Northwestern College celebrates Family Weekend Oct. 29-30

Northwestern College will welcome families of current students for Family Weekend on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30. The weekend’s events include a complimentary pastry breakfast with President Greg Christy, a showing of the Northwestern theatre department’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” athletic events and a harvest festival.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, high school siblings are invited to attend Raider Day—a group visit experience that introduces students to the campus community. A theatre-specific Raider Day also starts at 8:30 a.m. and involves a backstage tour, sample rehearsal and auditions for theatre scholarships. Visit or for more information and to register.

Kristina Anderson, administrative director of Hope for Opelousas, and Loren Carriere, executive director of Hope for Opelousas, will speak at 10:05 a.m. chapel. Anderson is a 2005 alumna of Northwestern and, along with Carriere, works for a nonprofit that NWC students frequently visit during Spring Service Partnerships.

Friday evening, guests can attend women’s and men’s basketball games in the Bultman Center at 6 and 7:45 p.m., respectively. A performance of the smash-hit Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, and a screening of the film “Scooby Doo” will begin at the same time in Christ Chapel. Reserve tickets for “Little Shop of Horrors” at

At 9 a.m. Saturday, NWC families are invited to a complimentary breakfast reception with President Christy in the Vogel Welcome Center. A pre-game chili and soup bash will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the campus green, with the Raider football team set to kick off against Dordt University at 1 p.m. The cost for the meal is $8 per person.

A harvest festival featuring a corn maze and mechanical bull will begin at 4 p.m. on the campus green, finishing with a country swing dance at 7 p.m. The Raider volleyball team will also play Concordia University at 5 p.m. in the Bultman Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Mayville State at 7:30.

“Family Weekend will be a time when families and students can reconnect, enjoy some on-campus family fun, and most of all make Northwestern College memories to last a lifetime,” says Amber Leusink, director of the Northwestern Network. “We look forward to welcoming families to campus and allowing them to experience our vibrant campus life for themselves.”

For more information about Family Weekend, visit, or contact Leusink at or 712-707-7144.