Southeast Whips up Fantastic Weekend of Family Fun

Photo of students and parents at Southeast's Family Weekend

Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Family Weekend Sept. 28-30 with events for all ages.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 11, 2007 — Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate Family Weekend Sept. 28-30 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, a long-standing event beginning in 1977, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. 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 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.

Saturday, Sept. 29 begins with the fifth 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 begin at 9:30 a.m. Early entrants who register before Saturday receive a discounted price of $12, with prices the day of the event at $15. For details and the registration form, visit www.freespeechrun.org. Pre-registration also guarantees a commemorative T-shirt. Entrants may pre-register online at www.active.com.

Southeast faculty and staff will conduct free wellness screenings and health education presentations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the S.H.O.W. Mobile, which will be located in the University Center parking lot. In addition to traditional health screenings, the staff will check height, weight and BMI assessments.

A luncheon will be served at two locations during Family Weekend. Towers Cafeteria offers its $6.50 all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the University Center Beanery Café will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Beanery Café offers Starbucks coffee drinks, gourmet salads and sandwiches, Au Bon Pain soups, sweets, baked items and cold beverages at a la carte prices.

Free games, contests and sports-related activities will provide a full afternoon of fun and some friendly competition for the entire family at the Student Recreation Center. From 1 to 4 p.m., the climbing wall will be open for anyone over the age of 5 wishing to scale to the top and ring the bell. There also will be a “F-A-M-I-L-Y” basketball tournament (much like the game of “H-O-R-S-E”) beginning at 2 p.m., open basketball and volleyball play, and family racquetball.

Before going to the football game against Eastern Illinois 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 Student Recreation Center-South, where families can enjoy free hot dogs and beverages while listening to “Flashback,” one of the Heartland’s finest oldies bands. The party also will 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 Panthers of Eastern Illinois University. Reserved seats are $9, general admission seats are $8, youth (ages 6-18) are $4 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 at (866) SEMO TIK. The team’s stats and coaches’ comments are available at the University’s athletic Web site at http://www.gosoutheast.com.

Sunday, Sept. 30 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. 

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 $7.50 for adults and $6.85 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under eat free, and Southeast students with the appropriate meal plan may use their ID card. Southeast faculty and staff tickets are $6.50, with tickets available at the door.

After brunch, the University community is invited to attend a free, fun and light-hearted 25-minute preview of the upcoming University Symphony series. Two Symphony Samplers will be performed at 2 and 3 p.m., and students and their families are welcome to attend either performance, held in the new Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at River Campus. Audience members may purchase tickets for upcoming events from the River Campus Box Office in the Cultural Arts Center, which will be open for business between the two Symphony Samplers. For more information, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651-2265.

Students and families are welcome to visit the Southeast Bookstore, which features 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. Students also are encouraged to beat the crowds and purchase Redhawks items online at http://www2.semo.edu/bookstore/