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Family Weekend comes to the College of Engineering

A group of tigers is sometimes called an ambush, and this year’s Family Weekend might feel like just that. With enrollment at a record high, expect crowds on campus when tiger families join alumni and students Sept. 24-26. And following extensive building renovations and additions, what better time for the College of Engineering to host its first-ever Family Weekend events?

“With record enrollment, there’s a new demographic,” said Tina Balser, recruitment coordinator for the college. “We need to open our doors and make people feel welcome.”

The weekend will start on Friday with selected open classes, which family members can attend, followed by a College of Engineering open house on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Demonstrations will run in the new undergraduate labs, and a student organizations fair will be held in the Time Capsule on the ground floor of Lafferre Hall.

“Family Weekend is a great opportunity for faculty and students to showcase their departments, involvements, research and pride in the College of Engineering to families all over,” Balser said. “There will be some recruiting things, and you’ll see lots of ways students can get involved and immersed in the engineering culture.”

Balser said that although 75 percent of attendees will be freshmen and sophomores, the weekend appeals to upperclassmen as well. “Dipping with the Deans” is a chance to interact with engineering deans and enjoy light refreshments and ice cream.

Students and their families will also have the chance to meet alumni during the open house. Balser said parents play a big role in a student’s college experience, and exploring various aspects with students should put them at ease.

“It’s reassuring to see the things involved from start to finish and maybe even into the future,” she said. “They’ll know that their student can still be a part of things after graduation.”

For more information, vist MU’s Office of Parent Relations website at http://parentrelations.missouri.edu/events/family-weekend/index.php



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