The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual Family Weekend will take place Oct. 25-26 this year, featuring a welcome reception, lip-sync battle, chili cook-off, and two exciting volleyball games. The weekend will also represent the culmination of UAFS Volunteer Week and UAFS Greek Week with numerous on-campus and community-focused activities.

All Family Weekend events are free and open to the public in hopes of allowing future students, parents and community members a chance to experience the UAFS campus.

“Family Weekend enables students to invite their family to explore their life on campus,” explained Stephanie London, director of Student Activities at UAFS. “It’s a time for every student’s family to become a part of our Lion family.”

Family Weekend events are:

Friday, Oct. 25

6 p.m. - Lady Lions Volleyball vs. St. Mary’s at the Stubblefield Center

7-7:30 p.m. - Family Weekend Reception and Check-in at the Boreham Library North Patio

7:30-9 p.m. - Greek Week Lip Sync Battle at the Amphitheater

Saturday, Oct. 26

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Chili Cook-off Tailgate at the Stubblefield Center Parking Lot

1 p.m. Lady Lions Volleyball vs. St. Edward’s at the Stubblefield Center

This marks the fourth year UAFS has hosted Family Weekend after the university’s Student Government Association voted to move Homecoming to the spring semester.

Greek Week events will include:

Monday, Oct. 21

6-8 p.m. - Letters on the Lawn with Chariot and Relay Races at the Campus Green

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Noon to 1 p.m. - Trivia at the Campus Center Fireplace

Friday, Oct. 25

7:30 p.m. - Lip Sync Battle at the Amphitheater

“Family Weekend is a great opportunity to show off our amazing fraternity and sorority life to our parents, friends andfamily in our own little talent show,” said UAFS student Rachel Covington. “The Greek reception is always full of great food - that is always a plus - and our visitors can sit and relax while being entertained.”

Volunteer Week events will include:

A warm clothing drive for the Salvation Army throughout the week with collection at the UAFS Housing Office, the Campus Center fireplace and the Math & Science Building lobby.

Monday, Oct. 21

10 a.m. to noon – Volunteer Fair at the Campus Green

Tuesday, Oct. 22

11 a.m. to noon – Lion Heart Luncheon (RSVP required) at the Latture Conference Center

Wednesday, Oct. 23

8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. – On-campus service projects. Check inat the Bell Tower

Thursday, Oct. 24

Off-campus service projects – Mike & Janet Huckabee Nature Center

Friday, Oct. 25

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Care package assembly in Baldor Room 101

Family Weekend Registration is open now through Oct. 16. All Family Weekend events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 479-788-7663, email, or visit