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Family Weekend 2019               (print version)

September 20-22


The registration fee will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 years old, children 5 and under are free. The registration fee covers the cost of the tailgate on Saturday and admission to the football game.

EVENT SCHEDULE


Friday, September 20

1-5 p.m. Check-in | Garrison Campus Center

Pick up all of your information and enjoy an ice cream float in our commemorative Family Weekend cup. Visit with our McMurry Student Foundation members and see how they play an active role on campus. Meet our mascot Wally War Hawk and get a picture with him.  Participate in the Family Weekend service project by bringing a non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of the Friendship Closet, our local campus food pantry. 

Bookstore open until 5 p.m. – Get your McMurry Gear Here!

4:30 – 7 p.m.
Dinner Available in the Village Market Dining Hall
$4.75 (adults); $2.38 (6-12 years old); free (5 years & under)
6:00 p.m. War Hawks Volleyball vs. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor |  Kimbrell Area
7:00 p.m. War Hawks Women’s Soccer vs. Piedmont College | Wilford Moore Stadium
7- 9 p.m. Family Weekend Hangout | Sports Grille, Garrison Campus Center
Come and Hang Out with the Campus Activities Board at Family Weekend. Join CAB for a trivia night event for fun with the entire family!  Order a snack from the grill and enjoy the evening. 
7-10 p.m. Sports Grille Open, Garrison Campus Center
Food Specials: Wings!  $.55
Quesadillas – Chicken or Vegetable ($4.00); Cheese ($3.00)
 

Saturday, September 21

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Late Check-in | Garrison Campus Center

Pick up all of your information and participate in the Family Weekend service project by bringing a non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of the Friendship Closet, our local campus food pantry.  Continental Breakfast available at check-in.

Visit the McMurry Bookstore from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.!
 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch Available in the Village Market Dining Hall
$5.75 (adults); $2.88 (6-12 years old); free (5 years & under)
 
 
10 – 11:00 a.m. TED Talks – McMurry Style | Matthews Auditorium, Old Main

Come hear updates about exciting programs and happenings around campus from faculty and staff!  Fifteen-minute talks will include McMurry Biology Professor Dr. T.J. Boyle on “Invasive Species,” McMurry Theater Professor Kerry Goff  in a talk entitled “Exit stage left, enter stage CAREER,”  McMurry Business Professor Dr. Duncan Pelly on “The Plus Zone Challenge in Entrepreneurship Education” and McMurry Sociology Professor Dr. Robert Wallace in a talk entitled “When Justice Fails.”

 
 
11:00 a.m.
Tailgate | Bobby Lee Carter Throws Complex, along Ross Avenue, East of Wilford Moore Stadium
 
Visit with other students and families and McMurry faculty & staff as you enjoy food, games, and music. 
12:00 p.m. War Hawks Volleyball vs. Concordia University Texas |  Kimbrell Area
2 p.m.  War Hawks Football vs. Sul Ross State University (Military Appreciation) | Wilford Moore Stadium
 
Afternoon/Evening Options:    Tour Abilene & Enjoy some Family Activities! 
Get to know our local community by taking in of these suggested events/attractions with your student. All activities listed are family friendly!
 
Family Fun Saturdays, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. | 102 Cedar Street.
This is a come-and-go family program offered by our art educators who will help you and your little ones create a work of art using the style and medium of the featured artist in the gallery. Emphasis is on having fun while picking up valuable knowledge.  Free activity from 1 – 4 p.m.
 
Primetime Entertainment | 4541 Loop 322
This is a family entertainment center featuring bowling, laser tag, miniature golf, go-karts and many more activities.
 
Maxx Air Trampoline Park | 949 South Judge Ely Boulevard
Maxx Air Trampoline Park is a 30,000 square foot entertainment center with various obstacles and trampoline park activities!
 
Abilene Zoo | 2070 Zoo Lane
The Abilene Zoo boasts over 1,000 animals representing 250 species, including lions, black rhinos, monkeys, bears, reptiles, birds and amphibians.

Take a Hike! 
Take a walk or hike at one of Abilene’s parks.  Redbud Park, 3125 South 32nd Street, is close to campus.  The park features athletic fields, playground & picnic tables, plus fitness trails & a prairie dog preserve.  Abilene State Park, 150 Park Rd 32, Tuscola, TX, is located just 16 miles south of Abilene on the banks of Elm Creek.  At the park you can camp, hike, geocache, bird watch or ride bikes. Along with many picnic sites under the trees, the park has a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit, basketball goal and large open area. Entrance is $5, children 12 and under are free.

Have some Coffee! 
Visit some area coffee shops.  For some great drinks, try Big Country Coffee (outdoor patio!), 5001 Buffalo Gap Roach, Monk’s Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress Street (downtown Abilene), or Starbucks at 4150 Buffalo Gap Road or 1389 Barrow Street
 

Sunday, September 22

A few selected church services are listed below.  A more comprehensive list of Abilene places of worship is available at registration.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church | 1741 Sayles Boulevard, Abilene
9 a.m. Traditional Worship Service | 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service  
 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church | 837 Jeanette Street, Abilene
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
 
Pioneer Drive Baptist Church | 701 South Pioneer Drive, Abilene
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. | Celebration Worship in the Sanctuary (Choir & Orchestra)
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. | the gathering in the Conference Center (Music by the Worship Team)
 
 
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm. Brunch Available in the Village Market Dining Hall
5.75 (adults); $2.88 (6-12 years old); free (5 years & under)
 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

MCM ELEGANTE SUITES
4250 Ridgemont Dr, Abilene, TX 79606
325-698-1234
 
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ABILENE SOUTHWEST/ABILENE MALL SOUTH
4350 Ridgemont Dr, Abilene, TX 79606
325-695-9600
 
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT ABILENE
3902 Turner Plaza Dr, Abilene, TX 79606
325-695-2448
 
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES ABILENE MALL
3018 Catclaw Dr, Abilene, TX 79606
325-437-4832
 
WINGATE BY WYNDHAM ABILENE
3010 Catclaw Drive S.Clack St., Abilene, TX 79606
325-690-6400