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Alumni and Family Weekend unites generations

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Parents and families of Penn State Berks students will experience life on campus, while alumni will reconnect when the college hosts its annual Alumni and Family Weekend on Friday, Sept. 30–Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. The program will include activities for the entire family, with educational, social, and athletic events that showcase the campus.

Check-in for families begins on Friday from 5–7 p.m. outside the Beaver Community Center and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; the first fifty families will receive a free gift.
The festivities will begin on Friday evening with a float-building party from 5–9 p.m. in Beaver Community Center parking lot in preparation for the next day’s Homecoming Parade. There will be a live band, balloon artist, and caricature drawings from 6–9 p.m. outside the Perkins Student Center. The night’s activities conclude with a bonfire from 10–11 p.m. in front of the Luerssen Building.

The Alumni Reunion and Football Tailgate for the Penn State vs. Indiana game will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the tent outside the Perkins Student Center. The Homecoming Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., and floats built by student and alumni organizations will be on display. The parade will be followed by Homecoming Court, where the student queen and king will be crowned during halftime of the football game.

Other events include a rugby game at 2 p.m. at Hintz Field, an open forum for families at 2 p.m. in room 3 of the Perkins Student Center, tuition bingo from 3–6 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium, and volleyball games at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Beaver Community Center.

The Campus Activities Board will hold a Berks Bonanza on the Perkins Student Center lawn from 4–8 p.m. The event will feature fun, games, novelties, music, and food.

The Penn State Berks Alumni Society will bring back a campus tradition when they sponsor bathtub derby races at 4:30 p.m. at the Beaver Community Center.

Attendees can also choose to take a walking tour of the campus, guided by student Lion Ambassadors, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Beaver Community Center. In addition, the Labyrinth Garden on the Janssen Conference Center will be available throughout the day for those who wish to walk the labyrinth.

Later that evening, there will be a mystery dinner theatre beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Lion’s Den; the cost is $20 per person. The day's activities will culminate with the  “Best of Berks Clubs Competition” at 8 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

On Sunday, students will host a fundraiser flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, located at 1905 Ridgewood Road in Wyomissing. Proceeds will benefit THON, the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon held at Penn State University Park each year, which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, THON benefits children with cancer and their families.

For more information about Parents and Family Weekend, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 610-396-6052 or the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.
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