Parents Weekend kicks off with classes, tours

Parents Weekend 2007 begins Friday, Oct. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Activities include parents joining their sons and daughters for classes, art exhibits, open houses, tours, musical productions and a tailgate party before Saturday’s football game.

Registration and check-in for parents begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

The day will include open classes, a walking tour of the Central West End, a Cahokia Mounds tour, open houses and the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences’ production of the musical “1940s Radio Hour.”

On Saturday, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will give a talk titled “The Undergraduate Experience” beginning at 10 a.m. in Brown Hall, Room 100. He will discuss the educational experience of the University’s undergraduates.

The football game, which begins at noon at Francis Field, will feature the Bears taking on University Athletic Association rival University of Chicago. Adult tickets are $5; student admission is free with a WUSTL ID.

A tailgate party will start at 10:30 a.m. at Francis Field. Tickets for the tailgate can be purchased online at

The rest of the day will include tours of St. Louis, a fashion show by students from the Fashion Design Program, swing dance lessons and dancing, a jazz concert and a hypnotist comedy show.

On Sunday, a walking tour of historic Forest Park will kick off the day at 8:30 a.m.

Brunch will follow from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Center Court in Wohl Student Center and in The Village.

For more information and a full list of activities, call Danielle Bristow, director of orientation and parents weekend programs, at 935-8350; or visit