IWU Family Weekend
During Family Weekend 2008, 13-year-old Alexis Awdziejczyk, sister of Lauren '12,
prepares to freeze a rose in liquid nitrogen as part of a Chemistry Department demonstration.
Oct. 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Over Halloween weekend, Illinois Wesleyan University students
may see miniature versions of Batman, Pippie Long Stocking and Cat in the Hat running
across the quad. Or perhaps you will see ghosts flitting through the Hansen Student
Center or cats prowling the dorms. These imitations would be the family, siblings,
and current IWU students celebrating Family Weekend 2009.
The festivities kick off Friday, Oct. 30 at 3:00 p.m. when the IWU volleyball team
takes on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at the Shirk Center (302 E. Emerson
St., Bloomington). After cheering the Titans on, families are invited to register
for the weekend at the Hansen Student Center Information Desk (300 E. Beecher St.,
Bloomington) if they haven’t already done so online. By registering, families receive
T-shirts for every family member and access to the tailgate lunch on Saturday.
Friday evening is jam-packed with events, including another volleyball game at 7:00
p.m. against the College of Mount St. Joseph at the Shirk Center. For families looking
for a little more mystery, Kemp Hall, the International House (1207 N. Main St., Bloomington),
is hosting an International Clue Night, where they will create a live Clue game for
families and students at 7:00 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. the IWU Jazz Ensemble is presenting a Halloween Concert at Westbrook
Auditorium in Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). Admission is free to the
public and the audience is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to participate
in the costume contest. To add to the atmosphere, all ensemble members will be clad
in their very own Halloween costumes.
The evening will be rounded off with a showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at 8:00 p.m. on the Hansen Student Center’s Center Court.
Starting Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 a.m., registration opens for those families who
chose to arrive on Saturday. It will remain open until 10:30 a.m. at the Information
Desk. Those registering guests and any early risers will also receive a complimentary
continental breakfast open until 10:30 a.m.
At 10:00 a.m. families are invited to the Shirk Center to watch the volleyball team
take on the Anderson University Ravens. At 10:30 a.m. the Hansen Student Center will
host an hour-long informational session for parents called “While Your Student is
Still Sleeping.” At the event, Associate Professor of English Michael Theune will
inform parents about the happenings and highlights on campus. President Richard F.
Wilson will also address the parents and answer any questions they might have.
While the parents will be at Center Court, there will be a pumpkin decorating event
in Room 200 of Hansen for the younger children. Current IWU art students will bring
supplies to help them create their pumpkin masterpieces.
Laura Mendez and her daughter Amanda '12 visit with Professor of Physics Narendra
Jaggi during a parents' reception as part of Family Weekend 2008.
Then it’s time for the “Family Tailgate” Picnic Lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This event is free to those families who have registered and will be held at the Shirk
Center. After lunch, families are invited to walk the few short steps to Wilder Field
(300 E. Kelsey St., Bloomington) to cheer on the Titan football team as they challenge
conference rival North Central College (Naperville, Ill.).
At 2:00 p.m. the volleyball team will close out their tournament with a game against
Wartburg College. Also, at 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. there will be a double dose of
soccer as the women and men’s soccer teams play Carthage College at Neis Field (1315
Franklin Ave., Bloomington).
For those families desiring the warmth of the indoors, from 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. there
will be a President’s Open House at the Hansen Student Center. This will give families
the opportunity to meet with President and Mrs. Wilson and other faculty and staff.
Light food and drink will be provided.
To end the fun-filled day of festivities, families are invited back to Kemp Hall for
another game of International Clue or to the Hansen Student Center to view Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Hansen. Free popcorn and candy will be provided for the movie. Both events begin
at 7:00 p.m.
The weekend closes Sunday, Nov. 1, with an hour-long worship service at Evelyn Chapel
(1301 N. Park St., Bloomington) by IWU Chaplain Hope Luckie entitled “Everyday Saints.” The service will begin at 10:00 a.m. At noon, families are invited to the Bertholf
Commons for a family brunch served until 1:00 p.m.
Registration is now open for families and is available online at www.iwu.edu/familyweekend.
For any additional information, contact the Student Affairs and Dean of Students’
Office at 309-556-3850.
Contact: Jessica Hinterlong, (309) 556-3181