400 families attend Friends and Family Weekend


By Olivia Sorrells

Alex Schweizer in Chaudoin Hall

Approximately 400 families attended Friends and Family Weekend this past weekend, compared to about 350 from last year.

“Friends and Family weekend was a success,” Assistant Director for First Year and Transition Programs Vince Applegate said.

While events of the weekend were well attended, Applegate hopes to alter a few events that started on Friday, so that all working parents and family members can attend. He also hopes to include a more kid-focused area for guests that need to bring children with them.

There was increased attendance at Friday night’s event ‘Stetson Fest.’ This year it featured family karaoke in the Hollis Center lounge and trivia with the Dean in the Hollis Center classroom.

‘Classes without Quizzes,’ a 50-minute event that featured classes on a variety of topics, was a Friends and Family favorite. The best attended session, “Stetson History and Traditions,” was led by Associate Professor Sims Kline and Dean of Students Rosalie Carpenter.

The First Year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma, inducted its new membership. This included over 100 students that were high academic achievers in their first year at Stetson.

‘An Evening of Improv’ hosted by the Theater Department, sold out the Second Stage Theater in the Museum of Art.

The football game, which had great attendance by families and alumni, had a special event for Legacy Families. Families that have more than one generation of Stetson students were invited to ring ‘Big Green,’ the Stetson bell, during the game football.

Mitch Robey and his father at the football game

“The feedback that we have received from families and friends that attended has been very positive,” Applegate said. “We always like to respond to feedback so based on some of the comments we heard last year we made sure to make the shirts and other materials more Stetson focused. The shirts and buttons that were part of this re-design were a big hit with both students and families.”

“While the weather may have been not so nice, the friends and families that visited were excited to be here and we hope that they will return to campus again for Homecoming in November,” Applegate said.