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Say “aloha!” to Family Weekend

September 27, 2013

Monmouth College students can ‘hang ten’ with their families during the college’s annual family weekend beginning this Friday. With a wave of numerous events planned, everyone is sure to have a gnarly time.

Every year the college makes sure there is a weekend designated entirely for families to come to campus and spend time with their relatives attending Monmouth. MC is proud of the opportunities they offer to students and families to enjoy and experience Monmouth together. This year is no different. The Office of Campus Events, Association for Student Activity Programming, the Alumni Office and other campus organizations have worked relentlessly to make this upcoming weekend fun for all ages.

“I think parents enjoy coming back and being college students for a day,” said Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus of Events Karen Ogorzalek. “It really is a family weekend.”

The slogan for this year’s family weekend is “Aloha! Where MC Means Family,” inspired by a phrase from Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch.” Many events will have the look and feel of Hawaii, including a mechanical surfboard, a kahuna slide and a Hawaiian ice stand. All events are meant for families to enjoy time together.

Each day offers a vast array of opportunities to do just that. On Friday night, families can attend the Fighting Scots women’s volleyball game against Grinnell College, or attend a free concert by a music-driven comedy duo DakaBoom in Dahl Chapel.

Some of Saturday’s events include a 5k run/walk, an all-campus cookout, a concert sponsored by the Department of Music in Dahl Chapel and another performance in Dahl Chapel by AudioBody, a group known for combining futuristic technology with modern music.

Saturday afternoon, families can also journey out to the Quad to enjoy inflatables, a bounce house, an obstacle course and try their balancing skills on the aforementioned mechanical surfboard.

Family weekend concludes on Sunday with a an ecumenical worship service led by Monmouth College’s Chaplain Teri Ott in Dahl Chapel. For a complete list of registration and event times, go to the MC’s website for more information.

This is not just a weekend limited to families. All events and activities allow for students to step out and enjoy their weekend, forgetting about the stresses of college. It is a time for students on campus to have fun with each other, build relationships and create Monmouth College families in the process.

“Monmouth is your family,” Assistant Director of Campus Events Jim Fry said. “We’re your second family, I like to say.”

Gavin Bogan
Contributing Writer

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