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Parents and Families Spend Fun-Filled Weekend on Campus
Parents and Family Weekend, hosted by the Division of Student Life and other campus partners, was held October 14- 16. Students and their families and friends enjoyed a variety of experiences, including sporting events, a comedy show, speakers, musical performances, and more.
Friday, students and their parents were invited to visit the newly-built Innovation Center, established through partnership between UD and JP Morgan-Chase, where they learned about internship opportunities, the Global Enterprise Technology curriculum, and joint research projects. Families cheered on the Lady Blue Hen Soccer team as they tied against Virginia Commonwealth University, keeping the Hens in the running for six-team conference tournament.
Other events Friday included the hugely popular UD Ghost Tours on the Green and the Faculty Artist Recital, starring Bruce Tychinski on the trombone.
The headliner for the evening was a comedy show featuring television icon, Bill Cosby, introduced by Parents Fund Council Co-Chairs, Joe Petito and Annette Galassi. One of America’s most iconic and celebrated comedians, Cosby has generated laughter in homes since the 1970s, breaking the race barrier to become the first African American to costar in a television series (I Spy.) His comedy continues to transcend age, gender, and cultural barriers. UD junior Krista Connor interviewed the 74 year-old comedian for the student newspaper, the Review. Read the story.
Saturday kicked off with a Parents and Family Welcome Social, co-hosted by the Division of Student Life and the Parents Fund Council in the Trabant Student Center. In his remarks, President Patrick Harker highlighted some of UD’s recent successes. He spoke about UD’s top-notch students, faculty, and programs, its talented athletes, and the school’s strong social scene. UD is growing bolder and investing in its students,” Harker said, evidenced through new construction projects, faculty recruitment, and strong corporate partnerships. He reminded guests that UD is a strong institution because of its families. Every day, he said, is a great day to be a Blue Hen.
Saturday’s other events included the Career Services Center Open House, a book signing in the Trabant Theater, and open houses in each of UD’s seven colleges. All events wrapped up by 3:00, giving everyone plenty of time to make it to the sold-out UD football game against UMass at 3:30.
Sunday was filled with food, faith, sports and music. Hillel, UD’s Jewish group, sponsored a brunch, while St. Thomas More Oratory- Catholic Campus ministry held three Masses and a brunch for parents and families. Afternoon sports included men’s and women’s soccer games. Other afternoon activities included ice skating at the Fred Rust Ice Arena, music by the UD Wind Ensemble, and a performance by pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott.
Once again, Parents and Family Weekend was a huge success. We hope that all of UD’s parents and families in attendance enjoyed spending a beautiful fall weekend becoming better acquainted with UD, and are looking forward to next year’s weekend!