Weekend Activities Target Prospective and Current CSU Students, Their Parents and Families

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Family Day has become Parents Weekend at Columbus State University.

“We’re giving parents a glimpse of the academic and recreational resources CSU is providing to their sons and daughters,” said Columbus State Student Development Specialist  Collins Henderson, who is organizing Parents Weekend.

Parents Weekend on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 23-24) follows last spring’s Family Day. The sequel extends activities to a second day and will launch the new CSU Parents Association.

The event coincides with CSU’s next Visitation Day, on Saturday, which will draw about 100 prospective students and their family members to campus.

These guests will join more than twice as many Parents Weekend participants in experiencing Columbus State.

“Last spring was a success as we drew more than 200 participants, but we’re moving the event to the fall to accommodate more families,” said Henderson, referring to Parents Weekend.

Building on last spring’s Family Day, new attractions include an outdoor variety concert (7 p.m. Saturday) on Woodruff Park that features regional acts Vgo D'Artiste, Nard Dixon, StereoMonster, CSU’s GENESIS gospel choir and Beats with Motion. The performances follow demonstrations and performances by fine arts students (3-5 p.m.), tours of the new recreation center  (11 a.m.-noon) and a Parents Association information and signup session 1 p.m. Saturday in the Davidson Student Center Columbus Room.

Henderson said the new organization formally links parents to the university. “Through programs and initiatives, the Parents Association will connect CSU parents by providing support, creating a forum for ideas  and opinions, and recognizing these individuals as valuable resources in the university community.”

Prior to the Parents Weekend Sunday morning breakfast in in room 130 of the Schuster Center and a closing session in University Hall Auditorium, other Saturday activities on main campus will include a scavenger hunt and campus tours (11 a.m.-noon), a Clock Tower cookout and interactive academic demonstrations (noon- 2 p.m.), and an NCAA women’s soccer match at the Walden Soccer Complex (3:30 p.m.).

Also throughout Saturday, CSU will provide inflatable and carnival games and student organization booths, plus shuttle service between the RiverPark and main campuses.

Parents Weekend participation costs $25 for families of up to five members and $5 per additional member, and covers a breakfast and lunch Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Wristbands will distinguish these participants from the Visitation Day guests, who will register at no cost and be able to purchase food and refreshments from the Cougar Cafeteria.

For more information about Parents Weekend, call 706-568-2180 or go to http://studentlife.colstate.edu/familyday.asp.

For more about Visitation Day, go to http://www.visit.colstate.edu or call  call 706-507-8800.