Family Weekend allows parents, families to reconnect with LSU
Each fall, all family members of LSU students are invited to campus for a weekend of activities, programs and the chance to see the Tigers play a home football game in Tiger Stadium.
Weekend activities included a welcome dinner at the newly renovated Tiger Lair, a dessert social at the Memorial Tower, family tailgate party on the Parade Ground with a Zydeco Band, and an exciting football game in Tiger Stadium.
Family Weekend drew nearly 3,000 people from 745 total families, representing 33 states and even the nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
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LSU Family Weekend activities allow LSU parents and families to reconnect with the university, experience campus life with their LSU student and enjoy the campus energy on game day. This fall, LSU hosted Family Weekend at the end of September on the weekend of the Tiger's 38-22 victory over Towson. The event drew nearly 3,000 people from 745 total families, representing 33 states and even the nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
"I think Family Weekend was a great success," said Aimee Frierson, assistant director of LSU Parent & Family Programs, which hosted the weekend. "We had our largest number of families registered since we started hosting the event in 2008."
Families enjoyed a welcome dinner at the newly renovated Tiger Lair, a dessert social at the Memorial Tower, family tailgate party on the Parade Ground with a Zydeco Band, and an exciting football game in Tiger Stadium. The weekend closed out with a Student Life & Enrollment jazz brunch on Sunday, where families enjoyed a southern brunch in style with a jazz band.
Even rainy weather couldn't spoil the activities.
"We did have to deal with inclement weather for the weekend, but everything went off without a hitch, thanks in part to the LSU Student Union staff and administration who were very accommodating in helping us to implement a successful rain plan for the Saturday tailgate," said Frierson. "I am very grateful to the staff in Parent & Family Programs, First Year Experience, Office of Orientation and the Student Union for their hard work and collaboration helping to pull off such a successful weekend."
For many of the family groups, this was the first opportunity to see LSU up close, with guided campus tours offered, as well as chances to explore the Natural Science Museum in Foster Hall and the Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum on Lakeshore Drive.
"We've been to campus a few times, but we would always get lost," said Kendon Williams of New Orleans, who came with her husband and mother to visit her son Edward. "This made things seem a lot smaller, and we got to see a lot of things that we've never seen before."
And for the parents of out-of-state students, it's a chance to catch up. Ana Sanabria and Antonio Torres traveled all the way from New York City to catch up with their son Matthew Torres, a sophomore majoring in marine biology.
"I'm so proud that he went out on his own, but it's so nice to be able to come down here and see him," said Sanabria. "I know he's okay, but it's not the same as being here, you know?"
Dave and Julie Nord, of Rockford, Ill., drove 14 and a half hours to visit their son Daniel.
"We came with him for orientation, but this was our first chance to really see things," said Julie Nord. "It's reassuring."
"Getting to go to a football game doesn't hurt either," laughed Dave Nord.
The LSU Family Association sponsors several of the weekend events, helping to offset the costs and keeping the registration fees affordable to families. This year the Family Association Council hosted a silent auction to benefit the Family Association Emergency Fund. To learn more about how to become a member of the LSU Family Association, please visit www.family.lsu.edu/how-join.
LSU Parent & Family Programs, in the Office of Orientation, is located within the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. Through orientation programs, campus events, and ongoing outreach and education, Parent & Family Programs fosters the connection for the families of current students to the university community. Supportive family structures enhance a student's ability to develop and facilitate a healthy transition into the university community and Parent & Family Programs seeks to foster a strong relationship with families through collaboration with constituents across campus. For more information, visit www.family.lsu.edu.