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Family Weekend Welcome

Family Weekend, November 7-9, 2015

Many fun activities are planned for you and your family during 2016 Family Weekend. Activities and information will be added below when they are finalized.

Parking Information

Family members visiting campus for Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22 and/or Sunday, October 23 can park in any A, B, C, or R campus parking lot. Those planning to stay overnight on Saturday night need to park in a C or R parking lot. 

If you have any parking questions, contact Parking Operations at (319) 273-3179 or (319) 273-7093.

Event Schedule

Events Schedule

Friday, Oct. 21

  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. (students must accompany family members to use WRC). Lap and leisure pools open 5-7:30 p.m. Climbing wall open from 4-8 p.m.

  • OcTUBAfest, a tuba and euphonium recital, 6 p.m., Davis Hall.

  • “Unelectable You,” 7 p.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). For tickets, call 319-273-4849. If you are a UNI student, you are allotted two free tickets to a show or performance at the GBPAC each semester.

  • Observing the Night Sky hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences, Hillside Observatory, 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Welcome/check-in 8:30 - 10 a.m., Gallagher Bluedorn Lobby

Stop by for a schedule of events and fun giveaways including free T-shirts for the first 500 attendees. There will be a program in the Great Hall at 9 a.m. You won’t want to miss the Dean of Juggling, Dean Franzen!

Family Feast Tailgate 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Get into the Panther spirit by joining us for a purple and gold tailgate-themed lunch in the UNI Dining Centers, Piazza and Rialto. Students with meal plans will have the option of using their flex meals for family members, or purchasing additional lunches at a reduced rate ($8 per meal for adults and $6 for youth) with cash, dining dollars or U-Bill charge.


  • Brunch Open House and student organization fair for UNIBusiness students and their families.

    Curris Business Building (CBB) Hall of Flags, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Global Opportunities Information Session

    John Deere Auditorium, CBB 109, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Reception with light refreshments for College of Education students (early childhood, elementary and middle level teaching, athletic training, health promotion, physical education, and leisure, youth and human services majors) and their families.

    Main floor of Rod Library near the Book Bistro, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • University Honors Program Open House

    Honors Cottage at 2401 College St., 10 a.m. – noon

  • Hot Cocoa and Donuts for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) students and their families. Featuring: unmanned aircraft technology, Geographic Information Systems mapping demonstration, National Geographic traveling map and more.

    Sabin Hall Atrium, 10 – 11:30 a.m.


  • Football vs Missouri State, call 319-273-4849 for tickets.
    UNI-Dome, 1 p.m.         

  • Volleyball vs Southern Illinois, call 319-273-4849 for tickets.
    McLeod Center, 7 p.m.

For students interested in exchanging their student section football ticket for a seat next to their family, contact the ticket office.

Present your football ticket at the door of the volleyball game to gain free admission, and enjoy two great Panther athletic events for the price of one!


  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families (students must accompany family members to use WRC).

    • Gyms, fitness areas, racquetball courts open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    • Lap and leisure pools and climbing wall available from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • McCollum Science Hall, 137, 10 a.m.
  • Planetarium shows every half hour hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences,
    Latham Hall, 10-11:30 a.m.

  • View fossil rock and mineral displays hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences,
    Latham Hall, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Tour water quality lab, hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences, 
    Latham Hall, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Self-guided tours of the Botanical Center,
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • UNI Keyboard Festival. Some events throughout the day are free and open to the public.
    All day, Davis Hall and Jebe Hall

  • “Vinyl Friday:” listen to rock ‘n’ roll on vinyl in Rod Library’s Fine & Performing Arts Collection.
    Rod Library, 10 a.m. – noon.

  • For kids of all ages: Self-directed activities and story sharing in Rod Library’s Youth Collection. Coloring and Lego building in Rod Library’s Makerspace,
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • The Chemistry Magic Show in McCollum Science Hall has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, Oct. 23

  • Wellness Recreation Center open to families (students must accompany their family members to use WRC), 1-8 p.m.

  • Women's Soccer vs Iowa State. Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

  • Lap and leisure pools open from 3-8 p.m. Climbing wall open at 7 p.m.