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Family Weekend offers glimpse of student life

family weekendFamily Weekend is a special tradition that allows students to introduce their families to campus life and the Denton community. The three-day annual event, happening Oct. 11-13, offers activities for families to participate in, leaving just enough time for a campus tour or a trip to the Denton square.

I am proud of how hard the university works to provide a bit of mean green fun for all age types, from young ones to students to adults,” said Elizabeth Cheney, president of the UNT Parent Association, who has attended Family Weekend every year since her daughter, Hannah Mabry enrolled as an art major in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

Cheney recollected spending time with her daughter and husband at Family Weekend activities such as the 5K fun run, tailgating, family meals and even sitting in the president’s box with President V. Lane Rawlins during the football game, one of the many perks she enjoys as the president of the Parent Association.

“We know how important parents and family members are and how much their support means to student success in college, so this is one weekend dedicated to students’ families,” said Catherine Olivarez, the parent programs coordinator who said her favorite part of Family Weekend is hearing all the laughter and fun around campus.

However, according to Olivarez it’s not all about the parents. “Family Weekend is a great way for students to get mom and dad to take them out for a free meal off-campus!”

“Great memories have been made during this special weekend, and there are many more to come,” Cheney said.

This year’s Family Weekend will take place Oct. 11-13 with many activities for students to participate in with their families. The schedule includes the following events:

  • Scrappy's Extravaganza:  6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Victory Plaza; includes a BBQ dinner and a welcome ceremony with performances from the UNT band, cheerleaders, and North Texas dancers
  • Parent Dessert Reception: 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium; meet other UNT parents over dessert and spirits and learn more about the Parent Association and the Alumni Association at UNT
  • 5K Fun Run:  7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Pohl Recreation Center, participate in a 5K around campus. (Additional $10 cost per person with pre-registration or $15 on-site fee to participate)
  • President's Breakfast:  9 a.m. Oct. 12  at the UNT Coliseum Floor (enter at South Tunnel); Learn about the future plans for the university from President V. Lane Rawlins over a North Texas-sized breakfast with other UNT families
  • Morning at the Movies: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in the Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC), Room 255; Bring the whole family out to enjoy free popcorn and a movie before the football game.
  • 16th Annual UNT Chili Cook-Off Tasting:  3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Victory Plaza; Vote for your favorite chili in the battle between contestants sharing their inventive home-grown recipes.
  • Mean Green Tailgating: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Victory Plaza; Get ready for the football game by tailgating with other families and UNT students participating in events for the whole family. Activities include a cookout and a carnival, as well as a pre-game show by the UNT Green Brigade.
  • UNT Football Game:  6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Apogee Stadium; Cheer on the Mean Green and show your Eagle Pride at the football game against Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday night!  Football tickets are free for the first 1,000 registrants (keep in mind all current students get in free with their student ID). More information about the game can be found online.
  • Family Weekend Farewell Breakfast:  9 a.m. Oct. 13 at the UNT Coliseum Floor (enter at the South Tunnel); Enjoy breakfast with your student to celebrate the conclusion of Family Weekend 2013. 

In addition, tours to the Denton square and walking campus tours will be available Saturday as well as free access to UNT’s Pohl Recreation Center for parents and siblings.

Registration costs $55 for each adult; $25 for each child 17 years and younger; free for one UNT student and $20 for each additional UNT student; and free for children age 4 and younger.

Included with registration is a Family Weekend T-shirt, Dinner and entertainment at Scrappy's Extravaganza, the President's Breakfast, Mean Green Tailgate and the Farewell Breakfast. There is an additional fee associated with the 5K Fun Run ($10 per runner with pre-registration) and the first 1,000 registrants will receive tickets to the Oct. 12 UNT football game against Middle Tennessee. Students get in free with their UNT student ID.

 - Lauren Frock, Student Assistant, URCM

Posted on: Fri 04 October 2013

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