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September 20, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU’s Friends and Family Weekend offers fun, activities for all 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 2,500 family members and friends are expected on the Slippery Rock University campus Sept 17-18 to participate in the University’s annual Family and Friends Weekend and join in the festivities offered by Slippery Rock’s VillageFest.

           Parents of current students are invited to visit campus to share college-life experiences with their student. Organizers said advance registration is not required, but is appreciated. Those planning on attending may register by calling 724.738.2723.

            Welcome Desks in Watson Hall and the University Union will be staffed from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

           Siblings, cousins and younger family friends are invited to stay in the campus residence halls both nights. Guest registration forms are available at:, and from residence hall community assistants.

The weekend kicks off Sept. 17 with the annual NKT Fall Golf Classic, co-sponsored by the SRU Alumni Association the athletics department, at Grove City Country Club in Grove City. The event raises funds for student scholarships.

Registration for the noon, shotgun start is $140 for individuals and $560 for a foursome. Contact Michael Saraka, director of alumni relations, at 724.738.2010 for additional details.

Sept. 18 events include an 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free “Make Your Own Photo Keychain” event, an 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., “Baskets of Fun Auction,” and an 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. free “Pizza with the President” luncheon. All three events are in the University Union.

 Tickets for the auction baskets will be sold in the lobby throughout the day. The drawings will take place at the 4:30-6:30 p.m. AVI Pre-Game Tailgate Picnic at the Alumni Pavilion. The tailgate will be followed by SRU’s 7 p.m. football game against West Chester University in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the SRU Family Connections/Family Weekend Fund.

Anyone willing to donate a basket is asked to contact Julie Varnish, assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, at 724.738.2723.

VillageFest, the annual celebration in downtown Slippery Rock includes a 5K-run, two-mile walk, crafters, food vendors, children’s entertainment and live entertainment. Activities run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main Street. SRU is a co-sponsor of the festival.

Campus visitors are advised Main Street is closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18.  

The film “Grown Ups,” sponsored by the University Program Board and the Association of Residence Hall Students, will be shown at 9 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

The weekend concludes Sept. 19 with the second annual SRU Cornhole Tournament. Call 724.794.2338 to register.

The SGA Bookstore in the University Union will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, offering a 20 percent discount to those who register for the weekend.

AVI Dining Services, the campus contract food vendor, will feature student favorite family recipes for lunch and dinner throughout the weekend. “Recipes from Home” meals will also be featured during dinner Sept. 25 and brunch Sept. 26.

Student’s families and friends are invited to join in informal recreation activities at the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center. Basketball, volleyball, badminton and ping-pong will be offered, the climbing wall will be available and the heated pool will be open until 8 p.m. Sept. 17. Guest passes will be provided. Those under age 18 must have adult supervision at all times. ARC hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18.

For a complete schedule of activities, visit:


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