Emporia State welcomes families for Family Day

September 14, 2011

A free concert, museum tours and football are all on the schedule for Saturday’s Family Day at Emporia State University.

The Department of Physical Sciences plans to have shows in the Peterson Planetarium at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The Johnston Geology Museum will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. with a docent and students and researchers will be in the instrument lab to answer questions.

All venues are in Cram Science Hall. The instrument lab is in Room 226.

ESU students and their families are invited to the Black Hole tailgating event, sponsored by ESU Ambassadors and KISS 103.1. Because of the expected turnout and additional activities — like the rock climbing wall — this week’s Black Hole is moving to the pedestrian mall in front of Morse Hall.

The Black Hole opens at 11 a.m. and runs until kick off of the home football opener between the ESU Hornets and University of Central Missouri Mules.

The ticket booths and gates at Welch Stadium open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets cost $12 for reserved seats, $8 for adult general admission and $6 for junior-senior general admission. Junior tickets are for children age 4 through high school. Senior tickets are for adults 65 and older. Children under age 4 are free.

Family packs — two adult GA and two junior-senior GA tickets — cost $22. Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling ESU’s ticketing office at (620) 341-6378 or toll-free t 1-877-341-6378.

Family Day festivities wrap up with a concert by Stars Go Dim, a family-friendly band formed in late 2007 in Tulsa, Okla. Chris Cleveland sings vocals and plays guitar and piano; Joey Avalos plays guitar and Michael Wittig plays bass. Both Wittig and Cleveland had ties to the Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Pillar before forming the new band.

Stars Go Dim is a favorite of ESU students. The band packed the Emporia Granada Theatre last time they came to town. The concert will be outside on the grassy area off the northeast corner of the stadium. Bad weather will move the concert indoors to Webb Hall in the Memorial Union.

Best of all, the concert is free thanks to UAC and co-sponsors KISS 103.1, the Memorial Union and Xenos, a student service organization on campus.

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