pitt.edu.

 

7-9 p.m.
PAINT MONKEY
William Pitt Union, Assembly Room
Join the experts from Paint Monkey and unleash your inner artist. They’ll work with you to complete a pre-sketched canvas. Whether you’re channeling your inner Picasso or going for a more abstract approach, all are welcome! Supplies, refreshments, and appetizers will be provided, just bring your creativity!
TICKETS REQUIRED.  STUDENTS NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET.  Tickets are $25 per person via Family Weekend registration and include one canvas.  Spaces are limited.

 

7 p.m.
PITT WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Vartabedian Field at the Petersen Sports Complex (Oakland)
Come cheer on the Panthers as they take on the Florida State Seminoles! Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION
For more information contact: Tricia Adamczyk, tadamczyk@athletics.pitt.edu

 

8 p.m.
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY, PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL:  DIVERSION OF ANGELS, LAMENTATION VARIATIONS, DARK MEADOW SUITES
Pitt ARTS will share location information with registrants.

The name “Martha Graham” is synonymous with excellence in contemporary dance. In this program, the company showcases new translations of time-honored Graham masterpieces, alongside newly commissioned works by some of today’s most exciting dance visionaries.

RSVP REQUIRED 
by calling Pitt Arts at 412-624-4498. ADMISSION IS FREE with Family Weekend registration and RSVP. Pitt families, make sure you only sign up for programs you can and will attend.  Space is limited.

 

9-11 p.m.
LIVE TRIVIA!
O’Hara Student Center, Ballroom (2nd floor)
Is your family competitive? Come join us for a fun and exciting evening of Live Trivia!  Teams will answer trivia questions spanning a variety of topics and themes for great prizes.  Each team can have up to six people and each member of the top teams will be awarded prizes during each round.  All students and families are welcome.  Free refreshments will be available.  Sponsored by the Office of First Year Experience.

Both Days

These exciting discounts are available with your Family Weekend Registration Wristband.

 

PHIPPS CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS
1 Schenley Drive
From seasonal flower shows to special exhibits, something’s always blooming at Phipps!  Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (in Oakland, just across from Schenley Park), a historic steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. A walk through the Conservatory takes about 90 minutes.
HOURS: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays
PAY ADMISSION AT THE DOOR: Special Daily Admission $5.50 per person. Rate valid September 30-October 1, 2016, only with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in. (Regular rate of $11-15 per person applies without Family Weekend wristband.) Pitt students with ID and children under 2 are free.

 

NATIONALITY ROOMS TOURS
Cathedral of Learning; begin at Gift Center on the first floor
The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments.  These spaces double as University classrooms. A recorded tour allows guests to proceed through the rooms at their own pace.  Each room recording runs from five to eight minutes.
HOURS: Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Last tour leaves at 2:30 p.m.
PAY ADMISSION AT THE DOOR: $3 per adult and Pitt student, $2 per youth (6-18 years).  Rate reflects $1 adult discount, available October 1, 2016 with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in. (Regular rate of $4 per adult and Pitt student applies without Family Weekend wristband).

 

CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AND NATURAL HISTORY
4400 Forbes Avenue
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a leader in defining the role of museums for the 21st century.  Poised as the first museum for contemporary art, the Carnegie Museum of Art has a distinguished permanent collection of more than 35,000 objects that span broad spectrum painting, sculpture, film, video, and digital imagery.  Under the same roof, Carnegie Museum of Natural History invites visitors to explore the history of the earth and experience the excitement of scientific discovery.  World–class exhibitions include Dinosaurs in Their Time, the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature immersive environments filled with actively posed original fossil specimens spanning the Mesozoic Era.  The museums are across Forbes Avenue from the Cathedral of Learning.
HOURS: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
PAY ADMISSION AT THE DOOR: Special Daily Admission $5.50 per person includes both museums. Rate valid September 30-October 1, 2016, only with Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in. (Regular rate of $11.95-19.95 per person applies without Family Weekend wristband.) Pitt students with ID and children 2 and under are free.

 

SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL AND MUSEUM
4141 Fifth Avenue
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is the nation's only military museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service—the citizen as well as the professional soldier. Exhibits include military artifacts and personal mementos, a 2,300 guest concert hall, a classic ballroom, the Gettysburg Room and the Hall of Valor, which pays tribute to American heroes.  The museum explores the evolution of equipment and technology as well as the effects that military conflicts have had on society.  You are encouraged to visit Soldiers & Sailors, and by doing so, know that you honor them with your presence.
HOURS: Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
PAY ADMISSION AT THE DOOR
: Special Daily Admission $5 per person. Rate valid September 30-October 1, 2016, only with a Family Weekend Registration wristband received at check-in.  (Regular rate of $10 per adult age 14-54 applies without a Family Weekend wristband.) Pitt students with ID and children under 5 are free.
Free admission
 is offered every day to military members serving on active duty and in the Guard and Reserve, to those veterans who have served and retired military, and to families and their guests if the family has an immediate family member serving in our current conflicts.

 

THE UNIVERSITY STORES

Special offers are available at each location of in celebration of Pitt families!

The University Store on Fifth, 4000 Fifth Ave.,  www.pittuniversitystore.com

The Pitt Shop, 3939 Forbes Ave.  www.thepittshop.com

Maggie & Stella’s Card & Gifts, 209 Oakland Ave., maggieandstellasgifts.com

 

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS TEAM STORE
Petersen Events Center, Lobby
A special offer for Family Weekend registrants is available to those with Family Weekend wristband received at check-in; open Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

 

OAKLAND BAKERY & FRESH MARKET
First Floor of Amos Hall (entrance on Fifth Avenue)
Receive a special discount when you show your Family Weekend wristband received at check-in; open Friday, 7:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

Family Weekend registration is now available!