Registration, Open All Day
Recreation and Fitness Center
Friends and Family Weekend participants may use the fitness center for free with their wristband. Stop at the front desk to sign in.
10:00 am, Run, Walk, Stroll & Roll
Departs from F-Wing Entrance – Self- Guided, Go-at-your-own-Pace (Maps provided).
Looking for a chance to get physical while taking in some fresh air? Join us for a non-competitive run, walk, stroll, or roll around GSU’s grounds. Refreshments afterwards at E/F Wings Entrance. Sponsored by College of Health and Human Services.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Story Time Wonderland
Fairytales, ghost stories, and more…OH MY! Join us for an hour of stories fit for kids of all ages. Participants can journey to different parts of the wonderland to hear various stories and create fun story-themed crafts. Sponsored by the GSU Dual Degree Program.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Indoor Pool – Open Swim
Student Fitness Center
Enjoy a relaxing dip in the indoor pool during open swim hours! Free for all Family and Friends Weekend participants with a valid wristband.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, University Bookstore Open
Enjoy a 20% off discount on GSU-imprinted items (excluding sales merchandise)
12.00 – 5:00pm, Family Activities
- Face Painting, Hall of Governors: Show your GSU spirit by having GSU’s mascot painted on your face or any other design you would like.
- Photo Booth, Hall of Governors: Grab your family and take some funny photos to commemorate GSU’s Family and Friends Weekend.
- Caricature Artist, Hall of Governors: Get a caricature portrait to remind you of your wonderful experience at GSU’s Family and Friends Weekend.
- Magical Balloons, Hall of Governors: The Balloon Man will be roving around campus during our Community Open House distributing custom-made balloon characters.
- Stuff-A-Bear, Hall of Governors: Build a cuddly friend to take home! All stuffed animals will include an outfit to wear. Animals are $10 each and supplies are limited.
12:00 – 6:00pm, Grill and Chill
12:30pm - 2:30pm, BINGO
Sponsored by the College of Business
1:00pm - 2:00pm, A Parent's Guide to Freshman Year: Roundtable Discussion - D1496
We invite families of the ‘Class of 2020’ to join us for a discussion of the freshmen experience at GSU. Various GSU staff who work directly with freshmen will be available to share first-hand observations and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by New Student Programs.
1 – 3 p.m. Passport World - CPA Lobby
Have fun learning about other cultures from GSU’s international students who share information about the culture of their homecountries. Sponsored by the International Cultural Organization and the Office of International Services
1:00pm - 3:00pm, University Library Scavenger Hunt
Challenge yourself to find locations on our scavenger hunt list in GSU's newly renovated library. Snap a picture of yourself in each spot. All participants will receive a small gift. Those who find all the locations on our list enter to win a prize!
1:00 pm -4:00pm, Bounce Over to the Family Development Center for our Open House!
Stop by the Family Development Center to see the award-winning accredited center where GSU Early Childhood Education students learn their craft. Your children can play on the playground, in the gym, and in classrooms. Fun for ages birth to five! The College of Education is sponsoring the Bounce House for our young visitors at the Family Development Center.
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Make your Move!
- 2:00-3:00 pm, Steppin'
- 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Salsa
- 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Country Western Line Dancing
3:00pm, ZOOTOPIA the movie.
Engbretson Hall Join us for this blockbuster film! We will provide popcorn and drinks to go along with the movie. Bring the whole family and enjoy.
4:30pm-6:30pm, Wine & Painting Party, Cafeteria Annex
Uncork your hidden talent and join friends and fellow alumni for a fun painting party. No experience necessary. Roll your sleeves up and get creative. Artist will guide you with step-by-step instructions to complete your masterpiece. Must be 21 or older. Space is limited. $35 per person. Sponsored by GSU Alumni Association and the College of Arts and Sciences.
7:00pm, Student Fashion Fusion, Center for Performing Arts
Family & Friends Weekend will close with the GSU student production - GSU's Fashion Extravaganza - Walking The Run Way. Admission: $10, GSU students: Free.
Schedule of events are subject to change
*GSU Family and Friends Programming is free unless otherwise noted
**Family and Friends Weekend Bags sponsored by First Midwest Bank 2016