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MC Hosts 2008 Family Weekend

September 22, 2008

Water volleyball, a student talent show, football, tailgating and a couple of lectures are all part of Mississippi College's Family Weekend in early October.

Thousands of parents and students are invited to the Clinton campus for a blitz of activities from Oct. 3-5.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 6-12). Kids who are five-years-old and younger will be admitted free. The price includes dinner on the Quad, a college T-shirt and a ticket to the Choctaws' Oct. 4 football game.

Activities begin Friday Oct. 3 with registration at 4:30 p.m. at the lobby of Nelson Hall followed by family visits to residence halls. A musical adaptation of "The Secret Garden" at 7 p.m. at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall, a water volleyball game at Alumni Hall pool that pits students against parents at 7 p.m. and an 8 p.m. student talent show at Swor Auditorium wrap up the first evening.

"The Secret Garden," is shaping up to be "a great production," says musical director and music professor Carol Joy Sparkman. "It is grand music and the sets are beautiful."

The production tells the story of an early 20th Century orphan girl who moves into a desolate manor and brings along a renewed spirit. Two youngsters, a seventh grader from Clinton, Sarah Grace Travis, 12, and an eighth grader from Madison, Addy Osborne, 13, share the lead in a double cast production. Sarah Grace, who attends Clinton Junior High, is the daughter of MC mathematics chairman John Travis. Music professor Kristin Johnson, a Mississippi College graduate who performed as a student on the Clinton campus, is director of the show that made its Broadway debut in 1991.

There's more to do Saturday morning. Mothers will join their daughters for breakfast at 10 a.m. MC social tribes sponsor the meals at Jennings Courtyard, the New Women's residence hall lobby, the New Men's Rotunda and other spots. At the same hour in Provine Chapel, Wayne Van Horn, dean of the School of Christian Studies and the Arts, will deliver a lecture titled "The Life and Ministry of Jesus." In nearby Self Hall, School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo will present his economic forecast for Mississippi and the nation as Wall Street faces a crisis.

Among other events: Mississippi College professors will mingle with members of the MC Parents Club at 2 p.m. followed by 3 p.m. tailgating on the Quad and an exhibition by MC's nationally ranked table tennis team in the Alumni Hall gym.

Rounding out the weekend, The Choctaws play Louisiana College at Robinson-Hale Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday. A second weekend production of "The Secret Garden" begins at 7 p.m. A third production of the show sponsored by the Department of Music is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on Family Weekend, contact Joseph Odenwald, coordinator of student development, at 601-925-3248 or odenwald@mc.edu or register online at www.mc.edu/webforms/familyweekend

PHOTO (pictured left to right): Pictured tailgating at the recent Backyard Brawl are MC fans Sharon and Tony Greer, Jenny and Jim Turcotte, Austin Turcotte, Carla and Tony Stringer, Mary Elizabeth Stringer, and Laura Lee Dyar.

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