Southeast Whips Up Fantastic Weekend of Family Fun Sept. 23-25

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 22, 2005 –Family Weekend will be held Sept. 23-25 at Southeast Missouri State University, with 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 has been an annual event since 1977.  What began as a Parents’ Weekend for the families 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 is traditionally held in the fall semester, and allows Southeast students to make the adjustment into the new environment.  Sides 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.

Family Weekend will fall on the same weekend as the City of Roses Festival, bringing more excitement for both families and their Southeast students.  The festival hosts more than 50 regional bands at different venues throughout the downtown area.  The Festival runs from noon to midnight on Friday and throughout the day on Saturday.  For more information, visit http://www.cityofrosesmusicfestival.com.

Saturday, Sept. 24 begins with the third annual Free Speech 5K competitive run and one-mile ceremonial walk that allows families the opportunity to meet students, faculty, and staff members and also get in weekend exercise.  Registration for the event is from 8 to 9:15 a.m., and the run/walk will start at 9:30 a.m.  Early entrants who pre-register before Saturday receive a discounted price of $11.50, with prices the day of the event at $15.  For additional details and a registration form, visit http://www.semo.edu/communication/events/freedomrun/.

The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum in Memorial Hall will host its exhibition of “The Art of Burt Hasen” during the weekend from noon to 4 p.m.  This first, comprehensive retrospective survey of Burt Hasen’s art will trace his creative development from the mid-1950s to the present.  For a preview of the exhibition, visit the Museum’s Web site at http://www5.semo.edu/museum.

A luncheon will be served at two locations during Family Weekend.  Towers Cafeteria offers its $6.25 all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the University Center Skylight Terrace offers sandwiches, Au Bon Pain soups, coffees, sweets, baked items and cold beverages at a la carte prices.

To burn off those pesky dinner calories, the Student Recreation Center will feature family fun from 1 to 4 p.m. Games, contests and sports-related activities will provide a full afternoon of fun and some friendly competition for the entire family.  The climbing wall will be open for anyone wishing to scale to the top and ring the bell.  An interactive cooking session will give instructions for preparing quick, easy and healthy snack options, and kids-only fitness classes also will be sure to keep children smiling.

Before going to the football game against Jacksonville State University, students and their families can attend festivities at the Health Facilities Rehab Service Pre-game Tailgate Gathering from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  This event will be held under the tent in the north parking lot of the South Student Recreation Center, where families can enjoy free hot dogs and beverages while listening to “Flashback,” one of the Heartland’s finest good-time bands.  The party will also feature a pre-game warm-up by the incomparable Golden Eagles Marching Band, the Southeast cheerleaders and Sundancers.  The event is sponsored by Health Facilities Rehab Service of Sikeston, Mo.

After the tailgate gathering, the Southeast Redhawks take on the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State University. 

Reserved seats are $8, general admission seats are $7, youth (ages 7-18) are $3 and children (6 and under) are free.  University students are admitted free with their student ID.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (573) 651-2113 or toll-free (866) SEMO TIK.  The team’s stats and coaches’ comments are available at the University’s athletic Web site at http://www.gosoutheast.com.

It’s just a short stroll to Academic Hall Auditorium after the football game where the Student Activities Council will sponsor an event for the whole family to enjoy.  At 9:30 p.m., free snacks and entertainment will be provided for students and their families.

Sunday, Sept. 25 events include Brunch with the President from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the University Center, services with the Catholic Campus Ministry and the Lutheran Student Fellowship, and the exhibition at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum .

The brunch buffet will include eggs, sausage, waffles and all the usual breakfast items as well as a full lunch menu. Special pricing is available from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at only $7 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 6 to 12.  Children age 6 and under eat free, and Southeast students with the appropriate meal plan may use their ID card.  Southeast faculty and staff tickets are $6.30, with tickets available at the door.

It’s the first-ever Family Weekend as the Southeast Redhawks.  Southeast Bookstore will carry a wide variety of Redhawks’ apparel and merchandise.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.