Palm Beach Atlantic University students will host their parents and siblings for a weekend of fun activities like sporting events, a Hawaiian luau and a laser battle during Family Weekend, which begins Thursday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 10.
Family Weekend 2010 will include a family walk/run, a family Nintendo Wii competition and theatrical performances of Pride and Prejudice in PBA's new Fern Street Theatre. Registration will be held Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, in the W.G. Lassiter Student Center.
A complete schedule of events is available on the PBA parents' web page, www.pba.edu/parents. Among the highlights:
- Families can cheer the Lady Sailfish to victory during the Pepsi Bash at the Beach Women's Volleyball Tournament, which gets under way at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, and 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. Information is available at www.pbasailfish.com.
- A Hawaiian luau begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Fresh Food Company in Fraser Dining Hall. Admission is $9.50 per person and can be paid at the door.
- Evening with the Arts, a showcase of student artwork with music and refreshments, will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Einstein Bros. Bagels and the Warren Library.
- The Panera Bread Family Fun Walk/Run begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, along the Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive. Breakfast bites will be served compliments of Panera Bread.
- University President Lu Hardin will present the State of the University address at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the DeSantis Family Chapel. Afterward, President Hardin and the Parents Council will host the President's Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Weyenberg Center on the second floor of the Lassiter Student Center.
- The men's soccer team will take on alumni at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Magic Jack Field. For information, visit the alumni web site: http://www.pba.edu/alumni-friends
- The Family Nintendo Wii Competition begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Lassiter Student Center. Prizes will be awarded. Faculty Wii experts Dr. Fred Browning, associate professor of physics, and Dr. Craig Hanson, assistant professor of philosophy, will coordinate the event.
- At 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, the School of Nursing will hold a commitment ceremony in the DeSantis Family Chapel. During this ceremony, upper division nursing students make a commitment to the profession. A reception will follow in Oceanview Hall.
- A laser battle will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, on the intramural field. The battle, a combination of laser tag and paint ball, is open to all ages from 7 to 9 p.m. and to ages 16 and older starting at 9 p.m.
- Throughout the weekend, the PBA Theatre Department will present Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory and directed by Robert Homer Drummond, assistant professor of theatre. The performances will be the first at the University's new Fern Street Theatre at 500 Fern Street near CityPlace. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 9, with an additional performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. General admission is $15 or two for $25; senior tickets are $10; and admission is $5 for all students with a valid ID. Tickets will be on sale at registration, or contact Ticket Central: (561) 803-2970, firstname.lastname@example.org.