Family Weekend Brings Campus Together
The beginnings of autumn greeted parents and grandparents from all across the country this weekend. With open arms and turning leaves, the much anticipated Family Weekend arrived on September 27th. Several events peaked interest on campus, like the Chemistry department’s magic show and a welcoming church service, and other families chose to spend their time leisurely at local restaurants and boutiques. Nevertheless, Roanoke College became a momentary bustle of shared excitement, fun, and love for all ages.
Friday started off the weekend as soon as classes let out, and each event was a hit in its own way. The Wortmann Ballroom was converted into a temporary Build-A-Bear, giving the opportunity for both siblings and students alike to create their own plush toy. Animal options included a kangaroo, a traditional teddy bear, and many more. In fact, Build-A-Bear created such a following that the queue wrapped entirely around the upper Atrium landing.
Ideal weather conditions also helped make the Alumni Field FOTQ a success. Everyone’s favorite meal plan on campus was brought to our families and friends for the evening with a naturally homestyle menu. The Commons staff served a selection of pulled pork sandwiches, fried chicken, pasta salad, coleslaw, and chocolate chip cookies. A second meal was served outdoors Saturday in a similar manner on the Back Quad.
Finally, the Friday night festitivites ended with a roaring crowd in the stands. The scheduled men’s soccer game attracted many families from the FOTQ and gave them a phenomenal 3-0 victory over Eastern Mennonite University. Additionally, the half time show presented by the RC Cheerleaders was equally stunning, and the squad greatly engaged the families by handing out inflatable boom sticks during the FOTQ.
Saturday left plenty of room for more enjoyable events; the peak of which had to be the Musical Extravaganza hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg. Spectacular lights set the mood for The Roanoke College Choir, Oriana Singers, and all of the a cappella groups to perform a series of pieces in Bast Gymansium. Their voices carried superbly and, to reference our alma mater, deeply entered every heart.
Essentially, the weekend erupted and gathered together the Roanoke College community in a way no other time possibly could.