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URI to host Family Weekend Oct. 28-30

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 5, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus will be bursting with excitement at the end of October as thousands flock to Kingston for the annual Family Weekend program, Oct. 28 through 30.

Family Weekend includes a variety of entertaining and educational activities for URI students and their families. Some of the highlights include the opportunity for families to attend classes with their student(s), attend a job and internship fair at the Ryan Center, visit the historic Watson House, and enjoy lots of laughs with comedian Paula Poundstone.

On Saturday morning, families will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss “Parenting in the Millennial Generation,” followed by a host of activities, including tours of the athletic facilities, soccer, field hockey and football games, a post-game reception, and more.

Saturday evening will end with the performance of Paula Poundstone’s one-of-a-kind show. Poundstone has appeared on HBO specials, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Prairie Home Companion, the Rosie O’Donnell show and was a regular on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” She improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician and is known for her honesty, and an off-kilter view of the world. The cost for this show to be held in Edwards Auditorium is $20 for adults, $10 for URI students and children under age 12.

The weekend concludes on Sunday with the President’s Brunch, ($18 per adult, $10 per child under 12, URI students with ID/meal plan.), a men's soccer game against UNC-Charlotte at 1 p.m. and a Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert at 3 p.m.

For a detailed schedule of all events and registration materials, please contact the Student Involvement Office at 401-874-2726, or visit online at

Family Weekend 2005 Schedule

Friday, October 28
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Follow students to class
10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Watson House Open House & Quilt Exhibit
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open House: Taft Hall-International Education
10 a.m. -12 p.m. Public Skate*, Boss Arena
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Job & Internship fair, Graduate School Expo, Ryan Center
3 - 4:30 p.m. Multicultural Center reception
2 - 5 p.m. Coffee and Snack, Memorial Union, 193° Coffeehouse
7 p.m. Men's Soccer vs Richmond*

Saturday, October 29
9:30 - 11 a.m. “Parenting the Millennial Generation,” video and panel discussion
About University College, its mission, programs, and services
10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. Watson House Open House & Quilt Exhibit
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Check out the athletic complex
Noon – 3 p.m. Football: URI Rams take on Hofstra*
Noon Field hockey, URI vs. UMASS
2 – 4 p.m. Public skate, Boss Arena*
4 p.m. Parents Council Meeting, Memorial Union, Atrium 2
3 – 5 p.m. Post-game snacks, photos, parent-to-parent, Memorial Union
8 p.m. Comedy with Paula Poundstone, comedian who has appeared on HBO specials, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and more.* Edwards Auditorium
8 p.m. Senior recital, Fine Arts Center

Sunday, October 30
10:30 a.m. Brunch with the president, Ryan Center*
1 p.m. Men's soccer vs. UNC-Charlotte*
3 p.m. Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Gene Pollart, conductor
Concert Band, Brian Cardany, conductor

*Please note that there are some fees associated with these activities.
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