Weekend to Give Parents a Glimpse of College Life

Oklahoma Baptist University has invited hundreds of parents to experience a day in the life of their student during "Parents' Day 2000" Friday and Saturday Oct. 6-7.

"Parents' Day is an opportunity for parents to see from a firsthand perspective the things their sons and daughters have been describing through phone calls and e-mails," said Todd Ream, OBU dean of students, who is in charge of planning Parents' Day.

Parents' Day is open to parents of all students but especially designed for parents of first year students.

Parents can register to win a gift certificate to the OBU Bookstore by having traveled the greatest distance to attend Parents' Day or by having the highest number of generations who have attended OBU. Parents with the greatest number of children who have attended OBU will also receive a gift certificate.

OBU President Dr. Mark Brister will speak at the Parents' Day Chapel Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Yarborough auditorium and then be available for a question and answer discussion at the President/Parent Dialogue.

Parents will also be able to meet faculty members, dorm directors and residence assistants. The dormitories Open House event will give parents the opportunity to visit the residence centers.

"The parents meet these people when their children moved in and now after hearing stories about them, they will be able to put faces with the names," said Ream.

Most of the Parents' Day activities will take place Saturday, but OBU will kick off the event with a planetarium showing "Cowboy Astronomer," an astronomical presentation narrated by the cowboy poet Baxter Black.

OBU's Student Foundation will host "Kids' College" for students' younger siblings. They will visit the planetarium and watch a skit in Sarkeys Theater among other activities.

Freshmen Follies, one of three variety shows sponsored by Campus Activities Board each year, will conclude Parents' Weekend Saturday night. Follies gives the freshmen class a chance to showcase their talent. The theme of this year's show is "Follies the Yellow Brick Road," based on the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz."

Five freshmen emcees will entertain the audience between the musical acts with an original script. There are eight acts including the group Scrambled Eggs performing "A Little More" by Jennifer Knapp. Linsey Dawkins, freshman from Midwest City, will get into the theme of the show, performing "Over the Rainbow" dressed as Dorothy, and John Carroll, freshman from Oologah, will perform an original composition for the guitar titled "Your Love is All I Need."

Saturday will also be a preview day for prospective OBU students. Several hundred junior and senior high school students and their parents will tour the campus, meet faculty and talk to current OBU students. OBU hosts one preview day in the fall and one in the spring.