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  • 3First Year CenterCampus Box 1136St. Louis, MO 63130(314) 935-5040firstyear.wustl.edu

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    TaBLe OF COnTenTSWashington University in St. LouisParent & Family Weekend Guide

    Welcome from the Chancellor 4Welcome from the First Year Center 5

    2014 Parent & FaMIly Weekend eventSFriday, October 10, 2014 6

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 20

    Sunday, October 12, 2014 29

    St. Louis Highlights 34 Places to Eat 35

    reSoUrceS For FaMIlIeSWays to stay informed, involved, connected 36

    First Year CenterParents ProgramsParents Annual FundHow can you become part of Alumni and Parent Admission Program

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    WeLCOMe FROM THe CHanCeLLOR WelcoMe FroM the FIrSt year center

    Most of you have not had the opportunity to visit us since late summer. Now that we are nearly halfway through the fall semester, there is a hum of activity throughout the campus. Our student organizations are in full swing, planning many interesting and diverse events and programs. Students are immersed in their academic pursuits, spending time in the residence hall study rooms, studios, or in our many campus libraries where they are reading, writing, and working together on projects. Our new students

    have made new friends, and our returning students have reconnected with their classmates. Parent & Family Weekend is a time for us to share our community with you, our families. As a parent myself, I know that all of you are primarily here to spend time with your students, but I hope you also have the opportunity to experience the Washington University community during your short visit. Attend a course taught by one of our internationally recognized faculty members. Visit Edison Theater to see the Performing Arts Departments presentation of Anon(ymous). Cheer on the Washington University Bears as they take on the Hendrix College football team on Saturday, October 11th. There is always much to do and see on our campus, and I am delighted that you are able to join us. Please accept my best wishes for a rewarding visit.

    Sincerely yours,Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

    We are thrilled to welcome you to Washington Universitys Parent & Family Weekend! We look forward to hosting you on campus and we know your student is excited to see you and show you around their new home. Over the next couple of days, you will see how full your students lives have become and how they are getting connected to our Washington University community. There are a variety of events planned for your time on campus. Feel free to visit a classroom, take one of our tours, learn about the various academic and experiential opportunities available, or hear our outstanding a cappella groups. We also understand this is a chance for you to spend time with your student and their friends so we have provided recommendations for a few of our favorite St. Louis restaurants and attractions in this publication.

    To assist you with planning your weekend, we have marked the schedule with the following icons:

    SIGNATURE EVENTSignature Events are the highlights of Parent & Family Weekend you want to make sure you catch while youre on campus.

    *Tours require pre-paid tickets which you may purchase in advance at firstyear.wustl.edu. Capacities are limited.

    Please visit us at the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center while you are here on campus. We look forward to meeting you!

    - The First Year Centerfirstyear.wustl.edu | firstyearcenter@wustl.edu 314.935-5040

    EXPLORE ST. LOUISInterested in exploring the unique city of St. Louis? We are providing tours of the city and a few of our favorite areas. Find those by looking for this icon in the schedule.

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    FrIdayOCTOBeR 10

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    Parent & FaMIly Weekend WeLCOMe CenTeR8:30 AM - 5:30 PMMallinckrodt Center, LobbyStop by the Welcome Center to check-in, pick up any pre-purchased tickets, a finalized schedule, and a complimentary

    Parent & Family Weekend gift. There will be staff members and students on hand to answer any questions you may have.

    Back to the claSSrooM8:30 AM - 5:30 PMVarious LocationsJoin your student in a class or visit a variety of other Friday classes. Class listings are available at the Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Center.

    energy, envIronMental and cheMIcal engIneerIng laB toUrS 9:00 AM - 10:30 AMBrauer Hall, room 12The Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering offers students numerous opportunities to engage with faculty in cutting edge research. After a brief overview of the department, tour our exciting facilities and learn more about your students research options.

    central WeSt end WalkIng toUr 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBus departs from the front steps of Brookings HallThe Central West End is a vibrant and sophisticated neighborhood combining residential and commercial opportunities with splendid architecture and a lively walkable streetscape. Please note: This is a 2 hour walking tour. **Requires a pre-paid ticket; may be purchased in advance at firstyear.wustl.edu.

    St. loUIS cIty BUS toUr10:00 AM - 12:00 PMBus departs from the front steps of Brookings HallSt. Louis is a city rich in tradition. Enjoy the architecture, history, and stories of St. Louis while hearing about plans for redevelopment. **Requires a pre-paid ticket; may be purchased in advance at firstyear.wustl.edu.

    everythIng yoU ever Wanted to knoW aBoUt the career center BUt Were aFraId to aSk yoUr StUdent: advIce For FaMIlIeS10:00 AM - 11:00 AMDanforth University Center, room 276Mark Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Career Center, will share information on services and resources available as well as provide advice for families.

    FIrSt year readIng PrograM recaP and dIScUSSIon For ParentS & FaMIlIeS10:00 AM - 11:00 AMMallinckrodt Center, Multipurpose RoomCovering, by acclaimed NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino is the selection for the 2014 First Year Reading Program. In this remarkable and elegant work, Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in our law and culture. Faculty members who participated in the First Year Reading Program discussions will provide parents and families with an inside view of what transpired during the discussions with students. Please join in the conversation even if you have not had the opportunity to read the book!

    electrIcal and SySteMS engIneerIng UndergradUate reSearch and laB toUrS10:30 AM - 11:00 AMGreen Hall, room 0161Join Professor Humberto Gonzalezs group for demonstrations of research in his Robotics lab.

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    StUdent entrePreneUrIal PrograM PaneL10:30 AM - 11:30 AMDanforth University Center, room 234The Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP) will present a panel discussion led by representatives from Washington Universitys student-run businesses. The discussion will

    cover a number of topics, including the challenge of balancing school and business responsibilities, the knowledge and skills gained from running a business, and how prospective student-entrepreneurs can get involved with a business of their own. After the presentation we will open the floor for questions from the audience.

    electrIcal and SySteMS engIneerIng UndergradUate teachIng LaB TOuRS11:00 AM 11:30 AMBryan Hall, Room 202Join Dennis Mell, Professor of Practice, in the teaching lab in progress: the Systems Engineering Laboratory, in which engineering seniors design and test feedback control systems.

    the Mellon MayS UndergradUate FelloWShIP PrograM at Work: Why BUIldIng a Strong coMMUnIty oF ScholarS IS IMPortant For THe FuTuRe11:00 AM - 12:00 PMDuncker Hall, room 101Find out how and when your student can apply to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, who is eligible to apply, and why this two-year research program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has been changing lives and expanding possibilities for over 20 years. Parents will have an opportunity to interact with the program coordinator and current Mellon fellows, who will explain how participating in the program, becoming a scholar, and learning how to do independent research within a fellowship of professors and peers has helped them to find their personal and professional passions and to understand how scholarship and activism work together to bring about change in the world. Moderator: Mary Laurita (Assistant Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and Coordinator, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program).

    everythIng yoU ever Wanted to knoW aBOuT THe CaReeR CenTeR BuT WeRe aFraId to aSk yoUr StUdent: advIce For FaMIlIeS11:00 AM - 12:00 PMDanforth University Center, room 276Mark Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Career Center, will share information on services and resources available as well as provide advice for families.

    FacUlty SPotlIght: MovIeS on the BraInDr. Jeffrey M. Zacks, Department of Psychology11:00 AM - 12:00 PMMcDonnell Hall, room 162In 2009, 1.4 billion movie tickets were sold in the U.S. and Canada. What compels us to pay money to sit in a dark room and stare for a couple hours at a flickering patch of light? In his talk, Dr. Zacks will describe some of the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that make movies so compelling. By measuring viewers brains and behavior, he has been trying to answer questions such as: Why do audiences flinch when an on-screen boxer takes a punch, or cry when a fictional character suffers a loss? How do viewers parse a co