Family Day a Hit
Family Day at CMU last Saturday was highly successful and entertaining for all.
Some 230 families, a total of more than 700 people, attended activities during the day that began with the second private screening of FlyBoysin the morning; multiple student/faculty tables, activities, and demonstrations in the afternoon; and the CMU football game against Baker in the evening with the Marching Band half-time performance and followed by fireworks.
Each of the academic departments participated. Event coordinators included Joy Flanders, director of student success, and Mark Stone, director of student activities.
"That was my first visit to the campus," commented one parent. "I enjoyed it. I thought it was unique that students could just walk to the square in town. There was no separation between the town and school. I liked that."
On the quad, the nursing department was out in force, doing screenings and offering advice on everything from making water tasty to eye and tooth health. The science department demonstrated a broad range of chemistry and physics experiments, including water displacement and chemical identification of counterfeit dollars. The department also brought out one of the resident snakes to interact with guests.
The humanities included a reading tent where students and professors presented original writings; a table of free books, including the most recent student edition of Inscape; and a table where psychology students showed how people see what they expect to see.
In addition to the Marching Band, the music department provided a song fest by members of Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. One parent said, "As always, I love to see my son sing under the tower with Phi Mu Alpha."
CMU's Eagle Radio provided music and commentary during the day, and food was provided by the International Club with other goodies compliments of the Smiley Library staff. The education department and the SIFE organization provided activities for kids, as did the athletic department. Children could play games, make t-shirts, try disk golf, and bounce objects off a large colorful parachute-type tarp.
On Inman Plaza, sports teams signed autographed photographs for kids (and parents). Lunch by Fresh Ideas was served tailgate fashion on the plaza. Families visited inside the Student and Community Center where the CMU Bookstore and the popcorn stand were highly popular stops.
One parent summed it up nicely as, "You and your staff hit this family day out of the park. Thanks for a great day. [I] wish my other son?s college went to this much time for their students and family."
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