Family Weekend welcomes parents to experience MU

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 3:48 p.m. CDT; updated 5:22 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — MU kicked off its annual Family Weekend on Friday with a number of activities designed to help parents get a feel for the Mizzou experience.

MU has hosted the Family Weekend for about 20 years; planning for it starts each year during the spring.

"It's a campus wide event, led by the Division of Student Affairs," said coordinator for Parent Relations Laura Page "We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that bring their extended family, and it can act as a great recruiting tool when they bring younger siblings. Especially when the siblings are in high school." 

Family Weekend provides family members who may not otherwise get the opportunity to have an inside view of the campus. Page said that MU usually has around 5,000 guests. 

Those interested in finding out what languages students are learning can check out the Department of Romance Languages Open House. The School of Nursing, Department of Communication, College of Education and several other departments host open houses as well. 

Parents can attend classes with their students. The list of open classes is available during check-in. There is also a Student Health Center Meet & Greet, a School of Journalism reception, an ice cream social, photos with Truman the Tiger and a comedy show that will be held in Jesse Auditorium. 

Activities continue throughout the weekend, with residence halls offering coffee and refreshments for parents on Saturday morning. Those with tickets can attend Missouri's football game against Western Illinois, at 6 p.m. Saturday, and all are welcome to wrap up the weekend with a picnic on Sunday.

"Whether it's eating in the residence halls or going to an outdoor concert, like the one we're hosting tonight on Lowry Mall, we just want families to get the full Mizzou experience," Page said. 

A full schedule of events is available here.

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