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Grand Reunion Weekend Spotlight: A Focus on Family Fun

Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

We might be biased, but we at the Alumni Association think that the Grand Reunion Weekend is pretty special.  One of the reasons we think so is the fact that there truly is something for everyone: With the wide array of activities offered, no one should feel left out of the excitement…including our future Broncos, your children.

Saturday is filled with lots of family fun!  The 5K Run/Walk kicks things off with an opportunity for your family to be fit together.  The course winds its way around campus, taking you on a scenic route that allows you to show your family the places that were/are special to you while also letting you see what’s new around here.  University President Fr. Engh will ring the bell to signal the start of the race, and our beloved Bucky the Bronco will be on hand to help you stretch and give you the motivation you need to power through that last mile.

We all know that children are filled with boundless energy, so after that 5K, they’ll most likely be asking, “What’s next?”  Well, how about the Homecoming Picnic?  Featuring an assortment of attractions that is sure to put a smile on any kid’s face, you should definitely make this event a destination for your family during the reunion weekend: There will be face painting, balloon twisting, bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, and even a reptile zoo for your children’s enjoyment.

But wait…there’s more:  the de Saisset Museum will open its doors to alumni and their families during its Family Arts Open House.  Professional artists will be on hand to help your budding Rembrandt create a work of art worthy of a prominent spot on your refrigerator, you can take tours of the current collection, and you can even take part in a scavenger hunt.  Since the museum is not too far from the Homecoming Picnic location, you can easily go back and forth between the two events.

Now, if you thought that was it, you are sorely mistaken, because we saved the best for last: Thanks to Santa Clara alumnus A.J. Riebli ’91, we are extremely proud to announce that your family will have the opportunity to view the newest Pixar short film before it is released to the general public next year, right here on campus during Grand Reunion!  With two showings, one at 1:00 p.m. in the Benson Center and the other at 3:30 p.m. at the de Saisset Museum, you can choose the one that works best for you.  Don’t miss out on this chance to help your children become the envy of their friends…although we’re sure that you’ll brag a little to your buddies, too.

So, when making your plans to come back to campus to celebrate your milestone, don’t think that you have to leave the kids at home; everyone is welcome, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family in October.

Go Broncos!  

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