Fall Family Weekend - Friday

 The following activities will be available on Friday:


Will your family be the Fall Family Weekend Official Family?  Purchase a ticket and you could win a free night's stay at the Drury Inn, a $50 Dining Services Gift Card, 2 Fall Family Weekend T-shirts, and a photo with Bogey, the McKendree University mascot!  The Fall Family Weekend Official Family will be announced in the second quarter of the football game.

Participate in The Bearcat Big Give – Friday and Saturday!

In conjunction with Fall Family Weekend, join us for the seventh annual canned food and supply drive, “The Bearcat Big Give”, as a community service project.  Donated canned food items will be distributed to the Lebanon Food Pantry.  Donated supplies will be distributed to The Shelter Shop of The Violence Prevention Center for Southwestern Illinois.

 The initial program called BRIDGE was founded in 1979, and consisted of a five-room shelter and one part-time staff member. The current shelter is located in a building that was generously donated by the Weidmann family in 1986. In December 1987, the Center became incorporated as the Women’s Crisis Center of Metro East; the name was changed in June 2000 to the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois.

In the more than 33 years since its inception, the VPC has expanded to meet the needs of the three counties it serves.

 The Shelter Shop is a resale shop that sells donated, pre-owned clothing, furniture, and household items in good condition. The Shelter Shop is primarily operated by volunteers and the proceeds from the shop help to support the programs and services of VPC. In addition, clients who are in need of emergency clothing and/or other items are given vouchers to shop for items free of charge.

Items will be accepted in The Lair at Fall Family Weekend Registration on Friday and Saturday during Fall Family Weekend. 






8am to 4pm

Campus Bookstore Open

Upper Deneen Center

Families will receive a discount on merchandise purchased at the Campus Bookstore.

2:00pm – 5:00pm

McKendree Art Gallery Exhibition

224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

“Running Behind the Mosquito Truck” by Kimber Mallett (www.kimberworld.com/words.html) is an interesting approach to sustainability and consumer culture.  What were your parents thinking? What were they thinking when they allowed us to run and ride our bicycles ecstatically through the billowing poisonous fog of the mosquito truck? It was the middle-class in the Midwest in the 60’s. They thought their government and corporations had the best interests of themselves and their children at heart. Was it innocence or wishful thinking that made our parents so trusting? And while we are seemingly better informed, do we still turn away from information that complicates our lingering post Second World War American dream?


Fall Family Weekend Registration

Lower Deneen Center

Have questions, need directions, or want more information? Stop by The Lair and a Fall Family Weekend committee member will be happy to help you with registration. Donations will also be accepted for the Bearcat Big Give. You can also pick up guides to metro east area restaurants, hotels and areas of interest. Schedule changes will be posted at this location.
Don’t forget to purchase a ticket for a chance to win a $100 Bookstore Gift Card or become the Fall Family Weekend Official Family! Tickets are $5.00 each and available only to families with a currently registered McKendree student. A maximum of 20 tickets may be purchased per family.


Women’s Volleyball vs. Missouri S&T

Statham Gymnasium at MPCC

($5 General, McKendree students free with McKendree ID) Tickets may be purchased at the event or online at mckbearcats.com.

7:30 pm

Theater Department Fall Play

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

The McKendree Theater Department performs, Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani,  comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.  Additional performances will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 8 at 2:30pm.


Open Mic Night

NEW LOCATION:  The Lair (Located below the Bookstore)

An open mic night featuring you and our talented students!  If you are interested in performing, please sign up at CAB Event Sign Up.  You may also sign up at the event.  Our featured musician for the night is John Rush, The Human i-Pod.



Please note that some events, locations, and availability are subject to change.