Shippensburg University (SU) students and their families were invited to the annual Parents and Family Celebration Day on Sept. 28 taking part in activities throughout the campus.
The day-long activities began at 9 a.m. lasting until after 5 p.m. Students and their families had many opportunities to choose from during the day, ranging from “Breakfast with President Carter” to playing in the “Family Fun Zone” in the academic quad.
Families could purchase a t-shirt stating “Proud Ship Family” during the event of the day to show off their Ship pride.
Alex Papoutsis, the leadership development director for the Activities Program Board (APB), believes the event is a great way for people to come together and get to know what the university has to offer.
“It’s great for the parents to see what their children are a part of,” Papoutsis said.
Papoutsis and Clarence Johnson, the team bonding coordinator for APB, were in charge of making sure people stayed safe playing in the academic quad for the “Family Fun Zone” activities, which included inflatables and more.
“This day brings people together and I enjoy seeing the community as a whole,” Johnson said.
During the course of the day, SU continued its tradition for the Legacy Pinning Program by honoring those who followed in the footsteps of someone who used to attend the university.
Recipients for the honor are asked to register ahead of time online. While many freshman receive the honor, it can be given at any time during the students years at SU.
Other events during the day included a back stage tour of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and a football game at 1 p.m. at Seth Grove Stadium with SU facing Bloomsburg University.
SU’s Women’s Field Hockey team also went against Bloomsburg in the Robb Sports Complex.