Family Weekend had a great turn-out with parents accompanied by other family members coming from Brazil, Spain, and other places to watch their children compete in sports or just to visit. Parents came to watch football, volleyball and the Stampede rodeo. Some families came just to see their children after five to six weeks of college life and being away from home.
Shirts were handed out during Family Weekend and a live band named the Dueling Pianos played during a special meal. They are a band from the Midwest. They took requests and played any style of music the audience wanted, from Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” to pop star Avril Lavigne to the classic song “Baby got back.”
While the “Dueling Pianos” played, Missouri Valley student Raymond Banks played the drums with the two members and performed a couple of songs with the band. One of the band members was unable to attend. Students and parents enjoyed the band, cheering and requesting songs. The band was very interactive with the audience and then the audience responded quite well
Students loved the idea of their families being able to come and visit them even if it was just for a weekend. Not all students’ parents were able to come for various reasons. Some parents live too far away and some parents were busy with other responsibilities that weekend.
Freshman Mandisa Sobers said, “My family can’t visit me so that kind of made me feel left out” Not all students do not get to participate in family weekend and some families want to come and watch their children participate in their sport but not all sports went on during family weekend or it was the wrong time of the year.
Tessa Belcher, a senior at Missouri Valley College, said that she enjoyed Family Weekend because it’s an excuse for the parents to visit. She said, “I think we could do more things on campus or at a game centered on families.”