WHAT IS FAMILY WEEKEND?
Family Weekend is a time for you to feel a part of your student’s college experience at Northern Michigan University. The schedule of events includes a variety of activities for your family to enjoy and it also allows for informal time with your son or daughter.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY WEEKEND?
• Contact a local motel of your choice if you require overnight accommodations (www.travelmarquettemichigan.com) or call the Marquette County Convention & Visitors Bureau (906-228-7749). Note: This should be done as soon as possible!
• Check back here periodically for updates to to the 2013 schedule.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012
Family Weekend Kick-Off – 2-5 p.m., University Center Atrium
We will have updated Family Weekend Schedules of Events, information on local attractions, and a limited number of additional tickets for Family Weekend activities will be available for purchase. The NMU Bookstore will be having a special sale for Family Weekend. Refreshments will be served.
U.P. Fish Fry & Entertainment! – 4-8 p.m., The Marketplace
Join us for an evening of good food and enjoyable music as NMU’s Dining Services features a traditional Upper Peninsula all-you-care-to-eat fish fry (two different fried fish, one baked fish, steak-cut french fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, beverages, and dessert). Meal tickets are $9.50 and can be purchased at the door; if your son or daughter has a meal plan, he/she has the option to use guest meals. Music will be provided by Jim & Ray (many of you will already be familiar with Jim & Ray through the Summer Orientation picnics).
Performance: Jonathan Burns – Flexible Comedy Show, 8 p.m., Jamrich Hall Room 102
Combining comedy, contortion, and stunts, Jonathan Burns performs a show unlike any other. What started over 15 years ago as a children's birthday party magic show is now an interactive comedy experience that has been a hit on stages across the globe for audiences of all ages. Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan has been seen at more than 200 colleges & universities, at festivals, in the US, Canada, China, New Zealand, and UK, and has performed on NBC's The Jay Leno Show. Admission is free.
Family weekend guests can utilize the PEIF Recreation Center free of charge on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. Individuals can check-in at the front desk for access.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012
Tailgate Party – 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Vandament Arena (PEIF)
Join us for a Family Weekend tradition! A tailgate party featuring traditional picnic fare will be served and there will be door prizes, an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band, and comments from President David Haynes. Tickets for the Tailgate Party are $7, and free for children 12 and under and NMU students who are participating in Family Weekend (be sure to include your NMU student and children in your ticket order when purchasing tickets.) Tickets for the Tailgate Party must be purchased in advance and are available through the NMU Ticket Office. The Tailgate Party is co-sponsored by the NMU Foundation.
Football: NMU vs. Michigan Tech – 1 p.m., Superior Dome
Watch the football Wildcats in action vs. the Michigan Tech Huskies in a GLIAC clash. General admission tickets are priced at $9 for adults and $5 for 18 and under, and can be purchased through the NMU Ticket Office. NMU students are admitted free of charge.
Performance: ComedySportz – 8 p.m., Jamrich Hall Room 102
A fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family, ComedySportz is improvisational comedy played as a sport. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot. The audience votes for the winners, a referee calls the fouls and we even play the national anthem before each match. Admission is free.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012
Family Weekend Brunch – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Marketplace
NMU Dining Services and the Culinary Students of Northern Michigan University will be teaming up to provide a delicious brunch featuring a french toast bar, breakfast bake, scrambled eggs, carved ham and turkey, bacon, sausage links, home-style potatoes, frittata, oatmeal bar, assorted pastries/muffins/bagels, cereal, and beverages. Cost is $9.50, and tickets can be purchased at the door; if your son or daughter has a meal plan, he/she has the option to use guest meals.
Do you have a question that hasn't been answered here? Feel free to give us a call at 906-227-2439.