Parents often send their children off to college and then just wonder about some of their day to day living routines on campus. Seven years ago, Northeastern Junior College began hosting a Family Weekend in conjunction with mid-term of Fall semester. On November 5-7 , the college is once again rolling out the welcome mats for parents, siblings and other relatives to be in Sterling to get a look at college life here.
A number of events are planned for the weekend and last county, the college is expecting around 50 families here to spend time with their student to see how he or she does things in Sterling, Colorado. Often times as many as three generations will gather at this event as grandparents like to also get in on the happenings of the weekend.
Activities begin this Friday when families check in between 3 and 5 p.m. Dinner will be available to the families on campus and a special night at the Fox Five Theatre is planned where students and their family members can enjoy the popular $2 movie promotion that NJC provides to students on Thursday evenings year round.
On Saturday morning, Family Weekend activities begin with a pancake brunch in the Chuckwagon Café on campus. Faculty and staff prepare the breakfast for the visitors and spend time visiting and meeting parents and siblings of current NJC students. A special Saturday opening of the bookstore takes place and the NJC Alumni Association’s Heritage Center is also open part of the day. Families may tour the center and learn more about the college’s history. Seeing past memorabilia and learning that some well-known individuals such as Wellington Webb (Denver mayor and national political figure), Dave Costa (pro-football player) and Steve Howey (plays the character Van Montgomery on the Reba show) are among alumni of the college, is always fascinating and fun for the visitors.
Families will have a chance to enjoy a Saturday night women’s basketball game held in the Bank of Colorado Event Center when the Plainswomen take on Fort Carson. This will be the Plainswomens first appearance on the home court this year.
Weekend activities come to a close on Sunday when family weekend guests spend the majority of the day with their students, then attend the annual alumni basketball games which put current players up against teams made up of alumni. These games will be held at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men) in the Bank of Colorado Event Center. The alumni games are open to the public and are free of charge. It is unusual that these games would be held on a Sunday, but this was the only time the games could be set for this year. The men’s alumni game will be Sterling’s first chance to see this year’s men’s team play on their home course.