Family Weekend

Pre-registration for Family Weekend 2019 is currently closed.

If you were unable to pre-register, please plan to stop in a on-site registration to get yourself registered. 

Family Weekend Welcome Center Hours

Your first stop on campus will be the Family Weekend Welcome Center at Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Avenue, where you will get your registration packet and a final detailed program with event details and locations. 

Hours:

Friday, October 18 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

If you have any questions as you are planning your visit, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Success Office at 518-276-8022 or email us at parents@rpi.edu

Helpful information regarding event registration, hotel accommodations and parking can be found below or on our website.  We look forward to meeting you at the Family Weekend Welcome Center at the Heffner Alumni House, where a detailed schedule with all event times and locations will be provided.  A schematic will be shared shortly so you can plan your time with us on campus.  

Pre-Registration for Family Weekend 2019 will close October 11th at 5pm. However, on-site registration will be available for interested families at the Family Weekend Welcome Center (operating hours are listed below).  Please note that tickets for events will not be available for on-site sale.

 

Family Weekend Welcome Center Hours

Your first stop on campus will be the Family Weekend Welcome Center at Heffner Alumni House, 1301 Peoples Avenue, where you will get your registration packet and a final detailed program with event details and locations. 

Hours:

Friday, October 18 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Honor’s Convocation

If your student was awarded a Rensselaer Medal, they will be awarded during Honor’s Convocation on Saturday, October 19 from 10AM-12PM.  In the coming weeks your student will receive an invitation through which they’ll need to RSVP for all family members/guests who will be in attendance. Dress for this event is business formal.

Athletic Event Ticket Pick Up

If you order hockey tickets for Friday or Saturday's game please plan to pick your tickets up at the Family Weekend Welcome Center during the hours listed above.  If your family will not arrive before the Welcome Center closes, please send your student to pick up your check-in packet for you. We are not able to refund for any tickets not picked up from the Family Weekend Welcome Center, and your tickets will not be sent to will-call.

Friday, October 18, 2019  

10:00 AM-7:00 PM     

Family Weekend Welcome Center    

Pick up your schedule, program updates, and dining information

1:00 PM-2:00 PM       

Architecture Overview         

An overview of the School of Architecture.  Come meet with us and bring any questions you may have. 

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Afternoon

Classroom Experience          

Various locations- use link to view. 

1:30 PM-2:30 PM           

Rensselaer History and Traditions presentation by John E. Kolb  

Join John Kolb, Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Rensselaer alumnus, as he discusses the history and traditions of Rensselaer.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM       

Encouraging Students to Build Resilience    

Learn the benefits of resilience and recommendations for helping your student with the process.

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Student Leader Success Strategies

Join the Advising and Learning Assistance Center, Student Success and some student mentors for an interactive panel on student success strategies.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Network of Support

You provided the support to get your amazing student to Rensselaer and set them up for success.  Learn about the networks of support at Rensselaer at how you may intersect as a family member.  Together we can discuss how families can reinforce messages supporting our mutual goal – your student graduating!

5:00 PM-7:00 PM

The Arch at Rensselaer Family Reception               

FamiliAt this time, The Arch Reception is RSVP only. The event will be recorded. The vidoe will become availalbe for view on the Arch Website October 21, 2019 for parents and families who are unable to attend. If there are any questions or concerns, please email us at thearch@rpi.edu

7:00 PM-9:00 PM       

Jump, Jive, and Jazz!

Come join RPI Ballroom Dance, the 8th Street Swing Band, and the Concert Jazz Orchestra for an evening of swing dancing and live music!  There will be a brief lesson covering the basics of Lindy Hop Swing, followed by social dancing and live music! No partner or experience required.  If you don't like dancing, seating will be provided so you can enjoy the music! Come dance with us!

7:00 PM-8:30 PM       

Sweet Night with The Pipes   

Join The Rusty Pipes, one of RPI's premier A capella groups, for a cafe style dessert auction fundraiser and live show! All proceeds will go toward the finalizing of our newest album, Pipes Vocal Collection.

7:00 PM-9:30 PM       

Men's Hockey vs UConn*     

Make your way to the historic Houston Field House to watch the Men's Hockey program take on the University of Connecticut Huskies!

7:00 PM-10:00PM      

Family Weekend Painting at the Pub

Join us for RPI's Family Weekend Painting at the Pub!  You will be taught step-by-step by art teacher, Nikki Tybush, until you complete this fun fall painting!  This event fills up fast!  Pre-registration is required at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rpi-family-weekend-paint-and-sip-tickets-66...

2:00PM -4:00PM

CCPD Open House    

Join the CCPD staff to learn how they can help your student in their search for Arch away opportunities, internships, co-ops and full time jobs upon graduation. 

3:00pm-4:00pm

Student Leadership Development Opportunities      

Join the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development and student facilitators to learn about the variety of leadership and professional development opportunities available to students at Rensselaer. 

6:00PM -8:30PM          

Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Join the RPI Jewish community for a traditional Shabbat dinner and connect with fellow parents and students from the community.

8:00PM -9:00PM          

RPI Players Presents: Saints and Sinners Cabaret  

RPI Players presents a night of musical numbers that revolve around heroes, villains, and those who walk the line between good and evil.

7:00PM-8:00 PM        

Families of Color Reception  

At Rensselaer we truly believe it takes a village. This is an opportunity to celebrate all of the people who have had a part to play in the success of our underrepresented students, especially the friends and family of our students. Join Rensselaer faculty, staff and alumni for a gathering and good conversation.

7:00PM -10:00PM

Circle K's Haunted House    

Join RPI Circle K for their annual haunted house as your worst nightmares become reality.  Halloween lovers of all ages will see just how scary RPI can be, with frightening surprises at every turn that are bound to make you scream! Tickets are on sale at the door.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.       

8:00PM -9:30PM

Movie Showing: Toy Story 4

3 showings - 7pm, 9:30pm, 12am.  Tickets $2.50

Saturday, October 19, 2019       

8:30 AM-1:30 PM       

Family Weekend Welcome Center    

Pick up your schedule, program updates, and dining information

9:00 AM-9:30 AM      

Family Weekend Presidential Kickoff          

Join President Jackson for a presentation.

9:00 AM-2:00 PM       

Troy Riverfront Farmer's Market   

Visit Downtown Troy where 100 local farmers and fresh food vendors gather every Saturday, year-round.  Enjoy local produce, food, music, and family activities.

10:00 AM-12:00 PM   

Honor's Convocation**        

An annual event to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students and faculty including the Rensselaer Medalists, Founders Award of Excellence, 4.0 Achievers, and Graduate Fellow recipients. By invitation only. 

12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Solar Observing          

Join us to safely observe the sun from the roof of the science center, take a tour of the Hirsch Observatory and chat with members of the Rensselaer Astrophysical Society.

12:00 PM-2:00 PM     

International Festival            

This event, featuring over 25 student groups celebrating their heritage through food, education and performances, aims to acquaint Rensselaer students and families with cultures and lifestyles that hail from around the world promoting cultural exchange. 

2:00 PM-5:00 PM       

Fall Fest         

Experience student demonstrations and activities designed to celebrate the fall season.  Food trucks, caricatures, pumpkin painting, and more! Don't forget to cheer on Men's Soccer at 4pm!

4:30- 6:00 PM

Society of Families Reception 

The Society of Families reception hosted by President Shirley Ann Jackson, is an event for our generous parent donors, volunteers, and other select guests in recognition of philanthrophy at Rensselaer. All families new to Rensselaer are welcome to attend.

7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Men's Hockey vs Canisius College* 

Make your way to the historic Houston Field House to watch the Men's Hockey program take on the Canisius College Golden Griffins!

8:00 PM-10:00 PM     

Aca-tober Fest           

Join RPI's four A Cappella groups for a night of great music! The concert is FREE! Concessions will be sold between groups and after the concert ends.

8:00 PM-10:00PM

Solar Observing        

Stop by the astronomical observatory at Rensselaer.  It is open for public viewings through its telescopes on Saturday evenings for free.     

Movie Showing: Toy Story 3

3 showings - 7pm, 9:30pm, 12am.  Tickets $2.50

2:00pm -3:30PM

Humans VS. Zombies: Family Home Base Survival

Using Nerf blasters, students and their families must defend their home base from the approaching zombie hoard.

2:00PM -3:00PM          

RPI Players Presents: Saints and Sinners Cabaret  

RPI Players presents a night of musical numbers that revolve around heroes, villains, and those who walk the line between good and evil.

8:00PM-10:00PM       

Sheer Idiocy Family Weekend Show             

Come see RPI's best and only improvisational comedy troupe. 

1:00PM -3:00PM          

Navy ROTC Blue vs Gold Football Game               

Join us as our Blue and Gold midshipmen play a friendly game of flag football

10:00AM-3:00PM

Design, Create, Enjoy!                      

In this event, families can come and go as they please in The Forge, and take a moment to learn about the revolutionary changes in manufacturing such as 3D-Printing, Laser Cutting, and 3D-Scanning. Then once they learn about it, they will have a chance to experience it for themselves!

10:00AM-12:00PM

RPI Quidditch: Brooms Up!  

Quidditch is a co-ed sport based on the Harry Potter series. It combines elements of rugby, dodgeball, and soccer to create a new and exciting game. The RPI Quidditch team is nationally ranked and invites you to come and learn what Quidditch is all about.  Come learn the rules and play in a practice match.

10:30AM-12:30PM

Navy ROTC Open House     

Midshipmen and their families are invited to the wardroom for an open house, color guard and drill demonstration put on by the Ship's Company

11:00AM-12:30PM     

Cheerleading Pop Up            

Join RPI Cheer at their table to learn more information about the team.

12:00PM-2:30PM       

NROTC Family Weekend B.B.Q.     

An informal cookout where Midshipmen and their families can get free food and play outdoor games.

2:00PM -4:00PM          

The RMA Annual Family Weekend Concert            

The Rensselaer Music Association is proud to present our annual Family Weekend Concert, featuring several of our student performing groups.

3:00pm-5:00pm          

Bridge Scholars Program Reunion**                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Parents and families of past participants in the Bridge Scholars Program will have the opportunity to come together for a Bridge Reunion Reception.

Sunday, October 20, 2019 

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Bagel Brunch 

Please join Hillel in a bagel brunch to meet the RPI Jewish community. We will be having lox, bagels, cream cheese, as well as coffee and hot chocolate.

10:00AM-7:00PM

RPI Fencing Club's 2019 Fall Open Tournament    

Check out the RPI Fencing Club's 14th annual Fall Open Tournament. Watch the RPI Fencing Club fence against the best in the Capital Region.

9:00 AM-11:00 AM    

GM | PU Brunch*      

Join Student Government Leaders, Dr. Jackson, and the Rensselaer Union staff for a brunch to celebrate student leadership at Rensselaer.  A short program will precede a buffet. 

 

*Event requires pre-registration, ticket and payment prior

**Invitation Only

Signature Family Weekend Event

You may park in any open campus lot during the weekend, but your best option is North Lot (turn south onto 13th off Peoples Avenue, to the rear of the Heffner Alumni House), where you may leave your car for the day and take advantage of our convenient shuttle service. You must have a permit for handicapped spaces. Rules for use of fire lanes and hydrants remain in effect. Shuttle buses will be running continually from the Heffner Alumni House to various campus event locations throughout the weekend.

PLEASE NOTE: The meters on 15th street, 8th street, and Sage Avenue are maintained by the City of Troy. They will be enforced during Family Weekend. If you park in a metered spot, you must put money into the meter!

SAVE THE DATE: FAMILY WEEKEND 2020 WILL BE OCTOBER 23-25, 2020