Weekend gives glimpse into campus life

Union students and their families enjoy the annual Chi Omega Make-A-Wish cookout during Family Weekend, hosted in the Grace Quad, the event's new location. As part of the festivities, a live band performed bluegrass and folk music and western-themed family pictures were offered. | Photo by Victoria Stargel

By Hannah Nelson & Alli Hill

About 800 family members came to Union’s campus, Oct. 2–3, for a weekend of specially planned events, giving insight into the lives of college students.

Family Weekend is an annual event in which families travel from all over the United States to spend time with their Union students.

The weekend began as parents attended classes and chapel on Friday morning and afternoon.

Suzanne Wilkerson, mother of Jessica Stier, sophomore athletic training major, said she enjoyed spending the day with her daughter and seeing exactly what she does on a daily basis. She also found the chapel service to be very motivational.

Bethany Crain, sophomore biology major, said she was happy to have her family on campus with her.

“I really enjoyed my family coming because it helped me just relax and take a break for the weekend, and I liked giving them a glimpse of what I do every day,” Crain said.

The families spent Friday night listening to live music and visiting at a cookout sponsored by Chi Omega for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We were thrilled that Union asked us to pair up with them on the event,” said Ashlin Woodard, junior special education major and Chi Omega service chair.

Following the cookout, the Student Activities Council hosted its Movie on the Lawn, featuring “Toy Story 3,” in the Watters Quad.

Saturday began with a brunch hosted by President David S. Dockery. The rest of the day was spent attending intramural games, Union soccer games, and All Sing, a weekend tradition given by Alpha Sigma Iota, an international professional music fraternity.

On Sunday, families were encouraged to visit a local church with their student.

Student Activities Council members Amy Holden, senior Spanish major, and Matt Parker, junior business administration major, serve popcorn to Union students and their families as they enjoy the Movie on the Lawn, Toy Story 3, on Friday, Oct. 1. | Photo by Victoria Stargel
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