WIU Mamas & Papas: Macomb Dreamin’

The 10th annual Dads’ Weekend is only a few days away, and having some “dad time” will be just the thing for some WIU students. Dad’s will be trekking to Macomb and enjoying all things WIU this weekend.

According to Director of the Student Assistance Center Karolynn Heuer, Dads’ Weekend provides an opportunity for dads or other male family members and friends the chance visit their students and experience college themselves.

Dads’ Weekend, the once spring event, is now in the fall. Heuer explained with Family Weekend being moved up to early in the fall semester, the Moms’ Weekend date was changed, therefore allowing the change for Dads’ Weekend. Additionally, for the past ten years, surveys conducted by the Parent and Family Association (PFA) showed that parents have suggested having a fall Dads’ Weekend. Heuer said, “After no longer having the option [of Mom’s Weekend], and continuously being asked ‘Why isn’t this (Dads’ Weekend) in the fall?’ we decided to switch it up,” she said.

Beginning Friday, there will be an opening dinner and a psychic mind reading duo at 6 p.m. A haunted walking tour of Macomb will begin at 9 p.m. on Macomb square. “The haunted tour is very popular. We have almost 100 people signed up for it!” Heuer said.

On Saturday, the PFA is teaming up with the Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA) for the 4th annual Beerfest held at The Forum in downtown Macomb from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Beerfest is traditional and brings a very good crowd,” Heuer said. “We’ll also be having a golf scramble which, traditionally, is the most popular. There will be a barbecue sauce contest; then tailgating and the football game, which is also new,” she said. The amateur golf scramble begins on Saturday at 8 a.m., and the competitive advanced golf scramble begins at noon where prizes will be awarded for first place. Dads’ Weekend tailgating begins at 3 p.m. and the Leatherneck football team will take on Indiana State at 6 p.m.

In speaking with Heuer, she emphasized that parents need to know it means a lot to students to have their families visit. She said, “I’d like parents to realize it’s wonderful for kids to come home; it’s equally as important to come to campus and spend time with your students in their other home. You spend four years of your life here, and it’s important for family’s to visit.” Having an eventful weekend, such as Dads’ Weekend, will certainly provide families with things to see and do…highlighting WIU and the Macomb community.

Many activities will be available for dads, family members, and students this weekend. To see a schedule of Dads’ Weekend Events, visit http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/sapsc/dads_weekend/.

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