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Family Weekend, October 20-22, 2017

Many fun activities are planned for you and your family during 2017 Family Weekend. Activities and information are below.

Friday, Oct. 20

  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. (students must accompany family members to use WRC). Lap and leisure pools open 5 – 7:30 p.m. Climbing wall open from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Guest Recital: Wesley Warnhoff, clarinet. Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 6 p.m. Warnhoff is a faculty member at the University of Missouri and a member of the VCP Trio and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.
  • “The Simon and Garfunkel Story.” Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. For tickets, call 319-273-4849. If you are a UNI student, you are allotted two free tickets to a show or performance at the GBPAC each semester.
  • UNI Orchesis Dance Company and UNI IDT Dance Company Fall Show. Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Welcome/check-in, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Gallagher Bluedorn lobby

Stop by to review the schedule of events, connect with friends from campus and the community, enjoy coffee and rolls, and snag a free UNI t-shirt (while supplies last)! We'll offer a brief welcome program at 9 a.m. Provost Jim Wohlpart will address the crowd, and select coaches and players will be on hand to mingle with attendees and sign autographs.

Family Feast Tailgate, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Get into the Panther spirit by joining us for a purple and gold tailgate-themed lunch in the UNI Dining Centers, Piazza and Rialto. Students with meal plans will have the option of using their flex meals for family members, or purchasing additional lunches at a reduced rate ($8.50 per meal for adults and $7 for youth) with cash, dining dollars or U-Bill charge.

Academic Open Houses

  • Brunch open house and student organization fair for UNIBusiness students and their families. Curris Business Building (CBB) Hall of Flags, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Global Opportunities Information Session for business majors. John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Open house with coffee, cookies and apples for College of Education students and their families. Tours of the newly redesigned and renovated Schindler Education Center offered between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Schindler Education Center G.R.E.A.T. Room (2nd floor lobby), 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Hot cocoa and donuts for College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) students and their families, along with fun, hands-on activities showcasing a few of the college's programs. Sabin Hall Atrium, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • University Honors Program Open House. Honors Cottage at 2401 College St., 10 a.m. – noon.

Campus-Wide Activities

  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families (students must accompany family members to use WRC).
  • Gyms, fitness areas, racquetball courts open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Lap and leisure pools and climbing wall available from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Chemistry Magic Show. Lantz Auditorium (Room 137), McCollum Science Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Children’s activities organized and hosted by College of Education student groups. Schindler Education Center G.R.E.A.T. Room (2nd floor lobby), 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Student-guided tours of the physics research labs and demonstrations of very low temperature phenomena. Begeman Hall 114,10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Coloring and LEGO building for kids of all ages. Rod Library’s Makerspace, 10 a.m. – noon.
  • Special Collections Petting Zoo. Join Rod Library for an up close, hands-on exploration of rare books and university archive materials in the Special Collections Reading Room. 10 a.m. – noon.
  • Planetarium shows every half hour, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences. Latham Hall, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • View fossils, rocks and mineral on displays and in labs, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences. Latham Hall, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tour water quality lab, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences. Latham Hall, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Self-guided tours of the Botanical Center. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Art Faculty Exhibition. UNI Gallery of Art Kamerick Art Building (KAB) 113, noon – 5 p.m.
  • Visit the Herb Hake exhibit at the UNI Museum on the first floor of Rod Library.
  • Parents and students from outside of Iowa are invited to mix and mingle with other out-of-state attendees. Light refreshments will be provided. Davis Hall, GBPAC, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
  • Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony. Commons Lounge, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Athletics

  • Football vs Youngstown State, call 319-273-4849 for tickets. UNI-Dome, 1 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs Valparaiso, call 319-273-4849 for tickets. McLeod Center, 7 p.m.

For students interested in exchanging their student section football ticket for a seat next to their family, contact the ticket office. Present your football ticket at the door of the volleyball game to gain free admission, and enjoy two great Panther events for the price of one!

Sunday, Oct. 22

  • UNI Orchesis Dance Company and UNI IDT Dance Company Fall Show. Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, 11 a.m.
  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families (students must accompany their family members to use WRC), 1 – 8 p.m. Lap and leisure pools open from 3 – 8 p.m. Climbing wall open at 7 p.m.

Parking Information

Family members visiting campus for Family Weekend on Saturday, October 21 and/or Sunday, October 22 can park in any A, B, C, or R campus parking lot. Those planning to stay overnight on Saturday night need to park in a C or R parking lot.

If you have any parking questions, contact Parking Operations at (319) 273-3179 or (319) 273-7093.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to register advance to participate in Family Weekend?

A: You do not need to register in advance, and most activities are free and do not require tickets. However, if you plan to attend the football game, you will need to purchase tickets by contacting the ticket office at 319-273-4849.

Please also note that you do have the option of your student trading in their free student section ticket for a reserved seat next to yours. Your purchase of football tickets also gives you free entry to the volleyball game later that night.

Q: Do you have hotel recommendations?

A: The Cedar Falls Visitor and Tourism website has a list of local hotels and motels. UNI’s Department of Residence also offers guest housing on campus. For more information, visit UNI's Conference Housing Page.

Q: Are there discounts on football tickets?

A:There are no discounts at this time, but there are other promotions available. One is that students can trade in their free student section ticket for a reserved ticket next to family members. Another is that purchasing a ticket to the football game will give you free admission to the volleyball game later that evening.

Call 319-273-4849 for details and to purchase tickets.

Q: What are the guidelines for tailgating prior to the football game?

A: Download the tailgating guidelines here