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Family weekend preview 2021

Family Weekend at St. Ambrose is this Saturday and Sunday here on campus. There are several planned events and activities. The Campus Activities Board is hosting some of them.

CAB President Melina Garcia says that this weekend might be the break some students need.

“I know it’s a good point in the semester where people might be getting really, really, stressed and a little homesick,” Garcia said. “So this time their families can come to visit them, come see the campus and their dorm, and just see how they are doing.”

Family Weekend is an annual event, but last year, due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on visitors here on campus, this event wasn’t able to take place. 

“With COVID, we weren’t allowed to have outside visitors on campus,” Garcia said. “ So we weren’t able to have a family weekend, and we usually have a siblings weekend as well in the spring.”

One of two events CAB is hosting this weekend is called Stuff-a-Critter. Participants will build stuffed animals similar to an experience at Build-a-Bear. It is open to all SAU students and siblings under 18. This event will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m.

“There will be unicorns, giraffes, tigers, and other kinds of stuffed animals,” Garcia said. “ And they will all get an SAU t-shirt to wear. And you can bring your critter to the football game to help you cheer on the Bees.”

The second event is a Family Trivia Night, which is Saturday at 8 p.m.

“You can bring as many of your family members as you want,” Garcia said. “Or, if you don’t have family visiting, you can bring 4 to 6 students or friends with you, and you’ll get the chance to win up to $100 towards the book store.”  

Both of these CAB-sponsored events are in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. 

In addition to these events, Saturday, there is a football game at the Brady Street Stadium at 1 p.m., a Mass on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., at Christ the King Chapel, and a Jazz Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.

“Family weekend is just really fun,” Garcia said. “Personally, it is a great way to see my family because I am not always able to go home, and especially if you have younger siblings, it is a great way to spend time with them.”