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Parents’ Weekend events bring parents to campus

Originally published October 29, 2010

Parents from all over flooded campus last weekend for Bradley’s annual Parents’ Weekend.

The events kicked off Oct. 22 with a dessert reception that saw a great turnout, said Executive Director of Student Development and Health Services Joyce Shotick.

“I was ecstatic to see how many people joined in on the activities over the weekend,” Shotick said. “It was one of our best turn outs yet.”

With all kinds of events taking place over the weekend, such as a concerts at Dingledine Music Center, 10-man shootout hockey game, a multicultural and pottery club sale, a wide array of activities were available for students and their parents.

Another popular Parents’ Weekend event was the 27th annual Fashion Show in Bradley Hall. Shotick originally started this event and it has been a big hit  since its beginning year, she said.

As the weekend wore on, the events were still drawing large crowds, and the parent of the year award was a hit for students and their parents, Shotick said.

Greek life also celebrated Parents’ Weekend with special dinners and parties.

Junior psychology major and Sigma Alpha Epsilon member Rob Armgardt said Parent’s Weekend is always a good time.

“Meeting your friends’ parents can either explain why your friends act as they do, or confuse the hell out of you,” he said. “Plus if your parents do come and see you, then there is usually some money and a few great meals guaranteed.”

Armgardt said his parents made the nearly four hour drive from Racine, Wisc. to visit.

Since the weekend had many activities with outstanding attendance, Shotick said she thought it was rather busy.

With one activity in Bradley Hall at 1:30 p.m. and another event in Dingledine at 2:00 p.m. Shotick said the weekend could have been better scheduled.

“It was difficult to attend everything or even a couple of events in a certain time period,” she said.

Along with better coordination and planning, Shotick said she wants to set up a committee for next year’s Parents’ Weekend in the near future.

She said this committee will help plan the weekend so more time is allotted between events so students and parents have plenty of time to get from one side of campus to the other without feeling rushed.