Islander Family Weekend brings 570 families to the Island

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Students and their families enjoyed the laser show presented by Laser Encore.

Gabriella Ruiz, Reporter

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi held Islander Family Weekend through Oct. 8-9 on campus to welcome TAMU-CC families to the Island. 

Students who are currently enrolled were able to invite their families to campus and share with them the history behind the university while participating in fun and interactive activities. 

Islander Family Weekend involved numerous events for guests to participate in, some which included: a campus tour, a traditions walking tour, discovering Islander resources after graduation, Bell library Open House, President’s Brunch, CASA Open House, The Breakers Improv Show, Islander Wind Jam, Family Fun Run, Islander Laser Show, Student Filmcase. Each event was put together by different organizations such as Recreational Sports, Islander Housing, various student organizations, and the campus offices. 

“I would like to say that we are so excited to welcome our students and their families to the Island University,” said Margaret Dechant, Associate Vice President for School and Community Relations. “We are hoping that they had a wonderful weekend. The families were so happy to be experiencing the University through the eyes of their students. I feel honored to have worked with such a wonderful group of people across campus to make this event happen.”

Dechant felt honored to serve as a chair for Islander Family Weekend as this was the first time the event was put together. She commented that the university faculty and staff wanted this event dedicated to the families in honor of their students achieving successful accomplishments.

Throughout the event, students and their families were provided with information regarding visiting Corpus Christi and different activities available around the area. TAMU-CC received sponsorship from the U.S. Lexington, Texas State Aquarium, The Art Museum, as well as many others from the community.

“Something that I learned before was how diverse the campus was,” said junior Skye Fuentes. “Seeing people from different backgrounds all in one place was something I couldn’t explain. It made me super proud to be an Islander. I felt super accomplished when showing [my family] around. They were impressed to see all the history of the campus.”

 Fuentes, majoring in Kinesiology, went to Islander Family weekend, spending quality time with her family through attending the activities. Fuentes said she felt great about TAMU-CC being able to put on these events for family members to learn what the university has to offer to these students.