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April 16, 2013 : Ohio University Lancaster Spring Fest Kicks Off Wednesday
Event for Non-Traditional College Students Saturday

- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster – Spring Fest 2013 starts on Wednesday with activities all over campus. While many of the events are games and activities designed with traditional college students in mind, there is an event scheduled during the festivities that is for non-traditional college students and their families. Adults Belong in College is sponsoring Family Carnival Day on Saturday, April 20.


"The students in ABC recognize the importance of family support and they also understand the stress that the other family members can experience as a result of the time that they have to spend on school and participating in academic related projects and homework," said ABC Advisor Kim Jeffers. "So, they planned this event to show their families where they are spending their time and to share a little bit of that experience with them."


The event starts at 11 a.m. There will be a cookout and special activities for the students and their families.


"Sometimes as adult students, we have to miss ball games, and family time," said Jeffers. "This cookout allows families to spend quality time together while allowing family members to connect with the student's academic experience."


Jeffers said there is a book called 100 Things Every Adult College Student Ought to Know by Carlette Jackson Hardin. In the book, Hardin writes, "If your family feels a part of your academic experience, they will have less resentment about the time you spend away from them."  She also explains that "children exposed to college campuses early have a better potential to attend."


Jeffers said the members of Adults Belong in College designed the Family Carnival Day with those thoughts in mind.


Other activities during Spring Fest 2013 include a duck derby, corn hole, an 1980's bowling night and a catapult contest.