Ross and Tracey Hecht
Photo courtesy of: Hecht family
Jan 14, 2011
By Brooke Carpenter
Each year, dads are able to experience all that Ohio University has to offer for one winter weekend. Dads Weekend, which has been one of the most popular family events at the University for decades, will take place Jan. 21-23.
Both students and dads look forward to this annual weekend as a bonding opportunity and as a chance for dads to glimpse what their child's college life is truly like. The exciting and diverse lineup of events this year will provide families with a variety of social activities to choose from.
Here is a preview of this year's Dads Weekend events:
For a complete listing of Dads Weekend events and ticket information, click here.
Father travels cross country for Dads Weekend
Ohio University's annual Dads Weekend means more than just spending a fun weekend with dad for one student – it provides the only opportunity she will get to see her dad when classes are in session.
Tracey Hecht, a senior from San Diego, Calif., looks forward to Dads Weekend because it is the one time each year her dad, Ross Hecht, gets to meet her friends, stay at her apartment and see where she goes to class and hangs out.
"Because my family is not from around Ohio like many other students, my dad is not able to visit anytime he wants," Hecht said. "Dads Weekend is a chance for him to make the trip back to Athens. It is my favorite weekend."
Hecht, a business management and marketing major, made the tough decision to travel across the country to attend Ohio University because both her father and her grandfather are alumni.
Ross Hecht graduated from Ohio University in 1971 with a degree in business management. Her grandfather, Martin "Marty" Hecht, is a 1946 graduate who is a former vice president of university relations, director of alumni relations and assistant to the president.
With three generations of memories to share, Tracey and her dad enjoy walking down Court Street together talking about how things were and how things have changed in Athens.
"I get to go back to my school, see old friends from my home town of Athens, and the best part of it all is being able to share that with my kid. Now it is her school and I get to meet her friends and go out with them," Ross Hecht said. "Dads Weekend at Ohio University will always be really special to us."