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Record Attendance at Lehigh Family Weekend 2018

Family poses for a group photo during the Family Weekend tailgate.

A chilly, fall weekend welcomed extended members of the Lehigh community from around the country and the world to Family Weekend 2018 from November 9-11. With more than 1,300 people registered, families and friends traveled from Florida, Maine, Georgia, Indiana, California, and Hawaii to spend time with loved ones. International visitors came from as far as the Netherlands and Peru to enjoy activities that included concerts and theatrical performances, athletics events, historical walking tours, art exhibitions, tailgating, classroom visits, and much more.

“Family Weekend is your chance to share in this experience, valued by so many alumni as the reason for their success,” said Ricardo Hall, vice provost for student affairs. “…visit your student’s favorite spots on campus, join a class, enjoy a performance, and cheer on our Mountain Hawks fall sports teams.”

The Mountain Hawks football game was widely attended with families enjoying the stadium atmosphere with fun, food, and collegiality. The Marching 97 filled the stands with music and energy.

With parking lots filled with tailgaters, it created an opportunity for parents to meet one another. Senior Austin Katz’s parents attended Family Weekend for the fourth time.

“The campus was beautiful on the day of the football game; it was just really cold,” said Meryl Katz ’19P. “But it's beyond surreal that our son, Austin, is a senior. It's almost incomprehensible!”

Conor Malloy ’19 organized a tailgate for his family and the families of his housemates to meet. They had the opportunity to bond over the stories and memories their children shared over the course of their four years at Lehigh. It went so well that the parents are planning a combined dinner event at graduation.

“I thought it was a huge success,” said Malloy. “I think that it was great for all of our parents to meet considering we have lived together for the past three years.”

Cultural entertainment included the PostModern Jukebox concert that packed Baker Hall in the Zoellner Arts Center. The performance was a unique blend of traditional jazz and contemporary songs transformed into jazz arrangements and received a standing ovation. Fittingly for Family Weekend, the event was attended by composer and CEO of PostModern Jukebox, Scott Bradlee who brought his parents to the performance. 

Family Weekend provided an opportunity for parents, siblings, other family members and friends to see what the university has to offer. Linda and Kevin Brown Sr. ’22P travelled from New York to attend Family Weekend for the first time with their son Kevin ’22.

“It was a really good experience because I can see that he is a new young man since leaving for college. Before, when he was in high school, he relied on mom and dad. Now, he's very involved with the marching band and funk band,” said Linda Brown ’22P. “The highlight of our weekend was reflected in the spirit of Lehigh. It was clear looking upon the alumni and the student body that they live with the spirit of Lehigh.”

Jean-Pierre Villamar ’19P

Photos by Ryan Hulvat