Student Assistance & Parent Service Center

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-Dads' Weekend Events

Find below a listing of the tentative events taking place during the 2014 Dads' Weekend. This listing will be updated regularly, so check back often! We try to make the information as accurate as possible.

Friday, October 17, 2014

  • Dads' Weekend Check-In: University Union, Grand Ballroom Lobby
    Friday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm. Pick up registration information packet and wristband.
  • Dad and Me Massages: Spencer Student Recreation Center - Colgate Room
    Friday, 2:00-7:00 pm. Prearranged chair massage by certified therapist. $1.00 per minute. To make your reservation during the week from 8:00 am till 4:30 pm, call 298-1228 ext. 221 or 222. Massages can be paid through Rocky Dollars, credit or debit.
  • Opening Dinner Reception Check In: University Union, Grand Ballroom Lobby
    Friday, 6:20-6:30 pm.  Pick up registration information and wristband as well as check in for dinner. Seating to begin at 6:30 pm.
  • Dads' Weekend Opening Dinner Reception with Show : University Union, Grand Ballroom,  Prepaid Event
    Friday, 6:30 pm.  Join us for the Dads' Weekend Opening Reception. Casual dress, seating begins at 6:30 pm with a cash bar.  Buffet dinner will begin at 6:45 and conclude by 7:45.  Dinner consist of:  Chicken Marsala, Beef Stroganoff,garlic mashed new potatoes, roasted veggie medley,rolls, Caesar salad, dutch apple or key lime pie. Refreshments: coffee, hot tea, iced tea or lemonade. At the conclusion of dinner,  guests will enjoy comedian Jake Johannsen which is included with their purchase of the dinner.
  • BCA Show ONLY - Starring Jake Johannsen
    Friday, 8:00 pm. Jake starred in his own HBO comedy special "This'll Take About an Hour" which was listed as one of the Ten Best Television Shows by People Magazine in 1992. In 1994, he was nominated as "Best Male Stand-Up Comedian". In 2010, Johannsen starred in his second Comedy Special titled "I Love You" which aired on Showtime and was directed and produced by The Aristocrats editor Emery Emery. Johannsen is a favorite of David Letterman and on May 20, 2011 made his 40th appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Rialto Theater Special: 1401 East Jackson Street
    Friday. All evening shows are $1 off for Dads presenting the Dad's Weekend wristband. For all shows and times please visit their website or call the Rialto at (309) 833-2626.
  • Flashlight Night at the Corn Maze: Horn Field Campus
    Friday, 8:00-10:00 pm.  RPTA invites you to enjoy some cornfusion at dusk. Flashlight night in the corn maze, bring your own flashlight and be prepared to be lost. $5.00 per person, collected on site.
  • Rock and Bowl: Diggers College City Bowl
    Friday, 9:30-11:30 pm.  Hey WIU students grab your Dad or other guests and join us for a night of Rock and Bowl. $7.00 per person, price includes unlimited bowling and shoes. WIU dads' with a wristband will receive a free large soda with their purchase of Rock and Bowl!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • Fallen Soldier5K Run/Walk: Student Recreation Center
    Saturday 7:30-8:15 am.  The 5K begins with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. in the Spencer Student Recreation Center followed by the race at 9 a.m., rain or shine - no Refunds!  This event honors two WIU alumni who were killed in the line of duty, Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin. Money raised from the 5k Run/Walk is directed toward the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western. Registration fee is $25 on Dads' weekend registration page through 10/6 and $35 for late registration after 10/6.Race packets will be available at the WIU Alumni House from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, October 17 for those who have pre-registered by October 6. All pre-registered race participants will receive a race day shirt and finisher medal.
  • Dads' Weekend Check-In: University Union, Concourse, Ground Floor
    Saturday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Pick up registration information packet and wristband.
  • Open Bass Tournament: WIU Fishing Club
    Saturday, 8:00 am-2:00 pm. It will be held at Schuy-Rush State Park outside of Rushville, IL. There will be a $50 entry fee per team, 2 people per team. To register for this event email RJ-Rappley@wiu.edu or fishing@wiu.edu 5 fish limit, greatest total weight at the end of tournament wins. There will be a pay back from the registration and certificates awarded to the top 3 places. Come out and enjoy a good day on the lake and catch some fish! This lake is easily accessible with a trolling motor and allows any size outboard motor. Rain or Shine we will fish and have fun!
  • Cooking Breakfast with Dad: Knoblauch Hall, Room 230, Prepaid Event
    Saturday, 8:00-9:30 am. This classroom experience will get fathers and students working in the kitchen to create simple and delicious breakfast meal.
  • Competitive Rocky's Two-Person 9-Hole Golf Scramble: Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Prepaid Event
    Saturday, 8:30 am check in with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. $43.00 per team. Arrive at the course by 8:30am. to confirm your team. This event is for Advanced Golfers Only. Event may be canceled due to weather conditions. On the day of the event, contact the Harry Mussatto Golf Course at 298-3676 if you need to determine tournament status. Prizes for 1st place, as well as, hole prizes. 
  • Amateur Rocky's Two Person 9 Hole Golf Scramble: Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Prepaid Event
    Saturday, 8:30 am check in with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. $43.00 per team. Arrive at the course by 8:30 am to confirm your team. Event may be canceled due to weather conditions. If you need to determine tournament status on the day of the event, contact the Harry Mussatto Golf course at 298-3676.  Prizes for 1st place, as well as, hole prizes
  • High Ropes Course Experience: Horn Field Campus, 985 China Road, Macomb
    Saturday, 9:00 am-Noon. $15.00 per person. Payment is collected on-site on a first come, first served basis, space is limited. All equipment and training is provided. You must be 18 years or accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by RPTA and Horn Field Campus. Call (309) 833-5798
  • Rock n Records: 324 N. Lafayette
    Saturday, 10:00 am-8:00 pm.  Bring in your dad and receive 10% off your purchase at Rock n Records - your source for posters, music, apparel and more! Students must present their WIU ID to receive the discount.
  • Dad and Me Massages: Spencer Student Recreation Center - Colgate Room
    Saturday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm. Pre-arranged chair massage by certified therapist. $1.00 per minute. To make your reservation during the week from 8 am till 4:30 pm, call 309-298-1228 ext. 221 or 222. Massages can be paid through Rocky Dollars, Credit or Debit.
  • Chili Cook Off Contest: Knoblauch Hall, Room 230,
    Saturday, 10:00 am-11:30 pm.  Contestants will make a minium of one gallon of Chili to submit to the contest.  All contestants will be supplied a tasting ticket for their student and themselves.  Judging will occur at 11:30-12:00 with tasting for the general public to follow.  Contestants will bring all food items for their chili recipe and prepare the chili on-site.  All meat in the Chili must be USDA approved meat.  The kitchen will contain all basic cooking supplies along with pots and pans.
  • Dynamic Duo - Amazing Race: Sherman Hall, front steps.
    Saturday, 10:00 am. Contestants will dress up like their favorite "dynamic duo" and follow clues around campus in an amazing race type event.  Proceeds benefit the Volunteers Interested in Benefiting Everyone (VIBE) organization in Macomb.  
  • Veterans Club Baggo Tournament: Campus Recreation, Outdoor Venue
    Saturday, Noon till tournament is complete.  Help the WIU Veterans Club support the WIU Fallen Soldier Fund by participating in the Veterans Club Bags tournament.  It's $10.00 per team of two people.  Each participant will have the opportunity to support the veterans club buy purchasing one of their support our troops t-shirt. Baggo tournament will provide light snacks and beverages, as well as, prizes for 1-3rd place. (rain location, Student Recreation Center).
  • WIU Tailgate Opens:  Q Lot next to  Campus Recreation
    Saturday, Noon till kick off.  Show your Leatherneck pride and join other families as they experience a collegiate football pre-game experience.
  • Chili Tasting @ Tailgate:  Q Lot by Campus Recreation Center
    Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm. Stop by for chili tasting.  Your ticket gets you a sample of each chili entered into the contest.  Tickets purchased through Dads' Weekend reservations will be $2.50 and at the door will be $3.00 per ticket.
  • Open Bowling: Diggers College City Bowl
    Saturday, 2:00 pm-Midnight. Students bring your Dad by Diggers for a little fun at the bowling alley. WIU dads with a dads' weekend wristband will receive free shoe rental with the purchase of one or more games.
  • Corn Maze: Horn Field Campus, 985 China Road, Macomb
    Saturday, 1:00-4:00 pm. RPTA invites you to help us celebrate "cornfusion" in our one of a kind corn maze.  The Macomb corn maze is located at the WIU's Horn Field campus, on the south side of Macomb. Each year there is a newly designed maze. Come check it out, we will have you grinning from "ear to ear"!  Cost is $5.00 collected on site.
  • Women's Soccer Match: John MacKenzie Alumni Field
    Saturday, 1:00 pm.  Stop by the field and watch the WIU Leatherneck women take on IUPUI.
  • Saturday Afternoon Leatherneck Football Game: Hansen Field
    Saturday kick off at 3:00 pm.  Join us in the stands to watch the Leathernecks defeat Illinois State.   If you are registering for dads' weekend activities and also want to purchase game day tickets, they are available on the Dads' Weekend Registration page.  Tickets purchases for reserved seating are available online, however, your student has a general admission ticket which does not allow them in reserved seating. WIU students are admitted free (general admission) to all home games with their WIU ID card.
  • Rialto Theater: 1401 East Jackson Street
    Saturday. All evening shows are $1 off for Dads wearing their wristband. For all shows and times please visit their website or call the Rialto at (309) 833-2626.
  • Flashlight Night at the Corn Maze:  Horn Field Campus, 985 China Road
    Saturday, 8:00-10:00pm.  RPTA invites you to enjoy some cornfusion at dusk.  Flashlight night in the corn maze, bring your flashlight and be prepared to be lost! $5.00 per person, payable on site.
  • The Expendables 3: Sandburg Theater, University UnionSaturday, 8:00 pm.  University Union Board will be hosting a Free movie for registered dads weekend participants and their students.  They will have complimentary popcorn.  Great way to end the night with your student!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • 18-Holes of Golf: WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course
    Sunday, 8:00 am-dusk. Dad and student can play 18 holes of golf for $25.00 per person with coupon. Cost includes cart rental. Visit their website to print off coupon and book a tee-time online, or schedule a tee time.
  • Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast:  400 W Carroll, First Presbyterian Church, basement. 
    Sunday, 7:00am-Noon.  Unlimited pancakes served with sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea.  Advanced ticket purchased through Dads' Weekend registration are $6.00 per person, children 3-10 years are $3.00 per person.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event at a higher cost.
  • Racquetball: Spencer Student Recreation Center
    Sunday, Noon-11:00pm Call 309-298-2797 to reserve your court. Racquet's and a racquetball will be provided
  • Rock n Records: 324 N. Lafayette
    Sunday, Noon - 6:00 pm. Bring in your dad and get 10% off your purchase at Rock n Records - your source for posters, music, apparel and more! Students must present their WIU ID to receive the discount.
  • Open Bowling: Diggers College City Bowl
    Sunday, 1:00-10:00 pm Students bring your Dad by Diggers for a little fun at the bowling alley. WIU dads with a dads weekend wristband will receive free shoe rental with the purchase of one or more games.
  • Corn Maze: Horn Field Campus,985 China Road
    Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm.  RPTA invites you to help us celebrate "cornfusion" in our one of a kind corn maze. The Macomb corn maze is located at the WIU's Horn FIeld campus, on the south side of Macomb. Each year there is a newly designed maze. Come and check it out, we will have you grinning from "ear to ear"!  $5.00 per person, payable on site.
  • Open Swim and Hot Tub: Spencer Student Recreation Center
    Sunday, 1:00-7:00 pm. Swim laps, relax on an inner tube, enjoy the whirlpool, or try the sauna. Aquatic equipment available.

On behalf of the WIU Parents and Family Association, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to you for participating in the Annual Dads' Weekend. We look forward to seeing you again at the next years Dads Weekend. Save the date.... Moms' Weekend March 27-29, 2015.

Open All Weekend

  • Western Illinois Museum: Convention Bureau, South of the Square
    Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
  • Student Recreation Center:
    Saturday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday 12:00-11:00 PM.
  • Argyle State Park: 6 miles West of Macomb, Rt. 136
    Fish, picnic, camp, and enjoy the wilderness.
  • Spring Lake: North of Macomb, off Rt. 67
    Hike, fish, picnic, camp, or rent a rowboat or canoe.
  • Everly Park: Randolph Street, Macomb
    Beautiful park with picnic areas.

Dads' Weekend Info