Friday, September 28, 2012
Family Weekend to offer fun for all ages
BY MATT WUBBEN
Family Weekend at Saint Mary’s University is all set to take place next weekend, Oct. 5-7.
The weekend brings with it, for most freshman students, the first visit their parents have made to campus since move-in day. The weekend itself is going to be jam packed with activities, athletics and plenty of fun.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct.5, with the unveiling of a timeline wall mural of the university’s history created by Brother Roderick Robertson, FSC, professor of art and design. This will take place during a public reception on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Toner Student Center.
For any parents that decide to arrive a day early, a performance of “Let Us Remember” will also be on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. The show will also be performed Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, check-in for Family Weekend will be taking place in the Hall of Fame Room. At the same time, any late entries for the Fall Frolic 5k run/walk will be accepted until 9:45 a.m. The run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. with the starting line in between the baseball and softball fields.
Dave Evans will be back this year to make shapes with balloons. According to Lance Thompson, director of student activities, this is Evans’ fifth year at the weekend and he can make anything from a sword to a Millennium Falcon. He will be joined this year by caricaturist Bill Luse, who will also be in the Toner Center.
Outside of the Toner Center, inflatable games will be found from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The baseball and softball “red and white” games will start at 11 a.m. and will consist of two separate inter-squad games played on each of the team’s respective fields. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
In terms of athletics, the weekend also includes a Men’s soccer game on Saturday against Hamline University at 1 p.m.
The afternoon will start off with the challenge rope course, which begins at 2 p.m., located in between the outdoor track and baseball field. Following this at 2:30 p.m. tours of the new Brother Leopold residence hall will be available.
The Study Abroad information session will begin at 3 p.m. in the President’s Room located in the Toner Center. This meeting is primarily for parents, according to Thompson, but any interested students are encouraged to attend as well.
Liturgy will begin in the Saint Thomas More Chapel at 4 p.m. but will also be available on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Dinner will be available from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.