Purchase tickets for  the Student Fashion Show at centertickets.net

Families, friends, alumni, community members, and visitors are invited to GSU's annual Family and Friends Weekend, the time of year where we all come together to experience GSU Jaguar Life. If your schedule permits, join us for Spirit Week events that lead up to Family and Friends Weekend.

Family and Friends Weekend also provides a special opportunity for families to have an extended visit with students filled with family and community oriented programs and events, and share firsthand in their student's GSU experience.


Spirit Week, Monday, October 3 - Thursday, October 6 leads up to Family & Friends Weekend - October 7 - 8, 2016



Monday, October 3
3:30 – 4.15 pm, Pep Rally, Introduction of Mr. and Ms. GSU Court
Hall of Governors
Help kick our school spirit into high gear. Show your Jaguar Pride.

Tuesday, October 4
11:30 – 1:00 pm, Elementary Challenge Game Show
(See if you're not simply Elementary)
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Science

Wednesday, October 5 
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Dusk on the Prairie
Heliport/Behind the Center for Performing Arts 

Thursday, October 6
5:00 – 6:30 pm, Faculty/Staff vs. Student Alumni Basketball Game
GSU Gymnasium
(Faculty & Staff/ Student Alumni Cheerleaders)

Thursday, October 6
4:30 – 7:30 pm, 2016 GSU Alumni Art Show
GSU Visual Arts Gallery
Curated by Sergio Gomez, director of exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, director of Art NXT Level Projects, faculty at South Suburban College. 




  • Friday, October, 7


    4:00 - 9:00 pm

    6:30 - 9:00 pm
    Generations Meet and Greet: All College Alumni Social
    E- Lounge
    The College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health and Human Services has joined the GSU Foundation to plan a festive and exciting evening for our alumni.  Pre-registration is required for this event.

    6:30 – 8:00 pm, Share your Story

    GSU Library 

    You are invited to tell us your fondest story or memory of GSU on camera.-Sponsored by the GSU Library 



    5:00 PM Women's Basketball Game
    6:00 PM Men's Basketball Game
    GSU Gymnasium

    Come cheer on YOUR GSU JAGUARS!

    Giveaways and Complimentary food
    No cost for Faculty, Staff or GSU Students



    Schedule of events is subject to change

    *GSU Family and Friends Programming is free unless otherwise noted

    **Family and Friends Weekend Bags sponsored by First Midwest Bank



  • Saturday, October 8



    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

    GSU Library

    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

    University Bookstore 

    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

    GSU Café 

    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 




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