Student Life

Family Weekend
September 21-23, 2018

We’re celebrating our Golden Bear family, and we want you to be there.

Family Weekend Schedule

Friday September 21

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rocket Boys Festival

Beckley Exhibition Mine - 513 Ewart Avenue, Beckley, WV 25802
View a complete schedule:

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Student Life House
Pick up your packet for the weekend’s events.

Visit the WVU Tech Bookstore
LRC – Library
Pick up WVU Tech gear to show your Golden Bear pride all weekend long. Specials and deals throughout the evening.

Visit the Tech Spot
LRC – First Floor
Need a cup of coffee or latte? Pick up something to drink and a quick bite at this student spot.

6:30 p.m.
Golden Bear Family Weekend Welcome

Student Life House
WVU Tech Dean of Student’s Richard Carpinelli will kick-off Family Weekend with a warm welcome to Beckley and an overview of the activities planned.

7:00 p.m.
Live Music and S’mores

Student Life House Patio
Enjoy a live band, conversation, and s’mores in one of our outdoor spots on campus.

Saturday September 22

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Dean of Students Continental Breakfast

Administration & Extension Services Building - 410 Neville St.
Chat with Student Life staff while picking up a bagel or other breakfast item before jumping into the activities of the day. Monty the Golden Bear will be on hand for photos.

Activity Options

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rocket Boys Festival

Beckley Exhibition Mine - 513 Ewart Avenue, Beckley, WV 25802 View a complete schedule:

1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801
Visit Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia for a variety of beautiful works by local artisans.

Disco Bowing 
700 Johnston Rd, Beckley, WV 25801

Mountain State Miniature Golf
1818 Harper Rd, Beckley, WV 25801 

10:30 a.m.
Tech Adventure Guided Hikes

Depart from YMCA Soccer Complex  
Join WVU Tech Adventures staff on one of two hikes in gorgeous southern West Virginia.

Piney Point Hike is a short (1.3 mile each way) rolling hill hike from the corner of the YMCA soccer complex. We will hike through the forest over to an astounding view of the Piney Creek Gorge far above the creek you get 180 degree views. We will hang out and enjoy the view and then head back. Should only take about 90 minutes to two hours.

Grandview Hike is a short easy hike to an amazing overlook. We will meet at the soccer complex to load the van. This hike is limited to only 9. We will hike through rock formations on rolling terrain for about one mile to the overlook for the New River Gorge from about '1000 above the river and take in the amazing view.

Men & Women's Soccer Games 
YMCA Soccer Complex 
Cheer on the Golden Bears! 

3:00 p.m. - Men's Soccer vs. Indiana University East

5:00 p.m. - Women's Soccer vs. Indiana University East

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Bear’s Den Open

LRC – Bear’s Den Dining Hall

Time TBA
WVU vs. Kansas State Watch Party 

Various Restaurants in Beckley, WV 
Join us for football, food and fun as we cheer on the Mountaineers!

5:00 p.m.
Enjoy Beckley’s Dining and Shopping

Visit the Tamarack or Crossroads Mall for some shopping and have dinner in one of Beckley’s eateries. Find out more:

Sunday, September 23

11:30 a.m. Brunch
LRC - Bear’s Den Dining Hall
You are invited to join us brunch before heading home!

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Directions to Campus

If you are using a GPS, the address 282 Minnesota Ave, Beckley, WV will get you to the main campus parking lot, or you may use our turn-by-turn campus directions.


View the Campus Map for parking on campus.


The Beckley area features many hotels, motels and resorts. For a list of local establishments, visit the Beckley - Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Member Directory and choose Hotels-Motels from the list. 

Have questions about the weekend? Contact Student Life at 304.929.1232

Stay up to date on the weekend and connect with other Golden Bear families in our Family Weekend Facebook Group.