Families to visit WVU, B&E October 4-6

September 30, 2013

Six hundred invitations have been sent to parents of College of Business and Economics freshmen, and faculty and staff are ready to give visitors a warm welcome during the Oct. 4-6 Fall Family Weekend.

The event is sponsored by the Mountaineer Parents Club each year and gives West Virginia University parents the chance to get a first-hand look at life as a WVU student. Parents are encouraged to attend class with their student, to visit the Student Recreation Center, experience various residence hall activities, share a meal and more.

Catharine Thieme is a developmental advising specialist in Undergraduate Programs and is organizing the College's participation. She said information tables will be available at B&E for parents from 1-3 p.m. so that they can meet representatives of each academic unit and other College services. Refreshments will be served on the third floor, and a slide show about the College will be playing in room 459.

In addition, a representative of the College's Business Learning Resource Center will be on hand to talk with parents and students about how that unit can help students with communication and study skills.
Yvonne Nieman, who attended last year, is the mother of Jeff Nieman, a junior management student from Morgantown. She said the event was valuable.

"As a local of Morgantown, I was amazed at the breadth of services available to students in the College of Business. Dean Sartarelli's message about the College was very informative," she said. "The faculty and staff were very helpful in providing information. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Business Learning Resource Center and talking to Susan Maczko. It is good to know that my son has a quiet place to go to study and to receive help with his academic classes."

At the University level, a welcome reception will be held in the Mountainlair on Friday from 5-8 p.m. It will provide an opportunity for parents to meet WVU administrators and to pick up a Fall Family Weekend schedule and commemoratives. In addition, they will be able to speak with representatives from various University agencies.

Fall Family Weekend coincides with the colorful fall season in West Virginia, providing opportunities for parents to enjoy the state's beauty while visiting. In addition, Morgantown is holding "Art is Food" Friday from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Morgantown. It is a new event for Arts Walk, which is held every year during WVU Fall Family Weekend. The WVU Mountaineer Parents Club and Main Street Morgantown will open the event in the Morgantown Market Place located at the corner of Fayette and Spruce streets.

Food will be provided through the partnership with the Downtown Morgantown Restaurant Association. The cost is $15 per person and will include samplings of food from downtown/Wharf District restaurants. Following the event, parents are encouraged to stroll through more than 40 downtown businesses to see artwork from local artists until 9 p.m.