Topic: Student Affairs

September 5, 2007

Film buffs, football enthusiasts, Pink Floyd fans and many others will find entertainment at Ball State's Family Weekend, an annual three-day event beginning Sept. 28.

"The goal of Family Weekend is to make this a welcome and warm event for everyone — families, students and alumni — visiting campus," said Lorri Markum, who is in charge of publicity and design for Student Programs. "This gives a real student's eye view of what Ball State is and what it has to offer."

Family Weekend starts with a tour of the telecommunications facilities in the Ball Building at 3 p.m. Sept. 28. At 9:30 p.m., University Program Board (UPB) will sponsor a showing of "Oceans 13" at Pruis Hall. Admittance is free for Ball State students with IDs and $1 for their guests.

Sept. 29 events will begin with a tour of the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science from 8 to 11 a.m. and a Department of History open house from 8:30 to 10 a.m. In addition throughout the morning several colleges and departments will have their dean's list recognition programs.

For the music lovers, John Gouwens, a visiting lecturer, will play the Shafer Tower carillon at 11 a.m. Sept. 29. Following the performance, Gouwens will offer tours of the tower so visitors can see the instrument close up. Just a note for visitors, the tour requires them to climb 100 steps.

If carillon music isn't your style, you might want to jam with "The Pink Floyd Experience" at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Emens Auditorium. Cost is $25 for the public, $20 for Ball State faculty and staff, $10 for children ages 5-10 and $6 for Ball State students with IDs. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations and at the Emens box office. For more information, contact Emens at 765-285-1539.

One of the highlights for the Family Weekend is the Saturday football game. This year, the Cardinals will play the University at Buffalo Bulls at noon Sept. 29 at Scheumann Stadium. 

Family Weekend will end Sept. 30 with performances by the Department of Theatre and Dance, starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Cave Theatre, which is in the Arts and Communications, room 7. Afterward, a free Family Feud-style game at noon at Pruis Hall, followed by a free matinee movie of "Surf's Up" at 1 p.m. at Pruis Hall. 

For detailed information about programs, visit the Family Weekend Web site at For more information, call Campus Programs at 765-285-1031 or by e-mail at

By Alaric DeArment