September 29, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- Spending quality time with the family will be high on the agenda for those attending Western Michigan University's annual Family Festival from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4.
A special weekend of activities, the annual event involves whole families in college life for three days. It is sponsored by the WMU Parents Association in the Division of Student Affairs for parents, guardians, family members and friends of WMU students.
"The weekend gives families and friends a chance to spend time together while sharing some of the experiences that make WMU a special place for learning and personal growth," said Dr. Diane K. Swartz, dean of students.
Family Festival officially begins Friday evening with opportunities to enjoy a variety of athletic and entertainment events on campus and around town.
The evening will feature the Rondell Sheridan Comedy Show, sponsored by WMU's Campus Activities Board, at 8 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. More theatrically minded families, though, may choose to attend the presentation of "Peter Pan" at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium or see the show on Saturday at either 2 or 8 p.m.
Other activities on Saturday include campus tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the Bernhard Center. The tours will give students a chance to show their families where much of their learning and growing takes place.
A Family Festival information booth in the main lobby of the Bernhard Center will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. Here, participants will find answers to their questions and can arrange to have family photos taken, visit the WMU Bookstore and tour the Student Recreation Center.
Free one-time passes to use the recreation center during normal operating hours throughout the weekend will be available on a prearranged basis. In addition to trying out the center's climbing wall, families may participate in such activities as swimming, racquetball, volleyball, tennis and basketball.
New to Family Festival this year is the "Taste of WMU" outdoor tailgate at Hyames Field. A precursor to WMU's 6:30 p.m. football game with Northeast Louisiana University, the outdoor tailgate will feature live world and reggae music from Yoroka and will allow participants to mingle with faculty, staff and other families.
Among those on hand to meet with those attending will be Dr. Elson S. Floyd, WMU president; Dr. Theresa A. Powell, vice president for student affairs; and Swartz. The three also will help introduce performances by the WMU Marching Band, Bronco cheer team, Buster Bronco and WMU dance team.
No specific activities have been scheduled for Sunday, giving students and their families time to explore campus or engage in other activities of their choosing. For more information about registration and costs, persons should contact the WMU Parents Association in the Division of Student Affairs at (616) 387-2150 or Paul Iagnocco in the division at (616) 387-2136.
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