West Virginia University will welcome approximately 1,200 parents to campus Oct. 6-8 for annual Fall Family Weekend activities. Parents will spend time with their sons and daughters, learn about their academic curriculum and enjoy some world-class entertainment.

“This is an event planned especially for WVU families, and it offers something for everyone,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr.”Families can choose to cheer on the Mountaineer football team (kickoff is 1 p.m.) as they battle Idaho, attend sensational performances by Denny Dent and Spirit of the Dance, or enjoy a family picnic in the Mountainlair and a tailgate party at the stadium.”Tamarack will also bring a sampling of West Virginias unique art to campus; they will set up in the Mountainlair.

Hardesty noted that part of the student section in the northeast end-zone of Mountaineer Field has been designated as a special seating area for WVU parents and family members.

The winner of this years Mountaineer Parents Essay contest also will be announced at halftime of the game, and the WVU Marching Band will pay a special tribute to families with crowd favorite”My Home Among the Hills”and the formation of the Mountaineer Parents Club logo a heart.

Parents arriving on Friday, Oct. 6, can learn more about their students academic activities by attending their classes throughout the day provided there has been prior approval from instructors.

Another highlight of the weekend will be the sale of official WVU class rings, specially designed by ArtCarved. Rings will go on sale Friday, Oct. 6, in the Mountainlair. The rings, which can only be ordered by those who have achieved at least a junior status, will also be sold throughout the following week in the Mountainlair.

This is only the third year the exclusively designed rings have been available. President Hardesty and his wife Susan plan a special”Ring Day”presentation on Dec. 7 in Stewart Hall for students to pick up their purchases.

While families spending time together is the most important aspect of the weekend, the many events going on make this a particularly good time for parents to visit the WVU campus, Hardesty said. Here are some of the highlights:

p. Friday, Oct. 6:

  • Golf scramble at Mountainview Golf Course at 12:30 p.m. sponsored by Mountaineer Council
  • Family Registration, 2-8 p.m., Mountainlair Commons
  • 2-8 p.m. Tamarack Taste of West Virginia shopping and tasting experience in the Mountainlair Commons area
  • Careers Night Out from 2-8 p.m. in the Mountainlairs Vandalia Lounge
  • Open house and reception from 1-3 p.m. at the Center for Black Culture and Research
  • Majors Night Out from 2-8 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms
  • Mountaineer Family Picnic at Hatfields from 5-7 p.m., featuring entertainment by Pittsburghs Boilermaker Jazz Band
  • Denny Dent performance at 8:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Centers Concert Theatre
  • Class rings are on sale through 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair

Saturday, Oct. 7:

  • The Mountaineer Parents Club annual meeting from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Erickson Alumni Center
  • Family Tailgate Party/Family Registration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Tent City IIIs”Parent Pit”near Mountaineer Field
  • WVU vs. Idaho at 1 p.m. at Mountaineer Field
  • A Post-Game Dinner Buffet immediately following the football game in the Mylan Puskar Centers Thomas Room
  • Two performances of The Spirit of the Dance one at 7 p.m. and a second at 9:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Centers Concert Theatre

In addition, popular WVUp All Night activities in the Mountainlair will be happening 7 p.m.midnight on Thursday and from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. All WVUp All Night activities are free to WVU students and their families.

Parents Club members and club and state chairs who are interested in attending the Mountaineer Parents Club meeting should contact Sabrina Cave, 304-293-2506.

To pre-register for the weekends events or obtain tickets, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-7469. Each adult paying the $20 registration fee will receive four special”gifts”each and will be entitled to attend the Family Picnic on Friday and the Family Tailgate on Saturday in Tent City III . Also their WVU students and children under 18 will be entitled to the Picnic and the Tailgate free of charge.