Hundreds of Mountaineer Parents Club officers will be recognized with a day of talks and workshops when West Virginia University holds its fourth annual Parents Club University Saturday, March 22, at the new Life Sciences Building on the Downtown Campus.

“We are thrilled to be able to sponsor this annual event,”said Sabrina Cave, director of the Mountaineer Parents Club.”Our officers work very hard during the year, and this is our way of paying tribute to their efforts. Judging from the feedback weve received, the officers really enjoy it too.”

The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration in the Life Sciences lobby area on the ground floor. At 9:30 a.m. Susan Hardesty, national chair of the Mountaineer Parents Club and wife of President David C. Hardesty Jr., will provide a welcome in Life SciencesBlaney Hall.

President Hardesty will also address the parents as will Duane Nellis, dean of WVU s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

“Find the World, Yourself, and Your Future at WVU ,”will be the topic of a 10 a.m. talk that includes information about studying abroad, the resources of the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and advice to help students and parents with career decisions.

A tour of the Life Sciences Building will take place at 11 a.m., and participants will enjoy lunch in the Mountainlair Gold and Blue ballrooms at 12:15 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the College of Creative Arts.

During the rest of the afternoon, officer workshops will be held. The day concludes with a wrap-up and giveaways.

The event is by invitation only, though officers may bring a guest or spouse.

The Mountaineer Parents Club was established in fall 1995 by President Hardesty as part of a major student life initiative to improve the overall student life and learning experience and to involve families in the college experience. Today, the club has more than 10,500 members and clubs throughout the United States.

Major initiatives include establishment of a toll free Parents Helpline manned by a full-time parent advocate; a leisure reading collection at the Library; a newsletter, Web site and Parent E-news; a scholarship fund; summer sendoffs and winter fests; participation by parents on important University-wide committees; and more.

For more information, call 304-293-2506 or 1-800-WVU-0096.