SMU families celebrated in Texas style during Family Weekend 2011, which had a theme of “SMU: It’s a State of Mind.” The events September 16-17 included departmental open houses, a student talent show, visits to the new Centennial Hall, tailgating on the Boulevard and a 40-7 victory over Northwestern State at Ford Stadium.
“Family Weekend is one of my favorite traditions,” said junior John Angle, the chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinated the events. “It’s a chance for students to introduce their families to their professors, friends and SMU spirit.”
SMU’s Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs co-sponsored a reception and luncheon at Hughes-Trigg Student Center and a barbecue on the Boulevard before the game. “This weekend gave families a snapshot of the academic life, culture and energy on this vibrant campus,” said Dianne Jopling, Mothers’ Club president. “Parents had the opportunity to discover more about their students’ lives and to meet other parents.”
At Centennial Hall, parent Paul Nagaro of Chicago said, “Family Weekend is very important because after the initial move-in, you get to see how your child is progressing by herself. It’s a big step for a freshman. You just want to see how much they’ve grown without you.”
Kim Burton of Cincinnati visited her daughter Kaylah, a sophomore dance major. “I’m just excited to see her and see SMU,” the mother said. “My favorite part of Family Weekend is seeing families and friends that we haven’t seen for a while being together and just enjoying the campus.”