Family Weekend proved to be a success. A large turnout of parents arrived on campus Friday morning to spend enjoyable time with their University of Dallas children. Old-fashioned Texas barbecue, UD trivia games and nature walks are only a few of the events that were offered this past weekend. Friday morning, parents were able to mingle with current faculty and see their children in the classroom.
After classes, families were invited to attend activities such as the Philosophy Colloquium, a wine and cheese reception, and the annual Knights of Columbus Fish Fry. Current students’ parents attended a wide array of activities on Friday which ended in the student “Taste of Talent” show where students presented their special talents such as juggling or belting out to Adele. Parents and their families also had the choice to go to Arcadia, the drama department’s spring Mainstage play.
Saturday morning started with a “nature walk” led by biology professor Dr. Marcy Brown-Marsden. Next was the welcoming talk by President Keefe, officially receiving all families to campus.
Keefe said, “Our Catholic identity is what defines the University of Dallas.” Keefe stated that the students here make UD different by their determination and how much they excel inside and outside of the classroom.
Keefe said, “There is something special about the University of Dallas that sets it apart from any other Catholic university in the country,” and he is right. The family-oriented campus contains students that are actually excited about their faith and the academics that make UD distinguishable. He then introduced the next activity of Family Weekend, the UD trivia challenge in which families and alumni could test their knowledge and see if they really knew the history of UD. To finish off the evening, families had another opportunity to attend the Mainstage play Arcadia at 8 p.m.
Family Weekend 2012 allowed for families to visit their loved ones and participate in fun activities on campus. On Sunday, families could participate in yoga in the Jerome basement before packing up and going to brunch in the cafeteria as family weekend came to a close. The much regretted “goodbye” between loved ones took place as they left, ending another fun Family Weekend here at UD.