Mercer to Celebrate Family Weekend 2016 Sept. 16-18 in Macon


MACON – Mercer University's Office of Campus Life and Student Involvement has organized three days of events Sept. 16-18 to celebrate Family Weekend 2016.

Students' parents, siblings and other relatives are invited to meet Mercer's administration and faculty and enjoy a variety of arts, athletic and social events.

Registration can be completed online by Sept. 15 or on site Sept. 16, 5-7 p.m., or Sept. 17, 8-10:30 a.m., in the Connell Student Center Lobby. The $10 fee per family includes breakfast, tailgating activities, a discount card and the opportunity to purchase Family Weekend T-shirts for $10 each.

The festivities will begin Friday evening with the National Pan-Hellenic Council Stroll-Off on the University Center patio at 7 p.m., followed by an outdoor showing of “Finding Dory” on Cruz Plaza at 9 p.m.

The University's administration and faculty will join students and their families for breakfast in Connell Student Center from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.

The bursar's, registrar's and student financial planning offices will be open from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to provide services or answer questions.

Mercer President William D. Underwood will lead a welcome program at 10:45 a.m. in Willingham Auditorium.

Tailgating activities for the whole family will take place on Cruz Plaza from 12-4 p.m. Barbecue lunch plates can be purchased for $7 each, and there will be a free photo booth, popsicle stand and football on the big screen.

A workshop on “Study Abroad Opportunities” will take place in Connell Conference Room 1 from 1:30-2:15 p.m., followed by a session on “Internship Opportunities” in the Science and Engineering Building's Peyton Anderson Auditorium from 2:15-3 p.m.

The Mercer Singers will present their Family Weekend Gala Concert at 2 p.m. in Fickling Hall. Also, at 2 p.m., the University will hold a ribbon-cutting outside the new Legacy Hall freshman residence hall, which will be followed by an open house.

The Bears football team will play host to Tennessee Tech at 4 p.m. in Five Star Stadium. Additional athletic events during the weekend include volleyball matches in Hawkins Arena at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday, as well as men's soccer on Bear Field at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Tower tours of the Godsey Administration Building will be available from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. Family food specials will be available all weekend in Mercer Village and downtown Macon, and the campus bookstore will have extended hours until 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.

Family Weekend will conclude with a worship service at Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.