Family Weekend at BenU

By Jasy Jones

Benedictine University’s Family Weekend took place on the weekend of October 24.
Families started at the football game, and then made their way to upstairs Krasa for a chance to interact with different activities.

Participants were able to create sand art in a heart, build their own Benedictine bears, create a taffy apple, participate in bingo and enjoy dinner and a show.

“Family weekend was really nice. Donnie’s cousins loved making their BenU bears and the sand necklaces. The prizes for bingo were so nice. I could not believe that bingo was free. The raffle items were amazing and again free! It’s not often a family goes out, has a great time and only spends $20 for dinner,” said Lena Cole, Aunt of Benedictine student Donnie Rollins.

Families of BenU filled the second floor of the Krasa building as well.

Students that wanted to build Benedictine bear mostly at the sand table and another table surrounded young children.

They could choose from brown, black or white bears with Benedictine shirts on them and they could stuff them at the next table.

“It was amazing to see so many Benedictine students with their families having fun engaging in all the activities offered. This past weekend was a great opportunity to meet all my student’s families and friends and be able to show them the true Benedictine spirit,” Danny Turano, Coordinator of Student Involvement at Benedictine.
After crafting at each table, families were able to sit down and enjoy a game of bingo. There were many prizes awarded such as: t-shirts, notebooks, and kids toys.

“I was super excited and shocked to be first bingo winner. I loved family weekend,” said Frankie Kerin, Joan Henehan’s (Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development)

After the bingo was over, dinner was served. The meal was filled with many options such as chicken, pasta, and mashed potatoes.

“Family weekend was fun! I enjoyed the dinner and the comedian the most. He was hilarious! I hope he is there for next year also,” said Marisa Mantucca, mother of Benedictine student, Dionna Mantucca.

Photo credit: Therese Porod

Photo credit: Therese Porod