Families travel to Western to enjoy Family Weekend

University Center with beautiful yellow and red leaves

Families travel to Western to enjoy Family Weekend

Aspen Binder
Photo by Nov 16, 2018

Students and their families were able to attend many events and spend time together during Family Weekend at Western Colorado University.

The family fun activities started Friday, Oct. 26. There was a welcome table where students and their families could sign up for events, such as taking a trip with Wilderness Pursuits (WP) and solving an escape room.  

Saturday was a fun-packed day. It kicked off with a pancake breakfast in the University Center with the Jazz Band performing. 

“We are enjoying breakfast,” said Catharine Hayzlett, grandparent of student Rhys Hayzlett, “before heading to the football game.” 

Around the same time, other families gathered around WP to set off for their trip of choice. WP offered four different free trips for Family Weekend: rock climbing at Hartman Rocks, hiking through Bambi’s Trail, mountain biking at Hartman Rocks and hiking the Dillion Pinnacles. 

“We are going on the Bambi Trail trip,” said Rich Thielk, parent of Adam Thielk. Before heading to the trail, Rich Thielk and the rest of the family “enjoyed the pancake breakfast.” 

Many sporting events took place Saturday afternoon. The women’s swim and dive team battled it out against Colorado Mesa University. After a good fight, Western’s woman’s swim and dive team lost. Western football played Black Hills State University, ending with a win, making it their second win in a row. Women’s rugby played against Regis University, and men’s hockey had two games against Fort Lewis College. 

Also on Saturday, there were escape rooms in the University Center from 2-6 p.m. Families could choose from two different rooms. Later in the day, the ICElab hosted a karaoke and game night. 

Family Weekend is a great way for families to visit their students on campus. With all the events planned, there was always something to do.   

Story by Taya Olson.