Seton Hall University weekend kicked off with a 5K race on Saturday morning, Oct. 4, and a rain storm that did not dampen the spirit of the weekend.
Many events were moved from the Green to the field house, They included the caricature drawings, inflatable slides and the extreme trampoline show. The pumpkin painting and tie dye shirts were kept outside, under the covering near the library.
For the first part of the day the rain kept students, their families and alumni inside, but the sun came out in the afternoon and people could be seen riding the train around campus.
Freshman Julia Kauffman attended her first SHU Weekend, with her mother and brother joining her. She said that her expectations, and those of her family, were exceeded.
“My younger brother was able to enjoy it, too, with the inflatables and games,” Kauffman said.
Sophomore Chris Mazzacane said that he loved “the Pirate Land and Community Row event on Saturday.”
“It was a great way to see faculty members, fellow students, and members of the South Orange community,” he said. “It was nice for everyone who is affiliated with SHU to be able to get together.”
Seton Hall University Weekend was meant to not only bring the parents of current students to Seton Hall, but also to bring back alumni.
Erika Klinger, associate director of campus partnerships in Alumni Relations, stressed the importance of alumni to the current Seton Hall community.
“I think alumni are vital to the success of any university,” she said. “In Alumni Relations, we depend on alumni to continue to give back to their University by volunteering, networking with current students, hiring graduates, helping to recruit the next class of Pirates, and investing in the future of Seton Hall.”
For students Kauffman and Mazzacane, Seton Hall University Weekend was something they would want to attend next year.
“I would not make any changes to the University Weekend schedule,” Mazzacane said. “There was a wide variety of activities, and the majority of student organizations participated in one way or another.”
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