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Annual Parents and Family Weekend unites students, families

Parents and families of Penn State Berks students will experience life on campus when the college hosts its eleventh annual Parents and Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. The program will include activities for the entire family, with educational, social, and athletic events that showcase the campus.

The festivities will begin on Friday evening with "College Feud" at 9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Perkins Student Center.

On Saturday, check-in will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Beaver Community Center. The first 150 families will receive a free gift. Attendees can enjoy lunch in Tully's Cafeteria from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

There will be a campus parade starting at 12 p.m., and floats built by student organizations will be on display. The parade will begin at the Pole Barn, located near the Janssen Conference Center and travel through campus, ending at the soccer field by 12:40 p.m.

Following the parade, the Women's Soccer Team will play at 1:00 p.m. During halftime, at approximately 1:30 p.m., there will be a crowning ceremony of the first King and Queen of Penn State Berks. All seniors are eligible and must be nominated by their peers.

The Campus Activities Board will hold a Berks Bonanza in the Residence Hall Quad from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The event will feature a moon bounce, balloon artist, caricatures, big chair photos, and refreshments. There will be a live performance by singer/songwriter Cara Wojciechowski at 2:00 p.m.
 
During the bonanza, students will be selling hand sewn purses made by the girls from the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre in Kenya, a program for former street-dwelling children which Penn State Berks supports through volunteer efforts.

Attendees can also choose to take a walking tour of the campus, guided by student Lion Ambassadors, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Beaver Community Center. Dr. David Sanford, Associate Professor of Horticulture, will lead a separate tour of the plants and trees on campus, also beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Perkins Student Center. In addition, the Labyrinth Garden on the Janssen Conference Center will be available throughout the day for those who wish to walk the labyrinth.

Other events include a Women's Tennis game at 1 p.m. at Gring's Mill Tennis Court, a Parent and Family Association Meeting at 1 p.m. in room 3 of the Perkins Student Center, the Diversity against Discrimination Game, an interactive e-based activity dealing with diversity, will begin at 2 p.m. in room 120 of the Perkins Student Center, a presentation on the history of the campus at 2 p.m. in room 20, Perkins Student Center, and the THON committee will present Tuition Bingo at 3 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

Later that evening, there will be a mystery dinner theatre beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Lion's Den; the cost is $20 per person. The day's activities will culminate with a presentation by Peter Boie, the self-proclaimed "magician for non-believers" at 9:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

On Sunday, students will host a fundraiser flapjack breakfast at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar. Proceeds will benefit THON, the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon held at Penn State University Park each year, which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, THON benefits children with cancer and their families.

For more information about Parents and Family Weekend, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.
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