Southeast Plans Fun-Filled Family Weekend Sept. 24-26

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2004 – Southeast Missouri State University will host its annual Family Weekend Sept. 24-26 on the University campus with a variety of activities for students and their families.

“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 has been an annual event at Southeast since 1977. What began as a Parents’ Weekend for the mothers and fathers of football players grew over the years into a weekend of activities for the parents, spouses, grandparents, siblings, faculty, staff and their families and the regional community families of Southeast Missouri State University, Sides said.

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

This year’s Family Weekend coincides with the annual City of Roses Music Festival.  With performances by more than 50 regional bands, the festival will host bands at different venues throughout the downtown area.  A major headline event, which has not yet been announced, will be held at the Riverfront Park, and a half marathon will take place at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

A “Normal Editions Workshop – A Print Retrospective” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Southeast Regional Museum on campus. The exhibit will include about 60 original, limited-edition prints by Garo Antreasion, James Butler, Sidney Goodman, Harold Gregor, Mark Innerst, Keith Jacobshagen and several others.

A variety of activities for the entire family, including the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation’s Golf Tournament, is planned for Saturday, Sept. 25. Tickets for the four-person scramble are $50 per person or $200 per team. All proceeds fund student scholarships in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.

Family members can get a feel for an authentic Southeast experience with lunch at the Towers Cafeteria or the University Center Skylight Terrace.  After lunch, students and their families can enjoy a not-so-lazy afternoon of fun at the Student Recreation Center, which features 90,000 square feet of recreational space.  Games, contests and sports-related activities will provide competition for the entire family.

Later in the day, families are invited to join the action as Southeast battles the Bulldogs of Samford University at 6 p.m. in Houck Stadium.  Reserved seats are $8, general admission admitted free with their student ID.  Tickets may be ordered by calling (573) 651-2113 or toll-free (866) SEMO-TIK. 

Students and their families can finish their weekend in style with the annual Family Weekend Brunch hosted by Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the University Center.  Cost is $6.85 for adults and $5.25 for children ages 7-12.  Children 6 and under are free.

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