Family and Friends Weekend — October 6-7, 2017

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.

Purchase tickets for the Stomping Grounds Rhythm Festival October 7, 2017 at

Family & Friends Weekend 2017



Today’s Events

 Monday, October 2, Wheel of Fortune Game (sponsored by CAS),  HOG, 11:30 am  

 Join the College of Arts and Sciences in the Hall of Governors today at 11:30 am for the Wheel of Fortune Game.


Monday, October 2, Jaguar Jamboree (sponsored by Rec & Fitness), GYM, 5:00 pm  

Be sure to attend the Jaguar Jamboree in the GYM at 5:00 pm.  Women basketball starts at 5:30 pm and the men will play at 6:15 pm. Come out and cheer on our basketball stars! 


Tuesday, October 3, Athletics Family & Friends Night,  GYM, 6pm(Time & Location Change)  Introduction of GSU Athletic Teams, meet Mr. & Ms. GSU finalists, Free t-shirts given to the first 50 people, and Jax will provide mystery giveaways.

Wednesday, October 4, Dusk on the Prairie (sponsored by Prairie Place), 4pm, Heliport(behind the Center for Performing Arts)  LIVE Fire Spinners and refreshments.   

Wednesday, October 4, Tamale Sale (sponsored by ALAS Student Club),   

Thursday, October 5, Faculty/Staff vs. Student/Alumni Basketball Game (sponsored by Student Activities Council) GYM, 5 pm.  Sign-up for the basketball game via Jaguar Connection or call Student Life 708-235-7362    


Family and Friends Spotlight Events

This year GSU students will present the Open MIC -- Student Talent Showcase on Friday, October 6, 7-10 pm in Sherman Recital Hall.  Sponsored by:  Writers Union Student Club, Student Senate, and the Student Activities Council.

Don't miss the GSU University Honors Program Pinning Ceremony, Saturday, October 7 at 11:30 am.

The College of Health and Human Services will present the CDIS Reunion 2017: Reunite, Celebrate, Empower, Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm.

The Center for Performing Arts will be feature the 3rd annual city-wide Stomping Grounds Rhythm Festival on Saturday, October 7 at 8pm.

Family and Friends 2017 Schedule

  • Friday, October, 6


    Open MIC - Student Talent Showcase
    Sherman Recital Hall
    Sponsored by: Writer Unions Student Club, Student Senate, and Student Activities Council.

    Governors State is a melting pot of talented students who will display their expertise in this student centered variety show.  Be sure to include this event on your calendar of events. 



  • Saturday, October 7


    11:00 AM

    11:00 AMFamily and Friends Registration

    11:00 AM -12:30 PM Run, Walk, Stroll, & Roll

    Departs from the Main 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 as individuals or create a
    team for a run, walk, stroll, or roll around GSU's grounds. Refreshments afterwards at E/F Wing Entrance. Sponsored by College of Health and Human Services.

    11:30 AM – 1:00 PM GSU University Honors Program – Pinning Ceremony, E-Lounge

    12:00 PM

    Noon - 1:30 PM  BINGO- Engbretson Hall:   Sponsored by the College of Business 

    Noon – 2:00 PM   Story Time Wonderland- Library

    Fairytales, ghost stories, and more…OH MY! Join us for a fun time filled with 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. 

    Noon - 4:00 PM  University Bookstore Open

    Enjoy a 20% off discount on GSU-imprinted items (excluding sales merchandise).

    Noon- 4:00 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.

    Noon- 4:00 PM  Photo Booth- Library

    Grab your family and take some funny photos to commemorate GSU's Family and Friends Weekend.

    Noon - 4:00 PM  Caricature Artist – Hall of Governors

    Get a caricature portrait to remind you of your wonderful experience at GSU's Family and Friends Weekend.

    Noon - 4:00 PM  Magical Balloons  -- Hall of Governors

    The Balloon Man will be roving around campus during our Community Open House distributing custom-made balloon characters. 

    Noon - 4:00 PM Stuff-a-Bear- D1496

    Build a cuddly friend to take home!  All stuffed animals will include an outfit to wear.  Animals are $10 each and supplies are limited. 

    Noon - 4:00 PM  Grill and Chill- Café 

    Wonder what your student is eating?  Stop by the Cafe and have lunch with the family.  Lunch menu will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and a drink.  (Fee to purchase)

    Noon – 4:00 pm  Adult Go-Carts – GSU Parking Lot: Sponsored by the Illinois Army National Guard

    Noon – 4:00 pm  Human Foosball – Sponsored by Illinois Army National Guard

    1:00 PM

    1:00 --4:00 PM Family Development Center Open House

    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.

    1:00 --2:00 PMThe Family’s Guide to Freshman Year: Roundtable DiscussionB1241

    1:00 – 2:00 PMWheel of Fortune – Sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences, HOG

    2:00 PM

    2:00 – 3:00 PM Sculpture Park Docent Tour

    2:00 – 4:00 PM  Film- SING! - 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!


    4:00 PM – 6:00 PMCDIS Reunion 2017: Reunite, Celebrate, Empower – E-Lounge

    6:00 --7:30 PM  All College Alumni Reception -  Lakeside 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. 

    8:00 PM Stomping Ground Festival -  Center for Performing Arts


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