Sept. 27, 2007

'Welcome Aboard': Charting a course for Family Weekend

Family Weekend is about participating in long-standing traditions and launching new ones. This year’s theme, “Welcome Aboard,” celebrates that fact, says Taylor Thornley, chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinated the events Sept. 28-30.

“Family Weekend is the chance for students to show off every facet of the University –– the Boulevard at its best, Dallas Hall, their professors and classes, the stadium and the spirit,” says Thornley, a junior majoring in corporate communications and public affairs, with a political science minor. “It’s also a chance for families to create campus memories. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the school year.”

On Sept. 28, President R. Gerald Turner will welcome families during the kick-off luncheon, co-sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, and parents are invited to attend classes with their students and meet faculty members; tour residence halls, the Hegi Family Career Development Center, Ford Stadium and more; and eat at the Association of Black Students’ and National Pan-Hellenic Council’s fish fry. New this year is a “Taste of Dallas” dinner, featuring students’ favorite area restaurants, before the annual talent show at McFarlin Auditorium.

Activities Sept. 29 include a barbecue, co-sponsored by the Dads’ Club and featuring a steel drum band, and tailgating on the Boulevard before the big game at 3:30 p.m.: SMU vs. the University of Texas at El Paso.

The weekend wraps up Sept. 30 with the College Hispanic-American Students’ luncheon, Meadows Museum visits and Asian Council dinner.

See a guide to Family Weekend, including a detailed schedule of activities.


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