It will be a different Fall Family Weekend when West Virginia University welcomes parents to campus Friday and Saturday (Sept. 21-23) for an annual event that honors the families of students. Parents will spend time with their sons and daughters, learn about their academic curriculum, enjoy some world-class entertainment, take in a football game andno doubtshed a tear and have some serious discussions about last weeks terrorist attacks on America.

To honor the thousands of victims killed in the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and western Pennsylvania, U.S. flags will continue to fly at half-staff across campus, and the WVU Marching Band will perform a patriotic medley featuring”Stars and Stripes Forever”and”America, the Beautiful,”among other selections, as WVU resumes its athletic schedule with a 1 p.m. football game against Kent State. Fans will also observe a moment of silence.

“This is a family weekend like no other,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty.”As our nation tries to heal and to make sense of this horrific tragedy, it is also important that we carry on our activities, especially one so important as a weekend spent with family members.”

Hardesty said the University will also continue with plans to dedicate its new student recreation center on Friday (Sept. 21) and stage the first-ever Black Alumni Weekend.

Parents arriving on Friday can learn more about their students academic activities by attending their classes throughout the dayprovided there has been prior arrangements with instructors.

On Saturday, parents and their students can enjoy a Family Tailgate from 11 a.m.1 p.m. in Tent City III before the game. This year, part of the student section in the northeast endzone 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, and a special ceremony on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Erickson Alumni Center will include the presentation of official class rings to students (who placed orders in the spring) from President and Mrs. Hardesty.

Class rings can only be ordered by alumni and students who have achieved at least a junior status. The ArtCarved rings will be on sale throughout the weekend. Rings will be sold from 3-9 p.m. Friday in the Mountainlair; from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday at the WVU Bookstore; and from 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday at the WVU Bookstore. They also will be on sale the following week, Sept. 24-26, in the Mountainlair from 10 a.m.4 p.m. each day, in addition to sales at other campus locations.

While families spending time together is the most important aspect of this weekend, there are numerous other activities. Here are some of the highlights:

p. Friday, Sept. 21:

  • A 12 :30 p.m. golf scramble at Mountainview Golf Course sponsored by the Mountaineer Council student organization
  • A 2 p.m. Dedication Ceremony of the new Student Recreation Center
  • A 3 -9 p.m. welcome reception in the Mountainlairs Vandalia Lounge
  • A 5 -7 p.m. Mountaineer Family Pasta Picnic at Hatfields, featuring Italian food and live entertainment
  • A 6 p.m. Black Alumni Weekend welcome reception in the Mountainlair
  • Guided tours of the Student Recreation Center from 7-8 p.m.
  • An 8:30 p.m. performance by Shawn Colvin in the Creative Arts Centers Concert Theatre

Saturday, Sept. 22:

  • An 8 a.m. Black Alumni Weekend”Networking Breakfast”in the Mountainlair
  • The Mountaineer Parents Club annual meeting from 9:3010:30 a.m. at Erickson Alumni Centers Durrett Hall
  • An 11 a.m.1 p.m. Family Tailgate party in Tent City III s”Parent Pit”near Mountaineer Field
  • An 11 a.m.1 p.m. Black Alumni Weekend Tailgate party at Tent City II near Mountaineer Field
  • Mountaineers play Kent State at 1 p.m. at Mountaineer Field
  • An”All-American”Post-Game Dinner Buffet immediately following the football game in the Milan Puskar Centers Thomas Room
  • Open Houses and Information Sessions at all fraternity and sorority locations from 67:30 p.m.
  • A 7 :30 p.m. Black Alumni Weekend reception and banquet at Erickson Alumni Center
  • An 8:30 p.m. performance by George Benson in the Creative Arts Centers Concert Theatre

Sunday, Sept. 23:

  • A 1 2 p.m. Ring Day Ceremony and reception in Erickson Alumni Centers Durrett Hall

In addition, popular WVUp All Night activities in the Mountainlair take place from 7 p.m.midnight on Thursday and from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. 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, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-7469. Each adult paying the $25 registration fee will receive special”gifts”and will be entitled to attend the Family Pasta Picnic and tour the new Student Recreation Center on Friday and attend 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. Registration is optional.

For a detailed schedule, log on to: