Family Weekend gives parents a chance to see their students, meet professors

Photo by Amy Lucas

Family Weekend on Sept. 28-29 gave students’ families a chance to see what they’ve been up to since they started their first month at school at UMHB.
Parents and siblings met and talked with professors and campus staff, while they also attended various sporting events and participated in university traditions.
Families began to arrive on campus on Friday afternoon. At this time, multiple events were occurring simultaneously, creating a loose schedule for families and their students to join in on.
After registering with Campus Activities Board where families received parent weekend T-shirts, they had the opportunity to head over to the Musick Alumni Center for a tour of the University museum.
This museum shares the history of the university and houses all sorts of paraphernalia from students and campus.
A meet and greet was held on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to talk with President O’Rear’s Council representatives and different leaders of Student Organizations.
From here, students and their families were given the opportunity to have quality time together and fellowship over dinner, and to visit students’ dorm rooms.
This time was special to freshman business management major, Kat Primm, as she shared about the time she got to spend one-on-one with her family.
“My favorite part would probably be when my parents and I walked around the Belton square and saw some cute, classic shops like a bookstore and a hand-made soap shop.”
The ring ceremony was held in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., in which seniors were presented with their class ring.
Afterwards, families joined the student body in an energetic display of school spirit at the Friday night pep rally in preparation for the multiple Cru sporting events that were to take place on Saturday.
Here, the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band played upbeat melodies while the Sader Belles and Cru Cheer performed multiple cheers and dance numbers.
Members of the football team also hyped up the crowd by performing their own cheer. The rally ended with the Cru Spirit Dance and students singing the Alma Mater.
Saturday’s activities began at 8:30 a.m. at the Manning Chapel in Meyer Christian Studies Center as Shawn Shannon and a student worship band from the Baptist Student Ministry led a worship service.
Later, brunch was held on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to meet and talk with their student’s professors about their classes.
Molly Mitchell, mother of freshman graphic design major Macy Mitchell shared that her favorite part about the weekend was “… getting to spend time with Macy and meeting her friends and professors. I enjoy seeing the relationships that she has begun to develop and see the friendships be cultivated, that will last a lifetime…”
The remainder of the day included both UMHB’s Men and women’s soccer games. and Uball.
As more and more parents and families began to arrive on campus, King Street was packed for the pre-game CRUise and Spirit Rally.
First responders and various branches of law enforcement from Belton and the surrounding areas parked their emergency service vehicles in front of Bawcom Student Union so that children and adults could sit in the vehicles and see what life might be like as a first responder.
Freshman physical therapy major Lezley Garcia said she enjoyed the emergency vehicle and responder display.
“I really enjoyed and am grateful for the heroes of Belton and Temple who showed us the different trucks and cars. It was really fun and nice to have a family moment after months apart,” Garcia said.
Shortly after, students and families lined King Street from Mayborn Campus Center to Bawcom Student Union and showed their school spirit as the football team walked by.
The team then joined the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band, Sader Belles and Cru Cheer to sing the Alma Mater in preparation for the big game.
At 6 p.m., the Crusaders kicked off the first home football game against the Southwestern Pirates.
Crusader Stadium was buzzing with energy as students, families, alumni and faculty cheered on the team towards their 77-7 victory.
Freshman graphic design major, Madison Welch, shared about her first football game as a Crusader.
“My favorite part of the game was all of the cheers and getting to hang out with my friends and family,” Welch said. She also commented on her overall experience of Family Weekend. “…Having my family here over the weekend was an awesome experience because they got to see the community and place that I now call home.”

Author: Amy Lucas

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