Brown & Beyond


Behind the Scenes of The Lindemann

Tour The Lindemann Performing Arts Center, a new building that will support performance, teaching and research for music, theater, dance and more. With a radical, one-of-a-kind approach to spatial, acoustic and technical flexibility, this building is designed to inspire innovative new art-making, enable unprecedented artistic collaboration and serve as a hub for performance at Brown.

Paul Dietel, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction

Craig Barton, University Architect

Chira DelSesto, Director of Programs and Operations, Brown Arts Institute

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Lindemann Performing Arts Center

Being a Pretend Patient

Standardized Patients (SPs) are individuals who pretend to be patients for the benefit of medical students, helping them learn not just the medical components of becoming a doctor but also the humanistic side. SPs play an integral role in medical students learning the art of communication. Watch an SP demonstration and learn more about this important role and how SPs are recruited through an audition process.

K. Scarlett Handley, Director, Clinical Skills Simulation Center

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 003

Brook Street Residence Hall Tour

Come enjoy the opportunity to walk through the newly constructed residence halls at 250 and 259 Brook Street, slated to open this fall. Designed for upper-division students, these five-story buildings feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites, communal kitchens and enhanced programming space, and will be home to three new residential theme communities: sustainability, interfaith and civic engagement.

Anthony Casello, Director of Design and Construction

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Brook Street Residence Hall

Brown Employee Benefits 101

Whether you are new to Brown or have been here for decades, Benefits 101 is your chance to take a closer look at the programs and services available to you as an employee. This overview will help you brush up on the basics of Brown's health and retirement benefits, learn when you can make changes to your benefits and understand the importance of Open Enrollment. Come away with knowledge to support your health and financial wellness.

April O'Malley, Senior Benefits Specialist, University Human Resources

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Discover Brown's Hidden Gem: The Faculty Club

Did you know that Faculty Club membership is open to all Brown staff and faculty members? Learn more about the club, including its history and services, with a presentation and guided tour of the historical building on Bannister Street led by Assistant Director Tony Hernandez and Sales and Events Manager Cheryl Carberry. Afterward, join Faculty Club Supervisor Eric Uffer for a cocktail demonstration.

Cheryl Carberry, Sales and Event Manager, Faculty Club

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: The Faculty Club

DPS Communication Control Center Open House

Step behind the scenes of the Department of Public Safety Communication Control Center at Brown. Learn how emergency calls come in and the technology that is used by Brown DPS communications control officers.

John Vinson, Deputy Chief of Police/Executive Officer, Department of Public Safety

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: 115 Waterman St, Providence, RI 02912

Greenhouse Tour

Tour the Plant Environmental Center, the greenhouses located on top of the IBES building at 85 Waterman Street. Learn about what grows in each greenhouse and why, and how this natural collection came to be.

Nicholas Vasques, Research Greenhouse Manager

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: 85 Waterman, Top Floor

Meet the Parents! Best Practices for Parent and Family Engagement

The ability to engage with students' parents and families has become an important skill for University staff. In this interactive session, learn how your department can best communicate with families and strategies to respond to parent inquiries. Director of Parent and Family Engagement Mikele St-Germain will provide information about available resources and best practices and an overview of how the Department of Parent and Family Engagement can be a strategic partner to your office.

Mikele St-Germain, Director of Parent and Family Engagement

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 202

Public Art and Hidden Gems Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt to find the amazing public art and glorious hidden gems throughout the Brown campus. Divided into teams, you will be given a map showing the location of the exhibits along with more information. Each team will decide on their strategy since there are just too many amazing things to see in the time we have for the hunt. Should your team focus on just seeing some cool art? Going to the most exhibits? Exploring one part of campus in depth or visiting many different areas? Staying outdoors? Collecting the hardest exhibits with the most points? Gathering extra points? Personalize your hunt however you see fit!

Alison Buckser, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Faunce Steps

Sewing Our Safety Net: Brown's Collaborative Approach to Caring for Students of Concern

Join directors from Counseling and Psychological Services, BWell Health Promotion and Student Support Services for a discussion about how we can work together to support students' mental health and wellness. Learn how to recognize the signs and signals of stress and distress and how issues typically present in the community here at Brown. Get an overview of the resources available, learn how to make connections and understand how we can all play a role in a coordinated and intentional — though sometimes invisible — safety net for students.

Katie Boin, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Support Services

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Salomon 003

Sustainability Initiatives at Brown

Learn about and discuss the current and potential sustainability and resiliency efforts at Brown, including net-zero/decarbonization, using healthy materials, climate-friendly dining, thinking of the campus as a living lab and a new climate resiliency initiative. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions!

Jessica Berry, Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Resiliency

Instructor-led | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 102

Tour of Barus and Holley Rooftop Observatory - THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Come check out the observatory on the roof of Barus and Holley and learn how its telescope provides wonderful views of our moon, planets and deep-sky objects. If the weather cooperates, a solar telescope will be set up for your viewing pleasure.

Robert Horton, Manager, Astronomy Labs and Ladd Observatory

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Barus and Holley Lobby

Tour Brown's Beautiful Grounds

Join Grounds Superintendent Nic Mol for a tour of Brown's extensive grounds, historical quads and ceremonial gardens. You'll learn how the Grounds team maintains it all. The tour will start at the Van Wickle Gates and will be held rain or shine.

Nick Mol, Grounds Superintendent 

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Van Wickle Gates

Tour of Sharpe Refectory

Did you know that Sharpe Refectory serves 3,000 to 5,000 meals daily during the academic year? Participate in a rare, behind-the-scenes look into one of the largest kitchens in Rhode Island. Join chef Kirby Dorius for a tour of both the back and front of the house, including the bakeshop and catering operations, along with a quick history of the dining hall.

Michelle Blais, Director of Wellness and Nutrition 

David Chabot, Assistant Director of Culinary Operations

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: Sharpe Refectory

Afternoon SESSIONS (1:15p - 2:30p)

Event Planning at Brown: Simplifying for Success

The world of events is ever-changing, and Event Strategy and Management wants to make it easier for you to navigate event planning at Brown by sharing the tools and resources they use. Learn about event planning processes that will help you manage events more efficiently, as well as the new community of practice for event planners on campus. This session is invaluable for anyone who plans events on campus or is simply curious about the work that goes into some of the University's biggest events.

Kate Vieillard, Director of Event Strategy and Management

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: 85 Waterman, Room 130

Innovation for Impact: Building a Vibrant Research Ecosystem in the Jewelry District

The Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) project planned for the Jewelry District will support collaborative, interdisciplinary research with lasting impact on the most important challenges facing human health. Come hear how, by supporting research with life-changing impact, the ILSB will accelerate the timeline to clinical impact, foster a vibrant and dynamic research ecosystem, attract future generations of scientists, publicly engage the broader community and serve as an important generator of economic opportunity and workforce development for the region.

Mukesh K. Jain, M.D., Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Mathematics and Physics: The Eternal Golden Braid

Explore how physics and mathematics have interacted throughout history and learn about recent developments in these fields, with special attention to Brown faculty books and research.

Kenneth Silva, Laboratory Manager, Department of Physics

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Meet the Robots

Take a tour of one of Brown's robotics lab and learn more about the work that goes on there. Demo of dancing robots included!

Thao Nguyen, Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science

Tour | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Brown Robotics Lab Department of Computer Science 115 Waterman St, 4th Floor

Tour Brown's Beautiful Grounds

Join Grounds Superintendent Nic Mol for a tour of Brown's extensive grounds, historical quads and ceremonial gardens. You'll learn how the Grounds team maintains it all. The tour will start at the Van Wickle Gates and will be held rain or shine.

Nick Mol, Grounds Superintendent

Tour | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Van Wickle Gates

Your University Library: Staff Resources

Discover all the Brown University Library resources available to you as a staff member, from databases such as to music, New York Times access and so much more.

Nora Dimmock, Deputy University Librarian

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab, The Rock

Yours? Mine? Ours?: Records Management at Brown

Learn about the importance of records management and archives in meeting your business needs and preserving records of historical value. The session will provide an overview of records management, types of archival records, records retention guidelines, best practices for handling electronic records and much more.

Jennifer Betts, Assistant Director for the John Hay Library and University Archivist

Andrew Majcher, Head, Digital Services and Records Management

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)