Maryville Hosting Annual Family Weekend

Families are always welcome on the Maryville University campus. But they are especially invited to attend the 2007 Family Weekend, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27.

“Family Weekend is a signature program within Student Life that provides our students and their families an opportunity to come together and share a common experience,” said Nina Caldwell, Ed.D., Maryville’s vice president for student life. The event is a tradition at Maryville and gives students a chance to share college life with their families, Caldwell said.

Each year, Family Weekend offers unique and interactive activities for the entire family. According to Leslie Heusted, director of student involvement, some events are geared towards showcasing life on campus, while other activities focus on just having fun. Either way, Heusted said, “families get to experience the students’ home away from home.”

After a brief welcome reception, Friday night’s activities will continue with a unique team-building and cooperation enhancing activity, Rhythms of the C Drum Circle. These rhythm circles are full of energy and offer a fun way to boost creativity while improving leadership. Also scheduled for Friday evening is a family-oriented poker night.

On Saturday morning, a children’s version of the drum circle activity will be offered. Afternoon events will include men’s and women’s soccer games at the Sportport Athletic Complex. Transportation will be provided to and from the games. Later in the afternoon, the movie “Shrek The Third” will be shown, followed by a chance to make a free Baby Shrek Build-a-Bear. Saturday night’s events will include dinner and a Dessert Reception with Maryville University President Mark Lombardi, Ph.D. After the reception, the a cappella group InPulse will perform in the University Auditorium. The weekend will conclude with Midnight Madness, featuring the Maryville men’s and women’s basketball teams, in Moloney Arena.

All events and activities are open to all Maryville faculty, staff and students. To be included in meals, please register at the following website, where you can view a complete list of 2007 Family Weekend events: For more information, contact Maryville’s Office of Student Involvement at 314-529-9480.

Maryville University is a private institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,422 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers. Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.