This weekend, students will share the college experience with their families.
Activities will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be hosted by many departments on campus.
Friday night offers a free magic show in the Brown Ballroom, hosted by the University Program Board. Derek Hughes will take the stage at 9 p.m., following an hour of socialization and refreshments.
Ticketed events will include a performance of the play “Send the Light” in Westhoff Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Band Together, a new event featuring the musical talents of ISU’s Big Red Marching Machine, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds. Band Together will start at 7:30 p.m. at Redbird Arena.
The football game against University of South Dakota will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Before the game, a tailgate lunch will take place outside of Hancock Stadium. Tickets are $10.
“The football game is a must,” Harriett Steinbach, student and community outreach coordinator, said.
Steinbach suggests students and their families attend the football game on Saturday, if nothing else.
“The game is the centerpiece of the weekend. Obviously, the new stadium is beautiful and this will give parents a chance to see it. Plus, it’s always fun to watch us win,” she added.
Saturday evening offers several entertainment options, such as a Dueling Pianos show in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center, a Minute to Win It competition in the Student Fitness Center and photos with Reggie Redbird also in the Bone.
Additionally, famous comedian and actor Bill Cosby will be performing an act at 8 p.m. in Braden Auditorium.
Families can also explore the campus and the services offered by the university through tours of Student Health Services, where students can receive a free flu shot, and the Student Fitness Center, where family members over 18 who pre-register may enjoy a free workout.
Parents can meet faculty and learn more about academics through departmental open houses on Friday and Saturday.
Finally, Campus Dining is allowing students with a meal plan up to two extra free meals for family and guests. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, they must fill out a reservation form and turn it in.
“There are a lot of ways to experience family weekend; it all depends on what folks want to get out of it,” Steinbach said.
Tickets will be available throughout the weekend. To see a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit FamilyWeekend.IllinoisState.edu.