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Bronco football headlines Family Festival weekend

Oct. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Families and friends of Western Michigan University students will call campus home when they come to town for the 39th annual Family Festival from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29.

The festival is WMU's version of parents weekend. It honors and celebrates the commitment parents and guardians show to the University and its students and involves families and friends in college life. Over the weekend, several area businesses will be offering discounted goods and services to festival attendees.

Family Festival 2006 is being held in conjunction with Little Sibs Weekend, which gives families a taste of college life and students' siblings a chance to enjoy food, games, movies and more while hanging out in the residence halls with their brothers or sisters who live on campus.

This year's activities will begin on Friday with participants being able to attend some of the entertainment and athletic events happening around campus. During the weekend, attendees also will be able to tour campus and enjoy the Student Recreation Center's facilities at little or no cost.

The core of activities will take place on Saturday, when WMU Parents Association members attend a special noon tailgate, then cheer on the WMU Broncos at the 3:30 p.m. football game against Eastern Michigan University. The deadline to register for the tailgate was Oct. 15, but a few tickets are still available.

Among the activities taking place on Sunday will be the Multicultural Affairs Meet and Greet. During this event, students and their families and friends can meet and mingle with WMU Division of Multicultural Affairs staff members and learn about the many programs and cultural activities the division sponsors for students.

The festival is being sponsored by the WMU Parents Association with assistance from the Office of Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs. More information is available from the association by calling (269) 387-2156 or visiting www.wmu-parents.wmich.edu.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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