Mississippi College

Family Weekend, Something for Everyone

September 14, 2007

A Broadway show, rock climbing, a fun run plus a Choctaws football game are part of a smorgasbord of activities at Mississippi College's Family Weekend.

Hundreds of MC parents, students and friends of the Christian university should be on hand for the blitz of events and much more on the Clinton campus Sept. 28-29.

"Family is the heartbeat of an institution, especially at MC," said Reba Jackson, coordinator of student development, the office sponsoring the family gathering. It promises to be a terrific time for MC families and the public to become more familiar with the college, she said.

MC senior Chauncey Garrett, 21, of Clinton, one of the organizers of the event for the Student Government Association, said he will be at the rock climbing, the talent show, and will sprint in the fun run. "It's going to be great. We have a lot of new events."

The weekend begins with Friday registration in the lobby of Nelson Hall at 4:30 p.m. and proceeds with tours of the MC residence halls. Many are snapping up tickets for a 7 p.m. performance of Oklahoma!, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic at the Williams Recital Hall. Telling the story of a cowboy and his romance with a farm girl, Oklahoma made its Broadway debut in 1943 and continues to receive rave reviews all over the globe in 2007.

After the hit musical, the MC Family Weekend heads into Saturday with a 1-mile and 5K run and walk to begin at the Baptist Healthplex on campus at 7 a.m. That event costs $10 and includes a Choctaws T-shirt. Up next is a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the B.C. Rogers Student Center.

Other events on the schedule Saturday include:

--A visit to Clinton's Olde Towne Marketplace between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
--Family fun on the Quad from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. to including rock climbing and a healthy tips seminar and blood pressure screenings.
--An academic lecture series at 10 a.m. including a discussion on the Bible at 104 Provine led by Wayne VanHorn, chairman of MC's Christian Studies and kinesiology professor Scot Long to discuss obesity in the South (at 17 Cockcroft Hall).

--A theatrical performance by professor Web Drake at the Aven Little Theater at 1 p.m.

The kick-off meeting of Mississippi College's Parents Club is 2 p.m. at Anderson Hall on the second floor of the student center. It's modeled after longstanding programs at such schools as Baylor University in Texas and at the nation's military service academies.

From tailgating at tents in the Quad at 3:30 p.m. to an afternoon performance by the Naturals to the 6 p.m. football game matching the Choctaws with Hardin-Simmons, the slew of events are non-stop. The day wraps up with an MC talent show at 9 p.m. at Swor Auditorium. And yes, for those who want to shop, the MC bookstore will be open from 2-5:30 p.m.

Family Weekend tickets are free for MC students and can be purchased for $15 for adults and $12 for children (ages 6-12). People can register online at www.mcticketsonline.com

PHOTO: Some members of Kissimee Social Tribe at Mississippi College pictured before the recent game against Millsaps.

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