Dad's Weekend

Dad's Weekend

Sep 24
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

During harvest on our farm, the combine doesn’t stop for very many reasons. There’s the occasional break-down, Sundays of course, and rain. That’s about it. This year, the combine stops for Dad’s Weekend!  I didn’t even have to do any arm twisting— my parents must really love me, or they must really love visiting U of I. I hope it’s both.

This will be the last Dad’s Weekend that my family attends, and it will be a pretty special one I’m sure. In the past years we’ve attended football games, Sigma Alpha breakfasts, and we’ve participated in our share of tailgating with friends and family. This year, the schedule looks a little different. My step-dad, Dick, is a finalist for the U of I Parent’s Association King Dad award.

I nominated him because I thought it would be a nice thing to do, but never in a million years did I think he would be a finalist. On Friday night, my family will attend the Dad’s Association reception and the King Dad will be crowned. I’m just a little bit excited!

I always love it when my parents have the opportunity to visit campus. It’s so fun to introduce them to my friends and to my ACES family. It’s almost like they get to experience college again, especially sitting in the student section and learning the football cheers. The weekend can’t come soon enough!