Arts Options Abound for Visitors on Family Day
Sep. 28, 2011
Family Day weekend returns to campus this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, and brings with it multiple arts and entertainment options for parents and relatives to sample after they tour the University’s new buildings and facilities.
“Family day is an opportunity for parents and other family members to return to campus to spend time with their students,” said Cynthia Jenkins, assistant vice president for student affairs. “We host these special events so they can share time together while catching up on the happenings of the semester so far.”
Arts attractions include two musical performances, a play and a student photography exhibit.
Starting Thursday, Sept. 28, and running through Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., students and their families can see Reckless at the University Theater. Directed by Jeff Stover, director of theater and dance at UT Dallas, and featuring a cast of UT Dallas students, Reckless is the story of a woman overcoming tribulation to discover her true strengths.
“This play is filled with layer upon layer of complexity. Digging into these characters lives and seeing the students find new layers was exciting and enthralling,” said Stover.
On Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. is a musical performance from the Alturas Duo, in the Alexander Clark Center (formerly the Conference Center). Scott Hill on guitar and Carlos Boltes on the viola and charango will play South American and classical music shifting between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo.
Other arts events set for Family Day include the student photography and video exhibition “Social Studies” in the Visual Arts Building, and a tour of the Arts and Technology program’s Motion Capture Lab.
The Office of Student Affairs will offer tours of the new Student Services Building, Visitors Center and University Bookstore. Families can also create activity books for hospital through the service project “Busy Books for Kids and Adults,” the Office of Student Volunteerism will host the project.
One O’Clock Lab Band
The One O’Clock Lab Band will give a Jazz concert at 8 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. The Band is the premier performing ensemble of the University of North Texas jazz studies program, directed by Grammy-nominated composer and arranger Steve Wiest.
To see complete details about Family Day, go here.
Comet Families Fall Meeting
Registration for Family Day is open through Thursday, Sept. 29. Details and a complete schedule are available on the Family Day website. Key events include the following:
"UT Dallas, Then and Now"
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
This keynote presentation by Associate Provost Edward J. Harpham professor of political science, and director of the Collegium V Honors Program, will offer a look at the University from its beginnings to the very different form that families will find it in today.
Explore UT Dallas
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Tours of the Motion Capture Lab and Natural Science Engineering Research Laboratory
- "Social Studies: Photography and Video" exhibit in the Visual Art Building
- "Busy Books for Kids and Adults" service project hosted by the Office of Student Volunteerism
- Tours of the LEED Platinum Certified Student Services Building and the new Visitor Center and University Bookstore
One O'Clock Lab Band
The premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program will perform. The show is free to UT Dallas students with UT Dallas Photo ID.
All Day, Visual Arts Building
"Social Studies," a student art and video exhibit, will be on display in the Visual Arts Building.