Southeast Celebrating Family Weekend Sept. 27-28


by News Bureau on Friday, Sep. 13, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 13, 2013 – Athletics, music, magicians, movies and food are among the highlights of activities planned for all ages and members of the family to celebrate during Family Weekend Sept. 27-28 at Southeast Missouri State University.  

Family Weekend began in 1977 as “Parents’ Weekend” and was a weekend for parents to visit their football players on the campus. It has since developed into a weekend of activities for everyone related to the University and students.

“Family Weekend is an important weekend during the fall semester,” said Michele Irby, director of Campus Life. “It is an opportunity for our students to invite their families into their college experience and share it with them. Through a variety of family focused activities we hope to open up the campus to our Southeast students’ families.”

Two activities will launch Family Weekend. The first event is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and is the “Houck Filled House.” Fans can help Southeast break the volleyball single-game home attendance record when the Redhawk women’s volleyball team takes on Eastern Illinois. General admission is $5 and student admission is free.

Southeast’s Student Activities Council also will host a showing of “Iron Man 3” at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Cape West 14. Parents can join their student for a free movie and snacks.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 28, will get under way with a complimentary continental breakfast with President Kenneth W. Dobbins at 9 a.m. in the University Center.

The Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse will hold a Fall Mum Sale Open House from 9 a.m. to noon at 1039 Bertling St. Before noon, parents will receive a 10 percent discount at the sale.

Also at 9 a.m., Rowdy’s Fun Run and family activities will be held in the Student Recreation Center-North.

Bus tours of the campus and Cape Girardeau will be offered throughout the day, departing from the University Center at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Participants will learn the rich history of the University and the Cape Girardeau community. The tours will include the main campus, River Campus and downtown area.

Activities will move to the University Center beginning at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include magicians, music, campus tours, department booths, student performances and more.

Dine at the UC Redhawks Market from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special all-you-can–eat price. Students with a meal plan can use a meal to enter free of charge. Everyone else may purchase a meal for $5.00

A magician will perform at 1 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom to entertain and delight.

Another volleyball game, in which Southeast takes on SIU-Edwardsville, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Houck Field House. Adult general admission is $5 and youth ages 3-18 are $3.

Football pre-game tailgating will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of Houck Stadium along Bellevue Street. Free food, drinks, live music, games, inflatables and more will be available, and personal tailgating will be offered in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center parking lots, all leading up to the battle between Southeast and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

The football game will take place at 6 p.m. at Houck Stadium. Wear red and black to support the Redhawks. Fans can purchase their tickets online at General admission tickets are $8. Reserved bleacher seats are $10. Youth ages 6-18 are $5.

In addition, the community is sponsoring a number of events throughout the weekend. For information on community events, visit