Alumni Report

See, See, See Your Student at October Parents Weekend

Children running

Courtesy of Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers

BYU parents are invited to “come, come, come” to Parents Weekend 2005 and be involved in three days of activities with their students.

Now in its sixth year, Parents Weekend is an event that has brought parents to campus from 34 different states and several countries. “We loved every aspect of Parents Weekend,” says Steven A. Christensen (BA ’75). “We especially enjoyed the dinner and the chance to be back on campus with our students.”

“We hope parents will flock to the campus this fall not only to see their students but also to join in several of the activities designed for them,” says Nancy Carson, event planner.

The weekend is scheduled for Oct. 28–30 and will include social, athletic, and academic events. Registration is $10 per person and includes a Parents Weekend T-shirt. Additional shirts will be available for $5 during the weekend. Student registration is free, but no T-shirt is included. Additional costs include $10 per person for a dinner and a tailgate party and $10 for a 5K run/walk that also includes snacks, prizes, and T-shirts (the fee increases to $15 on the day of the event).

INFO: For information or registration visit, call 1-800-347-4663, or send e-mail to

Friday, Oct. 28

Testing 1, 2, 3 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Prove to your children you are still on top. Check your general education knowledge with a few short tests and get a small understanding of how your student feels each time he or she enters the Testing Center. All tests will be graded and results will be mailed to your student. No pressure.

Campus tours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Discover campus as you take a guided tour on one of our guest carts. Tours take 45 minutes and must be scheduled in advance with the Public Affairs and Guest Relations office at 801-422-4678.

Museum of Art (11 a.m.): Enjoy a light reception followed by a guided tour through one of the museum’s top exhibits, which include 150 Years of American Painting; Don Quixote, an exhibit that shows how many different artists have been inspired by Cervantes’ masterpiece; and Rodney Smith photography, a showcase of high-style photography in a high-paced world.

BYU Behind the Scenes (1 to 4 p.m.): Glimpse events and places the typical campus visitor never sees. Included will be a tour of Special Collections in the Lee Library, a presentation from the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, and more.

Campus activities (various times): Spend quality time with your student participating in traditional BYU activities. Cheer on BYU sports teams, bowl a perfect game at the Games Center, experience new cultures at International Cinema, outshoot your student on the basketball court, or choose from other activities around campus.

Barbecue dinner and tailgate party (TBA): Enjoy a festive pre-game dinner with BYU officials and applaud the talent of some of BYU‘s premiere entertainment groups.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Family 5K (7 to 9 a.m.): Wake up early for the Family 5K run (or walk) and become a part of the most popular event at Parents Weekend. The course will take you through BYU‘s picturesque campus. The registration fee includes T-shirt, postrace snacks, and prizes to the top finishers in various categories.

Hike the Y (9 to 11 a.m.): Participate in a Y tradition that began many decades ago. This 1-mile trek yields a rewarding view of Utah Valley and the BYU campus. The hike is moderately strenuous; please take health issues into consideration when making your plans. Light snacks will be provided.

The Samuelson's with parents during Parents Weekend

BYU president Cecil O. Samuelson and Sister Sharon G. Samuelson visit with parents of students during the 2004 Parents Weekend. The annual event offers participants a closer look at the university. Photo by Melissa Lawton.

Tailgate party and pep rally (TBA): Join other BYU fans for a tailgate before the BYU/Air Force game. Meet BYU officials and share the spirit of the Y with hundreds of fans.

Football game (TBA): Watch the Cougars take on Air Force at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally, so bring your school colors and cheer the Cougars to victory. For tickets, contact the Athletic Ticket Office at or call 1-800-422-BYU1.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Attend church with your student: Regardless of denomination, we encourage parents to attend church with their students. For information about non-LDS congregations, please contact James L. Slaughter (BS ’89), BYU nondenominational chaplain, at 801-422-2293.