Family Weekend Draws Record-Setting Crowd

Nearly 3,000 students and their family members took part in The University of Scranton's Family Weekend Sept. 28-30. The weekend included classes, facility tours, games, receptions, performances and fairs, as well as a Family Weekend Mass.

The University of Scranton continued its “By and For Students and their Families” design for Family Weekend 2012, welcoming more than 2,900 students and family members to campus Sept. 28-30. Intended to entertain and inform students and their guests alike with classes, facility tours, games, receptions, performances and fairs, the 2012 event was the best attended Family Weekend to date.

Five class sessions were scheduled during Family Weekend with more than 615 students and family members attending these activities. These sessions included a presentation by the Office of Career Services; “Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask a Jesuit,” hosted by Rick Malloy, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry; “Science Enrichment,” conducted by current University students; “Scranton 201,” led by Julie Cohen, director of community relations, and local merchants; and “Changeology,” presented by John Norcross, Ph.D., professor of psychology.

The Family Weekend committee, comprised of eight University students, also organized the second annual “Scranton’s Got Spirit” event. A crowd of roughly 800 attended, playing games, winning prizes and enjoying performances by student organizations such as Urban Beats, Royal Harmony, The Octaves, the University dance team and University of Scranton Cheer. 

Tours of the campus’ newly constructed buildings also took place, showcasing the newly completed Loyola Science Center and the new apartment complex and fitness center on Mulberry Street. More then 325 students and family members took advantage of the tours during Family Weekend.

Some of the weekend’s other activities included a rousing Late Night Bingo game that drew roughly 550 students and family members. Father Malloy was on hand to play guitar and entertain parents between the highly competitive bingo games.

In addition, The University of Scranton Programming Board hosted “Casino Night,” where nearly 1,200 students and families played popular games such as roulette, black jack, poker and virtual horse racing to collect tickets for chances to win great prizes. During this event, the International Service Program (ISP) also picked the names of the winners of the University of Scranton gift basket raffle. More than 30 University offices and divisions donated assorted baskets for ISP to raffle. ISP generated more than $5,000 in ticket sales for their service initiatives.

The weekend’s most well attended program was Family Weekend Mass. Father Malloy and Timothy Cadigan, S.J., assistant professor of biology, welcomed more than 1,200 students and family members to join them in the commissioning of new students ministers.

Off campus, more than 20 area restaurants provided discounts to those attended Family Weekend, as did several Scranton-area museums and attractions.

The University’s Office of Parent Relations planned and coordinated Family Weekend.

The Scranton Times-Tribune also highlighted the University's Family Weekend with an article written by Catherine Erbicella ’14, Media, a management major with a minor in philosophy and participant in the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Business Leadership Honors Program at The University of Scranton.

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Rick Malloy, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, entertains the Late Night Bingo game crowd during Family Weekend.

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More than 1,200 students and family members attended Family Weekend Mass, which was presided by Father Malloy and Timothy Cadigan, S.J., assistant professor of biology

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