Parents’ Weekend Grows 300 Percent

Parents from 27 states and Canada converged on BYU campus in October to participate in the second annual Parents’ Weekend, presented by the Alumni Association for students and their parents.

Nearly 2,500 persons took part in activities ranging from an opening dinner with President Merrill J. Bateman, a family 5K run, and an Olympic Gold Medal Mile to Girls’ Night Out, an inside look at campus, and a family essay contest. This attendance figure represents almost three times the participation in the inaugural year.

More than 100 parents and students ran in the 5K on a route that featured flags from around the world. Runners were also entertained with a multi-cultural performing group. Christian T. Clegg, ’03, and Desiree Bybee, ’01, were among the 54 student volunteers who put in 523 hours for the weekend’s success.

While their male counterparts attended the priesthood session of general conference for the Church of Jesus Christ, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends attended Girls’ Night Out, an activity that featured food, classes on lettering, scrapbooking, wedding books, and 101 things to do with a cake mix. Local comedian Johnny B entertained during an evening that also included prize drawings, a service project, and entertainment. Chairing this activity were students Janene S. Smith, ’02, and Janae S. Wirig, ’02.

Parents’ Weekend, coordinated through the Student Alumni Network, is designed to bring families together in social and academic exchanges and to help parents stay informed of happenings of interest at the university.

info: Those interested in the 2002 Parents’ Weekend may contact Nancy Carson at 801-378-6748.