Family Weekend

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Family Weekend 2021 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 1 & 2, 2021, and we are excited to welcome all our families back to campus this year. To register, click here

Here is the schedule for Family Weekend:

FRIDAY, October 1

9:00 AM-6:00 PM VSU BOOKSTORE

Come by and shop for all your V-State needs. 

4:00-6:00 PM FAMILY WEEKEND CHECK-IN

Information Desk-Student Union 2nd Floor Stop by to pick up your Family Weekend registration materials, event passes, souvenir gift, campus map, and football tickets (if applicable).

7:00 PM VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS

Chef D and Chef Kimberly share their professional and delicious talents in an engaging virtual cooking demonstration. Their experience in teaching makes it easy to follow along in the student's own kitchen and they will learn skills that they'll carry with them for life. What a wonderful, fun, and delicious activity to do together as a family. Instructions and a list of ingredients will be emailed to you prior to the event.

7:00 PM MOVIE-Into the Heights

Theater-Student Union 1st Floor In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board

SATURDAY, October 2

9:30 AM-1:00 PM FAMILY WEEKEND CHECK-IN

Information Desk -Student Union 2nd Floor Stop by to pick up your Family Weekend registration materials, event passes, souvenir gifts, campus map, and football tickets (if applicable). 

9:30/10:00/10:30/11:00/11:30/12:00/12:30 PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Nevins Hall-3rd Floor/Room 3004 Show Synopsis: While attending a local star party, two young students learn how the telescope has helped us to understand our place in the Universe. Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo's 1609 spyglass (composed of two small pieces of glass) to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and the future of observational astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last four centuries. Each show is limited to 25 persons and is 25 minutes in length. The shows will fill on a first-come first-served basis.

10:00 AM-2:00 PM THE COPELAND MUSEUM

2525 N Patterson/North Campus The Copeland African American Museum is unique because it is the only African American Museum on a college campus in the state of Georgia that focuses on more than African American art. With 100 pieces of history in the rotating collection, guest can view 1/3 of the collection when they visit. There is an interactive section within the museum where the visitors can select videos to learn more about a certain topic. 

10:00 AM-2:00 PM FAMILY PHOTOS

Theater Lobby-Student Union 1st Floor Get your keepsake photo of you and your VSU student together enjoying this special weekend. A ticket for each family member will be provided to you during check-in.

Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board

11:00 AM-6:00 PM VSU BOOKSTORE

Come by and shop for all your V-State needs.

11:30 AM-1:00 PM LUNCH

Palms Dining Center Get ready to enjoy a tasty lunch with our very own VSU President Dr. Richard A.Carvajal, our Vice Presidents, and Deans. A lunch ticket will be provided to you at check-in.

1:00 2:00 & 3:00 PM GUIDED ART TOURS

Odum Library 1st Floor, South Atrium Odum Library is home to the largest collection of art at Valdosta State University. We invite parents and students to visit for art tours guided by Archivist, Deborah Davis. Tours will start in the South Atrium. Highlights of Odum’s art collection includes original Rembrandt etchings, African Art, the Lamar Dodd collection, and works by Ross Rosenberg. Lamar Dodd, described as “the most influential Georgia artist of his generation,” left an artistic legacy at institutions like the University of Georgia and NASA. This influence is demonstrated in the quality and variety of his personal art collection which is showcased at Odum

3:00-7:00 PM BLAZER FAMILY TAILGATING

University Center Parking Lot Come by and visit a special tailgating spot just for you. Visit with other VSU families and enjoy walking tacos and cold beverages. There will be a limited quantity, so plan to stop by early.

4:00-6:00 PM MOVIE MATINEE-Into the Heights

Theater-Student Union 1st Floor In Washington Heights, N.Y., the scent of warm coffee hangs in the air just outside of the 181st St. subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board 

5:15 PM BLAZER WALK

Williams Street Greet the Blazers as they arrive and make their way to the stadium. The Blazer Walk has added excitement and tradition to Valdosta State football games.

7:00 PM BLAZER FOOTBALL GAME

Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Join us as we cheer on our Blazers to victory over Shorter. You will have the opportunity to purchase football tickets when you register for Family Weekend. Those tickets will be $5 each for general admission. You may also purchase tickets on the day of the game at the main southeast gate. However, those tickets will be $10 each for general admission. VSU students enter free with their VSU One Card ID.

Don’t forget to buy your Family Weekend T-Shirt.

Also Enjoy….

11:00 AM-4:00 PM Friday & Saturday WORKOUT AT THE REC

Student Recreation Center If you are looking for fun activities to do with your family, then bring them to the Student Recreation Center. Workout in our new Functional Training Room, take a dip in our pool, or shoot hoops on the courts! 

12:00-10:00 PM Friday & Saturday FREE GAME ROOM

Union Station-Student Union 1st Floor Bring your family and challenge yourselves to a game of pool or ping-pong all on us.