Inebriated alumni won’t be stumbling around in front of mom and dad this fall at homecoming weekend.
For the first time at Colorado College, homecoming and family weekends are separated, a decision President Tiefenthaler made last spring.
Tiefenthaler suggested the split based on observations she made during her year of listening and complaints she received from parents.
“Several parents expressed concerns” about homecoming events overshadowing family interests, like student activities and career fairs, Tiefenthaler told The Catalyst,
Tiefenthaler said the change allows the college to personalize the weekends and devote more specialized attention to parents and alums separately. The college has family-oriented activities planned to accommodate the 800-plus family members in attendance.
Tiefenthaler will also be available to meet with parents.
According to Mark Hille, Associate Vice President of Advancement, the move follows a trend gaining popularity among colleges around the country.
“There were some concerns that the family aspect was subsumed by homecoming,” Hille said.
According to Hille, the separation will “put the parents front and center… and be of greater utility to parents.”
Not everybody loves the change though.
Lauren Solomon, mother of two students at CC, prefers the combined weekend.
“I’ve attended four years of the combined family and homecoming weekend… I support that structure,” Solomon said.
Solomon says she never minded the extra people and thought CC handled it well—any lack of space was well worth the fun, in her mind.
Because she will be visiting her younger daughter Ari as well as her already-graduated daughter Zoë, Solomon will be making the trek from Los Angeles only for homecoming.
“Combining the two creates a greater sense of the Colorado College community,” she said. “Also, I don’t want to miss out on the dance! There were guys out there in their sixties having a great time… [the alums] provided so much energy and school spirit—it was palpable.”
Solomon added, “The other thing that didn’t make sense to me is if you are an alumni and a parent, which weekend do you choose?”
On the other hand, Lauren Juskelis, junior, found that the separation was appropriate.
“[My] mom always complains about other parents and alums,” Juskelis said.
Students are generally pleased with the move, as they will not have to juggle attendance at the notorious homecoming dance and dinner with their parents.
Jessica Higgins, a sophomore whose parents are coming, said, “I’m sure they’ll appreciate not having drunk alums around… I have a positive reaction to it.”