UNC Charlotte’s annual Family Weekend will be Friday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with the International Festival (IFest).
Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents to visit their students and participate in a variety of activities that are typical of the collegiate experience at UNC Charlotte. Registration begins at 6:00 PM in the Student Union Rotunda. Offerings that evening include a parent reception with Chancellor and Lisa Lewis Dubois at 6:00 PM, the 49ers women’s soccer team taking on Virginia Commonwealth University at 7:00 PM at Transamerica Field, and a takeover at the Student Union beginning at 8:00 PM.
On Saturday, IFest, one of the University’s longest-running events, begins at 10:00 AM at the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. For more than 30 years, IFest has celebrated the global diversity present throughout the Charlotte region through cultural booths, dance, dress, entertainment and food.
In addition, Dr. Oscar Lansen, Director of Undergraduate and Honors Studies, was nominated by students to present a special lecture for Family Weekend; the discussion about children in war and conflict starts at 1:00 PM in the Student Union Movie Theater.
Other special activities include a demonstration of the Police and Public Safety Department's Mobile Command Center; a Spotlight Recital featuring talented students and alumni at Robinson Hall; the opportunity to test your skills at the Venture Program's high challenge courses; participation in Operation Sandwich, a volunteer effort to pack 800-plus peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for delivery to the Urban Ministry Center; and the Second City Sketch Comedy Act featuring improv performances by an ensemble cast of entertainers from Chicago.
A complete listing of events is on the Web. Registration is free for UNC Charlotte parents, family members or faculty/staff; space is limited for some events, and there is a minimal cost for some activities. Online registration is now available; participants will also be able to register onsite upon their arrival on campus.