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Family Day provides fun entertainment

Families join students in free campus activities

By Lucas Skoff
On October 13, 2011

  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed
  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed
  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed
  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed
  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed
  • Assistant coach Allie Galvin. Photo Contributed

Between 1,500 and 1,600 people attended Family Day on Oct. 1. The fifth annual event was held at the Cedar Rapids campus of Kirkwood Community College.


Family Day gives families of freshman an opportunity to see the campus and learn about the college experience.

 "Everything was great. Just to mention a few --  the weather, activities, volunteers and entertainers," said Sharon Blanchard, Kirkwood housing coordinator.  She was co-chair of the Family Day committee along with Jody Donaldson,  scholarship and alumni director.


Blanchard also cited "great cooperation" from departments and participation from campus clubs.


Kirkwood held many activities, including live music, tours and demonstrations. Free food was served.


For the first half of the three-hour event, those in attendance could listen to music by singer/guitarist and former Kirkwood student Michael Reed, who played a mix of covers and original material.  For the second half, The Gary Gibson Group played a mix of blues and rock.


While the music was playing, about 30 feet away the Culinary Arts program created an ice sculpture of Kirkwood's mascot.  With buzzing chain saws and drills, the creation of the sculpture took up the whole three hours of Family Day.


 Along the steps going toward Iowa Hall, Kirkwood had set up an adult-sized bouncing castle, a giant slide and a jousting arena. Near Sammy's Café, parents could get information from booths about the Study Abroad program, the changes to Sammy's and the Disney internship program.


Nearby, students drew caricatures of anyone willing to stand in the long line. Toward the end of the event, Kirkwood served Hy-Vee-catered hot dogs and hamburgers.


Kirkwood also presented hayride tours around the campus, enabling parents to see the entire campus in only 15 minutes.  In addition, Kirkwood offered tours of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center.


According to Blanchard, 200 people visited Animal Health, which held an open house and a silent auction.

Andrew Foster, a Kirkwood student with a triple major of Communication, Psychology and Education, attended Family Day.  "Today is just wicked sweet awesome," he said.

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