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Students ready to welcome parents to campus

Family events scheduled throughout weekend

Parents from around the country will arrive at Ohio University to attend the annual Fall Parents Weekend festivities, Oct. 8-10. 

The weekend, like those in the past is filled with many opportunities for parents to get a glimpse into their child’s extracurricular and social life in Athens.

According to Chad Barnhardt, coordinator of parent outreach and special projects in Student Affairs, Parents Weekend is an enjoyable weekend for parents, students and faculty.

“There are a number of different things to do that appeal broadly to both parents and students,” Barnhardt said. “The parents have great questions about the events and our campus, and it is fun to talk to parents and help them navigate the landscape of the land for the first time.”

The first of the 2010-2011 Parents Weekends has a lineup that includes club and varsity sporting events, annual fundraisers, comedic performances, music and more. All parents are also invited to stop by Baker University Center to pick up a campus map and a full list of Athens restaurants and attractions.

These are some of the weekend's highlight events:
•    Friday and Saturday, students and parents can head to Bird Ice Arena to watch the OHIO Bobcats host the Davenport Panthers. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for parents.

•    OHIO Women’s Soccer team takes on Western Michigan at 4 p.m. Friday. Cheer on the Bobcats at Chessa Field as they face their MAC rival. Admission is free.

•    The College of Fine Arts will host pianist Youmee Kim for an evening of beautiful music at Glidden Hall at 8 p.m. Friday.

•    Come “Rise ‘n Shine with the ‘Rents” at Baker Ballroom Saturday morning during the third annual Parents Weekend Breakfast. The event includes a full breakfast buffet, live music and raffles. Three seatings are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are $10.

•    Wake up early on Saturday for the Ohio University Parent/Student Golf Outing. Tee off for the nine-hole scramble is 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per pair, and includes green fees, golf cart, catered lunch, prizes and raffles. Participants are advised to register early because the scramble is limited to 30 pairs.

•    Participate in the third annual Run to Empower 5K at noon on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Empower Campaign, a non-profit organization designed to help children in Uganda receive an education, health care and healthy lunches. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Ping Recreation Center and the 5K starts at noon.

•    Students and parents can show their OHIO Bobcat spirit as the Ohio University football team hosts the Bowling Green Falcons at Peden Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are free for students with university ID and $30 for general admission.

•    Saturday evening, the Black Student Cultural Programming Board invites parents and students to attend the 34th annual Blackburn Spencer Scholarship Coronation, "Students Helping Students." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now in 205 Baker University Center. The cost is $16 per person, $30 per couple or $120 per table of eight.
•    Actor and comedian David Koechner, who has appeared on NBC’s “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live” and in the movies “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights,” will perform at Templeton-
Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18.

•    End the weekend helping to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence by taking part in the international “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” men’s march on Sunday. Men wear high-heeled shoes during the mile long walk to raise awareness and promote discussion on how men can be part of the solution to the problem of gender violence. Check-in begins at noon on the fourth floor of Baker University Center, outside of the Women’s Center. The walk starts at 12:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of Parents Weekend events and ticket information, please visit www.ohio.edu/parents/familyweekends/02.cfm.