Alumni Report

Rise and Shout, the Parents Are Out


Terence T. Forsyth (BA ’88) wakes his children with the “Cougar Fight Song,” and regularly travels from St. George to use his season football tickets. It wasn’t surprising, then, that when he had a chance to go to Parents Weekend with his sister, Tamara Forsyth Schefcik (BA ’79), he quickly agreed.

Forsyth, Schefcik, and her children, David and Cathy, immersed themselves in the weekend. They took five tours, went to the soccer game, participated in the 5K, cheered at the tailgate party, and saw the Cougars defeat Air Force. When the hike to the Y was canceled because of wet weather, they climbed it anyway.

Forsyth and Schefcik have bled blue since birth. Their grandfather, Vasco Tanner, earned his BYU degree in 1915 and taught at the university for several decades. Their father, David P. Forsyth (BS ’54), was also a BYU faculty member.

The Forsyth siblings joined 730 other parents and students in the sixth annual Parents Weekend, an event that allows parents to experience BYU with their students.

Zachary A. Christensen (BS ’04), who was in charge of the weekend, said he was particularly gratified that so many parents had returned after attending past weekends.

As the event has grown, so has the participation from campus groups and facilities. The marching band and cheerleaders helped with the weekend, and Vocal Point, a student a cappella ensemble, entertained families at the Parents Weekend dinner. Christensen says parents particularly enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tours of campus.

“I just love being at Parents Weekend and sensing the excitement of the parents and students,” Christensen says. “It’s one of the best parts of my job.”

See alumni.byu.edu/sections/parentsprogram