Sept. 19 through 21 was the annual family weekend, a time when the students’ extended families are invited to campus to participate in fun activities together.
The festivities kicked off with the Hiawatha Wing Cruise. This year, unlike in previous, there were two cruises families could sign up for. This allowed more families to enjoy the cruise.
|Kearsten Kreitz ‘15 and the family of Elise Matalavage ‘16 enjoying the football game during family weekend.|
Family bowling night at Faxon was available for families that RSVP’d in advance. At the same time Quizzo was being played in East Hall Coffee House.
On Saturday President Kent Trachte gave a state of the college address in the Jane Schultz room to start off the day. Families had several options that they could choose to spend the morning. Andrew Kilpatrick, associate dean of student success and academic services, dean of first-year students, and director of Lycoming College prep, gave a state of the freshman class address.
Families could choose to go on a bike tour with dean of students Dan Miller or go to the study abroad information session. They also could attend the Brandy Lee Sudol auction hosted by Gamma Delta Sigma. Also Saturday brunch was being served in the dining hall.
Throughout the day families could go on walking tours around downtown Williamsport with faculty and staff. There was also a faculty open house in Pennington lounge.
The choir hosted an open rehearsal in the Clarke Chapel to show the parents what a day in choir looks like. They also practiced the songs that they would perform for the Sunday service.
All registered families got free tickets to the football game. They were able to enjoy the Lycoming Warriors’ win against King’s College Monarchs. It was an exciting game with great plays by both teams.
For dinner there were three college-sanctioned choices. If a reservation was put in early enough, the Bullfrog and 33 East were an option. Otherwise, families could eat at the dining hall or any of the other eateries off campus. The third option was the Trachtes’ invitation to the seniors and families to their house.
For the evening, comedian Michael Dean Ester entertained the audience in Clark Chapel. The performance was sponsored by student programs. He mixed comedy and advice to make a memorable night that made the audience laugh and think about what college is really about.
To close out the night was a family bonfire in the upper quad. Unfortunately high winds forced the bonfire to be canceled. Instead people drank hot apple cider and talked. “Frozen” was at 8 p.m. and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was at 10 p.m.
Sunday, families were invited to worship in the chapel as Jeff Lecrone preached and the choir led the hymns and performed a few songs. Sunday brunch closed out the official family weekend activities.
Photo by Jenny Reilly