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Family Weekend is Sept. 16-18

Published Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Families of Southwest Minnesota State University students are invited to join the festivities of Family Weekend, Sept. 16-18. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members will have an opportunity to experience campus life with their student while participating in the variety of fun activities planned.

Family Weekend begins on Friday evening, Sept. 16 with two showings of “Finding Dory” at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Student Center lower level TV lounge.

A Planetarium Star Show & Laser Light Show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Planetarium, SM 108. Take 2 Improv will perform in the Fine Arts Black Box Theater at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, a complementary welcome brunch will be served in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom at 11 a.m., with greetings from President Connie J. Gores and the SMSU Student Association. Be sure to RSVP online by noon on Sept. 14. (click here to complete form)

Residence Life and the Residence Hall Association will be providing cotton candy and popcorn at the Schwan Regional Event Center beginning at 11 a.m., before the Mustang football team takes on the University of Mary at 1 p.m. Tickets to the game are free for SMSU students, $15 for reserved seating, $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for ages 5 & under.

The Chemistry Club will present a Magic Show at 2 p.m. in BA 102, with liquid nitrogen ice cream to follow. Families will have the opportunity to visit the William Whipple Art Gallery Exhibit from 2-4 p.m. The Mustang Zone on the second floor of the Student Center will also be open, with free play from 2-5 p.m. A “Life’s Short, Dessert First” ice cream social will begin at 4 p.m. at the Campus Religious Center. RSVP to by Wed., Sept. 17.

To end the night, families are invited to attend the Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Festival at the Schwan Regional Event Center. Entry is $10 per person at the gate.

Friday, September 16

5:00-6:30 p.m. *Dinner On Your Own

6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.:  Cinema @ the Centers “Finding Dory” Student Center Lower Level TV Lounge (Seating for 35)

7:00 p.m.:  Planetarium Show: “Planetarium Star Show & Laser Light Show” Planetarium SM 108 (Seating for 68)

8:00 p.m.:  Take 2 Improv Show, Fine Arts Black Box Theatre (Seating for 75)

Saturday, September 17

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:  Breakfast On Your Own

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  Barnes & Noble Bookstore Hours (SC East Entrance)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:  Family Weekend Check-in at Student Center East Entrance 

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  The Coffeehouse @ SMSU Hours, Student Center

11:00 a.m.  Complimentary Welcome Brunch, Conference Center Upper Ballroom

Welcome by President Gores   

Welcome by Student Association

Brunch is complimentary with online RSVP by noon Sept. 14

 (click here to complete form)

Menu: Vegetable strata, sliced ham, seasoned breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, a variety of muffins, Coffee, milk, orange juice

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Res Life/RHA Event, cotton candy & popcorn at The Schwan Regional Event Center

1:00 p.m.:  *Football Game SMSU vs. U of Mary, The Schwan Regional Event Center

SMSU Students: FREE  /  Reserved Seating: $15  /  Adults: $12

Students & Seniors: $8  /  5 & Under: FREE

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:  Chemistry Club Magic Show (followed by Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream) BA 102 (Seating for 175)

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  William Whipple Art Gallery Exhibit, Enter through SMSU Library

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:  Mustang Zone (free play), Student Center Upper Level Game Room

4:00 p.m.:  Life’s Short Dessert First (Ice Cream Social) at the Campus Religious Center for relaxation and fellowship. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 17 to:

Evening:  Dinner On Your Own

5:30 p.m.:  Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Festival, The Schwan Regional Event Center; entry: $10 at the gate

Sunday, September 18

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  The Coffeehouse @ SMSU Hours, Student Center; free time with the family!

For questions and additional information, contact Scott Ewing: or 507-537-6394. 

Check the official schedule for updates and additions at:



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