Promising a weekend packed with diverse family activities including a performance by R&B diva Patti LaBelle, West VirginiaUniversitys Fall Family Weekend Sept. 27-29 is sure to please, University officials claim.

Parents, siblings and grandparents alike can spend time with their sons and daughters, learn about their academic curriculum, enjoy some world-class entertainment, take in a football game and tour new campus facilities.

“We like to think of the University as a family,”said WVU President David C. Hardesty and his wife, Susan, who host and take part in the activities.”WVU students have joined us during one of the most exciting times in our history,”they added,”and Fall Family Weekend offers a sample of the WVU experience that parents and families can share with their student.”

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

On Saturday, parents and their students can enjoy a Family Tailgate from 10 a.m. to noon in Tent City III before the WVU -East Carolina game. Kickoff is set for noon.

The winner of this years outstanding in- and out-of-state Mountaineer Parents Club also will be recognized at halftime.

In addition, a special 1 p.m. ceremony on Sunday at EricksonAlumniCenter will include the presentation of official class rings to students from President and Mrs. Hardesty.

A special Saturday performance features Patti LaBelle in concert at 8:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. LaBelle, the winner of two Grammy Awards, is best known for her R&B and pop hits,”New Attitude”and”Stir it Up,”as well as for her unforgettable performance of”Lady Marmalade”at the 2002 Grammy Awards show.

For tickets, priced at $25.50-$39.50, for the general public, and $22.50-$36.50 for WVU students, contact the Mountaineer Box Office at (304) 293-SHOW.

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

Friday, Sept. 27:

  • Golf scramble, 1 p.m., Mountainview Golf Course, Lakeview Scanticon Resort sponsored by the Mountaineer Council Student Alumni Association; call (304) 293-4731 for details

  • Class Visits �€All Day

  • Welcome reception, 3-9 p.m., Mountainlair Vandalia Lounge

  • Mountaineer Family Cookout, 5-7 p.m., MountainlairPlaza, featuring a barbeque and live entertainment

  • Guided tours of the Downtown Campus Library, Life Sciences Building and Visitors Resource Center/One Waterfront Place, 6 -8:30 p.m., meet in front of thezMountainlair, free shuttle service provided

  • Theater Performance, The Laramie Project, 7:30 p.m., CAC Gladys G. Davis Theatre �€ recommended for mature audiences only

  • “Flick-N-Float,”9-11 p.m., Student Recreation Center

Saturday, Sept. 28:

  • Mountaineer Parents Club annual meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Erickson Alumni Centers Durrett Hall

  • Downtown Campus Library tours, 8:30-10:30 a.m

  • Mountaineer Breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m., Health Sciences Cafeteria, sponsored by HSC Office of Alumni Affairs

  • Family Tailgate, 10 a.m.-Noon, Tent City III s”Parent Pit,”near Mountaineer Field

  • Mountaineers vs. East Carolina, Noon, Mountaineer Field

  • “Chili-Bar”Post-Game Dinner Buffet, immediately following football game, Milan Puskar Centers Thomas Room

  • Theater Performance, The Laramie Project, 7:30 p.m. ,_ CAC Gladys G. Davis Theatre �€ _recommended for mature audiences only

  • Patti LaBelle Concert, 8:30 p.m., WVU Coliseum

Sunday, Sept. 29:

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

  • Theater Performance, The Laramie Project, 2 p.m., CAC Gladys G. Davis Theatre �€ recommended for mature audiences only

In addition, WVUp All Night activities in the Mountainlair take place from 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Most WVUp All Night activities are free to WVU students and their families.

Mountaineer Parents Club (MPC) members and club and state chairs who are interested in attending the Mountaineer Parents Club meeting should contact Sabrina Cave, (304) 293-2506. The MPC , free to all families of WVU students, has over 10,500 members and clubs across West Virginia and America.

To pre-register for the weekend events, call the WVU Box Office at (304) 293-7469. Each adult paying the �€~Early Bird$25 registration fee will receive special”gifts”and will be entitled to attend the Family Cookout, on Friday and Family Tailgate, on Saturday at Tent City III . WVU student(s) and children under 18 are free. Registration is optional. Registration forms must be received by Sept. 17 to qualify for the Early Bird $25 fee. Registration forms received after Sept. 17 will be subject to the regular fee of $30 per adult.

A detailed schedule will be available online soon at