Family Weekend brings visitors and smiles to SVSU


Family Weekend, where various campus offices and RSOs put on family-friendly events with support from Student Life, took place on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22.

Events on Friday launched off Family Weekend. The Marshall Fredericks Museum was open to all, a game night was hosted in the Alumni Lounge and Valley Nights played “The Incredibles 2” to cap off the night.

Freshman Jasmine Shinozaki decided to invite her family on campus for the fun.

“I think Family Weekend was a good time to invite my parents up,” Jasmine said. “It’s full of activities, so we aren’t just sitting around my dorm. It’s a fun time. Plus, they got to see all of the campus.”

Saturday saw the bulk of the weekend’s activities, starting with a pancake breakfast run by Tyler Kwapis, the president of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The pancake breakfast has been going on since 2011 and is a staple for Family Weekend.

“NRHH cooks pancakes for residents and their families in an effort to reach out and create a positive impact,” Kwapis said. “We invite all families and on-campus residents to the free breakfast and have gotten typically 100 to 150 people every year. We always provide top-notch pancakes with the help of Dining Services and several arts-and-crafts activities for young people to enjoy.”

Resident halls also put on individual activities Saturday morning for Family Weekend.

University Village West offered face painting, along with MJ Brandimore House, which put on a caramel apple bar.

“We decided to do a caramel apple bar because it’s inclusive for all ages,” said MJ Brandimore council member Abby Lawson. “Plus, it embodies fall and community.”

The day proceeded with a family-friendly tailgating event that led up to the football game against Wayne State. The tailgate provided music and a food truck.

Saturday evening saw multiple small activities in the student center like crafts, board games and a free showing of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”