Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Sample Schedule

9:00- 7:00pm Family Weekend Check-in and Parent Headquarters,
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
All registered participants should check in to pick up your packets, including the Guide to Family Weekend, 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!
9:00 -5:00pm 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.
9:30-10:30am    Campus Tours, Welcome Center Admissions Area (front lobby)
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
10:00-10:50am The World as Your Classroom, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Wellness Classroom Room 1038
Get the facts on when, where and how your student can study abroad- and still graduate in four years!  This informal session will provide you information about UH study-abroad programs as well as tips on how studying throughout the world can actually be an affordable option for any student. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions as well as collect promotional materials and give-away items. Sponsored by Office of International Studies and Programs
10:00-12:00pm
(tours every 30 minutes)
Family Weekend Library Tour and Special Collections Exhibit, M.D. Anderson Library
Visit M.D. Anderson Library and chat with librarians about the technology, services, and study spaces available to students, and to explore the new Special Collections exhibit, "Collective Herstory, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archives". 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.
10:45-11:30am “What I Wish My Parents Knew” Student Panel
Located between Cougar Village I and Cougar Village II, N138 Multipurpose Room
Join our Student Housing and Residential Life department as they host a student 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
11:00-11:50am Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC
When the first phase of the UC Transformation Project wraps up in January 2014, the UH student body can look forward to everything from a new home for student involvement in UC North to great new food options including Panda Express, McDonald’s, and Starbucks.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the UC Construction site and get a sneak peek at what your student can look forward to for years to come.
11:00-12:00pm

Zumba Group Fitness Class, Campus Recreation, Multipurpose Room #1
Zumba is the Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow dance-fitness party that will change the way you think about exercise. This cardiovascular workout will make you sweat as you boogie to the beats of international rhythms, energizing your body and mind. Ditch the workout, join the party!

11:00-1:00pm Dine Like Your Student
Hungry? Visit any retail restaurant located in the UC 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)
Coupons located inside your Family Weekend Guidebook! Sponsored by UH Dining Services
1:00-2:00pm* Caring From Afar: What you need to know to help create a positive transition to UH for your student and yourself, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Wellness Classroom Room 1038
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

*This session will be offered at the same time in two options: English-speaking and Spanish-speaking. Please see the description for the specific location for each session.

Cuidando desde lejos: Lo que usted necesita saber para ayudar a crear una transición positiva a la Universidad de Houston para su estudiante y para usted
, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Multipurpose Room #3

La experiencia universitaria es divertida pero también es un tiempo estresante para los estudiantes y su familia. Este taller explora las formas de balancear el apoyo a su estudiante al mismo tiempo que proporciona la independencia necesaria para éxito universitario.  Si no está seguro de cómo apoyar a su estudiante, porque usted no asistió a la universidad o porque este es el primero de sus hijos o hijas en asistir a la universidad, este taller será de gran ayuda para usted. Patrocinado por Consejeraía y Servicios Psicológicos
1:00-2:00pm 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.
1:00-3:00pm Go Abroad! Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs, Agnes Arnold Hall 213 in the Language Acquisition Center
Broaden your horizon! Study abroad and learn another language to increase your job opportunities and earning potential in a wide range of careers – while earning college credit! Come by to learn about all we have to offer, including instruction in 14 different languages, faculty-led study abroad programs in China, France and Spain, and additional summer or semester-long programs in Germany, Mexico, Italy and more! Departmental scholarships are available. Sponsored by Modern & Classical Languages and Hispanic Studies Departments.
1:00-3:00pm University Career Services (UCS) Open House,, Student Services Building I
Does your student need help: Choosing a major? Writing his/her resume?Preparing for an interview? Come by and see how we can help! Spin the University Career Services wheel for a prize and enjoy refreshments while we walk you through our services. Parents and family members will also receive a VIP packet of career- related information including a free copy of our book, Career Vision.
1:00-4:00pm
(drop-in basis)
Health Center Open House featuring FREE Flu Shots  
UH Health Center located between Student Service Center 1 and 2
What better way to keep your students healthy and successful this academic year than to get them vaccinated against the flu.  Free flu shots will be available to students with valid ID at the University of Houston Health Center.  Family members who are 18 years old or older can also receive the flu shot for $15. Available while supplies last.  Picture ID required.

Free Physical Exams and Teeth Cleaning
– When you visit the Health Center your student can enter a drawing for a free physical exam and/or teeth cleaning! Find out more about services we offer: General Medical Clinic, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Women’s Clinic, Men’s Clinic, Dental Clinic, Lab and Pharmacy Services.
2:00-2:50pm Student Finances at UH: What Every Parent Shoud Know, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Wellness Classroom 1038
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.
2:00-3:00pm 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. Moderator:  Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Dave Shattuck.
2:00-3:00pm

Conrad N. Hilton College (open only to HRM majors/families)
Demonstration Kitchen (Room S116), 1st floor South Lobby of Hilton College
Meet our Associate Dean of Academics and receive an update on what’s happening at Hilton College. Then you’ll hear from the student leaders of three of our student organizations and how their experiences here have enhanced their professional development. This discussion will be followed by a tour of our facilities, and coffee and dessert in Cougar Grounds—our student-run coffee shop. We look forward to welcoming our Cougar parents and their future leaders of the hospitality industry!

2:30-4:00pm

University Eye Institute- register to win a FREE Apple MINI IPAD
The University Eye Institute, at the U of H College of Optometry, is located adjacent to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, near the corner of Wheeler and Calhoun, at entrance 2A
When you visit the University Eye Institute, your student can enter to win an Apple mini “Eye” Pad!  You can also learn more about our 4-year professional program, as a future career option for your son or daughter.  In addition, find out about the full range of eye care services that are available at the UEI for your entire family.  Students at the University of Houston have a bright future!  We want them to be able to see it! 
Picture ID required. Look for balloons at the entrance to the  UEI.

2:00-3:00pm
(drop-in basis)
Guided Blaffer Art Museum Tour, Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,, Fine Arts Building
Blaffer Art Museum invites you to take a free, guided tour offered on a drop-in basis of their newest exhibition. Feast features more than thirty artists through two interrelated components: a gallery presentation and participatory, performative projects.
2:30-3:15pm Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC, meet at the UC Information Center, room 102
When the first phase of the UC Transformation Project wraps up in January 2014, the UH student body can look forward to everything from a new home for student involvement in UC North to great new food options including Panda Express, McDonald’s, and Starbucks.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the UC Construction site and get a sneak peek at what yourstudent can look forward to for years to come.
3:15-4:00pm       Parent and 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!
4:00-5:00pm College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Science and Research Building 1 (Building 550), Room 117 (open to NSM majors/families)
Meet Dean Dan Wells and learn about the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ programs supporting student success. Presentations will include student success initiatives, resources, academic advising, and “Life as an NSM Student” presented by several NSM juniors and seniors.
4:15-5:00pm Campus Safety Panel: A Shared Responsibility for Security, Located between Cougar Village I and Cougar Village II, N138 Multipurpose Room
Student Housing and Residential Life welcomes parents to our brand new Cougar Village II residence hall for a panel discussion on campus safety preventions. This panel will focus on what the university, students, and parents can do to provide a safe and secure learning and social environment with panel representatives from Student Housing and Residential Life, The Dean of Students Office, and the University of Houston Police Department. Snacks and Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Student Housing and Residential Life
4:30-6:30pm
(drop-in basis)
Cougars Giving Back, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (also part of the Family BBQ Celebration), lobby area
Take a moment out of your busy day to make a difference! Stop by our Cougars Give Back station 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
5:00-6:30pm Family BBQ Celebration
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
All Family Weekend participants are welcome to join us for music, food, fun and friends! 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.  Optional activities include:
5:00-6:30 BBQ Dinner, outside by the pool (vegetarian options available upon request)
5:00-6:30 Family activities, lobby area
5:30-6:00 UH Fencing Sport Club Exposition, lobby area
5:30-6:00 UH Wushu Sport Club Exposition, lobby area
6:00-6:30 Family Zumba Class, Multipurpose Room #1
You and your family should take advantage of the fitness phenomenon that is taking the world by storm! It's a fusion of Latin and international music and dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness experience! It's a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps perfect for anyone with or without dance experience!!
7:00-9:00pm Friday Night Concert featuring Dinner and a Suit! University Center, Houston Room
In a music world where genre lines are increasingly blurred, Dinner And A Suit has emerged with a sonic meld that resonates with familiarity and captivates with distinction. Since their formation in 2009, Dinner And A Suit quickly captured attention with a captivating blend of ethereal rock and distinguished pop - leading to critical acclaim, a swelling dedication of global fans, and coveted live dates that have circled the band throughout the US. The spiraling success fueled Dinner And A Suit to transplant to Nashville in late 2010, where they began work on what would become Since Our Departure - their brand new full-length album. Sponsored by UH Homecoming and The Student Programming Board
7:00-9:00pm UH vs. UCF Volleyball Game, Athletic/Alumni Center
Just show your Family Weekend wristband at the ticket office (located inside the Athletic/Alumni Center) to gain free admittance to the game. Go Coogs! Sponsored by The UH Athletics.

Saturday, October 19th

9:00-10:00am Family Weekend Check-in, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
All registered participants should check in to pick up your packets, including the Guide to Family Weekend, nametags, tickets and other goodies!
9:00-11:30pm Downtown Bike Tour, Meet in the lobby of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Join Outdoor Adventure on a leisurely bike ride through downtown Houston. All equipment is provided and total distance for the tour is 12 miles. Space is limited! Please call 713-743-0808 by October 7th to reserve your spot. All participants must be at least 16 years of age and have the ability to ride a bike.
10:00-10:50am Campus Community Garden, Corner of Cullen and Wheeler in the park by Cougar Woods
The Campus Community Garden at the University of Houston teaches students how to garden organically while giving back to the community by providing healthy produce to local food banks. Participants will sample food from the garden, receive a tour and brief history of the garden and have the opportunity to learn the “ins-and-outs” of managing a garden including weeding, planting, seeding and harvesting of the produce.Participants will gain a better understanding of agricultural sustainability and receive some fresh herbs to take home to remember this experience!  Sponsored by The Office of Sustainability
11:00-11:50 “What I Wish My Parents Knew” Student Panel, Located between Cougar Village I and Cougar Village II, N138 Multipurpose Room
Join our Student Housing and Residential Life department as they host a student 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
11:00-12:30pm College of Education: Making Memorable Moments, Farish Hall KIVA Room 101
Looking to learn more about your College of Education (COE), meet and greet other COE students, take pictures with your family, win great prizes,  eat great food and make memorable moments with family?  Well, you can’t miss this exciting time to meet your Dean and the rest of your COE family. Let’s make some memorable moments together.  We can’t wait to  see you! This is a private eventonly open to COE students and their guests.
11:00-11:40pm Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC, meet at the UC Information Center, room 102
When the first phase of the UC Transformation Project wraps up in January 2014, the UH student body can look forward to everything from a new home for student involvement in UC North to great new food options including Panda Express, McDonald’s, and Starbucks.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the UC Construction site and get a sneak peek at what your student can look forward to for years to come.
11:00- 2:00pm Dine Like Your Student
Visit our state of the art dining halls: Fresh Food Co. located in Moody Towers or the new Real Food on Campus located in Cougar Woods and receive $1.00 off (please use coupon located inside your Family Weekend Guidebook)! Sponsored by UH Dining Services
11:30- 1:00pm UH Family Game Day Celebration, Lynn Eusan Park 
Join us at the UH Family Tailgate, located directly in front of Cougar Village I and II in the park. Our celebration includes music, Cougar Family Photos and visits with Shasta! Food and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by The Dean of Students Office
1:30-3:30pm
(tours every 30 min.)
Family Weekend Library Tour and Special Collections Exhibit, M.D. Anderson Library
Visit M.D. Anderson Library and chat with librarians about the technology, services, and study spaces available to students, and to explore the new Special Collections exhibit, "Collective Herstory, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archives". Tours of the building will be offered every half hour staring at 1:30pm. Don't have time for a tour? Stop by the library anytime between 1:30-3:30 to pick up brochures and free giveaways.
2:30pm UH vs. BYU Football Game, Reliant Stadium
See your Guidebook for information on transportation, parking, and UH game-watching locations.
3:00-4:00pm
(drop-in basis)
Guided Blaffer Art Museum Tour, Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Building
Blaffer Art Museum invites you to take a free, guided tour offered on a drop-in basis of their newest exhibition. Feast features more than thirty artists through two interrelated components: a gallery presentation and participatory, performative projects.
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 activities throughout the weekend

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Friday 10:00am-7:00pm, Saturday 10:00-7:00pm
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.
Family Pool Time, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Outdoor Leisure Pool
Friday 12:00-7:30pm, Saturday 12:00-7:00pm
Even though it’s October, Houston can still be HOT! If your family needs to cool off, take some time to enjoy our beautiful outdoor leisure pool complete with slides, waterfall and hot tub. A perfect time for the younger siblings who may just want to have some fun in the sun. Lifeguards will be on duty, children under the age of 16 must have a parent present. Sponsored by Campus Recreation
Indoor Rock Climbing, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Friday 2:00-8:00pm, Saturday 2:00-6:00pm
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
Little Shasta’s Cones, University Center Satellite
Friday 11:00am-4:00pm, Saturday closed
Stop by for a $ 1 cone of Blue Bell ice cream with your Family Weekend nametag! Sponsored by the University Center
Get Your Game On! University Center Satellite, Games Room
Friday 11:00am-4:00pm; Saturday closed
One hour of free billiards/pool with your Family Weekend nametag. Sponsored by The University Center
UH Bookstore & UH Fan Shop
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm;
Saturday: Bookstore 9:00am-3:00pm, Fan Shop 9:00-2:00pm
Show your Cougar Pride and receive a 10% discount on all merchandise. Stop by our University Bookstore, located in the University Center, or our UH Fan Shop, located in the New Stadium Parking Garage, to purchase your UH Parent and Family merchandise! Sponsored by the University Bookstore
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
Blaffer Art Museum, Fine Arts Building
Friday 10:00-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00-5:00pm
Visit the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and see their newest exhibits featuring Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art and Lighthouse in the Sea of Time.

Collective Herstory, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives, Special Collections Exhibit located at M.D. Anderson Library
Friday 9:00-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00-4:00pm
This exhibition explores the collections contained within the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives highlighting the contributions that women and their organizations have made inHouston and Texas history -ranging from women’s suffrage and feminism, to business, politics, education and the arts. Each of their individual and unique stories adds to the complexity and beauty of the mosaic that has been assembled over time.

Sunday Worship Services

On Campus:

Catholic Newman Center, sponsored mass
A.D. Bruce Religion Center
3801 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX
Sundays at 10:45 A.M.
http://www.uh.edu/adbruce/

Catholic Newman Center
4805 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX
Monday – Thursday: Mass at 12 P.M.
Sunday: 6 P.M. evening mass
http://uhcatholic.org/

Off Campus:

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
3826 Wheeler Ave. Houston, TX 77004
7:15 A.M., 9:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M., 1:00 A.M.
http://www.wheeleravebc.org/

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
5008 Calhoun Rd. Houston, TX 77004
10:00 A.M.

Riverside United Methodist Church
4920 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77004
10:00 A.M.
http://www.riversideumc.org/

Trinity United Methodist
2600 Holman St.
Houston, Texas 77004
10:00 A.M.
http://www.tumchouston.org/

St. James Episcopal Church
3129 Southmore Blvd. Houston, Texas 77004
8:00 A.M., 9:30 A.M., 12:00 P.M., and 3:00 P.M.
http://www.stjameshouston.org/