More than the game

Campus orgs. contribute to Family Day

Jay Benedict | Editor-in-Chief

This weekend, PSU will celebrate the annual Family Weekend. This year’s events begin Friday evening and continue across campus until the Gorilla football team kicks off against Lincoln.

Family Weekend begins with Game Night at Axe Library on Friday. The event is sponsored by the International Programs and Services department, the Campus Activities Center (CAC), the Office of Student Diversity (OSD) and the library. It is an opportunity for students and their families to play board games and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday is packed with events before the football game kicks off. The first is a free 5K fun-run/walk. It is sponsored by the Bryant Student Health Center and starts at 8 a.m.

CAC has changed last year’s ice cream social with PSU president Steve Scott into a brunch at the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in the Overman Student Center. During the event he will be available to chat with participants before a more formal question and answer session starts in the Governors Room. There he’ll join other university officials to field queries from students and families.

“Dr. Scott wanted to interact with parents and answer any questions they might have about their students’ university,” said Meagan Smejdir, program coordinator for campus activities.

Smedjir says that CAC will co-sponsor “Dia de la Familia” with OSD from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Cleveland Plaza, which she says will provide fun for the whole family. They’re incorporating Hispanic Heritage Month into the event and will provide Hispanic refreshments like horchata and activities like “Loteria,” which she compared to “Mexican bingo,” and a piñata breaking alongside more tradition tailgate fair.

“We’re excited to help students show off their campus and help show their families a little bit of their college experience,” Smedjir said.

The Alumni and Constituent Relations Office is sponsoring “Gorilla Family Fun Day,” starting at 2 p.m. in the Oval. Meagan Swafford, assistant director for the ACRO, says there are 130 people signed up already. Pre-registration is required, but she
says they are still accepting participants.

“We hope everyone will come out to enjoy some fun and educational activities before heading to Gorilla Village to tailgate,” Swafford said.

The activities are geared toward children and include 30 minutes doing karate, science experiments, art and technology. Each participant will receive a PSU water bottle before heading to Gorilla Fest where they will be served hot dogs, chips, cookies and a drink. There will also be other food vendors attending.

The band 33 1/3 will play before the Pride of the Plains Marching Band and the PSU spirit squad hold a pep rally prior to kickoff. There will also be two inflatables and face-painting among other activities.
For the full schedule of events see the graphic to the left.

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