WWU to Celebrate Fall Family Weekend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOct. 3-5 William Woods University will hold its annual Fall Family Weekend, a time to connect families with the campus and the community.

An art show, play, golf tournament, horse show and soccer games are among the activities scheduled. On Friday, parents will have the opportunity to join their children during classes.

“Fall Family Weekend gives students a chance to share The Woods and the surrounding community with their families,” said Dr. Venita Mitchell, dean of student life. “It’s really about spending time together. Families enjoy meeting the friends and faculty members they hear about and connecting a face to a story.”

An exhibit by watercolor artist Carol Carter will be on display in the Mildred Cox Art Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 1-4 Saturday and Sunday.

Phi Alpha Delta, a student pre-law organization, will hold a trivia night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Lake from ABthe Ivy Room. Competition, dinner and a silent auction are planned.

The WWU theatre will perform the first main stage production of the year, “Tartuffe,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Immediately following the production Saturday evening, parents will have a chance to enjoy dessert and Starbucks coffee with the cast.

The Hunter Jumper Derby starts off the day at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Cross-Country Equestrian Course. An Equestrian Complex open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the UPHA Arena.

For those feeling energetic, at 9 a.m. Saturday the Purple Ribbon Run kicks off at Seaman Park, the corner of Second and State streets. A community event, the run supports the local Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence. Register at CallawayCardv.org/PurpleRibbonRun.

DSCN3666Families can tailgate with the William Woods mascot, Screech the owl. Lunch is available from noon to 2 p.m. at Firley Soccer Field where the men’s soccer team will be partaking in an inter-squad scrimmage beginning at 1 p.m.

A four-person scramble golf tournament tees off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tanglewood Golf Course. Registration for the tournament can be completed online or at the course before the tournament.

The Josh Thomas Band will provide live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Fulton’s new restaurant, Archie’s Bar and Grill. Other spots to explore in the community include the downtown Brick District and Shryock’s Corn Maze on I-70.

“It’s important for students to be able to share their WWU experience with their families. We try to offer events during Fall Family Weekend that allow students to do just that,” said Amy Dittmer, director of career services and student transition.

“From the theatre production to a community 5k, soccer scrimmage, hunter jumper derby and live music, we have a variety of events that families can enjoy together on campus and in the local community.”