Game Time Announcement
The Dads Weekend football game kickoff time has been announced as 2:30 pm.
Please see below for Dads Association event times.
The Dads Association was formed in 1922 for "the purpose of promoting the general welfare of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in cooperation with its faculty, staff, students, and parents." The Dads Association is an incorporated, nonprofit association and was one of the first parent organizations in the country.
The Dads Association will celebrate their 89th year in service at the 2011 University of Illinois Dads Weekend. This year Dads Weekend is Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13.
Dads Association Banquet
Friday, Nov. 11
Illini Union, Illini Rooms ABC & South Lounge
Reception at 5 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm
The Dads Association will recognize the 2011 John Menees Library Award and Harold Labinsky Certificate of Merit recipients, and King Dad 2011 will be crowned. The welcome address will be given by University President Michael Hogan.
Dads Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 12
Illini Union, Room 210
The Annual Meeting is open to all Dads of University of Illinois students, who are automatically members of the Dads Association when their student accepts admission to Illinois. If you are interested in learning more about serving on the board, this is a great place to learn more!
Dads Pre-Game BBQ
Saturday, Nov. 12
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
The BBQ will feature a BBQ buffet meal from Hickory River Catering. Ticket pickup begins at 12:30 pm.
There is not a singular "registration" for Dads Weekend. Instead, families can choose to attend whichever events across campus they like. There are many different events and programs planned by different groups and units across campus. Some events, such as the Dads Association Banquet and Pre-Game BBQ, require advance ticket purchase.
The Dad Association sells tickets to their events in combination with tickets to the football game. The Association does NOT sell individual football tickets. These events are popular, and we suggest ordering your tickets well in advance as they sell out months before Dads Weekend. Tickets are sold first come, first served.
|The online order form is now closed. If you are looking to BUY or SELL tickets for Dads Association events, please visit the discussion board: http://illinois.edu/db/view/95|
To inquire about single football tickets, please contact the Fighting Illini Ticket Office at (217) 333-3470 or at 1(866) ILLINI-1.
Illini Basketball Game Tickets
Special Dads Weekend Promotion!
The Dads Association is pleased to announce that the Department of Athletics has made a block of discounted seats available for the Illinois vs Loyola (Chicago) men’s basketball game on Friday night, November 11, 2011. The game will be held at the Assembly Hall at 8 pm. Tickets are available through this special offer for $10 (usually $22)!
You can order your tickets now, while supplies last. Some service charges will apply. Order online at Dads Weekend basketball game promo. When prompted, use the Promo Code DADS.
Tickets will not be distributed for the Dads Banquet. Your name will be placed on a reservation form and you will check in at the Banquet.
DAD’S PRE-GAME BBQ
Tickets will be available for pick-up at the BBQ check-in tables at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) beginning at 12:30 pm.
*If you ordered a football ticket package, football tickets will be available for pick-up at the Dads Pre-Game BBQ check-in tables at 12:30 pm until halftime on game day at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Tickets will NOT be mailed out.
PLEASE NOTE: Dads Banquet, Dads Pre-Game BBQ and football tickets need to be purchased for all expected attendees, including U of I students. Students with season tickets cannot use their student ticket to sit with guests in the Dads Association Section. Students who wish to sit next to their Dads Weekend guests will need to purchase a single game football ticket through the Dads Association. For game-day parking information, seehttp://www.athletics.uiuc.edu/facilities/parking/09_mfb_fanguide.pdf
* When purchasing tickets for one of our events, please contact the Illini Union Parent Programs Office at (217) 333-7063 if you have any dietary restrictions of which we should be aware, or if you require any special accommodations for the above events. Please give at least 2 weeks notice before the event date.
Hotel rooms book up quickly for popular event dates like Dads Weekend. If you haven't booked your hotel room yet, you need to start looking now! A great resource is the Champaign County Convention and Visitor's Bureau website, www.visitchampaigncounty.org/plan-your-trip/accommodation.
Many hotels are booked up to a year in advance for Dads and Moms Weekends, so we recommend booking hotel rooms for next year when you come to town for Dads Weekend. Future dates are listed at the bottom of this page.
So you can see what else is going on throughout the weekend, the Illini Union Parent Programs Office has compiled a Dads Weekend Calendar of Events. Note that events are continuously added to the calendar when we receive them, so check back often!
For detailed campus parking information, visit the Parking Department's website.
Parking on Dads Weekend is the same as most typical football weekends at the University of Illinois. There is not special designated parking for any of the Dads Association events. There are several lots around campus, parking garages, and metered parking on some of the side streets that are available to guests. Most University lots are open to the public 5 pm - 2 am on weekdays. Please be certain to ALWAYS CHECK THE SIGN at the entrance to each parking lot as well as on the meters, as each have different hours and cost.
Listed below are Visitor lots, most of which have metered parking spaces:
C3, C13, E3, F1, D10
If you do not obey the parking rules on campus, you will receive a citation from the Parking Department. There are no special exceptions for Dads Weekend.
2011 Harold Labinsky Certificate of Merit Nominations
Each year, the Dads Association honors the outstanding achievements and contributions of one each; faculty, staff, student and student organization at the Dads Association’s Annual Banquet on Dads Weekend. The Dads Association is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Staff, Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Student and an Outstanding Registered Student Organization.
The Certificate of Merit recipients receive a cash award and a small gift from the Dads Association, and will be publicly recognized at the Dads Association Annual Banquet on Friday, November 11, 2011.
Chad Johnston, senior in Communication with a minor in Computer Science.
Chad was nominated by Josh Henry, Network Analyst in the College of ACES.
Randy Elkins, Assistant to the Department Head in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering.
Randy was nominated by Dr. Jong-Shi Pang, Department Head and Caterpillar Professor.
Outstanding Registered Student Organization
Interfaith In Action
Interfaith In Action was nominated by PhD student Gregory Damhorst.
Their Campus Advisor is Ross Wantland, Assistant Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations.
King Dad Nominations
Dads Weekend is dedicated to and created especially for all father-figures of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students. The recipient of the King Dad title will be announced at the annual Dads Association Banquet and will be honored during the Dads Weekend football game.
The three King Dad finliasts are:
Randy DeSutter of Woodhull, IL was nominated by his daughter Kristin DeSutter.
Jay Frye of Easton, IL was nominated by his son, Lucas Frye.
John Tuttle of Bloomington, IL was nominated by his son, Aaron Tuttle.
2011 John Menees Library Award recipients
College of Engineering
School of Social Work
College of Business
College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Nursing
Institute of Aviation
College of Media
College of Applied Health Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Education
College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
We hope to see you next year! Dads Weekend 2012 is set for November 9 - 11. Don't forget to book your hotel room early!