Family Weekend

Family Weekend

Join Us for Family Weekend

Save The Date: September 27-29, 2019.

Make plans to join us for a fun-filled weekend that provides you with the opportunity to connect with your student and get a taste of their college experience at Florida Southern College!


Cost is $25.00 per person for the weekend (children under 5 are free). Unless noted otherwise, all meals and activities are included in the cost for the Family Weekend.

Online registration is closed.

Please call 863.680.4206 for questions regarding Family Weekend between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

To reserve tickets to the Theatre production, please contact the Buckner Theatre Box office directly at 863.680.3089 and reference that you’ll be attending Family Weekend. You will use your name tag to pick up your reserved tickets before the show.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 27

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Check-in opens (Rogers Lounge)
4:30 to 8:00 PM Dinner - Optional (Wynee’s Bistro, Pay at the door)
5:30 PM Teach me to Salsa - Lee "El Gringuito" Smith and Kat La Gata professional Latin dancers who have taught in over 800 + cities around the World teaches various International styles of Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa! Come learn the cultural roots of the dances as you get your groove on with “Salsa Magic”. (LN Pipkin Bandshell)
7:00 PM Volleyball vs. Embry-Riddle (Jenkins Field House)
7:30 PM Theatre Show • Biloxi Blues (Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Advanced Reservations Required)
American playwright, screenwriter, and author Neil Simon’s Tony Award winning comedy “Biloxi Blues” is the second part of his semi-autobiographical trilogy of plays about a writer growing up in New York during the 1930s and 1940s. This play features Eugene Jerome, a young army recruit during WWII at basic training, as he learns about life and love (along with some harsher lessons) while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi. During his journey, he meets up with a number of younger recruits, a Biloxi beauty, and a local prostitute – learning that life can be both ugly and tender.

Saturday, September 28

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Check in for later arrivals (Carlisle Rogers Student Center)
9:00 to 10:00 AM Breakfast on the Green (Mr. George's Green, Included)
10:00 to 2:00 PM FLW Visitors Center
Usonian house tours available anytime between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Full FLW “Child of the Sun” campus tours available at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College (POMA) is open for visitation from 10 AM – 5 PM. (800 East Palmetto Street, 33801)
12:15 PM Lunch - Optional (Wynee’s Bistro, Pay at the door)
1:00 to 6:00 PM Family Time; Pool and Waterfront open (Hollis Wellness Center/Moc Dock)
2:00 PM Southern Hockey vs. USF (Lakeland Ice Arena, 3395 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815)
2:00 to 4:00 PM Pool Party: Come enjoy some tasty treats and soak up some rays by the pool. (Hollis Wellness Center Pool)
2:00 to 4:00 PM Southern Sample - (Christoverson Humanities Building)
MOC Classes; choose 2; first come, first served; Enjoy a sampling of MOC classes that will provide a glimpse into the engaged learning environment embraced by FSC. (Christoverson Humanities Building)

A Glimpse into the Academic World of Psychology at FSC
Dr. Deah Quinlivan takes students and families on a tour of the human mind using some of FSC’s signature engaged learning activities.

The Binding of Isaac
Throughout the Jewish and Christian traditions, theologians have wrestled with the biblical story of God “testing” Abraham by commanding him to kill his son, Isaac. Join Dr. Brian Hamilton as you read and discuss this story together, working to understand and articulate your own moral reactions to the text.

A Martian Sends a Postcard Home
What would you think of Earth if you were just experiencing it for the first time? Creative writing can be a vehicle for all kinds of expression, and Dr. Erica Bernheim will guide you through a Martian's poetic impressions of everyday objects, while also helping you find ways to improve your own creative writing skills, whether you're an aspiring poet, novelist, or even an undercover extraterrestrial guest.

Help! An Exploration into the Evolution of Cooperation
Animals work together in amazing ways.  Join Dr. Christy Wolovich as she discusses the diversity of cooperation in the animal kingdom and how evolution has resulted in some extraordinary behaviors.

Can You Trust Your Car?
With all the buzz about self-driving vehicles, have you ever thought about how they make decisions and if those decisions would always be in your best interest? Dr. Christian Roberson will provide an overview of some of the technology used self-driving vehicles, as well as discuss some of the legal, social, and ethical implications of these vehicles.

What Percentage of Our Brains Do We Actually Use?
Psychology is the study of the human mind. Join Professor Melanie Fowler in using case studies, interactive demonstrations, and small group discussions, we will explore the basic building blocks of the brain and how the brain functions. Our aim is to think critically and answer the question “what percentage of our brains do we actually use?”
4:00 PM Volleyball vs. Florida Tech - GO MOCS! (Jenkins Field House)
5:00 to 7:00 PM Prime Rib and Shrimp Night - (Wynee’s Bistro, Included) Enjoy a wonderful prime rib and shrimp dinner with special guest, Dr. Anne Kerr.
7:00 PM Women’s Soccer vs. Nova Southeastern - Help cheer the MOCS to victory!
7:30 PM Theatre Show • Biloxi Blues (Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Advanced Reservations Required)

Sunday, September 29

10:15 AM Continental Breakfast (Outside Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Included)
11:00 AM Chapel Service (Annie Pfeiffer Chapel)
1:30 PM Catholic Mass (Annie Pfeiffer Chapel)
2:30 PM Theatre Show • Biloxi Blues (Loca Lee Buckner Theatre, Advanced Reservations Required)