Family Weekend Sept. 24-26 Packed with Fun, Food, Football

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Family Weekend Sept 24-26 with a variety of events for students’ family members to enjoy.

“The University is looking forward to hosting Southeast families for a weekend of fun and a chance to learn about the campus environment,” said Michele Irby, Family Weekend coordinator and director of Campus Life and Events Services. “There will be a variety of events and activities planned to allow families to participate in the Southeast experience,” Irby said.

Family Weekend is a long standing tradition that began in 1977. Beginning as “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.

The weekend is traditionally held in the fall semester and allows Southeast students to make the adjustment into the new environment. Irby says Family Weekend allows families to visit their student, meet roommates, friends and instructors, tour facilities and attend a variety of events scheduled throughout the weekend.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the University Center. Families can have coffee and refreshments with Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins and his staff until 10 a.m. in the Beanery.

Families are invited to the third floor of the University Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. where a fair with a carnival atmosphere will be held.  Student Activities Council will be giving away smoothies and caricatures. Departments, offices and student organizations will be hosting free informational booths, games and activities for students and their families.

Lunch will be available at the Redhawks Market in the University Center. Students eat free with an ID.

At 4 p.m., families are encouraged to support the Redhawks at a pre-game tailgate party. Tents will be set up on the parking lot near the Wehking Alumni Center and across from Houck Stadium for the festivities. Booths will be set up and food, information and prizes will be given away during the party. The celebration will include live music and will be followed by pre-game warm-ups by Southeast’s Golden Eagles Marching Band, the cheerleaders and Sundancers.

At 6 p.m., the Redhawks will play their first home game of the year. Wear red and watch the team take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Houck Stadium. Reserved seats are $10, general admission is $8, youth 6-18 are $5 and children under 6 are free. University students get in free with their ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling (573) 651-2113 or toll-free (866) SEMO-TIK.

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