Fall Family Weekend 2018 Recap
By CC Chace
With my first semester coming to an end, I have had the pleasure of being a graduate assistant with the Ole Miss Family Association. One of the many things I have been able to work on is the main event the Family Association hosts during the fall: Fall Family Weekend. This year’s Fall Family Weekend, Oct. 5-6, was filled with hugs, laughter and festivities.
For some families, this was their first time on campus and for others, well, they were probably in town the weekend before. With our amazing volunteers, we were able to welcome 1,000 families to campus with pompoms, stickers, buttons and some fabulous food from Tallahatchie Gourmet, and ended the event with the Ole Miss spirit-filled Homecoming Parade.
On game-day Saturday, Ole Miss families began the day in our beautiful, new Student Union. Ray Hawkins, chief of the University Police Department, relayed what UPD is doing to better the campus. Peter Tulchinsky, director of campus recreation, provided some exciting information on the new campus recreation center. Afterwards, families spent time in the Grove to socialize before heading out to the football game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to cheer on Ole Miss against University of Louisiana at Monroe!
I have met so many amazing families and their students. Working Fall Family Weekend reminded me, again, how important family is. With some families, this may be their only student, heck, maybe their third, that is heading off to college. This is a transition not only for their student(s) but for them as well. That is why I believe the Family Association is so important for our Ole Miss families, and Fall Family Weekend was an amazing opportunity for families to reunite with their students, make new friends and get to know the Ole Miss campus better. Make sure to look out for Spring Family Weekend dates!
Hope you all have a Hotty Toddy holiday break!
CC Chace is a graduate assistant for OMFA and the School of Education.