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EIU Family Weekend 2015

October 9-11, 2015

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ALL-WEEKEND EVENTS

 

BOOTH LIBRARY ACTIVITIES    

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A Visit with the Lincolns.  Featuring nationally known Lincoln presenters B.F. and Dorothy McClerren, this program will feature the McClerrens in character as the 16th president and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.  While bringing the Lincolns to life, the McClerrens use wit and wisdom.  They have found that when history is presented in a first-person manner and accompanied by humor, children and adults alike remember this history more readily.  This program has been presented throughout the United States.

 Thursday:  7:00 pm

Booth Library, West Reading Room

FREE Admission

 

 Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War.  This exhibit offers a fresh perspective on Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.  Organized thematically, the exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War – the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.  The exhibition presents a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.  In addition, complementary exhibits explore Lincoln’s connection to Coles County. 

Thursday:  8:00 am – 1:00 am

Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Booth Library

FREE Admission

 

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Meet The Lincolns:  Here’s your chance to meet President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, who will make a special appearance at Booth Library to greet guests and pose with them for a photo. Photos will be sent digitally to the patron following the event. This program is held in conjunction with the library’s exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.” Root beer floats will be served.

Friday: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Booth Library

FREE Admission

 

 STUDENT RECREATION CENTER

The Student Recreation Center will be open for your enjoyment all weekend – all you have to do is sign a waiver.  You can take a tour of the facility and participate in the drop-in activities. 

Friday:  5:30 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

FREE Admission                                                      

 

MOONLIGHT MOVIE – “MINIONS”

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 A Family-friendly movie night with all of the fun of a drive-in movie under the stars!  Featuring an outdoor movie screen, snacks and giveaways! EIU families are invited to bring their blankets for a fun night on the Library Quad!

The movie features those dungaree- and goggle-wearing yellow sidekicks from the two 'Despicable Me' films.  The "Minions” find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion Kevin has a plan, and he--alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for their brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind... from annihilation.

Friday, 7:00 pm

Buzzard Auditorium

FREE Admission  

 

Saturday, 7:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Charleston/Mattoon Room  

FREE Admission                                        

 

COLOR PHOTO BUTTONS

A time-tested tradition!  We will take your family photo and insert it into a button for you to wear proudly!  Magnetic buttons will be available as well.

Saturday, 10:00 am –7:00 pm                                                          

Sunday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Bridge Walkway Lounge, 2nd floor      

$5 per button                         

 

 FRIDAY EVENTS (OCTOBER 9)

 

FOOD COURT

“Dine-in” at the MLK, Jr. Union Food Court between 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Friday and receive an EIU discount of 20% off any purchase excluding Subway. 

Friday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Food Court

 

 EIU Collage Concert

Featuring the EIU Choirs, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and a number of small ensembles.  Tickets are available at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Ticket Booth.

Friday, 7:30 pm

Dvorak Concert Hall

$5

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ADAM KARIO – COMEDIAN/JUGGLER

 

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 For the past two decades, Adam Kario has been making audiences smile young, old and in-between as one of the premiere professional comedy juggler entertainers in the world.  With his razor-sharp focus, technically challenging juggling and knee-slapping comedy, Adam has energized conventions, brought down the house at awards banquets and made grandpas giggle as hard as their grandkids. 

This two-time International Juggler’s Association world champion has commandeered thousands of shows and entertained millions of audience members at every imaginable venue, including NBA halftime shows, Fortune 500 companies, cruises, as well as many television appearances.  His family-friendly show is full of high impact juggling and hilarious comedy that is sure to keep EIU families laughing and entertained.

Friday 8:00 pm                                             

MLK Jr. Union, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

FREE Admission                                    

  

ROCK ‘N’ BOWL

Get ready to “strike up” some good ole’ family fun!  Always a family favorite, enjoy an evening of “Cosmic Bowling” at the EIU Bowling Lanes featuring snacks and prize drawings.  Glow in the dark lanes, disco lights and music from the 70’s and 80’s are all a part of this rockin’ atmosphere!

Friday 8:00 pm – Midnight                                                              

University Union Bowling Lanes (MLK Jr. Union)

$2 per game  

FREE shoe rental                 

  

FAMILY BINGO BONANZA!

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Back by popular demand BINGO BONANZA!  A family-pleaser, Bingo Bonanza will feature bigger and bettergames, prizes and giveaways!  Guaranteed fun for the entire family, featuring celebrity EIU Bingo Callers and more! Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by University Board Special Events and EIU Parents Club.                                               

 Friday 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

McAfee Gym-South

FREE Admission                  

                    

 OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE  

Tour the observatory facility and observe the moon and other celestial objects through the 16” robotic telescope.                                               

Friday 9:30 pm

Meet outside under the walkway at the MLK Jr. Union.

FREE Admission                              

 

 SATURDAY EVENTS (OCTOBER 10)

 

NINTH ANNUAL EIU “RUN FOR A REASON:  RUN RED”   

Join the EIU and Charleston communities for this year’s 5K walk or run on the Panther Trail.  Proceeds will benefit the local American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  Each participant will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and the chance to win door prizes.  

Saturday Check in:  8:30 am at the Campus Pond

Race start time: 9:15 am

Campus Pond and Panther Trail

$20 entry fee  

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 PARENT’S CLUB CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

All families attending EIU Family Weekend are welcomed to enjoy a “complimentary” continental breakfast bar featuring bagels, assorted pastries, a fresh fruit salad and choice of beverages.  Not a member of the EIU Parent’s Club?  Then here’s your chance to JOIN!       

Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

MLK Jr. Union, Vending Lounge, 1st floor

FREE Admission                              

 

FACE PAINTING   

Get decorated! Show your school spirit or just have fun.  Our staff artist will paint your face to order.  A favorite for kids of all ages.                              

Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Bridge Walkway Lounge, 2nd floor

FREE                         

 

CREATION STATIONS       

Always popular!  Enjoy some creative fun making Southwestern Sand Art.  Layer colored sand in bottles to form interesting designs and patterns.  (While supply lasts)

Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Bridge Walkway Lounge, Second Floor

FREE

                                   

FOOTBALL GAME PANTHER LUNCH - Take your meal to go and enjoy the outdoors or take a seat in our Dining Facility!   

Hamburger or Hotdog or Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich – all off the grill

(Condiments to compliment your sandwich)

Choice between Baked or Regular Chips

Whole Fruit

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soda or Water

Saturday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stevenson Tower Dining – just east of O’Brien Field & Lantz Arena

Pre-purchase price    $8 per meal

Purchase at the door $9 per meal

All EIU Students with a Meal Plan may use a lunch meal swipe or Lunch Dining Dollars.

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BILLY’S BACKYARD, THE EIU TAILGATE!  

Join Billy Panther in his backyard for fun and games before the football game.  Try your luck at various lawn games!  Face painting, cool games, special guests and more will greet you at Billy’s Backyard.  Feel free to enjoy the shade under the Parents Club tent where you can meet other club members and join in the festivities.                          

Saturday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

O’Brien Stadium Tailgate Area

FREE Admission                                                      

 

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EIU PANTHER FOOTBALL   

Help cheer the EIU Panthers to victory against Southeast Missouri.  The Panther Marching Band, Pink Panthers Dance Team and EIU Flag corps will perform.                     

Saturday 1:00 pm kickoff

O’Brien Stadium

$20      Adults

$18      Faculty/Staff

$ 7       High School

$ 5       Youth, ages 4 – 14                

www.eiupanthers.com

  

WINE TASTING 101  

Learn the nuances of wine tasting, including identifying the colors, aromas and flavors of wine.  Must be at least 21 to attend, no children are allowed in the room during the event.  Seats are limited (72 per session); participants must sign up at the door and present a valid ID.  Signup sheets available 15 minutes before each session. 

Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

              3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

MLK Jr. Union, University Ballroom - West End

FREE Admission                                          

 

FAMILY ART EXTRAVANGANZA   

An art make-and-take activity for “kids” of all ages and audio tours of the nationally circulating exhibition of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist.  Exhibitions of contemporary prints, mixed media works, drawings and sculptures by artists Thomas Mills and Louis Marinaro are also on view.  Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tarble Arts Center (2010 9th Street)

FREE Admission

 

EIU LGBTQA+ ADVISORY COMMITTEE and the CHARLESTON CHAPTER FOR PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF LGBTQA+ MEET & GREET

A great opportunity for students with LGBTQA+ parents or students who identify within the LGBTQA+ community to meet and mingle with members of the Charleston area PFLAG.

 Saturday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cultural Center Lobby (across from Old Main on 7th Street)

 

 SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER 

Enjoy a traditional family dinner experience prior to the featured family weekend entertainment or other activities on your Saturday night agenda.  Our buffet will include pot roast w/gravy, loaded mashed potatoes, fettuccini alfredo, green beans almondine, salad bar, dinner rolls, cheesecake, pink lemonade, coffee, and water.      

Saturday 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MLK Jr. Union, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

$10.25 for adults and EIU students

$5 for kids ages 6 – 10

FREE for ages 5 and under             

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 SATURDAY NIGHT EVENTS (OCTOBER 10)

FAMILY WEEKEND FUNFEST

In light of the recent cancellation of the FW Concert event featuring Three Dog Night, an entertainment showcase is set to make its debut during the 2015 EIU Family Weekend. EIU students, parents and families are invited to participate in a special evening of family, fun and entertainment at this year’s EIU Family Funfest scheduled to take place Saturday, October 10th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Union.

All events are FREE. 

The events will feature a wide variety of live and interactive entertainment showcases with EIU student and families in mind that include – Renowned Comedy Hypnotist Erick Kand, Comedian/Ventriloquist Marc Rubben, Roving Balloon Artist, Caricature Artist, Facepainter, Interactive Game Show “Thinkfast”, a Kid’s Corner, BIG Chair Photos, Green Screen Photos, Bingo, Bowling/Billiards, giveaways, door prizes and more! Refreshments will be provided.

In addition, discounts and specials will be featured throughout the University Union business operations in the EIU foodcourt, bookstore, Java B&B and Panther Pantry! What better way for EIU families and students to spend a FREE fun-filled evening packed with FUN, food, entertainment and giveaways for all ages!

 

 COMEDIAN/VENTRILOQUIST MARK RUBBEN

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This international headliner mixes great Stand-up Comedy with outstanding Ventriloquism. A  Class Act Marc Rubben combines his unique monologue with onstage audience participation, and expert ventriloquism with the help of his colorful cast of characters - a grouchy old man, a fortune telling Swami, a tattoo clad redneck, and a mask that transforms an audience member into the funniest character ever seen!

Saturday 7:00 pm                                                           

MLK Jr. Union , Rathskellar (7th Street Underground)

Free Admission                

 

 THINKFASTGAME SHOW

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Thinkfast is a trivia-based game show that has been entertaining audiences of all ages and interests. It is a high energy, competitive event that engages audiences from start to finish in which the Winner-Takes-All with a chance to win $500 in cash and prizes!

Saturday 8:00 pm                                                            

MLK Jr. Union, University Ballroom

Free Admission                

 

 COMEDY HYPNOTIST ERICK KAND

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Interactive, Mysterious, Unpredictable, and OUTRAGEOUS! Eric’s performance combines student involvement, improv comedy, and the mysterious subject of Hypnosis. Erick Kand provides unforgettable entertainment with a stage hypnosis show that is guaranteed to keep everyone laughing! Audience members become the stars of the show in this interactive performance that is FUN for all ages!

Saturday 9:00 pm                                                            

MLK Jr. Union, Grand Ballroom

Free Admission                

 

 FAMILY MOVIE - “MINIONS”

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The movie features those dungaree- and goggle-wearing yellow sidekicks from the two 'Despicable Me' films the "Minions” who find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion Kevin has a plan, and he--alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for their brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind... from annihilation.

 Saturday 7:00 pm

MLK Jr. Union, 3rd Floor, Charleston/Mattoon Room

FREE Admission         

 

SUNDAY EVENTS (OCTOBER 11)

 SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST SEND OFF

The EIU Family Weekend Breakfast buffet is a “good and tasty” start to your day!  The Breakfast Buffet is a great “send-off” for EIU students and families to have a final meal together as the weekend at EIU draws to a close.  The classic buffet will feature an endless variety of Scrambled eggs, Breakfast Cube Potatoes, Biscuits & Gravy, Fruit Salad, Sausage Links, and Assorted Coffee Cakes, Orange juice, Coffee, Ice water.

Sunday 9:00 am - 11:30 am

MLK Jr. Union, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

$9.50 for adults and EIU Students

$5 for kids ages 6 – 10

FREE for ages 5 and under                

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EIU CHORAL ENSEMBLES: CATHEDRALS, CASTLES & COLONIES

From the Gothic cathedrals and the majestic castles of Europe to the shores of the Americas, the EIU Choral Ensembles and Collegium Musicum will perform a wide variety of works by English, French, German, Italian and American compsers.

Sunday 4:00 pm

Doudna Fine Arts Center, Dvorak Concert Hall

$12 for General Admission

$10 for EIU Employees and Senior Citizens

$5 for Students

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