October 14, 2009
Saluki Family Weekend set for Oct. 23-25
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- What better way to bring the family together than with a weekend filled with fun, Saluki style?
Saluki Family Weekend at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is set for Oct. 23-25. Events include free boat rides and recreational activities, a craft sale, a trivia night contest, tours, volleyball, movies, a harvest brunch, and of course, Saluki football and tailgating! One lucky family will be the 2009 Family of the Year and claim game tickets, lodging, apparel and other prizes.
This is the last Saluki Family Weekend football at McAndrew Stadium and organizers hope to pack the stands with maroon faithful as the football team takes on the Youngstown State Penguins.
Here’s what the schedule looks like for Saluki Family Weekend 2009:
Friday, Oct. 23
• Family time at the Rec, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., family members can tour the Student Recreation Center and use the facilities free when accompanied by a current SIUC student. Bring photo identification and stop by the Welcome Desk for details.
• Family weekend craft sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., first floor of Student Center. Check out the displays of photographs, handmade candles, ceramics and other crafts and creations from the vendors around the region at this Student Center Craft Shop event.
• Free boat rides, noon-6 p.m., campus lake boat docks. Enjoy free boat rentals of paddleboats, canoes and rowboats if weather permits. Bring photo identification.
• Radiologic sciences program open house, 4-6 p.m., College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Meet in room 14 and tour rooms 11a, 11b, 11c, 12a and 14. View the new radiology equipment and renovated rooms. Program faculty and students will conduct tours. Light refreshments served.
• Trivia Night, 6 p.m., lower level of Grinnell Hall. Students, family and friends compete in this National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week trivia competition with raffle prizes for students and a $500 grand prize to the charity of the winner’s choice.
• “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Student Programming Council Films Committee presents the film at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Get your tickets at the door for $2 for SIUC students and children age 10 and younger or $3 for the general public.
• Volleyball, 7 p.m., Davies Gym. The Salukis battle Bradley University. Admission is free for SIUC students, $5 for adults, $3 for faculty/staff/youth/senior citizens or $1 per person for groups of 20 or more.
Saturday, Oct. 24
• Family time at the Rec, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., family members can tour the Student Recreation Center and use the facilities at no cost when accompanied by a current SIUC student. Bring photo identification to the information desk on the upper level for details.
• Family weekend registration area open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the east entrance of Student Center. Stop by to sign in and get the latest information about the family weekend schedule. Enjoy free refreshments.
• Campus tours, leaving east entrance of the Student Center at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour around the campus on a tour tram with student tour guides narrating. Seating is limited; grab them on a first come, first served basis.
• Family weekend craft sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., first floor of Student Center. Vendors from throughout the region offer their handmade candles, ceramics, photographs and other works for sale. It’s a great chance to pick up a special souvenir or start your holiday shopping.
• Raku pottery firing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., south patio at the Student Center. Visit the Student Center Craft Shop’s family weekend craft sale and while you’re there you can glaze a ceramic item and then watch it fired “raku-style.” Cost is $3. You can also enjoy a variety of other “walk-in” activities at the Craft Shop, including woodworking, creating with the pottery wheels, making wax hand sculptures and more.
• University Housing residence hall dining, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. at the dining halls at Lentz and Trueblood halls. Experience an all-you-can-eat brunch or an evening all-you-can-eat buffet for $7.99 per person. Get tickets at the entrance of each dining hall.
• 73rd annual Inter-Greek Council Greek Sing, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the steps of Shryock Auditorium. See SIUC Greek fraternity and sorority members perform some of their favorite songs in a fun, spirited contest.
• Pre-game tailgate activities, noon-3 p.m., outside McAndrew Stadium. Families and grills welcome in the open parking lots or grassy areas near the stadium.
• Boat rides on campus lake, noon-6 p.m., enjoy free boat rentals for paddleboats, canoes and rowboats with photo identification at the campus boat docks.
• Saluki Family Tailgate, noon-3 p.m., Saluki Row, south of McAndrew Stadium. Join the Saluki Family Association, University Housing and Undergraduate Admissions for free food, games and prizes.
• Football, 3 p.m., McAndrew Stadium. Cheer on the Salukis as they play Youngstown State in their last Family Weekend game in McAndrew Stadium. Reserved or general admission seats are $20 for adults and $10 for high school age and younger. SIUC students get free general admission tickets with student ID.
• Volleyball, 7 p.m., Davies Gym. See the Salukis take on Northern Iowa. Admission is free for SIUC students, $5 for adults, $3 for faculty/staff/senior adults and youth, $1 for groups of 20 or more.
• Ninth Annual Unity Dinner, 7 p.m., Newman Center. A formal evening celebrating unity among cultures at SIUC. There’s a featured speaker, entertainment and food made by Delta Phi Mu. Free.
• “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” enjoy the popular Harry Potter film at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Tickets, at the door, are $2 for SIUC students and kids 10 or younger; $3 for the general public.
Sunday, Oct. 25
• Family time at the Rec, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., SIUC students can bring family members in for tours and free use of the Student Recreation Center facilities. Bring photo identification to the information desk on the upper level for details.
• Autumn harvest brunch, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Center ballrooms. Menu features assorted fall fare with drinks. Tickets in advance are $13 for adults, $12 for SIUC students and senior adults age 60 or older and $7 for ages 5-10. Tickets at the door are $1 higher. Children age four and younger eat free.
Various other campus facilities will be offering special hours, sales and pricing during Saluki Family Weekend too.