The Mountaineer Parents Club has a full weekend of athletics, academics and other activities planned for West Virginia University students and their families Feb. 27-28.

The groups popular annual Winter Weekend includes events for all ages.

While in Morgantown, families can catch a womens basketball game, take part in a pregame pizza party and pep rally, visit the award-winning Student Recreation Center, participate in WVUp All Night activities and attend various lectures on campus.

This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for parents to come back to campus and visit their students,said Sabrina Cave, executive director of the Mountaineer Parents Club.Educational and fun activities have been planned for the whole family.

On Friday, Feb. 27, families are invited to get the full WVU experience by spending all day in class with their student.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, faculty and staff lectures will be offered in the Mountainlair from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Families are invited to learn more about financial aid, student job opportunities and WVU s Entrepreneurship Center .

At 2 p.m. Saturday, families can cheer on the Mountaineers as the womens basketball team takes on the Syracuse Orange. A pregame pizza partyfollowed by a pep rallywill be noon-1:30 p.m.

WVU womens basketball coach Mike Carey, the team, pep band, cheerleaders, Mountaineer mascot and dance team will make special appearances. U92 , WVUs student radio station, will provide music, and Zides Sport Shop will be selling the latest WVU apparel.

From 6 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, students and their families can go for a swim, play basketball, use the climbing wall or walk the track at the Student Rec Center.

Families looking for entertainment and free food are encouraged to participate in the nationally acclaimed WVUp All Night program with their student from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Billiards and bowling will be offered at half price.

The Mountaineer Parents Club worked with the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau to secure discounted rates at various Morgantown hotels. The rates are listed online at http://parentsclub.wvu.edu/winter_weekend/hotel_discounts .

For more information about Winter Weekend, including basketball tickets and registration, visit http://parentsclub.wvu.edu/winter_weekend .

The Mountaineer Parents Club fosters success by connecting parents and family members to the WVU student experience. The organization has about 20,000 members, 66 local clubs, 19 state chairs and one international chair in Canada. Membership is free to parents of current and future WVU students.

The club publishes a newsletter, sends Parent Electronic News updates, organizes special events and offers the toll-free Mountaineer Parents Club Parent Helpline (1-800-WVU-0096).

Local clubs design programs to support student activities and also plan summer send-offs for students and parents, host WVU speakers and represent the Mountaineer Parents Club at college nights at area high schools.

More on the Net: http://parentsclub.wvu.edu/