Anticipation builds for Family Weekend 2011

Allison Teixeira

October 14, 2011

Emerson parents and other family members will get a glimpse into their students’ college lives at the 50th Annual Emerson Family Weekend, to be held October 21–23. Nearly 1,300 family members are expected to attend.

A tradition at Emerson, Family Weekend is packed with events that show students’ family members what life at Emerson is like, both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s theme is “Generations of Innovation.”

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An Emerson family pictured at the president's breakfast at Family Week 2010.

“Emerson provides a very unique college experience that’s hard to describe to those who haven’t experienced it,” said Sharon Duffy, Associate Dean of Students. “Family Weekend is an opportunity for family members to get re-introduced to the campus as their student’s new home and then immerse themselves in the community. They come away with a better understanding of what life is really like at Emerson.”

Highlights of the weekend include performances of Cloud Nine by Emerson Stage, an EVVY Awards Showcase, two Emerson Lions’ women’s volleyball games and one women’s soccer game, and the Family Weekend Talent Showcase at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

The weekend also includes mini-college sessions, in which students and their families are encouraged to take part in specially designed topical courses moderated by faculty members, such as Writing the Film Musical, taught by Assistant Professor Diane Lake, and Cross-cultural Advertising, taught by Assistant Professor Mariko Morimoto. In addition, family members will be able to check out many of the extracurricular activities at Emerson during sessions about Alternative Spring Break, Multicultural Student Affairs, WERS, and several more.

The weekend will conclude with the president’s breakfast at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, hosted by President Pelton and Emerson’s Parents Leadership Council. Families will enjoy breakfast while learning about becoming more involved on campus.

“Over the years, the comment we hear most frequently from parents who’ve attended Family Weekend is, ‘I wish I could stay!’” said Duffy.