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Family Weekend

  • Tech’s population is expected to grow by hundreds this weekend as students and families celebrate the annual Family Weekend on campus.
    Organizers from Tech’s Office of New Student and Family Programs planned this event to give families a glimpse of their child’s college experience through several activities around town.
    “A lot of parents and families get to just come in and experience Cookeville with their student,” Courtney Brehm, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs, said.

Family Weekend events consist of:
• Discover Cookeville, various locations Friday-Sunday (check out
• Family Paint Nite at the Art Jam, 111 W 1stSt. Cookeville, 6 p.m. Friday
• Family Weekend Golf, Saturday and Sunday time TBA
• Parent Association Scholarship Breakfast, RUC Multipurpose Room, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday
• Scavenger Hunt, various locations, 5 p.m. Saturday
• Parent Association Silent Auction, RUC Tech Pride Room, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
• Live Reptile Exhibit, Pennebaker 318, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday
• College of Agriculture and Human Ecology Open House, Oakley Hall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
• School of Nursing Tours, Bell Hall Rotunda, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
• Office of Multicultural Affairs Open House, RUC 258, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
• College of Education VISION Lab Tours, Bartoo Hall 212, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

  • Magic and Ice Cream Show, Foster Hall 223, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
    • College of Engineering Showcase, STEM Center Lobby, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Family Feud, Derryberry Hall Auditorium, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
  • STEM Center Experience, STEM Center Ray Morris Hall, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
  • Golden Eagle Walk, West Stadium Parking Lot, 3:45 p.m. Saturday
  • Family Weekend Tailgate, West Stadium Parking Lot, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • College of Business Tailgate, Front of Johnson Hall (Peachtree Avenue), 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Running of the Freshmen, Tucker Stadium, 5:45 p.m. Saturday
  • Golden Eagle Football vs. Virginia-Wise, Tucker Stadium, 6 p.m. Saturday
    Additionally, two new events were added to this year’s schedule. The School of Agriculture is expected to display various insect collections including honey bees and the College of Education is expected to give tours of the new VISION Lab.
    “It’s a virtual reality experience that students get to use in the classroom to experience what the actual classroom is going to be like,” Brehm said.
    Brehm said a big part of student success is having parents and families involved in their student’s education.
    “I look forward to this family weekend because my brother is also going to Tech this year so now it won’t just be me,” Gabrielle Turney, junior human ecology major from Nashville, said. “We will both be able to show them around or show them where our classes are.”
    Family Weekend details can be found at
The College of Agriculture and Human Ecology will be having an open house on Saturday at 11 a.m..
Photo by Marcelo Gonzalez.
There will be a “Magic and Ice Cream” show at Foster Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m..
Photo by Marcelo Gonzales.