This weekend, Missouri Western is all about families.
Potter Theatre, Looney Complex, Remington Hall and Spratt Stadium are the places to be on campus this weekend.
“The main goal for Family Weekend is to welcome families of our students to campus and give them a glimpse of the activities and programs that we host here at MWSU for our students,” Student Life Director Isaiah Collier said.
First, it will kick off with the Western Activities Council’s annual talent show at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 in Potter Theatre.
Some students, like nursing major Harmony Farmer, are already looking forward to seeing this year’s talent.
“I would love to go to a talent show at Missouri Western,” Farmer said. “It would give me the opportunity to meet new people and have a good time. Possibly even have a few good laughs.”
The judges will most likely consist of a faculty member, a staff member and a student, according to WAC President Lauren Dillon. These judges will choose a winner, who will in turn receive a prize that fits well in a wallet.
“We have done cash the last couple of years,” Dillon said. “Just because it’s easiest, and hey, what college student doesn’t need cash? We haven’t decided on an amount yet, but I can say it will be worth participating for.”
Also going on at 7 p.m. on Friday night, the Griffon volleyball team will take on the Missouri Southern State Lions at MWSU Fieldhouse for their second home game of the season.
The fun doesn’t stop there as there will be many events on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Starting at 10 a.m., there will be Griffon Indoor Sports Complex tours. Participants are supposed to meet in Remington Hall; tours will leave every 30 minutes.
“I would really like to see people who have never seen how beautifully constructed this building is,” Collier said. “The VIPs will be giving tours of the GISC, which will start at 10 a.m. and will be awesome.”
Before the tours end at 11:30 a.m., there will be two free shows at the new Planetarium in Remington Hall. “Wonders of the Universe” and “Sea Monsters” will starting at 11 a.m. and going until 1 p.m.
Also going on in Remington from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the free photo shoot with Max the Griffon.
“We can get quite a few in the picture, last year we had families of seven to eight scattered in photos,” Collier said. “And young children love Max, as we all do here. Max, you rock.”
Everybody can also enjoy the many Western organization activity booths outside Remington from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
At noon, the volleyball team with play their third home game against another conference opponent, Emporia State at MWSU Fieldhouse.
To follow volleyball game, students and families can take a stroll over to the newly renovated Baker Center’s parking lot at 4 p.m. where they can relax and have a good time at the tailgate party. Plus, the tailgaters with the most school spirit will win a gift card .
To wrap up Family Weekend, the football team will take play their first conference game against University of Nebraksa-Kearney at 6 p.m. at Spratt Stadium.