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Spotlight: Family Weekend a Niner Nation Tradition

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

UNC Charlotte’s annual Family Weekend will be Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25, 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 5:00 PM in the Student Union Rotunda. Offerings that evening include the 49ers women’s soccer team taking on High Point at 7:00 PM at Transamerica Field, a PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting and the Friday Night Praise Festival.

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.

Also, Margaret Quinlan, a faculty member who teaches in communication studies and the health psychology doctoral program, was nominated by students to present a special lecture for Family Weekend; the talk starts at 11:00 AM in the Student Union Movie Theater.

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.

The Alumni Association will host the Alumni Legacy Luncheon Saturday starting at 11:30 AM at the Harris Alumni Center, and faculty and staff are encouraged to attend that evening’s Mix and Mingle hosted by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and Lisa Lewis Dubois in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. In addition, the Music Department is sponsoring a first Spotlight Recital at 7:00 PM in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

Other special events on Saturday include the UNC Charlotte Military Support Showcase, which provides information on how the University supports students currently serving in the military, preparing to enter service, or veteran students. This event is from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the College of Health and Human Services courtyard.

Family Weekend participants also can join in the volunteer effort Operation Sandwich from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The goal is to pack 800-plus peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for delivery to the Urban Ministry Center.

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 will close at noon on Monday, Sept. 19; participants will be able to register onsite upon their arrival on campus.