Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: October 5, 2009 3:30:18 PM PDT
WWU to host Fall Family Open House Oct. 23-25

Contact: New Student Services/Family Outreach, (360) 650-3846, or on the Web at http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu/family-weekends.shtml.

BELLINGHAM Experience Western Washington University’s activity-filled Fall Family Open House from Friday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 25.

The weekend kicks off on Friday afternoon with the College of Business and Economics luncheon at noon and Teaching Scholarship Day at 1:30 p.m., followed by Planetarium shows at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Also available from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. is “The Sounds of Cells Dividing,” an exhibition at the Western Gallery recreated by the 2008 Mellon Foundation Faculty Development Award winner and Reed College professor Geraldine Ondrizek, which boasts a series of rooms featuring handmade paper walls embedded with the sound of recordings of cells dividing.

At 6:30 p.m., “Sleeping Over With Science and the Arts” begins in the Science and Math building. SOS&A is an educational program is for elementary school students grades 3-5.  Participants have a choice of two topics: "Can You Dig It" (Archeology) or "Art in Motion" (Art). The cost is $55, which includes instruction and materials, snack and a continental breakfast.

On Friday evening, families can choose to attend one of three special events: “The Mistakes Madeline Made” at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Mainstage; the Arthur Hicks Piano Scholarship Recital featuring Laurent Boukobza at 8 p.m. in the PAC concert Hall; or Planetarium shows at either 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. in the WWU Planetarium (meet under the Haggard Hall skybridge).

A story of love and dirty people, “The Mistakes Madeline Made” is a hilarious tale about a girl who toils away in a soul-crushing job as a personal assistant.  She begins to battle all things clean after developing Ablutophobia – the fear of bathing – and soon her smell starts to overwhelm her co-workers and her many casual lovers.  Due to adult language and nudity, this show is for mature audiences only.  Ticket prices:  $12 for adults, $9 for student with student identification, and $9 for WWU faculty, staff, and seniors. For more information visit www.tickets.wwu.edu or call the Performing Arts Center box office at 360-650-6146.

On Saturday, information booth will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Red Square and in front of the Academic Instructional Center.

At 10 a.m. is an Opening Reception with Provost Catherine Riordan and a Student Leadership E-Portfolio presentation with Leadership Development Specialist Joanne DeMark, in the Academic Instructional Center, home to the Psychology and Communications Sciences and Disorders Departments.  Riordan will make the opening remarks followed by a presentation about Western’s cutting edge Student Leadership E-Portfolio program by DeMark.  Continental breakfast will be provided; please RSVP for this event by using the RSVP link from the main New Student Services/Family Outreach web page.

A number of faculty presentations will be made on campus as well:

Holding open houses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be the following departments and programs:

Other events set for Saturday include:

Sunday events include a 2 p.m. showing of The Mistakes Madeline Made,” at the PAC Mainstage Theatre.

Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone at Western’s Fall Family Open House. For more information, call New Student Services/Family Outreach at (360) 650-3846 or visit http://www.nssfo.wwu.edu/family-weekends.shtml.

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