Family Weekend Sept. 27-29 Offers Activities, Great Speakers St. Thomas Newsroom September 19, 2013 The University of St. Thomas Family Weekend is Sept. 27-29. Earlier this month, invitations were sent to the parents and guardians of all undergraduate students. Note to students: All of the events are designed so that you can participate without family members.A variety of activities are planned, most of which are free for students and their families. Included are favorite traditions:Mass and brunchParent Network Brat and Chili FestTonic Sol-Fa concertFamily ReceptionSpecials in the Anderson Student CenterSTAR’s University Lectures Committee is sponsoring a Friday evening lecture by actress and activist America Ferrera. (A PBS-sponsored website published in May 2012 offers a brief background on some of Ferrera’s humanitarian and artistic work.) Best known for her part on the ABC TV show “Ugly Betty,” she recently completed work on the film “Chavez,” in which she plays activist Cesar Chavez’s wife, Helen.Faculty lectures, “A Tradition of Academic Excellence,” will be presented from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28:Dr. Michael Jordan, associate vice president for undergraduate studies and academic advisement, and professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, “The Relevance of the Core Curriculum: Global Warming as a Case Study”Dr. Stephanie Grimm, assistant professor of accounting, Opus College of Business, “Teaching Business at St. Thomas”RegistrationThe weekend schedule will not include a varsity football game; however, it is filled with a variety of activities. Check out the complete schedule and registration information for Family Weekend here. Registration is encouraged for students bringing family and guests to ensure adequate seating.