Family Weekend Filled With Music, Food and Fun

Photo of Family Weekend 2005 at Southeast

Families enjoy Southeast’s Golden Eagles Marching Band during Family Weekend 2005.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 11, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Family Weekend Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 with a variety of events for all ages.

“Students’ families can join in the Southeast spirit by attending an exciting football game and other events planned for Family Weekend,” said Diane Sides, Family Weekend coordinator and director of University Relations. “We also have several informational sessions and activities planned for families to learn more about the Southeast experience, as well as opportunities for family recreation and relaxation.”

Family Weekend is a long-standing event, beginning in 1977. Originally “Parents’ Weekend” for the families of football players, the event grew over the years into a weekend of activities for everyone related to students and the University, Sides said.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will begin the weekend with a train-themed Family Fun Day Friday, Sept. 29, in Room 122, in honor of O. Winston Link’s railroad photographs. All ages are invited, and the event is free. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants can investigate the Museum in a scavenger hunt, design a locomotive, learn how a steam engine works and drive railroad spikes. Link is best known for the powerful images he created using a synchronized flash process, generating nostalgia for the steam train era.

The University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Noises Off,” called one of the funniest plays ever written. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. The audience will be enthralled with the on- and off-stage antics of a touring company as they stumble from dress rehearsals to disastrous performances of a bedroom farce, aptly titled, “Nothing On.” Contact the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 for tickets and more information.

Saturday, Sept. 30, begins with the fourth annual Free Speech 5K competitive-run and one-mile ceremonial walk at 9:30 a.m. Registration for this event begins at 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center (south parking lot) and will cost $15 the day of the event. However, pre-registration guarantees a lower price of $12.50 as well as a commemorative T-shirt. The race will be professionally videotaped, and participants will enjoy watching themselves afterwards at Buffalo Wild Wings. For a registration form and more details, visit www.freespeechrun.org.

Lunch will be served at two locations during Family Weekend. Towers Cafeteria has an all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $6.25, while the University Center Beanery Café & Restaurant offers Starbucks coffee, gourmet sandwiches and salads, Au Bon Pain soups, sweets, baked items and cold beverages at a la carte prices.

After lunch, students and their families can participate in Family Fun at the Student Recreation Center (adjacent to the Show Me Center) from 1 to 4 p.m. free of charge. The climbing wall will be available for ages 5 and up, and the basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts will be open for play. For more information, contact Jason Lipe at (573) 986-7391 or jlipe@semo.edu.

Before the football game against the Bulldogs of Samford University, the Health Facilities Rehab Service of Sikeston, Mo. will provide a pre-game tailgate party from 4:30 to 6 p.m., serving hotdogs and beverages. Tailgaters should look for the tent just north of the South Rec Center and across from Houck Stadium. The party also will feature music by “Flashback,” one of the Heartland’s finest good-time bands, followed by a pre-game warm-up by the incomparable Golden Eagles Marching Band, the Southeast cheerleaders and the Sundancers.

After the tailgate party, the Redhawks will take on the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Reserved seats are $8, general admission seats are $7, youth (ages 7 to 18) are $3 and children (6 and under) are free. University students can get in free with their student ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling (573) 651-2113 or toll-free (866) SEMO-TIK. Students can look forward to the halftime show, performed by the internationally-known Golden Eagles Marching Band and the University Sundancers, along with the Sunbeams, a troupe of children ages 4 to 12, who will dance alongside the “big girls.”

Sit down and relax after the weekend’s activities with a luscious brunch buffet, including eggs, sausage and waffles, as well as a full lunch menu with desserts aplenty. University President Kenneth W. Dobbins will host this brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The brunch is only $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are free. Students with the appropriate meal plan may use their ID card, and Southeast faculty and staff tickets are only $6.50. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information on Family Weekend or to access a complete listing of events, visit www.semo.edu/familyweekend.