Come back to campus for Reunions

Alumni Fall Weekend 2013: Learn, connect, explore!

September 25, 2013
Thanks to your enthusiastic response, Alumni Fall Weekend is SOLD OUT! If you are an alumni volunteer leader who is required to attend weekend meetings on campus, please contact your Alumni Relations staff liaison.

Schedule || Hotels

Weekend Schedule:

All times are subject to change.

Friday, October 18, 2013
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Registration
Brown’s beautifully restored Maddock Alumni Center serves as the hospitality center for the weekend. Pick up your name tag, tickets, and schedule here when you arrive on campus.
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
3:00 – 4:30 pm Changing Lives: Forum with Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises ’89, chief academic officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
After graduating from Brown, Dr. Santelises happened upon a job as a substitute teacher. It changed her life, redirecting her focus from international relations (her concentration) to a lifelong commitment to urban education. After stints with Teach for America, a year-round K-8 school, the New York City Algebra Project, and further degrees from Columbia and Harvard, she joined the Baltimore City Schools in 2010 to lead its ambitious efforts to increase student performance. In this forum, she will talk about her path and the successes she has seen in our country’s urban schools. Dr. Santelises will receive the 2013 John Hope Award for Public Service, presented by the Brown Alumni Association and the Swearer Center for Public Service, on Saturday, October 19 in RI Hall 108. NOTE: No registration is required for this forum.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Kickoff Reception
Get your Brown weekend off to a great start by reconnecting with friends and making new connections across alumni generations, geography, professions, and more! The reception includes complimentary food and drinks.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am GOLDFest 2013
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Brown Annual Fund with your fellow Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) – the classes of 2004 – 2013. Established in 1914 as the Loyalty Fund, the Annual Fund has been supporting Brown's students and faculty for 100 years! Continue the tradition and make your gift online today or at the event. Complimentary food and two drink tickets, followed by a cash bar. Please note: this event requires a separate RSVP on Facebook.
All evening Campus Exploration (optional)
It’s Family Weekend! Brown’s campus calendar will soon fill up with music, theatre and other activities from which to choose.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Maddock fireplace detailRegistration continues
Pick up your name tag and schedule at Brown’s beautifully restored alumni headquarters when you arrive on campus.
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
8:30 am – 9:45 am Joint Breakfast
Grab your coffee and continental-plus goodies at this joint Alumni Fall Weekend – Family Weekend breakfast for alumni, students, and current Brown parents.
10:00 am – 11:30 am Back to Class with Brown Faculty – and Students!
Remember all the ways you learned to build at Brown – to build new relationships amongst ideas, possibilities, and people? Today’s faculty and students are also deeply engaged in critical construction, building creativity into how Brown thinks and building programs that keep pace with the blossoming of new technologies.

  • Cultivating a Culture for Creativity and Imagination
    Richard Fishman, professor of visual art; director, Creative Arts Council, and Brown students
    The answers to the world’s most vexing challenges require cognitive flexibility, inventiveness, risk-taking in the face of uncertainty, and creative thinking. Professor Richard Fishman and his students explore these issues through the Creative Mind Initiative, a program that puts creativity into practice in the classroom, lab, studio and community. Using new approaches to learning and scholarly activities, Brown is building creative capacity and connecting talent to solve problems and address societal challenges.
  • Building a World-Leading School of Engineering
    Lawrence Larson, dean, School of Engineering, and Brown students
    Technological change is accelerating at an astonishing pace, and Brown created a School of Engineering from its historical Division of Engineering in 2010 in order to lead this change on a local, national and international level. Hear from the dean and from current students about Brown’s exciting new investments and developments in engineering, including in health care, the environment, and nanotechnology. As the School of Engineering grows, Brown is redoubling its commitment to give students the best education in science and engineering, unparalleled research opportunities, and training in entrepreneurship.
11:45 am – 2:15 pm Alumni Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon
Join President Christina Paxson to recognize the difference outstanding alumni have made for Brown and for the world. This inspiring ceremony will remind you why Brown is such a special place – and why your volunteer commitment to Brown is so important. See 2013 Honorees.
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Program Sessions

  • Brown Alumni Club Leaders Summit: Social Media, Brown’s 250th, and more!
    Join fellow club leaders for valuable discussions and insights to help you in your club leadership role. EverTrue founder and former Brown Club of Chicago board member Brent Grinna '04 will share tips on using social media most effectively. We'll also share exciting news on Brown's upcoming 250th Anniversary, including ways in which clubs can celebrate this special occasion. Interactive dialogue and idea-sharing on these and other topics will be encouraged.
  • Introducing the New Architectural Guide to Brown's Campus
    The Campus Guide: Brown University, the first-ever comprehensive history of Brown’s campus architecture, will be hot off the press this weekend. Join the guide’s author – poet, essayist, and architecture buff Ray Rhinehart ’62 – for insights into little-known corners of campus and stunning images of beloved Brown landmarks. The Guide may be purchased at Maddock Alumni Center (during registration) or immediately after this session – signing included! Read Ray's new BAM article.
  • Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4)
    Annual Meeting

    The A4 Board of Governors invites alumni, students, faculty and staff to attend the A4 annual meeting, learn about A4’s activities, and take part in a discussion about working together to strengthen the Asian/Asian American community.
  • Brown Transgender, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alumni (TBGALA) Informal Meet & Greet Reception
    Join fellow alumni to talk with students while you’re on campus. Get the latest news from Brown TBGALA and help brainstorm ideas on how TBGALA can best be engaged with the campus community.
  • Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) Latino Community Dialogue
    BULAC’s Providence chapter welcomes members of Brown’s Latino community to get to know each other and to brainstorm ideas for bringing students and alumni together in Providence.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Choose your options:
  • Renew Connections
    Catch up with fellow alumni from your generation at a local hot spot!
    • Classes of 1990-2013: Spats, 182 Angell Street
    • Classes of the ’80s: Café Paragon, 234 Thayer Street
    • Classes of the ’70s: Kartabar, 284 Thayer Street
    • Classes of the ’60s: Faculty Club, 1 Magee Street
  • Brown vs. Princeton Football: Tailgate at the Tent
    Join your friends for traditional football tailgating fare under the Brown University Sports Foundation tent on the grounds of the Brown Stadium. Cost: $10 per person; sign up on the Alumni Fall Weekend registration form.
  • Multicultural Alumni Committee (MAC) & Affinity Group Summit: Re-envisioning the Future of the Community of Color at Brown
    Dean Mary Grace Almandrez, director of the Third World Center (TWC), will provide an update on the Center’s recent external review and lead alumni in a discussion on working together to build a stronger intergenerational community of color at Brown. Special guests include members of the BAA’s Multicultural Alumni Committee, its affiliated affinity groups (A4, Brown TBGALA, BULAC and IPC), and former Minority Peer Counselors (MPCs) returning to campus to celebrate the MPC program’s 40th anniversary.
6:00 pm Brown vs. Princeton Football: Light up the Night
Join the entire University community for Brown’s newest tradition: the annual night football game! Buy your ticket through the Alumni Fall Weekend registration form. Cost: $20 per person for fans aged 3 and older.
9:00 pm 12:30 am Unity Funk Night
Join the Brown Alumni Association's Multicultural Alumni Committee (MAC) and the Alumni of Color Initiative (AOCI) for one of the University's best parties – a favorite for alumni from the '70s through the '90s and beyond.

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Make your hotel reservations now!

Discounted rooms are almost gone, but you can also use the Providence Visitors Bureau hotel finder.


  • Wyndham Garden Hotel [see hotel website]
    $103–$113/night (limited availability at reduced rate)
    Complimentary parking. Shuttle service $5/day.
    220 India Street, Providence, RI 02903
    RESERVE: Online or call 1-401-272-5577
    If calling, ask for the Brown University Fall Weekend room block.
  • Hotel search - Providence Visitors Bureau

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