A Fun Family Weekend

Sep 23, 2019

Hundreds of students and their families and friends had a blast at Family Day as part of Family Weekend 2019.

  • - Jade Strom, 1, emerges from a bounce house.

  • - Members of the women's basketball team perform a dance routine.

  • - Sophomore Grace Pinto (right), her mother, Michelle, and sister Ella.

  • - Jacob Stuart, 7, his brother Andrew Montijo, who will attend Cal U next year, and his sister Selena Montijo, a junior, reach for the Vulcan statue's hammer.

  • - Junior Nikk Holland at the SAI Farm's pumpkin patch.

  • - Kathleen Edelstein laughs with her daughter, Frances, a sophomore art education major.

  • - Emily Price '18 laughs with friends at the softball team reunion.

  • - Freshman Emily Hronec holds her dog Frankie while spending the day with her mom, Karen '95, '96, and sister Mady, 11.

Skits and dance routines from the Cal U women’s basketball team, pumpkins to decorate, inflatables that are super fun to bounce in. 

It was all part of Family Day 2019, the centerpiece of a weekend Sept. 20-22 filled with family, friends and a lot of fun. 

“Family Weekend has become a tradition for us,” says student Frances Edlestein. “I don’t make it home for Halloween during the semester, so we celebrate the holiday here at SAI Farm by decorating pumpkins as a family.” 

The pumpkins also were a hit for Ashley Lewandowsky’s family: "My mom, aunt and cousins all came in for Family Weekend," she says. "It’s nice making new memories together, and this is Landon’s first time decorating a pumpkin!” 

In all, more than 600 people registered for Family Day on Saturday, according to Melissa Dunn, director of Student Activities, Programming and Leadership. Events included a performance by the University Choir, guided kayaking, yoga, yard games, the Wildlife Society’s annual Family Field Day. 

For some, it was a good time to check in with students. 

“This is my son Ryan’s first year at Cal U,” says Ryan Frankenberry’s mom, Colleen Wallace. “We wanted to support him as he studies mechatronics engineering technology.”