Families were all over campus Saturday for the annual event that brings moms, dads, siblings and grandparents to Stevens Point.
The Residence Hall Association sponsored Family Day at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, giving families an opportunity to cheer a UWSP football game, rock climb in the Health Enhancement Center, watch a planetarium showing and see an illusionist.
Julie Zsido, assistant director of Residential Living, said she believes the day gives students the opportunity to show off UWSP’s campus, as well as the Stevens Point community.
“The day has been designed as a choose-your-own adventure kind of day. Depending on what the family wants to do they can pick and choose what they want to participate in,” Zsido said. “I think it is that time of the semester where it is kind of high stress, and students have a lot going on. I think it’s a nice for families to come and show support and give them that love from home.”
Matt Curtis, senior communication major, is special events coordinator who chose PiP Comic Illusionist to perform, which Curtis said he was looking forward to most.
“I think that family is very important. You wouldn’t be where you are without your family. It’s important to kind of thank them for all they have done by bringing them on campus and showing them what you are doing here,” he said. “It’s awesome to be able to bring them to place that you call home.”
Jackie Curtis, Curti’s mother, attended the event to support and spend time with her son. She said she has been to three family days at UWSP, and enjoys the welcoming nature of the event.
Jodi Sorenson, mother of freshman Jordan Sorenson, came to campus to spend the day with her daughter.
“Family Day lets us see how things are going now that she settled in a little bit. We also want to see the community more,” Sorenson said.
Cindy Sanford, mother of freshman Chris Sanford, came to the event in hopes of spending time with her son and meeting other families on campus.
“We have been so impressed with the campus, the facility, the professors and the energy and excitement that is obviously contagious,” Sanford said.