December 4, 2013
Students' Relatives Can Experience Campus Life During Family Day
Sept. 26, 2013
The Family Day tradition at UT Dallas continues to grow in popularity. More than 950 guests are registered to attend the festivities on Saturday.
Laurel Mohrman can hardly wait to show off her campus to relatives on Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 28.
The computer science senior from El Paso is the first grandchild in her family to go to college, and this will be her grandmother’s first visit to UT Dallas.
“I want to show my grandmother the world that I have been living and working in for the past couple of years. I want them to see the places, people and things that I have been talking to them about since freshman year,” Mohrman said.
Organizers are expecting a large crowd as Family Day continues to grow in popularity. More than 950 guests are registered to attend this year’s event. Online registration is closed. However, family members can still register at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Visitor Center. Registration is $25, with free admission for students and children younger than 12.
“Family Day has grown dramatically in size, virtually doubling in the past two years,” said Dan Long, assistant director for new student programs. “It gives family members a chance to visit campus and see all the changes happening, and also spend some quality time together with their student.”
“I feel a bit sentimental about my experiences here and I would love to share the world that I have come to know and love with my family before graduation.”
Registration includes a Family Day T-shirt, a catered lunch, carnival games for all ages, a volunteer project and admission to UT Dallas soccer games that afternoon against Hardin-Simmons University. The women’s soccer team will play at 2 p.m., and the men’s soccer team will play at 4 p.m.
UT Dallas Athletics will offer a sports clinic in the Activity Center for children ages 5-12.
A welcome program on the campus mall under the trellis – or in the Clark Center if weather is inclement – will feature greetings from University President David E. Daniel; Dr. Gene Fitch, dean of students; Liza Liberman, Student Government president; and Dr. Kenneth Pugh, clinical associate professor at the Callier Center.
The Student Wellness Center and Recreational Sports will sponsor family friendly competitions, and the Office of Student Volunteerism has organized Scarves for the Homeless, at which guests can help decorate fabric pieces that will be made into scarves. The service project organizers hope to donate 100 winter scarves to The Samaritan Inn in McKinney, a homeless shelter in Collin County, and The Bridge, which provides recovery services for the homeless in Dallas.
Last year, Mohrman helped facilitate the scarves project. This year, it will be even more meaningful having her mother and grandmother participate.
“I feel a bit sentimental about my experiences here, and I would love to share the world that I have come to know and love with my family before graduation,” Mohrman said.