CCAD Family is Coming Home

September 23rd, 2011 by Katlin McNally
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Family Weekend 2010

October 7 and 8 will combine two popular events on the CCAD campus, Family Weekend & Homecoming.

Family Weekend is a chance for student’s families to come check out what their students and CCAD have creatively stirred up.

“When parents initially drop off their kids at school they don’t get to witness all the hustle and bustle of campus,” said Erica Ott, residence hall director and assistant director of student activities.

It has been close to a month since the students arrived on campus, and they have had time to become completely integrated into the CCAD community.

Blake Roberts, a third year Advertising & Graphic Design major, shares his enthusiasm, “it is the easiest, most exciting and inviting way to show my family how I live in Columbus, I can call and tell them about my day, but the only way for them to experience my life is to see it first hand and Family Weekend makes that happen.”

Roberts has been attending family weekend for three consecutive years and is even on the Student Programming Board, which actively makes the Family Weekend what it is and helps plan for the event.

“Coming to a college is a physical and emotional transition for both the parents and students, we want this event to be a time when students can brag about their time here and parents can be reassured,” said Jason Bowser, director of student activities and orientation.

This is the first year both events have been combined and the excitement is building on campus. Last year approximately 400-500 individuals participated in family weekend and more are expected this year with the addition of homecoming.

“Family Weekend has always been successful from its planning to its execution. We have had this event for the last 10 years and every year it gets bigger and better,” Bowser said.

There will not be a shortage of activities during the weekend. The Dixie Cups, an all-female improve group, will be performing Friday night. Saturday will be kicked off with a breakfast featuring CCAD faculty and of course you can’t forget the carnival.

The carnival will host an array of inflatables, games, music, and crafts all in the Quad, the open area in front of the Loann Crane Center for Design.

“It is nice to walk out and see the Quad filled with color and activities and see not only our students and their families, but also the faculty and staff with theirs,” Bowser said.

This event has transformed over the years and with Homecoming being joined into this event, it will bring new people out for the festivities. Current students can learn from alumni and everyone can get a chance to reconnect.

“CCAD is one giant family—alumni, students, parents, etc., so it just made sense to merge the two events,” Stephanie Stover, development and alumni relations coordinator, said.

“We wanted to give our alumni multiple reasons to come back to campus—opportunities to catch up, meet with faculty members, and see all of the recent campus improvements,” Stover said.

In addition to Family Weekend & Homecoming CCAD will be opening its latest exhibition, Supply & Demand on Friday, Oct. 7 and hosting Columbus Startup Weekend Oct. 7-9.

For a full schedule of  the Family Weekend & Homecoming event, click here.

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One Response to “CCAD Family is Coming Home”

  1. Rhonda Mabry says:

    Sounds great! We can’t wait to see everything and meet the CCAD family!