Family Weekend Welcome

Family Weekend - Oct. 18-20, 2019



If you have questions about Family Weekend, please e-mail Bailey Aukes at baukes@uni.edu

Event Schedule

Family Weekend 2019


Wellness Recreation Center
Open to families at the following times. Fitness areas, gyms, and courts open 6:00am to 8:00pm. Lap and leisure pools open 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Climbing wall open 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Students must accompany their family members to the WRC.

UNI Swim Meet vs. Mankato State
5:00pm, Glen F. Henry Swimming & Diving Pool

UNI Volleyball vs. Drake
6:00pm, McLeod Center
Purchase tickets here.

Orchesis & IDT Dance Company Performance
7:00pm, Bengston Auditorium
Free admission!

Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra
7:30pm, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Purchase tickets here.


RUN4UNI 4 Mile Race
8:00am, UNI Campus
Race through campus and finish on the 50 yard line in the UNI-Dome! Register here.

Check-In & Welcome
9:00am to 10:30am, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Lobby
Stop by to review the schedule of events, connect with friends from campus and the community, enjoy coffee and baked goods, hang out with TC, and snag a free UNI t-shirt (for the first 500 attendees)! We'll offer a brief program at 9:30am with a welcome from the President, an athletic coach, and a short performance by the SingPins.

Family Feast Tailgate
11:30am to 2:00pm, Rialto

Get into the Panther spirit by joining us for a purple and gold tailgate-themed lunch in the UNI Dining Center (Rialto). Students with meal plans will have the option of using their guest passes for family members, or purchasing additional lunches at a reduced rate ($9.00 per meal for adults and $7.50 for youth) with credit, dining dollars, or U-Bill charge.

Academic Open Houses

UNIBusiness Brunch Open House
10:30am to 12:00pm, Hall of Flags, Curris Business Building
Enjoy brunch and talk with UNIBusiness faculty and administrators. All business students and families are welcome to attend.

Campus-Wide Activities

Wellness Recreation Center
Open to families at the following times. Fitness areas, gyms, and courts open 8:00am to 1:00pm. Lap/leisure pools and climbing wall open 9:00am to 12:30pm. Students must accompany their family members to the WRC.

Visit UNI's Botanical Center
10:00am to 12:00pm, west of McCollum Science Hall and south of Wright Hall
Take a self-guided tour of one UNI's biggest attractions and points of beauty on campus.  

DigUNI Archaeological Excavation
10:00am to 1:00pm, between Lang Hall and the Center for Multicultural Education (weather permitting)
For details, visit dig.uni.edu.

Physics Research Lab Tours
10:30am to 12:00pm, Begeman Hall 114
Stop by the physics building to tour the research and teaching labs, and see demonstrations of very low temperature phenomena.

Chemistry Magic Show
10:30am, Lantz Auditorium, McCollum Science Hall 137

Coloring and LEGO Building
10:00am to 12:00pm, Rod Library's Makerspace
For kids of all ages!

Special Collections & University Archives "Petting Zoo"
11:00am to 12:00pm, Rod Library 340
Visit Special Collections & University Archives for a hands-on experience handling books dating to the 1500s, correspondence from the mid-19th century, UNI yearbooks, newspapers, and more!

NSSLHA's Opening of the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic
11:00am to 2:00pm, Communication Arts Center, Second Floor
The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association is opening the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic for students, families, and alumni to walk through and socialize with light snacks.

Study Abroad Information Session for Business Students
11:30am to 12:30pm, John Deere Auditorium, Curris Business Building 109
Learn more about study abroad options, business-specific opportunities, scholarships, and first-hand experiences from students - and their parents - who have studied abroad.

Explore the World - At UNI
12:30pm to 2:00pm, 100 East Bartlett (door entrance S6)
Explore the world with the Study Abroad Center and Culture Intensive English Program. International students will showcase their home cultures through dance, music, games, art, etc. Refreshments will be provided.

Community Events

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
11:00am to 1:00pm, College Hill Lutheran Church
Come support Phi Sigma Pi at our all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast! Tickets are $5 each or you can purchase tickets at the door for $7! Bring your friends and families and enjoy delicious pancakes!

Explore Historic Downtown
12:00pm to 3:25pm, pickup on the corner of College Hill & 23rd Street, drop-off on 4th & Main Street
Cedar Falls Community Main Street welcomes students and their families to explore historic downtown Cedar Falls! Jump on a shuttle right on the edge of campus and get dropped off in the heart of Main Street. For details and shops, restaurants, etc. visit communitymainstreet.org. The shuttle will run continuously, but please note that the final shuttle back to campus will be leaving at 3:25pm.


Football vs. South Dakota
4:00pm, UNIDome
UNI Students can bring their UNI ID to the ticket office starting Monday, October 7, to purchase family weekend football tickets and trade in their free student section ticket for a seat next to their family. This must be done at the ticket office and prior to game day. All tickets must be purchased at the same time to guarantee the free student ticket is next to the other tickets. No phone or online orders will be accepted, as the UNI Student ID must be present. Purchases can be made with cash, check or credit card.


Wellness Recreation Center
Fitness areas, gyms, courts and pools open 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Climbing wall closed. Students must accompany their family members to the WRC.

Orchesis & IDT Dance Company Performance
2:00pm, Bengston Auditorium
Free admission!

Additional Information

The best view of the UNI Campanile is seen from Rod Library
The student Library Ambassadors are ready to answer questions, give brief tours, or help you find the next building on your Family Weekend escape.

Visit the UNI Museum's exhibit Living Arctic: Sustainability and Tradition on the Top of the World
This exhibit explores how Indigenous cultural practices can help create a more sustainable life in the Arctic. It's a collaboration with Andrey Petrov, Associate Professor of Geography, and the Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter).

Panther families can save 20% off storewide at the UNI Bookstore during Family Weekend
Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Parking Details
Family members visiting campus for Family Weekend on Saturday, October 19, and/or Sunday, October 20, 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 lots. A parking fee may apply for some of the parking lots on Saturday. 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 in 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.

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: The only discount is for group ticket purchases of 10 or more tickets in the Tier 3 sections of the UNI-Dome (sections B, J, M, T). 

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

A: Download the tailgating guidelines here.