The Department hosts a wide range of educational and social events. Some of the more scientific events include:
- Monday Seminars presented by distinguished scientists from around the world;
- informal fall retreat;
- and the Hopfer Lecture, in honor of Professor Emeritus, Ulrich Hopfer.
On the more casual side, the Department:
- holds a picnic each summer;
- attends a Cleveland Indians baseball game just before the start of classes in August;
- and throws an annual holiday party in December.