Bryn Mawr College Family Weekend, Nov. 1-3, 2013


On-Site Registration will be available Friday, Nov. 1 in the afternoon and Saturday, Nov. 2 in the morning.

Friday, November 1

12:00 NOON to 2:00pm - Summer Funding Fair

Meet undergraduates who received college funding to participate in summer internships and faculty-mentored research during summer 2013. Posters describing their experiences and research findings will be set up in the Campus Center and students will be available to answer questions about their projects from noon to 2:00pm.
Campus Center Main Lounge.

2:00pm to 6:00pm - Registration in the Campus Center

Stop by to pick up a program book, nametags, meal tickets for the weekend and more.

3:00pm to 4:30pm  Tours and Talks
  • Landscape and Historic Heritage Tour with Glenn Smith, Director of Facilities and Ed Harman, Assistant Director for Grounds Operation.
    Join Glenn Smith, Bryn Mawr's Director of Facilities Services, and Ed Harman, his Associate Director for Grounds, on a walking tour of campus. Learn the history behind Bryn Mawr's iconic, Collegiate Gothic buildings and the influence that Frederick Law Olmsted and others had on the development of the campus landscape. Learn about current initiatives to catalog and preserve the College's 3600 trees and plans for the construction of a new residence hall -- the first new dormitory to be built on Bryn Mawr's campus in nearly 45 years
    Meet on Campus Center Plaza, rain or shine.
  • On Photography and Fiction by Lisa Saltzman, Professor of History of Art
  • What is the fate of photography? Displaced as a tool of identification by genetics and biometrics, dematerialized and dispersed as a document into the virtual archives of data centers and social networks, transformed as aesthetic practice into monumental visual fictions, photography in the digital age confronts its future under the competing signs of ubiquity and obsolescence.  Drawing on materials from her new book, Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects, forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, Saltzman will talk about the history of photography and the situation of the medium in the present.
    Thomas 224

  • Arts and the Balanced Life at Bryn Mawr by Linda Caruso-Haviland, Alice Carter Dickerman Director of the Arts Program and Director and Associate Professor of Dance
  • The study of the arts within a liberal arts curriculum is often conducted as a theoretical analysis of historical or archaeological objects or events created by an artist or artisan from the near or distant past. The practice of the arts i.e, painting or dancing or playing music, during a student's liberal arts career is frequently framed as a balance to the rigors of the intellectual life. But what if the arts do more than this? What if making and perceiving live work were also sites for other important and necessary ways of knowing that can have value for our students? What if...?
    Dorothy Vernon Room, Haffner Hall

  • Biological Time Scales by Peter Brodfuehrer, Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology
  • The ability to precisely track and time events using human-made devices (digital watches to atomic clocks) is critical for society to function. Animals also time events on scales ranging from microseconds (sound localization) to 24-hours (sleep-wake cycles) to years  (onset of puberty). In this lecture, I will discuss the biological mechanisms that have evolved to meet the timing needs of animals.
    Park Science 338

4:30pm to 6:00pm - Reception with Interim President Kim Cassidy and Faculty

Wyndham Alumnae Guest House


6:00pm to 7:00pm- Dinner with your Daughter in Erdman or Haffner Dining Halls

Join your daughter for dinner in either Erdman or Haffner dining hall, compliments of Dining Services. Free to parents and family members; however tickets are required. If you have registered in advance, tickets will be in your registration packet. Otherwise, please ask for tickets at registration in the Campus Center.

7:30pm to 9:00pm - Renaissance Choir Concert

Listen to this group of students, faculty and alumnae as they perform sacred and secular music from the European Renaissance.
Thomas Great Hall

7:30pm to 9:30pm - Julius Ceasar

Julius Ceasar performed by the student Shakespeare Performance Troupe

Erdman Living Room

Saturday, November 2

9:00am to 11:30am Registration and Coffee

Stop by to pick up a program book, nametags, meal tickets for the weekend and more.

Benham Lobby in the Goodhart Theater

10:00am to 10:15am  Welcome

Interim President Kim Cassidy and Interim Dean Judy Balthazar
McPherson Auditorium in the Goodhart Theater

10:15am to 11:15am
Faculty Presentation

Not the Classroom You Remember: Blended Learning at Bryn Mawr College.

Come explore how Bryn Mawr College faculty are combining innovative pedagogy and new technology to enhance learning. Moderated by Jennifer Spohrer, Coordinator of Academic Technology Initiatives

    • Who's afraid of Big (bad) Data? Learn a bit more about your cohort as you gather and analyze data in this quick statistics mini-lesson with Professor of Psychology Anjali Thapar.
    • Katherine Rowe, professor of English and co-author of the iPad app "Shakespeare's The Tempest," demonstrates how social reading and authoring can help both students and professional scholars gain new insights into classic literary works.
    • How do we learn? Professor of Physics Elizabeth McCormack discusses what she and her students learned from "flipping" an intermediate-level physics class.

McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Theater

11:30am to 1:00pm
Lunch in Erdman Dining Hall

Free to parents and family members, however tickets are required.

1:00pm to 4:00pm  Tours of Philadelphia Landmarks

These special trips are offered on a "first-come, first-served" basis because space is limited. Please register as soon as possible to reserve space for yourself and your family.

  •  Barnes Foundation Tour led by Steven Levine, Professor of History of Art

  • Mural Arts Tour led by docents from the Mural Arts Program
    Space is limited to 35 participants.

  • Tour of Valley Forge National Park led by Arlo Weil, Professor of Geology

All tours depart from Pembroke Arch at 1:00pm.

Tours and Talks  1:00pm to 2:00pm (Part 1)


  • Behind the Scenes: College Artifacts

    NOTE: There is no handicapped access to the collections spaces; guests will need to be comfortable climbing two flights of stairs. The maximum number of guests is +/- 25 due to the small size of the space.
    Carpenter Roof/Lawn 

Talks by Undergraduate Deans on Student Life and Careers

  • Preparing for Careers in the Health Professions
    Interested in knowing more about the prehealth track at Bryn Mawr? In this session, assistant dean Mary Beth Davis will present an overview of the prehealth experience at Bryn Mawr and how the college assists students interested in medical, veterinary and dental school.
    Thomas 224
  • The First-Year Experience
    This interactive discussion of the excitement, challenges and transitions experienced by new students and their families is designed for parents and guardians, but open to all interested family members and friends. Academic and community life, leadership and  service opportunities and the resources which support new students will be highlighted.
    Carpenter 21
  • Global Opportunities and Study Abroad
    Interested in hearing about the ways in which Bryn Mawr students can explore the world? Come to this session for the latest information on study abroad opportunities for undergraduates and college support for students’ various global experiences.
    Thomas 110

Tours and Talks 2:15 to 3:15pm  (Part 2)


  • Architectural Tour of Campus
    Tour campus with students from the Growth and Structure of Cities program
    Meet on Canaday Library Plaza, rain or shine

Talks by Undergraduate Deans on Student life and Careers

  • Summer Internships and Research Opportunities
    Every year Bryn Mawr provides summer funding to support undergraduate internships and research in a variety of domestic and international locations. Hear from Isabelle Barker, assistant dean and director of student funding, and current students about the funding opportunities available to students who want to complement their academic studies with hands-on experiences.
    Thomas 110
  • Exploring Pathways and Personal Development: Majors and Careers
    The Career and Professional Development staff and the Dean's are here to help students explore their interests and values and provide guidance as students set and achieve their goals.  Learn how the staff equips students to explore and make decisions about what majors and career paths make sense for them.  A liberal arts education provides students will skills that will greatly benefit them no matter what path they choose.
    Carpenter 21
  • BMC Diversity: Where Have We Been? Where are We Now? Where are We Going?
    Join assistant dean Vanessa Christman, her Pensby Center colleagues, and student interns for an informal discussion of where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be going in terms of diversity at Bryn Mawr.
    Thomas 224

3:30pm to 4:30pm - Dean’s Office and Student Life Offices Open House

  • Drop by Guild Hall for light refreshments and informal conversation with your student’s dean and staff from Dean’s Office departments.
    Lower Level, Eugenia Chase Guild Hall

7:30pm to 9:30pm - Julius Caesar

  • Julius Caesar play performed by the student Shakespeare Performance Troupe
    Erdman Living Room

8:30pm to 10:30pm - Student Ensembles Concert

  • The Bi-College Orchestra, Chamber Singers and college a cappella groups come together for a special performance showcasing their fall repertoire.
    Thomas Great Hall

Sunday, November 3

10:30am to 12:00pm -
Closing Brunch

Close out the weekend with your daughter by having a scrumptious brunch in Wyndham. The cost is $23.50 per person, reservations are required.

Buffet Menu

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Wild Mushroom, Gruyere Cheese , Sundried Tomato & Leek Quiche
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
    Maple Turkey Sausage
    Country Fried Potatoes
  • Challah French Toast
    with Cinnamon Butter & Warm Berry Compote
  • Rigatoni alla Vodka
    Asparagus,Shallot, Creamy Tomato & Roasted Garlic
  • Greek Style Chicken
    Brick Pressed, Cucumber Mint & Feta Lemon Oregano CousCous
  • Miniature Muffins , Danish , Mini Croissants & Assorted Mini Bagels
    served with whipped butter, whipped cream cheese and jelly
  • Preset Fresh Fruit
  • Carafes of Orange Juice
  • Regular Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Regular and Herbal Teas

$23.50  per person tax and gratuity included