"Back to school" takes on a slightly different meaning when Utah State University holds Parents Weekend, Sept. 25-27. Though called Parents Weekend, brothers and sisters, boy-friends and girlfriends are also invited.
Parents and other family members will be able to visit with their student's professors if they wish, but there will be numerous other events as well. They include tours, a movie, dance, golf, theater, and football as well as a barbecue and a special brunch.The school's first such event starts Friday, Sept, 25, with the movie, "With Honors," in the Taggart Student Center and the USU Theater production of "Arcadia," a comedy about academia, which takes place in the Fine Arts Center Theater. Both begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday at 10 a.m. the Courtyard Brunch takes place in the sculpture-filled courtyard of the Chase Fine Arts Center. Deans, department heads, professors and university administrators will mix with parents and students. Following the brunch, art and historic tours, college open houses, mini-lectures and entertaining workshops will be available until 1 p.m.
During this time, parents and students will have the opportunity to sit for a special Aggie Family Pride photograph. Proceeds will go toward student scholarships.
At 2 p.m., USU's fraternities and sororities will sponsor a golf tournament at Birch Creek Golf Course in Smithfield. The $15 fee includes 9 holes, golf cart, refreshments and prizes.
Gift certificates, prizes and discounts are featured Saturday afternoon at the Cache Valley Mall where a shopping spree and scavenger hunt will be the agenda.
The Utah State vs. Sam Houston State football game is at 7 p.m. in Romney Stadium, preceded by a College of Agriculture-sponsored barbecue featuring corn on the cob, baked beans, meat and more. The barbecue starts at 4 p.m. and proceeds will also support scholarships.
A big band dance follows the football game. Held in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom, it will include live music, a floor show and easy-to-follow lessons on a variety of dances. Aggie ice cream will also be given away.
On Sunday, many campus religious organizations and student fraternities, sororities and clubs will hold open houses.
Tickets for the entire event are $25 per adult and $12 for students and children. The price includes the brunch, the barbecue, the Friday movie, football ticket and the dance.
For more information, call 1-800-606-4878 or 435-797-1128. The Cache Valley Travel Council has a list of accommodations; call 1-800-231-5643.