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Family Weekend to Feature a Variety of Activities

Published: October 03, 2007
More than 1,300 people have signed up to take part in the University of Tampa’s annual Family Weekend this Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007.

“Right now we have 1,308 people attending,” said Palvih Bhana, coordinator of student programs. “We’re going to have a very busy weekend.”

Among the most popular Family Weekend events in previous years has been Saturday’s lunch cruise, for which 335 people have already signed up, Bhana said.

Families taking part in the cruise will dine on the Yacht Star Ship – Tampa Bay’s premier dining yacht. Following the cruise, families are invited to spend time perusing the assorted restaurants and businesses of Tampa’s Channelside district, where many businesses will provide discounts to Family Weekend participants.

The fifth annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament is also scheduled to take place Saturday at The Eagles Golf Club. Fifty players have signed up to participate in the tournament, Bhana said.

In addition to the golf tournament and lunch cruise, the weekend features a variety of other events and activities in which students and their families can take part.

UT’s Diplomats will take families on what is dubbed the “Ghost Tour of UT,” in which participants will learn the stories of Plant Hall’s alleged hauntings.

The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will exhibit several works of art created by contemporary national, international and regional artists, including some UT alumni.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Plant Hall will open its doors for the Minaret Climb – one of the only times during the year in which people are allowed to climb inside the building’s famous minarets.

Families are also invited to cheer on UT’s national champion volleyball team as they compete against Nova Southeastern on Saturday at 8 p.m.. At the same time, families will also be invited to attend a Poetry Slam, featuring some of UT’s most talented poets, in the Plant Hall Rathskellar.

Family Weekend is a popular tradition at UT in which students and their visiting families are treated to a wide variety of events and programs that allow them to enjoy Tampa Bay and learn more about the UT community.