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Family Weekend Sept. 21-22, 2019

The annual Family Weekend gives families a taste of what it's like to be a Viking!

Take a museum tour or a river cruise. Go to a Vikings football game, get a family photo taken and enjoy a magic show.

Most events are free, but some require registration.

Please register and purchase tickets by Sept. 13. Those registering by Aug. 15 will receive a 10% discount.


President's welcome and breakfast
Brunner Theatre Center, 9 a.m. (followed by breakfast in the Wilson Center)
Please join us for the opening welcome from President Steve Bahls and meet Dr. Monica M. Smith, Augustana's vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. $10/adult; $6/child (ages 3-12); Augustana students pay adult price.

Fryxell Geology Museum
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visitors to the Fryxell Geology Museum will see a complete skeleton of a Platecarpus "sea serpent" and skulls of Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex, and much more. Free admission.

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Denkmann, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Visitors to the Swenson Center will enjoy Swedish treats and see unique letters, diaries, and photographs of Swedish immigrants. Are you researching your Swedish genealogy? Come learn how we can help. Free admission.    

Augustana Bookstore
Brunner Theatre Center, lower level: open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed on Sunday)

CORE open house
Olin Center, first floor, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Meet members of the CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration) team and learn about the many opportunities available to your student. Register - no charge.

High school students: Welcome to Augustana!
Hanson 102, 11-11:30 a.m.
Admissions staff will discuss how to get the most out of a college visit and what to expect from coaches, music programs and scholarships, and answer questions. All participants receive an Augustana T-shirt! Register - no charge.

Campus tour (weather permitting)
Meet at the Anderson Pavilion, 11 a.m.
Enjoy a guided campus tour showcasing new construction on campus (limited to 50 participants).

At the Gerber Center or on your own off campus, noon-1:30 p.m.
Those having lunch on campus may pay at the door – $10.50/adult; $7/child (ages 3-12); Augustana students may use meal cards.

Planetarium show
John Deere Planetarium at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m.
Dr. Lee Carkner, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the John Deere Planetarium, will present our new show "Destination Mars," in which we take a journey into the past and future of the red planet and learn about NASA’s plans to explore the solar system. Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The show lasts approximately 40 minutes. The newly renovated planetarium features new seats, lights, sound system and a new high-resolution full-dome projector system for the 30-foot dome. Free, but reservations are required.

President's pre-game open house 
Dahl President's Home, 2-4 p.m.
President Steve Bahls and his wife, Jane Easter Bahls, invite families to their home. 

Family pictures
The Gerber Center, The Brew, 2-4 p.m.
All families receive a free family photo. Registration required.

Pre-game picnic
Carver P.E. Center, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Join us for a hearty picnic dinner before the football game; $15/adult; $8/children ages 3-12; Augustana students pay adult price. Registration encouraged as tickets are limited.

Football: Augustana Vikings vs. Elmhurst
Lindberg Stadium, 6 p.m. 
Buy tickets in advance or pay at the gate.
Tickets are $7/adult; $4/senior citizens and children (ages 3-17). Free for Augustana students with Augustana ID.

Magician Derek Hughes
Centennial Hall, 8 p.m.
Critically acclaimed Augie-favorite Derek Hughes has performed his magic on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. He’s a consulting producer on TRUtv’s hit magic series, "The Carbonaro Effect," and was a finalist on season 10 of NBC’s "America’s Got Talent."
$10/per person; free for Augustana students with Augustana ID. Tickets may be purchased online through the Augustana Ticket Office.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Outdoor ecumenical worship service
Anderson Pavilion (rain location: Ascension Chapel), 10:30 a.m.
College Chaplain Richard Priggie '74 leads an outdoor service open to all.

Celebration Belle river cruise and lunch
2501 River Drive, noon to 2 p.m.
Have lunch with your family while cruising the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle, an 800-passenger paddlewheel boat. Boarding begins at noon. The cruise departs at 12:30 p.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35/adult; $25/children (ages 3-10); Augustana students pay adult price. Registration is required.

Fryxell Geology Museum
Swenson Hall of Geosciences, open 1-4 p.m.
Visitors to the Fryxell Geology Museum will see a complete skeleton of a Platecarpus "sea serpent" and skulls of Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex, and more. Free admission.

For more information about Family Weekend, email or call Kelly Noack, director of alumni relations, 309-794-7474.