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Family Weekend 2014

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 17-19

Family Weekend is an annual event that brings together students, their families and friends for three days of unique UM experiences.

This year, Family Weekend will take place Oct. 17-19. Grizzly Football will take on UC Davis on Saturday, Oct. 18. Family Weekend package tickets will be available at the beginning of autumn semester and will include a football game ticket. A promo code will be needed to purchase Family Weekend package tickets. Parents of current UM students will receive the code through Transcripts e-newsletter. You can subscribe to Transcripts by emailing Bess Pallares at bess.pallares@umontana.edu.

Questions? Call University Relations at 406-243-2522 or email andrea.lewis@umontana.edu.

The 2014 Family Weekend schedule will be posted in August. Check out last year’s scheduled events:

Friday, Oct. 18

8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Registration and Hospitality ― Enjoy refreshments as you pick up your Family Weekend information packet and find out what’s on tap for the weekend. The packet includes name badges that provide you access to Family Weekend events, campus and city maps, a guide to Missoula and various coupons. Grand Foyer, University Center, third floor.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Enjoy a Gallery ― Get lost in one of the current exhibits on campus. Exhibit descriptions and gallery hours will be listed in your packet. Don’t miss the docent tours of the MMAC at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Free.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Visit a Class ― Join a regularly scheduled class and see faculty and students in action. Select a class from the list provided in your packet, or join your student in one of their classes. No advance registration required, but please be aware that there may not be seats available in every class. Free.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: UM Office Open Houses ― Does your student want to travel the world? Do you have questions about campus safety? Is your student homesick? UM staff are available to answer your questions, provide information and help your student succeed at UM. From the Office of Public Safety to the Residence Life office, from the Curry Health Center to the Office of International Programs  – UM offices are open across campus and ready to welcome UM families. Get to the right place by referring to the campus map and student-services listing in your packet.   

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Hit the Gym ― Get your sweat on! Find a group fitness class, run on the track, lift weights or shoot some hoops with your student. Show your Family Weekend badge to gain entrance to the Fitness and Recreation Center.

9-10 a.m.: Tour the UM Paleontology Center ― UM’s Paleontology Center is opening its doors especially for you! Join Collections Manager Kallie Moore on a guided tour of one of UM’s special collections – normally not open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out 3 billion years of Montana’s fossil history. Meet on the first floor of Charles A. Clapp Building. Free.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch at the Food Zoo ― Variety is the spice of life, and at the UM Food Zoo, the choice is yours. Emma B. Lommasson Center Food Zoo. Show your Family Weekend badge and enjoy a $6.25 discounted entry. 

noon-1 p.m.: Photos with Monte ― Snap a free family photo with Monte and be sure to leave us your email address so we can send it to you. Grizzly Bear Statue. Free.

Noon-Midnight: Free Games ― Free billiards, table tennis and Xbox with Family Weekend badge. UC Game Room, University Center, second floor.

12:10-1 p.m.: Poetry Craft Lecture by Major Jackson ― Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: “Holding Company,” “Hoops” and “Leaving Saturn.” The lecture is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series. Liberal Arts Building Room 11. Free.

1 p.m.: Tour ― UM historic walking tour led by UM Advocates. You’ll find out more about the state’s 120-year-old flagship institution of higher learning and get a glimpse into its future. Meet in the Grand Foyer, University Center, third floor. Free.

1-2 p.m.: Tour the UM Paleontology Center ― UM’s Paleontology Center is opening its doors especially for you! Join Collections Manager Kallie Moore on a guided tour of one of UM’s special collections – normally not open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out 3 billion years of Montana’s fossil history. Meet on the first floor of Charles A. Clapp Building. Free.

2 p.m.: Stadium and Hall of Champions Tour ― Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of Washington- Grizzly Stadium. A Grizzly Athletics employee will guide 25 people through the Hall of Champions, taking them down onto the field. Tours will depart at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sign up for one of the tours when you pick up your Family Weekend packet at registration. First come, first served. Adams Center Foyer. Free.

3 p.m. Soccer ― Cheer on the UM women as they take on Eastern Washington at the South Campus Stadium. Free with Family Weekend badge.

3:30-4:15 p.m.: Art Museum Docent Tour ― The Montana Museum of Art and Culture will host a free docent tour in honor of Family Weekend. Expert docents will guide UM families through the current exhibition, “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints.” The exhibitions examine modernism as an interdisciplinary endeavor that links music, dance, opera, the visual arts and literature. While this museum always is open to the public, the docent tour will be special for UM families. Show your Family Weekend badge to join. Meloy and Paxson galleries are located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Free.

4-5 p.m.: Tour the UM Paleontology Center ― UM’s Paleontology Center is opening its doors especially for you! Join Collections Manager Kallie Moore on a guided tour of one of UM’s special collections – normally not open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out 3 billion years of Montana’s fossil history. Meet on the first floor of Charles A. Clapp Building. Free.

4:30-6 p.m.: Socialize at spectrUM ― Meet other visiting families, UM administration and faculty members while exploring UM’s newest downtown hands-on science discovery center.  This purely social event will be punctuated with fun activities such as making your own liquid-nitrogen slushies. This happy-hour inspired event is hosted by the UM Foundation. Enjoy light refreshments and beverages, learn more about how the Foundation supports students and socialize! spectrUM Discovery Area, Maya Building, 218 E. Front St. Free.

6 p.m.: Dine Downtown ― The streets of downtown Missoula are peppered with eateries and local business owners welcoming families this weekend. Look for the “Welcome Families” signs in the windows and refer to our dining and shopping guide to find a spot that suits you.

7 p.m.: Movie ― TBA.  Show your Family Weekend badge and get a soda and small popcorn for $2 at the concession stand. University Center Theater. Movie admission free with Family Weekend badge.

8-9 p.m.: Haunted UM Building Tour ― Halloween arrives early at UM. UM Advocates will guide families into some of campus’ most storied buildings where University Players, an independent student-run theater group, will share unexplained mysteries, ghostly adventures and spooky stories on this evening tour. If you like the paranormal, weird or wacky, this tour is for you. Skeptics welcome! Sign up for a departure time during registration then meet in the Grand Foyer, University Center, Third Floor. Free.

9:30 p.m.:  Movie ― TBA.  Show your Family Weekend badge and get a soda and small popcorn for $2 at the concession stand. University Center Theater. Movie admission free with Family Weekend badge.

 

Saturday, Oct. 19

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Hit the Gym ― Get your sweat on! Find a group fitness class, run on the track, lift weights or shoot some hoops with your student. Show your Family Weekend badge to gain entrance to the Fitness and Recreation Center.

9-11:30 a.m.: Registration ― Family Weekend information packets and pre-purchased football game package tickets can be picked up at the Family Weekend pregame breakfast. Grand Foyer, University Center, third floor.

9:30-11 a.m.: Grizzly Pregame Breakfast ― This isn’t your average breakfast! Soak up spirited Grizzly game-day entertainment and hear from UM President Royce Engstrom while you dine. Family Weekend package tickets or breakfast-only tickets required. University Center Ballroom, third floor.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Pregame Tailgate ― Look for the Family Weekend tent at the Grizzly Scholarship Association tailgate area. Mingle with UM faculty and administrators, UM athletes and other visiting families. If you need help “Getting Your Griz On,” look for a Family Weekend volunteer. Free (food and drinks can be purchased at tailgate). Kirkwood Grove.

noon – 3 p.m. Enjoy a Gallery ― Get lost in one of the current exhibits on campus. Exhibit descriptions and gallery hours will be listed in your packet. Free.

Noon-midnight: Free Games ― Free billiards, table tennis and Xbox with Family Weekend badge. UC Game Room, University Center, second floor.

1:30 p.m.: Football Game ― Welcome to Griz Nation! Cheer for the Montana Grizzlies as they take on Cal Poly. Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Family Weekend package ticket required.

1:30 p.m.: Football Viewing Party ― Watch the Montana-Cal Poly game on a big screen and enjoy a free nacho bar and great door prizes. University Center Theater. Free.

2-2:45 p.m. Art Museum Docent Tour The Montana Museum of Art and Culture will host a free docent tour in honor of Family Weekend. Expert docents will guide UM families through the current exhibition, “Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and Other Masterpieces from a Private Collection” and “Modernist Prints.” The exhibitions examine modernism as an interdisciplinary endeavor that links music, dance, opera, the visual arts and literature. While this museum always is open to the public, the docent tour will be special for UM families. Show your Family Weekend badge to join. Meloy and Paxson galleries are located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Free.

5:30 p.m.: Lecture: “Requiem: How the Dearly Departed are Remembered in Western Classical Music” ― UM Associate Professor and Librarian Tammy Ravas will deliver a lecture that briefly examines the requiem mass and how it has influenced Western classical music and popular culture. Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library East Faculty Office Area. Free.

7 p.m.: Movie ― TBA.  Show your Family Weekend badge and get a soda and small popcorn for $2 at the concession stand. University Center Theater. Movie admission free with Family Weekend badge.

9:30 p.m.: Movie TBA. Show your Family Weekend badge and get a soda and small popcorn for $2 at the concession stand. University Center Theater. Movie admission free with Family Weekend badge.

Sunday, Oct. 20

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Weekend Service Project at the Missoula Food Bank – UM students volunteer 141,000 hours annually! Here is a chance to do a service project with your family. Missoula Food Bank is a major part of the Missoula community, serving one in seven people in our area. UM Families can join the Missoula Food Bank for an engaging service project, which will help our local food bank gear up for the busy winter months. This two-hour project will include a brief tour of the choice-model pantry and  a fun, all-abilities group-service project.  Learn about UM’s partnership with Missoula Food Bank and about the upcoming Can the Bobcats Canned Food Drive – an instate, off-field competition with Montana State University!  Missoula Food Bank, 219 S. Third St. W., Free. 

Noon-3 p.m. Family Climb at the Rock Wall -  Ascend UM’s indoor rock wall! UM’s Outdoor Program created a rock-climbing class just for families! Learn a fun new activity together, or refine skills. Experienced instructors will teach rock-climbing knots, belaying and climbing techniques at UM’s indoor rock wall in the Student Recreation Center. Show your Family Weekend badge to get into the SRC for free. Climbing package costs $24/person, which includes instructors, gear and access to the climbing wall. Advance registration required. Call the Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172 to reserve your spot. A minimum of 12 participants needed, maximum class size is 24 participants. 

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.: Hit the Gym ― Get your sweat on! Find a group fitness class, run on the track, lift weights or shoot some hoops with your student. Show your Family Weekend badge to gain entrance to the Fitness and Recreation Center.

Main Hall at UM

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to purchase a package ticket for my student?

Yes, if you want your student to sit with you at the football game and have a ticket for the pregame breakfast. Student tickets only allow seating in the student section, and your student’s meal plan does not cover the pregame breakfast.

Can my student attend the game if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. Student tickets to UM football games are free, and 4,000 will be available for the Family Weekend game. Student tickets for Family Weekend will be available at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at The Source in the University Center. Tickets usually go fast, so your student will want to get in line early.

Can my student attend the pregame breakfast if I don’t purchase a package ticket for him/her?

Yes. University Relations will sell a limited quantity of breakfast-only tickets. Instructions for how to purchase those will be included in an August issue of Transcripts.  

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I still attend the football game?

Yes. When securing a student ticket for the Family Weekend game, your student may also buy one guest pass for $10. Guest passes are available only at The Source, and 400 will be available for Family Weekend.

If Family Weekend packages are sold out, can I sign up on a waiting list?

Yes. Email familyweekend@umontana.edu with your name, desired quantity of package tickets, mailing address and phone number. If tickets come available, the GrizTix office will contact you in October.

How do I receive my Family Weekend package tickets and/or badges?

You will pick up your access badges and/or package tickets during Family Weekend registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on the third floor of the University Center. If you are not arriving until after 6 p.m. on Friday, please send your student to pick up your Family Weekend packet. If neither you nor your student can pick up your packet on Friday, ticket pickup will be available from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, outside of the pregame breakfast held in the University Center Ballroom. After 11:30 a.m. all remaining tickets can be picked up at the Adams Center Box Office.