Friends and Family weekend was a great success. We had about 400 families attend the event this year, compared to around 350 from last year. We had greatly increased attendance at our Friday night event “Stetson Fest”, which featured family karaoke in the Hollis Center lounge, and Trivia with the Dean in the Hollis Center classroom. Classes without Quizzes which was an event that featured 50 min classes on a variety of topics was also a hit, the best attended session “Stetson History and Traditions” was led by Associate Professor Sims Kline and Dean of Students Rosalie Carpenter.
Some other highlights of the weekend included:
- The President’s breakfast, even though the morning was rainy and the event needed to be relocated to the Stetson Room lots of families were able to join us and it turned out to be a great event.
- The First Year honor society Phi Eta Sigma inducted its new membership, which included over 100 students that were high academic achievers in their first year at Stetson.
- A Night of Improv hosted by the Theater Department, which sold out the Second Stage Theater in the Museum of Art, DeLand
- The Football game, which had great attendance by families and alumni, and some Legacy Families (families that have more than one generation of Stetson students) were even invited to serve as Bell ringers and rang Big Green during the game.
The feedback that we have received from families and friends that attended the event has been very positive. We always like to respond to feedback so based on some of the comments we heard last year we made sure to make the shirts and other materials more Stetson focused. The shirts and buttons that were part of this re-design were a big hit with both students and families.
For next year we are always hoping to improve so if you have feedback from Friends and Family Weekend please share that with us via email firstname.lastname@example.org. A few things we already have in mind are looking at the start time of the events on Friday, to better match parent/family work schedules and possibly including a more “kid focused” area for students and families that need to bring younger guests with them.
All in all, while the weather may have been not so nice, the friends and families that visited were excited to be here and we hope that they will return to campus again for Homecoming in November. We’ll have more information on Friends and Family Weekend 2014 in the spring!