Baker University invites community to Family Weekend
Family and friends of students as well as community members are invited to the Baker University campus as the university is the host of its annual Family Weekend, which will have an “Orange Crush” theme.
“Instead of the blackout we are going to do orange because we want it to be Baker-specific and to represent all sports, too,” Dean of Students Cassy Bailey said.
Events for the weekend will consist of the usual sports events with soccer games on Friday and Saturday football and soccer games.
Baker’s Got Talent will take place in Friday evening in Rice Auditorium, but most events are scheduled for Saturday. There will be mini-gold outside of Harter Union and the president’s reception in the Holt Russell Gallery. Residential halls and greek houses will be open for tours Saturday.
“For me, the most important thing is that we highlight all of our students in a wide variety of audiences,” Bailey said.
Saturday there will also be a $5 all-you-can-eat dinner in Allen Dining Hall with a menu that follows the Orange Crush theme. Orange food items include pulled pork and chicken in an orange chipotle barbecue sauce, sweet potato tots, baby carrots, orange gelatin poke cake and regular and diet Orange Crush soda.
Number-wise, the dining staff isn’t sure what to expect.
“Family weekend dinner has been all over the map historically, as far as numbers,” Tanya Sieber, interim director of dining services, said. “We need to be prepared for a large crowd but it may not be.”
Last year there were about 200 meals served in the cafeteria, however the previous year there were 500.
“I think there are more places in Baldwin for families to eat. They have more options. A lot of them just take their kids out and I don’t blame them. (Students) eat in here everyday,” Sieber said.
In preparation for the extra visitors to campus, the bookstore has extended Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is offering a 10 percent discount on all merchandise in the store.
“We make sure that we do have as much merchandise in the store as we possibly can,” bookstore manager Bruce Skoog said.
One of the opportunities Bailey is most excited for is the chance to show off the heart of the university — its academics.
“We open up certain academic classes for people to observe and see,” Bailey said.
“We talk a lot about how wonderful our classes are and our professors and this is the perfect way to showcase them.”
Although Sieber is not a professor or activity advisor, she still interacts with students on a daily basis and thinks it is important for the parents to meet the members of Baker’s faculty and staff.
“I think it is important for the families to have a chance to get to know us,” Sieber said. “It is really important to (parents) to know that we’re looking out for their kids.”
For a complete list of events and information on Baker University’s Family Weekend visit http://www.bakeru.edu/baldwin/current-students/baker-life/family-weekend .