This year’s schedule includes an exciting roster of new events to connect families to the WVU campus, the greater Morgantown community and the Mountaineer culture—and most importantly, to reconnect them with their students.
“Fall Family Weekend is a great time on campus for students and their families,” said Sabrina Cave, assistant vice president of Parent Programs. “Our Mountaineer families bring so much energy to our campus; we look forward to welcoming them with new events where they can spend time with their students and enjoy the fellowship and support of the WVU community and other parents.”
This weekend’s festivities feature many experiences that will connect parents with President Gee himself including a ‘Bowtie Bistro’ on Friday, ‘Picnic with Parents’ on Saturday, followed up by a Sunday morning “Pancakes, Parents and the President.”
A new event on Saturday that all WVU families and students are encouraged to attend is the ‘Students First: Safety and Well-Being” panel discussion. “The safety and well-being of our students is a top priority for us at West Virginia University,” said Cave. This discussion will be led by President Gee and will feature other campus experts who will share what is being done on campus to keep students safe. This panel will held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms at 1:00 p.m.
There are a host of additional activities that will be happening on and off-campus for families to enjoy all weekend long.
A welcome reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, (Oct. 7) in the Mountaineer Room at the Mountainlair where representatives from various WVU units, such as Housing and Residence Life, Study Abroad, Career Services, WELLWVU and others will be on hand to answer questions. Parents can meet up with their WVU students here and also grab a family photo.
Families can also enjoy ‘Legends in Concert’ at the Creative Arts Center on Friday (Oct. 7) and Saturday (Oct. 8). The world’s greatest live tribute show will feature Prince, Cher, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Blues Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and more. A definite crowd-pleaser and tickets are still available for purchase by visiting http://events.wvu.edu/series/16-17/legendsinconcert.shtml. Parents receive a special rate, CODE: BLUE.
Events have also been scheduled for families eager to explore the greater Morgantown community. This year’s Arts Walk, sponsored by Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia Art Center and Arts Monongahela, is a perfect way to spend your Friday evening strolling through more than 40 downtown businesses and see works of art from local artists, enjoy music at numerous locations and a variety of dining choices from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Families can also shop at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Morgantown on Saturday (Oct. 8) from 8:30 a.m. to noon. for a diverse collection of more than 40 vendors that bring the freshest produce, eggs, breads and more to Morgantown. http://www.morgantownfarmersmarket.org/
There are lots of additional opportunities for families including a men’s soccer game on Friday (Oct. 7) at 7 p.m. against Bowling Green at Dick Dlesk Stadium and women’s volleyball games on Friday and Saturday at the Coliseum. Admission is free for families. Parents can also enjoy the Art Museum, the special Jerry West and Senator D. Jay Rockefeller IV collections at the Downtown Library, take in Mountaineer Idol, WVUp All Night and use the Student Recreation Center for free all weekend.
A detailed schedule for Fall Family Weekend can be referenced http://fallfamilyweekend.wvu.edu/schedule-of-events
The Mountaineer Parents Club is an organization designed to support WVU families and students. For more information about the Parents Club, visit http://parentsclub.wvu.edu/.
CONTACT: Sabrina Cave, Mountaineer Parents Club
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