Spotlight: Niner Nation Celebrates Family Weekend

Spotlight: Niner Nation Celebrates Family Weekend

Date Published:
Friday, September 10, 2010

Each fall semester, Family Weekend allows parents and families to come together on campus for a weekend of fun-filled activities, such as athletic events, student-led programs, outdoor adventures and meet-and-greets with UNC Charlotte faculty and staff. “Where Niner Nation Happens” is the theme for this year’s Family Weekend, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26.

“This program provides an opportunity for parents of UNC Charlotte students to experience and participate in the activities their student is experiencing at the University,” said Kesha Williams, assistant director for parent and family services.

Friday registration begins at 5 p.m. in the Student Union. During registration, there will be live music, and families can have a “Wild West” photo taken or a portrait drawn by a caricature artist. Magician Casey Ramsey also will perform.

On Saturday, registration begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast and welcome from Art Jackson, vice chancellor for student affairs. Throughout the day, there will be presentations by a number of offices and departments, including the Dean of Students Office, housing and residence life, recreational services, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, student activities and the Career and Counseling centers. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and Lisa Lewis Dubois will host the “Chancellor’s Mix and Mingle” from 5 to 6 p.m.

A non-denominational church service will be conducted from 9 to 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, with a brunch immediately following.

This program provides an opportunity for parents of UNC Charlotte students to experience and participate in the activities their student is experiencing at the University.
Kesha Williams, Assistant Director for Parent & Family Services

Williams noted that while this is the third year for Family Weekend, it is the first year the University has held the even in conjunction with the International Festival (IFest). Now in its 35th year, IFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, in and around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center. As UNC Charlotte’s longest-running cultural event IFest attracts thousands to the campus for a full sensory experience — the sights, sounds and tastes of more than 50 countries and cultures.

Parents can register to attend Family Weekend online; the cost is $35 for adults and $30 for children younger than 13; UNC Charlotte students are free. Parents who register and pay before Friday, Sept. 17, will be eligible to win a free i-Pad. Faculty and staff members are welcome to register and participate. Click here for the entire schedule of Family Weekend activities.

Family Weekend is supported, in part, by the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, Bank of America, Hilton - Charlotte University Place, and Marriott TownePlace Suites.