Family Weekend Event Details

Friday, September 12


7:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

Family Weekend Check-In
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Technology Square

Pick up ALL of your Family Weekend materials including name tags, tickets, schedules and more prior to attending your first event.

 

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

 

Breakfast with the Dean of Students, John Stein
Georgia Tech Hotel Ballroom (adjacent to Global Learning Center),
Technology Square
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Kick off Family Weekend with a continental breakfast as you mingle with other Tech families. Then, the Dean of Students will give the official welcome to all guests.

 

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

 

Seminars: Session I
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Technology Square
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Family Weekend registered guests may select one of the three sessions listed below. Seminars take place at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Please note: space is available on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.

 

Digital Lives: The Truth of Feeling, The Truth of Fact

Project One introduces first-year students to Georgia Tech academics and helps them, as a community, reflect upon a central theme that relates to their transition to college. This year’s theme is Digital Lives and the book at its center is Ted Chiang’s The Truth of Feeling, The Truth of Fact, a story about a near-future world where everyone “lifelogs” every second of their day and human memory becomes irrelevant.

Facilitated by: Nirmal Trivedi, Ph.D., Director, Academic Transition Programs

 

Choosing a Major and Choosing a Career

While many Georgia Tech students enter their freshman year knowing exactly what they want to be when they "grow up" and what to study in order to reach those goals, another large portion of students enters undecided or will reevaluate their major, field of study or pathway to their desired career along the way. This session will examine the various processes and resources a student might use to navigate their way to the educational path and career that fit them best.

Facilitated by:

  • Shannon P. Dobranski, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Academic Success
  • Elaine Damon, M.S., NCC, LPC, Career Advisor, Center for Career Discovery and Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Get the Edge

At Georgia Tech, we invest in adapting the real-world practices and approaches of leadership coaching to meet the needs of Georgia Tech students in order to prepare them for leadership positions after graduation. Learn how Leading Edge (One-on-One Leadership Coaching) provides students with valuable insights into their leadership potential and a leadership development pathway to real results.

Facilitated by: Wes Wynens, Ph.D., Director, Leadership Education and Development

 

Seminars: Session II
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Technology Square
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Family Weekend registered guests may select one of the three sessions listed below. Seminars take place at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Please note: space is available on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.

 

Supporting Student Success @ Tech

Back by popular demand, this panel of faculty and administrators from the Office of the Dean of Students, Center for Academic Success, and School of Chemistry and Biochemistry will discuss how Georgia Tech supports student success and helps your students make the most of their undergraduate careers.

Panelists:

  • John Stein, Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
  • Steven Girardot, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Carrie Shepler, Ph.D., Director of Freshman Chemistry, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 



 



11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech Co-op: Straight from Students

With more than 4,100 students participating, Georgia Tech currently has the largest optional co-op program in the United States and has perennially been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Top Ten" co-op programs in America. This student-panel session will provide insight into how students might be successful in pursuing co-op experiences, things to consider when weighing co-op options, lessons learned by students living the co-op life, and more.

Facilitated by: Center for Career Discovery and Development
 

 

Mentor Jackets: Students Learning from Alumni

Mentor Jackets gives current Georgia Tech students the opportunity to be paired with Tech alumni from Atlanta and around the world. Join us at this seminar to learn more about this award winning program and hear from current Mentor Jackets participants about how the program has enhanced their Georgia Tech careers!

Facilitated by: Laura Giglio, Student Organizations Manager, Georgia Tech Alumni Association

 

Lunch Break
Guests may enjoy a pre-ordered box lunch or dine at one of the restaurants located in Technology Square. Boxed lunches are available for purchase during online registration for $10.50 per person and will be distributed in the Global Learning Center atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

 

Institute Update with President Peterson
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Technology Square
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Join us for a report from Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, President of Georgia Institute of Technology, on the highlights of the past year and to learn Georgia Tech's future plans and initiatives.

 

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

 

Seminars: Session III
Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Technology Square
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Family Weekend registered guests may select one of the three sessions listed below. Seminars take place at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Please note: space is available on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.

 

Thriving in the Tough Courses

While there are many academic paths at Georgia Tech, there are a few standard (and difficult!) courses that most Tech students take early on. This panel session will provide insight into these challenging courses from an instructor's perspective and offer tips to help your student work toward success.

Panelists:

  • Ed Greco, Ph.D., Academic Professional, School of Physics
  • Shannon P. Dobranski, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Academic Success
  • Chrissy Spencer, Ph.D., Academic Professional, School of Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech History 101

The Living History Program, led by the Alumni Association, strives to collect, preserve and present the rich history of Georgia Tech and its traditions and stories. Join this session to travel through time in order to learn more about how Georgia Tech came to be the great institution it is today.

Facilitated by: Marilyn Somers, Director, Georgia Tech Living History Program

 

Young Alumni Panel

Recent Georgia Tech Alumni relay how their experiences at Georgia Tech have shaped their current pursuits and discuss what essential knowledge they gained from the Georgia Tech experience to increase their chances for success in the "real world."

Facilitated by: Nicole Holubar, Alumni Volunteer Coordinator, Georgia Tech Alumni Association

 

College and School Receptions
Various Locations
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Faculty and other school administrators are available to answer parents’ questions about specific programs. Please note, some receptions follow a program format and will begin at the specified time.

Click here for more information.

 

 

Dinner on Your Own

 

Stop by the Georgia Tech Student Center Food Court for dinner prior to attending the evening's activities. The food court will be open until 7:00 p.m.

 

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

Family Weekend Night at the High Museum
Woodruff Arts Center
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Guests will enjoy free access to one of nation's premiere art museums and performances by Georgia Tech’s student groups. The Parents Program will host a special evening reception featuring light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres served from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.

   

8:00 p.m.

 

H.M.S. Pinafore by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Ferst Center for the Arts
This is a ticketed event - $20 for adults (ages 18 and up) and $10 for Georgia Tech students and guests ages 17 and under.

Her Majesty's Ship Pinafore is setting sail in this faithful production – complete with live orchestra and full sets – by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. The story finds the captain's daughter in love with an ordinary sailor, but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Gilbert and Sullivan's first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history.

 

Due to the timing of events, Family Weekend guests are encouraged to attend only one event on Friday night.

Saturday, September 13

 

During the day...

 

Enjoy all Georgia Tech and Atlanta has to offer!
Click Here for things to do at Georgia Tech and around Atlanta. Visit the bookstore, go swimming at the Campus Recreation Center with your free Family Weekend pass or hang out at the Student Center. Interested in what Atlanta has to offer? Tour the World of Coca-Cola, experience the world’s largest aquarium – the Georgia Aquarium, or shop at Atlantic Station. One thing is for sure, there is plenty to do and see!

 

9 a.m. to Noon

 

Family Weekend Check-In
Tech Tower Lawn

Pick up your Family Weekend packet with name tags, tickets, schedules and more.

 

9:30 a.m. to Noon

 

Family Weekend Tailgate Party
Tech Tower Lawn
This is a ticketed event - $20 for adults (ages 14 and up, including Georgia Tech students), $10 for youths ages 6-13, and $5 for children ages 5 and under (excluding infants).

It’s TAILGATE time! Join other Georgia Tech families for barbecue, family photos with the Ramblin’ Wreck, music and more. Cheer on the Yellow Jackets with the Georgia Tech Marching Band, Cheerleaders and Buzz before heading to the big game.

 

9:30 a.m. to Noon

 

The Walk Down Yellow Jacket Alley
Brittain Drive and 4th Street
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Be the first to greet the team! Join fellow fans to see your favorite players up close and cheer on the Yellow Jackets as the team makes its way to the stadium to sting Georgia Southern.

 

Noon Kick-off

 

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia Southern
Bobby Dodd Stadium
Family Weekend Football Tickets - starting at $26

Special pricing is available only to Family Weekend registered guests. Family Weekend football tickets may only be purchased through the Family Weekend registration system.

Click here for more information on Family Weekend football tickets.