Family, friends, alumni flock to campus for festivities

By Holly Feola & Katie PetersNews Editor & Arts Editor

Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend (FFAW ) brought together new and familiar faces on campus for a variety of activities from Oct. 18 to 20. Each day had its own agenda of fun events organized by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

The weekend is for families to connect with their Lasell students and for alumni to reconnect with their former classmates, current members of the Lasell community and reminisce about memories from their college years.

Alum and Assistant Director of Student Activities and Orientation Santina Antoshak (‘14),played a big role in organizing FFAW. When comparing her two statuses Antoshak said, “it’s definitely strange but I have more appreciation for it, I think now that I’m the one who’s helping plan it…it’s cool to be a professional staff member and also an alum.”

When alum Colin Froment (‘19) came back to campus, it reminded him of his experiences as a student. “When I was on my way back here, it felt like I was walking to class but I was just missing my headphones,” said Froment.

As alumni reminisce, current students can look to them for knowledge from their past experiences.

First-year Michael Woo had the opportunity to meet with former students. “I met some alumni that were very involved on campus so it was great to speak with them and get their insight, why they are coming back to Lasell and what really impacted their time here,” he said.

On Saturday afternoon, everyone had the opportunity to partake in Fall Fest. This event was hosted in Edward’s parking lot where 15 clubs and organizations had their own booths. From cookie decorating to pumpkin painting to airbrush tattoos, there was no shortage of ways to keep busy. Some food options included a kettle corn booth, mac n’ cheese and cupcakes.

Program Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation and International Services Meaghan Lynch was in charge of organizing the weekend. While planning this event, she was tasked with reaching out to clubs, collaborating with different offices and coordinating the setup.

When speaking about the participation of clubs Lynch said, “having so many students involved shows how much the community wants to be involved with everything so it was really exciting.”

This weekend allows students to bring their parents and families to attend traditions at their second home.

Bingo has always been one of the more popular events on campus. Junior Cory Neal attended the sold-out event with her family and friends in hopes of winning a prize. Unlike last year, the family walked away from the night empty-handed, however, they enjoyed other events that day.

While at the Honey Pot Hill Orchard, the Neal family indulged at the farm stand where they served warm cinnamon sugar donuts.

When asked about their favorite part of the weekend, Neal’s mom, Tina Neal said,“I really enjoyed the apple picking and the scenery because it’s so hilly, looking into the valley was really beautiful.”

The orchard offered numerous attractions such as hayrides, a hedge maze, wooden ladders and farm animals in addition to the typical fall apple and pumpkin picking. According to junior Jessie Cote who chaperoned the trip, there were 49 people in attendance.

For evening entertainment, Office of Student Activities and Orientation and TheHospitality Management Association sponsored the Student Performance Showcase. The event encompassed performances from the Drama Club, Lasell University Pulse Dance Team, Cheerleading Team and Chorus. The Drama club provided a sneak peek of two numbers from their upcoming November show, “Children of Eden.”

True competitive energy took hold of Stoller Boathouse at the annual River Day Race. In attendance were families, clubs, faculty, alumni and students. Eleven teams went oar-to-oar with each other for the first trophy since Lasell became a university. The Rowing Stones paddled their way to victory. This year’s winning team included seniors Rosa Del Carmen Gomez and Jimmy Kappatos with their friends and family.

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