Family Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday, October 17th

  • 9:00 – 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!

  • 9:00 – 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
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    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 – 12:00pm

    Cougars Giving Back
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center lobby area

    (walk-in) Take a moment out of your busy day to make a difference! Stop by our Cougars Give Back station located right outside of Family Weekend check-in areas 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

  • 10:00 – 12:00pm

    Explore your cougar pathway to success! Meet and Greet Breakfast With University Career Services! Student Services Center 1
    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!

  • 10:00 – 12:00pm

    Family Weekend Library Tour and Special Collections Exhibits, M.D. (tours every 30 min.)  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 exhibits. 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.

  • 11:00 – 11:50am

    Behind the Scenes Tour - The New UC
    meet at the UC Information Center
    Take a guided tour of the new University Center which opened in January 2014. The tour will include: The University Center North featuring the new home for student involvement and engagement and several student centered programs and services. The University Center South featuring retail services Panda Express, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Cougar Xpress Mini Market, CreationStation, a two level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore, and the new TDECU branch. Experience the renovated Games Room bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and the new ballroom and theater. Take a sneak peak of Phase 2 construction space that will open in January 2015. This space will feature additional retail services: Shasta’s Cones and More Ice Cream Shop, Freshii, CougarByte Technology Store as well as the much anticipated Legacy Lounge, group study rooms and new conference, event and meeting spaces.

  • 11:00 – 11:50pm

    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

  • 11:00am – 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) Please use coupon located inside your registration folder! Sponsored by UH Dining Services

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm

    Healthy Coogs, Healthy Planet
    Cougar Woods Dining Hall
    Join UH Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability for a tour of the organic campus community garden and a healthy recipe demonstration. Participants will learn how to create a healthy in-season meal, where to purchase local produce, gardening tips and tricks as well as general information on how to live healthily and sustainably. Visitors will receive samples from the food demo and herb seed bombs to plant at home. Bring your appetite and dine in after the demo for $1 off your meal. Recipe cards, snacks and refreshments will also be provided. Meet on the steps of Cougar Woods dining hall near the intersection of Cullen and Wheeler. RSVP required

  • 12:30 – 1:15pm

    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!

  • 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, room 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 (walk-in basis)

    University Eye Institute
    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 2! 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.

  • 1:00 – 4:00pm (walk-in basis)

    Health Center Open House featuring FREE Flu Shots
    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.

    UH Dental Center – Stop by for a Chance to Win Free Teeth Whitening and Cleaning! Why worry about your student’s oral hygiene while they are away for the semester. We offer a complete array of services including but not limited to; emergencies, preventative, restorative, major, whitening, Invisalign and wisdom teeth extractions. Come visit us and enter to win Free Teeth Whitening and Cleaning for your student!

  • 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. Moderators: Fritz Claydon and Len Trombetta, the Director and Associate Director of the Honor’s Engineering Program

  • 2:00 – 3:00PM

    Valenti School of Communication Reception
    Valenti School of Communication Interior Atrium - downstairs. Open to all participants
    Come tour the Communication Technology Center lab, Media Production studio, and the Valenti Walls of Fame. See first- hand how students develop and produce news stories within our own studios. Check out our Communication Technology Center and computer classrooms, where students utilize some of the newest software programs and have on-the-spot technical assistance available to them throughout the semester. Participate in an engaging Q & A session with some communication professionals, who are Valenti School graduates. Learn how they came to study communications at UH and how they are making a difference with their communication degrees.

  • 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 the Dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College and receive an update on what’s happening at Hilton College. Then you’ll hear from some student leaders 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!

  • 2:00 - 2:45pm

    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.

  • 2:15-3:15pm

    Group Fitness: Yoga
    Campus Recreation, Room #4
    The Campus Recreation fitness program offers 97 classes a week to help your student get or stay in shape and feel great! Yoga is the practice of moving through asanas or postures often practiced alone for fitness or combined with meditation to calm and center the mind. This practice is beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety as well as building strength and flexibility.

  • 3:00-3:50pm

    Student Finances at UH: What Every Parent Should Know
    Campus 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.

  • 3:15 – 4:00pm

    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!


  • 4:00-5:00pm

    Faculty in Residence Reception
    Cougar Place Lobby (right next to the stadium, so a great session before the tailgate)
    Join Student Housing and Residential Life’s Faculty in Residence members for an opportunity for Q&A and mingling. Learn more about the Faculty in Residence program, the experiences that these faculty members have had living in-hall, and the great programs and initiatives that they have been engaging in with our residential students. Enjoy light appetizers and gain some unique insight into the program from a diverse set of faculty members

  • 4:15-5:00pm

    Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC
    meet at the UC South Information Center
    Take a guided tour of the new University Center which opened in January 2014. The tour will include: The University Center North featuring the new home for student involvement and engagement and several student centered programs and services. The University Center South featuring retail services Panda Express, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Cougar Xpress Mini Market, CreationStation, a two level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore, and the new TDECU branch. Experience the renovated Games Room bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and the new ballroom and theater. Take a sneak peak of Phase 2 construction space that will open in January 2015. This space will feature additional retail services: Shasta’s Cones and More Ice Cream Shop, Freshii, CougarByte Technology Store as well as the much anticipated Legacy Lounge, group study rooms and new conference, event and meeting spaces.

  • 5:00 – 7:15pm

    UH Game Day Celebration
    in front of the UH Athletics/Alumni Center “Party on the Plaza”
    All families are invited to join us at the UH Family Tailgate (please refer to the map inside your registration). 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 The Dean of Students Office

  • 6:30-8:00pm

    Blaffer Art Museum hosts “Pre-Theater Happy Hour”
    Fine Arts Building
    Blaffer is open additional before the Alley Theatre performance of Dracula. Whether you’re on your way to the Alley @ UH or just haven’t caught our shows yet, join us for wine, cheese and an art exhibition or two during our pre-theater happy hours! (Click here for Alley @ UH parking options.) Cash bar will be available.

  • 8:00pm

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

  • 8:00pm

    Dracula, the Original Vampire Play
    Wortham Theater
    The Alley Theatre is delighted to offer University of Houston Family and Friends a special ticket offer to our production, Dracula, the Original Vampire Play. Students can purchase up to three tickets at the $14 UH student rate by using promo code UHSTUDENT. Tickets can be bought online at http://tickets.alleytheatre.org or 713-220-5700. *Limited availability

Saturday, October 18th

  • 9:00 – 11:00am

    Family Weekend Check-in
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    If you are just arriving and have not yet checked-in, please stop by to pick up your packets, including the Guide to Family Weekend, nametags, and other goodies!

  • 10:00 – 10:45

    VIP Tours of the new TDECU 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!

  • 10:00 - 10:50pm

    “What I Wish My Parents Knew” Student Panel
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, The Wellness ClassroomJoin 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 - 11:45pm

    Campus Tours
    Welcome Center Front DeskJOur 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.

  • 11:00 – 1:00pm

    Family Luau Luncheon with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
    Campus Recreation outside Leisure Pool Area
    All family members are invited to our first annual Family Weekend Luau! Imagine yourself on a tropical island paradise as you enjoy a buffet lunch, and live entertainment with professional performers and fire knife act! You will also have the opportunity to meet UH administrators, fellow parents, and other members of the UH family as well as the opportunity to receive your annual Family Weekend photo keepsake. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by The Dean of Students Office and Campus Recreation *rainsite, inside Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

  • 1:00 – 1:45

    Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC
    Meet at the UC South Information Center
    Take a guided tour of the new University Center which opened in January 2014. The tour will include: The University Center North featuring the new home for student involvement and engagement and several student centered programs and services. The University Center South featuring retail services, a two level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore, and the new TDECU branch. Experience the renovated Games Room bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and the new ballroom and theater. Take a sneak peak of Phase 2 construction space that will open in January 2015. This space will feature additional retail services: Shasta’s Cones and More Ice Cream Shop, Freshii, CougarByte Technology Store as well as the much anticipated Legacy Lounge, group study rooms and more!

  • 2:00 – 3:00

    VIP Tours of the new TDECU 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!

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm

    Saleri Studio Saturday
    Blaffer Art Museum located in the Fine Arts BuildingFor the first time, Family Weekend guests can partake in our museum’s annual family art-making day! Participants will take a guided tour of the museum, then have the opportunity to make art drawings or small architectural models inspired by the current exhibition, Buildering: Misbehaving the City. This event is appropriate for all ages and free refreshments will be served.

  • 1:00 - 4:00pm (walk-in basis)

    Mini-Masters PAR-tee
    Join the Residence Halls Association for a family-friendly game of miniature golf! Challenge friends, students, and family members to see who can play the best round! Grab a free t-shirt, Masters-themes koozie, and a golf (stress) ball! The fun is just getting started as you try your luck at a hole in one! Sponsored by Residence Halls Association

  • 1:00 - 2:30pm

    Blaffer Art Museum hosts “Pre-Theater Happy Hour”
    Fine Arts BuildingBlaffer is open additional before the Alley Theatre performance of Dracula. Whether you’re on your way to the Alley @ UH or just haven’t caught our shows yet, join us for wine, cheese and an art exhibition or two during our pre-theater happy hours! (Click here for Alley @ UH parking options.) Cash bar will be available.

  • 2:30pm

    Dracula, the Original Vampire Play
    Wortham TheaterThe Alley Theatre is delighted to offer University of Houston Family and Friends a special ticket offer to our production, Dracula, the Original Vampire Play. Students can purchase up to three tickets at the $14 UH student rate by using promo code UHSTUDENT. Tickets can be bought online at http://tickets.alleytheatre.org or 713-220-5700. *Limited availability

  • 3:00 – 4:00pm

    Behind the Scenes Tour – The New UC
    meet at the UC Information CenterTake a guided tour of the new University Center which opened in January 2014. The tour will include: The University Center North featuring the new home for student involvement and engagement and several student centered programs and services. The University Center South featuring retail services Panda Express, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Cougar Xpress Mini Market, CreationStation, a two level Barnes and Noble @ UH Bookstore, and the new TDECU branch. Experience the renovated Games Room bursting with Cougar Red school spirit and the new ballroom and theater. Take a sneak peak of Phase 2 construction space that will open in January 2015. This space will feature additional retail services: Shasta’s Cones and More Ice Cream Shop, Freshii, CougarByte Technology Store as well as the much anticipated Legacy Lounge, group study rooms and new conference, event and meeting spaces.

  • 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

    World War I Centennial Commemoration Exhibit & The USS Houston Exhibit Special Collections Exhibit, M.D. Anderson Library
    Friday 9:00-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00-4:00pm

    The World War I Centennial Commemoration, located on the first floor of the MD Anderson Library, highlights different aspects of the Great War, including the war’s causes, war fiction and poetry, women in the war effort, and entertainment. The USS Houston Exhibit, a permanent exhibit, located on the second floor of the MD Anderson Library tells the story of the USS Houston (CA-30), a heavy cruiser launched in 1929, and her crew. The exhibition features original letters and artifacts from the ship and the POW camps, an American flag made by prisoners-of-war in Saigon, and vintage photographs of USS Houston crew members. Paintings of the ship are also on display, as well as a newly restored model, ship's bell, and two uniforms.

    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
    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. 

    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 newestexhibits featuring Buildering: Misbehaving the City.

    Family Pool Time
    Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Outdoor Leisure Pool
    Friday 12:00pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 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

    Get Your Game On!
    University Center Satellite, Games Room
    Friday 9:00am – 10:00pm; Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm
    One hour of free billiards and/or bowling with your Family Weekend nametag. Sponsored by The University Center

    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

    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

    UH Bookstore & UH Fan Shop
    Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm
    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