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MSU Parent/Family Weekend set Oct. 22-24

October 15, 2010

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Family members of students attending Montana State University in Bozeman may participate in a full range of activities during the university's annual Parent/Family Fall Weekend set next weekend, Oct. 22-24.

"We invite parents and families to visit campus, spend some time with their student and take the opportunity to see what an inspiring education Montana State offers," said Jodie DeLay, coordinator of the weekend.

A favorite feature of the weekend includes Downtown Discovery. The Downtown Bozeman Partnership and MSU Office of Communications and Public Affairs have created a scavenger hunt of downtown businesses. Registrants who visit at least five participating shops will be entered to win prizes donated by downtown businesses. Tours of the historic downtown area and the Pioneer Museum are also on the schedule.

"We believe that we have one of the best downtown's in the country," DeLay said. "In fact, the entire Valley is full of friendly shops, galleries, restaurants and more. This weekend is an opportunity for families to really get acquainted with Bozeman and the supportive community that is home-away-from-home for our students."

The Museum of the Rockies also rolls out the blue and gold carpet for families. Saturday morning before the game, participants can take in mini-presentations and enjoy a light continental breakfast.

ASMSU Outdoor Recreation is offering family activities including a hike to the "M" on Friday afternoon and river raft trips on both Saturday and Sunday. Interested families can register directly by calling (406) 994-3621 or e-mailing Mike Cavaness at

Faculty and administrators will greet registered families at 4:30 p.m. Friday after the free reception in the Leigh Lounge. The "Bobcat Spirit Dinner" is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in the SUB Ballrooms. The Spirit of the West Marching Band, Cheer Squad and Champ mascot will help rally the crowd before the Cat/Griz volleyball game Friday evening and the football team in a Big Sky Conference game versus Northern Colorado on Saturday.

Nick Thune, a top-notch comedian, will entertain families and students at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the SUB Ballrooms.

President Waded Cruzado will host a breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Bozeman's GranTree Inn.

"We really encourage all families to join President Cruzado for this breakfast," DeLay said. "She is a passionate and committed advocate for students and clearly places their success as the top priority for the university. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet her and hear her vision."

Those wishing to register for the breakfast only can do so at or by calling Communications and Public Affairs (406) 994-4571 by Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Tickets remain for many Parent/Family weekend events, although reservations are required in advance for most events. To register, please visit: before Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Registration will also be open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the MSU Fitness Center.

For more information about Parent/Family weekend, or to obtain a registration form, contact DeLay at (406) 994-4571.

Jodie DeLay (406) 994-2502,