by Pamela Young, Published October 09, 2012
Parents and Family Weekend offers a wonderful way to experience the excitement of Eastern Michigan University's campus. Several events, ranging from theatre to sports, are scheduled Oct. 19-21 for the entire family.
"The weekend focuses on EMU connecting in a more rich way with students and parents," said Melissa Ginotti, campus life director. "It also allows families to see firsthand student life on campus."
Friday, Oct. 19
The Friday Frenzy Spirit Rally kicks off Parents and Family Weekend at 7 p.m. in front of Buell Residence Hall. Join in the fun as students and families gear up for the weekend.
After the rally, enjoy an evening of music with EMU's Chamber Choir, 7:30 p.m., in Pease Auditorium, on the corner of College Place and Cross Street. The program, A New Day, will feature selections having to do with something new. The Choir and EMU's chamber string ensemble will perform a Bach cantata (a vocal composition by Johann Bach, accompanied by instruments); and a series of six pieces by French composer Paul Hindemith. The evening's highlight will feature vocal jazz groups singing selections ranging from classical jazz to the contemporary. For more information, call 734-487-0280.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Saturdays are football days, a great tradition at Eastern Michigan. Start off the day at the EMU Alumni Parents and Friends Tailgate, 11 a.m., in front of Rynearson Stadium. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes food. It's a fun way to meet other alumni. Children are welcome!
Immediately after the tailgate, the Eagles football team takes on Army, at 1 p.m. at Rynearson Stadium. During Army's last visit in 2010, the Eagles lost a tight game, 27 -31. Now it's payback time for Eastern Michigan. Tickets are $10 per person. EMUstudents free with student ID.
Who said Shakespeare is boring? The EMU Theatre presents the Bard's, Merchant of Venice, at 7 p.m. in the Quirk Theatre, located at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Best Hall. Set in early 19th century Venice, this dark comedy grapples with questions of justice versus mercy and honor versus betrayal in a world where cash is king. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for 12 and under. Suggested for ages 13 and above. For tickets, call 734-487-2282 or go to emutix.com
Sunday, Oct. 21
Top off a fun-filled weekend with two final activities. If you missed Saturday's performance of The Merchant of Venice, a matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Quirk Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for 12 and younger.
The Symphony Band and the University Choir close out the weekend with a free concert at 4 p.m., in Pease Auditorium. This is the first time that the Choir and Symphonic Band will have collaborated. Among the highlights will be a tribute honoring the late Michael McGuire, professor of music therapy, who died recently. Pease Auditorium is at the corner of College Place and Cross Street. For more information, call 734-487-0280.