Baylor University Hosts Family Weekend 2016

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    This weekend Baylor invites students and families to campus for its annual Family Weekend. Photo courtesy of Baylor Photography.
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    Parents will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members at the Parent-Faculty Coffee Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of Baylor Photography.
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    All-university variety show After Dark will feature a number of talented student performers. Photo courtesy of Baylor Photography.
Sept. 14, 2016

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2016) – Students will welcome their families to campus this weekend for Baylor University’s Family Weekend, an annual tradition dating back to 1960. There will be a number of events, activities and performances, both on campus and around Waco.

FRIDAY, Sept. 16

Welcome Reception – From 2 to 5 p.m., visit the Cub Den in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St., to check in and receive more information about the weekend’s events.

History Walks – From 3 to 5 p.m., Baylor students will lead campus tours departing from the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St., to provide perspective on the university’s history and traditions. The History Walks will also feature Baylor alumni, who will tell stories of their time at the university.

Last Lectures – Beginning at 3 p.m. in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St., four Baylor professors will share what they deem to be their most important message, allowing families to hear from the faculty in a setting similar to the students’ classroom experience. Rachel Woods, J.D., a lecturer of management in the Hankamer School of Business, will be the first speaker at 3 p.m., followed by Brian Thomas, a lecturer of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, at 3:40 p.m. Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences, will follow at 4:20 p.m. The event will conclude with Blair Browning, Ph.D., associate professor of communication in the College of Arts & Sciences, at 5 p.m.

The Family Weekend Choral Concert – Six of Baylor’s vocal ensembles will perform in this annual concert at 5 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall of the McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. Performing will be Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, A Cappella Choir and VirtuOSO. This event is free and open to the public.

Rice vs. Baylor Tailgate and Watch Party – Watch the Baylor football team take on Rice University in Houston at 7 p.m. on the Jumbotron in McLane Stadium, 1001 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Before the game starts, enjoy a tailgate event with food trucks and fun starting at 6 p.m. in the stadium.

After Dark – See the first showing of After Dark at 8 p.m. in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave. This traditional all-university variety show will feature student talent, ranging from solo performances and dance to stand-up comedy and theater. Ticket prices vary and are available at the Baylor Student Activities Ticket Office.

SATURDAY, Sept. 17

State of the University Address – Baylor Provost Gregory Jones, Ph.D., will give a brief presentation on the construction taking place and the university’s strategic plan at 8:30 a.m. in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.

Parent-Faculty Coffee – Families are invited to meet with faculty from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Fountain Mall, 1360 S. Fifth St. Coffee, juice and brunch items will be provided.

The Beauty of Baylor – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., take a guided tour of some of Baylor’s most beautiful facilities, including the Bear Habitat, Armstrong Browning Library and the Mayborn Museum.

Tours of McLane Stadium – Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., take a guided tour of McLane Stadium, 1001 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. Tickets are available for purchase here.

The Kaleidoscope Concert – A number of groups, including the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Bella Voce, A Capella Choir, and Wind Ensemble, will perform at 3 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in McCrary Music Building, 110 Baylor Ave. This concert is free and open to the public.

Dinner at the Hippodrome – Families can enjoy dinner at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome Theater, 724 Austin Ave. Baylor alumnus David Murphy, recently retired outfielder who has played baseball for the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are required. (Please note that this event is sold out.)

After Dark – See the second showing of After Dark at 8 p.m. in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave. This traditional all-university variety show will feature student talent, ranging from solo-performances and dance to stand-up comedy and theater. Ticket prices vary and are available the Baylor Student Activities Ticket Office.

by Kalli Damschen, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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