Family Day tradition boosts attendance for 2013

Jennifer Magnotta, Correspondent

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A Wilkes University tradition will be continued again this year on Family Day as parents/guardians, family and friends get to experience Wilkes University and all of Wilkes-Barre from the student’s eyes.

“My parents were shocked at all Wilkes-Barre had to offer,” said Timothy Ziegler, Wilkes University engineering Class of 2016.

The university holds an annual Family Day Picnic at the beginning of the year. This year, it is held Saturday, Sept. 21. Food, drinks and activities will be provided. Visitors need to register for fall desserts at 4 p.m.

Because it is a fall picnic, jeans, boots, flannels and picnic attire are welcomed.

“Rain or shine, Family Day will still go on,” Associate Dean of Student Affairs Barbara King said.

Rain boots and umbrellas might not be bad articles to pack since there is an 80 percent chance of storms headed for Wilkes-Barre.

“It is weather in Wilkes-Barre, you can never be to sure how it is going to play out,” Ziegler said.

Wilkes University’s Ralston Field is where registration will take place starting at 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most activities will occur there; however, the Stark Learning Center and Henry Student Center are also venues throughout the day.

“Usually we have around 420 guests, we already have 620 registered,” King said.

There is an unusual amount of families registered this year because Wilkes University has a larger than normal freshman class.

Visitors on Family Day get the opportunity to meet the faculty and staff.

Parking is available at any campus lot. Shuttle buses will be available to take guests to the football field, at the pick-up spot behind the Student Center, every 20 minutes. Parking at Ralston Field is extremely limited.

For more information, contact King at barbara.king@wilkes.edu or 570-408-4107.

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