Family Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018

Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Accommodations & Transportation

Friday, September 28, 2018

Time Event Location
8:30 am–4:00 pm Family Weekend Check-in
Welcome to Mills campus! Upon your arrival, please check in to receive a full paper schedule, campus map, nametag, and information about Oakland. Staff will be available to answer your questions.
Reinhardt Alumnae House
10:15 am–12:00 pm Convocation Ceremony
Join the Mills community for this annual celebration of the start of the academic year. Susan Stryker—a transgender activist, professor, author, and filmmaker—will deliver the keynote address.
Littlefield Concert Hall
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Community Lunch
Enjoy lunch after the ceremony with President Hillman, students, faculty, staff, alumnae, trustees, friends of the College, and Family Weekend guests.
Holmgren Meadow
1:30 am–2:50 pm Lisser Hall Grand Reopening Celebration
Following a major year-long renovation, Lisser Hall will rise from the construction dust as the locus for the arts in the heart of the Mills campus. At over a century old, this historic performance space will now be of the caliber students and faculty have long deserved.
Lisser Hall
3:00 pm–3:50 pm Book Discussion: Farm City
All first-year students are assigned a common book to read and discuss. Join a faculty-led conversation about this year’s selection, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter.
Moore Natural Sciences Building, Room 213
3:00 pm–3:50 pm Mills College Art Museum Tour
Museum Director Stephanie Hanor will lead a tour of the exhibition Catherine Wagner: Archaeology in Reverse
Art Museum
3:00 pm–4:20 pm Residence Hall Receptions
Members of the Class of 1968 will host receptions for current and former residents and guests at Orchard Meadow, Warren Olney, Mary Morse, Ethel Moore, and Mills Hall.
Various Residential Halls
3:00 pm–5:00 pm Mills Community Farm Open House
Drop in to meet the new farm manager, Julia Dashe, and experience the land at work.
Community Farm
4:00 pm–4:50 pm Study Away Spring Break
Hear from faculty and students about the Spring Break Study Abroad Program, which enables students to participate in transformative learning experiences led by their professors—like a scuba diving trip in Honduras to learn about coral reef conservation and a trip to Ecuador to study ecology and conservation on the western slope of the Andes.
Moore Natural Sciences Building, Room 215
4:00 am–4:50 pm Book Art Studio and Gallery Visit
Tour the Book Art studios, view the Book Art Pocket Gallery exhibition, and see examples of student work in the company of faculty, students, and alumnae. 
CPM
4:00 pm–5:50 pm Alumnae of Color Committee Reception
Join members of the committee for a wine and cheese reception. Families are welcome to come and mingle with alums.
Reinhardt Alumnae House
5:00 pm–7:30 pm Campus Dining
Enjoy a buffet-style dinner for purchase. More information about menu and pricing here.
Founders Commons Dining Hall
6:00 pm–7:30 pm Our Diverse Dance World: An Informal Showing
Experience fresh artistic journeys from several dance cultures in an informal setting. See performances by alumnae/i, students, and dance faculty as they try out new work, rehearse sections of large pieces, or polish completed choreographies in preparation for November concerts. 
Rothwell Theater
7:00 pm–9:00 pm Mills After Dark At The Movies
Fun film noir awaits you with a side of wine, beer, and tasty bites among alumnae and Family Weekend guests.
Reinhardt Alumnae House
8:00 pm–10:00 pm Darius Milhaud Concert
One of Mills’ signature annual events, this concert pays tribute to the iconic composer and former Mills music professor. This year, Amaranth Quartet will perform works composed by Milhaud, Ruth Crawford, and Igor Stravinsky.
Littlefield Concert Hall

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Time Event Location
9:00 am–4:00 pm Family Weekend Check-in
Welcome to Mills campus! Upon your arrival, please check in to receive a full paper schedule, campus map, nametag, and information about Oakland. Staff will be available to answer your questions.
Reinhardt Alumnae House
10:30 pm–1:00 pm Campus Dining
Enjoy a buffet-style brunch for purchase. More information about menu and pricing here.
Founders Commons Dining Hall
11:00 am–11:50 pm A Conversation with College Leaders
President Hillman and College officers share news and answer your questions about Mills today.
Lisser Hall
2:00 pm–2:50 pm Dance and Wellness Workshop
Mills alums will lead this introductory movement workshop. Experiment in and dialogue about the healthy and thriving dance community at Mills.
Rothwell Theater
2:00 pm–4:00 pm Visit the Mills College Art Museum
The exhibition Catherine Wagner: Archaeology in Reverse documents sculptural installations, site-specific interventions, and photographs that reframe unique architectural spaces of the museum.
Art Museum
3:00 pm–3:50 pm The New Public Health and Health Equity Program
Associate Professor of Biology Jared Young and select students will describe this newly launched academic program and share how it equips graduates for careers and research opportunities in multiple fields.
Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Room 117
4:00 pm–4:50 pm Lisser Hall Tour
Join Campus Architect Karen Fiene for a tour of this newly renovated performance space.
Lisser Hall
4:00 pm–4:50 pm Writers' Salon
Hear readings by alumnae who got their start at Mills.
Rothwell Theater
4:00pm–
5:20 pm
Ignite Mills Women!
“Enlighten us, but make it quick.” Five members of the Class of 1968 will deliver fast-paced five-minute Ignite Talks on compelling contemporary topics ranging from #MeToo to Apple watches. Current students, alumnae, and guests are eagerly invited to attend.
Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Room 117
5:00 pm–6:00 pm Family Reception
The Division of Student Life invites you to drop in and join us for wine tasting, non-alcoholic beverages, and other treats.
Mills Hall Living Room
5:00 pm–7:30 pm Campus Dining
Enjoy a buffet-style dinner for purchase. More information about menu and pricing here.
Founders Commons Dining Hall

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time Event Location
8:30 am–11:00 am Alumnae Row
Alumnae and students with rowing experience cruise Briones Reservoir alongside current crew members. RSVP to Head Coach Sara Nevin at snevin@mills.edu.
Briones Reservoir
9:00 am–11:00 am Pine Top Fun Run
Meet at the soccer field for a 30-minute Warm You UP program before running the two-mile Pine Top Trail. Cross-country alumnae, current team members, and families are welcome. RSVP to Head Coach Ivory Veale at iveale@mills.edu.
Meet at Soccer Field
9:30 am–11:30 am Family and Alumnae Swim Meet
After warm-ups, we will swim relays with a mix of current team members, alumnae, and Family Weekend attendees at the Trefethen Aquatic Center. As long as you can swim across the pool, you can participate! RSVP to Head Coach Neil Virtue at nvirtue@mills.edu.
Trefethen Aquatic Center
10:00 am–12:00 pm Alumnae Volleyball Match
Former Mills volleyball players compete against the current team in the Haas Pavilion Gymnasium while others are welcome to cheer them on. Email Head Coach Jack Cowden jcowden@mills.edu to RSVP for match play.
Haas Pavillion
10:00 am–12:00 pm Mills Community Doubles Tennis Tournament
Alumnae, parents, and current team members are invited to participate in a friendly doubles tournament. RSVP to Head Coach Tony Canedo at tcanedo@mills.edu.
Meyers Tennis Courts
10:30 am–12:00 pm Alumnae Soccer Match
Play two 20-minute halves with current team members and alumnae and students with soccer experience. RSVP to Head Coach Lilia Dosalmas at ldosalmas@mills.edu.
Soccer Field
10:30 am–1:00 pm Campus Dining
Enjoy a buffet-style brunch for purchase. More information about menu and pricing here.
Founders Commons Dining Hall
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Cyclones Athletics Picnic Lunch
All current and former Mills student-athletes and their guests are welcome for lunch on the President’s Meadow. Use this link to register and pay.
President's Meadow

This schedule is subject to change. Finalized event locations will be added closer to Family Weekend.

Accommodations & Transportation

Accommodations

If you will be traveling from out of town to join us for Family Weekend, there are numerous accommodation options in Oakland and the greater East Bay Area. Several local hotels are listed here for your convenience. The College is unable to offer on-campus accommodations for Family Weekend, so please plan accordingly.

Transportation

Mills is located immediately off of Highway 580 in Oakland at the junction of 580 (MacArthur Freeway) and Highway 13 (Warren Freeway), approximately seven miles from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. For more information, please visit our directions page.

Parking is free on the Mills College campus during this Family Weekend. You do not need a parking pass to park on campus for these three days.

If you will be using public transportation to get to campus, 511.org is a resource for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare, and bicycling information. The bus stop IDs in front of Mills campus are 52277 and 51991.

All Family Weekend guests will receive a campus map