College and university officials from across the country will visit the West Virginia University campus next weekend, Sept. 13-16, to discuss student programs and experience WVU s own weekend late night program, WVUp All Night.

The professional development seminar,”Providing Alternatives: Late Night and Weekend Programs,”is sponsored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In addition to experiencing first-hand WVU s nationally recognized program, participants also will discuss their programming options and the challenges related to offering these activities.

Mountainlair director Mike Ellington, seminar coordinator, expects about 85 people to attend, including several college presidents and vice presidents, student leaders, arts and entertainment personnel and student union facility managers from as far away as Utah and Texas. According to Ellington, NASPA and ACUI seminars typically draw 40-50 people.

Vice President for Student Affairs Ken Gray explained that many institutions have expressed an interest in WVUp All Night.

“Over 100 colleges and universities have requested information about our program,”he said,”and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to showcase it.”

Participants will go to WVUp All Night on Thursday, Sept. 13, which will feature, among other activities, guest speaker Jeanne Boylan, a facial identification specialist whose drawing of unabomber Theodore Kaczynski appeared on the cover of Newsweek.

Other typical Up All Night activites include a free midnight breakfast bar, astro bowling, comedy clubs, concerts, movies, tutoring and a study room with free snacks.

Organizers say Up All Night attracts an average of 1,000-4,000 students every Thursday through Saturday for a weekend package of safe, fun and healthy activities offered freeor at little costto WVU students and their guests.

The program has been featured on ABC s Good Morning America and in The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development, The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Reporter and the 2000-2001 Promising Practices Sourcebook.

WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. and his wife, National Mountaineer Parents Club Chair Susan Hardesty, along with Provost Gerald Lang and Vice President Gray will address the group.

Participants also will hear from WVU student government association members and representatives from various departments including Public Safety, Residential Education, Dining Services, Finance, Arts and Entertainment, the Mountainlair and the Student Recreation Center.

ACUI , created in 1914, is a non-profit higher education organization that serves as a network of nearly 1,000 member institutions with the common goal of helping college unions improve their programs and services and to be effective contributors to individual growth and development.

NASPA assists senior student affairs officers and administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty and other educators in enhancing student learning and development. NASPA s constituencies are student affairs administrators at all levels, faculty, graduate students and other professionals.