Welcome to GSU's inaugural Family and Friends Weekend which is scheduled for October 9-12, 2014. Parents, families and alumni are invited back to campus to join students, faculty and staff in an exciting three-day event celebrating our shared community and this transformative moment in our history.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday, October, 9th

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    Come join us for a GSU Pep Rally preceding the Basketball Game!

    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Pep Rally
    Hall of Governors

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Basketball Season Kick-off with Exhibition Game
    GSU Gym

    The GSU Men's Basketball team will kick of its season with an exhibition match against the Trinity International University Basketball Team in GSU’s newly refurbished gym. 

  • Friday, October, 10th

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    3:00 pm-7:00pm
    Registration
    Hall of Governors
    All participants must pick up their registration materials during this time. If the family members will not arrive until after registration, the GSU student may pick up registration information.

    3:00 pm -10:00 pm
    Student Fitness Center Open
    Family and Friends Weekend participants may use the fitness center for free with their wristband. Stop at the Fitness Center front desk to sign in.

    3:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Indoor Pool Open Swim
    Recreation and Fitness Center
    Enjoy a relaxing dip in the Indoor Pool during open swim hours! Free for all Family Weekend participants with a valid wrist band.

    3:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Photo Booth
    Hall of Governors
    Grab your family and take some funny photos to commemorate GSU’s Family and Friends Weekend!

    3:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Student Art Show
    GSU Art Gallery
    Stop by the GSU Art Gallery and view the creations of our student artists.

    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Caricature Artist

    4:00pm-5:30pm
    Learn to Line Dance
    Cafeteria Annex
    Want to learn the latest line dance or just need to get some exercise? Stop by the Cafeteria Annex for line dancing fun.

    4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Grill ‘n Chill
    Grab lunch for the family. Hot dogs or hamburgers with chips and a soda for $5.

    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Bingo
    E-Lounge
    Bring the family for free games of Bingo! Prizes will be awarded for each game! Sponsored by College of Business and Public Administration.

    7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
    Jim Wand, Hypnotist
    Center for Performing Arts
    Join us for an amazing hypnotic show with Jim Wand. Jim’s show is sure to please everyone in the family. This event is appropriate for family members of MOST ages (we consider it very PG). Admission fee is $5. Sponsored by Student Life.

    Schedule of events is subject to change. 

  • Saturday, October 11th

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    9:00 am-9:00 pm
    Student Fitness Center Open
    Family Weekend participants may use the fitness center for free with their wristband. Stop at the Fitness Center front desk to sign in.

    9:00 am-10:30 am
    Run, Walk, Stroll
    Looking for a chance to get physical while taking in some fresh air? Join us for a run, walk, or stroll around GSU’s grounds. Sponsored by College of Health and Human Services.

     

    10:00am-11:00am
    Children’s Story Hour
    Cafeteria Annex

    The children and grandchildren of our GSU student, faculty and staff community are invited to this special event created just for them!  Listen to stories and enjoy a milk and donut bar for the young and young at heart.  A special welcome to the young children and grandchildren of Dual Degree Program students whether their parent is a GSU DDP alumnus, currently attending GSU or attending one of our partner community colleges. (The required adult chaperone can enjoy the donut bar, too!  For you, we’ll also have a coffee bar.)  After story hour head over to face painting, the photo booth, and take a dip in the Olympic-sized GSU pool!

    Sponsored by the GSU Library and the Dual Degree Program

     
    10:00 am-11:30 am
    Mock Class Sessions
    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    Indoor Pool Open
    Student Fitness Center
    Enjoy a relaxing dip in the Indoor Pool during open swim hours! Free for all Family and Friend Weekend participants with a valid wrist band.

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    University Bookstore Open
    Enjoy a 20% off discount on GSU imprinted items (excluding sale merchandise).

    10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Book Drive
    Sponsored by the College of Education.

    10:00 am-7:00 pm
    Photo Booth
    Hall of Governors
    Grab your family and take some funny photos to commemorate GSU’s Family and Friends Weekend!

    11:00 am-1:00pm
    Learn to play Table Tennis
    GSU Gym
    Free Table Tennis instruction by GSU’s award winning Table Tennis team.

    11:00 am-3:00 pm
    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.

    12:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Open Community
    Get a full tour of the campus and see what GSU is all about. Meet and greet the staff and faculty members and have all of your questions answered.
    Alumni College Receptions
    Don’t forget to stop by and visit your college’s reception.

    12:00 pm-3:00pm
    “Magical Balloons”
    The Balloon Man will be roving around campus during our Open Community event distributing custom made balloon characters.

    12:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Stuff A Bear
    Hall of Honors
    Build a cuddly friend to take home! All stuffed animals will include an outfit to wear. Animals are $10 each and supplies are limited.

    11:00am -2:00pm
    Family Development Center 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!

    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Hayride through Manilow Sculpture Park
    Enjoy a hayride through our Sculpture Park (Fee is $5 per person).

    2:00 pm-6:00 pm
    GSU Café
    Wonder what your student is eating? Stop by the Café’ and have lunch with the family. Lunch menu will consist of chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies, or your choice of soup, salad, or individual pizza. (Fee to purchase. Prices noted in Café.)

    3:00pm-7:00pm
    Caricature Artist

    3:00pm
    Monster’s University
    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!

    3:30pm-5:00pm
    Library Reception

    4:30pm-6:30pm
    Wine & Painting
    Art Studio
    Sponsored by GSU Alumni Association and the College of Arts and Sciences.

    5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Greek Step Show
    Hall of Governors (or behind CPA)
    Come out and enjoy an exhibition of African American fraternities and sororities. A presentation of a tradition taken from the African boot dance.

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    GSU Promise Event
    Enjoy a night of adult entertainment sponsored by the GSU Development Department.

    9:30 pm-11:30 pm
    GSU’s Dancing with the Faculty
    Ever wanted to see your instructor cut a rug? Well here’s your chance. Come out and enjoy a night of dancing and pure fun with GSU’s faculty and staff.

     

    Schedule of events is subject to change. 

  • Sunday, October 12th

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    10:00 am-2:00pm
    University Bookstore Open
    Enjoy a 20% off discount on all GSU imprinted items (excluding sale merchandise) during these extended hours.

    11:00 am-1:00 pm
    Sunday Jazz Brunch
    Hall of Governors
    Enjoy your Sunday brunch with GSU
    VIPs while listening to the smooth sound of live Jazz. This event will be limited to the first 300 participants. Register early so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Cost is $10 per person. *Pre-registration required

    Schedule of events is subject to change.

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