p. A busy Fall Family Weekend, Sept. 17-19, is in store for students and parents at West Virginia University.

Actor and comedian Sinbad will entertain crowds at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the Creative Arts Center as part of the weekend lineup. Tickets are available �€$25 for students, $30 for the public �€at the Mountainlair Box Office.

Sinbads successful career propelled him from the 1980s TV sitcom,A Different World,to the big screen in such comedies asHouseguest(1995),First Kid(1996) andJingle All the Way(1996) in which he co-stars with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For more information, go to the Arts&Entertainment Web site:http://www.events.wvu.edu/index.shtml.

The Saturday WVU -Maryland contest has also proven to be a big draw, said Sabrina Cave, director of the Mountaineer Parents Club.

Parents have had an overwhelming response to the Parents Day game, contributing to what is sure to be a sell-out WVU -Maryland football match-up,she added.

Approximately 4,000 tickets to the Sept. 18 game were sold through a Parents Day promotion alone, according to Deputy Director of Athletics Mike Parsons. With such high demand, single ticket sales have been suspended pending the outcome of season ticket sales. However, fans can check back on Tuesday, Sept. 7, for Maryland ticket availability.

While there are no longer tickets, look for a special discounted ticket opportunity for the WVU -Temple game from the Mountaineer Parents Club,Cave said.Meanwhile, there will still be plenty of things to do for parents and students on campus during Fall Family Weekend, she added

Highlights include special WVUp All Night events at the Mountainlair.

During the academic year, WVUp All Night offers study rooms, free snacks, movies, bowling, billiards, dances and comedy clubs Thursday through Saturday nights,Cave said.We hope parents will join us to get a taste of this nationally acclaimed weekend program, initiated in spring 1998, to offer students an on-campus alternative to the local party scene.

It will also be a fun, festive atmosphere at the Creative Arts Center Friday evening,Cave noted.Parents can enjoy gallery talks presented by Dr. Bernard Schultz, dean of the College of Creative Arts, light refreshments and a pottery sale featuring our studentsworkall while mingling with other WVU students and families,she said.

For those who would like the convenience of dining on campus Friday with their student, they have several options to choose from, said John Birchman, food services manager. An all-you-can-eat dinner buffet will be offered from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Boreman Bistro, 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Café Evansdale and 5 to 8 p.m. at Arnold Café. The cost is $8.25 per person (including tax).

Other on-campus dining options �€Mean Genes, McCoys and Freshens in the Mountainlair Food Court �€offer a variety offast foodfare, including low-carb choices.

On Saturday at 8:30 a.m., parents will gather at Erickson Alumni Center to hearHot Topics from the Topat the annual Mountaineer Parents Club meeting. This event will feature top University administrators sharingwhats hot on campus.

Campus tours, class visits, open houses and information sessions, hosted by various colleges, are also available throughout the weekendplus parents may use WVU s Student Recreation Center for free when their students bring their Mountaineer ID Cards.

Clear your mind, stay in shape and recharge your spirit at one of the best student recreation centers in the country,Cave said.Our $34 million, 177,000-square-foot facility offers a 50-foot climbing wall, extensive aquatics complex, weight and fitness equipment and elevated running and walking track.

In addition, families are invited to try scuba with experts in WVU s fitness pool,

enjoy a family-oriented movie while floating in a pool duringFlick-N-Floatand get

complimentary neck and shoulder massages at the Student Recreation Center.

The weekend will be capped with the Family Tailgate at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tent City III at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium followed by the noon kickoff of the WVU -Maryland game. A post-game dinner buffet will immediately follow the game at the Milan Puskar Center.

Tickets are required for both the tailgate and the post-game dinner. Registration for these events is scheduled to begin in early August, via the Fall Family Weekend Web site,http://www.wvu.edu/ffw/. Space is limited; orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, including lodging and directions, go to the Fall Family Weekend Web site, listed above. Families are encouraged to check back often as additional information, registration forms and an activity schedule will be added to the site in early August.