Family, Friends Weekend slated Oct. 20 to 22

event logo The opening of a new building, a national panel on media and sports, theatre and music performances, athletic events and gatherings will mark SUNY Oswego’s annual Family and Friends Weekend, Friday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 22.

“Family and Friends Weekend is a time for families and friends to come together and show support for their students,” said event coordinator Kelly Perkins of the college’s Office of Campus Life. The students, in turn, can let their visitors know about their classes, clubs and organizations, and the friendships they have developed since joining the SUNY Oswego community, she added.

“During the weekend there are numerous activities that families can do together that highlight the unique opportunities that SUNY Oswego has to offer,” Perkins said. “Most importantly, it is a time for students to interact with families and friends while developing a relationship with the college.”

The week will see the first events in the Campus Center, SUNY Oswego’s first new building in 35 years. The inaugural hockey game in the center’s arena will start at 7 p.m. Friday with the Laker men hosting Utica College.

Friday also will feature another of the year’s major campus events in the Louis A. Borrelli Jr. Media Summit with national panelists discussing the impact of the media on sports at 3 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Other Friday activities will include a three-on-three basketball tournament at 4 p.m. in the Lee Hall gym and a 5:15 p.m. Kosher Shabbat Dinner, presented by the Jewish Student Union/Hillel, at Cooper Dining Center.

Saturday’s events will showcase the first game by the Laker women’s varsity ice hockey team since the 1980s. The relaunched program will host Chatham College at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Other Saturday activities will include a coffee hour for visitors to meet faculty and staff, a mini-carnival especially for students and younger family members, a performance by jugglers, a special dinner and the improvisational comedy of the Shaun Cassidy Fan Club, all in Hewitt Union.

Also Saturday, there will be a book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of Penfield Library. The Laker men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Le Moyne College at 1 p.m. in the Laker Hall pool.

A concert featuring the College Choir, Chamber Singers, State Singers, College Orchestra and Concert Band at noon in the Hewitt Union ballroom will highlight Sunday’s activities. The women’s ice hockey team will again play Chatham at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can see a staging of “Antigone,” a 20th century adaptation of the Greek classic, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Performances will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee.

The weekend will also feature tours of Rice Creek Field Station and Penfield Library, receptions for various student groups and a variety of free recreational opportunities.

For more information or a full schedule of Family and Friends Weekend events, visit www.oswego.edu/familyandfriends or call 312-2301.

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(Posted: Sep 27, 2006)

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