Family Weekend Event Details

Friday, September 20


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.

 

Reading Complexity: The 2013 First-Year Reading Program

This year’s First-Year Reading Program features the book Living with Complexity (MIT Press). In this book, Donald Norman argues that we shouldn’t seek simplicity and that we should, instead, seek complexity that does justice to our complex experiences and minds. Each day, Georgia Tech students and graduates learn about what makes technology good; how technology done well makes life better; and why it’s important to differentiate between simple, complex, and over-complicated design. In this panel discussion, we’ll explore how Norman inspires us to think, re-think, and design technology empathetically, practically, and in meaningful ways within our community.

Facilitated by:

  • Nirmal Trivedi, Ph.D., Director, Academic Transition Programs
  • Mollie Barnes, Ph.D.,  Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Choosing a Major vs. 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
  • Marge Dussich, M.S., NCC, LPC, Associate Director, Career Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Healthy Pathways to Commencement

Don't let your student's stress lead to distress. This session will provide insight into programs and resources that focus on keeping both mind and body healthy and on the right track.

Facilitated by:

  • Michael Edwards, Director, Campus Recreation Center
  • Ruperto Perez, Ph.D., Director, Counseling Center

 

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.

 

Insight into the Future of Georgia Tech Athletics

Get to know Georgia Tech's new Director of Athletics, Mike Bobinski, and gain insight into his vision for the future of Georgia Tech Athletics.

Facilitated by: Mike Bobinski, Director of Athletics

 

Surviving 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
  • Beth Bullock Spencer, MA, M.Ed., Interim Associate Director, Center for Academic Success
  • Chrissy Spencer, Ph.D., Academic Professional, School of Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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: The Division of Professional Practice

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Ferst Center for the Arts Backstage Tour

Ever wonder what happens behind the curtain? This is your chance to discover the mechanics of staging a high-flying dance production! Take an up-close look at the stage, dressing rooms, and logistics of the Ferst Center before you see the evening’s performance by Diavolo. (Limited spaces are available. Should spaces become available during the tour session, spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.)

 

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 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Pre-Performance Reception
Smithgall Student Services Building, Atrium
No Additional Charge – Included in Registration Fee

Join members of the Division of Student Affairs for some light refreshments prior to the evening's Diavolo performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

 

8:00 p.m.

 

Friday Night Performance: Diavolo
Ferst Center for the Arts
This is a ticketed event - $15 for adults (ages 18 and up) and $10 for Georgia Tech students and guests ages 17 and under

Diavolo takes dance, daring and athletics to the extreme! The company returns to Georgia Tech with Fluid Infinities, the next installment of the dynamic work they performed in 2010, and with Transit Space, a kinetic new piece inspired by the thrilling movement of skateboarding that uses ramps and half-pipes on stage.

This show is suitable for all ages. Click here for more information on Diavolo.


Immediately following the performance, Diavolo ticket holders are invited to enjoy a post-show talk with the dance company to learn more about the dancers, their artistic process and their inspiring work.

   

Saturday, September 21

 

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, shop at Atlantic Station or enjoy Music Midtown. One thing is for sure, there is plenty to do and see!

 

9:00 a.m. - Noon

 

Family Weekend Check-In
Tech Tower Lawn

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

 

9:30 - 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.

 

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 the UNC Tar Heels.

 

Noon Kick-off

 

Georgia Tech vs. University of North Carolina
Bobby Dodd Stadium
Family Weekend Football Tickets - $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.