2015 Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, September 25

  • 9:00am – 6:00pm

    Family Weekend Check-in and Family Headquarters
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    All registered participants should check in to pick up your packets, including the Guide to Family Weekend, wristbands, tickets and other goodies! Stop by this location anytime you need assistance or just want to take a break. Sponsored by The Dean of Students Office. All families are strongly encouraged to check-in on Friday!

  • 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Class with your student
    This is your opportunity to share your student’s college experience. Please ask your student to contact his/her professor for permission in advance. Please note that some classes will not be able to accommodate visitors due to limited space.

  • 10:00am – 11:00am

    Campus Tours
    Welcome Center Front Desk
    Our UH Ambassadors are here to show you what makes us a great university! Meet at the Welcome Center for a Family Weekend campus tour to learn more about our resources, history and traditions. Sponsored by The Office of Admissions.

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
    walk-in

    Explore your cougar pathway to success! Meet and Greet Breakfast With University Career Services!
    Student Services Center 1 (first floor)
    Join University Career Services for breakfast and chat with our career counselors about exploring related pathways to success, enhancing your students’ resume and cover letter, and practice interviewing skills for their job/internship search. Meet our student ambassadors and tour our office to receive your free giveaway!

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
    tours every 30 min

    Family Weekend Library Tour and Special Collections Exhibits
    M.D. Anderson Library
    Visit M.D. Anderson Library and chat with librarians about the technology, services, and study spaces available to students. Tours of the building will be offered every half hour staring at 10:00am. Don’t have time for a tour? Stop by the library anytime between 10:00-12:00pm to pick up brochures and free giveaways.

  • TBD

    VIP Tours of the new TCEDU Stadium
    VIP Entrance on south side of stadium at Entrance 13 (located at Cullen Blvd and Cougar Place, VIP entrance faces parking Lot 12A which is available for you to park in)
    Be our guests for a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of TDECU Stadium. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! You will see the Club Lobby, the Presidential Suite, the Athletics Director’s Suite, the Press Box and the Home Team Locker Room. Your tour will also include a trip onto the football field! Your tour guide will meet you at the VIP Entrance on the south side of the Stadium. Prepare yourself for a wonderful experience!

  • TBD

    Family Weekend Student Center Tour
    meet at the UC South Information Center
    Join us for a tour of the transformed Student Center! The tour will feature: The Student Center North, the home for student involvement and student-focused programs and services, including the home of Coog Radio, and the Student Government Association Senate Chamber. The Student Center South portion will feature fabulous retail highlights including the two-level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore and the Games Room, bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and games galore!

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm

    Student Finances at UH: What Every Parent Should KnowCampus Recreation and Wellness Center, Wellness Classroom
    Join representatives from the Office of Scholarships/Financial Aid and Financial Services for a discussion on the financial aid process for continuing students, external scholarship opportunities, Cougar Card information, and more. Come learn about the financial resources provided by UH and have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

  • 11:00am – 12:30pm

    UH Cooking Class
    TBD (dining hall)
    More details to come!
    Sponsored by UH Dining Services and Office for Sustainability

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Friday Prayer
    A.D. Bruce Religion Center rooms 201, 202, and 204
    The Muslim Student Association hosts weekly Friday Prayer every week in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center. Please feel free to stop and participate in this prayer activity.

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Campus Tours
    Welcome Center Front Desk
    Our UH Ambassadors are here to show you what makes us a great university! Meet at the Welcome Center for a Family Weekend campus tour to learn more about our resources, history and traditions. Sponsored by The Office of Admissions.

  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Parent & Family Class
    Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), room 100
    Come discover (or remember) what it’s like to be a part of a college classroom! One of UH’s most beloved professors, Dr. Simon Bott, is hosting a class specifically for you; expect to laugh a lot while learning something new!

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    walk-in

    Health Center Open House featuring FREE Flu Shots
    located between Student Service Center 1 and 2
    What better way to keep your student healthy and successful this academic year than to get them vaccinated against influenza. Free flu shots will be available to students with valid ID at the University of Houston Health Center. Available while supplies last. Picture ID required. When you visit the Health Center, your student can enter a drawing for a $10 voucher that can be used towards payment for any of our services! Find out more about services we offer: General Medical Clinic, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Women’s Clinic, Men’s Clinic, Dental Center, Lab and Pharmacy Services.

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    UH Dental Center – Stop by for a Chance to Win a Free Sonicare Electric Toothbrush and a Free Zoom! Teeth Whitening Package!
    UH Dental Office offers full-service dentistry, including but not limited to comprehensive preventative and diagnostic treatments, Orthodontic treatment, and cosmetic procedures. Stop by today to meet our experienced team of professionals and be sure to ask them about your insurance options and payment plans.

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

    Cullen College of Engineering
    (open only to Engineering majors/families)
    Engineering Building 1, Room 102D
    Join us for a panel Discussion featuring Engineering students from the Honors College. Moderators: Fritz Claydon and Len Trombetta, the Director and Associate Director of the Honor’s Engineering Program.

  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

    School of Art
    (open to all majors)
    FA 100C (School of Art Main Office)
    Join us as Director, Dr. Rex Koontz, provides a personalized tour of the art facilities then facilitates a discussion about the challenges and opportunities of pursuing an art major. We'll talk about issues that may seem foreign or unimportant: what are the differences between the B.A. and B.F.A degree? What is the difference between Design and the other arts? What can my child do with a B.A. degree in Art History?

  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Exploratory Studies College Fair
    Student Center South Ballroom (room 210)
    More details to come!

  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm

    “ Wine 101” seminar, Conrad N. Hilton College
    Spec’s Beverage and Food Appreciation Lab (Room S116-CHC)
    Limited seating so please arrive early.
    Join us for an entertaining and educational wine tasting experience as our host Kevin Sims, Director of Fred Parks Wine Outreach Programs, gives an overview of wine basics including an explanation of fermentation, different types of grapes, different types of wines, and wine labels. Attendees must be at least 21 years old to participate, ID’s will be checked.

  • 4:15pm – 5:00pm

    VIP Tours of the new TCEDU Stadium
    VIP Entrance on south side of stadium at Entrance 13 (located at Cullen Blvd and Cougar Place, VIP entrance faces parking Lot 12A which is available for you to park in)
    Be our guests for a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of TDECU Stadium. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! You will see the Club Lobby, the Presidential Suite, the Athletics Director’s Suite, the Press Box and the Home Team Locker Room. Your tour will also include a trip onto the football field! Your tour guide will meet you at the VIP Entrance on the south side of the Stadium. Prepare yourself for a wonderful experience!

  • 4:30pm – 6:00pm

    Celebrating the Diversity at UH
    Center for Diversity and Inclusion- University Center South B12 (first floor to the left of Starbucks)
    Come enjoy music and light refreshments that represent various cultures at the University of Houston. Students will share their wonderful experiences being at such a diverse institution. You will also have the opportunity to mingle with staff from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the International Student and Scholar Services office and learn about the diversity at the university.

  • 5:00pm – 5:45pm

    Family Weekend Student Center Tour
    meet at the UC South Information Center
    Join us for a tour of the transformed Student Center! The tour will feature: The Student Center North, the home for student involvement and student-focused programs and services, including the home of Coog Radio, and the Student Government Association Senate Chamber. The Student Center South portion will feature fabulous retail highlights including the two-level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore and the Games Room, bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and games galore! Before or after your tour, be sure to visit one of the many dining options or the student-managed Shasta’s Cones and More ice cream store for a sweet treat.

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Family BBQ with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services*
    Student Center-South
    All family members are invited to our …. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by The Dean of Students Office and Campus Recreation

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    walk-in

    Cougars Giving Back
    Outside Houston Room, Student Center-South(also part of the Family BBQ Celebration)
    Take a moment out of your busy day to make a difference! Stop by our Cougars Give Back station located right outside the Family BBQ and help build care packages for the Star of Hope, which provides services and shelter to Houston’s homeless men, women and children. Help us build care packages and write notes of encouragement for those who need it most. Do you collect toiletries from hotels? Consider donating travel size shampoo, soap, conditioner, combs, razors, toothpaste etc. It’s all needed! Other needed items are Band-Aids, Kleenex, socks and washcloths. Sponsored by Center for Student Involvement and The Metropolitan Volunteer Program

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    (part of Family BBQ)

    “ What I Wish My Parents Knew” Student Panel
    Join some of our student leaders as they host a panel in an open discussion on how you can help support your students’ college experience. Get ready to ask questions, interact with other families, and hear tips and stories on how these student leaders have successfully navigated the residential, academic, and social aspects of campus life. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Hosted by Student Housing and Residential Life

  • 7:00pm

    Houston Volleyball vs. SMU
    Athletics-Alumni Center
    More details, including ticket prices, coming soon!

  • 7:30pm

    The Prime of Jean Brodie
    theatre production in Wortham Theatre Family Weekend Special Rate, $10 a ticket.
    Please call the Box Office at 713-743-2929 and mention “ Family Weekend” to reserve your discounted tickets.
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie explores the relationships between teachers and students and how they can build and destroy one another. Jean Brodie is a free-spirited teacher at a Scottish girls' school during the 1930s. She is very popular with her students due to her teaching of romantic ideals yet her teaching philosophy is not appreciated by the school's principle. As Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behavior towards her favorite students becomes increasingly manipulative.

  • 8:00 – 10:00pm

    Cougar Corral*
    Student Center Plaza (outdoor space between Student Center North and Student Center South)
    All family members are invited to our outside festival that will include live music, activities, and give-aways for all family members and students! More details to come! Sponsored by Center for Student Involvement and Student Housing and Residential Life

Saturday, September 26

  • 9:00 – 11:00am

    Family Weekend Check-in
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    If you just arrived, please stop by the registration room to pick up your packets, including the Guide to Family Weekend, all-access wristbands, and other goodies! (*this is for families who were not able to check in on Friday)

  • 11:00 – 12:00pm

    Campus Tours
    Welcome Center Front Desk
    Our UH Ambassadors are here to show you what makes us a great university! Meet at the Welcome Center for a Family Weekend campus tour to learn more about our resources, history and traditions. Sponsored by The Office of Admissions.

  • Anytime

    Dine Like Your Student
    Hungry? Visit any retail restaurant located in the Student Center Satellite or Taco Cabana located in the Stadium parking garage and receive $1.00 off of your purchase. (Not valid at Kim Son, Sushi, Smoothie King, Shasta’s, or any convenience store location) Please use coupon located inside your registration folder! Sponsored by UH Dining Services

  • 11:00 – 12:00pm

    Important Role of Parents and Loved Ones in UH Student Success
    Student Center Bayou City Room (#219)
    The college experience is a fun but also stressful time for both students and family. This workshop explores ways to manage the necessary balance between supporting your student while providing the independence that is critical for their success in college. If you are unsure how to support your student because either you didn’t attend college or this is the first of your children to attend college then this session will be of great support to you. Sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services

  • 1:30pm

    The Prime of Jean Brodie
    theatre production in Wortham Theatre Family Weekend Special Rate, $10 a ticket.Please call the Box Office at 713-743-2929 and mention “ Family Weekend” to reserve your discounted tickets.
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie explores the relationships between teachers and students and how they can build and destroy one another. Jean Brodie is a free-spirited teacher at a Scottish girls' school during the 1930s. She is very popular with her students due to her teaching of romantic ideals yet her teaching philosophy is not appreciated by the school's principle. As Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behavior towards her favorite students becomes increasingly manipulative.

  • 3:00 – 4:00pm

    “ What I Wish My Parents Knew” Student Panel
    Student Center South- Skyline Room (#223)
    Join some of our student leaders as they host a panel in an open discussion on how you can help support your students’ college experience. Get ready to ask questions, interact with other families, and hear tips and stories on how these student leaders have successfully navigated the residential, academic, and social aspects of campus life. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Hosted by Student Housing and Residential Life

  • TBD

    UH Success Stories: What’s All This Talk About Tier One?
    Student Center South- Bayou City (#219)
    More details to come!

  • TBD

    Family Weekend Student Center Tour
    meet at the UC South Information Center
    Join us for a tour of the transformed Student Center! The tour will feature: The Student Center North, the home for student involvement and student-focused programs and services, including the home of Coog Radio, and the Student Government Association Senate Chamber. The Student Center South portion will feature fabulous retail highlights including the two-level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore and the Games Room, bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and games galore!

  • TBD

    Movie Premier: Jurassic World
    Student Center- South, Theater (#103/203)
    More details coming soon….

  • TBD

    Calhoun’s Pre-Tailgate Party
    Across the street from campus (from Cougar Lofts) located at 4701 Calhoun Rd #200
    Conveniently located across from campus, stop by and enjoy food/drink specials and catch up on the day’s football games.

  • TBD

    UH Game Day Celebration
    Please look for the “ Family Weekend Tent” located in front of the UH Athletics/Alumni Center at “Party on the Plaza”
    All families are invited to join us at the UH Family Tailgate (please refer to the map inside your Guidebook). Our celebration includes live music, UH band appearances, and visits with Shasta! A multitude of activities will be going-on so pick and choose what you and your family would like to participate in or just sit back and relax over good conversation and food. Food and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by The Dean of Students Office

  • TBD

    UH vs. Texas State Football Game
    TDECU Stadium
    Join us as we cheer on the UH Cougars in our brand new TDECU Stadium!

  • 7:30pm

    The Prime of Jean Brodie
    theatre production in Wortham Theatre Family Weekend Special Rate, $10 a ticket.
    Please call the Box Office at 713-743-2929 and mention “ Family Weekend ” to reserve your discounted tickets.
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie explores the relationships between teachers and students and how they can build and destroy one another. Jean Brodie is a free-spirited teacher at a Scottish girls' school during the 1930s. She is very popular with her students due to her teaching of romantic ideals yet her teaching philosophy is not appreciated by the school's principle. As Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behavior towards her favorite students becomes increasingly manipulative.

  • Free time

    Out and About in The City
    We encourage you to take advantage of all there is to see and do in the city of Houston. We have put together a list of options that your family might want to check out on your own on during any free time. Please see the flyer in your registration packet or you can also go to www.visithoustontexas.com for more events and activities!

On-going Events

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    Get Your Game On!
    Student Center, Games Room
    Friday 9:00am – 10:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Enjoy one hour of free billiards and/or one game of free bowling with your Family Weekend wristband. Sponsored by The University Center

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    Indoor Rock Wall Climbing
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    Friday 2:00pm – 7:30pm; Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
    Add a challenge to your Family Weekend and enjoy an afternoon of fun on our 53ft. climbing wall! Parents, students, siblings, and friends are all invited to test their climbing skills. Never climbed? Don’t worry- our experienced staff will teach you everything you need to know. Sponsored by Campus Recreation

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    Shasta’s Cones & More
    Student Center- South
    Friday 10:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Show your Cougar Pride and receive a 10% discount on all merchandise. Stop by our University Bookstore, located in the University Center to purchase your UH Parent and Family merchandise! Sponsored by the University Bookstore

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    UH Bookstore & UH Fan Shop
    Student Center, Games Room
    Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm
    Enjoy one hour of free billiards and/or one game of free bowling with your Family Weekend wristband. Sponsored by The University Center

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    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    Student Center, Games Room
    Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm
    Parents are invited to utilize our state-of-the-art recreation center. Stop by to participate in a new fitness class, play a game of racquetball or enjoy many of our other resources.

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    Cougar Hall of Fame
    Athletic/Alumni Center
    Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Self-guided tour of historic memorabilia and trophies from UH’s athletes and athletic teams. Sponsored by UH Athletics

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    Blaffer Art Museum
    Fine Arts Building
    Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
    Visit the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and see their newest exhibits

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    Family Pool Time
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Aquatic Facilities
    Friday 12:00pm – 7:30pm; Saturday 12:00pm – 7:30pm
    Even though it’s late September, Houston can still be HOT! If your family needs to cool off, take some time to enjoy our newly renovated competition pool, spas and tropical outdoor leisure pool. Great for the young and young at heart who want to enjoy the water! Lifeguards will be on duty, anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent present in the activity space. Sponsored by Campus Recreation