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Family Weekend, October 20-22, 2017

Event Schedule

Family Weekend 2018 Activities

Friday, November 2

Wellness Recreation Center 
Open to families, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lap and leisure pools open 5 to 7:30 p.m. Climbing wall open from 4 to 8 p.m. Students must accompany their family members to use WRC.

Art exhibitions:
“The Reach and Richness of Design: The Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design
Art collection show: “That’s So Gay: An Exploration of Homophobia and Camp in Art.” UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building (KAB) 113, noon to 5 p.m.

Due Gala: Dinner and Two Shows, parts I through III
UNI Opera students and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present performances as part of a three-act evening of opera, orchestra and dining. Discounted ticket bundles are available for guests wishing to attend two or three of the evening’s Due Gala events. For tickets or discount options, call 319-273-4849.
Opera Scenes: Great Hall, GBPAC, 5:30 p.m.
Gala Dinner: Davis Hall, GBPAC, 6:30 p.m.

Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Great Hall, GBPAC, 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 

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 (for the first 500 attendees)! We'll offer a brief welcome program at 9 a.m.

Campus Archaeology Dig
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., a UNI archaeology class looking for Central Hall will be digging on campus between Lang Hall and Maucker Union (weather permitting).

 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 guest passes for family members, or purchasing additional lunches at a reduced rate ($8.50 per meal for adults and $7 for youth) with cash, credit, dining dollars or U-Bill charge.

CAMPUS-WIDE ACTIVITIES

Wellness Recreation Center
Open to families. Gyms, fitness areas, racquetball courts open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lap and leisure pools and climbing wall available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Leisure pool will be shared with swim lesson program during morning.) Students must accompany family members to use WRC.

Chemistry Magic Show.
Lantz Auditorium (Room 137), McCollum Science Hall, 10 a.m.

Planetarium shows 
Every half hour, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences. Latham Hall Lower Level, 10 a.m. to 1 p.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 to 11:30 a.m.

Student-guided tours 
Physics research labs, with demonstrations of very low temperature phenomena. Begeman Hall 114, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Coloring and LEGO building
For kids of all ages. Rod Library’s Makerspace, 10 a.m. to noon

Special Collections Petting Zoo
Join Rod Library for an up-close, hands-on exploration of rare books and university archive materials. Special Collections Reading Room, 10 a.m. to noon.

4th annual UNI Military and Veteran Services Photo Exhibit
honoring our students, faculty, staff and their loved ones who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. The exhibit will be open to the public during the month of November. Rod Library main floor, 10 a.m. to noon.

Student Library Ambassadors 
Let them show you one of the best spots on campus for a great pic of the Campanile, answer questions, give brief tours or help you find the next building on your Family Weekend escape. Rod Library, 10 a.m. to noon.

Fossil, Rock and Mineral Exhibit
View fossils, rocks and minerals on display and in labs, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences. Latham Hall Lower Level, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Botanical Center Tour
Self-guided tours of the Botanical Center. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art exhibitions: 
“The Reach and Richness of Design: The Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design
Art collection show: “That’s So Gay: An Exploration of Homophobia and Camp in Art.” UNI Gallery of Art, Kamerick Art Building (KAB) 113, noon to 5 p.m. 

Induction Ceremony for Sigma Tau Delta
International English honor society. Commons Lounge, 11 a.m.

UNI Museum’s exhibit:
“Cultural Impressions: Identities Molded in Clay,” featuring objects from both the UNI Museum and UNI Gallery of Art. This exhibit explores the relationships between ceramics, culture and individual identity. Rod Library first floor, 10 a.m. to noon.

Spotlight Series: UNI Fall Opera Performance.
This performance is ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX. Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall, 7:30 p.m.

ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES

Brunch open house for UNIBusiness students and their families. Curris Business Building (CBB) Hall of Flags, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Informational sessions about UNIBusiness opportunities and resources. John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Open house with coffee, cookies and apples for College of Education students and their families. Tours of the recently 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 to 11:30 a.m.

University Honors Program Open House. Honors Cottage at 2401 College St., 10 a.m. to noon. 

ATHLETICS

Football vs. Illinois State, call 319-273-4849 for tickets. UNIDome, 1 p.m. 

For students interested in exchanging their student section football ticket for a seat next to their family, contact the ticket office at 319-273-4849.

Sunday, November 4

Wellness Recreation Center
Open to families, 1 to 8 p.m. Lap and leisure pools open from 3 to 8 p.m. Climbing wall open at 7 p.m. Students must accompany their family members to use WRC.

Women's Basketball vs Upper Iowa University - Exhibition
Call 319-273-4849 for tickets. McLeod Center, 2 p.m. 

Panther families can save 20% off storewide at the UNI Bookstore during Family Weekend.
Friday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Weekend Parking

Family members visiting campus for Family Weekend on Saturday, November 3 and/or Sunday, November 4 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. 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 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. 

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. 

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