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Family Weekend To Highlight Campus Life Oct. 28-30

Aug. 30, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer

Sam Houston State University’s students and their families are invited to be a part of the tradition of the annual Bearkat Family Weekend scheduled for Oct. 28-30.

Bearkat Family Weekend’s goal is to actively engage the families of SHSU students and give them a glimpse of campus life, all while showing them their children’s home away from home, according to associate dean of parent relations and special programs Chelsea Smith. 

“It’s a great time for parents and family to come back and see their students and catch up on what they’ve been doing since they dropped them off for their first day of school,” Smith said.

BFW2016During the weekend, families also will be able to interact with various campus entities, learn about student organizations, and have the chance to attend multiple sporting events.

On Friday, families can tour campus; access the Recreational Sports Center for free; participate in a pep rally, which will include the football team, spirit team and pep band; and attend the Program Council's Loteria in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

Attendees will be able to meet with SHSU’s leadership on Saturday during “Coffee with the Administrators” and attend the Alumni Association’s annual peception on the Ragsdale Visitor and Alumni Center’s patio,  as well as participate in several fun activities that showcase different colleges from around the university, a classic car show, and a Bearkat tailgate and football game against Texas Southern University at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium. 

The weekend will wrap up on Sunday with an interdenominational Christian worship service at the Farrington Pit.

The Bearkat Family Weekend continues to grow each year, with more than 2,000 family members previously attending with students from various classifications, according to Smith.

“It’s a reward for parents to see what they are investing in. They want to come back and see what the university has to offer, they want to see how things are progressing, and they want to make sure things are OK,” Smith said.

Registration will close on Oct. 11. Those interested can view a list of events and accommodations available on the Bearkat Family Weekend website, and members of the SHSU Parents Association can receive various discounts around Huntsville with their membership card.

Bearkat Family Weekend costs $15 per person, and tickets for the football game must be purchased separately at

For more information on Bearkat Family Weekend, or to register, visit

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