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September 3, 2009: UNC's Family and Friends Weekend Provides Taste of College Life


Families and friends of University of Northern Colorado students will converge on campus Sept. 11-13 to experience the atmosphere and activities of student life at the university.

A longstanding tradition, Family and Friends Weekend combines fun, food and festivities with opportunities for guests to learn about academic programs, participate in faculty presentations and sample some of the many amenities available in the community.

A complete schedule is available at the Family and Friends Weekend site. Free parking on campus will be available (see below).

On-campus activities Saturday will include the 1:30 p.m. football game pitting the Bears against the University of San Diego, preceded by an Alumni Association tailgate party beginning at 11:30 a.m.; "Tune In," a music trivia game show with cash prizes at 8 p.m. in the University Center; and a 5K fun run/walk earlier in the day at 8:30 a.m. at the Campus Recreation Center. All-you-care-to eat brunches will be available in campus dining rooms 5-6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

In addition, UNC's College of Humanities and Social Sciences will provide, from 10 a.m.-noon, glimpses of academic life at open houses of its writing center, geographic information science laboratory and journalism broadcast studio, and an anthropology field work demonstration.

Free time is also available for students to share highlights of the first weeks of the fall semester with their guests.

Off campus, local merchants will offer special discounts and free tours of nearby art galleries, museums, restaurants and recreational amenities will be available.

Tickets are required for some events and can be purchased by calling 970-351-4TIX (4849). For a complete schedule of Family and Friends Weekend activities, call the UNC Student Activities Office at 351-2871 or visit the Family and Friends Weekend site.

A Note about Parking on Campus During Family & Friends Weekend

Free parking will be available in campus lots Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13. Permits will not be required in regular and metered spaces, and there's no need to pay meters this weekend to park. Please note that this excludes special event parking for the football game Saturday and parking in specially marked spaces, fire lanes and spaces not designated for parking.