William Woods Gears up for Fall Family Weekend

Families from across the country will arrive at William Woods University to reunite with their children and get a taste of college life during the upcoming Fall Family Weekend. The event, scheduled for Oct. 14-16, will keep students and their families busy with the numerous activities WWU is offering.

“We always look forward to welcoming parents to campus,” Venita Mitchell, dean of student life, said. “This is their opportunity to see what their student’s college experience is like here at William Woods. I think parents appreciate meeting faculty, staff and students who are now an important part of their own student’s life.”

With more than 800 students on campus this year, a large crowd is expected for Fall Family Weekend. In an effort to get parents connected with academia at William Woods, they are invited to attend classes with their student on Friday.

Later that afternoon, there is another “class”—this one “for parents only.” Sherry McCarthy, WWU vice president and academic dean, will share strategies for helping students succeed in their academic lives.

Saturday, students and their families are invited to have coffee and meet informally with President Jahnae H. Barnett, faculty, administrators and staff. The president will provide a brief update on the university.

Giving students (and parents) a break from classes, WWU is offering many activities to keep families occupied over the weekend. An art show in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery will feature recent artwork by WWU faculty and students.

The university’s theatre will present the musical comedy “Little Me” to open its season. The production is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, all in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

For sports fans, a women’s soccer match will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Firley Soccer Field on campus, with a men’s match scheduled at 3 p.m., both against Hannibal-LaGrange.

A “Family Golf Outing” takes place Friday, starting at 11 a.m., giving parents and their children a chance to golf with other WWU families. The Fall Festival Horse Show, featuring all riding seats, is planned on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Closing Fall Family Weekend activities will be a casino night at 9 p.m. Saturday at Tucker Dining Hall. The casino night is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and offers prizes, cash bar, music and fun. Cost is $10 per family, with no charge for WWU students.

For more information on Fall Family Weekend, contact the WWU Office of Community Life at (573)592-4239.