Parents Weekend, Homecoming to include numerous events

The weekend of Oct. 17-19 will combine the Sesquicentennial anniversary observance, Homecoming and Parents Weekend for a unique celebration of the University community.

For Parents Weekend, registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. today at Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall. Parents are then invited to join their son or daughter in class or to visit a variety of other classes throughout the day.

Health Fair 2003 will take place in Mallinckrodt Student Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. The fair allows parents and students to collect information and talk to experts about a wide range of health, fitness and nutrition topics.

Chair massages and 400 free flu shots are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis courtesy of Student Union. Students who miss the free flu shots can receive a flu shot for $10 and visiting parents can pay $15.

Similar to last year, flu shots will not be available for faculty and staff at the Health and Wellness Fair but will be available on the Hilltop Campus Oct. 28 and at West Campus Oct. 30. (More information will be in an upcoming Record.)

Parents will have two opportunities to learn more about the Freshman Reading Project, which centered on a book of common readings that each freshman received this summer. From 2-3 p.m. today in Friedman Lounge in Wohl Student Center, Daniel Shea, Ph.D., professor of English in Arts & Sciences, will speak about his experiences with the project and engage parents in a discussion of the issues addressed with new students.

Andrea Heugatter, assistant director and recruiting coordinator for Engineering Student Services, will lead a similar discussion from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Friedman Lounge.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will present “Enhancing the Student Experience” from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 18 in the auditorium of Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering. He will discuss what the University is doing to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate students, including new programs and new buildings.

The football team will take on the University of Chicago in the Homecoming game at noon Oct. 18 at Francis Field.

A tailgate party will start at 11 a.m. outside the stadium. Parents can buy tailgate tickets at the event. Students do not need tickets.

A walking tour of historic Forest Park will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19. Brunch will follow at 10 a.m. in Holmes Lounge.

Open houses, information sessions and tours will take place during each of the three days.

For more information, call Melanie Osborn, assistant director of orientation and Parents Weekend programs, at 935-8350 or go online to