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Parents+ Weekend offers variety of activities for students, parents

Sept. 20, 1996

Parents' Weekend offers variety of activities for students, parents

By Claire Hansen

Lariat Reporter

Students will soon be sweeping floors and washing clothes in preparation for visits from good ol' Mom and Pop.

Yes, it's Parents' Weekend again.

The Baylor Chamber of Commerce and Baylor Parent's League-sponsored weekend gives students a chance to show parents the campus through their eyes. It began in 1960 as a day for parents to visit their children and see the campus. In 1970, it was changed to a whole weekend.

Parents' Weekend begins Friday with registration and information sessions from 2-8 p.m. in front of the Bill Daniel Student Center where information about the University and the weekend will be available.

Additional registration and information sessions for parents are from 9 -10 p.m. Friday evening and on Saturday from 8:30 -10 a.m.

Families can meet the official mascots, 'Billy' and 'Ginny,' at the Steven Hudson Memorial Bear Plaza from 2-4 p.m.

At 4 p.m. parents can get a taste of academic life at 'Baylor in Focus,' listening to Baylor's finest professors speak in their areas of expertise.

Spanish professor and chair of the modern foreign languages department Dr. Manuel Ortuno will speak in the Baines-Fentress room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.

History professor Dr. Paul Armitstead will speak in the Houston room of the SUB, and Dr. Debra Woody, lecturer in sociology-social work and anthropology will speak in the White-Beckham room of the SUB.

A history of the University will be presented at 5 p.m. in Barfield Drawing room on the second floor of the SUB by Robert L. Reid, professor emeritus and master teacher in the history department.

'After Dark, ' a student auditioned talent show, will have two performances, at 7 p.m. and at 10 p.m. in Waco Hall. Tickets are $10 for visitors and $8 for students, who can get two tickets for each.

Parents are invited to dessert following the show at 9:15 p.m. in Burleson Quadrangle. Complim- entary refreshments will be served.

Parents and students can meet faculty and administrators and speak one-on-one at the Parent-Faculty Coffee from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday on the Founders' Mall.

From 11:30-2 p.m., Chamber will host a barbecue at the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village before the football game.

Chamber has had a very strong response toward the barbecue this year; already having sold over 1,200 tickets compared to last year's 900.

The highlight of the weekend will be Baylor's third game of the season against Oregon State.

Touchdown Alley, a pre-game celebration starting at 12:30 p.m. , features food and live music. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.

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