Campus & Community

Stevens Families Bond at Freshman Parents Weekend

Stevens was brimming with moms and dads this weekend, who experienced firsthand what college life is like for their children at Stevens’ annual Freshman Parents Weekend, hosted by the Office of Student Life from Oct. 12-13, 2012.

Coinciding with Homecoming weekend – which brings alumni back to Stevens to cheer on the Ducks at a series of varsity athletics events – Freshman Parents Weekend invites relatives of the Class of 2016 to participate in an array of fun and informative activities, including educational presentations, athletic events, performing arts and tours.

“Freshman Parents Weekend allows parents to get a feel for what their children’s lives have been like since leaving home,” said Holly Nelson, assistant director of student life. “There was a lot of energy and excitement for the festivities, and a lot of joy for these families in reconnecting with one another.”

On Friday evening, Stevens President Nariman Farvardin provided an official welcome to the families at an outdoor reception featuring music from the Stevens Jazz Band.

Later, many parents and students headed to DeBaun Auditorium for the opening night of “Tomfoolery,” a witty musical starring current students, staff and alumni, while others cheered on the women’s volleyball team as it took on Hunter College.

On Saturday, families watched field hockey vs. Hartwick, men’s soccer vs. Elmira or women’s soccer vs. Utica, joined Stevens students and alumni at a Stevens Community Barbeque, or caught the second showing of “Tomfoolery.”

Throughout the weekend, parents also joined their children in class, toured Hoboken and the Stevens campus, and attended on presentations about transitioning to college, undergraduate academics, campus safety, health services, career development and cooperative education.

Nancy Sabella of Long Island, N.Y. came to Freshman Parents Weekend to support her son, freshman Alex Sabella, who she said already loves Stevens.

“This weekend gave me a better idea of the little things that go on here – the behind the scenes things I might not otherwise get to see,” Sabella said.

Rob Golebieski of Clifton, N.J., father of freshman Zachary Golebieski, said Freshman Parents Weekend is a great experience from a parent’s perspective.

“I got to get familiar with the campus, see where my son is taking his classes, see the beautiful view from Hoboken, and simply enjoy the fun,” said Golebieski.