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Babson has events going on every day of the week— many of them open to the public. Here’s just a snapshot of what’s gone on the past year, and a few of the ways you can take advantage of having an internationally recognized institution in your backyard.

Education through Lifelong Learning

At Babson, we think it’s important to act, learn, and build. It’s a way of learning that allows you to create opportunities in both your professional and personal life—and it starts with our youth. Our lifelong learning opportunities span from activities for preschoolers all the way to college classes for retirees.

Needham and Wellesley Housing Authorities

Babson’s Bernon Center runs three programs for children in the Wellesley Housing Authority community, including:

  • Elementary / Afterschool program, concentrating on homework help and enrichment activities
  • Middle School / Experiential entrepreneurship program, teaching students how to start businesses, partner with nonprofits, and create, manage, and market products
  • High School / College Access program, focusing on college preparation and admittance

Lemonade Day

In partnership with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Babson supports the nationally recognized Lemonade Day program in Boston. The program teaches elementary and middle school students how to establish a business—a lemonade stand. The experiential learning program improves financial literacy and life skills. In 2012, more than 150,000 children in more than 36 cities around the country, including nearly 1,500 children from Boston, participated.

Entrepreneur training begins in spring, and Lemonade Day 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, May 4. Learn how you or your youth organizations can participate »

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Since opening its doors in 1991, NFTE New England, located at Babson, has reached more than 13,000 young people from low-income communities with entrepreneurship education programs. Babson partners with NFTE to co-host events throughout the year, including the annual NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Conference. Babson students serve as NFTE instructors, and Babson professors, research groups, and coalitions serve as NFTE thought partners. The College provides a full scholarship to an outstanding NFTE student each year. Learn more »

Babson Audit-the-Class

Wellesley and Needham senior citizens may audit Babson’s undergraduate classes on a space-available basis at no cost. During the 2011–2012 academic year, four Wellesley senior citizens took a total of seven courses worth $30,825. Four Needham senior citizens took a total of five courses worth $17,200. Find courses and apply now »

High School Summer Study

Babson’s summer programs are an opportunity for high school students, guided by top-ranked faculty, to learn how to impact and reshape organizations, industries, and the world. It’s an easy way for students to start building their networks—and stand out on their college applications.

Programs include the Babson Service Learning Experience, a one-week, nonresidential program that gives students the opportunity to complete community service hours, and the Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience, a five-week, residential program that gives students the chance to earn college credit. Both programs teach students how to use entrepreneurship as a way to create economic and social value everywhere. Learn more »

Babson’s Global Leadership Development Experience (GLDE)

This program allows college students to collaborate with student entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit executives, and renowned faculty, while working to create innovative, real-world solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues. Learn more about this summer program, and how you can get nominated »

North Hill and Babson College Connection

North Hill and Babson College Connection has led to several senior living innovations between the two establishments. The long-term partnership allows retirees at North Hill to mentor and support current Babson students, sharing their industry knowledge and people skills. Similarly, Babson students, faculty, and staff are regularly featured in North Hill lifelong learning courses, such as American theater of the 1930s and a film series featuring election-themed satire.

Conference for Center for Productive Longevity (CPL)

Babson hosted aspiring entrepreneurs ages 50 and older as part of CPL’s series of meetings to promote the benefits of pursuing an entrepreneurial path. Learn more »

Horn Library

Needham and Wellesley residents may use materials on open shelves at Babson’s Horn Library, and may check out books for four weeks. Learn more about how you can use the Babson library »

In Case You Missed It: 2011–2012 On-Campus Events

  • Food Days, featuring Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Jamie Bissonnette from Toro and Coppa, Skip Bennett from Island Creek Oysters, Tim and Nancy Cushman from Oya, Todd Heberleinn from Volante Farms, and Michel Nischan from Wholesome Wave. Events included interactive talks and a fair of locally sourced food. Visit Food Day for a recap of last year’s events and check back for 2013 events.
  • Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, featuring more than 30 leading entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, including: keynote speakers Katie Rae, managing director of TechStars Boston; Frans Johansson, CEO of The Medici Group and author of The Click Moment; and Jonathan Bus, CEO and co-founder of athenahealth Inc. Check out a recap of last year’s speakers and topics, and check back for the 2013 lineup »
  • XSITE, The Xconomy Summit on Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, featuring speakers such as Dave Balter, founder and CEO of BzzAgent; Katia Beauchamp, co-founder of BirchBox; and Mark Oh, chief scientist at PayPal. Learn more »
  • Film screening of The Rescuers, featuring a Q&A session with the film’s Emmy Award-winning director and producer Michael King, anti-genocide activist Stephanie Nyombayire, and producer Joyce Mandell.
  • She Did It, an event for women older than 50 to take the first step toward their next adventure by opening their eyes to possibilities and creating an action plan.
  • How Women Are Transforming the Yoga Industry, an event exploring yoga as practice, art, and business, including a complimentary yoga class and screening of YogaWoman.

Connecting Entrepreneurship and the Arts

Through the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson is able to enhance the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts. This past year, the Sorenson Center hosted a wide variety of programming, including theater, dance, music, film, video, and the literary arts. Additionally, a number of area community arts and cultural organizations present programs in the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Most events are open to the public, and parking is free.


2011–2012 Public Programs Snapshot


  • The Importance of Being Earnest, a Trivial Comedy for Serious People
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Rent
  • Eurydice

Dance and Music

  • Spirit of Uganda, music and dance from youth ages 8–18
  • Neo-Soul, featuring spoken word collective Stryver’s Row and Soul4YoSystem, a Berklee band
  • Babson Dance Ensemble performances
  • AMAN, South Asian culture, dance, and music shows
  • BAPSA, Asian and Pacific culture, dance, and music show
  • Malcolm Stearns Memorial Film Society/Movie Nights
  • Global Film Series screenings
  • Student Concert Series, including piano recital, a cappella groups, jazz bands, and an orchestra

Visual Arts

  • “Behind the Image,” a group showing of five Boston-based painters, addressing the complexity of the creative process with a display of completed paintings alongside artifacts from the preparatory stages, including sketches with notes, art-history books, and magazine images.
  • “Loops and Strips,” video based serial paintings on the interiors of hoops that allow the viewer to choose the beginning and end points of their narrative.
  • Constellations, ceramic sculpture, and installation by Josephine Burr, created in part during a summer residency in the Babson Ceramic studio.
  • “Weathered Waters,” a meteorological, data-based, large-scale woven sculptural installation, by sculptor and TED fellow, Nathalie Miebach.

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Did You Know 


In addition to hosting more than 150 intercollegiate competitions, Babson has a 370-acre campus with lighted paths and walkways. Additionally, part of the 16-mile Charles River Link Trail runs through Babson.

Babson Summer Camps

The Camps at Babson College runs 11 camps from June through August, including 10 sports camps—including soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse—and one traditional day camp that includes a range of activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, music, and dance. Approximately 30 sessions occur during a seven-week period for local children ages 5–15. Babson also contracts with professional conferences and academic and sports camps during June, July, and August.

Camps use Babson’s indoor and outdoor facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, multicourt outdoor tennis complex, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and four full-sized playing fields and numerous mini-fields. The Summer Programs Office employs camp directors and as many as 150 camp counselors. Many of them currently play on teams or are coaches and teachers in neighboring towns.

Check out this year’s programs and register now »

Webster Athletic Center and Babson Athletic Fields

The Webster Center facility and athletic fields are used by several area groups for team practice and play, including: Wellesley High School football, swim, and track teams; Needham High School swim and track teams; Dana Hall School field hockey team; Wellesley Swim Association; Needham Track Club; and the Heartbreak Hill Striders.

Babson Skating Center

In addition to donating public skating passes to local schools for their fundraising efforts, the Babson Skating Center, owned and managed by Babson College, was used in various ways by the community during the 2011–2012 season, including:

  • Needham High School hockey games
  • Wellesley High School hockey practice and games
  • Public skating on weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons
  • More than 350 Needham and Wellesley students took lessons
  • Needham and Wellesley groups rented ice time for adult hockey games
  • Tenacre Country Day School’s annual winter program
  • Wellesley Youth Hockey Association members were recognized at a Babson varsity hockey game

You also may:

  • Skate recreationally
  • Throw a birthday party
  • Watch Babson hockey games

Learn more about lessons and public skate times »