Family Weekend

Family Weekend at Western
October 20-22, 2017

This weekend is an opportunity for families and students to come together to take part in a variety of activities at Western State Colorado University. In addition, there will be numerous other activities planned by on-campus and community organizations including: free Wilderness Pursuit trips, athletic events, a pancake breakfast, music performances and much more. Please join us for all of these events!

Registration
There is no need to register for the weekend in advance, but some events do require pre-registration, which will open at the Family Weekend Welcome Table at noon on Friday, October 20 in the University Center. More events will be listed once details are confirmed; please check this web page again for a complete listing.

Friday, October 20

  • Family Weekend Welcome Table and Excursions Sign-ups • Noon to 5 pm • University Center
    There is no need to register for the weekend in advance, but we would like to meet you and say "Welcome to Western!"  We will have information for you about Western State Colorado University and the Gunnison Valley and a complete schedule of events. You will also sign up here for activities that require pre-registration (Saturday's Wilderness Pursuits trips).  
  • Soccer-Western vs. Metro State University • 3 pm • Gateway Field • Please see below for pricing information.
  • Volleyball — Western Mountaineers vs. South Dakota School of Mines • 7 pm • Paul Wright Gym • Please see below for pricing information.
  • Family Weekend Concert • 7:30 pm • Kincaid Concert Hall • Free Event!!!
    Please join Music Department faculty and students for this free performance in the newly renovated Quigley Hall.
  • Canvas & Cocktails • 7:30 pm •  UC North Ballroom • Space is limited and advanced registration is required, which will open at noon on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Family Weekend Welcome Table. There is also a $5 fee per participant to cover the cost of materials.​ Participants under 21 are welcome to attend Canvas & Cocktails. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for individuals for anyone 21 and over.

Saturday, October 21

  • Community Pancake Breakfast • 8 to 10 am • University Center • Free Event!!!
    Start the busy day off with Western family and friends while enjoying a filling breakfast of homemade pancakes and live music. This is a great opportunity to meet Residence Life professional staff, the few people that see your student on a daily basis now that they are in college. Hosted by Student Affairs.

The Western Bookstore
The Western Bookstore will be open 8 am to 1 pm and after the football game until 5 pm.

  • Outdoor Adventures with Wilderness Pursuits • 9 am to Noon • Departs from the University Center • Free Event!!!
    Get outside with Wilderness Pursuits, Western State Colorado University's own student-led outdoor program! Space is limited and these trips fill quickly, so reserve your space at the Family Weekend Welcome Table in the University Center, beginning at Noon on Friday, Oct. 20. Transportation and technical equipment will be provided. Please bring a snack, raincoat, warm clothes, water, sunscreen, comfortable (closed-toe) shoes, and of course, your camera.
    … Hartman Rocks, Family-Rock Climbing
    This trip will take you to a Gunnison’s outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Hartman Rocks. This desert landscape offers the perfect environment for beginner and intermediate rock climbers.
    … Bambi’s Trail, Scenic Hiking
    This hike will be a three-mile round trip hike on a gentle trail. This is one of the most scenic areas at Hartman Rocks, providing excellent views of the Gunnison Valley.
    … Hartman Rocks, Mountain Biking
    This trip will introduce you to some of the best single-track riding in Colorado. Remember that we are at almost 8,000 feet, so you will need to be physically fit to enjoy this trip. Participants must be at least 5’4” to use a WP mountain bike.
    … Taylor Canyon, Family-Rock Climbing
    Explore the beauty of Taylor Canyon as you climb perfect crags across from the Taylor River. This location is great for beginners as well as the more advanced climber. (This trip will be from 9am to 2 pm.)
  • Family Weekend Autumn Harvest Luncheon • 11 am - 1 pm • University Center Patio
    Parents of students with meal plans receive a complimentary lunch.
  • Football — Western Mountaineers vs. New Mexico Highlands University • 1 pm • Mountaineer Bowl • Please see below for pricing information.
  • Volleyball — Western Mountaineers vs. Black Hills State University • 7 pm • Paul Wright Gym • Please see below for pricing information.
  • Comedian: Bryan Morris • 7 pm • University Center Ballroom 
    Bryan Morris started comedy like most funny people – he was a weirdo in high school. He read books during recess, knew too many dinosaurs facts, and wasn’t super great at basketball. Bryan delights audiences (presumably you) by expertly balancing sharp observational humor with energetic absurdism. His quick wit, clever material, boyish charm, and manish jawline make him a loveable, relatable crowd favorite. In 2012 Bryan won Madison’s Funniest Comic Contest with a performance that inspired The Onion’s AV Club to call Bryan, “The Michael Jordan of comedy.” Bryan was also a runner up in Laughfest’s “Best of the Midwest 2014,” a finalist in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Competition, and other impressive comedy things. Bryan has been performing and teaching improv with Atlas Improv Co for nearly 10 years.

Sunday, October 22

  • Soccer-Western vs. Regis University • 1 pm • Gateway Field • Please see below for pricing information.​​​

Athletics Admission Fees

Mountaineer Bowl: Ticket booth opens two hours before kickoff. No pre-sale of tickets.

  • Western Student w/ Valid ID: FREE
  • Adults 18+: $10
  • Students (AGES 5-17): $5
  • Senior Citizens: $5
  • Kids under 5: FREE
  • MAA Members w/ card: FREE

Paul Wright Gym: Ticket booth opens one hour before scheduled event. No pre-sale of tickets.

  • Western Student w/ Valid ID: FREE
  • Adults 18+: $8
  • Students (AGES 5-17): $5
  • Senior Citizens: $5
  • Kids under 5: FREE
  • MAA Members w/ card: FREE

Gateway Field: Ticket booth opens one hour before scheduled event. No pre-sale of tickets.

  • Western Student w/ Valid ID: FREE
  • Adults 18+: $5
  • Students (AGES 5-17): $5
  • Senior Citizens: $5
  • Kids under 5: FREE
  • MAA Members w/ card: FREE

Questions? Call the LEAD Office at 970.943.2469 or email lead@western.edu for more information about any of these events.