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Recap: Parents and Families Weekend 2023

I am a Parent Ally, or student intern, at the Office of Parents and Families Services. Just over a month ago, we had our annual Parents and Families Weekend! This was my first time working during Parents and Families Weekend, so I went into it not knowing what to expect. 

We started off the weekend with the football game on Friday. Before the game, we had a tent in the Fan Zone where we gave away prizes to NC State families. Some of the prizes were rally towels, tumblers, car flags, and more. We took our tent down as the game was starting and then we were able to attend the game ourselves with our families. It was a night game so attendees were able to watch the jets fly over the field, accompanied by fireworks. The halftime show was performed by the band and it was Super Mario themed. Even though we lost, it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed the game.

The next day, Saturday, we started with Bell Tower Tours and Hallowed Places Tours. The Hallowed Places Tour is a new option for families on the schedule of events for the weekend. I was lucky enough to be able to accompany Tim Peeler, the tour guide. Attendees were able to visit various “Hallowed Places” on campus as Tim guided us and told us different facts about each place. I learned a lot of new things about the history of NC State and why certain places on campus are important. Later during the day, we had our Pack Family Picnic. This was one of my favorite events of the weekend, even though setting up and breaking down the event was difficult. We had a prize wheel different tailgate/cookout games, inflatable games, a DJ, raffles, catering, and more! Later that evening, we had our Bingo event and silent auction, where proceeds went to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We also had the NC State’s student-run A Cappella Showcase, where the Chordination, Ladies in Red and the Accappology performed.

Sunday was the Fun Run (or walk) For A Cause, a partnership with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs to support the Student Emergency Fund. I was not able to attend this event since I was helping out with our Pack Family Regions meeting. At the meeting, regional chairs for our Pack Family Regions program were able to get together and meet each other, as well as brainstorm programming ideas. Getting to meet the regional chairs was fun, a lot of them had great ideas as well! We ended the weekend with our Grandparent’s Tea. Grandparents were able to spend quality time with their favorite NC State students and eat a buffet-style brunch together. The Parents and Families Services (PFS) team met up at the end of the brunch and was able to wind down together and share our highlights from the weekend.

Parents and Families Weekend 2023 was a lot of work, but our team had a lot of fun and was happy to see so many families show up! We hope to see you all at Spring Fling 2024, which will take place February 2-4.

Kaitlin Davis, Parent Ally